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Schammim Ray Amith, Krista Marie Vincent, Jodi Marie Wilkinson, Lynne Marie Postovit, Larry Fliegel
Mounting evidence supports a major role for the Na(+)/H(+) exchanger NHE1 in cancer progression and metastasis. NHE1 is hyperactive at the onset of oncogenic transformation, resulting in intracellular alkalinization and extracellular microenvironmental acidification. These conditions promote invasion and facilitate metastasis. However, the signal pathways governing the regulation of exchanger activity are still unclear. This is especially important in the aggressively metastatic, triple-negative basal breast cancer subtype...
October 14, 2016: Cellular Signalling
Keiji Ohata, Toyofumi F Chen-Yoshikawa, Toshi Menju, Ei Miyamoto, Satona Tanaka, Mamoru Takahashi, Hideki Motoyama, Kyoko Hijiya, Akihiro Aoyama, Hiroshi Date
BACKGROUND: Rho-kinase, an intracellular serine/threonine kinase, is a key regulator of cytoskeletal dynamics. Recent studies have demonstrated that Rho-kinase is involved in the ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) pathogenesis of many organs; however, its involvement with lung IRI remains unclear. This study assessed the association of Rho-kinase with lung IRI and evaluated the protective effect of inhaled Rho-kinase inhibitors in lung IRI. METHODS: The study included isolated rat lung perfusion models, divided into three groups: sham, Rho-kinase inhibitor, and warm ischemia (n = 6 each)...
October 12, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
M Moazzem Hossain, Guangyi Zhao, Moon-Sook Woo, James H-C Wang, Jian-Ping Jin
Cell traction force (CTF) plays a critical role in controlling cell shape, enabling cell motility, and maintaining cellular homeostasis in many biological processes such as angiogenesis, development, wound healing, and cancer metastasis. Calponin is an actin filament-associated cytoskeletal protein in smooth muscles and multiple types of non-muscle cells. An established biochemical function of calponin is the inhibition of myosin ATPase in smooth muscle cells. Vertebrates have three calponin isoforms. Among them, calponin 2 is expressed in epithelial cells, endothelial cells, macrophages, myoblasts and fibroblasts, and plays a role in regulating cytoskeleton activities such as cell adhesion, migration and cytokinesis...
October 13, 2016: Biochemistry
Daniel García-Pérez, Szilamer Ferenczi, Krisztina J Kovács, M Luisa Laorden, M Victoria Milanés, Cristina Núñez
Drug-withdrawal-associated aversive memories might trigger relapse to drug-seeking behavior. However, changes in structural and synaptic plasticity, as well as epigenetic mechanisms, which may be critical for long-term aversive memory, have yet to be elucidated. We used male Wistar rats and performed conditioned-place aversion (CPA) paradigm to uncover the role of glucocorticoids (GCs) on plasticity-related processes that occur within the dentate gyrus (DG) during opiate-withdrawal conditioning (memory formation-consolidation) and after reactivation by re-exposure to the conditioned environment (memory retrieval)...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Daniel García-Pérez, Szilamer Ferenczi, Krisztina J Kovács, M Luisa Laorden, M Victoria Milanés, Cristina Núñez
Drug-withdrawal aversive memories generate a motivational state leading to compulsive drug taking, with plasticity changes in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) being essential in aversive motivational learning. The conditioned-place aversion (CPA) paradigm allows for measuring the negative affective component of drug withdrawal. First, CPA triggers association between negative affective consequences of withdrawal with context (memory consolidation). Afterwards, when the animals are re-exposed to the paired environment, they avoid it due to the association between the context and aversive memories (memory retrieval)...
September 28, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Xiaoling Zhang, Suju Luo, Joseph Wu, Long Zhang, Wen-Hui Wang, Simone Degan, Detlev Erdmann, Russell Hall, Jennifer Y Zhang
Loss-of-function of KIND1, a cytoskeletal protein involved in β1-integrin function, causes Kindler Syndrome (KS), a genetic disease characterized by skin fragility, photosensitivity and increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Dysregulation of β1-integrin underlies KS skin fragility. However, the mechanisms underlying SCC susceptibility are unclear. Here, we demonstrate that gene silencing of KIND1 decreased keratinocyte proliferation and increased apoptosis in vitro and in skin grafts regenerated on mice, which was correlated with reduced cyclinB1...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Pontus Nordenfelt, Hunter L Elliott, Timothy A Springer
For a cell to move forward it must convert chemical energy into mechanical propulsion. Force produced by actin polymerization can generate traction across the plasma membrane by transmission through integrins to their ligands. However, the role this force plays in integrin activation is unknown. Here we show that integrin activity and cytoskeletal dynamics are reciprocally linked, where actin-dependent force itself appears to regulate integrin activity. We generated fluorescent tension-sensing constructs of integrin αLβ2 (LFA-1) to visualize intramolecular tension during cell migration...
October 10, 2016: Nature Communications
Jaymin J Kathiriya, Ravi Ramesh Pathak, Alexandr Bezginov, Bin Xue, Vladimir N Uversky, Elisabeth R M Tillier, Vrushank Davé
Therapeutic protein kinase inhibitors are designed on the basis of kinase structures. Here, we define intrinsically disordered regions (IDRs) in structurally hybrid kinases. We reveal that 65% of kinases have an IDR adjacent to their kinase domain (KD). These IDRs are evolutionarily more conserved than IDRs distant to KDs. Strikingly, 36 kinases have adjacent IDRs extending into their KDs, defining a unique structural and functional subset of the kinome. Functional network analysis of this subset of the kinome uncovered FAK1 as topologically the most connected hub kinase...
October 5, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Atefeh Rabiee, Veit Schwämmle, Simone Sidoli, Jie Dai, Adelina Rogowska-Wrzesinska, Susanne Mandrup, Ole N Jensen
Mass spectrometry (MS) based quantitative proteomics and phosphoproteomics applied to monitor the alteration of nuclear proteins during the early stages (4 hours) of preadipocyte differentiation. A total of 4072 proteins including 2434 phosphorylated proteins identified, a majority of which were assigned as regulators of gene expression. Among 288 identified transcriptional regulators, 49 were regulated within four hours of adipogenic stimulation including several known and many novel potential adipogenic regulators...
September 26, 2016: Proteomics
Youtao Liu, Jesus Lacal, Richard A Firtel, Arjan Kortholt
The directional movement towards extracellular chemical gradients, a process called chemotaxis, is an important property of cells. Central to eukaryotic chemotaxis is the molecular mechanism by which chemoattractant-mediated activation of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) induces symmetry breaking in the activated downstream signaling pathways. Studies with mainly Dictyostelium and mammalian neutrophils as experimental systems have shown that chemotaxis is mediated by a complex network of signaling pathways...
October 7, 2016: Small GTPases
Zhongwei Xu, Linghui Zhai, Tailong Yi, Huiying Gao, Fengxu Fan, Yanchang Li, Youliang Wang, Ning Li, Xiaohua Xing, Na Su, Feilin Wu, Lei Chang, Xiuli Chen, Erhei Dai, Chao Zhao, Xiao Yang, Chunping Cui, Ping Xu
Hepatitis B virus X protein (HBx) participates in the occurrence and development processes of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) as a multifunctional regulation factor. However, the underlying molecular mechanism remains obscure. Here, we describe the use of p21HBx/+ mouse and SILAM (Stable Isotope Labeling in Mammals) strategy to define the pathological mechanisms for the occurrence and development of HBx induced liver cancer. We systematically compared a series of proteome samples from regular mice, 12- and 24-month old p21HBx/+ mice representing the inflammation and HCC stages of liver disease respectively and their nontransgenic wild-type (WT) littermates...
September 30, 2016: Oncotarget
Takayuki Kishi, Taira Mayanagi, Sadahiro Iwabuchi, Toshihide Akasaka, Kenji Sobue
The regulation of cell-substrate adhesion is tightly linked to the malignant phenotype of tumor cells and plays a role in their migration, invasion, and metastasis. Focal adhesions (FAs) are dynamic adhesion structures that anchor the cell to the extracellular matrix. Myocardin-related transcription factors (MRTFs), co-regulators of the serum response factor (SRF), regulate expression of a set of genes encoding actin cytoskeletal/FA-related proteins. Here we demonstrated that the forced expression of a constitutively active MRTF-A (CA-MRTF-A) in B16F10 melanoma cells induced the up-regulation of actin cytoskeletal and FA proteins, resulting in FA reorganization and the suppression of cell migration...
September 30, 2016: Oncotarget
Mridula Dwivedi, Roland Winter
Phosphoinositols are an important class of phospholipids that are involved in a myriad of cellular processes, from cell signaling to motility and adhesion. Vinculin (Vn) is a major adaptor protein that regulates focal adhesions in conjunction with PIP2 in lipid membranes and other cytoskeletal components. The binding and unbinding transitions of Vn at the membrane interface are an important link to understanding the coordination of cell signaling and motility. Using different biophysical tools, including atomic force microscopy combined with confocal fluorescence microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, we studied the nanoscopic interactions of activated and autoinhibited states of Vn with lipid membranes...
October 4, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Anna Korol, Aftab Taiyab, Judith A West-Mays
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) leads to the formation of ocular fibrotic pathologies, such as anterior subcapsular cataract and posterior capsule opacification. Remodeling of the actin cytoskeleton, mediated by the Rho family of GTPases, plays a key role in EMT, however, how actin dynamics affect downstream markers of EMT has not been fully determined. Our previous work suggests that myocardin related transcription factor A (MRTF-A), an actin-binding protein, might be an important mediator of TGFβ-induced EMT in lens epithelial cells...
September 29, 2016: Molecular Medicine
Reeshan Ul Quraish, Norihiro Sudou, Kaori Nomura-Komoike, Fumi Sato, Hiroki Fujieda
PURPOSE: p27(KIP1) (p27), originally identified as a cell cycle inhibitor, is now known to have multifaceted roles beyond cell cycle regulation. p27 is required for the normal histogenesis of the RPE, but the role of p27 in the mature RPE remains elusive. To define the role of p27 in the maintenance and function of the RPE, we investigated the effects of p27 deletion on the responses of the RPE after photoreceptor damage. METHODS: Photoreceptor damage was induced in wild-type (WT) and p27 knockout (KO) mice with N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU) treatment...
2016: Molecular Vision
Jacey H Ma, Joshua J Wang, Junhua Li, Bruce A Pfeffer, Yiming Zhong, Sarah X Zhang
Purpose: The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) tight junctions play a pivotal role in maintaining the homeostatic environment of the neural retina. Herein, we investigated the role of X-box binding protein 1 (XBP1), an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-responsive transcription factor, in regulation of RPE tight junctions. Methods: Human RPE cell line (ARPE-19) and primary primate RPE cells were used for in vitro experiments and RPE-specific XBP1 knockout (KO) mice were used for in vivo study...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Valérie Bergeron, Julien Ghislain, Vincent Poitout
Free fatty acid receptor 1 (FFA1/GPR40) plays a key role in the potentiation of glucose-stimulated insulin secretion by fatty acids in pancreatic beta cells. We previously demonstrated that GPR40 signaling leads to cortical actin remodeling and potentiates the second phase of insulin secretion. In this study, we examined the role of p21 activated kinase 4 (PAK4), a known regulator of cytoskeletal dynamics, in GPR40-dependent potentiation of insulin secretion. The fatty acid oleate induced PAK4 phosphorylation in human islets, in isolated mouse islets and in the insulin secreting cell line INS832/13...
October 4, 2016: Islets
Daniel D Shaye, Iva Greenwald
The C. elegans excretory cell (EC) is a powerful model for tubulogenesis, a conserved process that requires precise cytoskeletal regulation. EXC-6, an ortholog of the disease-associated formin INF2, coordinates cell outgrowth and lumen formation during EC tubulogenesis by regulating F-actin at the tip of the growing canal and the dynamics of basolateral microtubules. EXC-6 functions in parallel to EXC-5/FGD, a predicted activator of the Rho GTPase Cdc42. Here we identify the parallel pathway: EXC-5 functions through CDC-42 to regulate two other formins: INFT-2, another INF2 ortholog, and CYK-1, the sole ortholog of mammalian Diaphanous (mDia)...
October 3, 2016: Development
Si-Jing Song, Qiao-Chu Wang, Ru-Xia Jia, Xiang-Shun Cui, Nam-Hyung Kim, Shao-Chen Sun
Mammalian oocyte asymmetric division relies on the eccentric positioning of the spindle, resulting in the polar body formation. Small signaling G protein Rac1 is a member of GTPases, which regulates a diverse array of cellular events, including the control of cell growth, cytoskeletal reorganization, and the activation of protein kinases. However, effects of Rac1 on the porcine oocyte maturation and early embryo development are not fully understood. In present study we investigated the role of Rac1 in oocyte maturation and embryo cleavage...
October 3, 2016: Scientific Reports
Zofia Ostrowska, Katarzyna Robaszkiewicz, Joanna Moraczewska
Tropomyosin and cofilin are actin-binding proteins which control dynamics of actin assembly and disassembly. Tropomyosin isoforms can either inhibit or enhance cofilin activity, but the mechanism of this diverse regulation is not well understood. In this work mechanisms of actin dynamics regulation by four cytoskeletal tropomyosin isoforms and cofilin-1 were studied with the use of biochemical and fluorescent microscopy assays. The recombinant tropomyosin isoforms were products of two genes: TPM1 (Tpm1.6 and Tpm1...
September 30, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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