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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102444/patients-with-bicuspid-and-tricuspid-aortic-valve-exhibit-distinct-regional-microrna-signatures-in-mildly-dilated-ascending-aorta
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Sebastian Albinsson, Alessandro Della Corte, Azra Alajbegovic, Katarzyna K Krawczyk, Ciro Bancone, Umberto Galderisi, Marilena Cipollaro, Marisa De Feo, Amalia Forte
MicroRNAs are able to modulate gene expression in a range of diseases. We focused on microRNAs as potential contributors to the pathogenesis of ascending aorta (AA) dilatation in patients with stenotic tricuspid (TAV) or bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). Aortic specimens were collected from the 'concavity' and the 'convexity' of mildly dilated AAs and of normal AAs from heart transplant donors. Aortic RNA was analyzed through PCR arrays, profiling the expression of 84 microRNAs involved in cardiovascular disease...
January 19, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102353/cofilin-regulates-nuclear-architecture-through-a-myosin-ii-dependent-mechanotransduction-module
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O'Neil Wiggan, Bryce Schroder, Diego Krapf, James R Bamburg, Jennifer G DeLuca
Structural features of the nucleus including shape, size and deformability impact its function affecting normal cellular processes such as cell differentiation and pathological conditions such as tumor cell migration. Despite the fact that abnormal nuclear morphology has long been a defining characteristic for diseases such as cancer relatively little is known about the mechanisms that control normal nuclear architecture. Mounting evidence suggests close coupling between F-actin cytoskeletal organization and nuclear morphology however, mechanisms regulating this coupling are lacking...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101865/tropomyosin-structure-function-and-interactions-a-dynamic-regulator
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Sarah E Hitchcock-DeGregori, Bipasha Barua
Tropomyosin is the archetypal-coiled coil, yet studies of its structure and function have proven it to be a dynamic regulator of actin filament function in muscle and non-muscle cells. Here we review aspects of its structure that deviate from canonical leucine zipper coiled coils that allow tropomyosin to bind to actin, regulate myosin, and interact directly and indirectly with actin-binding proteins. Four genes encode tropomyosins in vertebrates, with additional diversity that results from alternate promoters and alternatively spliced exons...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101692/the-assembly-and-function-of-perinuclear-actin-cap-in-migrating-cells
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Miloslava Maninova, Josef Caslavsky, Tomas Vomastek
Stress fibers are actin bundles encompassing actin filaments, actin-crosslinking, and actin-associated proteins that represent the major contractile system in the cell. Different types of stress fibers assemble in adherent cells, and they are central to diverse cellular processes including establishment of the cell shape, morphogenesis, cell polarization, and migration. Stress fibers display specific cellular organization and localization, with ventral fibers present at the basal side, and dorsal fibers and transverse actin arcs rising at the cell front from the ventral to the dorsal side and toward the nucleus...
January 18, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100610/the-measles-virus-receptor-slamf1-can-mediate-particle-endocytosis
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Daniel Gonçalves-Carneiro, Jane A McKeating, Dalan Bailey
: The signalling lymphocyte activation molecule F1 (SLAMF1) is both a microbial sensor and entry receptor for Measles virus (MeV). Herein, we describe a new role for SLAMF1 to mediate MeV endocytosis that is in contrast with the alternative, and generally accepted, model that MeV genome enters cells only after fusion at the cell surface. We demonstrated that MeV engagement of SLAMF1 induces dramatic but transient morphological changes, most prominently in the formation of membrane blebs, which were shown to co-localise with incoming viral particles, and rearrangement of the actin cytoskeleton in infected cells...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099852/yeast-short-lived-actin-associated-protein-forms-a-metastable-prion-in-response-to-thermal-stress
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Tatiana A Chernova, Denis A Kiktev, Andrey V Romanyuk, John R Shanks, Oskar Laur, Moiez Ali, Abheek Ghosh, Dami Kim, Zhen Yang, Maggie Mang, Yury O Chernoff, Keith D Wilkinson
Self-perpetuating ordered protein aggregates (amyloids and prions) are associated with a variety of neurodegenerative disorders. Although environmental agents have been linked to certain amyloid diseases, the molecular basis of their action remains unclear. We have employed endogenous yeast prions as a model system to study environmental control of amyloid formation. A short-lived actin-associated yeast protein Lsb2 can trigger prion formation by other proteins in a mode regulated by the cytoskeleton and ubiquitin-dependent processes...
January 17, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099847/leukocytes-breach-endothelial-barriers-by-insertion-of-nuclear-lobes-and-disassembly-of-endothelial-actin-filaments
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Sagi Barzilai, Sandeep Kumar Yadav, Steven Morrell, Francesco Roncato, Eugenia Klein, Liat Stoler-Barak, Ofra Golani, Sara W Feigelson, Assaf Zemel, Sussan Nourshargh, Ronen Alon
The endothelial cytoskeleton is a barrier for leukocyte transendothelial migration (TEM). Mononuclear and polymorphonuclear leukocytes generate gaps of similar micron-scale size when squeezing through inflamed endothelial barriers in vitro and in vivo. To elucidate how leukocytes squeeze through these barriers, we co-tracked the endothelial actin filaments and leukocyte nuclei in real time. Nuclear squeezing involved either preexistent or de novo-generated lobes inserted into the leukocyte lamellipodia. Leukocyte nuclei reversibly bent the endothelial actin stress fibers...
January 17, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098897/overexpression-of-arf1-is-associated-with-cell-proliferation-and-migration-through-pi3k-signal-pathway-in-ovarian-cancer
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Guifang Gu, Yannan Chen, Chengwei Duan, Linsen Zhou, Caiwen Chen, Jie Chen, Jialin Cheng, Nannan Shi, Yunfeng Jin, Qinghua Xi, Jianxin Zhong
ADP-ribosylation factor 1 (ARF1) is a small G protein that regulates many cellular processes such as reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton and is highly expressed in various tumor cells and tissues. However, the role of ARF1 in ovarian cancer progression remains unknown. In the present study, we explored the expression patterns of ARF1 in clinical ovarian cancer samples and adjacent noncancerous tissues. The results revealed that ARF1 overexpressed in EOC tissues and cell lines, compared with the adjacent non-tumorous tissues and normal ovarian cells...
January 18, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096473/vimentin-intermediate-filaments-control-actin-stress-fiber-assembly-through-gef-h1-and-rhoa
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Yaming Jiu, Johan Peränen, Niccole Schaible, Fang Cheng, John E Eriksson, Ramaswamy Krishnan, Pekka Lappalainen
The actin and intermediate filament cytoskeleltons contribute to numerous cellular processes, including morphogenesis, cytokinesis, and migration. These two cytoskeletal systems associate with each other, but the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. Here,we show that inactivation of vimentin leads to increased actin stress fiber assembly and contractility, and consequent elevation of myosin light chain phosphorylation and stabilization of tropomyosin-4.2. The vimentin knockout phenotypes can be rescued by re-expression of wild-type vimentin, but not by the non-filamentous 'unit length form' vimentin, demonstrating that intact vimentin intermediate filaments are required to facilitate the effects on the actin cytoskeleton...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096360/measurement-of-cortical-elasticity-in-drosophila-melanogaster-embryos-using-ferrofluids
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Konstantin Doubrovinski, Michael Swan, Oleg Polyakov, Eric F Wieschaus
Many models of morphogenesis are forced to assume specific mechanical properties of cells, because the actual mechanical properties of living tissues are largely unknown. Here, we measure the rheology of epithelial cells in the cellularizing Drosophila embryo by injecting magnetic particles and studying their response to external actuation. We establish that, on timescales relevant to epithelial morphogenesis, the cytoplasm is predominantly viscous, whereas the cellular cortex is elastic. The timescale of elastic stress relaxation has a lower bound of 4 min, which is comparable to the time required for internalization of the ventral furrow during gastrulation...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096297/frontline-science-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-stimulation-and-priming-of-human-neutrophil-granule-exocytosis
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Kenneth R McLeish, Michael L Merchant, T Michael Creed, Shweta Tandon, Michelle T Barati, Silvia M Uriarte, Richard A Ward
Neutrophil granule exocytosis plays an important role in innate and adaptive immune responses. The present study examined TNF-α stimulation or priming of exocytosis of the 4 neutrophil granule subsets. TNF-α stimulated exocytosis of secretory vesicles and gelatinase granules and primed specific and azurophilic granule exocytosis to fMLF stimulation. Both stimulation and priming of exocytosis by TNF-α were dependent on p38 MAPK activity. Bioinformatic analysis of 1115 neutrophil proteins identified by mass spectrometry as being phosphorylated by TNF-α exposure found that actin cytoskeleton regulation was a major biologic function...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096266/desmosomes-and-intermediate-filaments-their-consequences-for-tissue-mechanics
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Mechthild Hatzfeld, René Keil, Thomas M Magin
Adherens junctions (AJs) and desmosomes connect the actin and keratin filament networks of adjacent cells into a mechanical unit. Whereas AJs function in mechanosensing and in transducing mechanical forces between the plasma membrane and the actomyosin cytoskeleton, desmosomes and intermediate filaments (IFs) provide mechanical stability required to maintain tissue architecture and integrity when the tissues are exposed to mechanical stress. Desmosomes are essential for stable intercellular cohesion, whereas keratins determine cell mechanics but are not involved in generating tension...
January 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096263/integration-of-cadherin-adhesion-and-cytoskeleton-at-adherens-junctions
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René Marc Mège, Noboru Ishiyama
The cadherin-catenin adhesion complex is the key component of the intercellular adherens junction (AJ) that contributes both to tissue stability and dynamic cell movements in epithelial and nonepithelial tissues. The cadherin adhesion complex bridges neighboring cells and the actin-myosin cytoskeleton, and thereby contributes to mechanical coupling between cells which drives many morphogenetic events and tissue repair. Mechanotransduction at cadherin adhesions enables cells to sense, signal, and respond to physical changes in their environment...
January 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096261/tuning-collective-cell-migration-by-cell-cell-junction-regulation
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Peter Friedl, Roberto Mayor
Collective cell migration critically depends on cell-cell interactions coupled to a dynamic actin cytoskeleton. Important cell-cell adhesion receptor systems implicated in controlling collective movements include cadherins, immunoglobulin superfamily members (L1CAM, NCAM, ALCAM), Ephrin/Eph receptors, Slit/Robo, connexins and integrins, and an adaptive array of intracellular adapter and signaling proteins. Depending on molecular composition and signaling context, cell-cell junctions adapt their shape and stability, and this gradual junction plasticity enables different types of collective cell movements such as epithelial sheet and cluster migration, branching morphogenesis and sprouting, collective network migration, as well as coordinated individual-cell migration and streaming...
January 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095330/usnic-acid-and-atranorin-exert-selective-cytostatic-and-anti-invasive-effects-on-human-prostate-and-melanoma-cancer-cells
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A Galanty, P Koczurkiewicz, D Wnuk, M Paw, E Karnas, I Podolak, M Węgrzyn, M Borusiewicz, Z Madeja, J Czyż, M Michalik
OBJECTIVES AND METHODS: Lichens are an interesting source of potential anti-tumor compounds, among which usnic acid and atranorin seem to be the most promising, but their impact on invasive potential of tumor cells has not yet been comprehensively addressed. The aim of the study was focused on the impact of the two lichen metabolites, on the viability (by Trypan blue test and fluoresceine diacetate and ethidium bromide assay), proliferation (cell counting in a Bürker's chamber), apoptosis (flow cytometry analysis and Western blot) and motile activity (cell movement recording and image analysis) and actin cytoskeleton organization (immunofluorescent staining) of melanoma HTB-140, prostate cancers DU-145 and PC-3, normal human skin fibroblasts and prostate epithelial PNT2 cells, with special emphasis to their selectivity and versatility...
January 14, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094584/cytoskeletal-alteration-and-change-of-retinal-nerve-fiber-layer-birefringence-in-hypertensive-retina
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Xiang-Run Huang, Robert W Knighton, Ye Z Spector, William J Feuer
PURPOSE: Glaucoma damages the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL). Both RNFL thickness and retardance can be used to assess the damage, but birefringence, the ratio of retardance to thickness, is a property of the tissue itself. This study investigated the relationship between axonal cytoskeleton and RNFL birefringence in retinas with hypertensive damage. MATERIALS AND METHODS: High intraocular pressure (IOP) was induced unilaterally in rat eyes. RNFL retardance in isolated retinas was measured...
January 17, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093067/capza1-modulates-emt-by-regulating-actin-cytoskeleton-remodelling-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Deng Huang, Li Cao, Shuguo Zheng
BACKGROUND: Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) elicits dramatic changes, including cytoskeleton remodelling as well as changes in gene expression and cellular phenotypes. During this process, actin filament assembly plays an important role in maintaining the morphology and movement of tumour cells. Capping protein, a protein complex referred to as CapZ, is an actin-binding complex that can regulate actin cytoskeleton remodelling. CAPZA1 is the α1 subunit of this complex, and we hypothesized that CAPZA1 regulates EMT through the regulation of actin filaments assembly, thus reducing the metastatic ability of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092729/diverse-functions-for-different-forms-of-nuclear-actin
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Jori A Virtanen, Maria K Vartiainen
In addition to its essential roles as part of the cytoskeleton, actin has also been linked to many processes in the nucleus. Recent data has demonstrated the presence of both monomeric and polymeric actin in the nucleus, and implied distinct functional roles for these actin pools. Monomeric actin seems to be involved in regulation of gene expression through transcription factors, chromatin regulating complexes and RNA polymerases. In addition to cytoplasmic actin regulators, nuclear proteins, such as emerin, can regulate actin polymerization properties specifically in this compartment...
January 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092604/replication-kinetics-of-neuropathogenic-and-non-neuropathogenic-equine-herpesvirus-type-1-ehv-1-strains-in-primary-murine-neurons-and-ed-cell-line
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J Cymerys, A Słońska, J Brzezicka, A Tucholska, A Chmielewska, J Rola, P Malik, M W Bańbura
Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) causes respiratory infections, abortion and neurological disorders in horses. Molecular epidemiology studies have demonstrated that a single-point mutation in DNA polymerase gene, resulting in an amino acid variation (N752/D752), is significantly associated with the neuropathogenic potential of EHV-1 strains. The aim of the study was to elucidate if there are any differences between neuropathogenic (EHV-1 26) and non-neuropathogenic (Jan-E and Rac-H) EHV-1 strains in their ability to infect neuronal cells...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092406/llfh1-mediated-interaction-between-actin-fringe-and-exocytic-vesicles-is-involved-in-pollen-tube-tip-growth
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Shanwei Li, Huaijian Dong, Weike Pei, Chaonan Liu, Sha Zhang, Tiantian Sun, Xiuhua Xue, Haiyun Ren
Pollen tube tip growth is an extreme form of polarized cell growth, which requires polarized exocytosis based on a dynamic actin cytoskeleton. However, the molecular basis for the connection between actin filaments and exocytic vesicles is unclear. Here, we identified a Lilium longiflorum pollen-specific formin (LlFH1) and found that it localized at the apical vesicles and plasma membrane (PM). Overexpression of LlFH1 induced excessive actin cables in the tube tip region, and downregulation of LlFH1 eliminated the actin fringe...
January 16, 2017: New Phytologist
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