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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644898/spatio-temporal-orientation-of-microtubules-controls-conical-cell-shape-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-petals
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Huibo Ren, Xie Dang, Xianzhi Cai, Peihang Yu, Yajun Li, Shanshan Zhang, Menghong Liu, Binqing Chen, Deshu Lin
The physiological functions of epidermal cells are largely determined by their diverse morphologies. Most flowering plants have special conical-shaped petal epidermal cells that are thought to influence light capture and reflectance, and provide pollinator grips, but the molecular mechanisms controlling conical cell shape remain largely unknown. Here, we developed a live-confocal imaging approach to quantify geometric parameters of conical cells in Arabidopsis thaliana (A.thaliana). Through genetic screens, we identified katanin (KTN1) mutants showing a phenotype of decreased tip sharpening of conical cells...
June 23, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644070/particulate-matter-disrupts-human-lung-endothelial-cell-barrier-integrity-via-rho-dependent-pathways
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Ting Wang, Yuka Shimizu, Xiaomin Wu, Gabriel T Kelly, Xiaoyan Xu, Lichun Wang, Zhongqing Qian, Yin Chen, Joe G N Garcia
Increased exposure to ambient particulate matter (PM) is associated with elevated morbidity and mortality in patients with cardiopulmonary diseases and cancer. We and others have shown that PM induces lung microvascular barrier dysfunction which potentially enhances the systemic toxicity of PM. However, the mechanisms by which PM disrupts vascular endothelial integrity remain incompletely explored. We hypothesize that PM induces endothelial cell (EC) cytoskeleton rearrangement via Rho GTPase-dependent pathways to facilitate vascular hyperpermeability...
June 23, 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642683/object-phobia-and-altered-rhoa-signaling-in-amygdala-of-mice-lacking-rich2
#3
Tasnuva Sarowar, Stefanie Grabrucker, Tobias M Boeckers, Andreas M Grabrucker
RICH2 knockout (RICH2 KO) mice exhibit neophobia in the novel object test. To gain further insight into their anxiety-related phenotype, we subjected these mice to additional behavioral tests to elucidate whether the behavioral abnormality in these mice is a consequence of reduced exploratory motivation, and whether the neophobia is linked specifically to objects or also present for other modalities. RICH2 KO mice engage in normal exploration in a novel environment, suggesting that the anxiety-related phenotype is not due to reduced exploratory drive...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641032/targeting-rho-gtpase-effector-p21-activated-kinase-4-pak4-suppresses-p-bad-microrna-drug-resistance-axis-leading-to-inhibition-of-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-proliferation
#4
Ramzi M Mohammad, Yiwei Li, Irfana Muqbil, Amro Aboukameel, William Senapedis, Erkan Baloglu, Yosef Landesman, Philip A Philip, Asfar S Azmi
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a highly aggressive and therapy resistant malignancy. Mutant K-Ras, found in >90% of refractory PDAC, acts as a molecular switch activating Rho GTPase signaling that in turn promotes a plethora of pro-survival molecules and oncogenic microRNAs. We investigated the impact of Rho GTPase effector protein p21 activated kinase 4 (PAK4) inhibition on pro-survival p-Bad and oncogenic miRNA signaling. We demonstrate that the dual NAMPT and PAK4 modulators (KPT-9274 and KPT-9307) inhibit PDAC cell proliferation through down-regulation of Bad phosphorylation and up-regulation tumor suppressive miRNAs (miR-145, let-7c, let-7d, miR-34c, miR320 and miR-100)...
June 22, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638915/-optogenetic-activation-of-dorsal-hippocampal-astrocytic-rac1-blocks-the-learning-of-associative-memory
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Xiao-Mu Guo, Zhao-Hui Liao, Ye-Zheng Tao, Fei-Fei Wang, Lan Ma
Rac1 belongs to the family of Rho GTPases, and plays important roles in the brain function. It affects the cell migration and axon guidance via regulating the cytoskeleton and cellular morphology. However, the effect of its dynamic activation in regulating physiological function remains unclear. Recently, a photoactivatable analogue of Rac1 (PA-Rac1) has been developed, allowing the activation of Rac1 by the specific wavelength of light in living cells. Thus, we constructed recombinant adeno-associated virus (AAV) of PA-Rac1 and its light-insensitive mutant PA-Rac1-C450A under the control of the mouse glial fibrillary acidic protein (mGFAP) promoter to manipulate Rac1 activity in astrocytes by optical stimulation...
June 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636424/fluid-shear-stress-regulates-hepg2-cell-migration-though-time-dependent-integrin-signaling-cascade
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Hongchi Yu, Yang Shen, Jingsi Jin, Yingying Zhang, Tang Feng, Xiaoheng Liu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a subtype of malignant liver cancer with poor prognosis and limited treatment options. It is noteworthy that mechanical forces in tumor microenvironment play a pivotal role in mediating the behaviors and functions of tumor cells. As an instrumental type of mechanical forces in vivo, fluid shear stress (FSS) has been reported having potent physiologic and pathologic effects on cancer progression. However, the time-dependent mechanochemical transduction in HCC induced by FSS remains unclear...
June 21, 2017: Cell Adhesion & Migration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632993/the-role-of-small-gtpases-and-epac-rap-signaling-in-the-regulation-of-the-blood-brain-and-blood-retinal-barriers
#7
Carla J Ramos, David A Antonetti
Maintenance and regulation of the vascular endothelial cell junctional complex is critical for proper barrier function of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and the highly related blood-retinal barrier (BRB) that help maintain proper neuronal environment. Recent research has demonstrated that the junctional complex is actively maintained and can be dynamically regulated. Studies focusing on the mechanisms of barrier formation, maintenance, and barrier disruption have been of interest to understanding development of the BBB and BRB and identifying a means for therapeutic intervention for diseases ranging from brain tumors and dementia to blinding eye diseases...
June 9, 2017: Tissue Barriers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632027/shc-and-the-mechanotransduction-of-cellular-anchorage-and-metastasis
#8
Lance S Terada
Tissue cells continually monitor anchorage conditions by gauging the physical properties of their underlying matrix and surrounding environment. The Rho and Ras GTPases are essential components of these mechanosensory pathways. These molecular switches control both cytoskeletal as well as cell fate responses to anchorage conditions and are thus critical to our understanding of how cells respond to their physical environment and, by extension, how malignant cells gainsay these regulatory pathways. Recent studies indicate that 2 proteins produced by the SHC1 gene, thought for the most part to functionally oppose each other, collaborate in their ability to respond to mechanical force by initiating respective Rho and Ras signals...
February 17, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630256/the-small-gtpase-rac1-contributes-to-extinction-of-aversive-memories-of-drug-withdrawal-by-facilitating-gabaa-receptor-endocytosis-in-the-vmpfc
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Wei-Sheng Wang, Yun-Yue Ju, Qi-Xin Zhou, Jian-Xin Tang, Meng Li, Lei Zhang, Shuo Kang, Zhong-Guo Chen, Yu-Jun Wang, Hui Ji, Yu-Qiang Ding, Lin Xu, Jing-Gen Liu
Extinction of aversive memories has been a major concern in neuropsychiatric disorders such as anxiety disorders and drug addiction. However, the mechanisms underlying extinction of aversive memories are not fully understood. Here, we report that extinction of conditioned place aversion (CPA) to naloxone-precipitated opiate withdrawal in male rats activates Rho GTPase Rac1 in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) in a BDNF-dependent manner, which determines GABAA receptor (GABAAR) endocytosis via triggering synaptic translocation of activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein (Arc) through facilitating actin polymerization...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624895/semaphorin4d-plexinb1-signaling-attenuates-photoreceptor-outer-segment-phagocytosis-by-reducing-rac1-activity-of-rpe-cells
#10
Ayelen Bulloj, Arvydas Maminishkis, Masayuki Mizui, Silvia C Finnemann
Semaphorins form a family of secreted and membrane-bound molecules that were identified originally as axonal guidance factors during neuronal development. Given their wide distribution in many including mature tissues, semaphorin 4D (sema4D) and its main functional receptor plexin B1 (plxnB1) are expected to fulfill additional functions that remain to be uncovered. A main characteristic of the plexin receptor family is its ability to reorganize the cytoskeleton. PlxnB1 specifically may directly interact with Rho family GTPases to regulate F-actin driven pathways in cells in culture...
June 17, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622072/new-model-for-the-interaction-of-iqgap1-with-cdc42-and-rac1
#11
Kazem Nouri, David J Timson, Mohammad R Ahmadian
The specific and rapid formation of protein complexes, involving IQGAP family proteins, is essential for diverse cellular processes, such as adhesion, polarization, and directional migration. Although CDC42 and RAC1, prominent members of the RHO GTPase family, have been implicated in binding to and activating IQGAP1, the exact nature of this protein-protein recognition process has remained obscure. Here, we propose a mechanistic framework model that is based on a multiple-step binding process, which is a prerequisite for the dynamic functions of IQGAP1 as a scaffolding protein and a critical mechanism in temporal regulation and integration of cellular pathways...
June 16, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620941/endothelial-mechanotransduction-proteins-and-vascular-function-are-altered-by-dietary-sucrose-supplementation-in-healthy-young-male-subjects
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Lasse Gliemann, Nicolai Rytter, Mads Lindskrog, Martina H Lundberg Slingsby, Thorbjörn Åkerström, Lykke Sylow, Erik A Richter, Ylva Hellsten
Endothelial mechanotransduction is important for vascular function but alterations and activation of vascular mechanosensory proteins have not been investigated in humans. In endothelial cell culture, simple sugars effectively impair mechanosensor proteins. To study mechanosensor- and vascular function in humans, twelve young healthy male subjects supplemented their diet with 3 × 75 g sucrose day(-1) for 14 days in a randomized cross-over design. Before and after the intervention period, the hyperemic response to passive lower leg movement and active knee extensor exercise was determined by ultrasound doppler...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619708/arhgap18-downregulation-by-mir-200b-suppresses-metastasis-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer-by-enhancing-activation-of-rhoa
#13
Brock Humphries, Zhishan Wang, Yunfei Li, Jing-Ru Jhan, Yiguo Jiang, Chengfeng Yang
Rho GTPases activated in cancer cells drive proliferation, migration and metastasis. Thus, RhoGAP proteins which negatively regulate Rho GTPases are generally thought to function as tumor suppressors. Here this expectation was challenged by characterization of ARHGAP18, a RhoGAP family member that is selectively overexpressed in highly migratory triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells. In human breast tumors, higher ARHGAP18 levels associated with worse overall survival, recurrence-free survival and metastasis-free survival...
June 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615321/par-proteins-regulate-maintenance-phase-myosin-dynamics-during-c-elegans-zygote-polarization
#14
Lawrence E Small, Adriana T Dawes
Establishment of anterior-posterior polarity in the C. elegans zygote requires two different processes: mechanical activity of the actin-myosin cortex and biochemical activity of partitioning defective (PAR) proteins. Here, we have analyzed how PARs regulate the behavior of the cortical motor protein non-muscle myosin (NMY-2) to complement recent efforts that investigate how PARs regulate the Rho GTPase CDC-42, which in turn regulates the actin-myosin cortex. We found that PAR-3 and PAR-6 concentrate CDC-42-dependent NMY-2 in the anterior cortex, while PAR-2 inhibits CDC-42-dependent NMY-2 in the posterior by inhibiting PAR-3 and PAR-6...
June 14, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615318/miro1-mediated-mitochondrial-positioning-shapes-intracellular-energy-gradients-required-for-cell-migration
#15
Max-Hinderk Schuler, Agnieszka Lewandowska, Giuseppe Di Caprio, Wesley Skillern, Srigokul Upadhyayula, Tom Kirchhausen, Janet M Shaw, Brian Cunniff
It has long been postulated, though never directly demonstrated that mitochondria are strategically positioned in the cytoplasm to meet local requirements for energy production. Here we show that positioning of mitochondria in mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) determines the shape of intracellular energy gradients in living cells. Specifically, the ratio of ATP to ADP was highest at perinuclear areas of dense mitochondria and gradually declined approaching more peripheral sites. Furthermore, the majority of mitochondria were positioned at the ventral surface of the cell, correlating with high ATP:ADP ratios close to the ventral membrane that rapidly decreased towards the dorsal surface...
June 14, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613115/contribution-of-phosphatidylserine-to-rho1-and-pkc1-related-repolarization-of-the-actin-cytoskeleton-under-stressed-conditions-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#16
Wataru Nomura, Yoshiharu Inoue
The budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae undergoes polarized cell growth, which is established in association with actin polarization. Rho1, one of the Rho-type GTPases in S. cerevisiae, is crucial for maintaining polarized cell growth and actin polarization and controlling the downstream signaling pathway, the Pkc1-Mpk1 MAP kinase cascade, through a physical interaction with Pkc1, the sole protein kinase C in this yeast. The Pkc1-Mpk1 MAP kinase cascade is important for the repolarization of actin under heat shock-stressed conditions...
June 14, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611940/involvement-of-chromatin-remodeling-genes-and-the-rho-gtpases-rhob-and-cdc42-in-ovarian-clear-cell-carcinoma
#17
Nicolai Skovbjerg Arildsen, Jenny-Maria Jönsson, Katarina Bartuma, Anna Ebbesson, Sofia Westbom-Fremer, Anna Måsbäck, Susanne Malander, Mef Nilbert, Ingrid A Hedenfalk
OBJECTIVE: Ovarian clear cell carcinomas (OCCCs) constitute a rare ovarian cancer subtype with distinct clinical features, but may nonetheless be difficult to distinguish morphologically from other subtypes. There is limited knowledge of genetic events driving OCCC tumorigenesis beyond ARID1A, which is reportedly mutated in 30-50% of OCCCs. We aimed to further characterize OCCCs by combined global transcriptional profiling and targeted deep sequencing of a panel of well-established cancer genes...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610953/a-thirty-year-quest-for-a-role-of-r-ras-in-cancer-from-an-oncogene-to-a-multitasking-gtpase
#18
Wai Nam Liu, Mingfei Yan, Andrew M Chan
Since the identification of R-Ras, which is the first Ras-related GTPase isolated based on sequence similarity to the classical RAS oncogene, more than 160 members of the Ras superfamily of GTPases have been identified and classified into the Ras, Rho, Rap, Rab, Ran, Arf, Rheb, RGK, Rad, Rit, and Miro subfamilies. R-Ras belongs to the Ras subfamily of small G-proteins, which are frequently implicated in cell growth and differentiation. Although the roles of R-Ras in cellular transformation and integrin-mediated cell adhesion have been extensively studied, the physiological function of this enigmatic G-protein was only revealed when a mouse strain deficient in R-Ras was generated...
June 10, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608476/pro-migratory-and-tgf-%C3%AE-activating-functions-of-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-6-integrin-in-pancreatic-cancer-are-differentially-regulated-via-an-eps8-dependent-gtpase-switch
#19
Jo Tod, Christopher J Hanley, Mark R Morgan, Marta Rucka, Toby Mellows, Maria-Antoinette Lopez, Philip Kiely, Karwan A Moutasim, Steven J Frampton, Durgagauri Sabnis, David R Fine, Colin Johnson, John F Marshall, Giorgio Scita, Veronika Jenei, Gareth J Thomas
The integrin αvβ6 is upregulated in numerous carcinomas, where expression commonly correlates with poor prognosis. αvβ6 promotes tumour invasion, partly through regulation of proteases and cell migration, and is also the principal mechanism by which epithelial cells activate TGF-β1; this latter function complicates therapeutic targeting of αvβ6, since TGF-β1 has both tumour-promoting and -suppressive effects. It is unclear how these different αvβ6 functions are linked; both require actin cytoskeletal reorganisation, and it is suggested that tractive forces generated during cell migration activate TGF-β1 by exerting mechanical tension on the ECM-bound latent complex...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602912/synthetic-8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine-inhibited-metastasis-of-pancreatic-cancer-through-concerted-inhibitions-of-erm-and-rho-gtpase
#20
Jong-Min Park, Young-Min Han, Migyeong Jeong, Myung Hee Chung, Chang Il Kwon, Kwang Hyun Ko, Ki Baik Hahm
8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) is generated consequent to oxidative stress, but its paradoxical anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-mutagenic effects via Rho-GTPase inhibition were noted in various models of inflammation and cancer. Metastasis occurs through cell detachment, epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), and cell migration; during these processes, changes in cell morphology are initiated through Rho-GTPase-dependent actin cytoskeleton polymerization. In this study, we explored the anti-metastatic mechanisms of 8-OHdG in Panc-1 pancreatic cancer cells...
June 8, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
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