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Anne-Clémence Vion, Silvanus Alt, Alexandra Klaus-Bergmann, Anna Szymborska, Tuyu Zheng, Tijana Perovic, Adel Hammoutene, Marta Bastos Oliveira, Eireen Bartels-Klein, Irene Hollfinger, Pierre-Emmanuel Rautou, Miguel O Bernabeu, Holger Gerhardt
Blood flow shapes vascular networks by orchestrating endothelial cell behavior and function. How endothelial cells read and interpret flow-derived signals is poorly understood. Here, we show that endothelial cells in the developing mouse retina form and use luminal primary cilia to stabilize vessel connections selectively in parts of the remodeling vascular plexus experiencing low and intermediate shear stress. Inducible genetic deletion of the essential cilia component intraflagellar transport protein 88 (IFT88) in endothelial cells caused premature and random vessel regression without affecting proliferation, cell cycle progression, or apoptosis...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
Junguee Lee, Dong Hyun Oh, Ki Cheol Park, Ji Eun Choi, Jong Beom Kwon, Jongho Lee, Kuhn Park, Hae Joung Sul
Primary cilia are solitary, non-motile, axonemal microtubule-based antenna-like organelles that project from the plasma membrane of most mammalian cells and are implicated in transducing hedgehog signals during development. It was recently proposed that aberrant SHH signaling may be implicated in the progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). However, the distribution and role of primary cilia in IPF remains unclear. Here, we clearly observed the primary cilia in alveolar epithelial cells, fibroblasts, and endothelial cells of human normal lung tissue...
February 23, 2018: Molecules and Cells
Susanne Höing, Ting-Yu Yeh, Matthias Baumann, Nancy E Martinez, Peter Habenberger, Lea Kremer, Hannes C A Drexler, Philipp Küchler, Peter Reinhardt, Axel Choidas, Mia-Lisa Zischinsky, Gunther Zischinsky, Swaran Nandini, Aaron P Ledray, Stephanie A Ketcham, Lydia Reinhardt, Masin Abo-Rady, Michael Glatza, Stephen J King, Peter Nussbaumer, Slava Ziegler, Bert Klebl, Trina A Schroer, Hans R Schöler, Herbert Waldmann, Jared Sterneckert
Aberrant hedgehog (Hh) signaling contributes to the pathogenesis of multiple cancers. Available inhibitors target Smoothened (Smo), which can acquire mutations causing drug resistance. Thus, compounds that inhibit Hh signaling downstream of Smo are urgently needed. We identified dynarrestin, a novel inhibitor of cytoplasmic dyneins 1 and 2. Dynarrestin acts reversibly to inhibit cytoplasmic dynein 1-dependent microtubule binding and motility in vitro without affecting ATP hydrolysis. It rapidly and reversibly inhibits endosome movement in living cells and perturbs mitosis by inducing spindle misorientation and pseudoprometaphase delay...
January 26, 2018: Cell Chemical Biology
Wei Xiang, Jiaming Zhang, Rui Wang, Limei Wang, Shengjie Wang, Yingxing Wu, Yonghui Dong, Fengjing Guo, Tao Xu
Maintenance of the chondrocyte phenotype is crucial for cartilage repair during tissue engineering. Intraflagellar transport protein 88 (IFT88) is an essential component of primary cilia, shuttling signals along the axoneme. The hypothesis of the present study was that IFT88 could exert an important role in icariin‑regulated maintenance of the chondrocyte phenotype. To this end, the effects of icariin on proliferation and differentiation of the chondrogenic cell line, ATDC5, were explored. Icariin‑treated ATDC5 cells and primary chondrocytes expressed IFT88...
January 25, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Yong Zhang, Hong Liu, Wei Li, Zhengang Zhang, Shiyang Zhang, Maria E Teves, Courtney Stevens, James A Foster, Gregory E Campbell, Jolene J Windle, Rex A Hess, Gregory J Pazour, Zhibing Zhang
Intraflagellar transport (IFT) is a conserved mechanism essential for the assembly and maintenance of most eukaryotic cilia and flagella. However, little is known about its role in sperm flagella formation and male fertility. IFT140 is a component of IFT-A complex. In mouse, it is highly expressed in the testis. Ift140 gene was inactivated specifically in mouse spermatocytes/spermatids. The mutant mice did not show any gross abnormalities, but all were infertile associated with significantly reduced sperm number and motility...
December 13, 2017: Cytoskeleton
Verity L Hartill, Glenn van de Hoek, Mitali P Patel, Rosie Little, Christopher M Watson, Ian R Berry, Amelia Shoemark, Dina Abdelmottaleb, Emma Parkes, Chiara Bacchelli, Katarzyna Szymanska, Nine V Knoers, Peter J Scambler, Marius Ueffing, Karsten Boldt, Robert Yates, Paul J Winyard, Beryl Adler, Eduardo Moya, Louise Hattingh, Anil Shenoy, Claire Hogg, Eamonn Sheridan, Ronald Roepman, Dominic Norris, Hannah M Mitchison, Rachel H Giles, Colin A Johnson
DNAAF1 (LRRC50) is a cytoplasmic protein required for dynein heavy chain assembly and cilia motility, and DNAAF1 mutations cause primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD; MIM 613193). We describe four families with DNAAF1 mutations and complex congenital heart disease (CHD). In three families, all affected individuals have typical PCD phenotypes. However, an additional family demonstrates isolated CHD (heterotaxy) in two affected siblings, but no clinical evidence of PCD. We identified a homozygous DNAAF1 missense mutation, p...
February 1, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Nicolas Taulet, Benjamin Vitre, Christelle Anguille, Audrey Douanier, Murielle Rocancourt, Michael Taschner, Esben Lorentzen, Arnaud Echard, Benedicte Delaval
Cytokinesis mediates the physical separation of dividing cells and, in 3D epithelia, provides a spatial landmark for lumen formation. Here, we unravel an unexpected role in cytokinesis for proteins of the intraflagellar transport (IFT) machinery, initially characterized for their ciliary role and their link to polycystic kidney disease. Using 2D and 3D cultures of renal cells, we show that IFT proteins are required to correctly shape the central spindle, to control symmetric cleavage furrow ingression and to ensure central lumen positioning...
December 4, 2017: Nature Communications
Wengui Shi, Yuhai Gao, Yuanyuan Wang, Jian Zhou, Zhenlong Wei, Xiaoni Ma, Huiping Ma, Cory J Xian, Jufang Wang, Keming Chen
Icariin, a prenylated flavonol glycoside isolated from the herb Epimedium, has been considered as a potential alternative therapy for osteoporosis. Previous research has shown that unlike other flavonoids, icariin is unlikely to act via the estrogen receptor, but its exact mechanism of action is unknown. In this study, using rat calvarial osteoblast culture and rat bone growth models, we demonstrated that icariin promotes bone formation by activating the cAMP/protein kinase A (PKA)/cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) pathway requiring functional primary cilia of osteoblasts...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Christin Hanke-Gogokhia, Zhijian Wu, Ali Sharif, Hussein Yazigi, Jeanne M Frederick, Wolfgang Baehr
ARL13b is a small GTPase that functions as a guanosine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) for ARL3-GDP. ARL13b is located exclusively in photoreceptor outer segments (OS) presumably anchored to discs by palmitoylation, whereas ARL3 is an inner segment cytoplasmic protein. Hypomorphic mutations affecting the ARL13b G‑domain inactivate GEF activity and lead to Joubert Syndrome (JS) in human. However, the molecular mechanisms in ARL13b mutation-induced JS, particularly the function of primary cilia, are still incompletely understood...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Salih Gencer, Natalia Oleinik, Jisun Kim, Shanmugam Panneer Selvam, Ryan De Palma, Mohammed Dany, Rose Nganga, Raquela J Thomas, Can E Senkal, Philip H Howe, Besim Ogretmen
Signaling by the transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) receptors I and II (TβRI/II) and the primary cilia-localized sonic hedgehog (Shh) pathway promote cell migration and, consequently, tumor metastasis. In contrast, the sphingolipid ceramide inhibits cell proliferation and tumor metastasis. We investigated whether ceramide metabolism inhibited TβRI/II trafficking to primary cilia to attenuate cross-talk between TβRI/II and the Shh pathway. We found that ceramide synthase 4 (CerS4)-generated ceramide stabilized the association between TβRI and the inhibitory factor Smad7, which limited the trafficking of TβRI/II to primary cilia...
October 24, 2017: Science Signaling
Deepak Nanjappa, Remo Sanges, Maria I Ferrante, Adriana Zingone
BACKGROUND: Flagella have been lost in the vegetative phase of the diatom life cycle, but they are still present in male gametes of centric species, thereby representing a hallmark of sexual reproduction. This process, besides maintaining and creating new genetic diversity, in diatoms is also fundamental to restore the maximum cell size following its reduction during vegetative division. Nevertheless, sexual reproduction has been demonstrated in a limited number of diatom species, while our understanding of its different phases and of their genetic control is scarce...
October 23, 2017: BMC Genomics
Kenichi Matsumoto, Tsuyoshi Shimo, Naito Kurio, Tatsuo Okui, Soichiro Ibaragi, Yuki Kunisada, Kyoichi Obata, Masanori Masui, Pang Pai, Yuu Horikiri, Nobuyuki Yamanaka, Masaharu Takigawa, Akira Sasaki
Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) has been used as an adjunct to fracture healing therapies, but the mechanisms underlying its action are not known. We reported that sonic hedgehog (SHH) signaling was activated in osteoblasts at the dynamic remodeling site of a bone fracture. Mechanical stimulation is a crucial factor in bone remodeling, and it is related to the primary cilia as a sensor of hedgehog signaling. Here we observed that LIPUS promoted callus formation in accord with Gli2-positive cells after 14 days at the mouse femur fractured site compared with a control group...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
P Cela, M Hampl, N A Shylo, K J Christopher, M Kavkova, M Landova, T Zikmund, S D Weatherbee, J Kaiser, M Buchtova
A broad spectrum of human diseases called ciliopathies is caused by defective primary cilia morphology or signal transduction. The primary cilium is a solitary organelle that responds to mechanical and chemical stimuli from extracellular and intracellular environments. Transmembrane protein 107 (TMEM107) is localized in the primary cilium and is enriched at the transition zone where it acts to regulate protein content of the cilium. Mutations in TMEM107 were previously connected with oral-facial-digital syndrome, Meckel-Gruber syndrome, and Joubert syndrome exhibiting a range of ciliopathic defects...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
Emily R Moore, Christopher R Jacobs
The primary cilium is a solitary, antenna-like sensory organelle with many important roles in cartilage and bone development, maintenance, and function. The primary cilium's potential role as a signaling nexus in the growth plate makes it an attractive therapeutic target for diseases and disorders associated with bone development and maintenance. Many signaling pathways that are mediated by the cilium - such as Hh, Wnt, Ihh/PTHrP, TGFβ, BMP, FGF, and Notch - are also known to influence endochondral ossification, primarily by directing growth plate formation and chondrocyte behavior...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Daolu Zhan, Wei Xiang, Fengjing Guo, Yuanzheng Ma
Intraflagellar transport protein 88 (IFT88) is protein crucial for the assembly and maintenance of primary cilia in chondrocytes. Primary cilia regulate mechanical and chemical signals in chondrocytes; however, the effects of cytokines on IFT88 expression and cilia formation and maintenance remain to be elucidated. Therefore, the role of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) on IFT88 expression were examined in theATDC5 murine chondrocytic line, in order to investigate the signaling pathways involved in this process...
November 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
You-Mi Seo, Su-Jin Park, Hye-Kyung Lee, Joo-Cheol Park
Tooth development is a progressive process regulated by interactions between epithelial and mesenchymal tissues. Our previous studies showed that copine-7 (Cpne7), a dental epithelium-derived protein, is a signalling molecule that is secreted by preameloblasts and regulates the differentiation of preodontoblasts into odontoblasts. However, the mechanisms involved in the translocation of Cpne7 from preameloblasts to preodontoblasts and the functions of Cpne7 during odontogenesis are poorly understood. Here, we showed that the internalization of Cpne7 was mediated primarily by caveolae...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
Jie Ding, Lei Shao, Yixing Yao, Xin Tong, Huaize Liu, Shen Yue, Lu Xie, Steven Y Cheng
The morphogenic factor Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signals through the primary cilium, which relies on intraflagellar transport to maintain its structural integrity and function. However, the process by which protein and lipid cargos are delivered to the primary cilium from their sites of synthesis still remains poorly characterized. Here, we report that diacylglycerol kinase δ (DGKδ), a residential lipid kinase in the endoplasmic reticulum, triggers the release of IFT88-containing vesicles from the ER exit sites (ERES), thereby setting forth their movement to the primary cilium...
July 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
Ni Qiu, Wei-Jin Fang, Hong-Sheng Li, Zhi-Min He, Zhou-Sheng Xiao, Yan Xiong
Deficiency of primary cilia formation by knockout kinesin family member 3A (Kif3a) in mature osteoblasts led to osteopenia and enhanced adipogenesis. Adipogenesis plays an important role in adipose tissue expansion by High-fat-diet (HFD) induced obesity. Whether primary cilia participate in high-fat-diet induced adiposity remains unclear. In this study, we found that the number and length of primary cilia and expression levels of KIF3A and intraflagellar transport 88 homolog (IFT88) mRNA and proteins reached peak on the day 3 of adipogenesis, followed by a decrease to reach low basal expression levels at day 9 when differentiated to lipid accumulating adipocytes in VAT-SVFs derived from lean mice...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Jiangping Song, Lei Wang, Fan Fan, Jin Wei, Jie Zhang, Yan Lu, Yiling Fu, Shaohui Wang, Luis A Juncos, Ruisheng Liu
We investigated the significance of the primary cilia on the macula densa and thick ascending limb (TAL) in regulation of renal hemodynamics, sodium excretion, and blood pressure in this study. A tissue-specific primary cilia knock-out (KO) mouse line was generated by crossing NKCC2-Cre mice with IFT88-Δ/flox mice (NKCC2(CRE); IFT88Δ(/flox)), in which the primary cilia were deleted from the macula densa and TAL. NO generation was measured with a fluorescent dye (4,5-diaminofluorescein diacetate) in isolated perfused juxtaglomerular apparatus...
August 2017: Hypertension
Wei Xiang, Fengjing Guo, Weiting Cheng, Jiaming Zhang, Junming Huang, Rui Wang, Zhongxi Ma, Kai Xu
Chondrosarcoma is a bone tumor characterized by the secretion of a cartilage-like extracellular matrix. It has been proved to lack extracellular sensor primary cilia. This study aimed to illustrate a feasible therapeutic method for chondrosarcoma by regulating primary cilia assembly through inhibiting histone deacetylases 6 (HDAC6) activation. In order to detect the interaction between primary cilia and HDAC6 in human chondrosarcoma, Tubastatin A and small interfering RNA (siRNA) were used to inhibit the endogenous expression of HDAC6...
June 2, 2017: Oncology Reports
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