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Nisar Ahmed, Yi Liu, Hong Chen, Ping Yang, Yasir Waqas, Tengfei Liu, Jameel Ahmed Gandahi, Yufei Huang, Lingling Wang, Xuejing Song, Imran Rashid Rajput, Taozhi Wang, Qiusheng Chen
Spermatogenesis is a complex process producing haploid spermatozoa, and the formation of lipid droplets (LDs) within Sertoli cells is critical to maintaining normal spermatogenesis. However, the utilization of LDs within Sertoli cells is still largely unknown. In the present study, proliferation of spermatogonial cells had begun in May, whereas the meiotic cells occurred predominately in July and majority of spermiogenic cells were observed in the seminiferous tubules in October. However, TEM and Oil Red O staining demonstrated that a larger number of LDs had accumulated within the Sertoli cells in May compared to that in October...
October 16, 2016: Aging
Anton Chechushkov, Natalia Zaitseva, Elena Vorontsova, Petr Kozhin, Elena Menshchikova, Vyacheslav Shkurupiy
AIMS: Linear dextrans are often proposed as drug delivery systems with milder adverse effects and lower effective drug concentrations. Linear dextrans are polysaccharides that can potentially be used to load macrophages with drugs to transport them to a site of inflammation. Recently, it was reported that dextrans may exert a protective effect vis-à-vis drug cytotoxicity and during wound healing. The aim of the current work was to evaluate molecular mechanisms of action of dextrans that may be relevant to the cytoprotective effects...
October 13, 2016: Life Sciences
Cristiane C Denardin, Leo A M Martins, Mariana M Parisi, Moema Queiroz Vieira, Silvia R Terra, Florencia M Barbé-Tuana, Radovan Borojevic, Márcia Vizzotto, Tatiana Emanuelli, Fátima Costa Rodrigues Guma
Activated hepatic stellate cells (HSC) are the major source of collagen I in liver fibrosis. Eugenia uniflora L. is a tree species that is widely distributed in South America. E. uniflora L. fruit-popularly known as pitanga-has been shown to exert beneficial properties. Autophagy contributes to the maintenance of cellular homeostasis and survival under stress situation, but it has also been suggested to be an alternative cell death pathway. Mitochondria play a pivotal role on signaling cell death. Mitophagy of damaged mitochondria is an important cell defense mechanism against organelle-mediated cell death signaling...
October 15, 2016: Cell Biology and Toxicology
Gu-Choul Shin, Hong Seok Kang, Ah Ram Lee, Kyun-Hwan Kim
Death receptors of TNFSF10/TRAIL (tumor necrosis factor superfamily member 10) contribute to immune surveillance against virus-infected or transformed cells by promoting apoptosis. Many viruses evade antiviral immunity by modulating TNFSF10 receptor signaling, leading to persistent infection. Here, we report that hepatitis B virus (HBV) X protein (HBx) restricts TNFSF10 receptor signaling via macroautophagy/autophagy-mediated degradation of TNFRSF10B/DR5, a TNFSF10 death receptor, and thus permits survival of virus-infected cells...
October 14, 2016: Autophagy
Zhen-Hua Chen, Wen-Tao Wang, Wei Huang, Ke Fang, Yu-Meng Sun, Shu-Rong Liu, Xue-Qun Luo, Yue-Qin Chen
Increasing evidence has indicated that long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are of great importance in different cell contexts. However, only a very small number of lncRNAs have been experimentally validated and functionally annotated during human hematopoiesis. Here, we report an lncRNA, HOTAIRM1, which is associated with myeloid differentiation and has pivotal roles in the degradation of oncoprotein PML-RARA and in myeloid cell differentiation by regulating autophagy pathways. We first revealed that HOTAIRM1 has different variants that are expressed at different levels in cells and that the expression pattern of HOTAIRM1 is closely related to that of the PML-RARA oncoprotein in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) patients...
October 14, 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
Marina Villanueva-Paz, Mario D Cordero, Ana Delgado Pavón, Beatriz Castejón Vega, David Cotán, Mario De la Mata, Manuel Oropesa-Ávila, Elizabet Alcocer-Gomez, Isabel de Lavera, Juan Garrido-Maraver, José Carrascosa, Ana Paula Zaderenko, Jordi Muntané, Manuel de Miguel, José Antonio Sánchez-Alcázar
Systemic treatments for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) have been largely unsuccessful. This study investigated the antitumoral activity of Amitriptyline, a tricyclic antidepressant, in hepatoma cells. Amitriptyline-induced toxicity involved early mitophagy activation that subsequently switched to apoptosis. Amitriptyline induced mitochondria dysfunction and oxidative stress in HepG2 cells. Amitriptyline specifically inhibited mitochondrial complex III activity that is associated with decreased mitochondrial membrane potential (∆Ψm) and increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) production...
July 2016: Genes & Cancer
Dan Zhao, Xiao-Man Liu, Zhong-Qiu Yu, Ling-Ling Sun, Xingchuang Xiong, Meng-Qiu Dong, Li-Lin Du
Autophagy cargos include not only soluble cytosolic materials but also bulky organelles such as ER and mitochondria. In budding yeast, two proteins that contain the PX domain and the BAR domain, Atg20/Snx42 and Atg24/Snx4, are required for organelle autophagy and contribute to general autophagy in a way that can be compensated. It remains unclear why these proteins are important for organelle autophagy. Here, we show that in a distantly related fungal organism the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, autophagy of ER and mitochondria is induced by nitrogen starvation and is promoted by three Atg20 and Atg24 family proteins, Atg20, Atg24, and Atg24b/SPBC1711...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
Minzhen Deng, Liping Huang, Baile Ning, Nanbu Wang, Qinxin Zhang, Caixia Zhu, Yongqi Fang
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common neurodegenerative disorder in the elderly, and studies have suggested that β-asarone has pharmacological effects on beta-amyloid (Aβ) injected in the rat hippocampus. However, the effect of β-asarone on autophagy in the APP/PS1 transgenic mouse is unreported. APP/PS1 transgenic mice were randomly divided into six groups (n=10/group): an untreated group, an Aricept-treated group, a 3-MA-treated group, a rapamycin-treated group, an LY294002-treated group, a β-asarone-treated group...
October 10, 2016: Brain Research
Raquel T Lima, Diana Sousa, Ana M Paiva, Andreia Palmeira, João Barbosa, Madalena Pedro, Madalena M Pinto, Emília Sousa, M Helena Vasconcelos
(1) Background: Our previous studies unveiled the hit thioxanthone TXA1 as an inhibitor of P-glycoprotein (drug efflux pump) and of human tumor cells growth, namely of melanoma cells. Since TXA1 is structurally similar to lucanthone (an autophagy inhibitor and apoptosis inducer) and to N(10)-substituted phenoxazines (isosteres of thioxanthones, and autophagy inducers), this study aimed at further assessing its cytotoxic mechanism and evaluating its potential as an autophagy modulator in A375-C5 melanoma cells; (2) Methods: Flow cytometry with propidium iodide (PI) for cell cycle profile analysis; Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) assay, flow cytometry with Annexin V/PI labeling and Western blot for apoptosis analysis were conducted...
October 10, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Ji Hye Park, Sung Hyun Choi, Hyungtae Kim, Seung Taek Ji, Woong Bi Jang, Jae Ho Kim, Sang Hong Baek, Sang Mo Kwon
Doxorubicin (DOXO) is widely used to treat solid tumors. However, its clinical use is limited by side effects including serious cardiotoxicity due to cardiomyocyte damage. Resident cardiac progenitor cells (hCPCs) act as key regulators of homeostasis in myocardial cells. However, little is known about the function of hCPCs in DOXO-induced cardiotoxicity. In this study, we found that DOXO-mediated hCPC toxicity is closely related to calcium-related autophagy signaling and was significantly attenuated by blocking mTOR signaling in human hCPCs...
October 9, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Chihiro Takatsuka, Yuko Inoue-Aono, Yuji Moriyasu
Autolysosomes are organelles that sequester and degrade a portion of the cytoplasm during autophagy. Although autophagosomes are short lived compared to other organelles such as mitochondria, plastids, and peroxisomes, many autolysosomes accumulate in tobacco BY-2 cells cultured under sucrose starvation conditions in the presence of a cysteine protease inhibitor. We here describe our methodology for isolating autolysosomes from BY-2 cells by conventional cell fractionation using a Percoll gradient. The autolysosome fraction separates clearly from fractions containing mitochondria and peroxisomes...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Qing-Hua Cao, Fang Liu, Zu-Li Yang, Xin-Hui Fu, Zi-Huan Yang, Quentin Liu, Lei Wang, Xiang-Bo Wan, Xin-Juan Fan
Autophagy-related (ATG) genes contributed to tumorigenesis and cancer progression. This study aims to investigate the expression of ATG proteins and their clinicopathological significance in gastric cancer. Nine well-known ATG proteins, (ULK1, Beclin 1, ATG3, ATG5, ATG7, ATG9, ATG10, ATG12 and LC3B) and p62/SQSTM1, which represented key regulators that participated in whole autophagosomes stepwise processes, were detected in a large cohort of 352 primary gastric cancer patients. Among these 352 patients, 117 cases were randomly assigned to the training set to detect the clinicopathological value of ATG proteins, and another 235 patients were used as the testing set for further validation...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Hironori Suzuki, Takuo Osawa, Yuko Fujioka, Nobuo N Noda
In autophagy, which is an intracellular degradation system that is conserved among eukaryotes, degradation targets are sequestered through the de novo synthesis of a double-membrane organelle, the autophagosome, which delivers them to the lysosomes for degradation. The core autophagy machinery comprising 18 autophagy-related (Atg) proteins in yeast plays an essential role in autophagosome formation; however, the molecular role of each Atg factor and the mechanism of autophagosome formation remain elusive. Recent years have seen remarkable progress in structural biological studies on the core autophagy machinery, opening new avenues for autophagy research...
October 7, 2016: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
Pranjali Dalvi, Himanshu Sharma, Mahendran Chinnappan, Miles Sanderson, Julie Allen, Ruoxi Zeng, Augustine Choi, Amy O'Brien-Ladner, Navneet K Dhillon
Intravenous drug use is one of the major risk factors for HIV-infection in HIV-related pulmonary arterial hypertension patients. We previously demonstrated exaggerated pulmonary vascular remodeling with enhanced apoptosis followed by increased proliferation of pulmonary endothelial cells on simultaneous exposure to both opioids and HIV protein(s). Here we hypothesize that the exacerbation of autophagy may be involved in the switching of endothelial cells from an early apoptotic state to later hyper-proliferative state...
October 10, 2016: Autophagy
Katarzyna Zientara-Rytter, Suresh Subramani
One of the main unanswered questions regarding the early steps of macroautophagy/autophagy is the mechanism of membrane-modeling events required for autophagosome formation. Three independent studies have recently revealed an actin cytoskeleton involvement in this process, providing significant details regarding the role of actin in nucleation events both inside and outside the phagophore membrane during its expansion and assembly.
October 10, 2016: Autophagy
Yaqian Zhao, Guowei Huang, Shuang Chen, Yun Gou, Zhiping Dong, Xumei Zhang
Folic acid (FA) deficiency is not only associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke, but also with increased oxidative DNA damage and brain injury after cerebral ischemia-reperfusion. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying FA deficiency-associated neuropathogenesis are not completely understood. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that neuronal autophagy in focal cerebral ischemia rats may be involved in the mechanisms of FA deficiency-induced injury to neuronal cells. The results demonstrated that, accompanied by obvious neuron damage, the expression of the autophagic markers LC3 and Beclin-1, and the formation of 8-OHdG (a marker of oxidative stress to DNA) and autophagosomes were significantly increased in the brain cortex after ischemia-reperfusion...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Keqiang Chen, Ruoxi Yuan, Shuo Geng, Yao Zhang, Taojing Ran, Elizabeth Kowalski, Jingze Liu, Liwu Li
The excessive accumulation of specific cellular proteins or autophagic vacuoles (AVs) within neurons is a pathologic hallmark of neurodegenerative diseases. Constitutive autophagy in neurons prevents abnormal intracellular protein aggregation and is critical for maintaining cell survival. Since our previous study showed that Toll-interacting protein (Tollip)-deficient macrophages had constitutive disruption of endosome-lysosome fusion, we hypothesize that Tollip deficiency may also promote neuron death via blockage of autophagy completion...
October 5, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
John D Murdoch, Christine M Rostosky, Sindhuja Gowrisankaran, Amandeep S Arora, Sandra-Fausia Soukup, Ramon Vidal, Vincenzo Capece, Siona Freytag, Andre Fischer, Patrik Verstreken, Stefan Bonn, Nuno Raimundo, Ira Milosevic
Endophilin-A, a well-characterized endocytic adaptor essential for synaptic vesicle recycling, has recently been linked to neurodegeneration. We report here that endophilin-A deficiency results in impaired movement, age-dependent ataxia, and neurodegeneration in mice. Transcriptional analysis of endophilin-A mutant mice, complemented by proteomics, highlighted ataxia- and protein-homeostasis-related genes and revealed upregulation of the E3-ubiquitin ligase FBXO32/atrogin-1 and its transcription factor FOXO3A...
October 5, 2016: Cell Reports
Hong-Tai Tzeng, Yi-Ching Wang
A large group of small Rab GTPases which mediate secretory and endosomal membrane transport, as well as autophagosome biogenesis, are essential components of vesicle trafficking machinery. Specific Rab protein together with the cognate effectors coordinates the dynamics of trafficking pathway and determines the cargo proteins destination. Functional impairments of Rab proteins by mutations or post-translational modifications disrupting the regulatory network of vesicle trafficking have been implicated in tumorigenesis...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Science
Pierre-Michaël Coly, Nicolas Perzo, Vadim Le Joncour, Céline Lecointre, Marie-Thérèse Schouft, Laurence Desrues, Marie-Christine Tonon, Olivier Wurtz, Pierrick Gandolfo, Hélène Castel, Fabrice Morin
Chemotactic migration is a fundamental behavior of cells and its regulation is particularly relevant in physiological processes such as organogenesis and angiogenesis, as well as in pathological processes such as tumor metastasis. The majority of chemotactic stimuli activate cell surface receptors that belong to the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) superfamily. Although the autophagy machinery has been shown to play a role in cell migration, its mode of regulation by chemotactic GPCRs remains largely unexplored...
October 7, 2016: Autophagy
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