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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330155/purification-and-characterization-of-rga2-a-rho2-gtpase-activating-protein-from-tinospora-cordifolia
#1
Mohd Amir, Mohammad Aasif Dar, Wahiduzzaman, Asimul Islam, Faizan Ahmad, Md Imtaiyaz Hassan
Rho GTPases activating protein 2 (RGA2) is primarily involved in the modulation of numerous morphological events in eukaryotes. It protects plants by triggering the defense system which restricts the pathogen growth. This is the first report on the isolation, purification and characterization of RGA2 from the stems of Tinospora cordifolia, a medicinal plant. The RGA2 was purified using simple two-step process using DEAE-Hi-Trap FF and Superdex 200 chromatography columns, with a high yield. The purity of RGA2 was confirmed by SDS-PAGE and identified by MALDI-TOF/MS...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328290/cross-talk-between-rho-gtpases-and-pi3k-in-the-neutrophil
#2
Barry McCormick, Julia Y Chu, Sonja Vermeren
Neutrophils are short-lived, abundant peripheral blood leukocytes that provide a first line of defense against bacterial and fungal infections whilst also being a key part of the inflammatory response. Chemokines induce neutrophil recruitment to inflammatory sites, where neutrophils perform a number of diverse functions that are aimed at fighting infections. Neutrophil effector functions are tightly regulated processes that are governed by an array of intracellular signaling pathways and initiated by receptor-ligand binding events...
March 22, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326341/cdc42-is-crucial-for-facial-and-palatal-formation-during-craniofacial-development
#3
Mutsuko Oshima-Nakayama, Atsushi Yamada, Tamaki Kurosawa, Ryo Aizawa, Dai Suzuki, Yoshiro Saito, Hidetoshi Kassai, Yuki Sato, Matsuo Yamamoto, Tatsuo Shirota, Atsu Aiba, Koutaro Maki, Ryutaro Kamijo
Craniofacial deformities with multifactorial etiologies, such as cleft palate and facial dysmorphism, represent some of the most frequent congenital birth defects seen in humans. Their pathogeneses are often related to cranial neural crest (CNC) cells. During CNC cell migration, changes in cell shape and formation, as well as maintenance of subcellular structures, such as filopodia and lamellipodia, are dependent on the complex functions of Rho family small GTPases, which are regulators of actin cytoskeletal organization...
December 2016: Bone Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316141/dasatinib-inhibits-actin-fiber-reorganization-and-promotes-endothelial-cell-permeability-through-rhoa-rock-pathway
#4
Swapan K Dasgupta, Anhquyen Le, K Vinod Vijayan, Perumal Thiagarajan
Treatment with dasatinib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is associated with edema, pleural effusion, and pulmonary edema. We investigated the effect of dasatinib on the barrier function of human microvascular endothelial cells-1 (HMEC-1) in vitro and in vivo. The permeability of HMEC-1 to fluorescein isothiocyante (FITC)-dextran increased in Transwell chambers within 5 min following the addition of therapeutic concentrations of dasatinib. The change in permeability was associated with increased activation of RhoA GTPase and its effector Rho-associated coiled-coil kinase 1(ROCK1)...
March 18, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315004/alex1-a-novel-tumor-suppressor-gene-inhibits-gastric-cancer-metastasis-via-the-par-1-rho-gtpase-signaling-pathway
#5
Li Pang, Jian-Fang Li, Liping Su, Mingde Zang, Zhiyuan Fan, Beiqin Yu, Xiongyan Wu, Chen Li, Min Yan, Zheng-Gang Zhu, Bingya Liu
BACKGROUND: The ALEX is a novel member of the armadillo family and ALEX1 was reported to be reduced or even lost in multiple solid tumors. However, its expression profile and oncogenic role in gastric cancer (GC) remains largely unknown. METHODS: ALEX1 expression was detected in 161 GC samples by immunohistochemistry staining. NCI-N87 cells transfected by ALEX1 lentivirus vectors and MKN28 cells transfected by ALEX1 shRNA were used for biological function investigation...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304230/modular-regulation-of-rho-family-gtpases-in-development
#6
Marlis Denk-Lobnig, Adam C Martin
Rho family GTPase signaling regulates the actin cytoskeleton and is critical for behaviors that range from the cell to tissue-scale. A theme in Rho GTPase biology is that there are many more regulators, such as guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs) and GTPase activating proteins (GAPs), than GTPases themselves. Here, we review different, modular cases where GEFs and GAPs function together to elicit precise spatial and temporal control of signaling. We focus on examples from metazoan development, where precise regulation of Rho GTPases is critical for proper tissue form and function...
March 17, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300846/regulation-of-rhoa-activity-by-the-cellular-prion-protein
#7
Hee-Jun Kim, Hong-Seok Choi, Jeong-Ho Park, Mo-Jong Kim, Hyoung-Gon Lee, Robert Bob Petersen, Yong-Sun Kim, Jae-Bong Park, Eun-Kyoung Choi
The cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) is a highly conserved glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored membrane protein that is involved in the signal transduction during the initial phase of neurite outgrowth. The Ras homolog gene family member A (RhoA) is a small GTPase that is known to have an essential role in regulating the development, differentiation, survival, and death of neurons in the central nervous system. Although recent studies have shown the dysregulation of RhoA in a variety of neurodegenerative diseases, the role of RhoA in prion pathogenesis remains unclear...
March 16, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300646/developmental-changes-in-trak-mediated-mitochondrial-transport-in-neurons
#8
Omar Loss, F Anne Stephenson
Previous studies established that the kinesin adaptor proteins, TRAK1 and TRAK2, play an important role in mitochondrial transport in neurons. They link mitochondria to kinesin motor proteins via a TRAK acceptor protein in the mitochondrial outer membrane, the Rho GTPase, Miro. TRAKs also associate with enzyme, O-linked N-acetylglucosamine transferase (OGT), to form a quaternary, mitochondrial trafficking complex. A recent report suggested that TRAK1 preferentially controls mitochondrial transport in axons of hippocampal neurons whereas TRAK2 controls mitochondrial transport in dendrites...
March 11, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300565/the-shift-in-gh3-cell-shape-and-cell-motility-is-dependent-on-mlck-and-rock
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Dulce Ávila-Rodríguez, Carmen Solano Agama, Sirenia González-Pozos, Juan Vicente Méndez-Méndez, Alma Ortiz Plata, Laura Arreola-Mendoza, María E Mendoza-Garrido
Cytoskeletal organization, actin-myosin contractility and the cell membrane together regulate cell morphology in response to the cell environment, wherein the extracellular matrix (ECM) is an indispensable component. Plasticity in cell shape enables cells to adapt their migration mode to their surroundings. GH3 endocrine cells respond to different ECM proteins, acquiring different morphologies: a rounded on collagen I-III (C I-III) and an elongated on collagen IV (C IV). However, the identities of the molecules that participate in these responses remain unknown...
March 11, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298491/cyk-4-regulates-rac-but-not-rho-during-cytokinesis
#10
Yelena Zhuravlev, Sophia M Hirsch, Shawn N Jordan, Julien Dumont, Mimi Shirasu-Hiza, Julie C Canman
Cytokinesis is driven by constriction of an actomyosin contractile ring that is controlled by Rho family small GTPases. Rho, activated by the Guanine-nucleotide Exchange Factor (GEF) ECT-2, is upstream of both myosin-II activation and diaphanous formin-mediated filamentous actin (f-actin) assembly, which drive ring constriction. The role for Rac and its regulators is more controversial but, based on the finding that Rac inactivation can rescue cytokinesis failure when the GTPase Activating Protein (GAP) CYK-4 is disrupted, Rac activity was proposed to be inhibitory to contractile ring constriction and thus specifically inactivated by CYK-4 at the division plane...
March 15, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293820/crosstalk-of-cell-polarity-signaling-pathways
#11
REVIEW
Tomáš Mazel
Cell polarity, the asymmetric organization of cellular components along one or multiple axes, is present in most cells. From budding yeast cell polarization induced by pheromone signaling, oocyte polarization at fertilization to polarized epithelia and neuronal cells in multicellular organisms, similar mechanisms are used to determine cell polarity. Crucial role in this process is played by signaling lipid molecules, small Rho family GTPases and Par proteins. All these signaling circuits finally govern the cytoskeleton, which is responsible for oriented cell migration, cell shape changes, and polarized membrane and organelle trafficking...
March 14, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287465/serine-threonine-kinase-3-phosphoinositide-dependent-protein-kinase-1-pdk1-as-a-key-regulator-of-cell-migration-and-cancer-dissemination
#12
REVIEW
Laura Di Blasio, Paolo A Gagliardi, Alberto Puliafito, Luca Primo
Dissecting the cellular signaling that governs the motility of eukaryotic cells is one of the fundamental tasks of modern cell biology, not only because of the large number of physiological processes in which cell migration is crucial, but even more so because of the pathological ones, in particular tumor invasion and metastasis. Cell migration requires the coordination of at least four major processes: polarization of intracellular signaling, regulation of the actin cytoskeleton and membrane extension, focal adhesion and integrin signaling and contractile forces generation and rear retraction...
March 11, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287334/regulation-of-rho-gtpase-activity-at-the-leading-edge-of-migrating-cells-by-p190rhogap
#13
Aurélien Bidaud-Meynard, Fabien Binamé, Valérie Lagrée, Violaine Moreau
Cell migration, a key feature of embryonic development, immunity, angiogenesis, and tumor metastasis, is based on the coordinated regulation of actin dynamics and integrin-mediated adhesion. Rho GTPases play a major role in this phenomenon by regulating the onset and maintenance of actin-based protruding structures at cell leading edges (i.e. lamellipodia and filopodia) and contractile structures (i.e., stress fibers) at their trailing edge. While spatio-temporal analysis demonstrated the tight regulation of Rho GTPases at the migration front during cell locomotion, little is known about how the main regulators of Rho GTPase activity, such as GAPs, GEFs and GDIs, play a role in this process...
March 13, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287327/mechanism-of-cell-intrinsic-adaptation-to-adams-oliver-syndrome-gene-dock6-disruption-highlights-ubiquitin-like-modifier-isg15-as-a-regulator-of-rho-gtpases
#14
Berati Cerikan, Elmar Schiebel
DOCK6 is a RAC1/CDC42 guanine nucleotide exchange factor, however, little is known about its function and sub-cellular localization. DOCK6 regulates the balance between RAC1 and RHOA activity during cell adhesion and is important for CDC42-dependent mitotic chromosome alignment. Surprisingly, a cell intrinsic adaptation mechanism compensates for errors in these DOCK6 functions that arise as a consequence of prolonged DOCK6 depletion or complete removal in DOCK6 knockout cells. Down-regulation of the ubiquitin-like modifier ISG15 accounts for this adaptation...
February 23, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282856/hepatitis-b-virus-x-protein-stimulates-proliferation-wound-closure-and-inhibits-apoptosis-of-huh-7-cells-via-cdc42
#15
Yongru Xu, Yingzi Qi, Jing Luo, Jing Yang, Qi Xie, Chen Deng, Na Su, Wei Wei, Deshun Shi, Feng Xu, Xiangping Li, Ping Xu
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection has been considered as the major cause of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Hepatitis B virus X protein (HBx) has been reported to be oncogenic. The underlying mechanisms of HBV-related HCC are not fully understood, and the role played by the HBx protein in HBV induced carcinogenesis remains controversial. CDC42, a member of the Rho GTPase family, has been reported to be overexpressed in several different cancers, including HBV-related HCC. However, the specific role of CDC42 in HCC development remains unclear...
March 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277539/epidermal-rac1-regulates-the-dna-damage-response-and-protects-from-uv-light-induced-keratinocyte-apoptosis-and-skin-carcinogenesis
#16
Jayesh Deshmukh, Ruth Pofahl, Ingo Haase
Non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) is the most common type of cancer. Increased expression and activity of Rac1, a small Rho GTPase, has been shown previously in NMSC and other human cancers; suggesting that Rac1 may function as an oncogene in skin. DMBA/TPA skin carcinogenesis studies in mice have shown that Rac1 is required for chemically induced skin papilloma formation. However, UVB radiation by the sun, which causes DNA damage, is the most relevant cause for NMSC. A potential role of Rac1 in UV-light-induced skin carcinogenesis has not been investigated so far...
March 9, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274785/expression-of-rac1-alternative-3-utrs-is-a-cell-specific-mechanism-with-a-function-in-dendrite-outgrowth-in-cortical-neurons
#17
Sandra Oliveira Braz, Andrea Cruz, Andrea Lobo, Joana Bravo, Joana Moreira-Ribeiro, Isabel Pereira-Castro, Jaime Freitas, Joao B Relvas, Teresa Summavielle, Alexandra Moreira
The differential expression of mRNAs containing tandem alternative 3' UTRs, achieved by mechanisms of alternative polyadenylation and post-transcriptional regulation, has been correlated with a variety of cellular states. In differentiated cells and brain tissues there is a general use of distal polyadenylation signals, originating mRNAs with longer 3' UTRs, in contrast with proliferating cells and other tissues such as testis, where most mRNAs contain shorter 3' UTRs. Although cell type and state are relevant in many biological processes, how these mechanisms occur in specific brain cell types is still poorly understood...
March 6, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270557/raf1-braf-dimerization-integrates-the-signal-from-ras-to-erk-and-rok%C3%AE
#18
Andrea Varga, Karin Ehrenreiter, Bertram Aschenbrenner, Pawel Kocieniewski, Marek Kochanczyk, Tomasz Lipniacki, Manuela Baccarini
Downstream of growth factor receptors and of the guanine triphosphatase (GTPase) RAS, heterodimers of the serine/threonine kinases BRAF and RAF1 are critical upstream kinases and activators of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) module containing the mitogen-activated and extracellular signal-regulated kinase kinase (MEK) and their targets, the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) family. Either direct or scaffold protein-mediated interactions among the components of the ERK module (the MAPKKKs BRAF and RAF1, MEK, and ERK) facilitate signal transmission...
March 7, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261216/smoothened-regulates-migration-of-fibroblast-like-synoviocytes-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-via-activation-of-rho-gtpase-signaling
#19
Wei-Xiang Peng, Shang-Ling Zhu, Bai-Yu Zhang, Yi-Ming Shi, Xiao-Xue Feng, Fang Liu, Jian-Lin Huang, Song Guo Zheng
Fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLSs) acquire aggressive phenotypes characterized with enhanced migration abilities and inherent invasive qualities in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Smoothened (Smo) is a key component of sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling and contributes to tumor cell invasion and metastasis. The objective of this study is to investigate the role of Smo in the modulation of cell migration and explore the underlying molecular mechanism(s). FLSs were isolated from RA synovium. Shh levels were regulated by a Smo agonist (purmorphamine), Smo antagonist (KAAD-cyclopamine), or small interfering RNA targeting the Smo gene (Smo-siRNA) in RA-FLSs...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255958/cognitive-functions-human-vs-animal%C3%A2-%C3%A2-4-1-advantage-fam72-srgap2
#20
REVIEW
Nguyen Thi Thanh Ho, Pok-Son Kim, Arne Kutzner, Klaus Heese
With the advent of computational genomics, an intensive search is underway for unique biomarkers for Homo sapiens that could be used to differentiate taxa within the Hominoidea, in particular to distinguish Homo from the apes (Pan, Gorilla, Pongo, and Hylobates) and species or subspecies within the genus Homo (H. sapiens, H. heidelbergensis, H. neanderthalensis, H. erectus, and the Denisovans). Here, we suggest that the |-FAM72-SRGAP2-| (family with sequence similarity 72/SLIT-ROBO Rho GTPase activating protein 2) gene pair is a unique molecular biomarker for the genus Homo that could also help to place Australopithecus at its most appropriate place within the phylogenetic tree and may explain the distinctive higher brain cognitive functions of humans...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
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