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Biochimica et Biophysica Acta

Sarah Caughlin, Shikhar Maheshwari, Yuksel Agca, Cansu Agca, Aaron J Harris, Kristina Jurcic, Ken K-C Yeung, David F Cechetto, Shawn N Whitehead
BACKGROUND: Accumulation of simple gangliosides GM2 and GM3, and gangliosides with longer long-chain bases (d20:1) have been linked to toxicity and the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Conversely, complex gangliosides, such as GM1, have been shown to be neuroprotective. Recent evidence using matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization imaging mass spectrometry (MALDI-IMS) has demonstrated that a-series gangliosides are differentially altered during normal aging, yet it remains unclear how simple species are shifting relative to complex gangliosides in the prodromal stages of AD...
March 12, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Felista L Tansi, Ronny Rüger, Ansgar M Kollmeier, Markus Rabenhold, Frank Steiniger, Roland E Kontermann, Ulf K Teichgraeber, Alfred Fahr, Ingrid Hilger
BACKGROUND: Endoglin (CD105) is overexpressed on tumor cells and tumor vasculatures, making it a potential target for diagnostic imaging and therapy of different neoplasms. Therefore, studies on nanocarrier systems designed for endoglin-directed diagnostic and drug delivery purposes would expose the feasibility of targeting endoglin with therapeutics. METHODS: Liposomes carrying high concentrations of a near-infrared fluorescent dye in the aqueous interior were prepared by the lipid film hydration and extrusion procedure, then conjugated to single chain antibody fragments either selective for murine endoglin (termed mEnd-IL) or directed towards human endoglin (termed hEnd-IL)...
March 12, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Vladimir D Kreslavski, Dmitry A Los, Franz-Josef Schmitt, Sergey K Zharmukhamedov, Vladimir V Kuznetsov, Suleyman I Allakhverdiev
This review describes the phytochrome system in higher plants and cyanobacteria and its role in regulation of photosynthetic processes and stress protection of the photosynthetic apparatus. A relationship between the content of the different phytochromes, the changes in the ratios of the physiologically active forms of phytochromes to their total pool and the resulting influence on photosynthetic processes is reviewed. The role of the phytochromes in the regulation of the expression of genes encoding key photosynthetic proteins, antioxidant enzymes and other components involved in stress signaling is elucidated...
March 12, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Sebastian Fantini, Valentina Salsi, Vincenzo Zappavigna
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March 11, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Wataru Sato, Takeshi Uchida, Tomohide Saio, Koichiro Ishimori
Cytochrome c (Cyt c) was rapidly oxidized by molecular oxygen in the presence, but not absence of PEG. The redox potential of heme c was determined by the potentiometric titration to be +236 ± 3 mV in the absence of PEG, which was negatively shifted to +200 ± 4 mV in the presence of PEG. The underlying the rapid oxidation was explored by examining the structural changes in Cyt c in the presence of PEG using UV-visible absorption, circular dichroism, resonance Raman, and fluorescence spectroscopies...
March 11, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Héctor Miranda-Astudillo, Lilia Colina-Tenorio, Alejandra Jiménez-Suárez, Miriam Vázquez-Acevedo, Bénédicte Salin, Marie-France Giraud, Claire Remacle, Pierre Cardol, Diego González-Halphen
The proposal that the respiratory complexes can associate with each other in larger structures named supercomplexes (SC) is generally accepted. In the last decade's most of the data about this association came from studies in yeasts, mammals and plants, and information is scarce in other lineages. Here we studied the supramolecular association of the F1 FO -ATP synthase (complex V) and the respiratory complexes I, III and IV of the colorless alga Polytomella sp. with an approach that involves solubilization using mild detergents, n-dodecyl-β-D-maltoside (DDM) or digitonin, followed by separation of native protein complexes by electrophoresis (BN-PAGE), after which we identified oligomeric forms of complex V (mainly V2 and V4 ) and different respiratory supercomplexes (I/IV6 , I/III4 , I/IV)...
March 11, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Patricia Santofimia-Castaño, Bruno Rizzuti, Olga Abián, Adrián Velázquez-Campoy, Juan L Iovanna, José L Neira
BACKGROUND: NUPR1 is a multifunctional intrinsically disordered protein (IDP) involved, among other functions, in chromatin remodelling, and development of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). It interacts with several biomolecules through hydrophobic patches around residues Ala33 and Thr68. The drug trifluoperazine (TFP), which hampers PDAC development in xenografted mice, also binds to those regions. Because of the large size of the hot-spot interface of NUPR1, small molecules could not be adequate to modulate its functions...
March 9, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Marta Fontcuberta-PiSunyer, Sara Cervantes, Eulàlia Miquel, Sergio Mora-Castilla, Louise C Laurent, Angel Raya, Ramon Gomis, Rosa Gasa
Posttranscriptional modifications of histones constitute an epigenetic mechanism that is closely linked to both gene silencing and activation events. Trimethylation of Histone3 at lysine 27 (H3K27me3) is a repressive mark that associates with developmental gene regulation during differentiation programs. In the developing pancreas, expression of the transcription factor Neurogenin3 in multipotent progenitors initiates endocrine differentiation that culminates in the generation of all pancreatic islet cell lineages, including insulin-producing beta cells...
March 9, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Yu Mao, Qiuyue Kong, Rongrong Li, Xiaojin Zhang, Yali Gui, Yuehua Li, Chuanfu Li, Yanlin Zhao, Li Liu, Zhengnian Ding
Heat shock protein A12A (HSPA12A) is a newly discovered member of the Hsp70 family. The biological characteristics and functional roles of HSPA12A are poorly understood. This study investigated the effects of HSPA12A on ischaemic stroke in mice. Ischaemic stroke was induced by left middle cerebral artery occlusion for 1 h followed by blood reperfusion. We observed that HSPA12A was highly expressed in brain neurons, and neuronal HSPA12A expression was downregulated by ischaemic stroke and stroke-associated risk factors (aging, obesity and hyperglycaemia)...
March 9, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Noriko Fujii, Takumi Takata, Norihiko Fujii, Kenzo Aki, Hiroaki Sakaue
Proteins are composed exclusively of l-amino acids. Among elderly individuals, however, d-aspartic acid (d-Asp) residues have been found in eye lens and brain, as well as in other tissues. The presence of d-Asp may change the higher-order structure of a protein, which in turn may have a role in age-related disorders such as cataract and Alzheimer's disease. d-Asp results from the spontaneous racemization of Asp residues in susceptible proteins. During aging, natural lα-Asp residues in proteins are non-enzymatically isomerized via a succinimidyl intermediate to l-β-, d-α- and d-β-isomers...
March 9, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
E Quintero-Troconis, N Buelvas, C Carrasco-López, M R Domingo-Sananes, L González-González, R Ramírez-Molina, L Osorio, A Lobo-Rojas, A J Cáceres, P A Michels, H Acosta, W Quiñones, J L Concepción
Purification of enolase (ENO) from the cytosol of Trypanosoma cruzi indicated that it may interact with at least five other proteins. Two of them were identified as metallocarboxypeptidase-1 (TcMCP-1) and a putative acireductone dioxygenase (ARDp). Subcellular localization studies confirmed the presence of ARDp in the cytosol, as is the case for ENO and TcMCP-1. Analysis of the ARDp sequence showed that this protein has two domains, an N-terminal ARD and a C-terminal TRP14 (thioredoxin-related protein) domain...
March 9, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Xuewei Dong, Qin Qiao, Zhenyu Qian, Guanghong Wei
The amyloid deposits of human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP) are found in type II diabetes patients. hIAPP monomer is intrinsically disordered in solution, whereas it can form amyloid fibrils both in vivo and in vitro. Extensive evidence suggests that hIAPP causes the disruption of cellular membrane, and further induces cytotoxicity and the death of islet β-cells in pancreas. The presence of membrane also accelerates the hIAPP fibril formation. hIAPP oligomers and protofibrils in the early stage of aggregation were reported to be the most cytotoxic, disrupting the membrane integrity and giving rise to the pathological process...
March 9, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Gunjan Mandal, Subir Biswas, Sougata Roy Chowdhury, Annesha Chatterjee, Suman Purohit, Poulomi Khamaru, Sayan Chakraborty, Palash Kumar Mandal, Arnab Gupta, Jo-Anne de la Mare, Adrienne Lesley Edkins, Arindam Bhattacharyya
The multifunctional cytokine TGF-β crucially participates in breast cancer (BCa) metastasis and works differently in the disease stages, thus contributing in BCa progression. We address connections between TGF-β and the stem cell-related transcription factor (TF) Oct4 in BCa. In 147 BCa patients with infiltrating duct carcinoma, we identified a significantly higher number of cases with both moderate/high Oct4 expression and high TGF-β in late stages compared to early stages of the disease. In vitro studies showed that TGF-β elevated Oct4 expression, which in turn, regulated Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal transition (EMT)-regulatory gene (Snail and Slug) expression, migratory ability, chemotactic invasiveness and extracellular matrix (ECM) degradation potential of BCa cells...
March 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Peng Sun, Jing-Jie Zhu, Ting Wang, Qi Huang, Yu-Ren Zhou, Bang-Wei Yu, Hua-Liang Jiang, He-Yao Wang
As a widely used anti-gout drug, benzbromarone has been found to induce hepatic toxicity in patients during clinical treatment. Previous studies have reported that benzbromarone is metabolized via cytochrome P450, thus causing mitochondrial toxicity in hepatocytes. In this study, we found that benzbromarone significantly aggravated hepatic steatosis in both obese db/db mice and high fat diet (HFD)-induced obese (DIO) mouse models. However, benzbromarone had less effect on the liver of lean mice. It was found that the expression of mRNAs encoding lipid metabolism and some liver-specific genes were obviously disturbed in benzbromarone-treated DIO mice compared to the control group...
March 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Juliana Harumi Arita, Mário H Barros, Felipe Gustavo Ravagnani, Marcello Ziosi, Lívia Rentas Sanches, Fabíola Rosa Picosse, Tania Oliveira Lopes, Patrícia de Carvalho Aguiar, Carolina Habermann Macabelli, Marcos Chiaratti, José Luiz Pedroso, Catarina M Quinzi, Orlando Graziani Póvoas Barsottini, Claudia Cristina Ferreiro-Barros
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) regulates many different metabolic pathways in eukaryote cells including mitochondria biogenesis and energy homeostasis. Here we identify a patient with hypotonia, weakness, delayed milestones and neurological impairment since birth harbouring a novel homozygous mutation in the AMPK catalytic α-subunit 1, encoded by the PRKAA1 gene. The homozygous mutation p.S487 L in isoform 1 present in the patient is in a cryptic residue for AMPK activity. In the present study, we performed the characterization of mitochondrial respiratory properties of the patient, in comparison to healthy controls, through the culture of skin fibroblasts in order to understand some of the cellular consequences of the PRKAA1 mutation...
March 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Vijayaraghavan Rangachari, Dexter N Dean, Pratip Rana, Ashwin Vaidya, Preetam Ghosh
Self-templating propagation of protein aggregate conformations is increasingly becoming a significant factor in many neurological diseases. In Alzheimer disease (AD), intrinsically disordered amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides undergo aggregation that is sensitive to environmental conditions. High-molecular weight aggregates of Aβ that form insoluble fibrils are deposited as senile plaques in AD brains. However, low-molecular weight aggregates called soluble oligomers are known to be the primary toxic agents responsible for neuronal dysfunction...
March 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Miriam A Kael, Daniel K Weber, Frances Separovic, Marc-Antoine Sani
The cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein by β- and γ-secretases is a key event in Alzheimer's disease. A fusion protein was constructed to investigate the cleavage rate and aggregation kinetics of amyloid-beta (1-40) (Aβ(1-40)) peptides. The peptide was expressed with a Small Ubiquitin-Like Modifier (SUMO) on the N-terminus and cleaved by a SUMO protease Ulp1. The time course of the cleavage reaction was monitored by SDS-PAGE gel with 100:1 or 1000:1 SUMO-Aβ(1-40) to Ulp1 molar ratio and in the presence of brain total lipid extract unilamellar vesicles...
March 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Margarete Poppelreuther, Simone Sander, Fadil Minden, Marina S Dietz, Tarik Exner, Chen Du, Ingrid Zhang, Friedrich Ehehalt, Laura Knüppel, Susanne Domschke, Anna Badenhop, Sarah Staudacher, Robert Ehehalt, Wolfgang Stremmel, Christoph Thiele, Mike Heilemann, Joachim Füllekrug
ACSL3 is the only long chain fatty acyl-CoA synthetase consistently found on growing and mature lipid droplets (LDs), suggesting that this specific localization has biological relevance. Current models for LD growth propose that triglycerides are synthesized by enzymes at the LD surface, with activated fatty acids provided by LD localized ACSL3, thus allowing growth independent of the ER. Here, we tested this hypothesis by quantifying ACSL3 on LDs from human A431 cells. RNAi of ACSL3 reduced the oleoyl-CoA synthetase activity by 83%, suggesting that ACSL3 is by far the dominant enzyme of A431 cells...
March 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Andréa T Faccio, Francisco J Ruperez, Nagendra S Singh, Santiago Angulo, Marina F M Tavares, Michel Bernier, Coral Barbas, Irving W Wainer
BACKGROUND: Impairment in mitochondrial biogenesis and function plays a key role in depression and anxiety, both of which being associated with changes in fatty acid and phospholipid metabolism. The antidepressant effects of (R,S)-ketamine have been linked to its conversion into (2S,6S;2R,6R)-hydroxynorketamine (HNK); however, the connection between structure and stereochemistry of ketamine and HNK in the mitochondrial homeostatic response has not yet been fully elucidated at a metabolic level...
March 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
C H Lucas Patty, David A Luo, Frans Snik, Freek Ariese, Wybren Jan Buma, Inge Loes Ten Kate, Rob J M van Spanning, William B Sparks, Thomas A Germer, Győző Garab, Michael W Kudenov
Spectropolarimetry of intact plant leaves allows to probe the molecular architecture of vegetation photosynthesis in a non-invasive and non-destructive way and, as such, can offer a wealth of physiological information. In addition to the molecular signals due to the photosynthetic machinery, the cell structure and its arrangement within a leaf can create and modify polarization signals. Using Mueller matrix polarimetry with rotating retarder modulation, we have visualized spatial variations in polarization in transmission around the chlorophyll a absorbance band from 650 nm to 710 nm...
March 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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