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Francesco Consolato, Francesca Maltecca, Susanna Tulli, Irene Sambri, Giorgio Casari
The proteolytic processing of dynamin like GTPase OPA1, mediated by the activity of both YME1L1 ( i- AAA protease complex) and OMA1, is a crucial step in the regulation of mitochondrial dynamics. OMA1 is a zinc metallopeptidase of the inner mitochondrial membrane that undergoes pre-activating proteolytic and auto-proteolytic cleavage after mitochondrial import. Here, we identify AFG3L2 ( m- AAA complex) as the major protease mediating this event by maturing the pre-pro-OMA1 of 60 kDa to the pro-OMA1 form of 40 kDa by severing the amino-terminal part without recognizing specific consensus sequence...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Cell Science
Aya Furusho, Hiroki Aoki, Satoko Ohno-Urabe, Michihide Nishihara, Saki Hirakata, Norifumi Nishida, Sohei Ito, Makiko Hayashi, Tsutomu Imaizumi, Shinichi Hiromatsu, Hidetoshi Akashi, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Yoshihiro Fukumoto
BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a potentially life-threatening disease that is common in older individuals. Currently, therapeutic options are limited to surgical interventions. Although it has long been known that AAA tissue is enriched in B cells and immunoglobulins, their involvement in AAA pathogenesis remains controversial. METHODS AND RESULTS: We investigated the role of B cells and immunoglobulins in a murine model of AAA, induced with a periaortic application of CaCl2 , and in human AAA...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Athanasios Katsargyris, Pablo Marques de Marino, Hozan Mufty, Luis Mendes Pedro, Ruy Fernandes, Eric L G Verhoeven
OBJECTIVES: Visceral arteries in fenestrated and branched endovascular repair (F/BEVAR) have been addressed by fenestrations or directional side branches. Inner branches, as used in the arch branched device, could provide an extra option for visceral arteries "unsuitable" for fenestrations or directional side branches. Early experience with the use of inner branches for visceral arteries in F/BEVAR is described. METHODS: All consecutive patients treated by F/BEVAR for complex abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) or thoraco-abdominal aneurysm (TAAA) using stent grafts with inner branches were included...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Irene Fernández-Ruiz
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March 15, 2018: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
Nancy E Epstein
Background: The risk of spinal cord injury (SCI) due to decreased cord perfusion following thoracic/thoracoabdominal aneurysm surgery (T/TL-AAA) and thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR) ranges up to 20%. For decades, therefore, many vascular surgeons have utilized cerebrospinal fluid drainage (CSFD) to decrease intraspinal pressure and increase blood flow to the spinal cord, thus reducing the risk of SCI/ischemia. Methods: Multiple studies previously recommend utilizing CSFD following T/TL-AAA/TEVAR surgery to treat SCI by increasing spinal cord blood flow...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Pascal Desgranges, Hicham Kobeiter, Frederic Cochennec, Vania Tacher, Joseph Touma, Marek Majewski, Jean Marzelle, Éric Allaire, Jean-Pierre Becquemin
Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), also called "silent killer" as they grow without symptoms until the final rupture, are the 3rd cause of cardiovascular deaths, after myocardial infarction and stroke. Surgery is the only efficient way of preventing aortic rupture. The initial technique, described by Charles Dubost in 1952 has evolved and results and provides fair long-term results: open repair (OR) is performed under general anesthesia, via a transperitoneal or a retroperitoneal approach. Laparoscopic repair aims to reduce the consequences of surgery, but its role is still debated due to limited experience and to variable results...
March 11, 2018: La Presse Médicale
V Z Nezametdinova, D A Mavletova, M G Alekseeva, M S Chekalina, N V Zakharevich, V N Danilenko
The objective of this study was to determine for phosphorylated substrates of the species-specific serine-threonine protein kinase (STPK) Pkb2 from Bifidobacterium longum subsp. longum GT15. Two approaches were employed: analyses of phosphorylated membrane vesicles protein spectra following kinase reactions and analyses of the genes surrounding pkb2. A bioinformatics analysis of the genes surrounding pkb2 found a species-specific gene cluster PFNA in the genomes of 34 different bifidobacterial species. The identified cluster consisted of 5-8 genes depending on the species...
March 10, 2018: Anaerobe
Hyun-Chel Joo, Seung-Hyun Lee, Byung-Chul Chang, Sak Lee, Kyung-Jong Yoo, Young-Nam Youn
BACKGROUND: With the increasing use of endovascular aortic repair, secondary interventions after aortic stent grafting remain a concern. We retrospectively reviewed open conversion cases with complications following endovascular abdominal aortic repair (EVAR). METHODS: EVAR due to infra-renal abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) was performed in 566 patients between January 1994 and May 2015. A retrospective review of EVAR requiring late open conversion (>1 month after implant) was conducted...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Jetty van Ginkel, Mike Filius, Malwina Szczepaniak, Pawel Tulinski, Anne S Meyer, Chirlmin Joo
Proteomic analyses provide essential information on molecular pathways of cellular systems and the state of a living organism. Mass spectrometry is currently the first choice for proteomic analysis. However, the requirement for a large amount of sample renders a small-scale proteomics study challenging. Here, we demonstrate a proof of concept of single-molecule FRET-based protein fingerprinting. We harnessed the AAA+ protease ClpXP to scan peptides. By using donor fluorophore-labeled ClpP, we sequentially read out FRET signals from acceptor-labeled amino acids of peptides...
March 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Carmen Gonzalez-Hidalgo, Joaquin De Haro, Silvia Bleda, Cristina Cañibano, Ignacio Michel, Francisco Acin
NLRP1 and NLRP3 inflammasomes might differentially mediate the chronic inflammatory response in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and aortic occlusive disease (AOD). We measure differential relative gene expression of NLRP1 and NLRP3 inflammasomes in aortic tissues from 30 patients undergoing AAA open repair compared to aortic biopsies from 30 patients undergoing surgery to treat AOD. Aortic wall samples from autopsy without aortic disease were used as controls. NLRP3 was overexpressed in patients with AAA and AOD (RQ 1...
April 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Yiqing Yang, Ruiqiong Guo, Kristen Gaffney, Miyeon Kim, Shaima Muhammednazaar, Wei Tian, Boshen Wang, Jie Liang, Heedeok Hong
ATP-dependent protein degradation mediated by AAA+ proteases is one of the major cellular pathways for protein quality control and regulation of functional networks. While a majority of studies of protein degradation have focused on water-soluble proteins, it is not well understood how membrane proteins with abnormal conformation are selectively degraded. The knowledge gap stems from the lack of an in vitro system in which detailed molecular mechanisms can be studied as well as difficulties in studying membrane protein folding in lipid bilayers...
March 12, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Charles S Briggs, Joshua A Sibille, Halim Yammine, Jocelyn K Ballast, William Anderson, Tzvi Nussbaum, Timothy S Roush, Frank R Arko
OBJECTIVE: Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) has been shown to reduce mortality in the emergent repair of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). However, long-term survival data for this group of patients are lacking with contemporary endovascular endografts. The purpose of this study was to evaluate both 30-day mortality rates and 1-year survival in patients undergoing emergent EVAR in a 43-facility hospital system with a quaternary referral center with an established ruptured aneurysm protocol...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Xiaowei Wang, Amy Kate Searle, Jan David Hohmann, Ao Leo Liu, Meike-Kristin Abraham, Jathushan Palasubramaniam, Bock Lim, Yu Yao, Maria Wallert, Eefang Yu, Yung-Chih Chen, Karlheinz Peter
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is an often deadly disease without medical, non-invasive treatment options. The upregulation of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) on aortic endothelium provides an early target epitope for a novel biotechnological theranostic approach. MicroRNA-126 was used as a therapeutic agent, based on its capability to downregulate VCAM-1 expression in endothelial cells and thereby reduces leukocyte adhesion and exerts anti-inflammatory effects. Ultrasound microbubbles were chosen as carriers, allowing both molecular imaging as well as targeted therapy of AAA...
February 16, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Han Jiang, Shijie Xin, Yumeng Yan, Yu Lun, Xiao Yang, Jian Zhang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Acetylation levels of FOXP3 could influence its expression level and SIRT1 is a deacetylase, which could regulate the acetylation level of FOXP3. We aimed to investigate the mechanism of Treg dysfunction, which might be caused by abnormal acetylation of FOXP3 regulated by SIRT1 in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) patients. METHODS: Peripheral CD4+ T cells from AAA patients, abdominal aortic atherosclerotic occlusive disease (AOD) patients, and healthy donors (HC) were analyzed by flow cytometry to determine the percentage of CD4+ CD25+ Tregs and CD4+ CD25+ FOXP3+ T cells in CD4+ T cells...
February 14, 2018: Atherosclerosis
Kan Gao, Yu Pi, Chun-Long Mu, Yu Peng, Zan Huang, Wei-Yun Zhu
The evidence of gut microbiota-mediated modulation of brain function has been widely recognized from studies using germ-free rodents or animals with oral antibiotic-induced microbiota depletion. Since the number of bacteria in the large intestine greatly exceeds that found within the small intestine, large intestinal microbiota may play a crucial role in the modulation of brain function. In the present study, twelve piglets (12.08 ± 0.28 kg) fitted with a T-cannula at the distal ileum were fed a standard diet and randomly assigned to two groups (n=6) for ileal infusion of either saline (control group) or antibiotics (antibiotic group)...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
B Lan, S Chai, P Wang, K Wang
VCP/p97/Cdc48, a member of the ATPases associated with diverse cellular activities (AAA) family, is necessary for the endoplasmic-reticulum-associated protein degradation (ERAD) pathway to maintain protein homeostasis. Overwhelming proteotoxic stress drove cancer cells to enhance VCP/p97/Cdc48-associated ERAD to maintain protein homeostasis for survival, demonstrating that VCP/p97/Cdc48 expression was positively correlated with cancer prognosis. More studies revealed that targeting VCP/p97/Cdc48 could be a potential target in cancer therapy...
March 7, 2018: Current Molecular Medicine
Emanuel Junio Ramos Tenorio, Andre Felipe Farias Braga, Daniela Pretti Da Cunha Tirapelli, Mauricio Serra Ribeiro, Carlos Eli Piccinato, Edwaldo Edner Joviliano
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to quantify and evaluate the expression response of miRNA-191 and miRNA-455-3p endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm based in whole blood samples. MethodsThis report describes a prospective study of a single center of 30 patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) who underwent endovascular repair. Blood samples were collected preoperatively and 6 months postoperatively. The differential expression of the miRNAs was performed by the real time PCR method, after extraction of the RNA from the blood samples at the two moments...
March 5, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Maricruz Ramírez-Sánchez, Donald J Huber, C Eduardo Vallejos
BACKGROUND: In fleshy fruits, induced-PCD has been observed in heat-treated tomato, and ethylene-treated and low temperature exposure in immature cucumber. No other fleshy fruit has been evaluated for CI-induced PCD, especially mature fruit with full ripening capacity. The purpose of this research was to identify and evaluate the presence of PCD processes during the development of low temperature-induced physiopathy of banana fruit. RESULTS: Exposure of fruit to 5 °C for 4 days induced degradative processes similar to those occurring during ripening and over-ripening of non-chilled fruit...
March 8, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Wei Sun, Xiabin Lan, Hao Zhang, Zhihong Wang, Wenwu Dong, Liang He, Ting Zhang, Ping Zhang, Jinhao Liu, Yuan Qin
Nuclear paraspeckle assembly transcript 1 (NEAT1), a long non-coding RNA (lncRNA), is a core structural component of paraspeckles and is essential for paraspeckle formation. NEAT1 comprises two different isoforms: NEAT1_1 (3.7 kb) and NEAT1_2 (23 kb). Recently, NEAT1 has been shown to have oncogenic roles and to facilitate tumorigenesis in various human cancers. However, the function of NEAT1 in papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) is not well understood. The relative expression levels of NEAT1_2, ATPase family AAA domain-containing protein 2 (ATAD2), and microRNA-106b-5p (miR-106b-5p) were assessed via quantitative real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR)...
March 7, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Edmond Y Huang, Milton To, Erica Tran, Lorraine T Ador Dionisio, Hyejin J Cho, Katherine L M Baney, Camille I Pataki, James A Olzmann
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-associated degradation (ERAD) mediates the proteasomal clearance of proteins from the early secretory pathway. In this process, ubiquitinated substrates are extracted from membrane-embedded dislocation complexes by the AAA ATPase VCP and targeted to the cytosolic 26S proteasome. In addition to its well-established role in the degradation of misfolded proteins, ERAD also regulates the abundance of key proteins such as enzymes involved in cholesterol synthesis. However, due to the lack of generalizable methods, our understanding of the scope of proteins targeted by ERAD remains limited...
March 7, 2018: Molecular Biology of the Cell
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