Artist's rendition of the remodeling process: One of the key components of the cell structure that is remodeled is the membrane at its surface. A considerable amount of attention has been focused on the structural. Here, we report that the PU.1 transcription factor induces specific remodeling of the higher-order chromatin structure at the interferon regulatory factor 8 (Irf8).
The shifting nomenclature of these cells has been the root of recent controversy on pericyte roles in blood flow control discussed further below , and a consensus on naming needs to be established. There is evidence that venular pericytes of the cremaster muscle play a role in immune cell migration Proebstl et al. Capillary pericytes are arranged along the capillary bed in a chain-like network, with the majority of the vasculature being contacted by their long cellular processes rather than cell bodies Berthiaume et al.
Interestingly, each pericyte occupies a defined territory that does not overlap with the territories of neighboring pericytes Hill et al. Pericyte territories are so precisely arranged that it is usually difficult to determine where one pericyte ends and the next begins, but for the occasional gap between processes of neighboring cells Figures 3C,D. In a recent long-term in vivo imaging study, we showed that capillary pericytes under basal conditions negotiate their individual territories with neighboring pericytes through slight extensions and retractions of their terminal processes Berthiaume et al.
When inter-pericyte gaps were visible, the push-pull interplay between adjacent pericytes could be observed, suggesting that pericyte domains might be maintained throughout adulthood by repulsive pericyte-pericyte interactions Figure 4A.
The extent to which neighboring pericytes make direct contact with each other remains unclear. However, recent studies in the retina have suggested gap junction communication between neighboring pericytes involved in conductive vasomotor constrictions Ivanova et al.
Pericyte structural remodeling captured with chronic in vivo 2-photon imaging. A An example of the structural dynamics of adjacent pericytes under basal conditions. Inset shows the extension of a pericyte process beyond its territory at Day 0, and the corresponding retraction of a neighboring pericyte process. Images are from a MyhtdTomato mouse. Adapted from Berthiaume et al.
B Two-photon laser ablation of a single pericyte results in the robust extension of immediately adjacent pericyte processes into the vacated territory over 7 days. The image shows the extension of two thin-strand pericytes green and red arrowheads and one mesh pericyte blue arrowhead. Inset shows an increased capillary diameter in the vessel segment lacking pericyte coverage, which returns to baseline diameter once pericyte contact is regained suggesting vascular tone.
D Schematic of pericyte structural remodeling under basal conditions and following acute pericyte ablation. While the basal changes in pericyte structure we observed were small, it nonetheless raised the question of whether mature brain pericytes are structurally plastic, and if this plasticity could be further induced. To examine this idea, we ablated single capillary pericytes using precise two-photon laser irradiation. This enabled the specific and immediate deletion of individual cells anywhere within the cortical capillary network.
Process extension occurred while the pericyte somata remained firmly affixed, indicating no overt cell migration or proliferation. New cytoplasmic material was added to the growing pericyte process, enabling contact with hundreds of micrometers of extra capillary length. Importantly, this work demonstrated that pericytes can remodel their shape and grow in size in the adult brain and are inherently programed to maintain coverage of the endothelium.
Yet, the mechanism appears imperfect, as the need to increase cytoplasmic volume suggests a limit to growth, and many days were required to regain endothelial coverage. Whether this reparative process can be pharmacologically enhanced to promote continued pericyte-endothelial contact in the adult brain will be important to explore.
Whether enhanced pericyte structural remodeling is a salutary effect of thalidomide needs further investigation. However, it seems likely in light of recent work reporting increased pericyte process growth following treatment with PDGF-BB in a mouse model of epilepsy Arango-Lievano et al.
A second molecular interaction that may be at play in adult pericyte structural remodeling is Eph-ephrin signaling. If so, pericyte loss in the adult brain could disrupt pericyte-to-pericyte Eph-ephrin repulsive signaling, essentially disinhibiting the growth of pericyte processes. This, in conjunction with the expression of other directional growth cues i. The ability to selectively remove pericytes from an existing vascular network and then track recovery over time provided insight into the physiological consequence of pericyte loss in the adult brain.
We examined three modes of pericyte function that are well-established from studies of developing organisms, including regulation of: First, we found that single pericyte loss in mature vascular networks had no overt effect on capillary structure.
That is, no formation or elimination of new capillary branches was observed in regions without pericyte coverage. This was an unexpected finding, as pericyte loss could conceivably lead to capillary pruning due to loss of endothelial support, or aberrant angiogenesis by alleviating the suppression of endothelial proliferation. Thus, capillaries in the adult brain can be structurally stable with transient loss of pericyte coverage in vivo.
It will be important to determine if and how aging or cerebrovascular disease makes the vasculature more vulnerable to pericyte loss. Second, we were unable to detect acute BBB leakage from uncovered capillary segments following single pericyte ablation. This was also surprising, as pericyte loss in the developing brain is strongly associated with increased endothelial transcytosis.
Even with the use of small molecular weight dyes 1 kDa , which have been previously shown to permeate through a trans-cellular route Armulik et al. In line with this lack of BBB leakage, a recent study using an inducible diphtheria toxin strategy to acutely kill mural cells, including pericytes, in adult mice reported intact blood-retinal and blood-brain barriers, despite vascular leakage in peripheral tissues Park et al.
Collectively, these findings suggest that BBB integrity in the adult brain can be resilient to some degree of pericyte loss. One consistent alteration we did observe after single pericyte ablation, however, was the sustained dilation of the capillary lumen in regions lacking pericyte contact Figures 4B—D. This dilation persisted until pericyte processes grew back into the exposed territory, at which point capillary diameter returned to basal levels.
This finding was mirrored in a study examining the dynamic loss and gain of mural cell coverage induced by seizure activity Arango-Lievano et al. This implies that pericytes at the capillary level exert a steady-state vascular tone that may behave like a tension clamp on the endothelial tube either mechanically or through constant molecular signaling with the endothelium. The idea that pericytes regulate blood flow has persisted through the literature since their discovery by Rouget in the late s Rouget, , but has remained a controversial topic to this day Attwell et al.
The majority of in vivo imaging studies to date have focused on whether pericytes are involved in the second-to-second diameter changes need for blood flow control during neurovascular coupling.
This issue is challenging to address because constriction or relaxation of upstream arterioles will influence blood flow into downstream capillaries, making it very difficult to attribute changes in capillary blood flow to autonomous action by capillary pericytes in vivo.
These studies agree that pericytes of capillary and pre-capillary zones can respond to electrical Peppiatt et al. However, some caution needs to be taken for interpretation as ex vivo systems exhibit capillary diameter changes on much longer timescales 2 min , with relevance to neurovascular coupling less certain. Further, mixing pericytes functions across different tissues brain vs. However, measurements of acta2 transcripts Vanlandewijck et al. In vivo imaging studies agree that mural cells of pre-capillary arterioles support rapid diameter changes required for neurovascular coupling, though nomenclature for these cells differ between labs Hall et al.
In fact, dilatory and constrictive responses may initiate at pre-capillary arterioles and then conduct upstream to penetrating arterioles Cai et al. However, the role of capillary pericytes in dynamic control of capillary diameter remains debated.
Some groups have reported no capillary diameter changes with optogenetic stimulation Hill et al. One way to reconcile these data is that capillary pericytes are contractile, but much less so than their counterparts on upstream arterioles. Capillary pericytes may be required for establishing basal, long-term equilibrium and optimum flow through the capillary bed, whereas upstream mural cells are responsible for initiating rapid moment-to-moment changes in blood flow.
A constant, steady-state tone imparted by capillary pericytes is a less studied aspect of cerebral blood flow control. However, it is critical for brain function as all blood entering the brain must percolate through the dense, pericyte-covered capillary bed, irrespective of local neuronal activity. Little is known about how age or disease-dependent pericyte loss affects basal capillary diameter, blood flow and oxygen delivery.
Like capillary constriction and impedance of flow Yemisci et al. The structural remodeling of pericytes in the adult mouse brain may be essential for maintenance of cerebrovascular health and needs to be broadly explored in models of cerebrovascular disease. This task is facilitated by long-term in vivo imaging methods that allow quantification of pericyte growth, coverage, and capillary flow over time.
Among the critical next steps are the need to examine the physiological consequence of pericyte ablation at the adult stage using either precise optical methods Hill et al. While many studies have used mice with congenital deficiency in pericyte-endothelial signaling, very little is known about the impact of pericyte loss in models where pericytes develop normally at the beginning.
Embedded in this broader issue are intriguing questions of whether all pericytes are functionally homogeneous, or whether pericytes in some microvascular zones lack the capacity to remodel and are more vulnerable to vascular disease.
More work is also needed to determine the threshold for pericyte loss that surpasses the compensatory ability of pericyte process growth, which presumably contributes to the development of neurovascular pathologies in the adult and aging brain. The effects of age and cerebrovascular disease on pericyte structural remodeling will be important areas of future inquiry as well. The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.
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These antibiotics prevent bacterial cell wall formation, critical for bacterial survive. These peptide stems are cross-linked creating a net.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa attempts to repair this damage by the lytic transglycosilase Slt. In our work we have managed to solve the structure of the enzyme Slt to carry out the study of its catalytic mechanism getting several complexes with analogous of its natural substrate.
Slt is able to degrade the PG through both endolytic in the middle of chain and exolytic in one end cut. Exolytic and endolytic turnover of peptidoglycan by lytic transglycosylase Slt of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Lee, M. The catalytic Cycle of NagZ, a key enzyme in antibiotics resistance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, unveiled The N-acetylglucosaminidase NagZ of Pseudomonas aeruginosa catalyzes the first cytoplasmic step in recycling of muropeptides, cell-wall-derived natural products.
The structural and functional aspects of catalysis by NagZ were investigated by a total of seven X-ray structures, three computational models based on the X-ray structures, molecular-dynamics simulations and mutagenesis. The structural insights came from the unbound state and complexes of NagZ with the substrate, products and a mimetic of the transient oxocarbenium species. The turnover process utilizes covalent modification of D, requiring two transition-state species and is regulated by coordination with a zinc ion.
The analysis provides a seamless continuum for the catalytic cycle, incorporating the large motions by loops that surround the active site. The Gram-positive pathogen Staphylococcus aureus uses one primary resistance mechanism. An enzyme, called penicillin-binding protein 2a PBP2a , is brought into this biosynthetic pathway to complete the cross-linking. The basis for this discrimination is an allosteric site, distal from the active site, that when properly occupied concomitantly opens the gatekeeper residues within the active site and realigns the conformation of key residues to permit catalysis.
We address the molecular basis of this regulation using crystallographic studies augmented by computational analyses. A particular loop motion adjacent to the active site is identified as the driving force for the active-site conformational change that accompanies active-site opening. This correlation enabled the computational simulation of the structures coinciding with initial peptidoglycan substrate binding to PBP2a, acyl enzyme formation, and acyl transfer to a second peptidoglycan substrate to attain cross-linking.
Conformational dynamics in penicillin-binding protein 2a of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus , allosteric communication network and enablement of catalysis Mahasenan, K. This process is mediated by specific cell-wall-derived muropeptide products.
Structural issues of this ligand recognition are addressed by molecular dynamics simulations, which reveal significant differences among the complexes with the effector molecules. This binding selectivity revises the dogma in the field. Recycling of the cell wall in bacteria is linked to antibiotic resistance and virulence mechanisms.
Lytic transglycosylases LTs initiate the cell-wall recycling processes by cleaving crosslinked and uncrosslinking glycan strands. Interestingly, the high-resolution structures of the SltB3 complexes provided indications on how the peptidoglycan and its products of turnover would span the opening of the annulus during catalysis.
The analysis reveals that polymeric linear peptidoglycan substrate threads through the opening of the annulus of the enzyme. In the face of the clinical challenge posed by resistant bacteria, the present needs for novel classes of antibiotics are genuine. In silico docking and screening, followed by chemical synthesis of a library of quinazolinones, led to the discovery of E 3-carboxyphenyl 4-cyanostyryl quinazolin-4 3H -one as an antibiotic effective in vivo against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSA.
This antibiotic impairs cell-wall biosynthesis as documented by functional and structural assays showing binding of new antibiotic to PBP2a. We document that the antibiotic also inhibits PBP1 of S. This class of antibiotics holds promise in fighting MRSA infections. Otero, Wei Song, Mark A. Wolter, Elena Lastochkin, Nuno T.
PcsB-mediated cell separation in Streptococcus pneumoniae Separation of daughter cells during bacterial cell division requires that the septal cross wall be split by peptidoglycan hydrolases. In Streptococcus pneumoniae an essential protein termed PcsB is predicted to perform this critical operation. In this work the muralytic activity of PcsB is demonstrated for the first time. Furthermore, we report the crystal structure of full-length PcsB showing an unprecedented dimeric structure in which the unique V-shaped coiled-coil domain of each monomer acts as a molecular tweezers locking down the catalytic domain of its dimeric partner in an inactive configuration.
The highmolecular mass penicillin binding proteins of bacteria catalyze in separate domains the transglycosylase and transpeptidase activities required for the biosynthesis of the peptidoglycan polymer that comprises the bacterial cell wall. When this allosteric site is occupied, a multiresidue conformational change culminates in the opening of the active site to permit substrate entry.
This same crystallographic analysis also reveals the identity of three allosteric ligands: Cell-Wall Remodeling by the Zinc-Protease AmpDh3 Bacterial cell wall is a polymer of considerable complexity that is in constant equilibrium between synthesis and recycling.
AmpDh3 is a periplasmic zinc protease of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is intimately involved in cell-wall remodeling. In this report we document the reactions that this enzyme performs on the cell wall, which hydrolyze the peptide stems from the peptidoglycan, the major constituent of the cell wall.
We document that the majority of the reactions of this enzyme takes place on the polymeric insoluble portion of the cell wall, as opposed to the fraction that is released from it.
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