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Hai-Qing Song, Wenting Pan, Rui-Quan Li, Bingran Yu, Wenjuan Liu, Ming Yang, Fu-Jian Xu
The delivery of tumor-suppressive noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) including short ncRNAs (i.e., miRNAs) and long ncRNAs (lncRNAs) is put forward to treat tumors. In this work, novel rodlike supramolecular nanoassemblies (CNC @CB[8] @ PGEA) of degradable poly(aspartic acid) (PAsp) derivatives-grafted cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) and hydroxyl-rich polycations (ethanolamine-functionalized poly(glycidyl methacrylate), PGEA) are proposed via typical cucurbit[8]uril (CB[8])-based host-guest interactions for delivery of different ncRNAs to treat hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
December 27, 2017: Small
Patrícia A Simões, Ricardo Celestino, Ana X Carvalho, Reto Gassmann
In mitosis, the molecular motor dynein is recruited to kinetochores by the Rod-Zw10-Zwilch complex (RZZ) and Spindly to control spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC) signaling and microtubule attachment. How the ubiquitous dynein co-factors Lis1 and NudE/L contribute to these functions remains poorly understood. Here, we show that the C. elegans NudE/L homolog NUD-2 is dispensable for dynein- and LIS-1-dependent mitotic spindle assembly in the zygote. This facilitates functional characterization of kinetochore-localized NUD-2, which is recruited by the CENP-F-like proteins HCP-1/2 independently of RZZ-Spindly and dynein-LIS-1...
November 30, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
Neelam Sood, Minakshi Gulia
Alveolar soft part sarcoma is a very rare, slow growing highly angiogenic tumor with poor prognosis. Most common site in children and infants is head and neck region and in adults it most commonly occurs in extremities especially thigh. In our case study, an 8 years old female patient presented with a gradually progressive left shoulder lump. FNAC from the lesion showed cellular smears with polyhedral and spindly cells showing abundant finely vacuolated cytoplasm, nuclear pleomorphism, intranuclear pseudoinclusions, and few bare nuclei...
February 2018: Diagnostic Cytopathology
Guang-Mao Liu, Dong-Hai Jin, Jian-Ye Zhou, Xi-Hang Jiang, Han-Song Sun, Yan Zhang, Hai-Bo Chen, Sheng-Shou Hu, Xing-Min Gui
A fully implantable axial left ventricular assist device LAP31 was developed for Chinese or other heart failure patients who need partial support. Based on the 5-Lpm total cardiac blood output of Chinese without heart failure disease, the design point of LAP31 was set to a flow rate of 3 Lpm with 100-mmHg pressure head. To achieve the required pressure head and good hemolytic performance, a structure that includes a spindly rotor hub and a diffuser with splitter and cantilevered main blades was developed. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was used to analyze the hydraulic and hemodynamic performance of LAP31...
August 2, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Lucie Camut, Jean-Michel Davière, Patrick Achard
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June 5, 2017: Molecular Plant
Shyamal Mosalaganti, Jenny Keller, Anika Altenfeld, Michael Winzker, Pascaline Rombaut, Michael Saur, Arsen Petrovic, Annemarie Wehenkel, Sabine Wohlgemuth, Franziska Müller, Stefano Maffini, Tanja Bange, Franz Herzog, Herbert Waldmann, Stefan Raunser, Andrea Musacchio
Kinetochores are macromolecular assemblies that connect chromosomes to spindle microtubules (MTs) during mitosis. The metazoan-specific ≈800-kD ROD-Zwilch-ZW10 (RZZ) complex builds a fibrous corona that assembles on mitotic kinetochores before MT attachment to promote chromosome alignment and robust spindle assembly checkpoint signaling. In this study, we combine biochemical reconstitutions, single-particle electron cryomicroscopy, cross-linking mass spectrometry, and structural modeling to build a complete model of human RZZ...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
José B Gama, Cláudia Pereira, Patrícia A Simões, Ricardo Celestino, Rita M Reis, Daniel J Barbosa, Helena R Pires, Cátia Carvalho, João Amorim, Ana X Carvalho, Dhanya K Cheerambathur, Reto Gassmann
The molecular motor dynein concentrates at the kinetochore region of mitotic chromosomes in animals to accelerate spindle microtubule capture and to control spindle checkpoint signaling. In this study, we describe the molecular mechanism used by the Rod-Zw10-Zwilch complex and the adaptor Spindly to recruit dynein to kinetochores in Caenorhabditis elegans embryos and human cells. We show that Rod's N-terminal β-propeller and the associated Zwilch subunit bind Spindly's C-terminal domain, and we identify a specific Zwilch mutant that abrogates Spindly and dynein recruitment in vivo and Spindly binding to a Rod β-propeller-Zwilch complex in vitro...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
Toni McHugh, Julie P I Welburn
Dynein removes the checkpoint proteins from kinetochores once chromosomes are bioriented. In this issue, Gama et al. (2017. J. Cell Biol. and Mosalaganti et al. (2017. J. Cell Biol. reveal the molecular basis for how dynein and its adaptor protein Spindly are recruited to the ROD-Zw10-Zwilch complex in the fibrous corona of unattached kinetochores.
April 3, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
Xiu-Peng Zhang, Yang Liu, Di Zhang, Qin Zheng, Chen Wang, Liang Wang, Qing-Chang Li, Xue-Shan Qiu, En-Hua Wang
BACKGROUND: Imaging and histology of clear-cell ependymoma and cerebellum-based hemangioblastoma are similar; distinguishing between them is a diagnostic challenge. CASE PRESENTATION: A 62-year-old Chinese woman presented with an intermittent headache of 8 years' duration. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed a mass in the cerebellum. Neurological imaging suggested hemangioblastoma (HB). Histologically, the tumor included cellular and paucicellular areas, in which cells were arranged in nests or diffusely distributed; and a highly vascular area, in which tumor cells were arranged in clusters and separated by capillaries...
March 20, 2017: Diagnostic Pathology
Getu Beyene, Raj Deepika Chauhan, Nigel J Taylor
BACKGROUND: Cassava mosaic disease (CMD) is a major constraint to cassava production in sub-Saharan Africa. Under field conditions, evaluation for resistance to CMD takes 12-18 months, often conducted across multiple years and locations under pressure from whitefly-mediated transmission. Under greenhouse or laboratory settings, evaluation for resistance or susceptibility to CMD involves transmission of the causal viruses from an infected source to healthy plants through grafting, or by using Agrobacterium-mediated or biolistic delivery of infectious clones...
March 7, 2017: Virology Journal
Patrícia M A Silva, Nilza Ribeiro, Raquel T Lima, Cláudia Andrade, Vânia Diogo, Joana Teixeira, Cláudia Florindo, Álvaro Tavares, M Helena Vasconcelos, Hassan Bousbaa
Microtubule-targeting agents (MTAs) are used extensively for the treatment of diverse types of cancer. They block cancer cells in mitosis through the activation of the spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC), the surveillance mechanism that ensures accurate chromosome segregation at the onset of anaphase. However, the cytotoxic activity of MTAs is limited by premature mitotic exit (mitotic slippage) due to SAC silencing. Here we have explored the dual role of the protein Spindly in chromosome attachments and SAC silencing to analyze the consequences of its depletion on the viability of tumor cells treated with clinically relevant doses of paclitaxel...
May 28, 2017: Cancer Letters
Rodolfo Zentella, Ning Sui, Benjamin Barnhill, Wen-Ping Hsieh, Jianhong Hu, Jeffrey Shabanowitz, Michael Boyce, Neil E Olszewski, Pei Zhou, Donald F Hunt, Tai-Ping Sun
Plant development requires coordination among complex signaling networks to enhance the plant's adaptation to changing environments. DELLAs, transcription regulators originally identified as repressors of phytohormone gibberellin signaling, play a central role in integrating multiple signaling activities via direct protein interactions with key transcription factors. Here, we found that DELLA is mono-O-fucosylated by the novel O-fucosyltransferase SPINDLY (SPY) in Arabidopsis thaliana. O-fucosylation activates DELLA by promoting its interaction with key regulators in brassinosteroid- and light-signaling pathways, including BRASSINAZOLE-RESISTANT1 (BZR1), PHYTOCHROME-INTERACTING-FACTOR3 (PIF3) and PIF4...
May 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
Zefeng Zheng, Weiliang Shen, Huihui Le, Xuesong Dai, Hongwei Ouyang, Weishan Chen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of three-dimensional parallel collagen scaffold on the cell shape, arrangement and extracellular matrix formation of tendon stem cells. METHODS: Parallel collagen scaffold was fabricated by unidirectional freezing technique, while random collagen scaffold was fabricated by freeze-drying technique. The effects of two scaffolds on cell shape and extracellular matrix formation were investigated in vitro by seeding tendon stem/progenitor cells and in vivo by ectopic implantation...
March 2016: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
Evyatar Steiner, Sivan Livne, Tammy Kobinson-Katz, Lior Tal, Oded Pri-Tal, Assaf Mosquna, Danuše Tarkowská, Bruno Mueller, Petr Tarkowski, David Weiss
Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) SPINDLY (SPY) is a putative serine and threonine O-linked N-acetylglucosamine transferase (OGT). While SPY has been shown to suppress gibberellin signaling and to promote cytokinin (CK) responses, its catalytic OGT activity was never demonstrated and its effect on protein fate is not known. We previously showed that SPY interacts physically and functionally with TCP14 and TCP15 to promote CK responses. Here, we aimed to identify how SPY regulates TCP14/15 activities and how these TCPs promote CK responses...
June 2016: Plant Physiology
Kai Cao, Lirong Cui, Lin Ye, Xiaoting Zhou, Encai Bao, Hailiang Zhao, Zhirong Zou
Compact and healthy young plants increase crop production and improve vegetable quality. Adverse climatic conditions and shading can cause young plants to become elongated and spindly. We investigated the effects of night break (NB) treatments on tomato plants using red light (RL) with an intensity of 20 μmol·m(2)·s(-1). Tomato plants were subjected to NB treatments with different frequencies ranging from every 1, 2, 3, and 4 h, and plant growth, flowering, and yield were monitored. The results showed that with the increase of RL NB frequency, plant height decreased, stem diameter increased, and flower initiation delayed, the content of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) and gibberellin 3 (GA3) in the leaf and stem declined...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
S R He, Y P Bai, H Gong, J Di, L Chen, W D Dai, S T Hu, D G Liu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the roles of cytomorphology and immunohistochemistry in distinguishing between basaloid squamous cell carcinoma (BSC) and small cell carcinoma (SCC) of lung. METHODS: The direct smears and/or liquid-based cytology preparation (ThinPrep) of bronchial brushing/washing and fine-needle aspiration (FNA) specimens from 17 cases of biopsy-proven BSC of lung were retrospectively reviewed and compared with those from 17 cases of SCC. The cytomorphologic parameters analyzed included proportion of cohesive cell clusters, cell palisades/rosettes, adenoid cystic features, crushing artifact, nuclear maximum diameter, nuclear molding, scantiness of cytoplasm,"salt-and-pepper"nuclei, distinct nucleoli, spindly configuration, individual cell keratinization, necrosis, hyaline material, apoptosis and mitotic activity...
April 8, 2016: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
Jitendra Nasit, Viren Vaghsiya, Srilaxmi Hiryur, Smita Patel
Subependymal giant cell astrocytoma (SEGA) is a low grade (WHO Grade I) tumor, usually seen in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex and commonly occurs at a lateral ventricular location. Intraoperative squash cytologic features can help in differentiating SEGA from gemistocytic astrocytoma (GA), giant cell glioblastoma and ependymoma, in proper clinical context and radiological findings, which may alter the surgical management. Here, we present a case of SEGA with squash cytologic findings and a review of cytology findings of SEGA presently available in the literature...
January 2016: Journal of Laboratory Physicians
Mihoko A Tame, Jonne A Raaijmakers, Pavel Afanasyev, René H Medema
Cortical pulling forces on astral microtubules are essential to position the spindle. These forces are generated by cortical dynein, a minus-end directed motor. Previously, another dynein regulator termed Spindly was proposed to regulate dynein-dependent spindle positioning. However, the mechanism of how Spindly regulates spindle positioning has remained elusive. Here, we find that the misalignment of chromosomes caused by Spindly depletion is directly provoking spindle misorientation. Chromosome misalignments induced by CLIP-170 or CENP-E depletion or by noscapine treatment are similarly accompanied by severe spindle-positioning defects...
March 2016: EMBO Reports
Haijian Huang, Xiaoyan Chen, Zhiyong Zheng
OBJECTIVE: To study the clinicopathologic features, diagnosis and differential diagnosis of extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma (EMC). METHODS: The clinical and pathologic features of 7 cases of EMC encountered in Fujian Provincal Hospital and Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Military Command during the period of 2005 to 2015 were analyzed. Immunohistochemical study and PAS staining were carried out. Relevant literature was reviewed. RESULTS: The male-to-female ratio was 6 to 1...
January 2016: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
Laura Wood, Daniel G Booth, Giulia Vargiu, Shinya Ohta, Flavia deLima Alves, Kumiko Samejima, Tatsuo Fukagawa, Juri Rappsilber, William C Earnshaw
Most studies using knockout technologies to examine protein function have relied either on shutting off transcription (conventional conditional knockouts with tetracycline-regulated gene expression or gene disruption) or destroying the mature mRNA (RNAi technology). In both cases, the target protein is lost at a rate determined by its intrinsic half-life. Thus, protein levels typically fall over at least 1-3 days, and cells continue to cycle while exposed to a decreasing concentration of the protein. Here we characterise the kinetochore proteome of mitotic chromosomes isolated from a cell line in which the essential kinetochore protein CENP-T is present as an auxin-inducible degron (AID) fusion protein that is fully functional and able to support the viability of the cells...
January 2016: Open Biology
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