Novel Function (novel + function)

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Hen Egg Yolk Prevents Bacterial Adherence: A Novel Function for a Familiar Food

JOURNAL OF FOOD SCIENCE, Issue 1 2001
T. Deignan
ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the ability of unfractionated hen egg yolk to prevent the attachment of Salmonella typhimurium to murine intestinal epithelial cells in vitro. Inhibition of adherence was examined microscopically and by an ELISA. Both methods showed that egg yolk from immunized and unimmunized hens significantly reduced bacterial adherence. Optical density (OD) readings ± SD of 0.825 ± 0.016 for untreated bacteria were reduced to 0.335 ± 0.024 and 0.267 ± 0.021 for bacteria pretreated with egg yolk from immunized hens and unimmunized hens, respectively. Microscopic analysis showed that egg yolk from either immunized or unimmunized hens reduced bacterial adherence from 17 ± 2.7 bacteria per epithelial cell to less than 4 bacteria per epithelial cell. These results show that hen egg yolk significantly inhibits adherence of S. typhimurium to intestinal epithelial cells in vitro. Boosting of specific antibody levels does not enhance this antiadhesive effect, suggesting that egg yolk contains novel antiadhesive factors. [source]


Redox Regulation and Flower Development: A Novel Function for Glutaredoxins

PLANT BIOLOGY, Issue 5 2006
S. Xing
Abstract: Glutaredoxins (GRXs) are small, ubiquitous oxidoreductases that have been intensively studied in E. coli, yeast and humans. They are involved in a large variety of cellular processes and exert a crucial function in the response to oxidative stress. GRXs can reduce disulfides by way of conserved cysteines, located in conserved active site motifs. As in E. coli, yeast, and humans, GRXs with active sites of the CPYC and CGFS type are also found in lower and higher plants, however, little has been known about their function. Surprisingly, 21 GRXs from Arabidopsis thaliana contain a novel, plant-specific CC type motif. Lately, information on the function of CC type GRXs and redox regulation, in general, is accumulating. This review focuses on recent findings indicating that GRXs, glutathione and redox regulation, in general, seem to be involved in different processes of development, so far, namely in the formation of the flower. Recent advances in EST and genome sequencing projects allowed searching for the presence of the three different types of the GRX subclasses in other evolutionary informative plant species. A comparison of the GRX subclass composition from Physcomitrella, Pinus, Oryza, Populus, and Arabidopsis is presented. This analysis revealed that only two CC type GRXs exist in the bryophyte Physcomitrella and that the CC type GRXs group expanded during the evolution of land plants. The existence of a large CC type subclass in angiosperms supports the assumption that their capability to modify target protein activity posttranslationally has been integrated into crucial plant specific processes involved in higher plant development. [source]


Novel function of DUSP14/MKP6 (dual specific phosphatase 14) as a nonspecific regulatory molecule for delayed-type hypersensitivity

BRITISH JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, Issue 5 2007
Y. Nakano
Summary Background, Nonspecific unresponsive states of delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) to unrelated antigens are induced in mice by a single administration of hapten. In these studies, we found a unique regulatory mechanism of contact hypersensitivity (CHS) mediated by nonspecific suppressor factor (NSF) induced by the intravenous injection of hapten-conjugated syngeneic spleen cells. NSF is a , 45-kDa protein released from the macrophage-like suppressor cells and binds selectively to dendritic cells (DCs). Moreover, NSF-treated DCs release a second , 20-kDa NSF (NSFint). Objectives, To try and identify NSF and characterize its function. Methods, The suppressor activity was evaluated by inhibition of the passive transfer of CHS by the effector cells sensitized with hapten and the antigen-presenting cell (APC) activity of hapten-primed draining lymph node cells (DLNCs) to induce CHS. NSF-containing supernatants obtained from the culture of spleen cells from mice that had been injected intravenously with oxazolone-conjugated syngeneic spleen cells 7 days before were prepared and purified with a Green A dye-affinity column, DEAE column and Sephacryl S-200 column. Then, samples of molecular mass of , 45 kDa were separated by native-PAGE (polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis) and nonreducing sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS)-PAGE. After confirming the suppressor activity of proteins of , 45 kDa separated by native-PAGE, samples were separated by nonreducing SDS-PAGE, transferred onto polyvinylidene difluoride membranes and analysed using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry. Results, Proteins of , 45 kDa eluted from a Sephacryl S-200 column and the slice of native-PAGE gel exhibited the strong suppressor activity. Analyses using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry and MASCOT algorithm of the protein bands around 45 kDa separated by nonreducing SDS-PAGE identified NSF as a 22·5-kDa protein, dual specific phosphatase 14/MAP-kinase phophatase-6 (DUSP14/MKP6), which functions as a negative regulator of the MAP-kinase signalling. Western blot analyses revealed that recombinant DUSP14 (rDUSP14) exists as the mixture of 22·5-kDa monomer and 45-kDa dimer under nonreducing conditions, and monomers under reducing conditions. Treatment with rDUSP14 at 4 °C for 2 h suppressed the ability of effector cells to transfer CHS dose dependently and the APC function of DLNCs to induce CHS. Epicutaneous application of rDUSP14 immediately after challenge inhibited the subsequent CHS expression. rDUSP14 was bound specifically by major histocompatibility complex class II (Ia)-positive spleen cells (presumably DCs). The suppressor activity of NSF was neutralized by anti-DUSP14 monoclonal antibody. Expression of DUSP14 mRNA in the spleen was upregulated parallel to the unresponsive state induced by hapten-conjugated cells. NSF, NSFint and rDUSP14 exhibited the phosphatase activity towards p -nitrophenyl phosphate in vitro as alkaline phosphatase. Conclusions, These studies indicate for the first time that NSF is a dimer of DUSP14 secreted by macrophage-like suppressor cells by stimulation with hapten-conjugated cells and exerts a regulatory function on CHS through DCs as a secreted phosphatase. [source]


Novel functions of ribosomal protein S6 in growth and differentiation of Dictyostelium cells

DEVELOPMENT GROWTH & DIFFERENTIATION, Issue 6 2009
Kazutaka Ishii
We have previously shown that in Dictyostelium cells a 32 kDa protein is rapidly and completely dephosphorylated in response to starvation that is essential for the initiation of differentiation (Akiyama & Maeda 1992). In the present work, this phosphoprotein was identified as a homologue (Dd-RPS6) of ribosomal protein S6 (RPS6) that is an essential member for protein synthesis. As expected, Dd-RPS6 seems to be absolutely required for cell survival, because we failed to obtain antisense-RNA mediated cells as well as Dd-rps6 -null cells by homologous recombination in spite of many trials. In many kinds of cell lines, RPS6 is known to be located in the nucleus and cytosol, but Dd-RPS6 is predominantly located in the cell cortex with cytoskeletons, and in the contractile ring of just-dividing cells. In this connection, the overexpression of Dd-RPS6 greatly impairs cytokinesis during axenic shake-cultures in growth medium, resulting in the formation of multinucleate cells. Much severe impairment of cytokinesis was observed when Dd-RPS6-overexpressing cells (Dd-RPS6OE cells) were incubated on a living Escherichia coli lawn. The initiation of differentiation triggered by starvation was also delayed in Dd-RPS6OE cells. In addition, Dd-RPS6OE cells exhibit defective differentiation into prespore cells and spores during late development. Thus, it is likely that the proper expression of Dd-RPS6 may be of importance for the normal progression of late differentiation as well as for the initiation of differentiation. [source]


PRP-17 and the pre-mRNA splicing pathway are preferentially required for the proliferation versus meiotic development decision and germline sex determination in Caenorhabditis elegans

DEVELOPMENTAL DYNAMICS, Issue 5 2010
Jessica Amrozowicz Kerins
Abstract In C. elegans, the decision between germline stem cell proliferation and entry into meiosis is controlled by GLP-1 Notch signaling, which promotes proliferation through repression of the redundant GLD-1 and GLD-2 pathways that direct meiotic entry. We identify prp-17 as another gene functioning downstream of GLP-1 signaling that promotes meiotic entry, largely by acting on the GLD-1 pathway, and that also functions in female germline sex determination. PRP-17 is orthologous to the yeast and human pre-mRNA splicing factor PRP17/CDC40 and can rescue the temperature-sensitive lethality of yeast PRP17. This link to splicing led to an RNAi screen of predicted C. elegans splicing factors in sensitized genetic backgrounds. We found that many genes throughout the splicing cascade function in the proliferation/meiotic entry decision and germline sex determination indicating that splicing per se, rather than a novel function of a subset of splicing factors, is necessary for these processes. Developmental Dynamics 239:1555,1572, 2010. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [source]


Vascular endothelial growth factor receptor signaling is required for cardiac valve formation in zebrafish

DEVELOPMENTAL DYNAMICS, Issue 1 2006
You Mie Lee
Abstract Vascular endothelial growth factor-receptors (VEGF-Rs) are pivotal regulators of vascular development, but a specific role for these receptors in the formation of heart valves has not been identified. We took advantage of small molecule inhibitors of VEGF-R signaling and showed that blocking VEGF-R signaling with receptor selective tyrosine kinase inhibitors, PTK 787 and AAC 787, from 17,21 hr post-fertilization (hpf) in zebrafish embryos resulted in a functional and structural defect in cardiac valve development. Regurgitation of blood between the two chambers of the heart, as well as a loss of cell-restricted expression of the valve differentiation markers notch 1b and bone morphogenetic protein-4 (bmp - 4), was readily apparent in treated embryos. In addition, microangiography revealed a loss of a definitive atrioventricular constriction in treated embryos. Taken together, these data demonstrate a novel function for VEGF-Rs in the endocardial endothelium of the developing cardiac valve. Developmental Dynamics 235:29,37, 2006. © 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [source]


Xnr2 and Xnr5 unprocessed proteins inhibit Wnt signaling upstream of dishevelled

DEVELOPMENTAL DYNAMICS, Issue 4 2005
Yasuko Onuma
Abstract Nodal and Nodal-related proteins activate the Activin-like signal pathway and play a key role in the formation of mesoderm and endoderm in vertebrate development. Recent studies have shown additional activities of Nodal-related proteins apart from the canonical Activin-like signal pathway. Here we report a novel function of Nodal-related proteins using cleavage mutants of Xenopus nodal-related genes (cmXnr2 and cmXnr5), which are known to be dominant-negative inhibitors of nodal family signaling. cmXnr2 and cmXnr5 inhibited both BMP signaling and Wnt signaling without activating the Activin-like signal in animal cap assays. Pro region construct of Xnr2 and Xnr5 did not inhibit Xwnt8, and pro/mature region chimera mutant cmActivin - Xnr2 and cmActivin- Xnr5 also did not inhibit Xwnt8 activity. These results indicate that the pro domains of Xnr2 and Xnr5 are necessary, but not sufficient, for Wnt inhibition, by Xnr family proteins. In addition, Western blot analysis and immunohistochemistry analysis revealed that the unprocessed Xnr5 protein is stably produced and secreted as effectively as mature Xnr5 protein, and that the unprocessed Xnr5 protein diffused in the extracellular space. These results suggest that unprocessed Xnr2 and Xnr5 proteins may be involved in inhibiting both BMP and Wnt signaling and are able to be secreted to act on somewhat distant target cells, if these are highly produced. Developmental Dynamics 234:900,910, 2005. © 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [source]


Neuronal calcium sensor-1 gene ncs-1a is essential for semicircular canal formation in zebrafish inner ear

DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROBIOLOGY, Issue 3 2005
Brian Blasiole
Abstract We have analyzed the functional role of neuronal calcium sensor-1 (Ncs-1) in zebrafish development. We identified two orthologs of the mammalian NCS-1 gene. Full-length cDNAs encoding zebrafish Ncs-1a and Ncs-1b polypeptides were cloned and characterized. Whole-mount in situ hybridization revealed that ncs-1a mRNA was expressed beginning at early somitogenesis. As development progressed, ncs-1a mRNA was present throughout the embryo with expression detected in ventral hematopoietic mesoderm, pronephric tubules, CNS nuclei, and otic vesicle. By 4.5 days post fertilization (dpf), ncs-1a expression was detected primarily in the brain. Expression of ncs-1b mRNA was first detected at 36 hours post fertilization (hpf) and was restricted to the olfactory bulb. By 4.5 dpf, ncs-1b was expressed at low levels throughout the brain. Knockdown of ncs-1a mRNA translation with antisense morpholinos blocked formation of semicircular canals. These studies identify a novel function for ncs-1a in inner ear development and suggest that this calcium sensor plays an important role in vestibular function. © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Neurobiol, 2005 [source]


Evolution of a novel function: nutritive milk in the viviparous cockroach, Diploptera punctata

EVOLUTION AND DEVELOPMENT, Issue 2 2004
Anna Williford
Summary Cockroach species show different degrees of maternal contribution to the developing offspring. In this study, we identify a multigene family that encodes water-soluble proteins that are a major component of nutritive "Milk" in the cockroach, Diploptera punctata. This gene family is associated with the evolution of a new trait, viviparity, in which the offspring receive nutrition during the gestation period. Twenty-five distinct Milk complementary DNAs were cloned and partially characterized. These complementary DNAs encode 22 distinct Milk peptides, each of length 171 amino acids, including a 16-amino acid signal peptide sequence. Southern blot analysis confirms the presence of multiple copies of Milk genes in D. punctata. Northern analysis indicates tissue- and stage-specific Milk gene expression. Examination of the deduced amino acid sequences identifies the presence of structurally conserved regions diagnostic of the lipocalin protein family. The shared exon/intron structure of one of the Milk loci with lipocalin genes further supports a close evolutionary relationship between these sequences. [source]


Emergence of a subfamily of xylanase inhibitors within glycoside hydrolase family 18

FEBS JOURNAL, Issue 7 2005
Anne Durand
The xylanase inhibitor protein I (XIP-I), recently identified in wheat, inhibits xylanases belonging to glycoside hydrolase families 10 (GH10) and 11 (GH11). Sequence and structural similarities indicate that XIP-I is related to chitinases of family GH18, despite its lack of enzymatic activity. Here we report the identification and biochemical characterization of a XIP-type inhibitor from rice. Despite its initial classification as a chitinase, the rice inhibitor does not exhibit chitinolytic activity but shows specificities towards fungal GH11 xylanases similar to that of its wheat counterpart. This, together, with an analysis of approximately 150 plant members of glycosidase family GH18 provides compelling evidence that xylanase inhibitors are largely represented in this family, and that this novel function has recently emerged based on a common scaffold. The plurifunctionality of GH18 members has major implications for genomic annotations and predicted gene function. This study provides new information which will lead to a better understanding of the biological significance of a number of GH18 ,inactivated' chitinases. [source]


A novel function of WAVE in lamellipodia: WAVE1 is required for stabilization of lamellipodial protrusions during cell spreading

GENES TO CELLS, Issue 5 2005
Daisuke Yamazaki
When a cell spreads and moves, reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton pushes the cell membrane, and the resulting membrane protrusions create new points of contact with the substrate and generate the locomotive force. Membrane extension and adhesion to a substrate must be tightly coordinated for effective cell movement, but little is known about the mechanisms underlying these processes. WAVEs are critical regulators of Rac-induced actin reorganization. WAVE2 is essential for formation of lamellipodial structures at the cell periphery stimulated by growth factors, but it is thought that WAVE1 is dispensable for such processes in mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs). Here we show a novel function of WAVE in lamellipodial protrusions during cell spreading. During spreading on fibronectin (FN), MEFs with knockouts (KOs) of WAVE1 and WAVE2 showed different membrane dynamics, suggesting that these molecules have distinct roles in lamellipodium formation. Formation of lamellipodial structures on FN was inhibited in WAVE2 KO MEFs. In contrast, WAVE1 is not essential for extension of lamellipodial protrusions but is required for stabilization of such structures. WAVE1-deficiency decreased the density of actin filaments and increased the speed of membrane extension, causing deformation of focal complex at the tip of spreading edges. Thus, at the tip of the lamellipodial protrusion, WAVE2 generates the membrane protrusive structures containing actin filaments, and modification by WAVE1 stabilizes these structures through cell-substrate adhesion. Coordination of WAVE1 and WAVE2 activities appears to be necessary for formation of proper actin structures in stable lamellipodia. [source]


Bacterial cell death induced by human pro-apoptotic Bax is blocked by an RNase E mutant that functions in an anti-oxidant pathway

GENES TO CELLS, Issue 3 2000
Rika Nanbu-Wakao
Background Bax is a member of the Bcl-2 family and induces apoptosis of mammalian cells. We have shown that a trace amount of human Bax induces the cell death of Escherichia coli, accompanied by damage to DNA, and that the region of Bax which is lethal to E. coli is also responsible for apoptosis-inducing activity in the mammalian cells. Results We isolated a Bax-resistant mutant from E. coli cells that survive in the presence of paraquat, a generator of superoxide, by screening a library constructed from the random insertion of a transposon. Psb1 (paraquat-resistant, suppressor of Bax-1) mutant had a Tn 10 transposon inserted in the rne gene of E. coli, splitting the RNase E gene (rne) into N- and C-terminal halves. The introduction of the truncated 5, end of rne specifically enhanced resistance to paraquat, prevented cell death induced by Bax and decreased the intracellular H2O2 concentration. The region responsible for the paraquat- and Bax-resistance was not the catalytic site for the endoribonuclease activity of RNase E. Conclusions The N-terminal region of the RNase E protein inhibits bacterial death induced by human Bax as well as paraquat through a unique mechanism that is distinct from RNA digestion. This study implies that the protection of bacterial death induced by Bax is associated with an anti-oxidant pathway and that a mutant RNase E has a novel function as an anti-oxidant. [source]


Hepatitis B virus X protein blunts senescence-like growth arrest of human hepatocellular carcinoma by reducing Notch1 cleavage,

HEPATOLOGY, Issue 1 2010
Jiejie Xu
One of the serious sequelae of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Among all the proteins encoded by the HBV genome, hepatitis B virus X protein (HBx) is highly associated with the development of HCC. Although Notch1 signaling has been found to exert a tumor-suppressive function during HCC development, the mechanism of interaction between HBx expression and Notch1 signaling needs to be explored. In this study, we report that HBx expression in hepatic and hepatoma cells resulted in decreased endogenous protein levels of Notch1 intracellular domain (ICN1) and messenger RNA levels of its downstream target genes. These effects were due to a reduction of Notch1 cleavage by HBx through the suppression of presenilin1 (Psen1) transcription rather than inhibition of Notch1 transcription or its ligands' expression. Through transient HBx expression, decreased ICN1 resulted in enhanced cell proliferation, induced G1-S cell cycle progression, and blunted cellular senescence in vitro. Furthermore, the effect of blunted senescence-like growth arrest by stable HBx expression through suppression of ICN1 was shown in a nude mouse xenograft transplantation model. The correlation of inhibited Psen1-dependent Notch1 signaling and blunted senescence-like growth arrest was also observed in HBV-associated HCC patient tumor samples. Conclusion: Our results reveal a novel function of HBx in blunting senescence-like growth arrest by decreasing Notch1 signaling, which could be a putative molecular mechanism mediating HBV-associated hepatocarcinogenesis. (HEPATOLOGY 2010;) [source]


Mismatch repair system decreases cell survival by stabilizing the tetraploid G1 arrest in response to SN-38

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CANCER, Issue 12 2010
Mandar Ramesh Bhonde
Abstract The role of the mismatch repair (MMR) system in correcting base,base mismatches is well established; its involvement in the response to DNA double strand breaks, however, is less clear. We investigated the influence of the essential component of MMR, the hMLH1 protein, on the cellular response to DNA-double strand breaks induced by treatment with SN-38, the active metabolite of topoisomerase I inhibitor irinotecan, in a strictly isogenic cell system (p53wt, hMLH1+/p53wt, hMLH1,). By using hMLH1 expressing clones or cells transduced with the hMLH1-expressing adenovirus as well as siRNA technology, we show that in response to SN-38-induced DNA damage the MMR proficient (MMR+) cells make: (i) a stronger G2/M arrest, (ii) a subsequent longer tetraploid G1 arrest, (iii) a stronger activation of Chk1 and Chk2 kinases than the MMR deficient (MMR,) counterparts. Both Cdk2 and Cdk4 kinases contribute to the basal tetraploid G1 arrest in MMR+ and MMR, cells. Although the Chk1 kinase is involved in the G2/M arrest, neither Chk1 nor Chk2 are involved in the enhancement of the tetraploid G1 arrest. The long-lasting tetraploid G1 arrest of MMR+ cells is associated with their lower clonogenic survival after SN-38 treatment, the abrogation of the tetraploid G1 arrest resulted in their better clonogenic survival. These data show that the stabilization of the tetraploid G1 arrest in response to double strand breaks is a novel function of the MMR system that contributes to the lesser survival of MMR+ cells. [source]


Reduction of TIP30 correlates with poor prognosis of gastric cancer patients and its restoration drastically inhibits tumor growth and metastasis

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CANCER, Issue 3 2009
Xiaohua Li
Abstract Gastric cancer is an aggressive cancer with poor prognosis. Identification of precise prognostic marker and effective therapeutic target is important in the treatment of gastric cancer. TIP30, a newly identified tumor suppressor, appears to be involved in multiple functions including tumorigenic suppression, apoptosis induction and diminishing angiogenic properties. Here, the level of TIP30 expression was determined in gastric cancer, and the impact of its alteration on cancer biology and clinical outcome was investigated. We found that TIP30 protein was absent or reduced in gastric cancer cell lines. There was also a loss or substantial decrease of TIP30 expression in 106 cases of gastric tumors as compared with that in normal gastric mucosa (p < 0.05), which was significantly associated with inferior survival duration. In a Cox proportional hazards model, TIP30 expression independently predicted better survival (p < 0.05). We also restored TIP30 protein expression in human gastric cancer-derived cells AGS and MKN28 lacking endogenous TIP30 protein to study the effects of TIP30 expression on cell proliferation, cell kinetics, tumorigenicity and metastasis in BALB/c nude mice and found that adenoviral-mediated restoration of TIP30 expression led to downregulation of cyclin D1, Bcl-2, Bcl-xl, but to upregulation of p27, Bax, p53, caspase 3 and 9 expression, cell cycle G0/G1 arrest and apoptosis in vitro, and dramatic attenuation of tumor growth and abrogation of metastasis in animal models. Taken together, the present work revealed a novel function of TIP30, which can possibly be used as an independent prognostic factor and a potential therapeutic target for gastric cancer. © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [source]


The interaction of KCTD1 with transcription factor AP-2, inhibits its transactivation,

JOURNAL OF CELLULAR BIOCHEMISTRY, Issue 2 2009
Xiaofeng Ding
Abstract AP-2 is a transcription factor implicated in mammalian development, cell proliferation, apoptosis, and carcinogenesis. To identify potential AP-2,-interacting partners, a yeast two-hybrid screen was performed in human brain cDNA library. One of the identified clones encodes potassium channel tetramerization domain-containing 1 (KCTD1). We demonstrated the novel KCTD1,AP-2, interaction in vitro by GST pull-down assays and in vivo by co-immunoprecipitation assays and mapped the interaction domains to the N-termini of both proteins. In addition, we observed that the two proteins were completely co-localized in the nuclei of mammalian cells. Transient transfection assays using four promoters containing AP-2-binding sites confirmed that KCTD1 significantly repressed AP-2,-mediated transactivation through the BTB domain, whereas KCTD1 siRNA strongly relieved KCTD1-mediated repression of AP-2, transcriptional activity, and other BTB domain proteins such as PDIP1, KCTD10, and TNFAIP1 did not markedly inhibit the transcriptional activity of AP-2,, suggesting that KCTD1 specifically acts as a negative regulator of AP-2,. Finally, we found that KCTD1 interacted with three major members of the AP-2 family and inhibited their transcriptional activities. Taken together, our results indicate the novel function of KCTD1 as the transcriptional repressor for AP-2 family, especially for AP-2,. J. Cell. Biochem. 106: 285,295, 2009. © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [source]


A role for the Werner syndrome protein in epigenetic inactivation of the pluripotency factor Oct4

AGING CELL, Issue 4 2010
Johanna A. Smith
Summary Werner syndrome (WS) is an autosomal recessive disorder, the hallmarks of which are premature aging and early onset of neoplastic diseases (Orren, 2006; Bohr, 2008). The gene, whose mutation underlies the WS phenotype, is called WRN. The protein encoded by the WRN gene, WRNp, has DNA helicase activity (Gray et al., 1997; Orren, 2006; Bohr, 2008; Opresko, 2008). Extensive evidence suggests that WRNp plays a role in DNA replication and DNA repair (Chen et al., 2003; Hickson, 2003; Orren, 2006; Turaga et al., 2007; Bohr, 2008). However, WRNp function is not yet fully understood. In this study, we show that WRNp is involved in de novo DNA methylation of the promoter of the Oct4 gene, which encodes a crucial stem cell transcription factor. We demonstrate that WRNp localizes to the Oct4 promoter during retinoic acid-induced differentiation of human pluripotent cells and associates with the de novo methyltransferase Dnmt3b in the chromatin of differentiating pluripotent cells. Depletion of WRNp does not affect demethylation of lysine 4 of the histone H3 at the Oct4 promoter, nor methylation of lysine 9 of H3, but it blocks the recruitment of Dnmt3b to the promoter and results in the reduced methylation of CpG sites within the Oct4 promoter. The lack of DNA methylation was associated with continued, albeit greatly reduced, Oct4 expression in WRN-deficient, retinoic acid-treated cells, which resulted in attenuated differentiation. The presented results reveal a novel function of WRNp and demonstrate that WRNp controls a key step in pluripotent stem cell differentiation. [source]


New insight into the molecular pathways of metallothionein-mediated neuroprotection and regeneration

JOURNAL OF NEUROCHEMISTRY, Issue 1 2008
R. S. Chung
Abstract There is a large body of evidence demonstrating that metallothioneins (MTs) expressed in astrocytes following CNS injury, exhibit both neuroprotective and neuroregenerative properties and are critical for recovery outcomes. As these proteins lack signal peptides, and have well characterized free radical scavenging and heavy metal binding properties, the neuroprotective functions of MTs have been attributed to these intracellular roles. However, there is an increasing realization that the neuroprotective functions of MTs may also involve an extracellular component. In this issue of Journal of Neurochemistry, Ambjørn et al. reveal considerable insight into this novel function of MTs. In this review, we examine the seminal work of Ambjørn et al. in the context of our current understanding of the role of MT in astrocyte-neuron interactions in the injured brain, and also discuss the significant therapeutic potential of their work. [source]


Ca2+ mobilization mediated by transient receptor potential canonical 3 is associated with thrombin-induced morphological changes in 1321N1 human astrocytoma cells

JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH, Issue 12 2008
Kenji Nakao
Abstract Activated astrocytes show various patterns of Ca2+ mobilization under pathological conditions. In the present study we revealed a novel function of astrocytic Ca2+ dynamics through investigation of thrombin-induced unique Ca2+ entry. Using 1321N1 human astrocytoma cells, which have been shown to be a good model for detecting morphological dynamics, we observed rapid retraction of bipolar protrusions that were reversibly evoked by 0.03,3 U/mL thrombin. Morphological changes were predominantly dependent on a specific thrombin receptor subtype, proteinase-activated receptor 1 (PAR-1). In parallel, Fura-2 imaging of intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) showed that thrombin induced heterogeneous Ca2+ responses with asynchronous repetitive peaks. These oscillations were found to be a result of repetitive Ca2+ release from intracellular stores, followed by refilling of Ca2+ from the extracellular region without a direct [Ca2+]i increase. Pharmacological manipulation with BAPTA-AM, cyclopiazonic acid, and 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate indicated that Ca2+ mobilization was involved in thrombin-induced morphological changes. We further addressed the role of Ca2+ entry using small interfering RNA (siRNA) for transient receptor potential canonical 3 (TRPC3). As a result, both thrombin-induced morphological changes and oscillatory Ca2+ responses were significantly attenuated in siRNA-transfected cells. Inhibition of TRPC3 with pyrazole-3 also provided support for the contribution of Ca2+ influx. Moreover, TRPC3-mediated Ca2+ dynamics regulated thrombin-induced phosphorylation of myosin light chain 2. These results suggest a novel function of astrocytic Ca2+ dynamics, including Ca2+ entry, in the pathophysiological effects of PAR-1-mediated astrocytic activation. TRPC3 forms a functional Ca2+ channel and might modulate astrocytic activation in response to brain hemorrhaging. © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [source]


Ontogenetic change in novel functions: waterfall climbing in adult Hawaiian gobiid fishes

JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, Issue 2 2007
R. W. Blob
Abstract Juveniles from three species of Hawaiian gobiid fishes climb waterfalls as part of an amphidromous life cycle, allowing them to re-penetrate adult upstream habitats after being swept out to the ocean upon hatching. The importance of climbing for juvenile stream gobies is well established, but adult fish in upstream island habitats also face potential downstream displacement by periodic disturbances. Thus, retention of climbing ability could be advantageous for adult stream gobies. Climbing performance might be expected to decline among adults, however, due to the tendency for mass-specific muscular power production to decrease with body size, and a lack of positively allometric growth among structures like the pelvic sucker that support body weight against gravity. To evaluate changes in waterfall-climbing ability with body size in Hawaiian stream gobies, we compared climbing performance and kinematics between adults and juveniles from three species: Awaous guamensis, Sicyopterus stimpsoni and Lentipes concolor. For species in which juveniles climbed using ,powerbursts' of axial undulation, adult performance and kinematics showed marked changes: adult A. guamensis failed to climb, and adult L. concolor used multiple pectoral fin adductions to crutch up surfaces at slow speeds, rather than rapid powerbursts. Adult S. stimpsoni, like juveniles, still used oral and pelvic suckers to ,inch' up surfaces and climbed at speeds comparable to those of juveniles. However, unlike juveniles, adult S. stimpsoni also add pectoral fin crutching to every climbing cycle. Thus, although powerburst species appear to be particularly susceptible to size-related declines in waterfall-climbing performance, the addition of compensatory mechanisms prevents the loss of this novel function in some species. [source]


Analysis of a chalcone synthase mutant in Ipomoea purpurea reveals a novel function for flavonoids: amelioration of heat stress

MOLECULAR ECOLOGY, Issue 5 2003
L. C. Coberly
Abstract Flavonoids are thought to function in the plant stress response and male fertility in some, but not all, species. We examined the effects of a self-fertile chalcone synthase null allele, a, for the effects of heat and light stress on fertilization success and flower production in Ipomoea purpurea. Pollen recipients and pollen donors of both homozygous genotypes exhibit reduced fertilization success at high temperatures, indicating that high temperature acts as a stress-lowering fertilization success. Homozygous aa individuals exhibit reduced male and female fertilization success, compared to AA individuals, at high temperatures but not at low temperatures. In addition, aa individuals produce fewer flowers than AA individuals at low temperatures, but not at high temperatures. These results suggest that flavonoids alleviate heat stress on fertilization success. They also suggest that pleiotropic effects at the A locus may explain the low frequency of the a allele in natural populations. [source]


ORIGINAL ARTICLE: IL-6 as a Regulatory Factor of the Humoral Response During Pregnancy

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF REPRODUCTIVE IMMUNOLOGY, Issue 3 2008
Valeria Dubinsky
Problem, Regulatory factors seem to be essential to achieve transition from implantation window to placental vascularization. A novel function of interleukin (IL)-6 in the promotion of Th2 differentiation and inhibition of Th1 polarization has been demonstrated. Considering that Th2 response promotes antibody synthesis, we postulate that IL-6 could be modulating the quality of this response during pregnancy by increasing the proportion of blocking asymmetric antibodies. Method of study, We investigated expression of blocking-asymmetric-IgG during pregnancy of CBA/J × DBA/2 abortion model treated with IL-6, with regards to CBA/J × BALB/c. We also determined asymmetric-IgG production in IL-6-deficient pregnant mice. Results, We found that IL-6 treatment increased asymmetric-IgG in multiparous placentas from abortion combination whereas diminished abortion rate. Moreover, asymmetric-IgG proportion was diminished in sera from IL-6-deficient pregnant mice. Conclusion, Modulation of asymmetric antibody synthesis could be another mechanism implicated in the beneficial effect of IL-6 in prevention of murine recurrent abortion. [source]


Overexpression of hepatocyte nuclear factor-3, induces apoptosis through the upregulation and accumulation of cytoplasmic p53 in prostate cancer cells,

THE PROSTATE, Issue 4 2010
Hyun Joo Lee
Abstract BACKGROUND Hepatocyte nuclear factor-3, (HNF-3,) has been known to act as a repressor in the pathogenesis of many cancers. Herein, we investigated the effect of HNF-3, overexpression in prostate cancer cells. METHODS HNF-3, was overexpressed in prostate cancer cells using an adenovirus recombinant expressing wild-type HNF-3,. The apoptosis of prostate cancer cells was determined by TUNEL, FACS, and caspase activity analyses. RESULTS Adenovirus-mediated overexpression of HNF-3, caused cell death in prostate cancer cells as assessed by changes in cellular and nuclear morphology, TUNEL analysis, and caspase activations. Furthermore, FACS analysis showed an increased sub-G1 phase of cell cycle as well as the G2/M phase with a corresponding decrease in S phases. HNF-3, overexpression caused the upregulation of p53 protein and its accumulation, together with HNF-3,, in the cytoplasm. It also causes Bax protein to localize to the mitochondria-enriched fraction. These findings suggest that multiple apoptotic pathways seem to be involved in the HNF-3,-induced cell death: pathways involving the accumulation of p53 protein in the cytoplasm and subsequent cytochrome c release, and other pathways involving death receptor signaling and caspase-8 activation. CONCLUSIONS The results of the current study suggest a novel function of HNF-3, as a killer of malignant prostate cancer cells, which reveals HNF-3, as a promising therapeutic molecule for prostate cancers. Prostate 70: 353,361, 2010. © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [source]


WASP plays a novel role in regulating platelet responses dependent on ,IIb,3 integrin outside-in signalling

BRITISH JOURNAL OF HAEMATOLOGY, Issue 3 2010
Anna Shcherbina
Summary The most consistent feature of Wiskott Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is profound thrombocytopenia with small platelets. The responsible gene encodes WAS protein (WASP), which functions in leucocytes as an actin filament nucleating agent ,yet, actin filament nucleation proceeds normally in patient platelets regarding shape change, filopodia and lamellipodia generation. Because WASP localizes in the platelet membrane skeleton and is mobilized by ,IIb,3 integrin outside-in signalling, we questioned whether its function might be linked to integrin. Agonist-induced ,IIb,3 activation (PAC-1 binding) was normal for patient platelets, indicating normal integrin inside-out signalling. Inside-out signalling (fibrinogen, JON/A binding) was also normal for wasp-deficient murine platelets. However, adherence/spreading on immobilized fibrinogen was decreased for patient platelets and wasp-deficient murine platelets, indicating decreased integrin outside-in responses. Another integrin outside-in dependent response, fibrin clot retraction, involving contraction of the post-aggregation actin cytoskeleton, was also decreased for patient platelets and wasp-deficient murine platelets. Rebleeding from tail cuts was more frequent for wasp-deficient mice, suggesting decreased stabilisation of the primary platelet plug. In contrast, phosphatidylserine exposure, a pro-coagulant response, was enhanced for WASP-deficient patient and murine platelets. The collective results reveal a novel function for WASP in regulating pro-aggregatory and pro-coagulant responses downstream of integrin outside-in signalling. [source]


The proapoptotic influenza A virus protein PB1-F2 regulates viral polymerase activity by interaction with the PB1 protein

CELLULAR MICROBIOLOGY, Issue 5 2008
Igor Mazur
Summary The 11th influenza A virus protein PB1-F2 was previously shown to enhance apoptosis in response to cytotoxic stimuli. The 87 amino acid protein that is encoded by an alternative reading frame of the PB1 polymerase gene was described to localize to mitochondria consistent with its proapoptotic function. However, PB1-F2 is also found diffusely distributed in the cytoplasm and in the nucleus suggesting additional functions of the protein. Here we show that PB1-F2 colocalizes and directly interacts with the viral PB1 polymerase protein. Lack of PB1-F2 during infection resulted in an altered localization of PB1 and decreased viral polymerase activity. Consequently, mutant viruses devoid of a functional PB1-F2 reading frame exhibited a small plaque phenotype. Thus, we have identified a novel function of PB1-F2 as an indirect regulator of the influenza virus polymerase activity via its interaction with PB1. [source]


A new function for LAT and CD8 during CD8-mediated apoptosis that is independent of TCR signal transduction

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY, Issue 6 2009
Raedun L. Clarke
Abstract The majority (>95%) of thymocytes undergo apoptosis during selection in the thymus. Several mechanisms have been proposed to explain how apoptosis of thymocytes that are not positively selected occurs; however, it is unknown whether thymocytes die purely by "neglect" or whether signaling through a cell-surface receptor initiates an apoptotic pathway. We have previously demonstrated that on double positive thymocytes the ligation of CD8 in the absence of TCR engagement results in apoptosis and have postulated this is a mechanism to remove thymocytes that have failed positive selection. On mature single positive T cells CD8 acts as a co-receptor to augment signaling through the TCR that is dependent on the phosphorylation of the adaptor protein, linker for activation of T cells (LAT). Here, we show that during CD8-mediated apoptosis of double positive thymocytes there is an increase in the association of CD8 with LAT and an increase in LAT tyrosine phosphorylation. Decreasing LAT expression and mutation of tyrosine residues of LAT reduced apoptosis upon crosslinking of CD8. Our results identify novel functions for both CD8 and LAT that are independent of TCR signal transduction and suggest a mechanism for signal transduction leading to apoptosis upon CD8 crosslinking. [source]


Proliferation and interleukin,5 production by CD8hiCD57+ T cells

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY, Issue 4 2008

Abstract CD8hiCD57+ T cells have previously been described as effector memory T cells with minimal expansion capacity and high susceptibility to activation-induced cell death. In contrast, we demonstrate here that CD8hiCD57+ T cells are capable of rapid expansion using multiple techniques including [3H]thymidine uptake, flow cytometric bead-based enumeration and standard haemocytometer counting. Previous reports can be explained by marked inhibition of activation-induced expansion and increased 7-amino-actinomycin,D uptake by CD8hiCD57+ T cells following treatment with CFSE, a dye previously used to measure their proliferation, combined with specific media requirements for the growth of this cell subset. The ability of CD8hiCD57+ T cells to further differentiate is highlighted by a distinct cytokine profile late after activation that includes the unexpected release of high levels of interleukin,5. These data indicate that CD8hiCD57+ T cells should not be considered as "end-stage" effector T cells incapable of proliferation, but represent a highly differentiated subset capable of rapid division and exhibiting novel functions separate from their previously described cytotoxic and IFN-, responses. [source]


Regulation of Eukaryotic Initiation Factor 4E and Its Isoform: Implications for Antiviral Strategy in Plants

JOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE PLANT BIOLOGY, Issue 10 2006
Yu-Yang Zhang
Abstract In recent years, biotechnology has permitted regulation of the expression of endogenous plant genes to improve agronomically important traits. Genetic modification of crops has benefited from emerging knowledge of new genes, especially genes that exhibit novel functions, one of which is eukaryotic initiation factor 4E (eIF4E). eIF4E is one of the most important translation initiation factors involved in eukaryotic initiation. Recent research has demonstrated that virus resistance mediated by eIF4E and its isoform eIF (iso)4E occurs in several plant-virus interactions, thus indicating a potential new role for eIF4E/eIF(iso)4E in resistance strategies against plant viruses. In this review, we briefly describe eIF4E activity in plant translation, its potential role, and functions of the eIF4E subfamily in plant-virus interactions. Other initiation factors such as eIF4G could also play a role in plant resistance against viruses. Finally, the potential for developing eIF4E-mediated resistance to plant viruses in the future is discussed. Future research should focus on elucidation of the resistance mechanism and spectrum mediated by eIF4E. Knowledge of a particular plant-virus interaction will help to deepen our understanding of eIF4E and other eukaryotic initiation factors, and their involvement in virus disease control. (Managing editor: Li-Hui Zhao) [source]


Ontogenetic change in novel functions: waterfall climbing in adult Hawaiian gobiid fishes

JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, Issue 2 2007
R. W. Blob
Abstract Juveniles from three species of Hawaiian gobiid fishes climb waterfalls as part of an amphidromous life cycle, allowing them to re-penetrate adult upstream habitats after being swept out to the ocean upon hatching. The importance of climbing for juvenile stream gobies is well established, but adult fish in upstream island habitats also face potential downstream displacement by periodic disturbances. Thus, retention of climbing ability could be advantageous for adult stream gobies. Climbing performance might be expected to decline among adults, however, due to the tendency for mass-specific muscular power production to decrease with body size, and a lack of positively allometric growth among structures like the pelvic sucker that support body weight against gravity. To evaluate changes in waterfall-climbing ability with body size in Hawaiian stream gobies, we compared climbing performance and kinematics between adults and juveniles from three species: Awaous guamensis, Sicyopterus stimpsoni and Lentipes concolor. For species in which juveniles climbed using ,powerbursts' of axial undulation, adult performance and kinematics showed marked changes: adult A. guamensis failed to climb, and adult L. concolor used multiple pectoral fin adductions to crutch up surfaces at slow speeds, rather than rapid powerbursts. Adult S. stimpsoni, like juveniles, still used oral and pelvic suckers to ,inch' up surfaces and climbed at speeds comparable to those of juveniles. However, unlike juveniles, adult S. stimpsoni also add pectoral fin crutching to every climbing cycle. Thus, although powerburst species appear to be particularly susceptible to size-related declines in waterfall-climbing performance, the addition of compensatory mechanisms prevents the loss of this novel function in some species. [source]


Molecular Diversity of VEGF-A as a Regulator of Its Biological Activity

MICROCIRCULATION, Issue 7 2009
Jeanette Woolard
ABSTRACT The vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) family of proteins regulates blood flow, growth, and function in both normal physiology and disease processes. VEGF-A is alternatively spliced to form multiple isoforms, in two subfamilies, that have specific, novel functions. Alternative splicing of exons 5,7 of the VEGF gene generates forms with differing bioavailability and activities, whereas alternative splice-site selection in exon 8 generates proangiogenic, termed VEGFxxx, or antiangiogenic proteins, termed VEGFxxxb. Despite its name, emerging roles for VEGF isoforms on cell types other than endothelium have now been identified. Although VEGF-A has conventionally been considered to be a family of proangiogenic, propermeability vasodilators, the identification of effects on nonendothelial cells, and the discovery of the antiangiogenic subfamily of splice isoforms, has added further complexity to their regulation of microvascular function. The distally spliced antiangiogenic isoforms are expressed in normal human tissue, but downregulated in angiogenic diseases, such as cancer and proliferative retinopathy, and in developmental pathologies, such as Denys Drash syndrome and preeclampsia. Here, we examine the molecular diversity of VEGF-A as a regulator of its biological activity and compare the role of the pro- and antiangiogenic VEGF-A splice isoforms in both normal and pathophysiological processes. [source]