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Yajuan Lu, Xiaoxin Dai, Mianqun Zhang, Yilong Miao, Changyin Zhou, Zhaokang Cui, Bo Xiong
Sister chromatid cohesion, mediated by cohesin complex and established by the acetyltransferases Esco1 and Esco2, is essential for faithful chromosome segregation. Mutations in Esco2 cause Roberts syndrome, a developmental disease characterized by severe prenatal retardation as well as limb and facial abnormalities. However, its exact roles during oocyte meiosis have not clearly defined. Here, we report that Esco2 localizes to the chromosomes during oocyte meiotic maturation. Depletion of Esco2 by morpholino microinjection leads to the precocious polar body extrusion, the escape of metaphase I arrest induced by nocodazole treatment and the loss of BubR1 from kinetochores, indicative of inactivated SAC...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
Fengzhi Jin, Michael Bokros, Yanchang Wang
The interaction between chromosomes and spindle microtubules is essential for chromosome segregation. The kinetochore complex mediates this interaction. Previous studies indicate that the stability of kinetochore attachment is regulated by Aurora B/Ipl1 kinase and this regulation is conserved from yeast to mammalian cells. In budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the ten-subunit Dam1/DASH complex bridges the interaction between kinetochores and microtubules, and some in vitro evidence indicates that the phosphorylation of Dam1 protein by Ipl1 kinase destabilizes this interaction...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
Yuehong Shen, Pengfei Liu, Taolue Jiang, Yu Hu, Franco K C Au, Robert Z Qi
γ-Tubulin ring complexes (γTuRCs) initiate microtubule growth and mediate microtubule attachment at microtubule-organizing centers, such as centrosomes and the Golgi complex. However, the mechanisms that control γTuRC-mediated microtubule nucleation have remained mostly unknown. Here, we show that the DNA polymerase δ catalytic subunit (PolD1) binds directly to γTuRCs and potently inhibits γTuRC-mediated microtubule nucleation. Whereas PolD1 depletion through RNA interference does not influence centrosome-based microtubule growth, the depletion augments microtubule nucleation at the Golgi complex...
September 15, 2017: Nature Communications
Haibo Shen, Tiean Zhou, Jiajin Hu
In this study, we present a novel design of interference-free, negligible installation-induced stress, suitable for the fabrication of high-throughput quartz crystal microbalance (HQCM) chips. This novel HQCM chip configuration was fabricated using eight independent yet same-batch quartz crystal resonators within a common glass substrate with eight through-holes of diameter slightly larger than that of the quartz resonator. Each quartz resonator's rim was adhered to the inner part of the through-hole via silicone glue to form the rigid (quartz)-soft (silicone)-rigid (glass) structure (RSRS) which effectively eliminates the acoustic couplings among different resonators and largely alleviates the installation-induced stresses...
September 9, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Sijie Feng, Yinlong Song, Minhong Shen, Shanshan Xie, Wenjing Li, Yi Lu, Yuehong Yang, Guangshuo Ou, Jun Zhou, Fudi Wang, Wei Liu, Xiaoyi Yan, Xin Liang, Tianhua Zhou
Microtubules are highly dynamic filaments assembled from αβ-tubulin heterodimers and play important roles in many cellular processes, including cell division and migration. Microtubule dynamics is tightly regulated by microtubule-associated proteins (MAPs) that function by binding to microtubules or free tubulin dimers. Here, we report that FOR20 (FOP-related protein of 20 kDa), a conserved protein critical for ciliogenesis and cell cycle progression, is a previously uncharacterized MAP that facilitates microtubule depolymerization and promotes cell migration...
2017: Cell Discovery
Masashi Iwamoto, Dawei Cai, Masaya Sugiyama, Ryosuke Suzuki, Hideki Aizaki, Akihide Ryo, Naoko Ohtani, Yasuhito Tanaka, Masashi Mizokami, Takaji Wakita, Haitao Guo, Koichi Watashi
Viruses exploit host factors and environment for their efficient replication. The virus-host interaction mechanisms for achieving an optimal hepatitis B virus (HBV) replication have been largely unknown. Here, a single cell cloning revealed that HepAD38 cells, a widely-used HBV-inducible cell line, contain cell clones with diverse permissiveness to HBV replication. The HBV permissiveness was impaired upon treatment with microtubule inhibitor nocodazole, which was identified as an HBV replication inhibitor from a pharmacological screening...
September 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
Ayelén D Nigra, Verónica S Santander, Roberto Dircio-Maldonado, Marina Rafaela Amaiden, Noelia E Monesterolo, Patricia Flores-Guzmán, Tamara Muhlberger, Juan F Rivelli, Alexis N Campetelli, Héctor Mayani, Cesar H Casale
We investigated the properties of tubulin present in the sedimentable fraction ("Sed-tub") of human erythrocytes, and tracked the location and organization of tubulin in various types of cells during the process of hematopoietic/erythroid differentiation. Sed-tub was sensitive to taxol/nocodazole (drugs that modify microtubule assembly/disassembly), but was organized as part of a protein network rather than in typical microtubule form. This network had a non-uniform "connected-ring" structure, with tubulin localized in the connection areas and associated with other proteins...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Ping Wee, Zhixiang Wang
Progression through the cell cycle causes changes in the cell's signaling pathways that can alter EGFR signal transduction. Here, we describe drug-derived protocols to synchronize HeLa cells in various phases of the cell cycle, including G1 phase, S phase, G2 phase, and mitosis, specifically in the mitotic stages of prometaphase, metaphase, and anaphase/telophase. The synchronization procedures are designed to allow synchronized cells to be treated for EGF and collected for the purpose of Western blotting for EGFR signal transduction components...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Jie Shao, Fei Gao, Bingbing Zhang, Meng Zhao, Yunli Zhou, Jinyan He, Li Ren, Zhi Yao, Jie Yang, Chao Su, Xingjie Gao
Stress granules (SGs) are dynamic dense structures in the cytoplasm that form in response to a variety of environmental stress stimuli. Staphylococcal nuclease and Tudor domain containing 1 (SND1) is a type of RNA-binding protein and has been identified as a transcriptional co-activator. Our previous studies have shown that SND1 is a component of the stress granule, which forms under stress conditions. Here, we observed that SND1 granules were often surrounded by ɑ-tubulin-microtubules in 45°C-treated HeLa cells at 15 min or colocalized with microtubules at 30 or 45 min...
July 31, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Xiang Yingying, Wang Caijuan, Yue Yenan, Tang Yuqin, Cai Xueqin, Wu Zhongming
BACKGROUND Protein kinase C zeta (PKC ζ) plays an important role in insulin induced glycometabolism and insulin receptor (IR) associated signaling pathways. The full activation of PKC ζ depends on its translocation from cytosol to membrane and phosphorylation at Thr410. However, the mechanism of PKC ζ activation remains elusive. In this study, the effect of SIN1 and microtubules on insulin-induced PKC ζ activation was investigated. MATERIAL AND METHODS HepG2 cells were stimulated with insulin for co-immunoprecipitation (co-IP) assay...
July 28, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Rozhin Penjweini, Sarah Deville, Omid Haji Maghsoudi, Kristof Notelaers, Anitha Ethirajan, Marcel Ameloot
OBJECTIVES: In this study, we investigate in human cervical epithelial HeLa cells the intracellular dynamics and the mutual interaction with the organelles of the poly-l-lactic acid nanoparticles (PLLA NPs) carrying the naturally occurring hydrophobic photosensitizer hypericin. METHODS: Temporal and spatiotemporal image correlation spectroscopy was used for the assessment of the intracellular diffusion and directed motion of the nanocarriers by tracking the hypericin fluorescence...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Pedro Ignacio Gil, Guillermo Albrieu-Llinás, Estela Cecilia Mlewski, Marina Monetti, Laura Fozzatti, Cecilia Cuffini, José Fernández Romero, Patricia Kunda, María Gabriela Paglini
Pixuna virus (PIXV) is an enzootic member of the Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Virus complex and belongs to the New World cluster of alphaviruses. Herein we explore the role of the cellular cytoskeleton during PIXV replication. We first identified that PIXV undergoes an eclipse phase consisting of 4 h followed by 20 h of an exponential phase in Vero cells. The infected cells showed morphological changes due to structural modifications in actin microfilaments (MFs) and microtubules (MTs). Cytoskeleton-binding agents, that alter the architecture and dynamics of MFs and MTs, were used to study the role of cytoskeleton on PIXV replication...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
Maryam Moslehi, Dominic C H Ng, Marie A Bogoyevitch
Doublecortin X (DCX), known to be essential for neuronal migration and cortical layering in the developing brain, is a 40 kDa microtubule (MT)-associated protein. DCX directly interacts with MTs via its two structured doublecortin (DC) domains, but the dynamics of this association and the possible regulatory roles played by the flanking unstructured regions remain poorly defined. Here, we employ quantitative fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) protocols in living cells to reveal that DCX shows remarkably rapid and complete exchange within the MT network but that the removal of the C-terminal region significantly slows this exchange...
July 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
Shalini Srivastava, Dulal Panda
Here, we report that a centrosomal protein FOR20 [FOP (FGFR1 (fibroblast growth factor receptor 1) oncogene protein)-like protein of molecular mass of 20 kDa; also named as C16orf63, FLJ31153 or PHSECRG2] can regulate the assembly and stability of microtubules. Both FOR20 IgG antibody and GST (glutathione S-transferase)-tagged FOR20 could precipitate tubulin from the HeLa cell extract, indicating a possible interaction between FOR20 and tubulin. FOR20 was also detected in goat brain tissue extract and it cycled with microtubule-associated proteins...
August 10, 2017: Biochemical Journal
Suresh Narva, Surendar Chitti, Suresh Amaroju, Debanjan Bhattacharjee, Bala Bhaskara Rao, Nishant Jain, Mallika Alvala, Kondapalli Venkata Gowri Chandra Sekhar
A series of thirty-seven 1,3,5-triazine analogues have been synthesized, characterized and evaluated for their antiproliferative activity against a panel of four different human cancer cell lines such as HeLa, HepG2, A549 and MCF-7. Most of the 1,3,5-triazine analogues exhibited promising antiproliferative activity against tested cancer cell lines. Among all the synthesized compounds, 8j showed potent activity against the cancer cell lines such as HeLa, HepG2, A549 and MCF-7 with IC50 12.3±0.8, 9.6±0.4, 10...
August 15, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Aintzane Apraiz, Jone Mitxelena, Ana Zubiaga
The gene expression program of the cell cycle represents a critical step for understanding cell cycle-dependent processes and their role in diseases such as cancer. Cell cycle-regulated gene expression analysis depends on cell synchronization into specific phases. Here we describe a method utilizing two complementary synchronization protocols that is commonly used for studying periodic variation of gene expression during the cell cycle. Both procedures are based on transiently blocking the cell cycle in one defined point...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Evan P Booy, Ewan Ks McRae, Amit Koul, Francis Lin, Sean A McKenna
BACKGROUND: BC200 is a long non-coding RNA expressed at high levels in the brain and elevated in a variety of tumour types. BC200 has a hypothesized role in translational regulation; however, to date the functional role of BC200 in both normal and diseased states remains poorly characterized. METHODS: Detailed BC200 expression analyses were performed in tumor cell lines, primary and non-tumorigenic cultured breast and lung cells, and a panel of normal human tissues by quantitative real-time PCR and confirmed by northern blot...
June 26, 2017: Molecular Cancer
Xiao-Qian Meng, Bing Cui, Dong Cheng, Hui Lyu, Li-Gang Jiang, Ke-Gang Zheng, Shu-Zhen Liu, Jie Pan, Cong Zhang, Jing Bai, Jun Zhou
Proline-rich tyrosine kinase 2 (PYK2), a member of the protein tyrosine kinase family, plays an important role in various cellular processes. PYK2 can be phosphorylated on tyrosine 402 by diverse stimuli at the cell surface, and recent studies have shown that this activated form of PYK2 is enriched in oocytes and required for fertilization. However, the subcellular localization and functions of activated PYK2 in oocytes remain elusive. In this study, we demonstrate that the localization of p-PYK2 undergoes dynamic changes during in vitro maturation of mouse oocytes...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Zheng Li, Huan Li, Yi-Hui Li, Ying-Xi Xu, Hai-Yan Xing, Ke-Jing Tang, Zheng Tian, Min Wang, Qing Rao
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of asymmetric division in leukemia cells through detection of expression and asymmetric division of Numb in differentiated and undifferentiated K562 cells. METHODS: Firstly, Hemin was used to induce K562 cell differentiation, and the expression of Numb was detected by the real-time quantitative RT-PCR and flow cytometry. After K562 cells were synchronized by nocodazole, the Numb protein was labeled by immunohistochemical staining, followed by the determination of the terminally differentiated cells through confocal microscopy...
June 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
Ashwani Sharma, Gonzalo Sáez-Calvo, Natacha Olieric, Francisco de Asís Balaguer, Isabel Barasoain, Clemens Lamberth, J Fernando Díaz, Michel O Steinmetz
Quinolin-6-yloxyacetamides (QAs) are a chemical class of tubulin polymerization inhibitors that were initially identified as fungicides. Here, we report that QAs are potent anti-proliferative agents against human cancer cells including ones that are drug-resistant. QAs act by disrupting the microtubule cytoskeleton and by causing severe mitotic defects. We further demonstrate that QAs inhibit tubulin polymerization in vitro. The high resolution crystal structure of the tubulin-QA complex revealed that QAs bind to the colchicine site on tubulin, which is targeted by microtubule-destabilizing agents such as colchicine and nocodazole...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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