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Joanna Stanicka, Leonie Rieger, Sandra O'Shea, Orla Cox, Michael Coleman, Ciara O'Flanagan, Barbara Addario, Nuala McCabe, Richard Kennedy, Rosemary O'Connor
IGF-1 receptor (IGF-1R) and integrin cooperative signaling promotes cancer cell survival, proliferation, and motility, but whether this influences cancer progression and therapy responses is largely unknown. Here we investigated the non-receptor tyrosine adhesion kinase FES-related (FER), following its identification as a potential mediator of sensitivity to IGF-1R kinase inhibition in a functional siRNA screen. We found that FER and the IGF-1R co-locate in cells and can be co-immunoprecipitated. Ectopic FER expression strongly enhanced IGF-1R expression and phosphorylation on tyrosines 950 and 1131...
March 15, 2018: Oncogene
Oxana Nekrasova, Robert M Harmon, Joshua A Broussard, Jennifer L Koetsier, Lisa M Godsel, Gillian N Fitz, Margaret L Gardel, Kathleen J Green
The epidermis is a multi-layered epithelium that serves as a barrier against water loss and environmental insults. Its morphogenesis occurs through a tightly regulated program of biochemical and architectural changes during which basal cells commit to differentiate and move towards the skin's surface. Here, we reveal an unexpected role for the vertebrate cadherin desmoglein 1 (Dsg1) in remodeling the actin cytoskeleton to promote the transit of basal cells into the suprabasal layer through a process of delamination, one mechanism of epidermal stratification...
March 13, 2018: Nature Communications
Giuseppe Brescia, Daniela Parrino, Lorenzo Nicolè, Claudia Zanotti, Cristiano Lanza, Umberto Barion, Filippo Marino, Gino Marioni
PURPOSE: The term aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD) refers to a combination of asthma, chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyposis (CRSwNP), and acute respiratory tract reactions to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. AERD has now been included among the CRSwNP endotypes, and is considered one of the most aggressive in terms of disease recurrence. Cortactin is a multi-domain protein with a part in several cellular mechanisms involving actin assembly and cytoskeleton arrangement...
March 5, 2018: American Journal of Otolaryngology
Andrew Coleman, Thomas Biederer
In this issue of Neuron, Mikhaylova et al. (2018) report how the Ca2+ sensor caldendrin interacts in dendritic spines with cortactin to control actin remodeling. Combining molecular and functional approaches, this work gains insights into postsynaptic dynamics relevant for synaptic plasticity.
March 7, 2018: Neuron
Gabrielle T Parkinson, Sophie E L Chamberlain, Nadia Jaafari, Matthew Turvey, Jack R Mellor, Jonathan G Hanley
AMPA receptor (AMPAR) trafficking is a key determinant of synaptic strength and synaptic plasticity. Under basal conditions, constitutive trafficking maintains surface AMPARs by internalization into the endosomal system, where the majority are sorted and targeted for recycling back to the plasma membrane. NMDA receptor (NMDAR)-dependent Long-Term Depression (LTD) is characterised by a reduction in synaptic strength, and involves endosomal sorting of AMPARs away from recycling pathways to lysosomes. The mechanisms that determine whether AMPARs are trafficked to lysosomes or to recycling endosomes, especially in response to NMDAR stimulation, are unclear...
March 7, 2018: Scientific Reports
Tanveer S Batth, Moreno Papetti, Anamarija Pfeiffer, Maxim A X Tollenaere, Chiara Francavilla, Jesper V Olsen
Despite its low cellular abundance, phosphotyrosine (pTyr) regulates numerous cell signaling pathways in health and disease. We applied comprehensive phosphoproteomics to unravel differential regulators of receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK)-initiated signaling networks upon activation by Pdgf-ββ, Fgf-2, or Igf-1 and identified more than 40,000 phosphorylation sites, including many phosphotyrosine sites without additional enrichment. The analysis revealed RTK-specific regulation of hundreds of pTyr sites on key signaling molecules...
March 6, 2018: Cell Reports
Marina Mikhaylova, Julia Bär, Bas van Bommel, Philipp Schätzle, PingAn YuanXiang, Rajeev Raman, Johannes Hradsky, Anja Konietzny, Egor Y Loktionov, Pasham Parameshwar Reddy, Jeffrey Lopez-Rojas, Christina Spilker, Oliver Kobler, Syed Ahsan Raza, Oliver Stork, Casper C Hoogenraad, Michael R Kreutz
Compartmentalization of calcium-dependent plasticity allows for rapid actin remodeling in dendritic spines. However, molecular mechanisms for the spatio-temporal regulation of filamentous actin (F-actin) dynamics by spinous Ca2+ -transients are still poorly defined. We show that the postsynaptic Ca2+ sensor caldendrin orchestrates nano-domain actin dynamics that are essential for actin remodeling in the early phase of long-term potentiation (LTP). Steep elevation in spinous [Ca2+ ]i disrupts an intramolecular interaction of caldendrin and allows cortactin binding...
February 20, 2018: Neuron
Angela Vincent, Saif Huda, Michelangelo Cao, Hakan Cetin, Inga Koneczny, Pedro Rodriguez-Cruz, Leslie Jacobson, Stuart Viegas, Saiju Jacob, Mark Woodhall, Akiko Nagaishi, Angelina Maniaol, Valentina Damato, M Isabel Leite, Judith Cossins, Richard Webster, Jacqueline Palace, David Beeson
Antibodies to the acetylcholine receptor (AChR) have been recognized for over 40 years and have been important in the diagnosis of myasthenia gravis (MG), and its recognition in patients of different ages and thymic pathologies. The 10-20% of patients who do not have AChR antibodies are now known to comprise different subgroups, the most commonly reported of which is patients with antibodies to muscle-specific kinase (MuSK). The use of cell-based assays has extended the repertoire of antibody tests to clustered AChRs, low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 4, and agrin...
January 29, 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
X L Ren, Y D Qiao, J Y Li, X M Li, D Zhang, X J Zhang, X H Zhu, W J Zhou, J Shi, W Wang, W T Liao, Y Q Ding, L Liang
Recently, invadopodia have been increasingly recognized as important drivers of local invasion and metastasis. Cortactin, as an actin-binding protein, is closely associated with invadopodia through interacting with proteins. Formin-like 2 (FMNL2), a member of diaphanous-related formins which act as nucleation factors, plays an important role in tumor progression. But whether cortactin can interact with FMNL2 to promote invadopodia formation and the role of FMNL2 in invadopodia formation are still unknown. Here we found that cortactin directly bound to FMNL2 and elevated the activities of actin polymerization and recycling endosome motility...
January 25, 2018: Cancer Letters
Olga Oskolkova, Nicolene Sarich, Yufeng Tian, Grzegorz Gawlak, Fanyong Meng, Valery N Bochkov, Evgeny Berdyshev, Anna A Birukova, Konstantin G Birukov
Correction of barrier dysfunction and inflammation in acute lung injury (ALI) represents an important problem. Previous studies demonstrate barrier-protective and anti-inflammatory effects of bioactive lipid prostacyclin and its stable analog iloprost (ILO). We generated a phospholipase resistant synthetic phospholipid with iloprost attached at the sn-2 position (ILO-PC) and investigated its biological effects. In comparison to free ILO, ILO-PC caused sustained endothelial cell (EC) barrier enhancement, linked to more prolonged activation of Rap1 and Rac1 GTPases and their cytoskeletal and cell junction effectors: cortactin, PAK1, p120-catenin and VE-cadherin...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
Agnieszka J Turlo, Yalda Ashraf Kharaz, Peter D Clegg, James Anderson, Mandy J Peffers
BACKGROUND: The concept of tissue engineering is to deliver to the injury site biological scaffolds carrying functional cells that will enhance healing response. The preferred cell source is autologous in order to reduce immune response in the treated individual. However, in elderly patients age-related changes in synthetic activity of the implanted cells and subsequent alterations in tissue protein content may affect therapeutic outcomes. In this study we investigated the effect of donor age on proteome composition of tenocyte-derived tendon tissue-engineered constructs...
January 16, 2018: BMC Biotechnology
Yutaro Otsuka, Tsukasa Oikawa, Hinako Yoshino, Shigeru Hashimoto, Haruka Handa, Hiroki Yamamoto, Ari Hashimoto, Hisataka Sabe
BACKGROUND: The small GTPase Arf6 and its downstream effector AMAP1 (also called ASAP1/DDEF1) constitute a signaling pathway promoting cell invasion, in which AMAP1 interacts with several different proteins, including PRKD2, EPB41L5, paxillin, and cortactin. Components of this pathway are often overexpressed in human breast cancer cells, to be correlated with poor prognosis of the patients, whereas overexpression of the Arf6 pathway did not correlate with the four main molecular classes of human breast tumors...
January 5, 2018: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Yinna Wang, Alyssa C Rezey, Ruping Wang, Dale D Tang
BACKGROUND: Airway smooth muscle contraction is critical for maintenance of appropriate airway tone, and has been implicated in asthma pathogenesis. Smooth muscle contraction requires an "engine" (myosin activation) and a "transmission system" (actin cytoskeletal remodeling). However, the mechanisms that control actin remodeling in smooth muscle are not fully elucidated. The adapter protein Crk-associated substrate (CAS) regulates actin dynamics and the contraction in smooth muscle. In addition, profilin-1 (Pfn-1) and Abelson tyrosine kinase (c-Abl) are also involved in smooth muscle contraction...
January 5, 2018: Respiratory Research
Ying Wang, Xue Han, Yan Dong Li, Yabing Wang, Shi Yang Zhao, Dong Jie Zhang, Yu Lu
Lentinan could exhibit significant biological activity favorable for human health and disease control such as the recovery of patients with liver cancer. In order to investigate the effect of lentinan dose dependence between immunoprophylaxis and promotion of cancer cell proliferation of the murine liver cancer, different concentrations of lentinan were prepared for the test in vitro (MTT assay) and in vivo (cumulative survival assay, spleen lymphocyte proliferation tests and peritoneal macrophage phagocytosis assays)...
November 10, 2017: Oncotarget
Xuan Liang, Srikanth Budnar, Shafali Gupta, Suzie Verma, Siew-Ping Han, Michelle M Hill, Roger J Daly, Robert G Parton, Nicholas A Hamilton, Guillermo A Gomez, Alpha S Yap
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December 5, 2017: Nature Communications
Oliver Bissinger, Andreas Kolk, Enken Drecoll, Melanie Straub, Christina Lutz, Klaus-Dietrich Wolff, Carolin Götz
Survival periods of patients following surgical therapy of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) have previously been demonstrated to decrease over recent decades. Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and Cortactin are molecular markers that are important in tumour progression and development, and interact within the EGF pathway. Although EGFR antibody therapy exists, sufficient efforts for increased survival are still lacking due to the present limited response rates. The aim of the present study was to examine the association between EGFR and Cortactin expression on survival rates of OSCC patients and to determine whether EGFR and Cortactin expression levels are associated with advanced tumor sizes and lymphnode-metastases...
November 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Xiaofeng Li, Yeqing Tao, James W Murphy, Alexander N Scherer, TuKiet T Lam, Alan G Marshall, Anthony J Koleske, Titus J Boggon
The multi-domain protein, cortactin, contains a 37-residue repeating motif that binds to actin filaments. This cortactin repeat region comprises 6½ similar copies of the motif and binds actin filaments. To better understand this region of cortactin, and its fold, we conducted extensive biophysical analysis. Size exclusion chromatography with multi-angle light scattering (SEC-MALS) reveals that neither constructs of the cortactin repeats alone or together with the adjacent helical region homo-oligomerize. Using circular dichroism (CD) we find that in solution the cortactin repeats resemble a coil-like intrinsically disordered protein...
December 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
Yuki M Shirai, Taka A Tsunoyama, Nao Hiramoto-Yamaki, Koichiro M Hirosawa, Akihiro C E Shibata, Kenichi Kondo, Atsushi Tsurumune, Fumiyoshi Ishidate, Akihiro Kusumi, Takahiro K Fujiwara
Electron tomography of the plasma membrane (PM) identified several layers of cortical actin meshwork running parallel to the PM cytoplasmic surface throughout the PM. Here, cortical actin structures and dynamics were examined in living cells, using super-resolution microscopy, with (x,y)- and z-resolutions of ~140 and ~400 nm, respectively, and single-molecule imaging. The super-resolution microscopy identified sub-micron-sized actin clusters that appeared identical by both phalloidin post-fixation staining and Lifeact-mGFP expression followed by fixation, and therefore, these actin clusters were named "actin-pl-clusters"...
2017: PloS One
Kahia Messaoudi, Ashfaq Ali, Rameez Ishaq, Alberta Palazzo, Dominika Sliwa, Olivier Bluteau, Sylvie Souquère, Delphine Muller, Khadija M Diop, Philippe Rameau, Valérie Lapierre, Jean-Pierre Marolleau, Patrick Matthias, Isabelle Godin, Gérard Pierron, Steven G Thomas, Stephen P Watson, Nathalie Droin, William Vainchenker, Isabelle Plo, Hana Raslova, Najet Debili
Thrombocytopenia is a major side effect of a new class of anticancer agents that target histone deacetylase (HDAC). Their mechanism is poorly understood. Here, we show that HDAC6 inhibition and genetic knockdown lead to a strong decrease in human proplatelet formation (PPF). Unexpectedly, HDAC6 inhibition-induced tubulin hyperacetylation has no effect on PPF. The PPF decrease induced by HDAC6 inhibition is related to cortactin (CTTN) hyperacetylation associated with actin disorganization inducing important changes in the distribution of megakaryocyte (MK) organelles...
November 27, 2017: Nature Communications
Pauline Jeannot, Arnaud Besson
Actin remodeling plays an essential role in diverse cellular processes such as cell motility, vesicle trafficking or cytokinesis. The scaffold protein and actin nucleation promoting factor Cortactin is present in virtually all actin-based structures, participating in the formation of branched actin networks. It has been involved in the control of endocytosis, and vesicle trafficking, axon guidance and organization, as well as adhesion, migration and invasion. To migrate and invade through three-dimensional environments, cells have developed specialized actin-based structures called invadosomes, a generic term to designate invadopodia and podosomes...
December 31, 2017: Small GTPases
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