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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339048/agr2-ameliorates-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-induced-epithelial-barrier-dysfunction-via-suppression-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-p65-mediated-mlck-p-mlc-pathway-activation
#1
Xiaolin Ye, Mei Sun
Intestinal epithelial barrier dysfunction plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Anterior gradient protein 2 homologue (AGR2) assists in maintaining intestinal homeostasis in dextran sulphate sodium-induced mouse ileocolitis; however, it is unclear whether it modulates intestinal barrier function. Our study aimed to investigate the protective role of AGR2 in tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α-induced intestinal epithelial barrier injury. Caco-2 cell monolayers were pre-transfected with an AGR2 plasmid and then exposed to TNF-α...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338090/septin-9_i2-is-downregulated-in-tumors-impairs-cancer-cell-migration-and-alters-subnuclear-actin-filaments
#2
P Verdier-Pinard, D Salaun, H Bouguenina, S Shimada, M Pophillat, S Audebert, E Agavnian, S Coslet, E Charafe-Jauffret, T Tachibana, A Badache
Functions of septin cytoskeletal polymers in tumorigenesis are still poorly defined. Their role in the regulation of cytokinesis and cell migration were proposed to contribute to cancer associated aneuploidy and metastasis. Overexpression of Septin 9 (Sept9) promotes migration of cancer cell lines. SEPT9 mRNA and protein expression is increased in breast tumors compared to normal and peritumoral tissues and amplification of SEPT9 gene was positively correlated with breast tumor progression. However, the existence of multiple isoforms of Sept9 is a confounding factor in the analysis of Sept9 functions...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337500/direct-observation-of-orientation-distributions-of-actin-filaments-in-a-solution-undergoing-shear-banding
#3
K Sato, I Kunita, Y Takikawa, D Takeuchi, Y Tanaka, T Nakagaki, H Orihara
Shear banding is frequently observed in complex fluids. However, the configuration of macromolecules in solutions undergoing shear banding has not yet been directly observed. In this study, by using the fact that F-actin solutions exhibit shear banding and actin filaments are visualized by fluorescent labels, we directly observed the intrinsic states of an actin solution undergoing shear banding. By combining the 3D imaging of labeled actin filaments and particle image velocimetry (PIV), we obtained orientation distributions of actin filaments in both high and low shear rate regions, whose quantitative differences are indicated...
March 24, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331071/cell-cell-and-cell-ecm-adhesions-cooperate-to-organize-actomyosin-networks-and-maintain-force-transmission-during-dorsal-closure
#4
Katharine Goodwin, Emily E Lostchuck, Kaitlyn M L Cramb, Teresa Zulueta-Coarasa, Rodrigo Fernandez-Gonzalez, Guy Tanentzapf
Tissue morphogenesis relies on the coordinated action of actin networks, cell-cell adhesions, and cell-ECM adhesions. Such coordination can be achieved through crosstalk between cell-cell and cell-ECM adhesions. Drosophila Dorsal Closure (DC), a morphogenetic process wherein an extra-embryonic tissue called the amnioserosa contracts and ingresses to close a discontinuity in the dorsal epidermis of the embryo, requires both cell-cell and cell-ECM adhesions. However, whether the function of these two types of adhesion is coordinated during DC is not known...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331066/ketamine-induced-bladder-fibrosis-involves-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-mediated-by-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1
#5
Junpeng Wang, Yang Chen, Di Gu, Guihao Zhang, Jiawei Chen, Jie Zhao, Peng Wu
Bladder wall fibrosis is a major complication of ketamine-induced cystitis (KC), but the underlying pathogenesis is poorly understood. The aim of the present study was to elucidate the mechanism of ketamine-induced fibrosis in association with epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) mediated by transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1). Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly distributed into four groups, which received saline, ketamine, ketamine combined with a TGF-β receptor (TβR) inhibitor (SB505124) for 16 weeks, or 12 weeks of ketamine and 4 weeks of abstinence...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329735/anti-inflammatory-mechanism-of-ulinastatin-inhibiting-the-hyperpermeability-of-vascular-endothelial-cells-induced-by-tnf-%C3%AE-via-the-rhoa-rock-signal-pathway
#6
Fu Wei, Siyi Liu, Li Luo, Nina Gu, Yan Zeng, Xiaoying Chen, Shan Xu, Dan Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Ulinastatin reduces the high permeability of vascular endothelial cells induced by tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α). This study investigated the molecular mechanism behind this effect, with the aim of understanding the action of ulinastatin in sepsis therapy and exploring novel therapeutic strategies for sepsis patients. METHODS: A TNF-α treated human umbilical vein endothelial cell line (EA.hy926) was employed as an inflammation model. Horseradish peroxidase permeability assays and an epithelial voltmeter method were used to measure the permeability of EA...
March 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323401/zinc-and-copper-effects-on-stability-of-tubulin-and-actin-networks-in-dendrites-and-spines-of-hippocampal-neurons
#7
Laura Perrin, Stephane Roudeau, Asuncion Carmona, Florelle Domart, Jennifer D Petersen, Sylvain Bohic, Yang Yang, Peter Cloetens, Richard Ortega
Zinc and copper ions can modulate the activity of glutamate-receptors. However, labile zinc and copper ions likely represent only the tip of the iceberg and other neuronal functions are suspected for these metals in their bound state. We performed synchrotron X-ray fluorescence imaging with 30 nm resolution to image total biometals in dendrites and spines from hippocampal neurons. We found that zinc is distributed all along the dendrites while copper is mainly pinpointed within the spines. In spines, zinc content is higher within the spine head while copper is higher within the spine neck...
March 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320610/carbon-monoxide-releasing-molecule-401-suppresses-polymorphonuclear-leukocyte-migratory-potential-by-modulating-f-actin-dynamics
#8
Ken Inoue, Eric K Patterson, Alfredo Capretta, Abdel R Lawendy, Douglas D Fraser, Gediminas Cepinskas
Carbon monoxide-releasing molecules (CORMs) suppress inflammation by reducing polymorphonuclear leukocyte (PMN) recruitment to the affected organs. We investigated modulation of PMN-endothelial cell adhesive interactions by water-soluble CORM-401 using an experimental model of endotoxemia in vitro. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells grown on laminar-flow perfusion channels were stimulated with 1 μg/mL lipopolysaccharide for 6 hours and perfused with 100 μmol/L CORM-401 (or inactive compound iCORM-401)-pretreated PMN for 5 minutes in the presence of 1...
March 17, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318078/chromatin-tethering-to-the-nuclear-envelope-by-nuclear-actin-filaments-a-novel-role-of-the-actin-cytoskeleton-in-the-xenopus-blastula
#9
Haruka Oda, Natsuki Shirai, Naoko Ura, Keita Ohsumi, Mari Iwabuchi
The Xenopus oocyte is known to accumulate filamentous or F-actin in the nucleus, but it is currently unknown whether F-actin also accumulates in embryo nuclei. Using fluorescence-labeled actin reporters, we examined the actin distribution in Xenopus embryonic cells and found that F-actin accumulates in nuclei during the blastula stage but not during the gastrula stage. To further investigate nuclear F-actin, we devised a Xenopus egg extract that reproduces the formation of nuclei in which F-actin accumulates...
March 20, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297774/-effects-of-wild-type-pten-overexpression-and-its-mutation-on-f-actin-in-activated-hepatic-stellate-cells
#10
L S Hao, Y L Liu, G L Zhang, J Chen, X J Song, Y L Wang, J Wang, L M Jin
Objective: To investigate the effect of overexpression of wild-type phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) deleted on chromosome 10 and its mutant G129E (exhibiting the activity of protein phosphatase and losing the activity of lipid phosphatase) on F-actin in activated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) cultured in vitro. Methods: The activated hepatic stellate cell-T6 (HSC-T6) cells were cultured in vitro, and activated HSCs were transfected with adenovirus that carried wild-type PTEN gene and G129E gene using transient transfection...
January 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289905/expression-profile-of-desiccation-tolerance-factors-in-intertidal-seaweed-species-during-the-tidal-cycle
#11
Camila Fierro, Camilo López-Cristoffanini, Andrés Meynard, Carlos Lovazzano, Francisco Castañeda, Eduardo Guajardo, Loretto Contreras-Porcia
The transcriptional modulation of desiccation tolerance factors in P. orbicularis explains its successful recuperation after water deficit. Differential responses to air exposure clarify seaweed distribution along intertidal rocky zones. Desiccation-tolerant seaweed species, such as Pyropia orbicularis, can tolerate near 96% water loss during air exposure. To understand the phenotypic plasticity of P. orbicularis to desiccation, several tolerance factors were assessed by RT-qPCR, Western-blot analysis, and enzymatic assays during the natural desiccation-rehydration cycle...
March 13, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289091/membrane-nanoclusters-of-fc%C3%AE-ri-segregate-from-inhibitory-sirp%C3%AE-upon-activation-of-human-macrophages
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Filipa B Lopes, Štefan Bálint, Salvatore Valvo, James H Felce, Edith M Hessel, Michael L Dustin, Daniel M Davis
Signal integration between activating Fc receptors and inhibitory signal regulatory protein α (SIRPα) controls macrophage phagocytosis. Here, using dual-color direct stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy, we report that Fcγ receptor I (FcγRI), FcγRII, and SIRPα are not homogeneously distributed at macrophage surfaces but are organized in discrete nanoclusters, with a mean radius of 71 ± 11 nm, 60 ± 6 nm, and 48 ± 3 nm, respectively. Nanoclusters of FcγRI, but not FcγRII, are constitutively associated with nanoclusters of SIRPα, within 62 ± 5 nm, mediated by the actin cytoskeleton...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287133/activated-full-length-myosin-x-moves-processively-on-filopodia-with-large-steps-toward-diverse-two-dimensional-directions
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Osamu Sato, Hyun Suk Jung, Satoshi Komatsu, Yoshikazu Tsukasaki, Tomonobu M Watanabe, Kazuaki Homma, Mitsuo Ikebe
Myosin-X, (Myo 10), is an unconventional myosin that transports the specific cargos to filopodial tips, and is associated with the mechanism underlying filopodia formation and extension. To clarify the innate motor characteristic, we studied the single molecule movement of a full-length myosin-X construct with leucine zipper at the C-terminal end of the tail (M10(Full)LZ) and the tail-truncated myosin-X without artificial dimerization motif (BAP-M10(1-979)HMM). M10(Full)LZ localizes at the tip of filopodia like myosin-X full-length (M10(Full))...
March 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281438/engineered-microvasculature-in-pdms-networks-using-endothelial-cells-derived-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Amogh Sivarapatna, Mahboobe Ghaedi, Yang Xiao, Edward Han, Binod Aryal, Jing Zhou, Carlos Fernandez-Hernando, Yibing Qyang, Karen K Hirschi, Laura E Niklason
In this study, we used a PDMS-based platform for the generation of intact, perfusioncompetent microvessel networks <i>in vitro</i>. COMSOL Multiphysics, a finite element analysis and simulation software package, was used to obtain simulated velocity, pressure, and shear stress profiles. Transgene-free human iPSCs were differentiated into partially arterialized endothelial cells (hiPSC-ECs) in 5 days under completely chemically defined conditions, using the small molecule GSK3β inhibitor CHIR99021 and thoroughly characterized for functionality and arteriallike marker expression...
March 9, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268178/structural-insights-into-the-architecture-of-the-shigella-flexneri-virulence-factor-icsa-virg-and-motifs-involved-in-polar-distribution-and-secretion
#15
Stefan Leupold, Petra Büsing, Philippe J Mas, Darren J Hart, Andrea Scrima
IcsA/VirG is a key virulence factor of the human pathogen Shigella flexneri, acting as both an adhesin and actin-polymerizing factor during infection. We identified a soluble expression construct of the IcsA/VirG α-domain using the ESPRIT library screening system and determined its structure to 1.9Å resolution. In addition to the previously characterized autochaperone domain, our structure reveals a new domain, which shares a common fold with the autochaperone domains of various autotransporters. We further provide insight into the previously structurally uncharacterized β-helix domain that harbors the polar targeting motif and passenger-associated transport repeat...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261231/microfilament-depolymerization-is-a-pre-requisite-for-stem-cell-formation-during-in-vitro-shoot-regeneration-in-arabidopsis
#16
Li Ping Tang, Xiao Ming Li, Yu Xiu Dong, Xian Sheng Zhang, Ying Hua Su
De novo shoot regeneration is widely used in fundamental studies and agricultural applications. Actin microfilaments are involved in many aspects of plant cell division, cell morphogenesis and cell signal transduction. However, the function of actin microfilaments during de novo shoot regeneration is poorly understood. Here, we investigated the organization of actin microfilaments during this process and found that stem cell formation was associated with microfilament depolymerization. Furthermore, inhibition of microfilament depolymerization by phalloidin treatment or downregulation of actin depolymerizing factors (ADFs) restrained stem cell initiation and shoot regeneration...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258158/dual-role-of-the-histone-variant-h2a-z-in-transcriptional-regulation-of-stress-response-genes
#17
Weronika Sura, Michał Kabza, Wojciech M Karlowski, Tomasz Bieluszewski, Marta Kuś-Slowinska, Łukasz Pawełoszek, Jan Sadowski, Piotr A Ziolkowski
The influence of the histone variant H2A.Z on transcription remains a long-standing conundrum. Here, by analyzing the actin-related protein6 mutant, which is impaired in H2A.Z deposition, and by H2A.Z profiling in stress conditions, we investigated the impact of this histone variant on gene expression in Arabidopsis thaliana. We demonstrate that the arp6 mutant exhibits anomalies in response to osmotic stress. Indeed, stress-responsive genes are overrepresented amongst those hyperactive in arp6. In wild-type plants, these genes exhibit high levels of H2A...
March 3, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256004/vitamin-d-binding-protein-expression-in-healthy-tooth-and-periodontium-an-experimental-study-both-in-monkeys-in-vivo-and-in-humans-in-vitro
#18
W Li, W Zhu, J Hou, H Meng
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Vitamin D-binding protein (DBP) is a highly expressed plasma protein with many important functions, including transport of vitamin D metabolites, sequestration of actin, control of bone metabolism and modulation of immune and inflammatory responses. Previous results of our study indicated an association between DBP and periodontitis. We hypothesized that periodontium might be another source of DBP in gingival crevicular fluid other than serum. MATERIAL AND METHODS: DBP expression was examined in dental and periodontal tissues of monkeys by immunohistochemistry, and in primary cells isolated from human dental and periodontal tissues by reverse transcription plus the polymerase chain reaction and immunocytochemistry...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248222/on-the-rate-of-synthesis-of-individual-proteins-within-and-between-different-striated-muscles-of-the-rat
#19
Stuart Hesketh, Kanchana Srisawat, Hazel Sutherland, Jonathan Jarvis, Jatin Burniston
The turnover of muscle protein is responsive to different (patho)-physiological conditions but little is known about the rate of synthesis at the level of individual proteins or whether this varies between different muscles. We investigated the synthesis rate of eight proteins (actin, albumin, ATP synthase alpha, beta enolase, creatine kinase, myosin essential light chain, myosin regulatory light chain and tropomyosin) in the extensor digitorum longus, diaphragm, heart and soleus of male Wistar rats (352 ± 30 g body weight)...
March 15, 2016: Proteomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246604/directional-transport-of-a-bead-bound-to-lamellipodial-surface-is-driven-by-actin-polymerization
#20
Daisuke Nobezawa, Sho-Ichi Ikeda, Eitaro Wada, Takashi Nagano, Hidetake Miyata
The force driving the retrograde flow of actin cytoskeleton is important in the cellular activities involving cell movement (e.g., growth cone motility in axon guidance, wound healing, or cancer metastasis). However, relative importance of the forces generated by actin polymerization and myosin II in this process remains elusive. We have investigated the retrograde movement of the poly-d-lysine-coated bead attached with the optical trap to the edge of lamellipodium of Swiss 3T3 fibroblasts. The velocity of the attached bead drastically decreased by submicromolar concentration of cytochalasin D, latrunculin A, or jasplakinolide, indicating the involvement of actin turnover...
2017: BioMed Research International
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