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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214917/mtss1-promotes-maturation-and-maintenance-of-cerebellar-neurons-via-splice-variant-specific-effects
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Thorsten Sistig, Fanziska Lang, Sebastian Wrobel, Stephan L Baader, Karl Schilling, Britta Eiberger
Efficient coupling of the actin cytoskeleton to the cell membrane is crucial for histogenesis and maintenance of the nervous system. At this critical interface, BAR (Bin-Amphiphysin-Rvs) proteins regulate membrane bending, shown to be instrumental for mobility and morphogenesis of individual cells. Yet, the systemic significance of these proteins remains largely unexplored. Here, we probe the role of a prominent member of this protein family, the inverse-BAR protein Mtss1, for the development and function of a paradigmatic neuronal circuit, the cerebellar cortex...
February 18, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214845/simulated-microgravity-promotes-angiogenesis-through-rhoa-dependent-rearrangement-of-the-actin-cytoskeleton
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Fei Shi, Yong-Chun Wang, Ze-Bing Hu, Hong-Yu Xu, Jing Sun, Yuan Gao, Xiao-Tao Li, Chang-Bin Yang, Chao Xie, Cheng-Fei Li, Shu Zhang, Jiang-Dong Zhao, Xin-Sheng Cao, Xi-Qing Sun
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Microgravity leads to hydrodynamic alterations in the cardiovascular system and is associated with increased angiogenesis, an important aspect of endothelial cell behavior to initiate new vessel growth. Given the critical role of Rho GTPase-dependent cytoskeleton rearrangement in cell migration, small GTPase RhoA might play a potential role in microgravity-induced angiogenesis. METHODS: We examined the organization of actin filaments by FITC-conjugated phalloidin staining, as well as the expression and activity of RhoA by quantitative PCR and Western blot, in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) under normal gravity and simulated microgravity...
January 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209510/microarray-and-transcription-binding-site-analysis-reveals-that-melatonin-attenuates-immune-responses-and-modulates-actin-rearrangement-in-macrophages
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Miki Kadena, Yutaro Kumagai, Alexis Vandenbon, Hitomi Matsushima, Haruka Fukamachi, Noboru Maruta, Hideo Kataoka, Takafumi Arimoto, Hirobumi Morisaki, Takahiro Funatsu, Hirotaka Kuwata
Melatonin produced by the pineal gland suppresses inflammatory responses in innate immune cells. However, the mechanism of how melatonin affects inflammatory gene regulation remains unclear. Here we performed comprehensive microarray analysis combined with transcription factor binding site (TFBS) analysis using LPS-induced mouse macrophages to investigate the effect of melatonin treatment. The results showed that melatonin preferentially downregulated interferon regulatory factors (IRFs) and signal transducers and activators of transcription (STATs) related signaling...
February 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209486/vasodilator-stimulated-phosphoprotein-vasp-depletion-from-breast-cancer-mda-mb-231-cells-inhibits-tumor-spheroid-invasion-through-downregulation-of-migfilin-%C3%AE-catenin-and-urokinase-plasminogen-activator-upa
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Vasiliki Gkretsi, Andreas Stylianou, Triantafyllos Stylianopoulos
A hallmark of cancer cells is their ability to invade surrounding tissues and form metastases. Cell-extracellular matrix (ECM)-adhesion proteins are crucial in metastasis, connecting tumor ECM with actin cytoskeleton thus enabling cells to respond to mechanical cues. Vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein (VASP) is an actin-polymerization regulator which interacts with cell-ECM adhesion protein Migfilin, and regulates cell migration. We compared VASP expression in MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 breast cancer (BC) cells and found that more invasive MDA-MB-231 cells overexpress VASP...
February 13, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205142/stepwise-morphological-changes-and-cytoskeletal-reorganization-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-treated-by-short-time-cyclic-uniaxial-stretch
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Azim Parandakh, Mohammad Tafazzoli-Shadpour, Mohammad-Mehdi Khani
This study aimed to investigate stepwise remodeling of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) in response to cyclic stretch through rearrangement and alignment of cells and cytoskeleton regulation toward smooth muscle cell (SMC) fate in different time spans. Image analysis techniques were utilized to calculate morphological parameters. Cytoskeletal reorganization was observed by investigating F-actin filaments using immunofluorescence staining, and expression level of contractile SMC markers was followed by a quantitative polymerase chain reaction method...
February 15, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202730/liquid-behavior-of-cross-linked-actin-bundles
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Kimberly L Weirich, Shiladitya Banerjee, Kinjal Dasbiswas, Thomas A Witten, Suriyanarayanan Vaikuntanathan, Margaret L Gardel
The actin cytoskeleton is a critical regulator of cytoplasmic architecture and mechanics, essential in a myriad of physiological processes. Here we demonstrate a liquid phase of actin filaments in the presence of the physiological cross-linker, filamin. Filamin condenses short actin filaments into spindle-shaped droplets, or tactoids, with shape dynamics consistent with a continuum model of anisotropic liquids. We find that cross-linker density controls the droplet shape and deformation timescales, consistent with a variable interfacial tension and viscosity...
February 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202690/a-rhog-mediated-signaling-pathway-that-modulates-invadopodia-dynamics-in-breast-cancer-cells
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Silvia M Goicoechea, Ashtyn Zinn, Sahezeel S Awadia, Kyle Snyder, Rafael Garcia-Mata
One of the hallmarks of cancer is the ability of tumor cells to invade surrounding tissues and metastasize. During metastasis, cancer cells degrade the extracellular matrix, which acts as a physical barrier, by developing a specialized actin-rich membrane protrusion structure called invadopodia. The formation of invadopodia is regulated by Rho GTPases, a family of proteins that regulates the actin cytoskeleton. Here, we describe a novel role for RhoG in the regulation of invadopodia disassembly in human breast cancer cells...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202517/tankyrase-binding-protein-tnks1bp1-regulates-actin-cytoskeleton-rearrangement-and-cancer-cell-invasion
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Tomokazu Ohishi, Haruka Yoshida, Masamichi Katori, Toshiro Migita, Yukiko Muramatsu, Mao Miyake, Yuichi Ishikawa, Akio Saiura, Shun-Ichiro Iemura, Tohru Natsume, Hiroyuki Seimiya
Tankyrase, a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) that promotes telomere elongation and Wnt/β-catenin signaling, has various binding partners, suggesting that it has as-yet unidentified functions. Here we report that the tankyrase-binding protein TNKS1BP1 regulates actin cytoskeleton and cancer cell invasion, which is closely associated with cancer progression. TNKS1BP1 colocalized with actin filaments and negatively regulated cell invasion. In TNKS1BP1-depleted cells, actin filament dynamics, focal adhesion, and lamellipodia ruffling were increased with activation of the ROCK-LIMK-cofilin pathway...
February 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199839/the-survival-of-motor-neuron-protein-acts-as-a-molecular-chaperone-for-mrnp-assembly
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Paul G Donlin-Asp, Claudia Fallini, Jazmin Campos, Ching-Chieh Chou, Megan E Merritt, Han C Phan, Gary J Bassell, Wilfried Rossoll
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a motor neuron disease caused by reduced levels of the survival of motor neuron (SMN) protein. SMN is part of a multiprotein complex that facilitates the assembly of spliceosomal small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs). SMN has also been found to associate with mRNA-binding proteins, but the nature of this association was unknown. Here, we have employed a combination of biochemical and advanced imaging methods to demonstrate that SMN promotes the molecular interaction between IMP1 protein and the 3' UTR zipcode region of β-actin mRNA, leading to assembly of messenger ribonucleoprotein (mRNP) complexes that associate with the cytoskeleton to facilitate trafficking...
February 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199019/the-role-of-drebrin-in-neurons
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Tomoaki Shirao, Kenji Hanamura, Noriko Koganezawa, Yuta Ishizuka, Hiroyuki Yamazaki, Yuko Sekino
Drebrin is an actin-binding protein that changes the helical pitch of actin filaments (F-actin), and drebrin-decorated F-actin shows slow treadmilling and decreased rate of depolymerization. Moreover, the characteristic morphology of drebrin-decorated F-actin enables it to respond differently to the same signals from other actin cytoskeletons. Drebrin consists of two major isoforms, drebrin E and drebrin A. In the developing brain, drebrin E appears in migrating neurons and accumulates in the growth cones of axons and dendrites...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198431/investigation-of-hippocampal-synaptic-transmission-and-plasticity-in-mice-deficient-in-the-actin-binding-protein-drebrin
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Claudia G Willmes, Till G A Mack, Julia Ledderose, Dietmar Schmitz, Christian Wozny, Britta J Eickholt
The dynamic regulation of the actin cytoskeleton plays a key role in controlling the structure and function of synapses. It is vital for activity-dependent modulation of synaptic transmission and long-term changes in synaptic morphology associated with memory consolidation. Several regulators of actin dynamics at the synapse have been identified, of which a salient one is the postsynaptic actin stabilising protein Drebrin (DBN). It has been suggested that DBN modulates neurotransmission and changes in dendritic spine morphology associated with synaptic plasticity...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196728/the-atypical-rho-gtpase-rhod-is-a-regulator-of-actin-cytoskeleton-dynamics-and-directed-cell-migration
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Magdalena Blom, Katarina Reis, Johan Heldin, Johan Kreuger, Pontus Aspenström
RhoD belongs to the Rho GTPases, a protein family responsible for the regulation and organization of the actin cytoskeleton, and, consequently, many cellular processes like cell migration, cell division and vesicle trafficking. Here, we demonstrate that the actin cytoskeleton is dynamically regulated by increased or decreased protein levels of RhoD. Ectopic expression of RhoD has previously been shown to give an intertwined weave of actin filaments. We show that this RhoD-dependent effect is detected in several cell types and results in a less dynamic actin filament system...
February 11, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195168/taz-contributes-to-pulmonary-fibrosis-by-activating-profibrotic-functions-of-lung-fibroblasts
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Satoshi Noguchi, Akira Saito, Yu Mikami, Hirokazu Urushiyama, Masafumi Horie, Hirotaka Matsuzaki, Hideyuki Takeshima, Kosuke Makita, Naoya Miyashita, Akihisa Mitani, Taisuke Jo, Yasuhiro Yamauchi, Yasuhiro Terasaki, Takahide Nagase
Transcriptional coactivator with PDZ-binding motif (TAZ) regulates a variety of biological processes. Nuclear translocation and activation of TAZ are regulated by multiple mechanisms, including actin cytoskeleton and mechanical forces. TAZ is involved in lung alveolarization during lung development and Taz-heterozygous mice are resistant to bleomycin-induced lung fibrosis. In this study, we explored the roles of TAZ in the pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) through histological analyses of human lung tissues and cell culture experiments...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194647/cofilin-mediates-lps-induced-microglial-cell-activation-and-associated-neurotoxicity-through-activation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-jak-stat-pathway
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Qasim Alhadidi, Zahoor A Shah
Microglial cells are activated in response to different types of injuries or stress in the CNS. Such activation is necessary to get rid of the injurious agents and restore tissue homeostasis. However, excessive activation of microglial cells is harmful and contributes to secondary injury. Pertinently, microglial cell activity was targeted in many preclinical and clinical studies but such strategy failed in clinical trials. The main reason behind the failed attempts is the complexity of the injury mechanisms which needs either a combination therapy or targeting a process that is involved in multiple pathways...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192301/dynamic-interaction-between-actin-and-nesprin2-maintain-the-cell-nucleus-in-a-prestressed-state
#15
Abhishek Kumar, G V Shivashankar
Mechanical coupling between the nucleus and the cytoskeleton is indispensable for direct force transduction from the extra cellular matrix (ECM) to the chromatin. Although this physical coupling has been shown to be crucial for nuclear positioning and its function, the quantification of nuclear-cytoskeleton interaction has been lacking. In this paper, using various quantitative fluorescence spectroscopy techniques, we investigate the nature of this connection. High-resolution 3D imaging shows that nesprin2G forms short linear structures along actin stress fibers (ASFs) in the apical region of the nucleus...
November 11, 2016: Methods and Applications in Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191488/measurement-of-mechanical-tension-at-cell-cell-junctions-using-two-photon-laser-ablation
#16
Xuan Liang, Magdalene Michael, Guillermo A Gomez
The cortical actomyosin cytoskeleton is found in all non-muscle cells where a key function is to control mechanical force (Salbreux et al., 2012). When coupled to E-cadherin cell-cell adhesion, cortical actomyosin generates junctional tension that influences many aspects of tissue function, organization and morphogenesis (Lecuit and Yap, 2015). Uncovering the molecular mechanisms underlying the generation of junctional tension requires tools for measuring it in live cells with a high spatio-temporal resolution...
December 20, 2016: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188228/time-resolved-phosphoproteome-analysis-of-paradoxical-raf-activation-reveals-novel-targets-of-erk
#17
Peter Kubiniok, Hugo Lavoie, Marc Therrien, Pierre Thibault
Small molecules targeting aberrant RAF activity, like Vemurafenib (PLX4032), are highly effective against cancers harboring the V600E BRAF mutation, and are now approved for clinical use against metastatic melanoma. However, in tissues showing elevated RAS activity and in RAS-mutant tumors, these inhibitors stimulate RAF dimerization, resulting in inhibitor resistance and downstream paradoxical ERK activation. To understand the global signaling response of cancer cells to RAF inhibitors, we profiled the temporal changes of the phosphoproteome of two colon cancer cell lines (Colo205 and HCT116) that respond differently to Vemurafenib...
February 10, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187870/the-unique-organization-of-filamentous-actin-in-the-medullary-canal-of-the-medulla-oblongata
#18
Bai-Hong Tan, Chun-Yan Guo, Tian-Qing Xiong, Ling-Meng Chen, Yan-Chao Li
In the central canal, F-actin is predominantly localized in the apical region, forming a ring-like structure around the circumference of the lumen. However, an exception is found in the medulla oblongata, where the apical F-actin becomes interrupted in the ventral aspect of the canal. To clarify the precise localization of F-actin, the fluorescence signals for F-actin were converted to the peroxidase/DAB reaction products in this study by a phalloidin-based ultrastructural technique, which demonstrated that F-actin is located mainly in the microvilli and terminal webs in the ependymocytes...
January 24, 2017: Tissue & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183815/proteomic-screen-for-cellular-targets-of-the-vaccinia-virus-f10-protein-kinase-reveals-that-phosphorylation-of-mdia-regulates-stress-fiber-formation
#19
Matthew D Greseth, Dominique M Carter, Scott S Terhune, Paula Traktman
Vaccinia virus, a complex dsDNA virus, is unusual in replicating exclusively within the cytoplasm of infected cells. While this prototypic poxvirus encodes >200 proteins utilized during infection, a significant role for host proteins and cellular architecture is increasingly evident. The viral B1 kinase and H1 phosphatase are known to target cellular proteins as well as viral substrates, but little is known about the cellular substrates of the F10 kinase. F10 is essential for virion morphogenesis, beginning with the poorly understood process of diversion of membranes from the ER for the purpose of virion membrane biogenesis...
February 9, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183735/new-insights-into-the-regulatory-function-of-cyfip1-in-the-context-of-wave-and-fmrp-containing-complexes
#20
Sabiha Abekhoukh, H Bahar Sahin, Mauro Grossi, Samantha Zongaro, Thomas Maurin, Irene Madrigal, Daniele Kazue-Sugioka, Annick Raas-Rothschild, Mohamed Doulazmi, Pilar Carrera, Andrea Stachon, Steven Scherer, Maria Rita Drula Do Nascimento, Alain Trembleau, Ignacio Arroyo, Szatmari Peter, Isabel M Smith, Montserrat Milà, Adam C Smith, Angela Giangrande, Isabelle Caillé, Barbara Bardoni
CYtoplasmic FMRP Interacting Protein 1 (CYFIP1) is a candidate gene for intellectual disability (ID), autism, schizophrenia and epilepsy. It is a member of a family of proteins that is very conserved during evolution, sharing high homology with dCYFIP, its Drosophila homolog. CYFIP1 interacts with the Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein (FMRP), whose absence causes the Fragile X Syndrome, and with the translation initiation factor eIF4E. It is a member of the WAVE Regulatory Complex (WRC), thus representing a link between translational regulation and actin cytoskeleton...
February 9, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
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