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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330921/four-and-a-half-domain-2-fhl2-scaffolding-protein-is-a-marker-of-connective-tissues-of-developing-digits-and-regulates-fibrogenic-differentiation-of-limb-mesodermal-progenitors
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C I Lorda-Diez, J A Montero, C Sanchez-Fernandez, J A Garcia-Porrero, J Chimal-Monroy, J M Hurle
FHL2 is a multifunctional scaffolding protein of well-known function regulating cell signaling cascades and gene transcription in cancer tissues. However, its function in embryonic systems is poorly characterized. Here, we show that Fhl2 is involved in the differentiation of connective tissues of developing limb autopod. We show that Fhl2 exhibits spatially restricted and temporally dynamic expression around the tendons of developing digits, interphalangeal joint capsules, and fibrous peridigital tissue. Immunolabeling analysis of the skeletal progenitors identified a predominant, but not exclusive, cytoplasmic distribution of FHL2 being associated with focal adhesions and actin cytoskeleton...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330498/replication-of-biocompatible-nanotopographic-surfaces
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Xiaoyu Sun, Matt J Hourwitz, Eleni M Baker, B U Sebastian Schmidt, Wolfgang Losert, John T Fourkas
The ability of cells to sense and respond to nanotopography is being implicated as a key element in many physiological processes such as cell differentiation, immune response, and wound healing, as well as in pathologies such as cancer metastasis. To understand how nanotopography affects cellular behaviors, new techniques are required for the mass production of biocompatible, rigid nanotopographic surfaces. Here we introduce a method for the rapid and reproducible production of biocompatible, rigid, acrylic nanotopographic surfaces, and for the functionalization of the surfaces with adhesion-promoting molecules for cell experiments...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329619/hepatic-fibropoiesis-in-dogs-naturally-infected-with-leishmania-leishmania-infantum-treated-with-liposome-encapsulated-meglumine-antimoniate-and-allopurinol
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R S Castro, I F G de Amorim, R A Pereira, S M Silva, L J Pinheiro, A J W Pinto, E G Azevedo, C Demicheli, M M V Caliari, D M Mosser, M S M Michalick, Frédéric J G Frezard, Wagner L Tafuri
Hepatic fibropoiesis in canine visceral leishmaniasis (CVL) were evaluated by histological (morphometrical collagen deposition) and immunohistochemical assays characterizing alpha-actin (α-SMA), vimentin, calprotectin (L1 antigen), and TGF-β in 46 naturally infected dogs with Leishmania infantum treated with liposome-encapsulated meglumine antimoniate and allopurinol separately and in combination. Six treatment groups were defined: meglumine antimoniate encapsulated in nanometric liposomes (LMA), allopurinol (ALLOP); liposome-encapsulated meglumine antomoniate combined with allopurinol (LMA+ALLOP); empty liposomes (LEMP); empty liposomes combined with allopurinol (LEMP+ALLOP) and saline...
January 30, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
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/29315329/the-effect-of-the-rate-of-hydrostatic-pressure-depressurization-on-cells-in-culture
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Ellen Tworkoski, Matthew R Glucksberg, Mark Johnson
Changes in hydrostatic pressure, at levels as low as 10 mm Hg, have been reported in some studies to alter cell function in vitro; however, other studies have found no detectable changes using similar methodologies. We here investigate the hypothesis that the rate of depressurization, rather than elevated hydrostatic pressure itself, may be responsible for these reported changes. Hydrostatic pressure (100 mm Hg above atmospheric pressure) was applied to bovine aortic endothelial cells (BAECs) and PC12 neuronal cells using pressurized gas for periods ranging from 3 hours to 9 days, and then the system was either slowly (~30 minutes) or rapidly (~5 seconds) depressurized...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311115/miro-proteins-coordinate-microtubule-and-actin-dependent-mitochondrial-transport-and-distribution
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Guillermo López-Doménech, Christian Covill-Cooke, Davor Ivankovic, Els F Halff, David F Sheehan, Rosalind Norkett, Nicol Birsa, Josef T Kittler
In the current model of mitochondrial trafficking, Miro1 and Miro2 Rho-GTPases regulate mitochondrial transport along microtubules by linking mitochondria to kinesin and dynein motors. By generating Miro1/2 double-knockout mouse embryos and single- and double-knockout embryonic fibroblasts, we demonstrate the essential and non-redundant roles of Miro proteins for embryonic development and subcellular mitochondrial distribution. Unexpectedly, the TRAK1 and TRAK2 motor protein adaptors can still localise to the outer mitochondrial membrane to drive anterograde mitochondrial motility in Miro1/2 double-knockout cells...
January 8, 2018: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310601/moesin-expression-by-tumor-cells-is-an-unfavorable-prognostic-biomarker-for-oral-cancer
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Francisco Bárbara Abreu Barros, Agnes Assao, Natália Galvão Garcia, Suely Nonogaki, André Lopes Carvalho, Fernando Augusto Soares, Luiz Paulo Kowalski, Denise Tostes Oliveira
BACKGROUND: Moesin is a member of the ERM (ezrin, radixin and moesin) proteins that participate in cell migration and tumor invasion through transductional signals sent to actin filaments by glycoproteins, such as podoplanin. METHODS: This study aimed to evaluate the participation of moesin and podoplanin in the invasive tumor front of oral squamous cell carcinomas, and their influence on patients' prognosis. Podoplanin and moesin immunoexpressions were evaluated by a semi-quantitative score method, based on the capture of 10 microscopic fields, at 400X magnification, in the invasive tumor front of oral squamous cell carcinomas...
January 8, 2018: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306996/yap-promotes-migration-and-invasion-of-human-glioma-cells
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Yu Zhang, Peng Xie, Xu Wang, Peng Pan, Yan Wang, Hao Zhang, Yu Dong, Yi Shi, Yang Jiang, Rutong Yu, Xiuping Zhou
Previously, we have reported that Yes-associated protein (YAP) is upregulated in human glioma tissues and its level is positively correlated with patient prognosis. However, the role and mechanism of YAP in the highly invasive nature of human gliomas were largely unknown. In this study, examined by wound healing assay, transwell assay, or live-imaging, we found that YAP downregulation inhibited glioma cell migration and invasion, while YAP over-expression promoted them. Interestingly, the above effect of YAP on immortalized glioma cells was recapitulated in cultured primary glioma cells...
January 6, 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305907/association-between-biomechanical-alterations-and-migratory-ability-of-semaphorin-3a-treated-thymocytes
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Marvin Paulo Lins, Elaine Cristina Oliveira da Silva, Givanildo Rodrigues da Silva, Samuel Teixeira de Souza, Navylla Candeia de Medeiros, Eduardo Jorge da Silva Fonseca, Salete Smaniotto
BACKGROUND: Class 3 semaphorins are soluble proteins involved in cell adhesion and migration. Semaphorin-3A (Sema3A) was initially shown to be involved in neuronal guidance, and it has also been reported to be associated with immune disorders. Both Sema3A and its receptors are expressed by most immune cells, including monocytes, macrophages, and lymphocytes, and these proteins regulate cell function. Here, we studied the correlation between Sema3A-induced changes in biophysical parameters of thymocytes, and the subsequent repercussions on cell function...
January 3, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302763/reduced-myofilament-component-in-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-salivary-gland-myoepithelial-cells
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Margherita Sisto, Loredana Lorusso, Giuseppe Ingravallo, Roberto Tamma, Beatrice Nico, Domenico Ribatti, Simona Ruggieri, Sabrina Lisi
Primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) is a solitary poorly understood autoimmune inflammatory disease by involvement of the salivary and lacrimal glands resulting in dry mouth and dry eyes. Myoepithelial cells (MECs) are cells knowing for its hybrid epithelial and mesenchymal phenotype that are important components of the salivary gland (SGs) structure aiding the expulsion of saliva from acinar lobules. In this study we investigate possible alteration in the myofilament component of MECs in SGs specimens obtained from pSS patients in comparison with healthy subjects, to evaluate MECs hypothetical involvement in the pathogenesis of pSS...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298336/controlling-cell-shape-on-hydrogels-using-lift-off-protein-patterning
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Jens Moeller, Aleksandra K Denisin, Joo Yong Sim, Robin E Wilson, Alexandre J S Ribeiro, Beth L Pruitt
Polyacrylamide gels functionalized with extracellular matrix proteins are commonly used as cell culture platforms to evaluate the combined effects of extracellular matrix composition, cell geometry and substrate rigidity on cell physiology. For this purpose, protein transfer onto the surface of polyacrylamide hydrogels must result in geometrically well-resolved micropatterns with homogeneous protein distribution. Yet the outcomes of micropatterning methods have not been pairwise evaluated against these criteria...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285797/sodium-fluoride-disturbs-dna-methylation-of-nnat-and-declines-oocyte-quality-by-impairing-glucose-transport-in-porcine-oocytes
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Xiaoyan Liu, Zheng-Wen Nie, Ying-Ying Gao, Li Chen, Shu-Yuan Yin, Xia Zhang, Cuifang Hao, Yi-Liang Miao
Sodium fluoride (NaF) is used as a medicine to prevent tooth decay; however, excessive NaF could cause a pathological damage to the health. Recent studies showed that NaF impaired mouse oocyte maturation, included of abnormal spindle configuration, actin cap formation, cortical granule-free domain formation, and the following development after fertilization. However, few studies used large animals as models to study the toxicology of NaF on oocytes maturation. We proposed a hypothesis that NaF would affect the nuclear and cytoplasmic maturation of porcine oocytes and DNA methylation pattern of imprinted genes in oocytes...
December 29, 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285197/correlation-of-telomere-length-to-malignancy-potential-in-non-melanoma-skin-cancers
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Hanae Yamada-Hishida, Yoshimasa Nobeyama, Hidemi Nakagawa
Telomeres are associated with cell fate and aging through their role in the cellular response to stress and growth stimulation resulting from previous cell divisions and DNA damage. Telomere shortening has been observed in most human cancers, and is known to be a feature of malignancy. The aim of this study is to clarify whether telomere length is related to the malignant potential of non-melanoma skin cancers. Telomere length was analyzed using tissue quantitative fluorescence in situ hybridization in 36 non-melanoma skin cancers including basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), Bowen's disease (BD) and actinic keratosis (AK), and also in 26 samples of normal-appearing epidermal tissue surrounding or located close to each tumor...
January 2018: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284046/irsp53-accumulates-at-the-postsynaptic-density-under-excitatory-conditions
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Ayse Dosemeci, Amelia Burch, Hannah Loo, Dana Toy, Jung-Hwa Tao-Cheng
IRSp53 (BAIAP2) is an abundant protein at the postsynaptic density (PSD) that binds to major PSD scaffolds, PSD-95 and Shanks, as well as to F-actin. The distribution of IRSp53 at the PSD in cultured hippocampal neurons was examined under basal and excitatory conditions by immuno-electron microscopy. Under basal conditions, label for IRSp53 is concentrated at the PSD. Upon depolarization by application of a medium containing 90 mM K+, the intensity of IRSp53 label at the PSD increased by 36±7%. Application of NMDA (50 μM) yielded 53±1% increase in the intensity of IRSp53 label at the PSD compared to controls treated with APV, an NMDA antagonist...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282820/ergosterol-is-mainly-located-in-the-cytoplasmic-leaflet-of-the-yeast-plasma-membrane
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Lukasz M Solanko, David P Sullivan, Yves Y Sere, Maria Szomek, Anita Lunding, Katarzyna A Solanko, Azra Pizovic, Lyubomir D Stanchev, Thomas Günther Pomorski, Anant K Menon, Daniel Wüstner
Transbilayer lipid asymmetry is a fundamental characteristic of the eukaryotic cell plasma membrane (PM). While PM phospholipid asymmetry is well documented, the transbilayer distribution of PM sterols such as mammalian cholesterol and yeast ergosterol is not reliably known. We now report that sterols are asymmetrically distributed across the yeast PM, with the majority (~80%) located in the cytoplasmic leaflet. By exploiting the sterol-auxotrophic hem1Δ yeast strain we obtained cells in which endogenous ergosterol was quantitatively replaced with dehydroergosterol (DHE), a closely related fluorescent sterol that functionally and accurately substitutes for ergosterol in vivo...
December 28, 2017: Traffic
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282540/expression-analyses-of-dusp22-dual-specificity-phosphatase-22-in-mouse-tissues
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Nanako Hamada, Makoto Mizuno, Hiroyuki Tomita, Ikuko Iwamoto, Akira Hara, Koh-Ichi Nagata
Dusp22 (dual-specificity phosphatase 22) is considered to regulate various cellular processes through the regulation of protein dephosphorylation. In this study, we prepared a specific antibody against Dusp22, anti-Dusp22, and carried out expression analyses with mouse tissues and cultured cell lines. Western blotting analyses demonstrated a tissue-dependent expression profile of Dusp22 in the adult mouse, and strongly suggested the presence of isoforms with larger molecular masses. In fibroblast NIH3T3 cells, while both endogenous and Myc-tagged Dusp22 was diffusely distributed in the cytoplasm, Myc-Dusp22 was partially colocalized with actin cytoskeleton...
December 27, 2017: Medical Molecular Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282284/moesin-is-involved-in-polarity-maintenance-and-cortical-remodelling-during-asymmetric-cell-division
#17
Namal Abeysundara, Andrew J Simmonds, Sarah C Hughes
An intact actomyosin network is essential for anchoring polarity proteins to the cell cortex and maintaining cell size asymmetry during asymmetric cell division of Drosophila neuroblasts. However, the mechanisms that control changes in actomyosin dynamics during asymmetric cell division remain unclear. We find that the actin-binding protein, Moesin, is essential for neuroblast proliferation and mitotic progression in the developing brain. During metaphase, phosphorylated Moesin (p-Moesin) is enriched at the apical cortex and loss of Moesin leads to defects in apical polarity maintenance and cortical stability...
December 27, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279543/osteoblasts-preferentially-adhere-to-peaks-on-micro-structured-titanium
#18
Paola Lagonegro, Giovanna Trevisi, Lucia Nasi, Ludovica Parisi, Edoardo Manfredi, Simone Lumetti, Francesca Rossi, Guido M Macaluso, Giancarlo Salviati, Carlo Galli
The aim of the study was to investigate cell adhesion to micro-structured titanium. Osteoblastic MC3T3 cells were cultured on smooth (P) or sand-blasted/acid-etched (SLA) titanium discs and were observed at scanning electron microscope/focused ion beam (SEM/FIB). Myosin II and actin microfilaments were labelled for epifluorescence microscopy. FIB revealed that cell adhesion initiated centrally and expanded to the cell periphery and that cells attached on the substrate by bridging over the titanium irregularities and adhering mostly on surface peaks...
December 27, 2017: Dental Materials Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274094/folliculotropism-in-pigmented-facial-macules-differential-diagnosis-with-reflectance-confocal-microscopy
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F Persechino, N De Carvalho, S Ciardo, B De Pace, A Casari, J Chester, S Kaleci, I Stanganelli, C Longo, F Farnetani, G Pellacani
Pigmented facial macules are common on sun damage skin. The diagnosis of early stage lentigo maligna (LM) and lentigo maligna melanoma (LMM) is challenging. Reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) has been proven to increase diagnostic accuracy of facial lesions. A total 154 pigmented facial macules, retrospectively collected, were evaluate for the presence of already described RCM features and new parameters depicting aspects of the follicle . Melanocytic nests, roundish pagetoid cells, follicular infiltration, bulgings from the follicles and many bright dendrites, and infiltration of the hair follicle (i...
December 22, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273785/construction-of-engineered-corpus-cavernosum-with-primary-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-vitro
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Xiaoshuai Xie, Xiaohang Du, Kailin Li, Yuan Chen, Yong Guan, Xiaofei Zhao, Guangzhu Niu, Yun Luan, Denglu Zhang, Chao Sun, Guanghui Cheng, Jue Wang, Qian Xin, Aibing Xue, Peng Wang, Feng Kong, Xiaoli Liu, Hongwei Wang, Yuqiang Liu, Chuan Tian, Mingzhen Yuan, Shuangde Liu, Shengtian Zhao
Various methods have been used to reconstruct the penis. The objective of this study was to investigate the feasibility of constructing engineered corpus cavernosum with primary mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in a rabbit model in vitro. Acellular corporal matrices (ACMs) were obtained from adult rabbit penile tissues through an established decellularization procedure. MSCs were separated, purified, and then seeded on ACMs to construct engineered corpus cavernosum. The seeded ACMs were subsequently cultured in an incubator for 14 days...
December 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
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