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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913680/new-nuclear-and-perinuclear-functions-of-formins
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Tadamoto Isogai, Metello Innocenti
Formin family proteins (formins) represent an evolutionary conserved protein family encoded in the genome of a wide range of eukaryotes. Formins are hallmarked by a formin homology 1 (FH1) domain juxtaposed to an FH2 domain whereby they control actin and microtubule dynamics. Not surprisingly, formins are best known as key regulators of the cytoskeleton in a variety of morphogenetic processes. However, mounting evidence implicates several formins in the assembly and organization of actin within and around the nucleus...
December 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913140/comparative-analysis-of-tcdd-induced-ahr-mediated-gene-expression-in-human-mouse-and-rat-primary-b-cells
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Natalia Kovalova, Rance Nault, Robert Crawford, Timothy R Zacharewski, Norbert E Kaminski
2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) is a persistent environmental pollutant that activates the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) resulting in altered gene expression. In vivo, in vitro, and ex vivo studies have demonstrated that B cells are directly impaired by TCDD, and are a sensitive target as evidenced by suppression of antibody responses. The window of sensitivity to TCDD-induced suppression of IgM secretion among mouse, rat and human B cells is similar. Specifically, TCDD must be present within the initial 12h post B cell stimulation, indicating that TCDD disrupts early signaling network(s) necessary for B lymphocyte activation and differentiation...
November 29, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912101/the-cytoskeleton-architecture-of-algivorous-protoplast-feeders-viridiraptoridae-rhizaria-indicates-actin-guided-perforation-of-prey-cell-walls
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Anna Busch, Sebastian Hess
Several distantly related, phagotrophic microeukaryotes share the remarkable ability to perforate foreign cell walls in a well-defined pattern to acquire protoplast material as food. The underlying cellular processes, especially the local application of cell wall degrading agents, are still unexplored. We examined the distribution of F-actin and alpha-tubulin in the algivorous, viridiraptorid amoeboflagellates Orciraptor agilis and Viridiraptor invadens over their life histories using phalloidin conjugates and immunolocalization...
October 31, 2016: Protist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912053/formin-a-nuclear-protection
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Jörg Renkawitz, Michael Sixt
In this issue of Cell, Skau et al. show that the formin FMN2 organizes a perinuclear actin cytoskeleton that protects the nucleus and its genomic content of migrating cells squeezing through small spaces.
December 1, 2016: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911812/cytoskeleton-dynamics-control-the-first-asymmetric-cell-division-in-arabidopsis-zygote
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Yusuke Kimata, Takumi Higaki, Tomokazu Kawashima, Daisuke Kurihara, Yoshikatsu Sato, Tomomi Yamada, Seiichiro Hasezawa, Frederic Berger, Tetsuya Higashiyama, Minako Ueda
The asymmetric cell division of the zygote is the initial and crucial developmental step in most multicellular organisms. In flowering plants, whether zygote polarity is inherited from the preexisting organization in the egg cell or reestablished after fertilization has remained elusive. How dynamically the intracellular organization is generated during zygote polarization is also unknown. Here, we used a live-cell imaging system with Arabidopsis zygotes to visualize the dynamics of the major elements of the cytoskeleton, microtubules (MTs), and actin filaments (F-actins), during the entire process of zygote polarization...
November 22, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911743/synaptic-actin-dysregulation-a-convergent-mechanism-of-mental-disorders
#6
Zhen Yan, Eunjoon Kim, Dibyadeep Datta, David A Lewis, Scott H Soderling
Actin polymerization governs activity-dependent modulation of excitatory synapses, including their morphology and functionality. It is clear from human genetics that neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disturbances are multigenetic in nature, highlighting the need to better understand the critical neural pathways associated with these disorders and how they are altered by genetic risk alleles. One such signaling pathway that is heavily implicated by candidate genes for psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders are regulators of signaling to the actin cytoskeleton, suggesting that its disruption and the ensuring abnormalities of spine structures and postsynaptic complexes is a commonly affected pathway in brain disorders...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909046/capping-protein-modulates-actin-remodeling-in-response-to-ros-during-plant-innate-immunity
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Jiejie Li, Lingyan Cao, Christopher J Staiger
Plants perceive microbe-associated molecular patterns (MAMPs) and damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) to activate innate immune signaling events, such as bursts of reactive oxygen species (ROS). The actin cytoskeleton remodels during the first five minutes of innate immune signaling in Arabidopsis epidermal cells; however, the immune signals that impinge on actin cytoskeleton and its response regulators remain largely unknown. Here, we demonstrate that rapid actin remodeling upon elicitation with diverse MAMPs and DAMPs represents a conserved plant immune response...
December 1, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909001/synaptic-phospholipid-signaling-modulates-axon-outgrowth-via-glutamate-dependent-ca2-mediated-molecular-pathways
#8
Johannes Vogt, Sergei Kirischuk, Petr Unichenko, Leslie Schlüter, Assunta Pelosi, Heiko Endle, Jenq-Wei Yang, Nikolai Schmarowski, Jin Cheng, Carine Thalman, Ulf Strauss, Alexey Prokudin, B Suman Bharati, Junken Aoki, Jerold Chun, Beat Lutz, Heiko J Luhmann, Robert Nitsch
Altered synaptic bioactive lipid signaling has been recently shown to augment neuronal excitation in the hippocampus of adult animals by activation of presynaptic LPA2-receptors leading to increased presynaptic glutamate release. Here, we show that this results in higher postsynaptic Ca(2+) levels and in premature onset of spontaneous neuronal activity in the developing entorhinal cortex. Interestingly, increased synchronized neuronal activity led to reduced axon growth velocity of entorhinal neurons which project via the perforant path to the hippocampus...
November 30, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908613/sparc-interacts-with-actin-in-skeletal-muscle-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Louise H Jørgensen, Pia Lørup Jepsen, Anders Boysen, Line B Dalgaard, Lars G Hvid, Niels Ørtenblad, Dea Ravn, Jeeva Sellathurai, Jakob Møller-Jensen, Hanns Lochmüller, Henrik D Schrøder
The cytoskeleton is an integral part of skeletal muscle structure, and reorganization of the cytoskeleton occurs during various modes of remodeling. We previously found that the extracellular matrix protein secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC) is up-regulated and expressed intracellularly in developing muscle, during regeneration and in myopathies, which together suggests that SPARC might serve a specific role within muscle cells. Using co-immunoprecipitation combined with mass spectrometry and verified by staining for direct protein-protein interaction, we find that SPARC binds to actin...
November 28, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906134/tumour-suppressor-micrornas-regulate-ovarian-cancer-cell-physical-properties-and-invasive-behaviour
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Clara K Chan, Yinghong Pan, Kendra Nyberg, Marco A Marra, Emilia L Lim, Steven J M Jones, Dianna Maar, Ewan A Gibb, Preethi H Gunaratne, A Gordon Robertson, Amy C Rowat
The activities of pathways that regulate malignant transformation can be influenced by microRNAs (miRs). Recently, we showed that increased expression of five tumour-suppressor miRs, miR-508-3p, miR-508-5p, miR-509-3p, miR-509-5p and miR-130b-3p, correlate with improved clinical outcomes in human ovarian cancer patients, and that miR-509-3p attenuates invasion of ovarian cancer cell lines. Here, we investigate the mechanism underlying this reduced invasive potential by assessing the impact of these five miRs on the physical properties of cells...
November 2016: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902484/depletion-of-mitochondrial-reactive-oxygen-species-downregulates-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in-cervical-cancer-cells
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Galina Shagieva, Lidiya Domnina, Olga Makarevich, Boris Chernyak, Vladimir Skulachev, Vera Dugina
In the course of cancer progression, epithelial cells often acquire morphological and functional characteristics of mesenchymal cells, a process known as epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). EMT provides epithelial cells with migratory, invasive, and stem cell capabilities. Reactive oxygen species produced by mitochondria (mtROS) could be of special importance for pro-tumorigenic signaling and EMT.In our study, we used mitochondria-targeted antioxidant SkQ1 to lower the mtROS level and analyze their role in the regulation of the actin cytoskeleton, adhesion junctions, and signaling pathways critical for tumorigenesis of cervical carcinomas...
November 25, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900754/ezrin-and-moesin-expression-in-canine-and-feline-osteosarcoma
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Juraj Hlavaty, Birgitt Wolfesberger, Marlene Hauck, Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch, Andrea Fuchs-Baumgartinger, Ingrid Miller, Ingrid Walter
Biological features of canine osteosarcomas (OS) differ markedly from those found in feline and resemble more human osteosarcomas, in particular for their high rate of metastasis and poor prognosis. Ezrin, radixin and moesin are members of the ERM protein family and link the actin cytoskeleton with the cell membrane. Ezrin and moesin have been shown to be of prognostic significance in tumor progression due to their role in the metastatic process. The objective of this study was to analyze ezrin and moesin protein expression in a series of dog (n = 16) and cat (n = 8) osteosarcoma samples using immunohistochemistry and western blot techniques...
November 30, 2016: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895910/proteomic-identification-of-cryostress-in-epididymal-spermatozoa
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Sung Jae Yoon, Md Saidur Rahman, Woo Sung Kwon, Do Yeal Ryu, Yoo Jin Park, Myung Geol Pang
BACKGROUND: Cryopreservation of epididymal spermatozoa is important in cases in which it is not possible to collect semen using normal methods, as the sudden death of an animal or a catastrophic injury. However, the freezing and thawing processes cause stress to spermatozoa, including cold shock, osmotic damage, and ice crystal formation, thereby reducing sperm quality. We assessed the motility (%), motion kinematics, capacitation status, and viability of spermatozoa using computer-assisted sperm analysis and Hoechst 33258/chlortetracycline fluorescence staining...
2016: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895171/impairment-of-ccr6-and-cxcr3-th-cell-migration-in-hiv-1-infection-is-rescued-by-modulating-actin-polymerization
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Valentina Cecchinato, Enos Bernasconi, Roberto F Speck, Michele Proietti, Ulrike Sauermann, Gianluca D'Agostino, Gabriela Danelon, Tanja Rezzonico Jost, Fabio Grassi, Lorenzo Raeli, Franziska Schöni-Affolter, Christiane Stahl-Hennig, Mariagrazia Uguccioni
CD4(+) T cell repopulation of the gut is rarely achieved in HIV-1-infected individuals who are receiving clinically effective antiretroviral therapy. Alterations in the integrity of the mucosal barrier have been indicated as a cause for chronic immune activation and disease progression. In this study, we present evidence that persistent immune activation causes impairment of lymphocytes to respond to chemotactic stimuli, thus preventing their trafficking from the blood stream to peripheral organs. CCR6(+) and CXCR3(+) Th cells accumulate in the blood of aviremic HIV-1-infected patients on long-term antiretroviral therapy, and their frequency in the circulation positively correlates to levels of soluble CD14 in plasma, a marker of chronic immune activation...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895123/addressing-the-functional-determinants-of-fak-during-ciliogenesis-in-multiciliated-cells
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Ioanna Antoniades, Panayiota Stylianou, Neophytos Christodoulou, Paris A Skourides
We have previously identified FAK as an important regulator of ciliogenesis in multiciliated cells. FAK and other focal adhesion (FA) proteins associate with the basal bodies and their striated rootlets and form complexes named ciliary adhesions (CAs). CAs display similarities with FAs but are established in an integrin independent fashion and are responsible for anchoring basal bodies to the actin cytoskeleton during ciliogenesis, as well as in mature multiciliated cells. FAK downregulation leads to aberrant ciliogenesis due to impaired association between the basal bodies and the actin cytoskeleton, suggesting that FAK is an important regulator of the CA complex...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894934/mir-142-is-required-for-staphylococcus-aureus-clearance-at-skin-wound-sites-via-small-gtpase-mediated-regulation-of-the-neutrophil-actin-cytoskeleton
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Katsuya Tanaka, Sang Eun Kim, Hiroki Yano, Gaku Matsumoto, Ryoma Ohuchida, Yuhoko Ishikura, Masatake Araki, Kimi Araki, Seongjoon Park, Toshimitsu Komatsu, Hiroko Hayashi, Kazuya Ikematsu, Katsumi Tanaka, Akiyoshi Hirano, Paul Martin, Isao Shimokawa, Ryoichi Mori
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small noncoding RNAs that regulate protein translation by binding to complementary target mRNAs. We previously identified two mature members of the miR-142 family, miR-142-5p and miR-142-3p, as inflammation-related miRNAs with potential roles in wound healing. Here, we demonstrated that these two miRNAs are prominently expressed in wound-infiltrated neutrophils and macrophages and play central roles in wound healing. We generated miR-142(-/-) mice using the exchangeable gene-trap method and showed that healing of Staphylococcus aureus-infected skin wounds was significantly delayed in miR-142(-/-) mice compared with that in wild-type mice...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894676/a-multiscale-biomechanical-model-of-platelets-correlating-with-in-vitro-results
#17
Peng Zhang, Li Zhang, Marvin J Slepian, Yuefan Deng, Danny Bluestein
Using dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) combined with coarse grained molecular dynamics (CGMD) approaches, we developed a multiscale deformable platelet model to accurately describe the molecular-scale intra-platelet constituents and biomechanical properties of platelets in blood flow. Our model includes the platelet bilayer membrane, cytoplasm and an elaborate elastic cytoskeleton. Correlating numerical simulations with published in-vitro experiments, we validated the biorheology of the cytoplasm, the elastic response of membrane to external stresses, and the stiffness of the cytoskeleton actin filaments, resulting in an accurate representation of the molecular-level biomechanical microstructures of platelets...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888097/rab7a-regulates-cell-migration-through-rac1-and-vimentin
#18
Azzurra Margiotta, Cinzia Progida, Oddmund Bakke, Cecilia Bucci
Rab7a, a small GTPase of the Rab family, is localized to late endosomes and controls late endocytic trafficking. The discovery of several Rab7a interacting proteins revealed that Rab7a function is closely connected to cytoskeletal elements. Indeed, Rab7a recruits on vesicles RILP and FYCO that are responsible for the movement of Rab7a-positive vesicles and/or organelles on microtubule tracks, but also directly interacts with Rac1, a fundamental regulator of actin cytoskeleton, and with peripherin and vimentin, two intermediate filament proteins...
November 22, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887793/antiproliferative-and-antimetastatic-action-of-quercetin-on-a549-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells-through-its-effect-on-the-cytoskeleton
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Anna Klimaszewska-Wiśniewska, Marta Hałas-Wiśniewska, Magdalena Izdebska, Maciej Gagat, Alina Grzanka, Dariusz Grzanka
To our knowledge, this study is the first to investigate the effect of the dietary flavonoid quercetin on the main cytoskeletal elements, namely microfilaments, microtubules and vimentin intermediate filaments, as well as cytoskeleton-driven processes in A549 non-small cell lung cancer cells. The methyl-thiazol-diphenyl-tetrazolium assay, annexin V/propidium iodide test, electron microscopic examination, cell cycle analysis based on DNA content, real-time PCR assays, in vitro scratch wound-healing assay, fluorescence staining of F-actin, β-tubulin and vimentin were performed to assess the effects of quercetin on A549 cells...
November 22, 2016: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881786/neuronal-dysfunction-in-ipsc-derived-medium-spiny-neurons-from-chorea-acanthocytosis-patients-is-reversed-by-src-kinase-inhibition-and-f-actin-stabilization
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Nancy Stanslowsky, Peter Reinhardt, Hannes Glass, Norman Kalmbach, Maximilian Naujock, Niko Hensel, Verena Lübben, Arun Pal, Anna Venneri, Francesca Lupo, Lucia De Franceschi, Peter Claus, Jared Sterneckert, Alexander Storch, Andreas Hermann, Florian Wegner
: Chorea-acanthocytosis (ChAc) is a fatal neurological disorder characterized by red blood cell acanthocytes and striatal neurodegeneration. Recently, severe cell membrane disturbances based on depolymerized cortical actin and an elevated Lyn kinase activity in erythrocytes from ChAc patients were identified. How this contributes to the mechanism of neurodegeneration is still unknown. To gain insight into the pathophysiology, we established a ChAc patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cell model and an efficient differentiation protocol providing a large population of human striatal medium spiny neurons (MSNs), the main target of neurodegeneration in ChAc...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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