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Ravi N Srinivasa, William M Sherk, Jeffrey Forris Beecham Chick, Kyle Cooper, Joseph J Gemmete
Placement of percutaneous jejunostomy tubes using fluoroscopy may be technically challenging because of the peristaltic motion of small bowel loops within the peritoneum. Furthermore, fluoroscopic jejunostomy placement has an inherent risk of complications, including peritonitis and death. A transnasal snare technique to facilitate direct jejunostomy in patients with a surgically altered gastric anatomy has been previously reported. This report describes a patient with gastroparesis and a chronic nasojejunal tube who underwent a percutaneous transgastric snare technique to facilitate the placement of a direct jejunostomy...
February 2018: Radiology Case Reports
Eugene Jennifer Jin, Ferdi Ridvan Kiral, Mehmet Neset Ozel, Lara Sophie Burchardt, Marc Osterland, Daniel Epstein, Heike Wolfenberg, Steffen Prohaska, Peter Robin Hiesinger
Neurons are highly polarized cells that require continuous turnover of membrane proteins at axon terminals to develop, function, and survive. Yet, it is still unclear whether membrane protein degradation requires transport back to the cell body or whether degradation also occurs locally at the axon terminal, where live observation of sorting and degradation has remained a challenge. Here, we report direct observation of two cargo-specific membrane protein degradation mechanisms at axon terminals based on a live-imaging approach in intact Drosophila brains...
March 3, 2018: Current Biology: CB
Dafna Greitzer-Antes, Li Xie, Tairan Qin, Huanli Xie, Dan Zhu, Subhankar Dolai, Tao Liang, Fei Kang, Alexandre B Hardy, Yan He, Youhou Kang, Herbert Y Gaisano
The voltage-dependent K+ (Kv) channel Kv2.1 is a major delayed rectifier in many secretory cells, including pancreatic β-cells. In addition, Kv2.1 has a direct role in exocytosis at an undefined step, involving SNARE proteins and independent of its ion-conducting pore function. Here, we elucidated the precise step in exocytosis. We previously reported that syntaxin 3 (Syn-3) is the key syntaxin that mediates exocytosis of newcomer secretory granules that spend minimal residence time on the plasma membrane before fusion...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Hana Kimura, Kohei Arasaki, Yuki Ohsaki, Toyoshi Fujimoto, Takayuki Ohtomo, Junji Yamada, Mitsuo Tagaya
Lipid droplets (LDs) are ubiquitous organelles that contain neutral lipids and are surrounded by a phospholipid monolayer. How proteins specifically localize to the phospholipid monolayer of the LD surface has been a matter of extensive investigations. In the present study we show that syntaxin 17 (Stx17), a SNARE protein whose expression in the liver is regulated by diet, participates in LD biogenesis by regulating the distribution of acyl-CoA synthetase 3 (ACSL3), a key enzyme for LD biogenesis that redistributes from the endoplasmic reticulum to LDs during LD formation...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Lipid Research
Teresa Daraio, Ismael Valladolid-Acebes, Kerstin Brismar, Christina Bark
SNAP-25 is a protein involved in regulated membrane fusion and part of the SNARE complex. It exists as two splicing variants, SNAP-25a and SNAP-25b, which differ in 9 out of 206 amino acids. SNAP-25 together with Syntaxin 1 and VAMP-2 forms the ternary SNARE complex essential for mediating activity-dependent release of hormones and neurotransmitters. The functional difference between SNAP-25a and SNAP-25b is poorly understood as both can participate in SNARE complexes and mediate membrane fusion. However, we recently demonstrated that SNAP-25b-deficiency results in metabolic disease and increased insulin secretion...
March 13, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Binyong Liang, Lukas K Tamm
SNARE-mediated membrane fusion is a ubiquitous process responsible for intracellular vesicle trafficking, including membrane fusion in exocytosis that leads to hormone and neurotransmitter release. The proteins that facilitate this process are highly dynamic and adopt multiple conformations when they interact with other proteins and lipids as they form highly regulated molecular machines that operate on membranes. Solution NMR is an ideal method to capture high-resolution glimpses of the molecular transformations that take place when these proteins come together and work on membranes...
April 2018: Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Muhmmad Omar-Hmeadi, Nikhil Gandasi, Sebastian Barg
Phosphoinositides (PtdIns) play important roles in exocytosis and are thought to regulate secretory granule docking by co-clustering with the SNARE protein syntaxin to form a docking receptor in the plasma membrane. Here we tested this idea by high-resolution TIRF imaging of EGFP-labeled PtdIns markers or syntaxin-1 at secretory granule release sites in live insulin-secreting cells. In intact cells, PtdIns markers distributed evenly across the plasma membrane with no preference for granule docking sites. In contrast, syntaxin-1 was found clustered in the plasma membrane, mostly beneath docked granules...
March 14, 2018: Traffic
Geoffrey Masuyer, Sicai Zhang, Sulyman Barkho, Yi Shen, Linda Henriksson, Sara Košenina, Min Dong, Pål Stenmark
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are among the most potent toxins known and are also used to treat an increasing number of medical disorders. There are seven well-established serotypes (BoNT/A-G), which all act as zinc-dependent endopeptidases targeting specific members of the SNARE proteins required for synaptic vesicle exocytosis in neurons. A new toxin serotype, BoNT/X, was recently identified. It cleaves not only the canonical targets, vesicle associated membrane proteins (VAMP) 1/2/3 at a unique site, but also has the unique ability to cleave VAMP4/5 and Ykt6...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Xiaoxing Kou, Xingtian Xu, Chider Chen, Maria Laura Sanmillan, Tao Cai, Yanheng Zhou, Claudio Giraudo, Anh Le, Songtao Shi
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are capable of secreting exosomes, extracellular vesicles, and cytokines to regulate cell and tissue homeostasis. However, it is unknown whether MSCs use a specific exocytotic fusion mechanism to secrete exosomes and cytokines. We show that Fas binds with Fas-associated phosphatase-1 (Fap-1) and caveolin-1 (Cav-1) to activate a common soluble N -ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor (NSF) attachment protein receptor (SNARE)-mediated membrane fusion mechanism to release small extracellular vesicles (sEVs) in MSCs...
March 14, 2018: Science Translational Medicine
Yi Yu, Su Chen, Xiaoqiang Mo, Jihong Gong, Chenhong Li, Xiaofei Yang
Complexins, binding to assembling soluble NSF-attachment protein receptor (SNARE) complexes, activate Ca2+ triggered exocytosis and clamp spontaneous release in the presynaptic terminal. Functions of complexin are structural dependent and mechanistically distinct. To further understand the functional/structural dependence of complexin, here we show that the accessory and central α-helices of complexin are sufficient in activation of Ca2+ triggered vesicle fusion but not in clamping spontaneous release. Targeting the two α-helices to synaptic vesicle suppresses spontaneous release, thus further emphasizing the importance of curvature membrane localization in clamping function...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Wonsoo Son, Dong-Hun Kang, Byung Moon Kim, Jaechan Park, Yong-Sun Kim
BACKGROUND: The pipeline embolization device (PED; ev3, Irvine, California, USA) has been used to divert flow away from an aneurysm sac. The risk of complications may increase for flow diversion with giant aneurysms, since these cases may require multiple overlapping PEDs, which makes the technique highly complex. CASE DESCRIPTION: We report a rescue technical strategy for lost access during multiple overlapping PED placement for a giant, fusiform cavernous aneurysm...
March 7, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Sunil K Sinha
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March 7, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Mo Chen, Tao Qiu, Jiajie Wu, Yang Yang, Graham D Wright, Min Wu, Ruowen Ge
Classic endocytosis destinations include the recycling endosome returning to the plasma membrane or the late endosome (LE) merging with lysosomes for cargo degradation. However, the anti-angiogenic proteins angiostatin and isthmin, are endocytosed and trafficked to mitochondria (Mito) to execute apoptosis of endothelial cells. How these extracellular proteins reach mitochondria remains a mystery. Through confocal and super-resolution fluorescent microscopy, we demonstrate that angiostatin and isthmin are trafficked to mitochondria through the interaction between LE and Mito...
March 9, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
Akihiro Ito, Tomoaki Suga, Hiroyoshi Ota, Nobuyuki Tateiwa, Akihiro Matsumoto, Eiji Tanaka
BACKGROUND: Cold snare polypectomy (CSP) has not undergone sufficient histopathological evaluation. This study aimed to clarify the histopathological features of CSP specimens, including resection depth and layer, as compared with endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR). METHODS: Polyps were recruited retrospectively. Sessile, semi-pedunculated, and 0-IIa polyps of ≤ 9 mm were selected by propensity score matching and classified as either a complete resection or one with an unevaluable/positive (X/+) margin...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Gastroenterology
Jessika C Bridi, Frank Hirth
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by intracellular inclusions of aggregated and misfolded α-Synuclein (α-Syn), and the loss of dopaminergic (DA) neurons in the brain. The resulting motor abnormalities mark the progression of PD, while non-motor symptoms can already be identified during early, prodromal stages of disease. Recent studies provide evidence that during this early prodromal phase, synaptic and axonal abnormalities occur before the degenerative loss of neuronal cell bodies. These early phenotypes can be attributed to synaptic accumulation of toxic α-Syn...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Naohisa Yoshida, Yuji Naito, Takaaki Murakami, Kiyoshi Ogiso, Ryohei Hirose, Yutaka Inada, Mitsuo Kishimoto, Rafiz Abdul Rani, Yoshito Itoh
Cold snare polypectomy (CSP) should be performed for benign lesions, though an accurate diagnosis is sometimes difficult with only white light observation. Irregular findings by narrow-band imaging (NBI) are useful for differentiating malignant lesions from benign lesions, and cases with this finding are not expected for CSP. We present a diminutive T1 cancer resected by CSP as a reflection case. A 68-year-old man underwent colonoscopy for surveillance after polypectomy. A reddish polyp 4 mm in size was detected at the rectum...
January 2018: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
Matthew Dodson, Pengfei Liu, Tao Jiang, Andrew J Ambrose, Gang Luo, Montserrat Rojo de la Vega, Aram B Cholanians, Pak Kin Wong, Eli Chapman, Donna D Zhang
Environmental exposure to arsenic is linked to adverse health effects including cancer and diabetes. Pleiotropic cellular effects are observed with arsenic exposure. Previously, we demonstrated that arsenic dysregulated the autophagy pathway at low, environmentally relevant concentrations. Here, we show that arsenic blocks autophagy by preventing autophagosome-lysosome fusion. Specifically, arsenic disrupts formation of the STX17-SNAP29-VAMP8 SNARE complex, where SNAP29 mediates vesicle fusion through bridging STX17-containing autophagosomes to VAMP8-bearing lysosomes...
March 5, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biology
By Sara Woodman, Christopher Trousdale, Justin Conover, Kyoungtae Kim
Protein recycling is an essential cellular process involving endocytosis, intracellular trafficking, and exocytosis. In mammalian systems membrane lipids, including cholesterol, sphingolipids, and phospholipids, play a pivotal role in protein recycling. To address this role in budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, we utilized GFP-Snc1, a v-SNARE protein serving as a fluorescent marker for faithfully reporting the recycling pathway. Here we demonstrate results that display moderate to significant GFP-Snc1 recycling defects upon overexpression or inactivation of phospholipid, ergosterol, and sphingolipid biosynthesis enzymes, indicating that the homeostasis of membrane lipid levels is prerequisite for proper protein recycling...
March 3, 2018: Cell Biology International
Alfredo Ramos-Miguel, Andrea A Jones, Ken Sawada, Alasdair M Barr, Thomas A Bayer, Peter Falkai, Sue E Leurgans, Julie A Schneider, David A Bennett, William G Honer
The molecular underpinnings associated with cognitive reserve remain poorly understood. Because animal models fail to fully recapitulate the complexity of human brain aging, postmortem studies from well-designed cohorts are crucial to unmask mechanisms conferring cognitive resistance against cumulative neuropathologies. We tested the hypothesis that functionality of the SNARE protein interactome might be an important resilience factor preserving cognitive abilities in old age. Cognition was assessed annually in participants from the Rush "Memory and Aging Project" (MAP), a community-dwelling cohort representative of the overall aging population...
February 26, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
Suryatapa Ghosh Jha, Emily R Larson, Jordan Humble, David S Domozych, David S Barrington, Mary L Tierney
The large retromer complex participates in diverse endosomal trafficking pathways and is essential for plant developmental programs including cell polarity, programmed cell death, and shoot gravitropism in Arabidopsis. Here we demonstrate that an evolutionarily conserved VPS26 protein (VPS26C; At1G48550) functions in a complex with VPS35A and VPS29 necessary for root hair growth in Arabidopsis. Bimolecular Fluorescence Complementation showed that VPS26C forms a complex with VPS35A in the presence of VPS29 and this is supported by genetic studies showing that vps29 and vps35a mutants exhibit altered root hair growth...
March 1, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
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