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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334773/macf1-overexpression-by-transfecting-the-21-kbp-large-plasmid-pegfp-c1a-acf7-promotes-osteoblast-differentiation-and-bone-formation
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Yan Zhang, Chong Yin, Lifang Hu, Zhihao Chen, Fan Zhao, Dijie Li, Jianhua Ma, Xiaoli Ma, Peihong Su, Wuxia Qiu, Chaofei Yang, Pai Wang, Siyu Li, Ge Zhang, Liping Wang, Airong Qian, Cory Xian
Microtubule actin crosslinking factor 1 (MACF1) is a large spectraplakin protein known to have crucial roles in regulating cytoskeletal dynamics, cell migration, growth and differentiation. However, its role and action mechanism in bone remain unclear. This study investigated the optimal conditions for effective transfection of the large plasmid PEGFP-C1A-ACF7 (~21 kbp) containing the full-length human MACF1 cDNA and the potential role of MACF1 in bone formation. To enhance MACF1 expression, the large plasmid was transfected into osteogenic cells by electroporation in vitro and mouse calvaria with nanoparticles...
January 15, 2018: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331583/importins-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-signaling-mediates-endothelial-cell-inflammation-and-barrier-disruption
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Antony Leonard, Arshad Rahman, Fabeha Fazal
Nucleocytoplasmic shuttling via importins is central to the function of eukaryotic cells and an integral part of the processes that lead to many human diseases. In this study, we addressed the role of α and β importins in the mechanism of endothelial cell (EC) inflammation and permeability, important pathogenic features of many inflammatory diseases such as acute lung injury and atherosclerosis. RNAi-mediated knockdown of importin α4 or α3 each inhibited NF-κB activation, proinflammatory gene (ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and IL-6) expression, and thereby endothelial adhesivity towards HL-60 cells, upon thrombin challenge...
January 10, 2018: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330144/kindlin-1-promotes-pulmonary-breast-cancer-metastasis
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Sana Sarvi, Hitesh Patel, Jun Li, Georgia L Dodd, Helen Creedon, Morwenna Muir, Jocelyn Ward, John C Dawson, Martin Lee, Jayne Culley, Donald M Salter, Andrew H Sims, Adam Byron, Valerie G Brunton
In breast cancer, increased expression of the cytoskeletal adaptor protein Kindlin-1 has been linked to increased risks of lung metastasis, but the functional basis is unknown. Here we show that in a mouse model of polyomavirus middle T antigen-induced mammary tumorigenesis, loss of Kindlin-1 reduced early pulmonary arrest and later development of lung metastasis. This phenotype relied on the ability of Kindlin-1 to bind and activate β integrin heterodimers. Kindlin-1 loss reduced α4 integrin-mediated adhesion of mammary tumor cells to the adhesion molecule VCAM-1 on endothelial cells...
January 12, 2018: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326059/differential-requirement-of-de-novo-arc-protein-synthesis-in-the-insular-cortex-and-the-amygdala-for-safe-and-aversive-taste-long-term-memory-formation
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Guzmán-Ramos Kioko, Venkataraman Archana, Morin Jean-Pascal, Osorio-Gómez Daniel, Bermúdez-Rattoni Federico
Several immediate early genes products are known to be involved in the facilitation of structural and functional modifications at distinct synapses activated through experience. The IEG-encoded protein Arc (activity regulated cytoskeletal-associated protein) has been widely implicated in long-term memory formation and stabilization. In this study, we sought to evaluate a possible role for de novo Arc protein synthesis in the insular cortex (IC) and in the amygdala (AMY) during long-term taste memory formation...
January 8, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321224/reconsidering-an-active-role-for-g-actin-in-cytoskeletal-regulation
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Kristen Skruber, Tracy-Ann Read, Eric A Vitriol
Globular (G)-actin, the actin monomer, assembles into polarized filaments that form networks that can provide structural support, generate force and organize the cell. Many of these structures are highly dynamic and to maintain them, the cell relies on a large reserve of monomers. Classically, the G-actin pool has been thought of as homogenous. However, recent work has shown that actin monomers can exist in distinct groups that can be targeted to specific networks, where they drive and modify filament assembly in ways that can have profound effects on cellular behavior...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320527/transcriptome-analysis-during-ripening-of-table-grape-berry-cv-thompson-seedless
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Iván Balic, Paula Vizoso, Ricardo Nilo-Poyanco, Dayan Sanhueza, Patricio Olmedo, Pablo Sepúlveda, Cesar Arriagada, Bruno G Defilippi, Claudio Meneses, Reinaldo Campos-Vargas
Ripening is one of the key processes associated with the development of major organoleptic characteristics of the fruit. This process has been extensively characterized in climacteric fruit, in contrast with non-climacteric fruit such as grape, where the process is less understood. With the aim of studying changes in gene expression during ripening of non-climacteric fruit, an Illumina based RNA-Seq transcriptome analysis was performed on four developmental stages, between veraison and harvest, on table grapes berries cv Thompson Seedless...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319181/the-small-gtpase-rhoa-regulates-the-limk1-2-cofilin-pathway-to-modulate-cytoskeletal-dynamics-in-oocyte-meiosis
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Xing Duan, Yu Zhang, Kun-Lin Chen, Hao-Lin Zhang, Lan-Lan Wu, Hong-Lin Liu, Zhen-Bo Wang, Shao-Chen Sun
LIM kinases (LIMK1/2) are LIM domain-containing serine/threonine/tyrosine kinases that mediate multiple cellular processes in mitosis. In the present study, we explored the functional roles and potential signaling pathway of LIMK1/2 during mouse oocyte meiosis. Disruption of LIMK1/2 activity and expression significantly decreased oocyte polar body extrusion. Live-cell imaging revealed that spindle migration was disturbed after both LIMK1 and LIMK2 knock down, and this might be due to aberrant distribution of actin filaments in the oocyte cytoplasm and cortex...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317699/inflammatory-proteomic-network-analysis-of-statin-treated-and-lipopolysaccharide-activated-macrophages
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Abu Hena M Kamal, Jayanta K Chakrabarty, S M Nashir Udden, Md Hasan Zaki, Saiful M Chowdhury
A significant component of immune biology research is the investigation of protein encoding genes that play central roles in contributing inflammatory response. A gel-free quantitative bottom-up proteomics study was performed on immune cell macrophages after the combined treatment of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and statin drugs using mass spectrometry and a detailed bioinformatics analyses were conducted. Systematic bioinformatics analysis was applied for discovering novel relationships among proteins and effects of statin and lipopolysaccharide in macrophage cells...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317486/mutual-dependence-of-the-mrtf-srf-and-yap-tead-pathways-in-cancer-associated-fibroblasts-is-indirect-and-mediated-by-cytoskeletal-dynamics
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Charles T Foster, Francesco Gualdrini, Richard Treisman
Both the MRTF-SRF and the YAP-TEAD transcriptional regulatory networks respond to extracellular signals and mechanical stimuli. We show that the MRTF-SRF pathway is activated in cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs). The MRTFs are required in addition to the YAP pathway for CAF contractile and proinvasive properties. We compared MRTF-SRF and YAP-TEAD target gene sets and identified genes directly regulated by one pathway, the other, or both. Nevertheless, the two pathways exhibit mutual dependence. In CAFs, expression of direct MRTF-SRF genomic targets is also dependent on YAP-TEAD activity, and, conversely, YAP-TEAD target gene expression is also dependent on MRTF-SRF signaling...
January 9, 2018: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316355/finite-element-models-of-flagella-with-sliding-radial-spokes-and-inter-doublet-links-exhibit-propagating-waves-under-steady-dynein-loading
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Tianchen Hu, Philip V Bayly
It remains unclear how flagella generate propulsive, oscillatory waveforms. While it is well known that dynein motors, in combination with passive cytoskeletal elements, drive the bending of the axoneme by applying shearing forces and bending moments to microtubule doublets, the origin of rhythmicity is still mysterious. Most conceptual models of flagellar oscillation involve dynein regulation or switching, so that dynein activity first on one side of the axoneme, then the other, drives bending. In contrast, a "viscoelastic flutter" mechanism has recently been proposed, based on a dynamic structural instability...
January 5, 2018: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316276/crispr-disruption-of-tctp-gene-impaired-normal-development-in-the-silkworm-bombyx-mori
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Zu-Lian Liu, Jun Xu, Lin Ling, Ru Zhang, Peng Shang, Yong-Ping Huang
The translationally controlled tumor protein (TCTP) is a highly conserved and multifunctional protein with activities ranging from cytoskeletal regulation to transcription regulation in numerous organisms. In insects, TCTP is essential for cell growth and proliferation. Recently, TCTP has been reported to affect the innate intestinal immune pathway in the Bombyx mori silkworm, a lepidopteran model insect. However, the comprehensive physiological roles of TCTP in the silkworm remain poorly understood. Here, we performed functional analysis of BmTCTP by using a binary transgenic CRISPR/Cas9 (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromin repeats/RNA-guided Cas9 nucleases) system...
January 9, 2018: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310804/the-cytoskeletal-network-regulates-expression-of-the-profibrotic-genes-pai-1-and-ctgf-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
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Rohan Samarakoon, Paul J Higgins
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) are subject to changing hemodynamic stimuli that alter cytoskeletal dynamics, cellular architecture, and structure-associated signal transduction. Tensional stress, force application, and structural perturbations are sensed by VSMCs and impact the physiological as well as pathophysiological responses of the vasculature. Microtubule-targeting drugs provide useful tools to analyze cytoskeletal-associated signaling pathways and their linkages to pathological outcomes. Architecture-based controls on a subset of profibrotic genes commonly expressed in vascular disease are highlighted by their frequent induction in mechanically manipulated cells and with associated changes in cytoskeletal dynamics...
2018: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310796/the-dynamic-actin-cytoskeleton-in-smooth-muscle
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Dale D Tang
Smooth muscle contraction requires both myosin activation and actin cytoskeletal remodeling. Actin cytoskeletal reorganization facilitates smooth muscle contraction by promoting force transmission between the contractile unit and the extracellular matrix (ECM), and by enhancing intercellular mechanical transduction. Myosin may be viewed to serve as an "engine" for smooth muscle contraction whereas the actin cytoskeleton may function as a "transmission system" in smooth muscle. The actin cytoskeleton in smooth muscle also undergoes restructuring upon activation with growth factors or the ECM, which controls smooth muscle cell proliferation and migration...
2018: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304860/role-and-regulation-of-abelson-tyrosine-kinase-in-crk-associated-substrate-profilin-1-interaction-and-airway-smooth-muscle-contraction
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Yinna Wang, Alyssa C Rezey, Ruping Wang, Dale D Tang
BACKGROUND: Airway smooth muscle contraction is critical for maintenance of appropriate airway tone, and has been implicated in asthma pathogenesis. Smooth muscle contraction requires an "engine" (myosin activation) and a "transmission system" (actin cytoskeletal remodeling). However, the mechanisms that control actin remodeling in smooth muscle are not fully elucidated. The adapter protein Crk-associated substrate (CAS) regulates actin dynamics and the contraction in smooth muscle. In addition, profilin-1 (Pfn-1) and Abelson tyrosine kinase (c-Abl) are also involved in smooth muscle contraction...
January 5, 2018: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297744/tgfb1-is-secreted-through-an-unconventional-pathway-dependent-on-the-autophagic-machinery-and-cytoskeletal-regulators
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Julian Nüchel, Sushmita Ghatak, Alexandra V Zuk, Anja Illerhaus, Matthias Mörgelin, Katrin Schönborn, Katrin Blumbach, Sara A Wickström, Thomas Krieg, Gerhard Sengle, Markus Plomann, Beate Eckes
TGFB1 (transforming growth factor beta 1) is a potent cytokine playing a driving role in development, fibrosis and cancer. It is synthesized as prodomain-growth factor complex that requires tethering to LTBP (latent transforming growth factor beta binding protein) for efficient secretion into the extracellular space. Upon release, this large latent complex is sequestered by anchorage to extracellular matrix (ECM) networks, from which the mature growth factor needs to be activated in order to reach its receptors and initiate signaling...
January 3, 2018: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295815/toxoplasma-gondii-disrupts-%C3%AE-1-integrin-signaling-and-focal-adhesion-formation-during-monocyte-hypermotility
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Joshua H Cook, Norikiyo Ueno, Melissa B Lodoen
The motility of blood monocytes is orchestrated by the activity of cell surface integrins, which translate extracellular signals into cytoskeletal changes to mediate adhesion and migration. Toxoplasma gondii is an intracellular parasite that infects migratory cells and enhances their motility, but the mechanisms underlying T. gondii-induced hypermotility are incompletely understood. We have investigated the molecular basis for the hypermotility of primary human peripheral blood monocytes and THP-1 cells infected with T...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290990/molecular-and-functional-crosstalk-between-extracellular-hsp90-and-ephrin-a1-signaling
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Abdelkader Daoud, Udhayakumar Gopal, Jasmine Kaur, Jennifer S Isaacs
The Eph receptor tyrosine kinase family member EphA2 plays a pivotal role in modulating cytoskeletal dynamics to control cancer cell motility and invasion. EphA2 is frequently upregulated in diverse solid tumors and has emerged as a viable druggable target. We previously reported that extracellular Hsp90 (eHsp90), a known pro-motility and invasive factor, collaborates with EphA2 to regulate tumor invasion in the absence of its cognate ephrin ligand. Here, we aimed to further define the molecular and functional relationship between EphA2 and eHsp90...
December 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288676/transcriptomic-profiles-of-post-smolt-atlantic-salmon-challenged-with-piscirickettsia-salmonis-reveal-a-strategy-to-evade-the-adaptive-immune-response-and-modify-cell-autonomous-immunity
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Marco Rozas-Serri, Andrea Peña, Lucerina Maldonado
Piscirickettsiosis is the main bacterial disease affecting the Chilean salmon farming industry and is responsible for high economic losses. The development of effective strategies to control piscirickettsiosis has been limited in part by insufficient knowledge of the host response. The aim of this study was to use RNA sequencing to describe the transcriptional profiles of the responses of post-smolt Atlantic salmon infected with LF-89-like or EM-90-like Piscirickettsia salmonis. Enrichment and pathway analyses of the differentially expressed genes revealed several central signatures following infection, including positive regulation of DC-SIGN and TLR5 signalling, which converged at the NF-κB level to modulate the pro-inflammatory cytokine response, particularly in the PS-EM-90-infected fish...
December 27, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285101/proteomic-changes-of-cd4-cd25-forkhead-box-p3-regulatory-t-cells-in-a-30-day-rat-model-of-sepsis-survival
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Yuxia Jiao, Siqi Tan, Junyu Xiong
Sepsis is defined as life threatening organ dysfunction arising from a dysregulated host response to infection. The outcomes of sepsis include early mortality, delayed mortality and recovery, and depend on the inflammatory response. Previous studies have demonstrated that regulatory T cells (Tregs) are important in determining the outcome of sepsis, as their suppressive function serves a role in maintaining immune homeostasis. However, Treg-mediated immunosuppression during the course of sepsis remains unclear and little is known about the survival of patients following diagnosis...
December 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282288/structure-based-virtual-screening-identifies-small-molecule-inhibitor-of-the-profilin1-actin-interaction
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David Gau, Taber Lewis, Lee Mcdermott, Peter Wipf, David Koes, Partha Roy
Profilin1 (Pfn1) is an important regulator of the actin cytoskeleton and plays a vital role in many actin-based cellular processes. Therefore, identification of a small-molecule intervention strategy targeted against the Pfn1:actin interaction could have broad utility in cytoskeletal research and further our understanding of the role of Pfn1 in actin-mediated biological processes. Based on an already resolved Pfn1:actin complex crystal structure, we performed structure-based virtual screening of small molecule libraries to seek inhibitors of the Pfn1:actin interaction...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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