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Smooth muscle cell motility

M Moazzem Hossain, Guangyi Zhao, Moon-Sook Woo, James H-C Wang, Jian-Ping Jin
Cell traction force (CTF) plays a critical role in controlling cell shape, enabling cell motility, and maintaining cellular homeostasis in many biological processes such as angiogenesis, development, wound healing, and cancer metastasis. Calponin is an actin filament-associated cytoskeletal protein in smooth muscles and multiple types of non-muscle cells. An established biochemical function of calponin is the inhibition of myosin ATPase in smooth muscle cells. Vertebrates have three calponin isoforms. Among them, calponin 2 is expressed in epithelial cells, endothelial cells, macrophages, myoblasts and fibroblasts, and plays a role in regulating cytoskeleton activities such as cell adhesion, migration and cytokinesis...
October 13, 2016: Biochemistry
Ji-Hong Chen
Ineffective esophageal motility (IEM) is characterized by low to very low amplitude propulsive contractions in the distal esophagus, hence primarily affecting the smooth muscle part of the esophagus. IEM is often found in patients with dysphagia or heartburn and is commonly associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease. IEM is assumed to be associated with ineffective bolus transport; however, this can be verified using impedance measurements or evaluation of a barium coated marshmallow swallow. Furthermore, water swallows may not assess accurately the motor capabilities of the esophagus, since contraction amplitude is strongly determined by the size and consistency of the bolus...
2016: Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology
Asker Y Khapchaev, Olga A Kazakova, Mikhail V Samsonov, Maria V Sidorova, Valery N Bushuev, Elena L Vilitkevich, Andrey A Az'muko, Alexander S Molokoedov, Zhanna D Bespalova, Vladimir P Shirinsky
Myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) is a key regulator of various forms of cell motility including smooth muscle contraction, cell migration, cytokinesis, receptor capping, secretion, etc. Inhibition of MLCK activity in endothelial and epithelial monolayers using cell-permeant peptide Arg-Lys-Lys-Tyr-Lys-Tyr-Arg-Arg-Lys (PIK, Peptide Inhibitor of Kinase) allows protecting the barrier capacity, suggesting a potential medical use of PIK. However, low stability of L-PIK in a biological milieu prompts for development of more stable L-PIK analogues for use as experimental tools in basic and drug-oriented biomedical research...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
Keytam S Awad, James D West, Vinicio de Jesus Perez, Margaret MacLean
The proliferative endothelial and smooth muscle cell phenotype, inflammation, and pulmonary vascular remodeling are prominent features of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Mutations in bone morphogenetic protein type 2 receptor (BMPR2) have been identified as the most common genetic cause of PAH and females with BMPR2 mutations are 2.5 times as likely to develop heritable forms of PAH than males. Higher levels of estrogen have also been observed in males with PAH, implicating sex hormones in PAH pathogenesis...
September 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
Yusuke Fujii, Takeshi Funakoshi, Kana Unuma, Kanako Noritake, Toshihiko Aki, Koichi Uemura
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a highly toxic gaseous molecule that causes death to humans exposed to high concentrations. H2S is absorbed into the body through the alveolar epithelium and other tissues. The aim of this study is to evaluate the molecular mechanism underling acute lung injury caused by the inhalation of high concentrations of H2S. Rat lung epithelium-derived L2 cells were exposed to a H2S donor, NaHS, at concentrations of 2-4 mM for 1-6 hr. NaHS caused shrinkage and death of the cells without caspase activation...
2016: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
Huanhuan He, Julia J Mack, Esra Güç, Carmen M Warren, Mario Leonardo Squadrito, Witold W Kilarski, Caroline Baer, Ryan D Freshman, Austin I McDonald, Safiyyah Ziyad, Melody A Swartz, Michele De Palma, M Luisa Iruela-Arispe
OBJECTIVE: Perivascular cells, including pericytes, macrophages, smooth muscle cells, and other specialized cell types, like podocytes, participate in various aspects of vascular function. However, aside from the well-established roles of smooth muscle cells and pericytes, the contributions of other vascular-associated cells are poorly understood. Our goal was to ascertain the function of perivascular macrophages in adult tissues under nonpathological conditions. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We combined confocal microscopy, in vivo cell depletion, and in vitro assays to investigate the contribution of perivascular macrophages to vascular function...
September 15, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
M P Guarino, G Barbara, A Cicenia, A Altomare, M R Barbaro, S Cocca, A Scirocco, C Cremon, S Emerenziani, V Stanghellini, M Cicala, C Severi
BACKGROUND: Changes in intestinal motility are likely to contribute to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) pathophysiology. The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of IBS mucosal supernatants on human colonic muscle contractility. METHODS: Supernatants were obtained from biopsies of 18 IBS patients-nine with constipation (IBS-C) and nine with diarrhea-predominant IBS (IBS-D)-and nine asymptomatic subjects, used as controls. Colonic circular smooth muscle strips or isolated cells (SMC) were exposed to control or IBS supernatants...
September 12, 2016: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Eileen Rodriguez-Tapia, Alberto Perez-Medina, Xiaochun Bian, James J Galligan
Enteric inhibitory motorneurons use nitric oxide (NO) and a purine neurotransmitter to relax gastrointestinal smooth muscle. Enteric P/Q type Ca(2+) channels contribute to excitatory neuromuscular transmission; their contribution to inhibitory transmission is less clear. We used the colon from tottering mice (tg/tg, loss of function mutation in the α1A pore-forming subunit of P/Q-type Ca(2+) channels) to test the hypothesis that P/Q-type Ca(2+) channels contribute to inhibitory neuromuscular transmission and colonic propulsive motility...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Kun Wang, Wei Li, Qihong Yu, Bing Guo, Bin Yang, Chen Zhang, Min Li, Jinjin Li, Shaobo Hu, Qichang Zheng, Zifang Song
The phenotypic modulation of VSMCs is a key cellular event driving neointimal formation and vascular remodeling. As a multifaceted cytokine of cell-mediated immunity, IFN-γ has been shown to play a critical role in the pathogenesis of vascular proliferative diseases. Although the important function of IFN-γ on regulating VSMC activation is well established, the molecular mechanisms by which elicits VSMC responses are poorly defined. Recent studies have identified HMGB1 as a principal effector to mediate IFN-γ-dependent biological functions in multiple cell types...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Breffeni Constantine Whitehead, Deon Bezuidenhout, Cindy Chokoza, Neil Hamer Davies, Kyle Peter Goetsch
Directed cell motility, as controlled by soluble factors, is crucial for many biological processes, including development, cancer progression, and wound healing. The use of directed cell motility also shows promise for applications in regenerative medicine such as therapeutic angiogenesis. Unfortunately, current in vitro 3-D migration and invasion models limit our understanding and application of these processes. Here, we present a novel and cost-effective 3-D chemotaxis assay for assessing the invasive response of cells to a chemoattractant extracellular matrix (ECM)...
2016: BioTechniques
Dieter Groneberg, Barbara Voussen, Andreas Friebe
In the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, nitric oxide (NO) has been shown over the last 25 years to exert a prominent function as inhibitory neurotransmitter. Apart from the regulation of secretion and resorption, NO from nitrergic neurons has been demonstrated to be crucial for GI smooth muscle relaxation and motility. In fact, several human diseases such as achalasia, gastroparesis, slow transit constipation or Hirschsprung's disease may involve dysfunctional nitrergic signaling. Most of NO's effects as neurotransmitter are mediated by NO-sensitive guanylyl cyclase (NO-GC) and further transduced by cGMP-dependent mechanisms...
August 12, 2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Tixieanna Dissmore, Cheikh I Seye, Denis M Medeiros, Gary A Weisman, Barry Bardford, Laman Mamedova
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The internalization of aggregated low-density lipoproteins (agLDL) mediated by low-density lipoprotein receptor related protein (LRP1) may involve the actin cytoskeleton in ways that differ from the endocytosis of soluble LDL by the LDL receptor (LDLR). This study aims to define novel mechanisms of agLDL uptake through modulation of the actin cytoskeleton, to identify molecular targets involved in foam cell formation in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). The critical observation that formed the basis for these studies is that under pathophysiological conditions, nucleotide release from blood-derived and vascular cells activates SMC P2Y2 receptors (P2Y2Rs) leading to rearrangement of the actin cytoskeleton and cell motility...
September 2016: Atherosclerosis
Khalil N Bitar, Elie Zakhem
Functions of the gastrointestinal tract include motility, digestion and absorption of nutrients. These functions are mediated by several specialized cell types including smooth muscle cells, neurons, interstitial cells and epithelial cells. In gastrointestinal diseases, some of the cells become degenerated or fail to accomplish their normal functions. Surgical resection of the diseased segments of the gastrointestinal tract is considered the gold-standard treatment in many cases, but patients might have surgical complications and quality of life can remain low...
September 2016: Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Xia Guo, Shi-You Chen
Dedicator of cytokinesis 2 (DOCK2) is a CDM family protein containing DOCK homology region (DHR) -1 and DHR-2, Src-homology 3 (SH3) domain, and C-terminal polybasic amino acid cluster. The CDM family consists of 11 mammalian members and is classified into four subfamilies, the DOCK-A, -B, -C, and -D. DOCK2 is a member of DOCK-A subfamily and an atypical guanine exchange factor regulating the loading of GTP to activate Rac. It is primarily found in peripheral blood, spleen, and thymus and mainly expressed in lymphocytes and macrophages of various organs...
August 9, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Kenton M Sanders, Yoshihiko Kito, Sung Jin Hwang, Sean M Ward
Interstitial cells of mesenchymal origin form gap junctions with smooth muscle cells in visceral smooth muscles and provide important regulatory functions. In gastrointestinal (GI) muscles, there are two distinct classes of interstitial cells, c-Kit(+) interstitial cells of Cajal and PDGFRα(+) cells, that regulate motility patterns. Loss of these cells may contribute to symptoms in GI motility disorders.
September 2016: Physiology
Myeongjin Jeon, Daeun You, Soo Youn Bae, Seok Won Kim, Seok Jin Nam, Hyeon Ho Kim, Sangmin Kim, Jeong Eon Lee
The dimerization of EGFR and HER2 is associated with poor prognosis such as induction of tumor growth and cell invasion compared to when EGFR remains as a homodimer. However, the mechanism for events after dimerization in breast cancer models is not clear. We found that expressions of alpha-smooth muscle actin (ACTA2) and signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1) significantly increased with transient or stable overexpression of HER2 in EGFR-positive breast cancer cells. ACTA2 and STAT1 expression was also increased in HER2-positive breast cancer patients...
July 26, 2016: Oncotarget
Lulwah Aldabbous, Vahitha Abdul-Salam, Tom McKinnon, Lucie Duluc, Joanna Pepke-Zaba, Mark Southwood, Alexander J Ainscough, Charaka Hadinnapola, Martin R Wilkins, Mark Toshner, Beata Wojciak-Stothard
OBJECTIVE: Inflammation and dysregulated angiogenesis are features of endothelial dysfunction in pulmonary hypertension. Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs), produced by dying neutrophils, contribute to pathogenesis of numerous vascular disorders but their role in pulmonary hypertension has not been studied. We sought evidence of (NETs) formation in pulmonary hypertension and investigated the effect of NETs on endothelial function. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Plasma and lung tissues of patients with pulmonary hypertension were analyzed for NET markers...
October 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Xiaodong Jing, Yulin Gao, Songlin Xiao, Qin Qin, Xiaoming Wei, Yuling Yan, Ling Wu, Songbai Deng, Jianlin Du, Yajie Liu, Qiang She
Understanding the origin and differentiation mechanism of coronary vascular smooth muscle cells (CoSMCs) is very important to cardiovascular biology. The early cardiovascular system is formed in a hypoxic microenvironment, and Tbx18-positive epicardial cells are a source of CoSMCs. However, the effects of hypoxia on the differentiation of Tbx18-positive epicardial cells to CoSMCs and the primary regulatory mechanism are insufficiently understood. Using Tbx18:Cre/R26R(EYFP/LacZ) fate-tracing mice, we cultured highly purified Tbx18-positive epicardial cells...
2016: Scientific Reports
Fang Dong, Shu Yang, Haimei Sun, Jihong Yan, Xiaoxia Guo, Dandan Li, Deshan Zhou
Gastrointestinal (GI) distention is a common pathological characteristic in most GI motility disorders (GMDs), however, their detail mechanism remains unknown. In this study, we focused on Ca(2+) overload of smooth muscle, which is an early intracellular reaction to stretch, and its downstream MAPK signaling and also reduction of SCF in vivo and in vitro. We successfully established colonic dilation mouse model by keeping incomplete colon obstruction for 8 days. The results showed that persistent colonic dilation clearly induced Ca(2+) overload and activated all the three MAPK family members including JNK, ERK and p38 in smooth muscle tissues...
July 12, 2016: Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research
Mairi E Sandison, John Dempster, John G McCarron
Atherosclerotic plaques are populated with smooth muscle cells (SMCs) and macrophages. SMCs are thought to accumulate in plaques because fully-differentiated, contractile SMCs reprogram into a 'synthetic' migratory phenotype, so-called phenotypic modulation, whilst plaque macrophages are thought to derive from blood-borne myeloid cells. Recently, these views have been challenged, with reports that SMC phenotypic modulation may not occur during vascular remodelling and that plaque macrophages may not be of haematopoietic origin...
July 9, 2016: Journal of Physiology
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