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Biochimica et Biophysica Acta

Qi Zhang, Zhongduo Wang, Feng Hou, Rachel Harding, Xinyi Huang, Aiping Dong, John R Walker, Yufeng Tong
BACKGROUND: Seven in absentia homologs (SIAHs) comprise a family of highly conserved E3 ubiquitin ligases that play an important role in regulating signalling pathways in tumorigenesis, including the DNA damage repair and hypoxia response pathways. SIAH1 and SIAH2 have been found to function as a tumour repressor and a proto-oncogene, respectively, despite the high sequence identity of their substrate binding domains (SBDs). Ubiquitin-specific protease USP19 is a deubiquitinase that forms a complex with SIAHs and counteracts the ligase function...
October 21, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Carlos Sanhueza, Joaquín Araos, Luciano Naranjo, Fernando Toledo, Ana R Beltrán, Marco A Ramírez, Jaime Gutiérrez, Fabián Pardo, Andrea Leiva, Luis Sobrevia
Cancer cells generate protons (H(+)) that are extruded to the extracellular medium mainly via the Na(+)/H(+) exchanger 1 (NHE1), which regulates intracellular pH (pHi) and cell proliferation. In primary cultures of human ascites-derived ovarian cancer cells (haOC) we assayed whether NHE1 was required for pHi modulation and cell proliferation. Human ovary expresses NHE1, which is higher in haOC and A2780 (ovarian cancer cells) compared with HOSE cells (normal ovarian cells). Basal pHi and pHi recovery (following a NH4Cl pulse) was higher in haOC and A2780, compared with HOSE cells...
October 21, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Lena Diekmann, Marc Behrendt, Mahdi Amiri, Hassan Y Naim
BACKGROUND: Lactase phlorizin-hydrolase (LPH) is a membrane anchored type I glycoprotein of the intestinal epithelium that is composed of four homologous structural domains. The role of each distinct domain in the intramolecular organization and function of LPH is not completely understood. METHODS: Here, we analyzed the early events of LPH biosynthesis and trafficking by directed restructuring of the domain compositions. RESULTS: Removal of domain I (LPH∆1) results in a malfolded ER-localized protein...
October 21, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Ceyda Acilan, Zelal Adiguzel, Buse Cevatemre, Didem Karakas, Engin Ulukaya, Nádia Ribeiro, Isabel Correia, João Costa Pessoa
BACKGROUND: To overcome the hurdles of cisplatin, majorly its toxicity and resistance, there has been extensive search for alternative anti-cancer metal-based compounds. Here, three Cu(II)-complexes, Cu(Sal-Gly)(phen), Cu(Sal-Gly)(pheamine), Cu(Sal-Gly)(phepoxy) are characterized for their interaction with DNA, cytotoxicity and mechanism of action. METHODS: The binding ability of the complexes to Calf-Thymus DNA was evaluated by competition fluorescence studies with thiazole-orange, UV-Vis and circular-dichroism spectroscopic titrations...
October 20, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Sen Gao, Shikai Liu, Jun Yao, Ning Li, Zihao Yuan, Tao Zhou, Qi Li, Zhanjiang Liu
BACKGROUND: Channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) live in turbid waters with limited visibility to chase prey within a certain distance. This can be compensated through detecting specific water-soluble substances by the olfactory receptors (ORs) and trace amine associated receptors (TAARs) expressed on the olfactory epithelium. METHODS: We identified the OR and TAAR repertoires in channel catfish, and characterized the genomic organizations of these two gene families by data mining available genomic resources...
October 20, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Waleska K Martins, Andreza B Gomide, Érico T Costa, Helena C Junqueira, Beatriz S Stolf, Rosangela Itri, Maurício S Baptista
BACKGROUND: Cell senescence is a process of central importance to the understanding of aging as well as to the development of new drugs. It is related with genomic instability, which has been shown to occur in the presence of autophagy deficiency. Yet, the mechanism that triggers genomic instability and senescence from a condition of autophagy deficiency remains unknown. By analyzing the consequences of treating human keratinocytes (HaCaT) with the pentacyclic triterpenoid Betulinic Acid (BA) we were able to propose that cell senescence can develop as a response to parallel damage in the membranes of mitochondria and lysosome...
October 20, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Makoto Hirano, Kiichiro Totani, Tomohiko Fukuda, Jianguo Gu, Akemi Suzuki
BACKGROUND: Megalin is a 600-kDa single-spanning transmembrane glycoprotein and functions as an endocytic receptor, distributed not only in the kidney but also in other tissues. Structurally and functionally distinct ligands for megalin have been identified. Megalin has 30 potential N-glycosylation sites in its extracellular domain. We found that megalin interacts with its ligands in a glycoform-dependent manner. METHODS: Distribution of megalin and glycans was histochemically analyzed in mouse kidneys...
October 20, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Niya Xiong, Shun Li, Kai Tang, Hongxia Bai, Yueting Peng, Hong Yang, Chunhui Wu, Yiyao Liu
Tumor cells translocating to distant sites are subjected to hemodynamic shear forces during their passage in the blood vessels. Low shear stress (LSS) plays a critical role in the regulation of various aspects of tumor cells functions, including motility and adhesion. Beyond its structural role, caveolin-1 (Cav-1), the important component of caveolae, represents a modulator of several cancer-associated functions as tumor progression and metastasis. However, the role of Cav-1 in regulating tumor cells response to shear stress remains poorly explored...
October 20, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Junji Itou, Sunao Tanaka, Wenzhao Li, Atsuo Iida, Atsuko Sehara-Fujisawa, Fumiaki Sato, Masakazu Toi
During metastasis, cancer cell migration is enhanced. However, the mechanisms underlying this process remain elusive. Here, we addressed this issue by functionally analyzing the transcription factor Sal-like 4 (SALL4) in basal-like breast cancer cells. Loss-of-function studies of SALL4 showed that this transcription factor is required for the spindle-shaped morphology and the enhanced migration of cancer cells. SALL4 also up-regulated integrin gene expression. The impaired cell migration observed in SALL4 knockdown cells was restored by overexpression of integrin α6 and β1...
October 20, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Kelly Souza Fernandes, Paulo Eduardo Narcizo de Souza, Miriam Leandro Dorta, Antonio Alonso
In this study, we combined electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy with an analysis of biophysical cellular parameters to study the mechanisms underlying the in vitro anti-leishmanial activity of miltefosine (MT). A thiol-specific spin label attached to membrane-bound proteins of Leishmania amazonensis and peritoneal macrophages indicated that MT may bind to plasma membrane proteins in large quantities via a detergent-like action and cause structural changes associated with a marked increase in dynamics and exposure to an aqueous environment...
October 20, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Akos A Gerencser, Shona A Mookerjee, Martin Jastroch, Martin D Brand
Analysis of the cellular mechanisms of metabolic disorders, including type 2 diabetes mellitus, is complicated by the large number of reactions and interactions in metabolic networks. Metabolic control analysis with appropriate modularization is a powerful method for simplifying and analyzing these networks. To analyze control of cellular energy metabolism in adherent cell cultures of the INS-1832/13 pancreatic β-cell model we adapted our microscopy assay of absolute mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔψM) to a fluorescence microplate reader format, and applied it in conjunction with cell respirometry...
October 20, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Xia Wang, Xianghong Shan, Cheryl Y Gregory-Evans
The Pax6 transcription factor is essential for development of the brain, eye, olfactory and endocrine systems. Haploinsufficiency of PAX6 in humans and mice causes the congenital condition aniridia, with defects in each of these organs and systems. Identification of the PAX6 transcription networks driving normal development is therefore critical in understanding the pathophysiology observed with loss-of-function defects. Here we have focused on identification of the downstream targets for Pax6 in the developing iris and ciliary body, where we used laser capture microdissection in mouse eyes from E12...
October 20, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Vishal Kothari, Yuwen Luo, Talia Tornabene, Ann Marie O'Neill, Michael W Greene, Geetha Thangiah, Jeganathan Ramesh Babu
High fat diet-induced obesity is associated with insulin resistance (IR) and other chronic, diet related illnesses, including dementia. Alzheimer disease is the most common form of dementia, and is characterized by the presence of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in brain. This study was designed to determine whether diet-induced changes in peripheral insulin sensitivity could contribute to alterations in brain insulin signaling and cognitive functions. Four week old, male C57BL/6NHsd mice were randomly assigned a high fat diet (40% energy from fat) with 42g/L liquid sugar (HFS) added to the drinking water or a normal chow diet (12% energy from fat) for 14weeks...
October 19, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Christine Bassila, Rose Ghemrawi, Justine Flayac, D Sean Froese, Matthias R Baumgartner, Jean-Louis Guéant, David Coelho
An increasing number of studies indicate that each step of the intracellular processing of vitamin B12 or cobalamin (Cbl) involves protein-protein interactions. We have previously described a novel interaction between methionine synthase (MS) and MMACHC and its effect on the regulation of MMACHC activity. Our goal is to further characterize the interactions of MS with other potential partners in a so-called MS interactome. We dissected the interactions and their alterations by co-immunoprecipitation and DuoLink proximity ligation assays in fibroblasts with cblG, cblE, and cblC genetic defects affecting respectively the expression of MS, methionine synthase reductase (MSR) and MMACHC and in HepG2 cells transfected with corresponding siRNAs...
October 19, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Luis Gamella-Pozuelo, María T Grande, Milagros Clemente-Lorenzo, Cayetana Murillo-Gómez, Flora De Pablo, José M López-Novoa, Catalina Hernández-Sánchez
Catecholamines are essential for the maintenance of physiological homeostasis under basal and stress conditions. We aim to determine the impact of deletion of a single allele of the tyrosine hydroxylase (Th) gene might have on aging arterial pressure and life-span. We found that Th haploinsufficiency prevents age associated increase of arterial pressure (AP) in mature adult mice, and it results in the extension of the half-life of TH-heterozygous (HET) mice respect to their wild-type (WT) littermates. Heart performance was similar in both genotypes...
October 19, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
John D Chan, Dan Zhang, Xiaolong Liu, Magdalena Z Zarowiecki, Matthew Berriman, Jonathan S Marchant
The robust regenerative capacity of planarian flatworms depends on the orchestration of signaling events from early wounding responses through the stem cell enacted differentiative outcomes that restore appropriate tissue types. Acute signaling events in excitable cells play an important role in determining regenerative polarity, rationalized by the discovery that sub-epidermal muscle cells express critical patterning genes known to control regenerative outcomes. These data imply a dual conductive (neuromuscular signaling) and instructive (anterior-posterior patterning) role for Ca(2+) signaling in planarian regeneration...
October 19, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Olena Odnokoz, Kyle Nakatsuka, Vladimir I Klichko, Jacqueline Nguyen, Liz Calderon Solis, Kaitlin Ostling, Marziyeh Badinloo, William C Orr, Svetlana N Radyuk
Previously, we have shown that flies under-expressing the two mitochondrial peroxiredoxins (Prxs), dPrx3 and dPrx5, display increases in tissue-specific apoptosis and dramatically shortened life span, associated with a redox crisis, manifested as changes in GSH:GSSG and accumulation of protein mixed disulfides. To identify specific pathways responsible for the observed biological effects, we performed a transcriptome analysis. Functional clustering revealed a prominent group enriched for immunity-related genes, including a considerable number of NF-kB-dependent antimicrobial peptides (AMP) that are up-regulated in the Prx double mutant...
October 19, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Chencheng Feng, Yang Zhang, Minghui Yang, Minghong Lan, Huan Liu, Jian Wang, Yue Zhou, Bo Huang
Intervertebral disc (IVD) cell senescence is a recognized mechanism of intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD). Elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying disc cell senescence will contribute to understanding the pathogenesis of IDD. We previously reported that N-acetylated proline-glycine-proline (N-Ac-PGP), a matrikine, is involved in the process of IDD. However, its roles in IDD are not well understood. Here, using rat nucleus pulposus (NP) cells, we showed that N-Ac-PGP induced premature senescence of NP cells by binding to CXCR1...
October 19, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Adrian Fischer, Wilfried Weber, Bettina Warscheid, Gerald Radziwill
Scaffold proteins are hubs for the coordination of intracellular signaling networks. The scaffold protein CNK1 promotes several signal transduction pathway. Here we demonstrate that sterile motif alpha (SAM) domain-dependent oligomerization of CNK1 stimulates CNK1-mediated signaling in growth factor-stimulated cells. We identified Ser22 located within the SAM domain as AKT-dependent phosphorylation site triggering CNK1 oligomerization. Oligomeric CNK1 increased the affinity for active AKT indicating a positive AKT feedback mechanism...
October 19, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Chanakan Tongsook, Johannes Niederhauser, Elena Kronegger, Grit Straganz, Peter Macheroux
The degradation of histamine catalyzed by the SAM-dependent histamine N-methyltransferase (HNMT) is critically important for the maintenance of neurological processes. Recently, two mutations in the encoding human gene were reported to give rise to dysfunctional protein variants (G60D and L208P) leading to intellectual disability. In the present study, we have expressed eight L208 variants with either apolar (L208F and L208V), polar (L208N and L208T) or charged (L208D, L208H, L208K and L208R) amino acids to define the impact of side chain variations on protein structure and function...
October 18, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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