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Author (up) Shanks, R.M.Q.; Lahr, R.M.; Stella, N.A.; Arena, K.E.; Brothers, K.M.; Kwak, D.H.; Liu, X.; Kalivoda, E.J. file  url
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  Title A Serratia marcescens PigP homolog controls prodigiosin biosynthesis, swarming motility and hemolysis and is regulated by cAMP-CRP and HexS Type Journal Article
  Year 2013 Publication PloS one Abbreviated Journal PLoS One  
  Volume 8 Issue 3 Pages e57634  
  Keywords Bacterial Proteins/*genetics/metabolism; Depsipeptides/*biosynthesis/genetics/pharmacology; Erythrocytes/drug effects; *Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial; Genetic Complementation Test; Hemolysis/drug effects; Hexosyltransferases/genetics/metabolism; Humans; Membrane Proteins/genetics/metabolism; Movement/drug effects; Mutation; Operon; Prodigiosin/*biosynthesis; Sequence Homology, Amino Acid; Serratia marcescens/*genetics/metabolism; Signal Transduction; Transcription Factors/*genetics/metabolism  
  Abstract Swarming motility and hemolysis are virulence-associated determinants for a wide array of pathogenic bacteria. The broad host-range opportunistic pathogen Serratia marcescens produces serratamolide, a small cyclic amino-lipid, that promotes swarming motility and hemolysis. Serratamolide is negatively regulated by the transcription factors HexS and CRP. Positive regulators of serratamolide production are unknown. Similar to serratamolide, the antibiotic pigment, prodigiosin, is regulated by temperature, growth phase, HexS, and CRP. Because of this co-regulation, we tested the hypothesis that a homolog of the PigP transcription factor of the atypical Serratia species ATCC 39006, which positively regulates prodigiosin biosynthesis, is also a positive regulator of serratamolide production in S. marcescens. Mutation of pigP in clinical, environmental, and laboratory strains of S. marcescens conferred pleiotropic phenotypes including the loss of swarming motility, hemolysis, and severely reduced prodigiosin and serratamolide synthesis. Transcriptional analysis and electrophoretic mobility shift assays place PigP in a regulatory pathway with upstream regulators CRP and HexS. The data from this study identifies a positive regulator of serratamolide production, describes novel roles for the PigP transcription factor, shows for the first time that PigP directly regulates the pigment biosynthetic operon, and identifies upstream regulators of pigP. This study suggests that PigP is important for the ability of S. marcescens to compete in the environment.  
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Author (up) Yu, M.; Liu, Q.; Sun, J.; Yi, K.; Wu, L.; Tan, X. file  url
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  Title Nicotine improves the functional activity of late endothelial progenitor cells via nicotinic acetylcholine receptors Type Journal Article
  Year 2011 Publication Biochemistry and Cell Biology = Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire Abbreviated Journal Biochem Cell Biol  
  Volume 89 Issue 4 Pages 405-410  
  Keywords Bungarotoxins/pharmacology; Cell Adhesion/drug effects; Cell Movement/drug effects; Cell Shape; Cell Survival/drug effects; Cells, Cultured; Endothelial Cells/*drug effects/physiology; Fetal Blood/cytology; Humans; Infant, Newborn; Mecamylamine/pharmacology; Neovascularization, Physiologic/drug effects; Nicotine/*pharmacology; Nicotinic Agonists/*pharmacology; Nicotinic Antagonists/pharmacology; Receptors, Nicotinic; Stem Cells/*drug effects/physiology  
  Abstract The aim of this study is to investigate whether nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are involved in the modulation of functional activity of late endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) induced by nicotine. Total mononuclear cells (MNCs) were isolated from human umbilical cord blood by Ficoll density gradient centrifugation, and then the cells were plated on fibronectin-coated culture plates. Late EPCs were positive for 1,1-dioctadecyl-3,3,3,3-tetramethylindocarbocyanine-labeled acetylated low-density lipoprotein (DiI-acLDL) uptake and fluorescein-isothiocyanate-conjugated Ulex europaeus agglutinin lectin (UEA-1) binding. Expression of von Willbrand factor (vWF), kinase insert domain receptor (KDR), and alpha7 nAChR was detected by indirect immunofluorescence staining. Late EPCs of 3-5 passages were treated for 32 h with either vehicle or nicotine with or without pre-incubation of nAChR antagonism, mecamylamine, or alpha-bungarotoxin. The viability, migration, and in vitro vasculogenesis activity of late EPCs were assayed with 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay, modified Boyden chamber assay, and in vitro angiogenesis assay, respectively. Late EPCs adhesion assay was performed by replating cells on fibronectin-coated plates, and then adherent cells were counted. Incubation with 10 nmol/L nicotine enhanced viable, migratory, adhesive, and in vitro vasculogenesis capacity of late EPCs. The effect of nicotine on late EPCs can be attenuated by mecamylamine or alpha-bungarotoxin. In conclusion, nicotine improves the functional activity of late EPCs via nAChRs.  
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