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Hui Ren, Nigel P Birch, Vinod Suresh
Robust and reproducible in vitro models are required for investigating the pathways involved in fluid homeostasis in the human alveolar epithelium. We performed functional and phenotypic characterisation of ion transport in the human pulmonary epithelial cell lines NCI-H441 and A549 to determine their similarity to primary human alveolar type II cells. NCI-H441 cells exhibited high expression of junctional proteins ZO-1, and E-cadherin, seal-forming claudin-3, -4, -5 and Na+-K+-ATPase while A549 cells exhibited high expression of pore-forming claudin-2...
2016: PloS One
Sisse R Ostrowski, Hanne H Henriksen, Jakob Stensballe, Mikkel Gybel-Brask, Jessica C Cardenas, Lisa A Baer, Bryan A Cotton, John B Holcomb, Charles E Wade, Pär I Johansson
BACKGROUND: One third of severely injured patients present with a laboratory based diagnosis of coagulopathy. This study investigated clinical and biomarker profile of patients with rapid TEG (rTEG) coagulopathy hypothesizing that sympathoadrenal activation and endothelial damage were drivers of this condition. METHODS: Prospective observational study of 404 trauma patients admitted to a Level 1 US Trauma Center. Patients with admission rTEG and plasma measurements of catecholamines (adrenaline, noradrenaline) and biomarkers reflecting endothelial activation/damage (syndecan-1, thrombomodulin, sE-selectin, sVE-cadherin, nucleosomes) were included...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Stuart A Cain, Ewa J Mularczyk, Mukti Singh, Teresa Massam-Wu, Cay M Kielty
ADAMTS10 and ADAMTS6 are homologous metalloproteinases with ill-defined roles. ADAMTS10 mutations cause Weill-Marchesani syndrome (WMS), implicating it in fibrillin microfibril biology since some fibrillin-1 mutations also cause WMS. However little is known about ADAMTS6 function. ADAMTS10 is resistant to furin cleavage, however we show that ADAMTS6 is effectively processed and active. Using siRNA, over-expression and mutagenesis, it was found ADAMTS6 inhibits and ADAMTS10 is required for focal adhesions, epithelial cell-cell junction formation, and microfibril deposition...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Shohreh Maleki, Sanela Kjellqvist, Valentina Paloschi, Joelle Magné, Rui Miguel Mamede Branca, Lei Du, Kjell Hultenby, Johan Petrini, Jonas Fuxe, Janne Lehtiö, Anders Franco-Cereceda, Per Eriksson, Hanna M Björck
Individuals with a bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) are at significantly higher risk of developing aortic complications than individuals with tricuspid aortic valves (TAV) and defective signaling during the embryonic development and/or life time exposure to abnormal hemodynamic have been proposed as underlying factors. However, an explanation for the molecular mechanisms of aortopathy in BAV has not yet been provided. We combined proteomics, RNA analyses, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy to identify molecular differences in samples of non-dilated ascending aortas from BAV (N = 62) and TAV (N = 54) patients...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Gizem Ölmezer, Maryna Levikova, Dominique Klein, Benoît Falquet, Gabriele Alessandro Fontana, Petr Cejka, Ulrich Rass
Cells have evolved mechanisms to protect, restart and repair perturbed replication forks, allowing full genome duplication, even under replication stress. Interrogating the interplay between nuclease-helicase Dna2 and Holliday junction (HJ) resolvase Yen1, we find the Dna2 helicase activity acts parallel to homologous recombination (HR) in promoting DNA replication and chromosome detachment at mitosis after replication fork stalling. Yen1, but not the HJ resolvases Slx1-Slx4 and Mus81-Mms4, safeguards chromosome segregation by removing replication intermediates that escape Dna2...
October 25, 2016: Nature Communications
Peter A Campochiaro, Kevin G Peters
Tie2 is a tyrosine kinase receptor located predominantly on vascular endothelial cells that plays a central role in vascular stability. Angiopoietin-1 (Angpt1), produced by perivascular cells, binds, clusters, and activates Tie2, leading to Tie2 autophosphorylation and downstream signaling. Activated Tie2 increases endothelial cell survival, adhesion, and cell junction integrity, thereby stabilizing the vasculature. Angiopoietin-2 (Angpt2) and vascular endothelial-protein tyrosine phosphatase (VE-PTP) are negative regulators increased by hypoxia; they inactivate Tie2, destabilizing the vasculature and increasing responsiveness to vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and other inflammatory cytokines that stimulate vascular leakage and neovascularization...
December 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Ni-Na Song, Wen-Xie Xu
Gastrointestinal smooth muscle layer contains two kinds of interstitial cells with special differentiation, i.e., interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) and platelet-derived growth factor receptor α-positive (PDGFRα(+)) cells. The ICC and PDGFRα(+) cells contact with smooth muscle cells (SMCs) by gap junctions and regulate contractive function of the SMCs. Therefore, these three kinds of cells constitute a functional syncytium, i.e., the SMC, ICC and PDGFRα(+) cells syncytium (SIP syncytium). Various neurotransmitters, humoral factors, endogenous bioactive molecules, as well as drugs regulate gastrointestinal motility through the SIP syncytium...
October 25, 2016: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
Fawzia Bardag-Gorce, Richard H Hoft, Andrew Wood, Joan Oliva, Hope Niihara, Andrew Makalinao, Jacquelyn Thropay, Derek Pan, Imara Meepe, Kumar Tiger, Julio Garcia, Amanda Laporte, Samuel W French, Yutaka Niihara
The role of E-cadherin in epithelial barrier function of cultured autologous oral mucosa epithelial cell sheet (CAOMECS) grafts was examined. CAOMECS were cultured on a temperature-responsive surface and grafted onto rabbit corneas with Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency (LSCD). E-cadherin levels were significantly higher in CAOMECS compared to normal and LSCD epithelium. Beta-catenin colocalized with E-cadherin in CAOMECS cell membranes while phosphorylated beta-catenin was significantly increased. ZO-1, occludin, and Cnx43 were also strongly expressed in CAOMECS...
2016: Journal of Ophthalmology
Fernando Grigera, Robert Wuerffel, Amy L Kenter
Immunoglobulin heavy chain class switch recombination (CSR) requires targeted formation of DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) in repetitive switch region elements followed by ligation between distal breaks. The introduction of DSBs is initiated by activation induced cytidine deaminase (AID) and requires base excision repair (BER) and mismatch repair (MMR). The BER enzyme, methyl CpG binding domain protein 4 (MBD4) has been linked to the MMR pathway through its interaction with MutL homologue 1 (MLH1). We find that when the Mbd4 exons 6-8 are deleted in a switching B cell line DSB formation is severely reduced and CSR frequency is impaired...
October 24, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Srikanth R Polusani, Edward A Kalmykov, Anjana Chandrasekhar, Shoshanna N Zucker, Bruce J Nicholson
Gap junction proteins (connexins) have critical effects on cell motility in many systems, from migration of neural crest cells to promotion of metastatic invasiveness, Here we show that expression of Cx26 in HeLa cells specifically enhances cell motility in scrape wounding and sparse culture models. This effect is dependent on gap junction channels and is isotype specific (Cx26 enhances motility, while Cx43 does not. Cx32 has an intermediate effect). The increased motility is associated with reduced cell adhesiveness, caused by loss of N-cadherin protein and RNA at the wound edge...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
Xinyang Li, Jun Shen, Zhihua Ran
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by chronic, relapsing intestinal inflammation. Autoimmune liver disease (AILD) may be involved in IBD as an extra-intestinal manifestation (EIM). Epidemiologic and anatomic evidence have demonstrated an intimate crosstalk between the gut and the liver. In this review, we briefly introduced nine groups of susceptibility loci shared by inflammatory bowel and autoimmune liver disease for the first time. The genome-wide association studies (GWAS) evidence of pathways involving crosstalk between the gut and the liver is clarified and explained...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Sunil K George, Mehran Abolbashari, John D Jackson, Tamer Aboushwareb, Anthony Atala, James J Yoo
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurs when certain conditions cause the kidneys to gradually lose function. For patients with CKD, renal transplantation is the only treatment option that restores kidney function. In this study, we evaluated primary renal cells obtained from diseased kidneys to determine whether their normal phenotypic and functional characteristics are retained, and could be used for cell therapy. Primary renal cells isolated from both normal kidneys (NK) and diseased kidneys (CKD) showed similar phenotypic characteristics and growth kinetics...
2016: PloS One
Alice Nomura, Kaustav Majumder, Bhuwan Giri, Patricia Dauer, Vikas Dudeja, Sabita Roy, Sulagna Banerjee, Ashok K Saluja
NF-κB has an essential role in the initiation and progression of pancreatic cancer and specifically mediates the induction of epithelial-mesenchymal transition and invasiveness. In this study, we demonstrate the importance of activated NF-κB signaling in EMT induction, lymphovascular metastasis, and neural invasion. Modulation of NF-κB activity was accomplished through the specific NF-κB inhibitor (BAY 11-7085), triptolide, and Minnelide treatment, as well as overexpression of IKBα repressor and IKK activator plasmids...
October 24, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Yingguo Ren, Baochao Zhang, Dongpei Jia, Ke Hu
Objective To investigate the effects of tetramethylpyrazine (TMP) on experimental autoimmune myasthenia gravis (EAMG) in rats and explore the possible immune regulation mechanism. Methods Lewis rats were randomly divided into 4 groups: control group, EAMG group, TMP low-dose group (TMP-L, 10 mg/kg) and TMP high-dose group (TMP-H, 20 mg/kg). Except the control group, the other 3 groups were subjected to EAMG modeling. The body mass was determined and the symptoms of muscular weakness in rats were scored by Lennon EAMG criteria...
November 2016: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Miguel Anaya, Juan P Correa-Baena, Gabriel Lozano, Michael Saliba, Pablo Anguita, Bart Roose, Antonio Abate, Ullrich Steiner, Michael Grätzel, Mauricio E Calvo, Anders Hagfeldt, Hernán Míguez
Organic-inorganic perovskite structures in which lead is substituted by tin are exceptional candidates for broadband light absorption. Herein we present a thorough analysis of the optical properties of CH3NH3Sn x Pb1-x I3 films, providing the field with definitive insights about the possibilities of these materials for perovskite solar cells of superior efficiency. We report a user's guide based on the first set of optical constants obtained for a series of tin/lead perovskite films, which was only possible to measure due to the preparation of optical quality thin layers...
August 7, 2016: Journal of Materials Chemistry. A, Materials for Energy and Sustainability
Mathias Wenes, Min Shang, Mario Di Matteo, Jermaine Goveia, Rosa Martín-Pérez, Jens Serneels, Hans Prenen, Bart Ghesquière, Peter Carmeliet, Massimiliano Mazzone
Hypoxic tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) acquire angiogenic and immunosuppressive properties. Yet it remains unknown if metabolic changes influence these functions. Here, we argue that hypoxic TAMs strongly upregulate the expression of REDD1, a negative regulator of mTOR. REDD1-mediated mTOR inhibition hinders glycolysis in TAMs and curtails their excessive angiogenic response, with consequent formation of abnormal blood vessels. Accordingly, REDD1 deficiency in TAMs leads to the formation of smoothly aligned, pericyte-covered, functional vessels, which prevents vessel leakiness, hypoxia, and metastases...
October 13, 2016: Cell Metabolism
Monika S Brill, Tatjana Kleele, Laura Ruschkies, Mengzhe Wang, Natalia A Marahori, Miriam S Reuter, Torben J Hausrat, Emily Weigand, Matthew Fisher, Andrea Ahles, Stefan Engelhardt, Derron L Bishop, Matthias Kneussel, Thomas Misgeld
Developmental axon remodeling is characterized by the selective removal of branches from axon arbors. The mechanisms that underlie such branch loss are largely unknown. Additionally, how neuronal resources are specifically assigned to the branches of remodeling arbors is not understood. Here we show that axon branch loss at the developing mouse neuromuscular junction is mediated by branch-specific microtubule severing, which results in local disassembly of the microtubule cytoskeleton and loss of axonal transport in branches that will subsequently dismantle...
October 18, 2016: Neuron
Jonathan S Coravos, Adam C Martin
Actomyosin networks generate contractile force that changes cell and tissue shape. In muscle cells, actin filaments and myosin II appear in a polarized structure called a sarcomere, in which myosin II is localized in the center. Nonmuscle cortical actomyosin networks are thought to contract when nonmuscle myosin II (myosin) is activated throughout a mixed-polarity actin network. Here, we identified a mutant version of the myosin-activating kinase, ROCK, that localizes diffusely, rather than centrally, in epithelial cell apices...
October 19, 2016: Developmental Cell
Katsuto Tamai, Jouni Uitto
Epidermolysis bullosa is a group of heritable skin fragility disorders with considerable morbidity and mortality. It is known to be caused by mutations in as many as 18 distinct genes, but there is no specific or effective treatment. Preclinical developments of gene correction, protein replacement, and cell-based approaches for treatment have suggested new therapeutic avenues, and some of them, including bone marrow transplantation and mesenchymal stem cell therapy, have entered into early clinical trials. Hammersen et al...
November 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Julia Gauberg, Dennis Kolosov, Scott P Kelly
This study examined regional distribution and corticosteroid-induced alterations of claudin (cldn) transcript abundance in teleost fish skin. Regional comparison of mRNA encoding 20 Cldns indicated that 12 exhibit differences in abundance along the dorsoventral axis of skin. However, relative abundance of cldns (i.e. most to least abundant) remained similar in different skin regions. Several cldns appear to be present in the epidermis and dermal vasculature whereas others are present only in the epidermis. Increased circulating cortisol levels significantly altered mRNA abundance of 10 cldns in a region specific manner, as well as corticosteroid receptors and 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (type 2)...
October 19, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
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