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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095317/formulation-of-liposomes-functionalized-with-lotus-lectin-and-effective-in-targeting-highly-proliferative-cells
#1
Cinzia Della Giovampaola, Antonietta Capone, Leonardo Ermini, Pietro Lupetti, Elisa Vannuccini, Federica Finetti, Sandra Donnini, Marina Ziche, Agnese Magnani, Gemma Leone, Claudio Rossi, Floriana Rosati, Claudia Bonechi
BACKGROUND: Liposomes, used to improve the therapeutic index of new and established drugs, have advanced with the insertion of active targeting. The lectin from Lotus tetragonolobus (LTL), which binds glycans containing alpha-1,2-linked fucose, reveals surface regionalized glycoepitopes in highly proliferative cells not detectable in normally growing cells. In contrast, other lectins localize the corresponding glycoepitopes all over the cell surface. LTL also proved able to penetrate the cells by an unconventional uptake mechanism...
January 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095316/rewiring-protein-synthesis-from-natural-to-synthetic-amino-acids
#2
REVIEW
Yongqiang Fan, Christopher R Evans, Jiqiang Ling
BACKGROUND: The protein synthesis machinery uses 22 natural amino acids as building blocks that faithfully decode the genetic information. Such fidelity is controlled at multiple steps and can be compromised in nature and in the laboratory to rewire protein synthesis with natural and synthetic amino acids. SCOPE OF REVIEW: This review summarizes the major quality control mechanisms during protein synthesis, including aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases, elongation factors, and the ribosome...
January 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095315/cytoplasmic-stress-granules-dynamic-modulators-of-cell-signaling-and-disease
#3
REVIEW
Hicham Mahboubi, Ursula Stochaj
Stress granule (SG) assembly is a conserved cellular strategy to minimize stress-related damage and promote cell survival. Beyond their fundamental role in the stress response, SGs have emerged as key players for human health. As such, SG assembly is associated with cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, ischemia, and virus infections. SGs and granule-related signaling circuits are therefore promising targets to improve therapeutic intervention for several diseases. This is clinically relevant, because pharmacological drugs can affect treatment outcome by modulating SG formation...
January 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095301/imaging-the-photosystem-i-photosystem-ii-chlorophyll-ratio-inside-the-leaf
#4
Emilie Wientjes, John Philippi, Jan Willem Borst, Herbert van Amerongen
Oxygenic photosynthesis is driven by photosystems I (PSI) and II (PSII). In plants the number of chlorophylls of PSI versus PSII is adjusted to the light irradiance spectrum. On a timescale of days, this is regulated at the level of protein concentration. Instead, on a timescale of minutes, it is regulated by the dynamic association of light-harvesting complex II with either PSI or PSII. Thus far very diverse values have been reported for the PSI/PSII chlorophyll ratio, ranging from 0.54 to 1.4. The methods used require the isolation of chloroplasts and are time consuming...
January 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095296/diverse-role-of-survival-motor-neuron-protein
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REVIEW
Ravindra N Singh, Matthew D Howell, Eric W Ottesen, Natalia N Singh
The multifunctional Survival Motor Neuron (SMN) protein is required for the survival of all organisms of the animal kingdom. SMN impacts various aspects of RNA metabolism through the formation and/or interaction with ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes. SMN regulates biogenesis of small nuclear RNPs, small nucleolar RNPs, small Cajal body-associated RNPs, signal recognition particles and telomerase. SMN also plays an important role in DNA repair, transcription, pre-mRNA splicing, histone mRNA processing, translation, selenoprotein synthesis, macromolecular trafficking, stress granule formation, cell signaling and cytoskeleton maintenance...
January 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093273/identification-of-fhit-as-a-post-transcriptional-effector-of-thymidine-kinase-1-expression
#6
Daniel L Kiss, Catherine E Waters, Iman M Ouda, Joshua C Saldivar, Jenna R Karras, Zaynab A Amin, Seham Mahrous, Teresa Druck, Ralf A Bundschuh, Daniel R Schoenberg, Kay Huebner
FHIT is a genome caretaker gene that is silenced in >50% of cancers. Loss of Fhit protein expression promotes accumulation of DNA damage, affects apoptosis and epithelial-mesenchymal transition, though molecular mechanisms underlying these alterations have not been fully elucidated. Initiation of genome instability directly follows Fhit loss and the associated reduced Thymidine Kinase 1 (TK1) protein expression. The effects on TK1 of Fhit knockdown and Fhit induction in the current study confirmed the role of Fhit in regulating TK1 expression...
January 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093242/the-zn-2-sensing-receptor-znr-gpr39-upregulates-colonocytic-cl-absorption-via-basolateral-kcc1-and-reduces-fluid-loss
#7
Laxmi Sunuwar, Hila Asraf, Mark Donowitz, Israel Sekler, Michal Hershfinkel
Administration of zinc, as a complement to oral rehydration solutions, effectively diminishes duration and severity of diarrhea, but it is not known whether it merely fulfills a nutritional deficiency, or if zinc has a direct role of regulating solute absorption. We show that Zn(2+) acts via a specific receptor, ZnR/GPR39, to reduce fluid loss. Intestinal fluid secretion triggered by cholera toxin (CTx) was lower in WT mice compared to ZnR/GPR39 KO. In the absence of dietary Zn(2+) we observed similar fluid accumulation in WT and ZnR/GPR39 KO mice, indicating that Zn(2+) and ZnR/GPR39 are both required for a beneficial effect of Zn(2+) in diarrhea...
January 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093240/the-crystal-structure-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-lipoxygenase-ala420gly-mutant-explains-the-improved-oxygen-affinity-and-the-altered-reaction-specificity
#8
Jacqueline Kalms, Swathi Banthiya, Etienne Galemou Yoga, Mats Hamberg, Hermann-Georg Holzhutter, Hartmut Kuhn, Patrick Scheerer
Secreted LOX from Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA-LOX) has previously been identified as arachidonic acid 15S-lipoxygenating enzyme. Here we report that the substitution of Ala420Gly in PA-LOX leads to an enzyme variant with pronounced dual specificity favoring arachidonic acid 11R-oxygenation. When compared with other LOX-isoforms the oxygen affinity of wild-type PA-LOX is 1-2 orders of magnitude lower (oxygen Km of 0.4mM) but Ala420Gly exchange improved the oxygen affinity (oxygen Km of 0.2mM). Experiments with stereo-specifically deuterated linoleic acid indicated that the formation of both 13S- and 9R-HpODE involves abstraction of the proS-hydrogen from C11 of the fatty acid backbone...
January 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093214/the-upr-reduces-glucose-metabolism-via-ire1-signaling
#9
Judith M van der Harg, Jessica C van Heest, Fabian N Bangel, Sanne Patiwael, Jan R T van Weering, Wiep Scheper
Neurons are highly dependent on glucose. A disturbance in glucose homeostasis therefore poses a severe risk that is counteracted by activation of stress responses to limit damage and restore the energy balance. A major stress response that is activated under conditions of glucose deprivation is the unfolded protein response (UPR) that is aimed to restore proteostasis in the endoplasmic reticulum. The key signaling of the UPR involves the transient activation of a transcriptional program and an overall reduction of protein synthesis...
January 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093197/influence-of-the-bacterial-growth-phase-on-the-magnetic-properties-of-magnetosomes-synthesized-by-magnetospirillum-gryphiswaldense
#10
L Marcano, A García-Prieto, D Muñoz, L Fernández Barquín, I Orue, J Alonso, A Muela, M L Fdez-Gubieda
BACKGROUND: The magnetosome biosynthesis is a genetically controlled process but the physical properties of the magnetosomes can be slightly tuned by modifying the bacterial growth conditions. METHODS: We designed two time-resolved experiments in which iron-starved bacteria at the mid-logarithmic phase are transferred to Fe-supplemented medium to induce the magnetosomes biogenesis along the exponential growth or at the stationary phase. We used flow cytometry to determine the cell concentration, transmission electron microscopy to image the magnetosomes, DC and AC magnetometry methods for the magnetic characterization, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy to analyze the magnetosome structure...
January 12, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089911/atypical-composition-and-structure-of-the-mitochondrial-dimeric-atp-synthase-from-euglena-gracilis
#11
K N Sathish Yadav, Héctor V Miranda-Astudillo, Lilia Colina-Tenorio, Fabrice Bouillenne, Hervé Degand, Pierre Morsomme, Diego González-Halphen, Egbert J Boekema, Pierre Cardol
Mitochondrial respiratory-chain complexes from Euglenozoa comprise classical subunits described in other eukaryotes (i.e. mammals and fungi) and subunits that are restricted to Euglenozoa (e.g. Euglena gracilis and Trypanosoma brucei). Here we studied the mitochondrial F1FO-ATP synthase (or Complex V) from the photosynthetic eukaryote E. gracilis in detail. The enzyme was purified by a two-step chromatographic procedure and its subunit composition was resolved by a three-dimensional gel electrophoresis (BN/SDS/SDS)...
January 12, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089774/rootletin-prevents-cep68-from-vhl-mediated-proteasomal-degradation-to-maintain-centrosome-cohesion
#12
Huilong Yin, Lu Zheng, Weixiao Liu, Dachuan Zhang, Wei Li, Li Yuan
Centrosome cohesion, mostly regarded as a proteinaceous linker between parental centrioles, ensures the interphase centrosome(s) to function as a single microtubule-organizing center. Maintenance of centrosome cohesion counts on a number of centrosomal linker proteins because depletion of any of those leads to premature centrosome separation in interphase, termed centrosome splitting. However, the underlying mechanisms of the dependence are unknown. Here, we show that absence of Rootletin triggers the von Hippel-Lindau tumour suppressor protein (VHL)-mediated proteasomal degradation of Cep68 and, in turn, results in centrosome splitting...
January 12, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089773/mitochondrial-diseases-yeast-as-a-model-for-the-study-of-suppressors
#13
Silvia Francisci, Arianna Montanari
Mitochondrial (mt) tRNA gene mutations are an important cause of human morbidity and are associated with different syndromes. We have previously shown that the mitochondrial protein synthesis elongation factor EF-Tu and isolated sequences from the carboxy-terminal domain of yeast and human mt leucyl-tRNA synthetases (LeuRS), have a wide range of suppression capability among different yeast mt tRNA mutants having defective respiratory phenotype. Here we show that the rescuing capability can be restricted to a specific sequence of six amino acids from the carboxy-terminal domain of mt LeuRS...
January 12, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089689/piecing-it-together-unraveling-the-elusive-structure-function-relationship-in-single-pass-membrane-receptors
#14
REVIEW
Christopher C Valley, Andrew K Lewis, Jonathan N Sachs
The challenge of crystallizing single-pass plasma membrane receptors has remained an obstacle to understanding the structural mechanisms that connect extracellular ligand binding to cytosolic activation. For example, the complex interplay between receptor oligomerization and conformational dynamics has been, historically, only inferred from static structures of isolated receptor domains. A fundamental challenge in the field of membrane receptor biology, then, has been to integrate experimentally observable dynamics of full-length receptors (e...
January 12, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088629/induction-of-hypothyroidism-during-early-postnatal-stages-triggers-a-decrease-in-cognitive-performance-by-decreasing-hippocampal-synaptic-plasticity
#15
Paulina Salazar, Pedro Cisternas, Juan Francisco Codocedo, Nibaldo C Inestrosa
Thyroid hormones are vital in the control of multiple body functions, including the correct performance of the brain. Multiple diseases are associated with thyroid gland functioning, including hypothyroidism. To date, little is known regarding the effects of the establishment of this condition at a young age on brain function. Here, we evaluated the effect of hypothyroidism in an early postnatal stage in cognitive abilities with focus on the hippocampus. In our model, hypothyroidism was induced in young rats at 21days of age using 0...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088628/methods-needed-to-measure-predictive-accuracy-a-study-of-diabetic-patients
#16
Hafiz M R Khan, Sarah Mende, Aamrin Rafiq, Kemesha Gabbidon, P Hemachandra Reddy
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality and it can result in several complications such as kidney failure, heart failure, stroke, and blindness making it a major medical and public health concern in the United States. Statistical methods are important to detect risk factors and identify the best sampling plan to determine predictive bounds for diabetic patients' data. The main objective of this paper is to identify the best fit bootstrapping sampling method and to draw the predictive bound considering diabetes patient data...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088627/the-telomere-binding-protein-trf2-is-required-for-metronomic-therapeutic-effects-of-gemcitabine-and-capecitabine
#17
Wei-Ping Lee, Keng-Hsin Lan, Chung-Pin Li, Yee Chao, Ming-Chih Hou, Han-Chieh Lin, Shou-Dong Lee
Gemcitabine and capecitabine are two effective anticancer agents against solid tumors. The pharmacological mechanisms have been known as incorporation into DNA and thereby inhibition of DNA synthesis. When used as metronomic chemotherapy, they may inhibit angiogenesis and induce immunity. In our previous study, we showed that low-dose gemcitabine caused telomere shortening by stabilizing TRF2 that was required for XPF-dependent telomere loss. In this report, we established a SKOV3.ip1 ascites cell model. Tumor-bearing mice were treated with low-dose gemcitabine (GEM) or capecitabine (CAP)...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088615/cloning-heterologous-expression-and-biochemical-characterization-of-a-non-specific-endoglucanase-family-12-from-aspergillus-terreus-nih2624
#18
Fernando Segato, Bruno Dias, Gabriela L Berto, Dyoni M de Oliveira, Flávio H M De Souza, Matheus Augusto R N da Silva, Ana Paula Citadini, Mario T Murakami, André R L Damásio, Fábio Márcio Squina, Igor Polikarpov
The cellulases from Glycoside Hydrolyses family 12 (GH12) play an important role in cellulose degradation and plant cell wall deconstruction being widely used in a number of bioindustrial processes. Aiming to contribute toward better comprehension of these class of the enzymes, here we describe a high-yield secretion of a endoglucanase GH12 from Aspegillus terreus (AtGH12), which was cloned and expressed in Aspergillus nidulans strain A773. The purified protein was used for complete biochemical and functional characterization...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088576/lid-domain-plasticity-and-lipid-flexibility-modulate-enzyme-specificity-in-human-monoacylglycerol-lipase
#19
Laura Riccardi, Jose M Arencibia, Luca Bono, Andrea Armirotti, Stefania Girotto, Marco De Vivo
Human monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) is a membrane-interacting enzyme that generates pro-inflammatory signaling molecules. For this reason, MAGL inhibition is a promising strategy to treat pain, cancer, and neuroinflammatory diseases. MAGL can hydrolyze monoacylglycerols bearing an acyl chain of different lengths and degrees of unsaturation, cleaving primarily the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol. Importantly, the enzymatic binding site of MAGL is confined by a 75-amino-acid-long, flexible cap domain, named 'lid domain', which is structurally similar to that found in several other lipases...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088550/novel-involvement-of-mir-522-3p-in-high-mobility-group-box-1-induced-prostaglandin-reductase-1-expression-and-reduction-of-phagocytosis
#20
Gyeoung-Jin Kang, Hye-Ja Lee, Hyun Jung Byun, Eun Ji Kim, Hyun Ji Kim, Mi Kyung Park, Chang-Hoon Lee
Resolution of inflammation is important for physiological homeostasis. Chronic inflammatory diseases may be caused by abnormal resolution of inflammation. However, what causes a failure of inflammatory resolution is unclear. Here we investigated the involvement of high mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) protein in the control of inflammatory resolution as a 'anti-resolution factor'. We first confirmed the increased expression of HMGB1 and prostaglandin reductase 1 (PTGR1) in inflammatory conditions and HMGB1-mediated regulation of the expression of PTGR1...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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