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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4226, 2020 08 24.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32839450

RESUMO

Intercellular signaling is indispensable for single cells to form complex biological structures, such as biofilms, tissues and organs. The genetic tools available for engineering intercellular signaling, however, are quite limited. Here we exploit the chemical diversity of biological small molecules to de novo design a genetic toolbox for high-performance, multi-channel cell-cell communications and biological computations. By biosynthetic pathway design for signal molecules, rational engineering of sensing promoters and directed evolution of sensing transcription factors, we obtain six cell-cell signaling channels in bacteria with orthogonality far exceeding the conventional quorum sensing systems and successfully transfer some of them into yeast and human cells. For demonstration, they are applied in cell consortia to generate bacterial colony-patterns using up to four signaling channels simultaneously and to implement distributed bio-computation containing seven different strains as basic units. This intercellular signaling toolbox paves the way for engineering complex multicellularity including artificial ecosystems and smart tissues.


Assuntos
Comunicação Celular/genética , Biologia Computacional/métodos , Transdução de Sinais/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Escherichia coli/genética , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Microscopia de Fluorescência , Mutação , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4214, 2020 08 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32843632

RESUMO

Stomata are epidermal structures that modulate gas exchanges between plants and the atmosphere. The formation of stomata is regulated by multiple developmental and environmental signals, but how these signals are coordinated to control this process remains unclear. Here, we showed that the conserved energy sensor kinase SnRK1 promotes stomatal development under short-day photoperiod or in liquid culture conditions. Mutation of KIN10, the catalytic α-subunit of SnRK1, results in the decreased stomatal index; while overexpression of KIN10 significantly induces stomatal development. KIN10 displays the cell-type-specific subcellular location pattern. The nuclear-localized KIN10 proteins are highly enriched in the stomatal lineage cells to phosphorylate and stabilize SPEECHLESS, a master regulator of stomatal formation, thereby promoting stomatal development. Our work identifies a module links connecting the energy signaling and stomatal development and reveals that multiple regulatory mechanisms are in place for SnRK1 to modulate stomatal development in response to changing environments.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Arabidopsis/genética , Arabidopsis/genética , Fatores de Transcrição Hélice-Alça-Hélice Básicos/genética , Estômatos de Plantas/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Proteínas de Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição Hélice-Alça-Hélice Básicos/metabolismo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Microscopia Confocal , Mutação , Fosforilação , Fotoperíodo , Estômatos de Plantas/citologia , Estômatos de Plantas/metabolismo , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas , Estabilidade Proteica , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/genética , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo
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Cell Host Microbe ; 28(3): 475-485.e5, 2020 09 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32735849

RESUMO

Antibody-based interventions against SARS-CoV-2 could limit morbidity, mortality, and possibly transmission. An anticipated correlate of such countermeasures is the level of neutralizing antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, which engages with host ACE2 receptor for entry. Using an infectious molecular clone of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) expressing eGFP as a marker of infection, we replaced the glycoprotein gene (G) with the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 (VSV-eGFP-SARS-CoV-2) and developed a high-throughput-imaging-based neutralization assay at biosafety level 2. We also developed a focus-reduction neutralization test with a clinical isolate of SARS-CoV-2 at biosafety level 3. Comparing the neutralizing activities of various antibodies and ACE2-Fc soluble decoy protein in both assays revealed a high degree of concordance. These assays will help define correlates of protection for antibody-based countermeasures and vaccines against SARS-CoV-2. Additionally, replication-competent VSV-eGFP-SARS-CoV-2 provides a tool for testing inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 mediated entry under reduced biosafety containment.


Assuntos
Anticorpos Neutralizantes/sangue , Anticorpos Antivirais/sangue , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/terapia , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/terapia , Animais , Betacoronavirus/genética , Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos/imunologia , Humanos , Imunização Passiva , Testes de Neutralização , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia , Células Vero , Vírus da Estomatite Vesicular Indiana/genética , Vírus da Estomatite Vesicular Indiana/imunologia , Internalização do Vírus , Replicação Viral
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PLoS Biol ; 18(8): e3000762, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32760088

RESUMO

Centrosomes, the main microtubule organizing centers (MTOCs) of metazoan cells, contain an older "mother" and a younger "daughter" centriole. Stem cells either inherit the mother or daughter-centriole-containing centrosome, providing a possible mechanism for biased delivery of cell fate determinants. However, the mechanisms regulating centrosome asymmetry and biased centrosome segregation are unclear. Using 3D-structured illumination microscopy (3D-SIM) and live-cell imaging, we show in fly neural stem cells (neuroblasts) that the mitotic kinase Polo and its centriolar protein substrate Centrobin (Cnb) accumulate on the daughter centriole during mitosis, thereby generating molecularly distinct mother and daughter centrioles before interphase. Cnb's asymmetric localization, potentially involving a direct relocalization mechanism, is regulated by Polo-mediated phosphorylation, whereas Polo's daughter centriole enrichment requires both Wdr62 and Cnb. Based on optogenetic protein mislocalization experiments, we propose that the establishment of centriole asymmetry in mitosis primes biased interphase MTOC activity, necessary for correct spindle orientation.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/genética , Centríolos/metabolismo , Centrossomo/metabolismo , Proteínas de Drosophila/genética , Drosophila melanogaster/genética , Mitose , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/genética , Animais , Animais Geneticamente Modificados , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/metabolismo , Centríolos/ultraestrutura , Centrossomo/ultraestrutura , Proteínas de Drosophila/metabolismo , Drosophila melanogaster/citologia , Drosophila melanogaster/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Drosophila melanogaster/metabolismo , Embrião não Mamífero , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Genes Reporter , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Interfase , Proteínas Luminescentes/genética , Proteínas Luminescentes/metabolismo , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/genética , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/metabolismo , Células-Tronco Neurais/citologia , Células-Tronco Neurais/metabolismo , Optogenética/métodos , Fosforilação , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4285, 2020 08 27.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32855390

RESUMO

Plant hormone cytokinins are perceived by a subfamily of sensor histidine kinases (HKs), which via a two-component phosphorelay cascade activate transcriptional responses in the nucleus. Subcellular localization of the receptors proposed the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane as a principal cytokinin perception site, while study of cytokinin transport pointed to the plasma membrane (PM)-mediated cytokinin signalling. Here, by detailed monitoring of subcellular localizations of the fluorescently labelled natural cytokinin probe and the receptor ARABIDOPSIS HISTIDINE KINASE 4 (CRE1/AHK4) fused to GFP reporter, we show that pools of the ER-located cytokinin receptors can enter the secretory pathway and reach the PM in cells of the root apical meristem, and the cell plate of dividing meristematic cells. Brefeldin A (BFA) experiments revealed vesicular recycling of the receptor and its accumulation in BFA compartments. We provide a revised view on cytokinin signalling and the possibility of multiple sites of perception at PM and ER.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Membrana Celular/metabolismo , Citocininas/metabolismo , Retículo Endoplasmático/metabolismo , Corantes Fluorescentes/química , Proteínas Quinases/metabolismo , Receptores de Superfície Celular/metabolismo , Arabidopsis/citologia , Arabidopsis/genética , Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Proteínas de Arabidopsis/genética , Brefeldina A/farmacologia , Citocininas/química , Corantes Fluorescentes/metabolismo , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Meristema/citologia , Meristema/metabolismo , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas , Proteínas Quinases/genética , Receptores de Superfície Celular/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4284, 2020 08 27.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32855409

RESUMO

Cytokinins are mobile multifunctional plant hormones with roles in development and stress resilience. Although their Histidine Kinase receptors are substantially localised to the endoplasmic reticulum, cellular sites of cytokinin perception and importance of spatially heterogeneous cytokinin distribution continue to be debated. Here we show that cytokinin perception by plasma membrane receptors is an effective additional path for cytokinin response. Readout from a Two Component Signalling cytokinin-specific reporter (TCSn::GFP) closely matches intracellular cytokinin content in roots, yet we also find cytokinins in extracellular fluid, potentially enabling action at the cell surface. Cytokinins covalently linked to beads that could not pass the plasma membrane increased expression of both TCSn::GFP and Cytokinin Response Factors. Super-resolution microscopy of GFP-labelled receptors and diminished TCSn::GFP response to immobilised cytokinins in cytokinin receptor mutants, further indicate that receptors can function at the cell surface. We argue that dual intracellular and surface locations may augment flexibility of cytokinin responses.


Assuntos
Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Citocininas/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes/metabolismo , Adenina/análogos & derivados , Adenina/farmacologia , Arabidopsis/citologia , Arabidopsis/efeitos dos fármacos , Arabidopsis/genética , Proteínas de Arabidopsis/genética , Proteínas de Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Líquido Extracelular/metabolismo , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Histidina Quinase/genética , Histidina Quinase/metabolismo , Mutação , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas , Proteínas Recombinantes/genética , Transdução de Sinais
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Cell Host Microbe ; 28(3): 465-474.e4, 2020 09 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32798445

RESUMO

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has caused millions of human infections, and an effective vaccine is critical to mitigate coronavirus-induced disease 2019 (COVID-19). Previously, we developed a replication-competent vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) expressing a modified form of the SARS-CoV-2 spike gene in place of the native glycoprotein gene (VSV-eGFP-SARS-CoV-2). Here, we show that vaccination with VSV-eGFP-SARS-CoV-2 generates neutralizing immune responses and protects mice from SARS-CoV-2. Immunization of mice with VSV-eGFP-SARS-CoV-2 elicits high antibody titers that neutralize SARS-CoV-2 and target the receptor binding domain that engages human angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 (ACE2). Upon challenge with a human isolate of SARS-CoV-2, mice that expressed human ACE2 and were immunized with VSV-eGFP-SARS-CoV-2 show profoundly reduced viral infection and inflammation in the lung, indicating protection against pneumonia. Passive transfer of sera from VSV-eGFP-SARS-CoV-2-immunized animals also protects naive mice from SARS-CoV-2 challenge. These data support development of VSV-SARS-CoV-2 as an attenuated, replication-competent vaccine against SARS-CoV-2.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/prevenção & controle , Vírus da Estomatite Vesicular Indiana/genética , Vacinas Virais/genética , Animais , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/sangue , Anticorpos Antivirais/sangue , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Vetores Genéticos , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos/imunologia , Humanos , Pulmão/imunologia , Pulmão/patologia , Pulmão/virologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Camundongos Transgênicos , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/genética , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Receptores Virais/genética , Pesquisa Médica Translacional , Vacinas Sintéticas/genética , Vacinas Sintéticas/imunologia , Vacinas Sintéticas/farmacologia , Células Vero , Vírus da Estomatite Vesicular Indiana/imunologia , Vacinas Virais/imunologia , Vacinas Virais/farmacologia
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Anticancer Res ; 40(8): 4425-4444, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32727773

RESUMO

BACKGROUND/AIM: Patients with metastasized melanoma have limited treatment options and poor diagnosis. Therefore, the development of treatments requires a new therapeutic approach, of which gene therapy using rAAV vectors can be proposed. The aim of the study was to examine the efficiency of the rAAV vector to transduce mouse melanoma cells both in vitro and in vivo. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Different rAAV serotypes encoding GFP under the control of both chicken beta-actin and cytomegalovirus promoters were used in the experiments. Intranasal, intraperitoneal, intravenous and intratumoral pathways of administration of rAAV vectors were tested using quantitative-PCR and immunohistochemical staining. RESULTS: The highest transduction efficiency in metastatic cells in vivo was observed 7 days after intranasal administration of a 1010 gc/0.03 ml dose of rAAV/DJ-CAG. CONCLUSION: Melanoma gene therapy based on rAAV vectors is a possible treatment option.


Assuntos
Dependovirus/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Neoplasias Pulmonares/genética , Neoplasias Pulmonares/secundário , Melanoma Experimental/genética , Administração Intranasal , Animais , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Feminino , Terapia Genética , Vetores Genéticos/administração & dosagem , Neoplasias Pulmonares/terapia , Masculino , Melanoma Experimental/terapia , Camundongos , Células NIH 3T3 , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , Transdução Genética , Resultado do Tratamento
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Gene ; 758: 144958, 2020 Oct 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32683073

RESUMO

Short-lived therapeutic gene expression in mammalian cells by DNA methylation is one of the major challenges in gene therapy. In this study, we assessed the implication of DNA methylation on the duration of GFP expression in mouse embryonic stem (ES) and mouse induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. The cells were transduced with lentivirus (LV) carrying green fluorescent protein (GFP) driven by either human elongation factor (EF1α) or cytomegalovirus (CMV) promoter. Transduced iPS cells exhibited higher percentage of GFP+ cells with persistent mean fluorescent intensity than transduced ES cells. Analysis on the integrated copy of transgene in the population of the transduced cells demonstrated similar copy number. However, significant increase in GFP intensity following 5-azaC treatment was observed in transduced ES cells only, suggesting the influence of DNA methylation in transgene silencing. Subsequent DNA methylation analysis showed that the promoter and the GFP region of the provirus in iPS cells had negligible methylation profile compared to transduced ES cells. Interestingly, sustained transgene expression was observed upon directed differentiation of transduced iPS cells towards CD34+ CD45+ cells. Hence, this study has shown that favourable transgene activity from lentiviral transduced iPS cells was due to the lack of methylation at the proviral regions.


Assuntos
Metilação de DNA/genética , Células-Tronco Embrionárias/metabolismo , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Células-Tronco Pluripotentes Induzidas/metabolismo , Animais , Azacitidina/farmacologia , Linhagem Celular , Citomegalovirus/genética , Fator de Iniciação 1 em Eucariotos/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/genética , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas/genética , Transdução Genética
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Nucleic Acids Res ; 48(15): e90, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32609809

RESUMO

Specific genomic functions are dictated by macromolecular complexes (MCs) containing multiple proteins. Affinity purification of these complexes, often using antibodies, followed by mass spectrometry (MS) has revolutionized our ability to identify the composition of MCs. However, conventional immunoprecipitations suffer from contaminating antibody/serum-derived peptides that limit the sensitivity of detection for low-abundant interacting partners using MS. Here, we present AptA-MS (aptamer affinity-mass spectrometry), a robust strategy primarily using a specific, high-affinity RNA aptamer against Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) to identify interactors of a GFP-tagged protein of interest by high-resolution MS. Utilizing this approach, we have identified the known molecular chaperones that interact with human Heat Shock Factor 1 (HSF1), and observed an increased association with several proteins upon heat shock, including translation elongation factors and histones. HSF1 is known to be regulated by multiple post-translational modifications (PTMs), and we observe both known and new sites of modifications on HSF1. We show that AptA-MS provides a dramatic target enrichment and detection sensitivity in evolutionarily diverse organisms and allows identification of PTMs without the need for modification-specific enrichments. In combination with the expanding libraries of GFP-tagged cell lines, this strategy offers a general, inexpensive, and high-resolution alternative to conventional approaches for studying MCs.


Assuntos
Aptâmeros de Nucleotídeos/química , Fatores de Transcrição de Choque Térmico/química , Substâncias Macromoleculares/isolamento & purificação , Espectrometria de Massas , Aptâmeros de Nucleotídeos/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Fatores de Transcrição de Choque Térmico/genética , Histonas/química , Humanos , Imunoprecipitação , Substâncias Macromoleculares/química , Chaperonas Moleculares/química , Chaperonas Moleculares/genética , Peptídeos/química , Ligação Proteica , Processamento de Proteína Pós-Traducional
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 2713, 2020 06 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32483127

RESUMO

Despite their rapidly-expanding therapeutic potential, human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived cell therapies continue to have serious safety risks. Transplantation of hPSC-derived cell populations into preclinical models has generated teratomas (tumors arising from undifferentiated hPSCs), unwanted tissues, and other types of adverse events. Mitigating these risks is important to increase the safety of such therapies. Here we use genome editing to engineer a general platform to improve the safety of future hPSC-derived cell transplantation therapies. Specifically, we develop hPSC lines bearing two drug-inducible safeguards, which have distinct functionalities and address separate safety concerns. In vitro administration of one small molecule depletes undifferentiated hPSCs >106-fold, thus preventing teratoma formation in vivo. Administration of a second small molecule kills all hPSC-derived cell-types, thus providing an option to eliminate the entire hPSC-derived cell product in vivo if adverse events arise. These orthogonal safety switches address major safety concerns with pluripotent cell-derived therapies.


Assuntos
Técnicas de Cultura de Células/métodos , Diferenciação Celular/genética , Edição de Genes/métodos , Células-Tronco Pluripotentes/metabolismo , Transplante de Células-Tronco/métodos , Animais , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Sobrevivência Celular/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Humanos , Camundongos Endogâmicos NOD , Camundongos Knockout , Camundongos SCID , Proteína Homeobox Nanog/genética , Proteína Homeobox Nanog/metabolismo , Células-Tronco Pluripotentes/citologia , Células-Tronco Pluripotentes/efeitos dos fármacos , Bibliotecas de Moléculas Pequenas/farmacologia , Tacrolimo/análogos & derivados , Tacrolimo/farmacologia , Teratoma/genética , Teratoma/metabolismo , Teratoma/prevenção & controle
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J Chromatogr A ; 1624: 461227, 2020 Aug 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32540069

RESUMO

Affinity chromatography is generally regarded as a powerful tool allowing the single step purification of recombinant proteins with high purity and yields. However, for most protein products, affinity purification methods for industrial applications are not readily available, mainly due to the lack of specific and robust natural counterparts that could function as affinity ligands. In this study, we explored the applicability of nanobody-based peptide-tag immunorecognition systems as a platform for affinity chromatography. Two typical nanobodies (BC2-nb and Syn2-nb) that are capable of recognizing specifically a particular peptide-tag, were prepared through prokaryotic expression and proved to be able to bind with nanomolar affinity to their cognate tag fused to enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP). Through an epoxy-based immobilization reaction, the two nanobodies were coupled on a Sepharose CL-6B matrix under the same conditions. The remaining antigen binding activity of the immobilized BC2-nb and Syn2-nb was determined to be 83.1% and 42.9%, yielding the resins with the dynamic binding capacity (DBC) of 21.4 mg/mL and 5.9 mg/mL, respectively. The immobilized affinity ligands exhibited high binding specificity towards their respective target peptides, yielding a product purity above 90% directly from crude bacterial lysates in one single chromatographic step. However, for the both affinity complexes, desorption has been found difficult, and effective recovery of the bound products could be only achieved with competitive elution or after employing harsh conditions such as 10 mM NaOH solution, which will compromise the reuse cycles of the affinity resins. This study shows the potential of nanobody-based affinity chromatography for efficient purification of recombinant proteins especially from complex feedstocks and reveals the primary issues to be addressed to develop a successful application.


Assuntos
Cromatografia de Afinidade/métodos , Peptídeos/imunologia , Anticorpos de Domínio Único/imunologia , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Anticorpos Imobilizados/química , Anticorpos Imobilizados/imunologia , Cromatografia Líquida de Alta Pressão , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Cinética , Peptídeos/química , Peptídeos/isolamento & purificação , Anticorpos de Domínio Único/genética , Anticorpos de Domínio Único/metabolismo
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Science ; 368(6497): 1386-1392, 2020 06 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32554597

RESUMO

The nucleus contains diverse phase-separated condensates that compartmentalize and concentrate biomolecules with distinct physicochemical properties. Here, we investigated whether condensates concentrate small-molecule cancer therapeutics such that their pharmacodynamic properties are altered. We found that antineoplastic drugs become concentrated in specific protein condensates in vitro and that this occurs through physicochemical properties independent of the drug target. This behavior was also observed in tumor cells, where drug partitioning influenced drug activity. Altering the properties of the condensate was found to affect the concentration and activity of drugs. These results suggest that selective partitioning and concentration of small molecules within condensates contributes to drug pharmacodynamics and that further understanding of this phenomenon may facilitate advances in disease therapy.


Assuntos
Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Núcleo Celular/metabolismo , Resistencia a Medicamentos Antineoplásicos , Neoplasias/tratamento farmacológico , Neoplasias/metabolismo , Antineoplásicos/uso terapêutico , Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/genética , Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/metabolismo , Proteínas Cromossômicas não Histona/genética , Proteínas Cromossômicas não Histona/metabolismo , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Humanos , Subunidade 1 do Complexo Mediador/genética , Subunidade 1 do Complexo Mediador/metabolismo , Proteínas Nucleares/genética , Proteínas Nucleares/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes/metabolismo , Fatores de Processamento de Serina-Arginina/genética , Fatores de Processamento de Serina-Arginina/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(6): e0234430, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32511274

RESUMO

Excess presence of the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) as well as of the focal adhesion protein complexes are associated with increased proliferation, migratory, and invasive behavior of cancer cells. A cross-regulation between HER2 and integrin signaling pathways has been found, but the exact mechanism remains elusive. Here, we investigated whether HER2 colocalizes with focal adhesion complexes on breast cancer cells overexpressing HER2. For this purpose, vinculin or talin green fluorescent protein (GFP) fusion proteins, both key constituents of focal adhesions, were expressed in breast cancer cells. HER2 was either extracellularly or intracellularly labeled with fluorescent quantum dots nanoparticles (QDs). The cell-substrate interface was analyzed at the location of the focal adhesions by means of total internal reflection fluorescent microscopy or correlative fluorescence- and scanning transmission electron microscopy. Expression of HER2 at the cell-substrate interface was only observed upon intracellular labeling, and was heterogeneous with both HER2-enriched and -low regions. In contrast to an expected enrichment of HER2 at focal adhesions, an anti-correlated expression pattern was observed for talin and HER2. Our findings suggest a spatial anti-correlation between HER2 and focal adhesion complexes for adherent cells.


Assuntos
Membrana Celular/metabolismo , Adesões Focais/metabolismo , Receptor ErbB-2/metabolismo , Análise Espacial , Adesão Celular , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Membrana Celular/ultraestrutura , Adesões Focais/ultraestrutura , Genes Reporter , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Humanos , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão e Varredura , Microscopia de Fluorescência , Receptor ErbB-2/análise , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/análise , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Talina/análise , Talina/genética , Talina/metabolismo , Vinculina/análise , Vinculina/genética , Vinculina/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3061, 2020 06 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32546731

RESUMO

Programmed ribosomal frameshifting (PRF) is the controlled slippage of the translating ribosome to an alternative frame. This process is widely employed by human viruses such as HIV and SARS coronavirus and is critical for their replication. Here, we developed a high-throughput approach to assess the frameshifting potential of a sequence. We designed and tested >12,000 sequences based on 15 viral and human PRF events, allowing us to systematically dissect the rules governing ribosomal frameshifting and discover novel regulatory inputs based on amino acid properties and tRNA availability. We assessed the natural variation in HIV gag-pol frameshifting rates by testing >500 clinical isolates and identified subtype-specific differences and associations between viral load in patients and the optimality of PRF rates. We devised computational models that accurately predict frameshifting potential and frameshifting rates, including subtle differences between HIV isolates. This approach can contribute to the development of antiviral agents targeting PRF.


Assuntos
Mudança da Fase de Leitura do Gene Ribossômico , Sequenciamento de Nucleotídeos em Larga Escala/métodos , Proteínas de Fusão gag-pol/genética , Variação Genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , HIV-1/genética , Humanos , Células K562 , Proteínas Luminescentes/genética , Biossíntese de Proteínas , RNA de Transferência/genética
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PLoS One ; 15(6): e0233784, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32492024

RESUMO

Recent advances in somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) in canines facilitate the production of canine transgenic models. Owing to the importance of stable and strong promoter activity in transgenic animals, we tested human elongation factor 1α (hEF1α) and cytomegalovirus (CMV) promoter sequences in SCNT transgenic dogs. After transfection, transgenic donor fibroblasts with the hEF1α-enhanced green fluorescence protein (EGFP) transgene were successfully isolated using fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS). We obtained four puppies, after SCNT, and identified three puppies as being transgenic using PCR analysis. Unexpectedly, EGFP regulated by hEF1α promoter was not observed at the organismal and cellular levels in these transgenic dogs. EGFP expression was rescued by the inhibition of DNA methyltransferases, implying that the hEF1α promoter is silenced by DNA methylation. Next, donor cells with CMV-EGFP transgene were successfully established and SCNT was performed. Three puppies of six born puppies were confirmed to be transgenic. Unlike hEF1α-regulated EGFP, CMV-regulated EGFP was strongly detectable at both the organismal and cellular levels in all transgenic dogs, even after 19 months. In conclusion, our study suggests that the CMV promoter is more suitable, than the hEF1α promoter, for stable transgene expression in SCNT-derived transgenic canine model.


Assuntos
Clonagem de Organismos/veterinária , Citomegalovirus/genética , Técnicas de Transferência Nuclear/veterinária , Fator 1 de Elongação de Peptídeos/genética , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas/genética , Ativação Transcricional/genética , Animais , Animais Geneticamente Modificados , Azacitidina/farmacologia , Células Cultivadas , DNA (Citosina-5-)-Metiltransferases/antagonistas & inibidores , Metilação de DNA/efeitos dos fármacos , Cães , Transferência Embrionária/veterinária , Feminino , Fibroblastos/metabolismo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Humanos , Gravidez , Transfecção , Transgenes
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Arch Virol ; 165(8): 1803-1813, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32474688

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In recent years, the availability of reverse genetics systems for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) has created new perspectives for the use of recombinant viruses as expression vectors. Most of these recombinant PRRSV vectors express foreign genes through either an independent transcription unit inserted in ORF1b and ORF2, or in ORF7 and the 3' UTR. The aim of this study was to find an alternative site for foreign gene insertion into the PRRSV genome. Here, we constructed an infectious cDNA clone for a cell-adapted PRRSV strain, GXNN1396-P96. This cDNA-clone-derived recombinant virus (rGXAM) was comparable in its growth kinetics in MARC-145 cells to the parental virus, GX1396-P96. Using the infectious cDNA-clone, we inserted an independent transcription unit in ORF4 and ORF5a to generate a novel PRRSV-based recombinant virus expressing the green fluorescent protein (GFP) gene. Biological characterization of the recombinant virus, rGX45BSTRS-GFP, showed that it maintained similar growth characteristics but produced fewer infectious virions than the parental PRRSV. These data demonstrate that the ORF4 and ORF5a site is able to tolerate the insertion of foreign genes.


Assuntos
Marcadores Genéticos/genética , Fases de Leitura Aberta/genética , Síndrome Respiratória e Reprodutiva Suína/virologia , Vírus da Síndrome Respiratória e Reprodutiva Suína/genética , Animais , Linhagem Celular , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Suínos , Replicação Viral/genética
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Science ; 368(6496): 1205-1210, 2020 06 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32527825

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Cell migration is driven by local membrane protrusion through directed polymerization of F-actin at the front. However, F-actin next to the plasma membrane also tethers the membrane and thus resists outgoing protrusions. Here, we developed a fluorescent reporter to monitor changes in the density of membrane-proximal F-actin (MPA) during membrane protrusion and cell migration. Unlike the total F-actin concentration, which was high in the front of migrating cells, MPA density was low in the front and high in the back. Back-to-front MPA density gradients were controlled by higher cofilin-mediated turnover of F-actin in the front. Furthermore, nascent membrane protrusions selectively extended outward from areas where MPA density was reduced. Thus, locally low MPA density directs local membrane protrusions and stabilizes cell polarization during cell migration.


Assuntos
Actinas/metabolismo , Movimento Celular , Extensões da Superfície Celular , Actinas/química , Actinas/genética , Membrana Celular , Polaridade Celular , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/química , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Células Endoteliais da Veia Umbilical Humana/metabolismo , Humanos
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J Vis Exp ; (160)2020 06 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32568236

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The osteocyte, once thought to be a passive resident of the bone given the backstage function of sensing mechanical loading, is now brought to the spotlight and has been shown to have multiple major functions like actively modifying the extracellular matrix and forming an endocrine organ with the lacunocanalicular system that encloses it sending messages to distant sites. Owing to the methods that made it possible to test the osteocyte in vitro from isolating primary osteocytes to osteocyte-like cell lines, osteocytes are now experiencing a resounding interest and a surge of knowledge on structure and function. Many aspects of the osteocyte biology and interaction with other molecular components are yet to be discovered. In this protocol, we describe in detail the efficient isolation of primary osteocytes from dmp1-topaz neonatal mouse calvaria, which express the green fluorescent protein in osteocytes, through cell fractionation and subsequently acquiring cultures of primary osteocytes by FACS.


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Fracionamento Celular , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Osteócitos/metabolismo , Crânio/citologia , Animais , Linhagem Celular , Matriz Extracelular/metabolismo , Expressão Gênica , Camundongos
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PLoS One ; 15(6): e0234182, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32492056

RESUMO

The development of noninvasive approaches for brain tumor diagnosis and monitoring continues to be a major medical challenge. Although blood-based liquid biopsy has received considerable attention in various cancers, limited progress has been made for brain tumors, at least partly due to the hindrance of tumor biomarker release into the peripheral circulation by the blood-brain barrier. Focused ultrasound (FUS) combined with microbubbles induced BBB disruption has been established as a promising technique for noninvasive and localized brain drug delivery. Building on this established technique, we propose to develop FUS-enabled liquid biopsy technique (FUS-LBx) to enhance the release of brain tumor biomarkers (e.g., DNA, RNA, and proteins) into the circulation. The objective of this study was to demonstrate that FUS-LBx could sufficiently increase plasma levels of brain tumor biomarkers without causing hemorrhage in the brain. Mice with orthotopic implantation of enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP)-transfected murine glioma cells were treated using magnetic resonance (MR)-guided FUS system in the presence of systemically injected microbubbles at three peak negative pressure levels (0.59, 1.29, and 1.58 MPa). Plasma eGFP mRNA levels were quantified with the quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). Contrast-enhanced MR images were acquired before and after the FUS sonication. FUS at 0.59 MPa resulted in an increased plasma eGFP mRNA level, comparable to those at higher acoustic pressures (1.29 MPa and 1.58 MPa). Microhemorrhage density associated with FUS at 0.59 MPa was significantly lower than that at higher acoustic pressures and not significantly different from the control group. MRI analysis revealed that post-sonication intratumoral and peritumoral hyperenhancement had strong correlations with the level of FUS-induced biomarker release and the extent of hemorrhage. This study suggests that FUS-LBx could be a safe and effective brain-tumor biomarker release technique, and MRI could be used to develop image-guided FUS-LBx.


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Biomarcadores Tumorais/metabolismo , Neoplasias Encefálicas/metabolismo , Glioblastoma/metabolismo , Ultrassonografia de Intervenção/métodos , Animais , Biomarcadores Tumorais/sangue , Barreira Hematoencefálica , Neoplasias Encefálicas/diagnóstico por imagem , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Meios de Contraste , Feminino , Glioblastoma/diagnóstico por imagem , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/sangue , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Hemorragias Intracranianas/etiologia , Hemorragias Intracranianas/patologia , Biópsia Líquida/métodos , Imagem por Ressonância Magnética , Camundongos , Ultrassonografia de Intervenção/efeitos adversos
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