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  • Eusuf, Saad Bin (Helsingin yliopisto, 2020)
    Stress response in plants is influenced by several external and internal factors and is executed in a modular way. Environmental stimuli or stress is sensed by cellular receptors and the signal is transduced inside cell via the phospho-activation of highly conserved intracellular signaling cascades like mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascades. The signal then activates biosynthesis pathways of major stress response hormones like Salicylic acid (SA). In Arabidopsis about 90% SA is synthesized via isochorismate pathway and Isochorismate synthase 1 (ICS1) is a rate limiting enzyme in this pathway. In this study, goal was to select transgenic ICS1 (homozygous) candidate lines from parent ICS1-CFP by selective regeneration. Then, by molecular and physiological characterization of transgenic ICS1-CFP plants, the function of ICS1 phosphorylation, more specifically, impact of different photoperiods (Long day; LD and Short day; SD) and stress conditions on ICS1 activity would have resolved. However, there were no homozygous candidate line from any parent ICS1-CFP plants after several screening. Nevertheless, ozone treated stress sensitivity test was performed with heterozygous ICS1-CFP candidate plants (T2 generation). Ozone treated stress depends on stomata factor because ozone enters into plants through stomata. Therefore, stomata index analysis was performed with sid2 and WT (Col-0) phenotypes and grown in LD and SD conditions. Since, stomata number was different between LD and SD plants of both sid2 and WT phenotypes, a different method named Xanthine-Xanthine oxidase (X/XO) treatment was applied that induce oxidative stress regardless of stomata. Although, WT and sid2 had shown sensitivity to the treatment, the overall cell death percentage was very low. Lastly, our aim was to observe the impact of different photoperiods on the activation of two particular MAPKs i.e MPK3 and MPK6 under stress conditions. The phosphorylated (P-MPK3 and P-MPK6) are found abundantly in ozone treated plants as an early response. In this experiment, plants were grown in both LD and SD, stressed with both ozone and X/XO treatments, the activation of P-MPK3 and P-MPK6 was observed by protein level analysis (western blotting) in detailed time course. Although, the activation was visualized in both LD and SD plants, qualitatively the pattern was similar between day type samples and activation signal was very weak in both stress methods. In addition, anti-ICS1 antibody provided by Agrsera TM was tested for its efficiency to detect endogenous ICS1 protein in plants in two experimental set-up. Although the antibody could detect overexpressed ICS1-CFP protein in samples, it was not that efficient to detect endogenous ICS1 in any of the experiments.
  • Lautaoja, Juulia H.; Pekkala, Satu; Pasternack, Arja; Laitinen, Mika; Ritvos, Olli; Hulmi, Juha J. (2020)
    Alongside in vivo models, a simpler and more mechanistic approach is required to study the effects of myostatin on skeletal muscle because myostatin is an important negative regulator of muscle size. In this study, myostatin was administered to murine (C2C12) and human (CHQ) myoblasts and myotubes. Canonical and noncanonical signaling downstream to myostatin, related ligands, and their receptor were analyzed. The effects of tumorkines were analyzed after coculture of C2C12 and colon cancer-C26 cells. The effects of myostatin on canonical and noncanonical signaling were strongly reduced in C2C12 cells after differentiation. This may be explained by increased follistatin, an endogenous blocker of myostatin and altered expression of activin receptor ligands. In contrast, CHQ cells were equally responsive to myostatin, and follistatin remained unaltered. Both myostatin administration and the coculture stimulated pathways associated with inflammation, especially in C2C12 cells. In conclusion, the effects of myostatin on intracellular signaling may be cell line- or organism-specific, and C2C12 myotubes seem to be a nonoptimal in vitro model for investigating the effects of myostatin on canonical and noncanonical signaling in skeletal muscle. This may be due to altered expression of activin receptor ligands and their regulators during muscle cell differentiation.
  • Matilainen, Olli; Ribeiro, Ana R. S.; Verbeeren, Jens; Cetinbas, Murat; Sood, Heini; Sadreyev, Ruslan; Garcia, Susana M. D. A. (2021)
    Muscleblind-like splicing regulators (MBNLs) are RNA-binding factors that have an important role in developmental processes. Dysfunction of these factors is a key contributor of different neuromuscular degenerative disorders, including Myotonic Dystrophy type 1 (DM1). Since DM1 is a multisystemic disease characterized by symptoms resembling accelerated aging, we asked which cellular processes do MBNLs regulate that make them necessary for normal lifespan. By utilizing the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans, we found that loss of MBL-1 (the sole ortholog of mammalian MBNLs), which is known to be required for normal lifespan, shortens lifespan by decreasing the activity of p38 MAPK/PM K-1 as well as the function of transcription factors ATF-7 and SKN-1. Furthermore, we show that mitochondrial stress caused by the knockdown of mitochondrial electron transport chain components promotes the longevity of mbl-1 mutants in a partially PMK-1-dependent manner. Together, the data establish a mechanism of how DM1-associated loss of muscleblind affects lifespan. Furthermore, this study suggests that mitochondrial stress could alleviate symptoms caused by the dysfunction of muscleblind splicing factor, creating a potential approach to investigate for therapy.
  • Kurtzeborn, Kristen; Kwon, Hyuk Nam; Kuure, Satu (2019)
    Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) are common birth defects derived from abnormalities in renal differentiation during embryogenesis. CAKUT is the major cause of end-stage renal disease and chronic kidney diseases in children, but its genetic causes remain largely unresolved. Here we discuss advances in the understanding of how mitogen-activated protein kinase/extracellular signal-regulated kinase (MAPK/ERK) activity contributes to the regulation of ureteric bud branching morphogenesis, which dictates the final size, shape, and nephron number of the kidney. Recent studies also demonstrate that the MAPK/ERK pathway is directly involved in nephrogenesis, regulating both the maintenance and differentiation of the nephrogenic mesenchyme. Interestingly, aberrant MAPK/ERK signaling is linked to many cancers, and recent studies suggest it also plays a role in the most common pediatric renal cancer, Wilms' tumor.
  • Lindholm, Evita; Leivonen, Suvi-Katri; Undlien, Eldri; Nebdal, Daniel; Git, Anna; Caldas, Carlos; Borresen-Dale, Anne-Lise; Sahlberg, Kristine; Kleivi, Kristine (2019)
  • Hristozova, Nevena (Helsingfors universitet, 2012)
    The white rot fungus Heterobasidion annosum s.l. is a basidiomycete which is considered to be the most economical important pathogen of conifer trees (Pinus, Picea and Abies) in the northern hemisphere. Presently, the knowledge on the biology and molecular aspects of the Heterobasidion pathosystem is still poor and this is the major set-back in preventing the spread of the pathogen. A deeper investigation at the molecular level of the pathogenicity factors involved during the infection process is very important to better control the disease. Intra-cellular signal-transduction pathways, and in particular the Mitogen Activated Protein Kinases (MAPKs), have been shown to play key roles in the infection cycle in many fungal pathogens, being pivotal in survival, appressorial formation, sporulation and response to various biotic and abiotic stresses. The aim of this study is to characterize a specific H. annosum MAPK, with high sequence homology to FUS3 gene (involved in mating) in S. cerevisiae and with PMK1 gene (involved in appressoria formation) in Magnaporthe grisea. In order to study the function of this MAPK in H. annosum, we performed a complementation experiment in the S. cerevisiae fus3?? mutant. Expression level profiles, proteomics and immunology studies were used to distinguish between phosphorylated/active and non-phosphorylated/inactive form of the MAPK. Some valuable insights on this kinase cascade in Heterobasidion were discovered, but further studies are required to fully understand its role in the lifecycle of this fungus.
  • Wang, Kai; Auzane, Agate; Overmyer, Kirk (2022)
    The phyllosphere is a complex habitat for diverse microbial communities. Under natural conditions, multiple interactions occur between host plants and phyllosphere resident microbes, such as bacteria, oomycetes, and fungi. Our understanding of plant associated yeasts and yeast-like fungi lags behind other classes of plant-associated microbes, largely due to a lack of yeasts associated with the model plant Arabidopsis, which could be used in experimental model systems. The yeast-like fungal species Protomyces arabidopsidicola was previously isolated from the phyllosphere of healthy wild-growing Arabidopsis, identified, and characterized. Here we explore the interaction of P. arabidopsidicola with Arabidopsis and found P. arabidopsidicola strain C29 was not pathogenic on Arabidopsis, but was able to survive in its phyllosphere environment both in controlled environment chambers in the lab and under natural field conditions. Most importantly, P. arabidopsidicola exhibited an immune priming effect on Arabidopsis, which showed enhanced disease resistance when subsequently infected with the fungal pathogen Botrytis cinerea. Activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK), camalexin, salicylic acid, and jasmonic acid signaling pathways, but not the auxin-signaling pathway, was associated with this priming effect, as evidenced by MAPK3/MAPK6 activation and defense marker expression. These findings demonstrate Arabidopsis immune defense priming by the naturally occurring phyllosphere resident yeast species, P. arabidopsidicola, and contribute to establishing a new interaction system for probing the genetics of Arabidopsis immunity induced by resident yeast-like fungi.
  • Bellou, Sofia; Karali, Evdoxia; Bagli, Eleni; Al-Maharik, Nawaf; Morbidelli, Lucia; Ziche, Marina; Adlercreutz, Herman; Murphy, Carol; Fotsis, Theodore (2012)
  • Saarreharju, Roosa (Helsingin yliopisto, 2020)
    While weeks of continuous treatment is required for conventional antidepressant drugs (e.g. fluoxetine) to bring their full therapeutic effects, a subanesthetic dose of ketamine alleviates the core symptoms of depression (anhedonia, depressed mood) and suicidal thinking within just few hours and the effects may last for days. Nitrous oxide (N2O, “laughing gas”), another NMDAR antagonist, has recently been shown to have similar rapid antidepressant effects in treatment-resistant depressed patients (Nagele et al. 2015). We previously found using naïve mice ketamine and N2O treatment to upregulate five mRNAs related to the MAPK pathway and synaptic plasticity, both implicated as being important in the action of rapid-acting antidepressants. In the current study, these shared mechanisms were further investigated in C57BL/6JHsd mice, using behavioral test batteries to study depressive-like behaviour and RT-qPCR for biochemical analyses. We first aimed to demonstrate behavioral differences between naïve mice and a chronic corticosterone-induced animal model of depression, and to use this model to investigate antidepressant-like effects of ketamine and N2O. According to the results, chronic corticosterone produced some behaviors typical of a depressive-like phenotype, namely significant worsening of coat state and decreased saccharin consumption in the saccharin preference test. Both ketamine and N2O exhibited antidepressant-like effects by reverting decreased saccharin preference. We then aimed to elucidate the effects of ketamine and N2O on five previously found shared mRNAs: Arc, Dusp1, Dusp5, Dusp6 and Nr4a1. N2O significantly upregulated all targets in the vmPFC, except Dusp5, two hours after beginning of N2O treatment. Neither ketamine nor sole chronic corticosterone produced any significant changes. The results of this study suggest that N2O is a potential candidate for rapid alleviation of depressive symptoms. We suggest that the action of rapid-acting antidepressants, more specifically N2O, is based on a homeostatic response of the brain to a presented challenge. Here this challenge would be cortical excitation previously been shown to be caused by N2O, which leads to activation of pathways such as MAPK and subsequent Arc, Dusp and Nr4a1 signaling. The level of expression of these markers would then depend on which phase this response is in and hence, the differences in time between treatment and brain sample dissection could be a reason for conflicting results to previous research. Future studies would benefit from detailed investigation of the chronic corticosterone-induced model due to its potential in controlling for behavioral variability, thus reducing the number of animals needed for preclinical research. Overall the preliminary findings of this study could be one of the first steps in the search for the mechanisms underlying the potential antidepressant effect of N2O, how these molecular markers are related to its action and how it differs from the action of ketamine.