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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644070/particulate-matter-disrupts-human-lung-endothelial-cell-barrier-integrity-via-rho-dependent-pathways
#1
Ting Wang, Yuka Shimizu, Xiaomin Wu, Gabriel T Kelly, Xiaoyan Xu, Lichun Wang, Zhongqing Qian, Yin Chen, Joe G N Garcia
Increased exposure to ambient particulate matter (PM) is associated with elevated morbidity and mortality in patients with cardiopulmonary diseases and cancer. We and others have shown that PM induces lung microvascular barrier dysfunction which potentially enhances the systemic toxicity of PM. However, the mechanisms by which PM disrupts vascular endothelial integrity remain incompletely explored. We hypothesize that PM induces endothelial cell (EC) cytoskeleton rearrangement via Rho GTPase-dependent pathways to facilitate vascular hyperpermeability...
June 23, 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641070/elmo-proteins-transduce-g-protein-coupled-receptor-signal-to-control-reorganization-of-actin-cytoskeleton-in-chemotaxis-of-eukaryotic-cells
#2
Xuehua Xu, Tian Jin
Chemotaxis, which is chemoattractant-guided directional cell migration, plays major roles in recruitment of neutrophils, the metastasis of cancer cells, and the development of the model organism Dictyostelium discoideum. These cells share remarkable similarities in the signaling pathways by which they control chemotaxis. They all use a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR)-mediated signal transduction pathway to sense the chemotactic gradient to guide cell migration. Diverse chemokines activate Rac through conserved GPCR signaling pathways...
June 22, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632484/rab-gtpases-and-their-interacting-protein-partners-structural-insights-into-rab-functional-diversity
#3
Olena Pylypenko, Hussein Hammich, I-Mei Yu, Anne Houdusse
Rab molecular switches are key players in defining membrane identity and regulating intracellular trafficking events in eukaryotic cells. In spite of their global structural similarity, Rab-family members acquired particular features that allow them to perform specific cellular functions. The overall fold and local sequence conservations enable them to utilize a common machinery for prenylation and recycling; while individual Rab structural differences determine interactions with specific partners such as GEFs, GAPs and effector proteins...
June 20, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630074/the-enterohaemorrhagic-escherichia-coli-effector-espw-triggers-actin-remodeling-in-a-rac1-dependent-manner
#4
Pamela Sandu, Valerie F Crepin, Hauke Drechsler, Andrew D McAinsh, Gad Frankel, Cedric N Berger
Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) is a diarrheagenic pathogen that colonizes the gut mucosa and induces attaching-and-effacing lesions. EHEC employs a type III secretion system (T3SS) to translocate 50 effector proteins that hijack and manipulate host cell signalling pathways, which allow bacterial colonization, subversion of immune responses and disease progression. The aim of this study was to characterize the T3SS effector EspW. We found espW in the sequenced O157:H7 and non-O157 EHEC strains as well as in Shigella boydii Furthermore, a truncated version of EspW, containing the first 206 residues is present in EPEC strains belonging to serotype O55:H7...
June 19, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630045/structure-based-analysis-of-the-guanine-nucleotide-exchange-factor-smggds-reveals-armadillo-repeat-motifs-and-key-regions-for-activity-and-gtpase-binding
#5
Hikaru Shimizu, Sachiko Toma-Fukai, Shinya Saijo, Nobutaka Shimizu, Kenji Kontani, Toshiaki Katada, Toshiyuki Shimizu
Small GTPases are molecular switches that have critical biological roles and are controlled by GTPase-activating proteins and guanine-nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs). The smg GDP dissociation stimulator (SmgGDS) protein functions as a GEF for the RhoA and RhoC small GTPases. SmgGDS has various regulatory roles, including small GTPase trafficking and localization and as a molecular chaperone, and interacts with many small GTPases possessing polybasic regions. Two SmgGDS splice variants, SmgGDS-558 and SmgGDS-607, differ in GEF activity and binding affinity for RhoA depending on the lipidation state, but the reasons for these differences are unclear...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613105/rug3-is-a-negative-regulator-of-plant-responses-to-aba-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#6
Chao Su, Jinhong Yuan, Hongtao Zhao, Yankun Zhao, Hongtao Ji, Youning Wang, Xia Li
Mitochondria is a main target of various stressors. Dysfunction of mitochondria stimulates overproduction of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can cause oxidative damage to mitochondria and DNA. Recently, we demonstrated that RCC1/UVR8/GEF-like 3 (RUG3), a member of the Regulator of Chromatin Condensation 1 (RCC1) protein family, can directly interact with ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM), a key regulator of the DNA damage response (DDR), and synergistically regulates the alternative splicing of mitochondrial nad2...
June 14, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596003/empty-follicle-syndrome-revisited-definition-incidence-aetiology-early-diagnosis-and-treatment
#7
REVIEW
Alberto Revelli, Andrea Carosso, Giuseppina Grassi, Gianluca Gennarelli, Stefano Canosa, Chiara Benedetto
In this review, the definition, incidence and possible causes of empty follicle syndrome (EFS), including molecular mechanisms that may underlie the syndrome, are discussed, along with prevention and treatment options. EFS is the complete failure to retrieve oocytes after ovarian stimulation, despite apparently normal follicle development and adequate follicular steroidogenesis. Two variants of EFS have been described: the 'genuine' form (gEFS), which occurs in the presence of adequate circulating HCG levels at the time of oocyte aspiration, and the 'false' form (f-EFS), which is associated with circulating HCG below a critical threshold...
May 23, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586508/overexpressing-wild-type-%C3%AE-2-subunits-rescued-the-seizure-phenotype-in-gabrg2-q390x-dravet-syndrome-mice
#8
Xuan Huang, Chengwen Zhou, Mengnan Tian, Jing-Qiong Kang, Wangzhen Shen, Kelienne Verdier, Aurea Pimenta, Robert L MacDonald
OBJECTIVE: The mutant γ-aminobutyric acid type A (GABAA ) receptor γ2(Q390X) subunit (Q351X in the mature peptide) has been associated with the epileptic encephalopathy, Dravet syndrome, and the epilepsy syndrome genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+). The mutation generates a premature stop codon that results in translation of a stable truncated and misfolded γ2 subunit that accumulates in neurons, forms intracellular aggregates, disrupts incorporation of γ2 subunits into GABAA receptors, and affects trafficking of partnering α and β subunits...
June 6, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585695/the-rhogap-myo9b-promotes-bone-growth-by-mediating-osteoblastic-responsiveness-to-igf-1
#9
Brooke K McMichael, Yong-Hoon Jeong, Justin A Auerbach, Cheol-Min Han, Ryan Sedlar, Vikram Shettigar, Martin Bähler, Sudha Agarwal, Do-Gyoon Kim, Beth S Lee
The RhoA subfamily of Rho GTPases regulates actin-based cellular functions in bone such as differentiation, migration, and mechanotransduction. Polymorphisms or genetic ablation of RHOA and some of its regulatory guanine exchange factors (GEFs) have been linked to poor bone health in humans and mice, but the effects of RhoA-specific GTPase-activating proteins (GAPs) on bone quality have not yet been identified. Therefore, we examined the consequences of RhoGAP Myo9b gene knockout on bone growth, phenotype and cellular activity...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573332/a-new-comprehensive-ecological-risk-index-for-risk-assessment-on-luanhe-river-china
#10
Kun Bao, Jing-Ling Liu, Xiao-Guang You, Xuan Shi, Bo Meng
With the enhancement of human activities which influence the physical and chemical integrity of ecosystem, it was bound to increase ecological risk to the ecosystem, and the risk assessment of small scale, single pollutant, or only on water quality have been not satisfied the demand of sustainable development of basin water environment. Based on the response relationship between environmental flow requirements guarantee ratio (GEF) and river ecological risk index (ERI), the Sediment Quality Guideline Quotient index (SQG-Q), and the Biotic Index (BI), we construct a new comprehensive ecological risk index (CERI) to evaluate the ecological risk of Luanhe River, China...
June 1, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554775/zonula-occludens-2-regulates-rho-proteins-activity-and-the-development-of-epithelial-cytoarchitecture-and-barrier-function
#11
Arturo Raya-Sandino, Alejandro Castillo-Kauil, Alaide Domínguez-Calderón, Lourdes Alarcón, David Flores-Benitez, Francisco Cuellar-Perez, Bruno López-Bayghen, Bibiana Chávez-Munguía, José Vázquez-Prado, Lorenza González-Mariscal
Silencing Zonula occludens 2 (ZO-2), a tight junctions (TJ) scaffold protein, in epithelial cells (MDCK ZO-2 KD) triggers: 1) Decreased cell to substratum attachment, accompanied by reduced expression of claudin-7 and integrin β1, and increased vinculin recruitment to focal adhesions and stress fibers formation; 2) Lowered cell-cell aggregation and appearance of wider intercellular spaces; 3) Increased RhoA/ROCK activity, mediated by GEF-HI recruitment to cell borders by cingulin; 4) Increased Cdc42 activity, mitotic spindle disorientation and the appearance of cysts with multiple lumens; 5) Increased Rac and cofilin activity, multiple lamellipodia formation and random cell migration but increased wound closure; 6) Diminished cingulin phosphorylation and disappearance of planar network of microtubules at the TJ region; and 7) Increased transepithelial electrical resistance at steady state, coupled to an increased expression of ZO-1 and claudin-4 and a decreased expression of claudin-2 and paracingulin...
May 26, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546426/guanine-nucleotide-exchange-factor-epac2-dependent-activation-of-the-gtp-binding-protein-rap2a-mediates-camp-dependent-growth-arrest-in-neuroendocrine-cells
#12
Andrew C Emery, Wenqin Xu, Maribeth V Eiden, Lee E Eiden
First messenger-dependent activation of MAPKs in neuronal and endocrine cells is critical for cell differentiation and function and requires guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF)- mediated activation of downstream Ras-family small GTPases, which ultimately lead to ERK, JNK, and p38 phosphorylation. Because there are numerous GEFs and also a host of Ras-family small GTPases, it is important to know which specific GEF-small GTPase dyad functions in a given cellular process. Here, we investigated the upstream activators and downstream effectors of signaling via the GEF Epac2 in the neuroendocrine NS-1 cell line...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539409/spatial-analysis-of-cdc42-activity-reveals-a-role-for-plasma-membrane-associated-cdc42-in-centrosome-regulation
#13
Kari A Herrington, Andrew L Trinh, Carolyn Dang, Ellen O'Shaughnessy, Klaus M Hahn, Enrico Gratton, Michelle A Digman, Christine Sütterlin
The ability of the small GTPase Cdc42 to regulate diverse cellular processes depends on tight spatial control of its activity. Cdc42 function is best understood at the plasma membrane (PM), where it regulates cytoskeletal organization and cell polarization. Active Cdc42 has also been detected at the Golgi, but its role and regulation at this organelle is only partially understood. Here we analyze the spatial distribution of Cdc42 activity by monitoring the dynamics of the Cdc42 FLARE biosensor using the phasor approach to FLIM-FRET...
May 24, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539404/analysis-of-interphase-node-proteins-in-fission-yeast-by-quantitative-and-super-resolution-fluorescence-microscopy
#14
Matthew Akamatsu, Yu Lin, Joerg Bewersdorf, Thomas D Pollard
We used quantitative confocal microscopy and FPALM super resolution microscopy of live fission yeast to investigate the structures and assembly of two types of interphase nodes, multiprotein complexes associated with the plasma membrane that merge together and mature into the precursors of the cytokinetic contractile ring. During the long G2 phase of the cell cycle seven different interphase node proteins maintain constant concentrations as they accumulate in proportion to cell volume. During mitosis the total numbers of type 1 node proteins (cell cycle kinases Cdr1p, Cdr2p, Wee1p, and anillin Mid1p) are constant even when the nodes disassemble...
May 24, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536105/trappc13-modulates-autophagy-and-the-response-to-golgi-stress
#15
Silvia Ramírez-Peinado, Tatiana I Ignashkova, Bram J van Raam, Jan Baumann, Erica L Sennott, Mathieu Gendarme, Ralph K Lindemann, Michael N Starnbach, Jan H Reiling
Tether complexes play important roles in endo- and exocytic trafficking of lipids and proteins. In yeast, the multisubunit transport protein particle (TRAPP) tether regulates ER-Golgi, intra-Golgi transport and is also implicated in autophagy. The TRAPP complex in addition acts as a GEF for Ypt1, which is homologous to human Rab1. Here, we show that human TRAPPC13 and other TRAPP subunits are critically involved in the survival response to several Golgi disrupting agents. Loss of TRAPPC13 partially preserves the secretory pathway and viability in response to brefeldin A, which is dependent on ARF1 and the large GEF GBF1 and concomitant with reduced caspase activation and ER stress marker induction...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521592/molecular-perturbation-strategies-to-examine-spatiotemporal-features-of-rho-gef-and-rho-gtpase-activity-in-living-cells
#16
Joachim Goedhart, Jakobus van Unen
Much of our current knowledge of Rho GTPase networks and the regulation by Rho guanine exchange factors (Rho GEFs) and Rho GTPase activating proteins (Rho GAPs) is based on population-based techniques. Over the last decades, technologies that enable single cell analysis with high spatial and temporal resolution have revealed that Rho GTPase activity in cells is regulated on second timescales and at submicrometer length scales. Therefore, perturbation methods with matching spatial and temporal resolution are crucial to further our understanding of Rho GTPase signaling...
May 19, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516903/molecular-mechanism-of-g%C3%AE-i-activation-by-non-gpcr-proteins-with-a-g%C3%AE-binding-and-activating-motif
#17
Alain Ibáñez de Opakua, Kshitij Parag-Sharma, Vincent DiGiacomo, Nekane Merino, Anthony Leyme, Arthur Marivin, Maider Villate, Lien T Nguyen, Miguel Angel de la Cruz-Morcillo, Juan B Blanco-Canosa, Sekar Ramachandran, George S Baillie, Richard A Cerione, Francisco J Blanco, Mikel Garcia-Marcos
Heterotrimeric G proteins are quintessential signalling switches activated by nucleotide exchange on Gα. Although activation is predominantly carried out by G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), non-receptor guanine-nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs) have emerged as critical signalling molecules and therapeutic targets. Here we characterize the molecular mechanism of G-protein activation by a family of non-receptor GEFs containing a Gα-binding and -activating (GBA) motif. We combine NMR spectroscopy, computational modelling and biochemistry to map changes in Gα caused by binding of GBA proteins with residue-level resolution...
May 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515233/wntless-sec12-complex-on-er-membrane-regulates-early-wnt-secretory-vesicle-assembly-and-mature-ligand-export
#18
Jiaxin Sun, Shiyan Yu, Xiao Zhang, Catherine Capac, Onyedikachi Aligbe, Timothy Daudelin, Edward M Bonder, Nan Gao
Wntless (Wls) transports Wnt molecules for secretion, however the cellular mechanism underlying the initial assembly of Wnt secretory vesicles is still not fully defined. Using proteomic and mutagenic analyses of the mammalian Wls, we report a mechanism for formation of early Wnt secretory vesicle on ER membrane. Wls forms a complex with SEC12, an ER membrane-localized GEF activator of SAR1 small GTPase. Compared to palmitoylation-deficient Wnt molecules, binding of mature Wnt to Wls increases Wls-SEC12 interaction and promotes Wls association with SAR1, the key activator of the COPII machinery...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515142/flow-induced-endothelial-cell-alignment-requires-the-rhogef-trio-as-a-scaffold-protein-to-polarize-active-rac1-distribution
#19
Jeffrey Kroon, Niels Heemskerk, Martin J T Kalsbeek, Vivian de Waard, Jos van Rijssel, Jaap D van Buul
Endothelial cells line the lumen of the vessel wall and are exposed to flow. In linear parts of the vessel, the endothelial cells experience laminar flow, resulting in endothelial cell alignment in the direction of flow, thereby protecting the vessel wall from inflammation and permeability. In order for endothelial cells to align, they undergo rapid remodeling of the actin cytoskeleton by local activation of the small GTPase Rac1. However, if sustained and local activation of Rac1 is required for long-term flow-induced cell alignment is not clear...
May 17, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512143/diverse-roles-of-guanine-nucleotide-exchange-factors-in-regulating-collective-cell-migration
#20
Assaf Zaritsky, Yun-Yu Tseng, M Angeles Rabadán, Shefali Krishna, Michael Overholtzer, Gaudenz Danuser, Alan Hall
Efficient collective migration depends on a balance between contractility and cytoskeletal rearrangements, adhesion, and mechanical cell-cell communication, all controlled by GTPases of the RHO family. By comprehensive screening of guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs) in human bronchial epithelial cell monolayers, we identified GEFs that are required for collective migration at large, such as SOS1 and β-PIX, and RHOA GEFs that are implicated in intercellular communication. Down-regulation of the latter GEFs differentially enhanced front-to-back propagation of guidance cues through the monolayer and was mirrored by down-regulation of RHOA expression and myosin II activity...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
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