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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932813/14-3-3-regulates-actin-filament-formation-in-the-deep-branching-eukaryote-giardia-lamblia
#1
Jana Krtková, Jennifer Xu, Marco Lalle, Melissa Steele-Ogus, Germain C M Alas, David Sept, Alexander R Paredez
The phosphoserine/phosphothreonine-binding protein 14-3-3 is known to regulate actin; this function has been previously attributed to sequestration of phosphorylated cofilin. 14-3-3 was identified as an actin-associated protein in the deep-branching eukaryote Giardia lamblia; however, Giardia lacks cofilin and all other canonical actin-binding proteins (ABPs). Thus, the role of G. lamblia 14-3-3 (Gl-14-3-3) in actin regulation was unknown. Gl-14-3-3 depletion resulted in an overall disruption of actin organization characterized by ectopically distributed short actin filaments...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929213/to-finish-things-well-cysteine-methylation-ensures-selective-gtpase-membrane-localization-and-signalling
#2
REVIEW
José Cansado
Isoprenylcysteine-O-Carboxyl Methyltransferase (ICMT) catalyzes the final step in the prenylation process of different proteins including members of the Ras superfamily of GTPases. While cysteine methylation is essential in mammalian cells for growth, membrane association, and signalling by Ras and Rho GTPases, its role during signal transduction events in simple eukaryotes like yeasts appears irrelevant. By using a multidisciplinary approach our group has recently shown that, contrary to this initial assumption, in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe ICMT activity encoded by the Mam4 gene is not only important to promote selective plasma membrane targeting of Ras and specific Rho GTPases, but also to allow precise downstream signalling to the mitogen-activated protein kinase and target of rapamycin pathways in response to diverse environmental cues...
September 19, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928828/screening-of-candidate-key-genes-associated-with-human-osteosarcoma-using-bioinformatics-analysis
#3
Kefeng Zhang, Jianwen Gao, Yong Ni
The aim of the present study was to identify the key genes associated with osteosarcoma (OS) using a bioinformatics approach. Microarray data (GSE36004) was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database, including 19 OS cell lines and 6 normal controls. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in the OS cell lines were identified using the Limma package, and differentially methylated regions were screened with methyAnalysis in R. Copy number analysis was performed and genes with copy number gains/losses were further screened using DNAcopy and cghMCR packages...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928363/an-autism-spectrum-disorder-related-de-novo-mutation-hotspot-discovered-in-the-gef1-domain-of-trio
#4
Anastasiia Sadybekov, Chen Tian, Cosimo Arnesano, Vsevolod Katritch, Bruce E Herring
The Rho guanine nucleotide exchange factor (RhoGEF) Trio promotes actin polymerization by directly activating the small GTPase Rac1. Recent studies suggest that autism spectrum disorder (ASD)-related behavioral phenotypes in animal models of ASD can be produced by dysregulation of Rac1's control of actin polymerization at glutamatergic synapses. Here, in humans, we discover a large cluster of ASD-related de novo mutations in Trio's Rac1 activating domain, GEF1. Our study reveals that these mutations produce either hypofunctional or hyperfunctional forms of Trio in rodent neurons in vitro...
September 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927665/fgd5-sustains-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-a-vegfa-signaling-through-inhibition-of-proteasome-mediated-vegf-receptor-2-degradation
#5
Johan Heldin, Paul O'Callaghan, Rodrigo Hernández Vera, Peder Fredlund Fuchs, Pär Gerwins, Johan Kreuger
The complete repertoire of endothelial functions elicited by FGD5, a guanine nucleotide exchange factor activating the Rho GTPase Cdc42, has yet to be elucidated. Here we explore FGD5's importance during vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) signaling via VEGF receptor 2 (VEGFR2) in human endothelial cells. In microvascular endothelial cells, FGD5 is located at the inner surface of the cell membrane as well as at the outer surface of EEA1-positive endosomes carrying VEGFR2. The latter finding prompted us to explore if FGD5 regulates VEGFR2 dynamics...
September 16, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927426/the-acid-sensing-ion-channel-asic2-promotes-invasion-and-metastasis-of-colorectal-cancer-under-acidosis-by-activating-the-calcineurin-nfat1-axis
#6
Zhi-Hang Zhou, Jin-Wen Song, Wen Li, Xue Liu, Liu Cao, Lu-Ming Wan, Ying-Xia Tan, Shou-Ping Ji, Yu-Mei Liang, Feng Gong
BACKGROUND: The tumor acidic microenvironment, a common biochemical event in solid tumors, offers evolutional advantage for tumors cells and even enhances their aggressive phenotype. However, little is known about the molecular mechanism underlying the acidic microenvironment-induced invasion and metastasis. METHODS: We examined the expression of the acid-sending ion channel (ASIC) family members after acidic exposure using RT-PCR and immunofluoresence. Gene manipulation was applied to reveal the potential of ASIC2 on invasion, proliferation, colony formation of colorectal cancer (CRC)...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923977/prepatterning-by-rhogefs-governs-rho-gtpase-spatiotemporal-dynamics-during-wound-repair
#7
Mitsutoshi Nakamura, Jeffrey M Verboon, Susan M Parkhurst
Like tissues, single cells are subjected to continual stresses and damage. As such, cells have a robust wound repair mechanism comprised of dynamic membrane resealing and cortical cytoskeletal remodeling. One group of proteins, the Rho family of small guanosine triphosphatases (GTPases), is critical for this actin and myosin cytoskeletal response in which they form distinct dynamic spatial and temporal patterns/arrays surrounding the wound. A key mechanistic question, then, is how these GTPase arrays are formed...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920944/the-dosage-dependent-effect-exerted-by-the-nm23-h1-h2-homolog-ndk-1-on-distal-tip-cell-migration-in-c-elegans
#8
Zsolt Farkas, Luca Fancsalszky, Éva Saskői, Alexandra Gráf, Krisztián Tárnok, Anil Mehta, Krisztina Takács-Vellai
Abnormal regulation of cell migration and altered rearrangement of the cytoskeleton are fundamental properties of metastatic cells. The first identified metastasis suppressor NM23-H1, which displays nucleoside-diphosphate kinase (NDPK) activity is involved in these processes. NM23-H1 inhibits the migratory and invasive potential of some cancer cells. Correspondingly, numerous invasive cancer cell lines (eg, breast, colon, oral, hepatocellular carcinoma, and melanoma) display low endogenous NM23 levels. In this review, we summarize mechanisms, which are linked to the anti-metastatic activity of NM23...
September 18, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916556/cell-scientist-to-watch-paul-timpson
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Paul Timpson received his bachelor's degree from the University of Strathclyde, UK and completed his PhD under the supervision of Margaret Frame at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research and the University of Glasgow in 2002, working on Src kinases and Rho family GTPases in cancer cell invasion. He then moved to the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia to work with Roger Daly on the actin-binding protein cortactin in several cancer models. Paul returned to the Beatson Institute in 2007 with the aid of an AstraZeneca postdoctoral research fellowship...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912560/the-srgap2-snps-their-haplotypes-and-g%C3%A2-%C3%A3-%C3%A2-e-interactions-on-serum-lipid-traits
#10
Liu Miao, Rui-Xing Yin, Jin-Zhen Wu, Shuo Yang, Wei-Xiong Lin, Shang-Ling Pan
Maonan nationality is a relatively conservative and isolated minority in China. Little is known about the association of the Slit-Robo Rho GTPase activating protein 2 gene (SRGAP2) single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and serum lipid levels in the Chinese populations. This study was performed to clarify the association of the SRGAP2 rs2483058 and rs2580520 SNPs and their haplotypes with serum lipid traits in the Maonan and Han populations. Genotyping of the 2 SNPs was performed in 2444 unrelated subjects (Han, 1210 and Maonan, 1234) by polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymorphism combined with gel electrophoresis, and then confirmed by direct sequencing...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912272/the-transcription-factor-hoxb7-regulates-erk-kinase-activity-and-thereby-stimulates-the-motility-and-invasiveness-of-pancreatic-cancer-cells
#11
Makiko Tsuboi, Keisuke Taniuchi, Takahiro Shimizu, Motoaki Saito, Toshiji Saibara
HOX genes encode transcription factors that function as sequence-specific transcription factors that are involved in cellular proliferation, differentiation, and death. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of a HOX family protein, HOXB7, in the motility and invasiveness of pancreatic cancer cells. We previously identified a HOXB7 transcript that is one of a number of transcripts that are preferentially translated in membrane protrusions in pancreatic cancer cells. Immunocytochemistry showed that HOXB7 was localized to the cell protrusions of migrating pancreatic cancer cells...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911825/paving-the-rho-in-cancer-metastasis-rho-gtpases-and-beyond
#12
REVIEW
Sepp Jansen, Reinoud Gosens, Thomas Wieland, Martina Schmidt
Malignant carcinomas are often characterized by metastasis, the movement of carcinoma cells from a primary site to colonize distant organs. For metastasis to occur, carcinoma cells first must adopt a pro-migratory phenotype and move through the surrounding stroma towards a blood or lymphatic vessel. Currently, there are very limited possibilities to target these processes therapeutically. The family of Rho GTPases is an ubiquitously expressed division of GTP-binding proteins involved in the regulation of cytoskeletal dynamics and intracellular signaling...
September 11, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894085/p190rhogap-proteins-contain-pseudogtpase-domains
#13
Amy L Stiegler, Titus J Boggon
The two p190RhoGAP proteins, p190RhoGAP-A and -B, are key regulators of Rho GTPase signaling and are essential for actin cytoskeletal structure and contractility. Here we report the discovery of two evolutionarily conserved GTPase-like domains located in the 'middle domain', previously thought to be unstructured. Deletion of these domains reduces RhoGAP activity. Crystal structures, MANT-GTPγS binding, thermal denaturation, biochemical assays and sequence homology analysis all strongly support defects in nucleotide-binding activity...
September 11, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894027/activation-status-coupled-transient-s-acylation-determines-membrane-partitioning-of-a-plant-rho-related-gtpase
#14
Nadav Sorek, Limor Poraty, Hasana Sternberg, Ella Buriakovsky, Einat Bar, Efraim Lewinsohn, Shaul Yalovsky
ROPs or RACs are plant Rho-related GTPases implicated in regulation of multitude of signaling pathways that function at the plasma membrane via posttranslational lipid modifications. The relations between ROP activation status and their membrane localization has not been established. Here, we show that endogenous ROPs, as well as a transgenic His6:GFP:AtROP6 fusion protein, were partitioned between Triton X-100 soluble and insoluble membranes. In contrast, the His6:GFP:Atrop6(CA) activated mutant accumulated exclusively in detergent resistant membranes...
September 11, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889942/differential-functions-of-wave-regulatory-complex-subunits-in-the-regulation-of-actin-driven-processes
#15
Christof Litschko, Joern Linkner, Stefan Brühmann, Theresia E B Stradal, Tobias Reinl, Lothar Jänsch, Klemens Rottner, Jan Faix
The WAVE regulatory complex (WRC) links upstream Rho-family GTPase signaling to the activation of the ARP2/3 complex in different organisms. WRC-induced and ARP2/3 complex-mediated actin nucleation beneath the plasma membrane is critical for actin assembly in the leading edge to drive efficient cell migration. The WRC is a stable heteropentamer composed of SCAR/WAVE, Abi, Nap, Pir and the small polypeptide Brk1/Hspc300. Functional interference with individual subunits of the complex frequently results in diminished amounts of the remaining polypeptides of the WRC complex, implying the complex to act as molecular entity...
September 4, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887403/the-functions-of-reelin-in-membrane-trafficking-and-cytoskeletal-dynamics-implications-for-neuronal-migration-polarization-and-differentiation
#16
REVIEW
Jessica Santana, María-Paz Marzolo
Reelin is a large extracellular matrix protein with relevant roles in mammalian central nervous system including neurogenesis, neuronal polarization and migration during development; and synaptic plasticity with its implications in learning and memory, in the adult. Dysfunctions in reelin signaling are associated with brain lamination defects such as lissencephaly, but also with neuropsychiatric diseases like autism, schizophrenia and depression as well with neurodegeneration. Reelin signaling involves a core pathway that activates upon reelin binding to its receptors, particularly ApoER2 (apolipoprotein E receptor 2)/LRP8 (low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 8) and very low-density lipoprotein receptor, followed by Src/Fyn-mediated phosphorylation of the adaptor protein Dab1 (Disabled-1)...
September 7, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886345/rac1-missense-mutations-in-developmental-disorders-with-diverse-phenotypes
#17
Margot R F Reijnders, Nurhuda M Ansor, Maria Kousi, Wyatt W Yue, Perciliz L Tan, Katie Clarkson, Jill Clayton-Smith, Ken Corning, Julie R Jones, Wayne W K Lam, Grazia M S Mancini, Carlo Marcelis, Shehla Mohammed, Rolph Pfundt, Maian Roifman, Ronald Cohn, David Chitayat, Tom H Millard, Nicholas Katsanis, Han G Brunner, Siddharth Banka
RAC1 is a widely studied Rho GTPase, a class of molecules that modulate numerous cellular functions essential for normal development. RAC1 is highly conserved across species and is under strict mutational constraint. We report seven individuals with distinct de novo missense RAC1 mutations and varying degrees of developmental delay, brain malformations, and additional phenotypes. Four individuals, each harboring one of c.53G>A (p.Cys18Tyr), c.116A>G (p.Asn39Ser), c.218C>T (p.Pro73Leu), and c.470G>A (p...
September 7, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882897/the-tiam1-guanine-nucleotide-exchange-factor-is-auto-inhibited-by-its-pleckstrin-homology-coiled-coil-extension-domain
#18
Zhen Xu, Lokesh Gakhar, Fletcher E Bain, Maria Spies, Ernesto J Fuentes
T-cell lymphoma invasion and metastasis 1 (Tiam1) is a Dbl-family guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) that specifically activates the Rho-family GTPase Rac1 in response to upstream signals, thereby regulating cellular processes including cell adhesion and migration. Tiam1 contains multiple domains, including an N-terminal Pleckstrin homology coiled-coiled extension (PHn-CC-Ex) and catalytic Dbl-homology and C-terminal Pleckstrin homology (DH-PHc) domain. Previous studies indicate that larger fragments of Tiam1, such the region encompassing the N-terminal to C-terminal Pleckstrin homology domains (PHn-PHc) are auto-inhibited...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880939/arf6-mediates-nephrin-tyrosine-phosphorylation-induced-podocyte-cellular-dynamics
#19
Jamie S Lin, Jin Seok Jeon, Qingfeng Fan, Hetty N Wong, Matthew B Palmer, Lawrence B Holzman
ADP-ribosylation factor 6 (ARF6) is a small GTPase necessary for regulating cellular structure, motility, and vesicle trafficking. In several cellular systems, ARF6 was shown to regulate actin dynamics in coordination with Rac1, a Rho small GTPase. We examined the function of ARF6 in the kidney podocyte because Rac1 was implicated in kidney diseases involving this cell. We found that ARF6 expression was enriched in human podocytes and that it modulated podocyte cytoskeletal dynamics through a functional interaction with nephrin, an intercellular junction protein necessary for podocyte injury-induced signaling requiring activation by tyrosine phosphorylation of its cytoplasmic domain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870903/role-of-arhgap24-in-adp-ribosylation-factor-6-arf6-dependent-pseudopod-formation-in-human-breast-carcinoma-cells
#20
Shota Uehara, Koji Saito, Hisayo Asami, Yasutaka Ohta
BACKGROUND/AIM: The small GTPase ADP ribosylation factor 6 (ARF6) promotes carcinoma cell invasion and metastasis through remodeling of actin cytoskeleton and formation of pseudopod that is regulated by RAC. RHO GTPase activating protein 24 (ARHGAP24), a RAC-specific GTPase activating protein, binds to activated ARF6 and is recruited to the plasma membrane. The aim of the present study was to demonstrate if ARHGAP24 is involved in the ARF6-mediated formation of pseudopods in breast carcinoma cells...
September 2017: Anticancer Research
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