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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487282/regulation-of-spermatogenesis-by-a-local-functional-axis-in-the-testis-role-of-the-basement-membrane-derived-noncollagenous-1-domain-peptide
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Haiqi Chen, Dolores D Mruk, Will M Lee, C Yan Cheng
Spermatogenesis takes place in the epithelium of the seminiferous tubules of the testes, producing millions of spermatozoa per day in an adult male in rodents and humans. Thus, multiple cellular events that are regulated by an array of signaling molecules and pathways are tightly coordinated to support spermatogenesis. Here, we report findings of a local regulatory axis between the basement membrane (BM), the blood-testis barrier (BTB), and the apical ectoplasmic specialization (apical ES; a testis-specific, actin-rich adherens junction at the Sertoli cell-spermatid interface) to coordinate cellular events across the seminiferous epithelium during the epithelial cycle...
May 9, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445157/lim-kinases-cofilin-and-beyond
#2
Chloé Prunier, Renaud Prudent, Reuben Kapur, Karin Sadoul, Laurence Lafanechère
LIM kinases are common downstream effectors of several signalization pathways and function as a signaling node that controls cytoskeleton dynamics through the phosphorylation of the cofilin family proteins. These last 10 years, several reports indicate that the functions of LIM kinases are more extended than initially described and, specifically, that LIM kinases also control microtubule dynamics, independently of their regulation of actin microfilament. In this review we analyze the data supporting these conclusions and the possible mechanisms that could be involved in the control of microtubules by LIM kinases...
April 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439067/perfluorooctanesulfonate-pfos-induced-sertoli-cell-injury-through-a-disruption-of-f-actin-and-microtubule-organization-is-mediated-by-akt1-2
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Ying Gao, Haiqi Chen, Xiang Xiao, Wing-Yee Lui, Will M Lee, Dolores D Mruk, C Yan Cheng
PFOS (perfluorooctanesulfonate, or perfluorooctane sulfonic acid) is an anthropogenic fluorosurfactant widely used in consumer products. While its use in Europe, Canada and the U.S. has been banned due to its human toxicity, it continues to be used in China and other developing countries as a global pollutant. Herein, using an in vitro model of Sertoli cell blood-testis barrier (BTB), PFOS was found to induce Sertoli cell injury by perturbing actin cytoskeleton through changes in the spatial expression of actin regulatory proteins...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433664/ovaries-of-the-white-worm-enchytraeus-albidus-annelida-clitellata-are-composed-of-16-celled-meroistic-germ-line-cysts
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Anna Z Urbisz, Łukasz Chajec, Agnieszka Brąszewska-Zalewska, Janusz Kubrakiewicz, Piotr Świątek
The paired ovaries of E. albidus are like a bunch of grapes and are composed of clearly separated units, syncytial germ cysts (clusters), which are surrounded by a thin layer of somatic cells. Each cyst maintains the connection with the ovary by an extended stalk that is composed of somatic cells. The spatial architecture of the germ-line cysts found in E. albidus is the same as in other clitellate annelids that have been studied to date. As a rule, germ cells are located at the cyst periphery and each has only one ring canal that connects it to the common and centrally located cytoplasmic mass, the cytophore...
April 19, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260491/control-of-myofibroblast-differentiation-and-function-by-cytoskeletal-signaling
#5
REVIEW
N Sandbo, L V Smolyaninova, S N Orlov, N O Dulin
The cytoskeleton consists of three distinct types of protein polymer structures - microfilaments, intermediate filaments, and microtubules; each serves distinct roles in controlling cell shape, division, contraction, migration, and other processes. In addition to mechanical functions, the cytoskeleton accepts signals from outside the cell and triggers additional signals to extracellular matrix, thus playing a key role in signal transduction from extracellular stimuli through dynamic recruitment of diverse intermediates of the intracellular signaling machinery...
December 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177569/the-oxidized-thiol-proteome-in-aging-and-cataractous-mouse-and-human-lens-revealed-by-icat-labeling
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Benlian Wang, Grant Hom, Sheng Zhou, Minfei Guo, Binbin Li, Jing Yang, Vincent M Monnier, Xingjun Fan
Age-related cataractogenesis is associated with disulfide-linked high molecular weight (HMW) crystallin aggregates. We recently found that the lens crystallin disulfidome was evolutionarily conserved in human and glutathione-depleted mouse (LEGSKO) cataracts and that it could be mimicked by oxidation in vitro (Mol. Cell Proteomics, 14, 3211-23 (2015)). To obtain a comprehensive blueprint of the oxidized key regulatory and cytoskeletal proteins underlying cataractogenesis, we have now used the same approach to determine, in the same specimens, all the disulfide-forming noncrystallin proteins identified by ICAT proteomics...
April 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101862/crystallographic-studies-of-intermediate-filament-proteins
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Dmytro Guzenko, Anastasia A Chernyatina, Sergei V Strelkov
Intermediate filaments (IFs), together with microtubules and actin microfilaments, are the three main cytoskeletal components in metazoan cells. IFs are formed by a distinct protein family, which is made up of 70 members in humans. Most IF proteins are tissue- or organelle-specific, which includes lamins, the IF proteins of the nucleus. The building block of IFs is an elongated dimer, which consists of a central α-helical 'rod' domain flanked by flexible N- and C-terminal domains. The conserved rod domain is the 'signature feature' of the IF family...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077285/a-fluorophore-fusion-construct-of-human-profilin-i-with-non-compromised-poly-l-proline-binding-capacity-suitable-for-imaging
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Michaela Nejedla, Zhilun Li, Anna E Masser, Matteo Biancospino, Matthias Spiess, Sebastian D Mackowiak, Marc R Friedländer, Roger Karlsson
Profilin is vital for actin organisation in eukaryotic cells. It controls actin filament formation by binding monomeric actin and numerous proteins involved in polarised actin assembly. Important for the latter is the interaction surface formed by the N- and C-terminal helices, which pack close to each other on one side of the molecule at a distance from the actin site and mediate binding to poly-proline sequences present in many of the targeted proteins. Via these interactions, profilin contributes to the spatiotemporal control of actin filament growth...
January 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990280/hyphal-ontogeny-in-neurospora-crassa-a-model-organism-for-all-seasons
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REVIEW
Meritxell Riquelme, Leonora Martínez-Núñez
Filamentous fungi have proven to be a better-suited model system than unicellular yeasts in analyses of cellular processes such as polarized growth, exocytosis, endocytosis, and cytoskeleton-based organelle traffic. For example, the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa develops a variety of cellular forms. Studying the molecular basis of these forms has led to a better, yet incipient, understanding of polarized growth. Polarity factors as well as Rho GTPases, septins, and a localized delivery of vesicles are the central elements described so far that participate in the shift from isotropic to polarized growth...
2016: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887793/antiproliferative-and-antimetastatic-action-of-quercetin-on-a549-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells-through-its-effect-on-the-cytoskeleton
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Anna Klimaszewska-Wiśniewska, Marta Hałas-Wiśniewska, Magdalena Izdebska, Maciej Gagat, Alina Grzanka, Dariusz Grzanka
To our knowledge, this study is the first to investigate the effect of the dietary flavonoid quercetin on the main cytoskeletal elements, namely microfilaments, microtubules and vimentin intermediate filaments, as well as cytoskeleton-driven processes in A549 non-small cell lung cancer cells. The methyl-thiazol-diphenyl-tetrazolium assay, annexin V/propidium iodide test, electron microscopic examination, cell cycle analysis based on DNA content, real-time PCR assays, in vitro scratch wound-healing assay, fluorescence staining of F-actin, β-tubulin and vimentin were performed to assess the effects of quercetin on A549 cells...
March 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836552/rhoa-rock-pathway-activity-is-essential-for-the-correct-localization-of-the-germ-plasm-mrnas-in-zebrafish-embryos
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Jerónimo Roberto Miranda-Rodríguez, Enrique Salas-Vidal, Hilda Lomelí, Mario Zurita, Denhi Schnabel
Zebrafish germ plasm is composed of mRNAs such as vasa and nanos and of proteins such as Bucky ball, all of which localize symmetrically in four aggregates at the distal region of the first two cleavage furrows. The coordination of actin microfilaments, microtubules and kinesin is essential for the correct localization of the germ plasm. Rho-GTPases, through their effectors, coordinate cytoskeletal dynamics. We address the participation of RhoA and its effector ROCK in germ plasm localization during the transition from two- to eight-cell embryos...
January 1, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821520/chirality-of-the-cytoskeleton-in-the-origins-of-cellular-asymmetry
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REVIEW
Peter Satir
Self-assembly of two important components of the cytoskeleton of eukaryotic cells, actin microfilaments and microtubules (MTs) results in polar filaments of one chirality. As is true for bacterial flagella, in actin microfilaments, screw direction is important for assembly processes and motility. For MTs, polar orientation within the cell is paramount. The alignment of these elements in the cell cytoplasm gives rise to emergent properties, including the potential for cell differentiation and specialization...
December 19, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27698406/triggering-signaling-pathways-using-f-actin-self-organization
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A Colin, L Bonnemay, C Gayrard, J Gautier, Z Gueroui
The spatiotemporal organization of proteins within cells is essential for cell fate behavior. Although it is known that the cytoskeleton is vital for numerous cellular functions, it remains unclear how cytoskeletal activity can shape and control signaling pathways in space and time throughout the cell cytoplasm. Here we show that F-actin self-organization can trigger signaling pathways by engineering two novel properties of the microfilament self-organization: (1) the confinement of signaling proteins and (2) their scaffolding along actin polymers...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27683037/interaction-of-microtubules-with-the-actin-cytoskeleton-via-cross-talk-of-eb1-containing-tips-and-%C3%AE-actin-in-epithelial-cells
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Vera Dugina, Irina Alieva, Natalya Khromova, Igor Kireev, Peter W Gunning, Pavel Kopnin
Actin microfilaments and microtubules are both highly dynamic cytoskeleton components implicated in a wide range of intracellular processes as well as cell-cell and cell-substrate interactions. The interactions of actin filaments with the microtubule system play an important role in the assembly and maintenance of 3D cell structure. Here we demonstrate that cytoplasmic actins are differentially distributed in relation to the microtubule system. LSM, 3D-SIM, proximity ligation assay (PLA) and co-immunoprecipitation methods applied in combination with selective depletion of β- or γ-cytoplasmic actins revealed a selective interaction between microtubules and γ-, but not β-cytoplasmic actin via the microtubule +TIPs protein EB1...
November 8, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27662804/dual-effect-of-f-actin-targeted-carrier-combined-with-antimitotic-drug-on-aggressive-colorectal-cancer-cytoskeleton-allying-dissimilar-cell-cytoskeleton-disrupting-mechanisms
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Shahrouz Taranejoo, Mohsen Janmaleki, Mohammad Pachenari, Seyed Morteza Seyedpour, Ramya Chandrasekaran, Wenlong Cheng, Kerry Hourigan
A recent approach to colon cancer therapy is to employ selective drugs with specific extra/intracellular sites of action. Alteration of cytoskeletal protein reorganization and, subsequently, to cellular biomechanical behaviour during cancer progression highly affects the cancer cell progress. Hence, cytoskeleton targeted drugs are an important class of cancer therapy agents. We have studied viscoelastic alteration of the human colon adenocarcinoma cell line, SW48, after treatment with a drug delivery system comprising chitosan as the carrier and albendazole as the microtubule-targeting agent (MTA)...
November 20, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27611949/f5-peptide-induces-aspermatogenesis-by-disrupting-organization-of-actin-and-microtubule-based-cytoskeletons-in-the-testis
#16
Ying Gao, Dolores D Mruk, Wing-Yee Lui, Will M Lee, C Yan Cheng
During the release of sperm at spermiation, a biologically active F5-peptide, which can disrupt the Sertoli cell tight junction (TJ) permeability barrier, is produced at the site of the degenerating apical ES (ectoplasmic specialization). This peptide coordinates the events of spermiation and blood-testis barrier (BTB) remodeling at stage VIII of the epithelial cycle, creating a local apical ES-BTB axis to coordinate cellular events across the epithelium. The mechanism(s) by which F5-peptide perturbs BTB restructuring, and its involvement in apical ES dynamics remain unknown...
September 27, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27600504/the-adherent-invasive-escherichia-coli-strain-lf82-invades-and-persists-in-human-prostate-cell-line-rwpe-1-activating-a-strong-inflammatory-response
#17
Maria P Conte, Marta Aleandri, Massimiliano Marazzato, Antonietta L Conte, Cecilia Ambrosi, Mauro Nicoletti, Carlo Zagaglia, Guido Gambara, Fioretta Palombi, Paola De Cesaris, Elio Ziparo, Anna T Palamara, Anna Riccioli, Catia Longhi
Adherent/invasive Escherichia coli (AIEC) strains have recently been receiving increased attention because they are more prevalent and persistent in the intestine of Crohn's disease (CD) patients than in healthy subjects. Since AIEC strains show a high percentage of similarity to extraintestinal pathogenic E. coli (ExPEC), neonatal meningitis-associated E. coli (NMEC), and uropathogenic E. coli (UPEC) strains, here we compared AIEC strain LF82 with a UPEC isolate (strain EC73) to assess whether LF82 would be able to infect prostate cells as an extraintestinal target...
November 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27590028/spring-viraemia-of-carp-virus-enters-grass-carp-ovary-cells-via-clathrin-mediated-endocytosis-and-macropinocytosis
#18
Ling Shao, Jiuru Zhao, Haiqiang Zhang
Spring viraemia of carp virus (SVCV) is the causative pathogen of the outbreaks of an acute haemorrhagic and contagious viraemia responsible for the significant mortality in several cyprinid species. However, the endocytic pathway(s) and their regulatory molecules have not been characterized for SVCV. Here, using a combination of specific pharmacological inhibitors, transmission electron microscopy, immunofluorescence microscopy and real-time quantitative PCR, we found that SVCV entered grass carp ovary cells via clathrin-mediated endocytosis and macropinocytosis in a low-pH-dependent manner...
November 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27557581/cytoskeleton-and-cytoskeleton-bound-rna-visualization-in-frog-and-insect-oocytes
#19
Malgorzata Kloc, Szczepan Bilinski, Jacek Z Kubiak
The majority of oocyte functions involves and depends on the cytoskeletal elements, which include microtubules and actin and cytokeratin filaments. Various structures and molecules are temporarily or permanently bound to the cytoskeletal elements and their functions rely on cytoskeleton integrity and its timely assembly. Thus the accurate visualization of cytoskeleton is often crucial for studies and analyses of oocyte structure and functions. Here we describe several reliable methods for microtubule and/or microfilaments preservation and visualization in Xenopus oocyte extracts, and in situ in live and fixed insect and frog (Xenopus) oocytes...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27504085/the-presynaptic-microtubule-cytoskeleton-in-physiological-and-pathological-conditions-lessons-from-drosophila-fragile-x-syndrome-and-hereditary-spastic-paraplegias
#20
REVIEW
Felipe J Bodaleo, Christian Gonzalez-Billault
The capacity of the nervous system to generate neuronal networks relies on the establishment and maintenance of synaptic contacts. Synapses are composed of functionally different presynaptic and postsynaptic compartments. An appropriate synaptic architecture is required to provide the structural basis that supports synaptic transmission, a process involving changes in cytoskeletal dynamics. Actin microfilaments are the main cytoskeletal components present at both presynaptic and postsynaptic terminals in glutamatergic synapses...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
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