Tumor angiogenesis: causes, consequences, challenges and opportunities.
Abstract Tumor vascularization occurs through several distinct biological processes, which not only vary between tumor type and anatomic location, but also occur simultaneously within the same cancer tissue. These processes are orchestrated by a range of secreted factors and signaling pathways and can involve participation of non-endothelial cells, such as progenitors or cancer stem cells. Anti-angiogenic therapies using either antibodies or tyrosine kinase inhibitors have been approved to treat several types of cancer. However, the benefit of treatment has so far been modest, some patients not responding at all a...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - November 6, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Lugano R, Ramachandran M, Dimberg A Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Response to "Concerns regarding Baksa et al., Cell Molec. Life Sci., 2019." by Edgar Garcia-Rill and Francisco J. Urbano (CMLS-D-18-0156R1).
Response to "Concerns regarding Baksa et al., Cell Molec. Life Sci., 2019." by Edgar Garcia-Rill and Francisco J. Urbano (CMLS-D-18-0156R1). Cell Mol Life Sci. 2019 Nov 06;: Authors: Pal B PMID: 31691836 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS)
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - November 6, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Pal B Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

miR-182-5p is an evolutionarily conserved Tbx5 effector that impacts cardiac development and electrical activity in zebrafish.
In conclusion, miR-182-5p exerts an evolutionarily conserved role as a TBX5 effector in the onset of cardiac propensity for arrhythmia, and constitutes a relevant target for mediating the relationship between TBX5, arrhythmia and heart development. PMID: 31686119 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS)
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - November 4, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Guzzolino E, Pellegrino M, Ahuja N, Garrity D, D'Aurizio R, Groth M, Baumgart M, Hatcher CJ, Mercatanti A, Evangelista M, Ippolito C, Tognoni E, Fukuda R, Lionetti V, Pellegrini M, Cremisi F, Pitto L Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

CFP1-dependent histone H3K4 trimethylation in murine oocytes facilitates ovarian follicle recruitment and ovulation in a cell-nonautonomous manner.
Abstract CxxC-finger protein 1 (CFP1)-mediated trimethylated histone H3 at lysine-4 (H3K4me3) during oocyte development enables the oocyte genome to establish the competence to generate a new organism. Nevertheless, it remains unclear to which extent this epigenetic modification forms an instructive component of ovarian follicle development. We investigated the ovarian functions using an oocyte-specific Cxxc1 knockout mouse model, in which the H3K4me3 accumulation is downregulated in oocytes of developing follicles. CFP1-dependent H3K4 trimethylation in oocytes was necessary to maintain the expression of key parac...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - November 1, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Sha QQ, Jiang Y, Yu C, Xiang Y, Dai XX, Jiang JC, Ou XH, Fan HY Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Roles of vitamins in stem cells.
Abstract Stem cells can differentiate to diverse cell types in our body, and they hold great promises in both basic research and clinical therapies. For specific stem cell types, distinctive nutritional and signaling components are required to maintain the proliferation capacity and differentiation potential in cell culture. Various vitamins play essential roles in stem cell culture to modulate cell survival, proliferation and differentiation. Besides their common nutritional functions, specific vitamins are recently shown to modulate signal transduction and epigenetics. In this article, we will first review class...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - November 1, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Godoy-Parejo C, Deng C, Zhang Y, Liu W, Chen G Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Targeting intrinsically disordered proteins involved in cancer.
We describe the outcomes of using these approaches in targeting IDPs involved in cancer, in the view to providing insight, to target IDPs in general. In a broad sense, the designed small molecules seem to target the most hydrophobic regions of the IDPs, hampering macromolecule (DNA or protein)-IDP interactions; furthermore, in most of the molecule-IDP complexes described so far, the protein remains disordered. PMID: 31667555 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS)
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 30, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Santofimia-Castaño P, Rizzuti B, Xia Y, Abian O, Peng L, Velázquez-Campoy A, Neira JL, Iovanna J Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Mechanisms of secretion and spreading of pathological tau protein.
Abstract Accumulation of misfolded and aggregated forms of tau protein in the brain is a neuropathological hallmark of tauopathies, such as Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Tau aggregates have the ability to transfer from one cell to another and to induce templated misfolding and aggregation of healthy tau molecules in previously healthy cells, thereby propagating tau pathology across different brain areas in a prion-like manner. The molecular mechanisms involved in cell-to-cell transfer of tau aggregates are diverse, not mutually exclusive and only partially understood. Intracellular acc...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 30, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Brunello CA, Merezhko M, Uronen RL, Huttunen HJ Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Exocytosis of large-diameter lysosomes mediates interferon γ-induced relocation of MHC class II molecules toward the surface of astrocytes.
Exocytosis of large-diameter lysosomes mediates interferon γ-induced relocation of MHC class II molecules toward the surface of astrocytes. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2019 Oct 30;: Authors: Božić M, Verkhratsky A, Zorec R, Stenovec M Abstract Astrocytes are the key homeostatic cells in the central nervous system; initiation of reactive astrogliosis contributes to neuroinflammation. Pro-inflammatory cytokine interferon γ (IFNγ) induces the expression of the major histocompatibility complex class II (MHCII) molecules, involved in antigen presentation in reactive astrocytes. The pathway for M...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 30, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Božić M, Verkhratsky A, Zorec R, Stenovec M Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Annexin A6 modulates TBC1D15/Rab7/StARD3 axis to control endosomal cholesterol export in NPC1 cells.
This study identifies AnxA6 as a novel gatekeeper that controls cellular distribution of late endosome-cholesterol via regulation of a Rab7-GAP and MCS formation. PMID: 31664461 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS)
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 29, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Meneses-Salas E, García-Melero A, Kanerva K, Blanco-Muñoz P, Morales-Paytuvi F, Bonjoch J, Casas J, Egert A, Beevi SS, Jose J, Llorente-Cortés V, Rye KA, Heeren J, Lu A, Pol A, Tebar F, Ikonen E, Grewal T, Enrich C, Rentero C Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Protein kinases: master regulators of neuritogenesis and therapeutic targets for axon regeneration.
Abstract Proper neurite formation is essential for appropriate neuronal morphology to develop and defects at this early foundational stage have serious implications for overall neuronal function. Neuritogenesis is tightly regulated by various signaling mechanisms that control the timing and placement of neurite initiation, as well as the various processes necessary for neurite elongation to occur. Kinases are integral components of these regulatory pathways that control the activation and inactivation of their targets. This review provides a comprehensive summary of the kinases that are notably involved in regulat...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 28, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Bennison SA, Blazejewski SM, Smith TH, Toyo-Oka K Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

CircRNA: a rising star in gastric cancer.
Abstract In recent years, a large number of circRNAs have been identified in mammalian cells with high-throughput sequencing technologies and bioinformatics. The aberrant expression of circRNAs has been reported in many human diseases including gastric cancer (GC). The number of GC-related circRNAs with validated biological functions and mechanisms of action is growing. CircRNAs are critically involved in GC cell proliferation, apoptosis, migration, and invasion. CircRNAs have been shown to function as regulators of parental gene transcription and alternative splicing and miRNA sponges. Moreover, circRNAs have bee...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 28, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Li R, Jiang J, Shi H, Qian H, Zhang X, Xu W Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Kynurenic acid and cancer: facts and controversies.
Abstract Kynurenic acid (KYNA) is an endogenous tryptophan metabolite exerting neuroprotective and anticonvulsant properties in the brain. However, its importance on the periphery is still not fully elucidated. KYNA is produced endogenously in various types of peripheral cells, tissues and by gastrointestinal microbiota. Furthermore, it was found in several products of daily human diet and its absorption in the digestive tract was evidenced. More recent studies were focused on the potential role of KYNA in carcinogenesis and cancer therapy; however, the results were ambiguous and the biological activity of KYNA in...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 28, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Walczak K, Wnorowski A, Turski WA, Plech T Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Deletion of Voltage-Dependent Anion Channel 1 knocks mitochondria down triggering metabolic rewiring in yeast.
nto V Abstract The Voltage-Dependent Anion-selective Channel (VDAC) is the pore-forming protein of mitochondrial outer membrane, allowing metabolites and ions exchanges. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, inactivation of POR1, encoding VDAC1, produces defective growth in the presence of non-fermentable carbon source. Here, we characterized the whole-genome expression pattern of a VDAC1-null strain (Δpor1) by microarray analysis, discovering that the expression of mitochondrial genes was completely abolished, as consequence of the dramatic reduction of mtDNA. To overcome organelle dysfunction, Δpor1 cells do ...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 26, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Magrì A, Di Rosa MC, Orlandi I, Guarino F, Reina S, Guarnaccia M, Morello G, Spampinato A, Cavallaro S, Messina A, Vai M, De Pinto V Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

The RNA-RNA base pairing potential of human Dicer and Ago2 proteins.
Abstract The ribonuclease Dicer produces microRNAs (miRNAs) and small interfering RNAs that are handed over to Ago proteins to control gene expression by targeting complementary sequences within transcripts. Interestingly, a growing number of reports have demonstrated that the activity of Dicer may extend beyond the biogenesis of small regulatory RNAs. Among them, a report from our latest studies revealed that human Dicer facilitates base pairing of complementary sequences present in two nucleic acids, thus acting as a nucleic acid annealer. Accordingly, in this manuscript, we address how RNA structure influences ...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 26, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Pokornowska M, Milewski MC, Ciechanowska K, Szczepańska A, Wojnicka M, Radogostowicz Z, Figlerowicz M, Kurzynska-Kokorniak A Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Human erythrocytes: cytoskeleton and its origin.
Abstract In the last few years, erythrocytes have emerged as the main determinant of blood rheology. In mammals, these cells are devoid of nuclei and are, therefore, unable to divide. Consequently, all circulating erythrocytes come from erythropoiesis, a process in the bone marrow in which several modifications are induced in the expression of membrane and cytoskeletal proteins, and different vertical and horizontal interactions are established between them. Cytoskeleton components play an important role in this process, which explains why they and the interaction between them have been the focus of much recent re...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 25, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Nigra AD, Casale CH, Santander VS Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Nitric oxide and peroxynitrite trigger and enhance release of neutrophil extracellular traps.
Abstract Despite great interest, the mechanism of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) release is not fully understood and some aspects of this process, e.g. the role of reactive nitrogen species (RNS), still remain unclear. Therefore, our aim was to investigate the mechanisms underlying RNS-induced formation of NETs and contribution of RNS to NETs release triggered by various physiological and synthetic stimuli. The involvement of RNS in NETs formation was studied in primary human neutrophils and differentiated human promyelocytic leukemia cells (HL-60 cells). RNS (peroxynitrite and nitric oxide) efficiently ind...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 24, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Manda-Handzlik A, Bystrzycka W, Cieloch A, Glodkowska-Mrowka E, Jankowska-Steifer E, Heropolitanska-Pliszka E, Skrobot A, Muchowicz A, Ciepiela O, Wachowska M, Demkow U Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Mechanisms and potential interventions associated with the cardiotoxicity of ErbB2-targeted drugs: Insights from in vitro, in vivo, and clinical studies in breast cancer patients.
Abstract Breast cancer is the most frequently occurring cancer among women worldwide. Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2 or ErbB2) is overexpressed in between 20 and 25% of invasive breast cancers and is associated with poor prognosis. Trastuzumab, an anti-ErbB2 monoclonal antibody, reduces cancer recurrence and mortality in HER2-positive breast cancer patients, but unexpectedly induces cardiac dysfunction, especially when used in combination with anthracycline-based chemotherapy. Novel approved ErbB2-targeting drugs, including lapatinib, pertuzumab, and trastuzumab-emtansine, also potentially cause ca...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 24, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Leemasawat K, Phrommintikul A, Chattipakorn SC, Chattipakorn N Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Running and swimming prevent the deregulation of the BDNF/TrkB neurotrophic signalling at the neuromuscular junction in mice with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
N, Tomàs J, Lanuza MA Abstract Nerve-induced muscle contraction regulates the BDNF/TrkB neurotrophic signalling to retrogradely modulate neurotransmission and protect the neuromuscular junctions and motoneurons. In muscles with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, this pathway is strongly misbalanced and neuromuscular junctions are destabilized, which may directly cause the motoneuron degeneration and muscular atrophy observed in this disease. Here, we sought to demonstrate (1) that physical exercise, whose recommendation has been controversial in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, would be a good option for its the...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 23, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Just-Borràs L, Hurtado E, Cilleros-Mañé V, Biondi O, Charbonnier F, Tomàs M, Garcia N, Tomàs J, Lanuza MA Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Tet3 regulates cellular identity and DNA methylation in neural progenitor cells.
Abstract TET enzymes oxidize 5-methylcytosine (5mC) into 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), a process thought to be intermediary in an active DNA demethylation mechanism. Notably, 5hmC is highly abundant in the brain and in neuronal cells. Here, we interrogated the function of Tet3 in neural precursor cells (NPCs), using a stable and inducible knockdown system and an in vitro neural differentiation protocol. We show that Tet3 is upregulated during neural differentiation, whereas Tet1 is downregulated. Surprisingly, Tet3 knockdown led to a de-repression of pluripotency-associated genes such as Oct4, Nanog or Tcl1, wit...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 23, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Santiago M, Antunes C, Guedes M, Iacovino M, Kyba M, Reik W, Sousa N, Pinto L, Branco MR, Marques CJ Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

The regulatory role of Myomaker and Myomixer-Myomerger-Minion in muscle development and regeneration.
Abstract Skeletal muscle plays essential roles in motor function, energy, and glucose metabolism. Skeletal muscle formation occurs through a process called myogenesis, in which a crucial step is the fusion of mononucleated myoblasts to form multinucleated myofibers. The myoblast/myocyte fusion is triggered and coordinated in a muscle-specific way that is essential for muscle development and post-natal muscle regeneration. Many molecules and proteins have been found and demonstrated to have the capacity to regulate the fusion of myoblast/myocytes. Interestingly, two newly discovered muscle-specific membrane protein...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 23, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Chen B, You W, Wang Y, Shan T Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Homotrimeric MMP-9 is an active hitchhiker on alpha-2-macroglobulin partially escaping protease inhibition and internalization through LRP-1.
Abstract Proteolysis is a crucial process in life, tightly controlled by numerous natural protease inhibitors. In human blood, alpha-2-macroglobulin is an emergency protease inhibitor preventing coagulation and damage to endothelia and leukocytes. With the use of a unique protease trapping mechanism, alpha-2-macroglobulin lures active proteases into its snap-trap, shields these from potential substrates and 'flags' their complex for elimination by receptor-mediated endocytosis. Matrix metalloprotease-9/gelatinase B is a secreted protease increased in blood of patients with inflammations, vascular disorders and can...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 23, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Serifova X, Ugarte-Berzal E, Opdenakker G, Vandooren J Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Inhibition of HIV replication through siRNA carried by CXCR4-targeted chimeric nanobody.
Abstract Small interfering RNA (siRNA) application in therapy still faces a major challenge with the lack of an efficient and specific delivery system. Current vehicles are often responsible for poor efficacy, safety concerns, and burden costs of siRNA-based therapeutics. Here, we describe a novel strategy for targeted delivery of siRNA molecules to inhibit human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Specific membrane translocation of siRNA inhibitor was addressed by an engineered nanobody targeting the HIV co-receptor CXCR4 (NbCXCR4) in fusion with a single-chain variable fragment (4M5.3) that carried the FITC-...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 22, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Cunha-Santos C, Perdigao PRL, Martin F, Oliveira JG, Cardoso M, Manuel A, Taveira N, Goncalves J Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

The role of E3 ubiquitin ligase HECTD3 in cancer and beyond.
Abstract Ubiquitin modification plays significant roles in protein fate determination, signaling transduction, and cellular processes. Over the past 2 decades, the number of studies on ubiquitination has demonstrated explosive growth. E3 ubiquitin ligases are the key enzymes that determine the substrate specificity and are involved in cancer. Several recent studies shed light on the functions and mechanisms of HECTD3 E3 ubiquitin ligase. This review describes the progress in the recent studies of HECTD3 in cancer and other diseases. We propose that HECTD3 is a potential biomarker and a therapeutic target, and disc...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 21, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Jiang Q, Li F, Cheng Z, Kong Y, Chen C Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Nanoscale delivery systems for microRNAs in cancer therapy.
Abstract Concomitant with advances in research regarding the role of miRNAs in sustaining carcinogenesis, major concerns about their delivery options for anticancer therapies have been raised. The answer to this problem may come from the world of nanoparticles such as liposomes, exosomes, polymers, dendrimers, mesoporous silica nanoparticles, quantum dots and metal-based nanoparticles which have been proved as versatile and valuable vehicles for many biomolecules including miRNAs. In another train of thoughts, the general scheme of miRNA modulation consists in inhibition of oncomiRNA expression and restoration of ...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 21, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Boca S, Gulei D, Zimta AA, Onaciu A, Magdo L, Tigu AB, Ionescu C, Irimie A, Buiga R, Berindan-Neagoe I Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Energy-converting hydrogenases: the link between H2 metabolism and energy conservation.
r V Abstract The reversible interconversion of molecular hydrogen and protons is one of the most ancient microbial metabolic reactions and catalyzed by hydrogenases. A widespread yet largely enigmatic group comprises multisubunit [NiFe] hydrogenases, that directly couple H2 metabolism to the electrochemical ion gradient across the membranes of bacteria and of archaea. These complexes are collectively referred to as energy-converting hydrogenases (Ech), as they reversibly transform redox energy into physicochemical energy. Redox energy is typically provided by a low potential electron donor such as reduced ferredox...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 19, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Schoelmerich MC, Müller V Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

The emerging role of galectins in (re)myelination and its potential for developing new approaches to treat multiple sclerosis.
Abstract Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory, demyelinating and neurodegenerative disease of the central nervous system with unknown etiology. Currently approved disease-modifying treatment modalities are immunomodulatory or immunosuppressive. While the applied drugs reduce the frequency and severity of the attacks, their efficacy to regenerate myelin membranes and to halt disease progression is limited. To achieve such therapeutic aims, understanding biological mechanisms of remyelination and identifying factors that interfere with remyelination in MS can give respective directions. Such a perspective is g...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 18, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: de Jong CGHM, Gabius HJ, Baron W Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Correction to: Adamts17 is  involved in skeletogenesis through modulation of BMP‑Smad1/5/8 pathway.
Correction to: Adamts17 is involved in skeletogenesis through modulation of BMP‑Smad1/5/8 pathway. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2019 Oct 16;: Authors: Oichi T, Taniguchi Y, Soma K, Oshima Y, Yano F, Mori Y, Chijimatsu R, Kim-Kaneyama JR, Tanaka S, Saito T Abstract In the published article, the Fig. 4a was published incorrectly. PMID: 31620828 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS)
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 16, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Oichi T, Taniguchi Y, Soma K, Oshima Y, Yano F, Mori Y, Chijimatsu R, Kim-Kaneyama JR, Tanaka S, Saito T Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Quorum sensing for population-level control of bacteria and potential therapeutic applications.
Abstract Quorum sensing (QS), a microbial cell-to-cell communication process, dynamically regulates a variety of metabolism and physiological activities. In this review, we provide an update on QS applications based on autoinducer molecules including acyl-homoserine lactones (AHLs), auto-inducing peptides (AIPs), autoinducer 2 (AI-2) and indole in population-level control of bacteria, and highlight the potential in developing novel clinical therapies. We summarize the development in the combination of various genetic circuits such as genetic oscillators, toggle switches and logic gates with AHL-based QS devices in...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 14, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Wu S, Liu J, Liu C, Yang A, Qiao J Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Targeting DNA repair in cancer: current state and novel approaches.
Abstract DNA damage response, DNA repair and genomic instability have been under study for their role in tumor initiation and progression for many years now. More recently, next-generation sequencing on cancer tissue from various patient cohorts have revealed mutations and epigenetic silencing of various genes encoding proteins with roles in these processes. These findings, together with the unequivocal role of DNA repair in therapeutic response, have fueled efforts toward the clinical exploitation of research findings. The successful example of PARP1/2 inhibitors has also supported these efforts and led to numero...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 14, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Klinakis A, Karagiannis D, Rampias T Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Phosphorylation-dependent regulation of the NOTCH1 intracellular domain by dual-specificity tyrosine-regulated kinase 2.
ega L, Calzado MA Abstract NOTCH proteins constitute a receptor family with a widely conserved role in cell cycle, growing and development regulation. NOTCH1, the best characterised member of this family, regulates the expression of key genes in cell growth and angiogenesis, playing an essential role in cancer development. These observations provide a relevant rationale to propose the inhibition of the intracellular domain of NOTCH1 (Notch1-IC) as a strategy for treating various types of cancer. Notch1-IC stability is mainly controlled by post-translational modifications. FBXW7 ubiquitin E3 ligase-mediated degrada...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 11, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Morrugares R, Correa-Sáez A, Moreno R, Garrido-Rodríguez M, Muñoz E, de la Vega L, Calzado MA Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Qualitative analysis of contribution of intracellular skeletal changes to cellular elasticity.
Abstract Cells are dynamic structures that continually generate and sustain mechanical forces within their environments. Cells respond to mechanical forces by changing their shape, moving, and differentiating. These reactions are caused by intracellular skeletal changes, which induce changes in cellular mechanical properties such as stiffness, elasticity, viscoelasticity, and adhesiveness. Interdisciplinary research combining molecular biology with physics and mechanical engineering has been conducted to characterize cellular mechanical properties and understand the fundamental mechanisms of mechanotransduction. I...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 11, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Kwon S, Kim KS Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Recent advances in the genetic basis of taste detection in Drosophila.
Abstract The insect gustatory system senses taste information from environmental food substrates and processes it to control feeding behaviors. Drosophila melanogaster has been a powerful genetic model for investigating how various chemical cues are detected at the molecular and cellular levels. In addition to an understanding of how tastants belonging to five historically described taste modalities (sweet, bitter, acid, salt, and amino acid) are sensed, recent findings have identified taste neurons and receptors that recognize tastants of non-canonical modalities, including fatty acids, carbonated water, polyamin...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 9, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Chen YD, Dahanukar A Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

ESCRT-III-associated proteins and spastin inhibit protrudin-dependent polarised membrane traffic.
Abstract Mutations in the gene encoding the microtubule severing ATPase spastin are the most frequent cause of hereditary spastic paraplegia, a genetic condition characterised by length-dependent axonal degeneration. Here, we show that HeLa cells lacking spastin and embryonic fibroblasts from a spastin knock-in mouse model become highly polarised and develop cellular protrusions. In HeLa cells, this phenotype was rescued by wild-type spastin, but not by forms unable to sever microtubules or interact with endosomal ESCRT-III proteins. Cells lacking the spastin-interacting ESCRT-III-associated proteins IST1 or CHMP1...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 5, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Connell JW, Allison RJ, Rodger CE, Pearson G, Zlamalova E, Reid E Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Molecular basis of strigolactone perception in root-parasitic plants: aiming to control its germination with strigolactone agonists/antagonists.
Abstract The genus Striga, also called "witchweed", is a member of the family Orobanchaceae, which is a major family of root-parasitic plants. Striga can lead to the formation of seed stocks in the soil and to explosive expansion with enormous seed production and stability once the crops they parasitize are cultivated. Understanding the molecular mechanism underlying the communication between Striga and their host plants through natural seed germination stimulants, "strigolactones (SLs)", is required to develop the technology for Striga control. This review outlines recent findings on the SL pe...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 5, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Miyakawa T, Xu Y, Tanokura M Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Molecular mechanisms underlying selective synapse formation of vertebrate retinal photoreceptor cells.
Abstract In vertebrate central nervous systems (CNSs), highly diverse neurons are selectively connected via synapses, which are essential for building an intricate neural network. The vertebrate retina is part of the CNS and is comprised of a distinct laminar organization, which serves as a good model system to study developmental synapse formation mechanisms. In the retina outer plexiform layer, rods and cones, two types of photoreceptor cells, elaborate selective synaptic contacts with ON- and/or OFF-bipolar cell terminals as well as with horizontal cell terminals. In the mouse retina, three photoreceptor subtyp...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 4, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Furukawa T, Ueno A, Omori Y Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Time after time: circadian clock regulation of intestinal stem cells.
Abstract Daily fluctuations in animal physiology, known as circadian rhythms, are orchestrated by a conserved molecular timekeeper, known as the circadian clock. The circadian clock forms a transcription-translation feedback loop that has emerged as a central biological regulator of many 24-h processes. Early studies of the intestine discovered that many digestive functions have a daily rhythm and that intestinal cell production was similarly time-dependent. As genetic methods in model organisms have become available, it has become apparent that the circadian clock regulates many basic cellular functions, includin...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 4, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Parasram K, Karpowicz P Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Distinct functions of TMC channels: a comparative overview.
Abstract In the past two decades, transmembrane channel-like (TMC) proteins have attracted a significant amount of research interest, because mutations of Tmc1 lead to hereditary deafness. As evolutionarily conserved membrane proteins, TMC proteins are widely involved in diverse sensorimotor functions of many species, such as hearing, chemosensation, egg laying, and food texture detection. Interestingly, recent structural and physiological studies suggest that TMC channels may share a similar membrane topology with the Ca2+-activated Cl- channel TMEM16 and the mechanically activated OSCA1.2/TMEM63 channel. Namely,...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 4, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Yue X, Sheng Y, Kang L, Xiao R Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Caenorhabditis elegans: a model to understand host-microbe interactions.
Abstract Host-microbe interactions within the gut are fundamental to all higher organisms. Caenorhabditis elegans has been in use as a surrogate model to understand the conserved mechanisms in host-microbe interactions. Morphological and functional similarities of C. elegans gut with the human have allowed the mechanistic investigation of gut microbes and their effects on metabolism, development, reproduction, behavior, pathogenesis, immune responses and lifespan. Recent reports suggest their suitability for functional investigations of human gut bacteria, such as gut microbiota of healthy and diseased individuals...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 4, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Kumar A, Baruah A, Tomioka M, Iino Y, Kalita MC, Khan M Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Light-induced modulation of the mitochondrial respiratory chain activity: possibilities and limitations.
Š, Dejneka A, Lunov O Abstract Biological effects of high fluence low-power (HFLP) lasers have been reported for some time, yet the molecular mechanisms procuring cellular responses remain obscure. A better understanding of the effects of HFLP lasers on living cells will be instrumental for the development of new experimental and therapeutic strategies. Therefore, we investigated sub-cellular mechanisms involved in the laser interaction with human hepatic cell lines. We show that mitochondria serve as sub-cellular "sensor" and "effector" of laser light non-specific interactions with cel...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 3, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Lunova M, Smolková B, Uzhytchak M, Janoušková KŽ, Jirsa M, Egorova D, Kulikov A, Kubinová Š, Dejneka A, Lunov O Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Preterm neonatal immunology at the intestinal interface.
Abstract Fetal and neonatal development represents a critical window for setting a path toward health throughout life. In this review, we focus on intestinal immunity, how it develops, and its implications for subsequent neonatal diseases. We discuss maternal nutritional and environmental exposures that dictate outcomes for the developing fetus. Although still controversial, there is evidence in support of an in utero microbiome. Specific well-intentioned and routine applications of antibiotics, steroids, and surgical interventions implemented before, during, and after birth skew the neonate towards pro-inflammato...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - October 1, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Van Belkum M, Mendoza Alvarez L, Neu J Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Concerns regarding Baksa B, Kovacs A, Bayasgalan T, Szentesi P, Koseghy A, Szucs P, Balazs P. Characterization of functional subgroups among genetically identified cholinergic neurons in the pedunculopontine nucleus. Cell Molec. Life Sci. 2019-04-02.
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Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - September 30, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Garcia-Rill E, Urbano FJ Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Zeta-crystallin: a moonlighting player in cancer.
Abstract Crystallins were firstly found as structural proteins of the eye lens. To this family belong proteins, such as ζ-crystallin, expressed ubiquitously, and endowed with enzyme activity. ζ-crystallin is a moonlighting protein endowed with two main different functions: (1) mRNA binding with stabilizing activity; (2) NADPH:quinone oxidoreductase. ζ-crystallin has been clearly demonstrated to stabilize mRNAs encoding proteins involved in renal glutamine catabolism during metabolic acidosis resulting in ammoniagenesis and bicarbonate ion production that concur to compensate such condition. &ze...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - September 28, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Lulli M, Nencioni D, Papucci L, Schiavone N Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Molecular and cellular evolution of corticogenesis in amniotes.
ell V Abstract The cerebral cortex varies dramatically in size and complexity between amniotes due to differences in neuron number and composition. These differences emerge during embryonic development as a result of variations in neurogenesis, which are thought to recapitulate modifications occurred during evolution that culminated in the human neocortex. Here, we review work from the last few decades leading to our current understanding of the evolution of neurogenesis and size of the cerebral cortex. Focused on specific examples across vertebrate and amniote phylogeny, we discuss developmental mechanisms regula...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - September 28, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Cárdenas A, Borrell V Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Molecular determinants of mesenchymal cell activation in fibroproliferative diseases.
Abstract Uncontrolled scarring, or fibrosis, can interfere with the normal function of virtually all tissues of the body, ultimately leading to organ failure and death. Fibrotic diseases represent a major cause of death in industrialized countries. Unfortunately, no curative treatments for these conditions are yet available, highlighting the critical need for a better fundamental understanding of molecular mechanisms that may be therapeutically tractable. The ultimate indispensable effector cells responsible for deposition of extracellular matrix proteins that comprise scars are mesenchymal cells, namely fibroblas...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - September 28, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Penke LR, Peters-Golden M Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Multifunctional nanomedicines for targeting epidermal growth factor receptor in colorectal cancer.
Abstract Systemic administration of chemotherapeutics by nanocarriers (NCs) functionalized with targeting agents provides a localized accumulation of drugs in the target tissues and cells. Advanced nanoscaled medicaments can enter into the tumor microenvironment (TME) and overcome the uniquely dysregulated biological settings of TME, including highly pressurized tumor interstitial fluid in an acidic milieu. Such multimodal nanomedicines seem to be one of the most effective treatment modalities against solid tumors such as colorectal cancer (CRC). To progress and invade, cancer cells overexpress various oncogenes a...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - September 28, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Akbarzadeh Khiavi M, Safary A, Barar J, Ajoolabady A, Somi MH, Omidi Y Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

The Drosophila odorant-binding protein 28a is involved in the detection of the floral odour ß-ionone.
The Drosophila odorant-binding protein 28a is involved in the detection of the floral odour ß-ionone. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2019 Sep 28;: Authors: Gonzalez D, Rihani K, Neiers F, Poirier N, Fraichard S, Gotthard G, Chertemps T, Maïbèche M, Ferveur JF, Briand L Abstract Odorant-binding proteins (OBPs) are small soluble proteins that are thought to transport hydrophobic odorants across the aqueous sensillar lymph to olfactory receptors. A recent study revealed that OBP28a, one of the most abundant Drosophila OBPs, is not required for odorant transport, but acts in buffering rapid odour va...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - September 28, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Gonzalez D, Rihani K, Neiers F, Poirier N, Fraichard S, Gotthard G, Chertemps T, Maïbèche M, Ferveur JF, Briand L Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Global phosphoproteomic analysis of Ebola virions reveals a novel role for VP35 phosphorylation-dependent regulation of genome transcription.
Abstract Ebola virus (EBOV) causes severe human disease with a high case fatality rate. The balance of evidence implies that the virus circulates in bats. The molecular basis for host-viral interactions, including the role for phosphorylation during infections, is largely undescribed. To address this, and to better understand the biology of EBOV, the phosphorylation of EBOV proteins was analyzed in virions purified from infected monkey Vero-E6 cells and bat EpoNi/22.1 cells using high-resolution mass spectrometry. All EBOV structural proteins were detected with high coverage, along with phosphopeptides. Phosphoryl...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - September 28, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Ivanov A, Ramanathan P, Parry C, Ilinykh PA, Lin X, Petukhov M, Obukhov Y, Ammosova T, Amarasinghe GK, Bukreyev A, Nekhai S Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Insights into the non-mitotic functions of Aurora kinase A: more than just cell division.
Abstract AURKA is a serine/threonine kinase overexpressed in several cancers. Originally identified as a protein with multifaceted roles during mitosis, improvements in quantitative microscopy uncovered several non-mitotic roles as well. In physiological conditions, AURKA regulates cilia disassembly, neurite extension, cell motility, DNA replication and senescence programs. In cancer-like contexts, AURKA actively promotes DNA repair, it acts as a transcription factor, promotes cell migration and invasion, and it localises at mitochondria to regulate mitochondrial dynamics and ATP production. Here we review the non...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - September 27, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Bertolin G, Tramier M Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Purpurin modulates Tau-derived VQIVYK fibrillization and ameliorates Alzheimer's disease-like symptoms in animal model.
Abstract Neurofibrillary tangles of the Tau protein and plaques of the amyloid β peptide are hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD), which is characterized by the conversion of monomeric proteins/peptides into misfolded β-sheet rich fibrils. Halting the fibrillation process and disrupting the existing aggregates are key challenges for AD drug development. Previously, we performed in vitro high-throughput screening for the identification of potent inhibitors of Tau aggregation using a proxy model, a highly aggregation-prone hexapeptide fragment 306VQIVYK311 (termed PHF6) derived from Tau. Here we have char...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - September 27, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Viswanathan GK, Shwartz D, Losev Y, Arad E, Shemesh C, Pichinuk E, Engel H, Raveh A, Jelinek R, Cooper I, Gosselet F, Gazit E, Segal D Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research

Fbxl17 is rearranged in breast cancer and loss of its activity leads to increased global O-GlcNAcylation.
Abstract In cancer, many genes are mutated by genome rearrangement, but our understanding of the functional consequences of this remains rudimentary. Here we report the F-box protein encoded by FBXL17 is disrupted in the region of the gene that encodes its substrate-binding leucine rich repeat (LRR) domain. Truncating Fbxl17 LRRs impaired its association with the other SCF holoenzyme subunits Skp1, Cul1 and Rbx1, and decreased ubiquitination activity. Loss of the LRRs also differentially affected Fbxl17 binding to its targets. Thus, genomic rearrangements in FBXL17 are likely to disrupt SCFFbxl17-regulated network...
Source: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS - September 27, 2019 Category: Cytology Authors: Mason B, Flach S, Teixeira FR, Manzano Garcia R, Rueda OM, Abraham JE, Caldas C, Edwards PAW, Laman H Tags: Cell Mol Life Sci Source Type: research