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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736290/regulated-proteolysis-as-an-element-of-er-stress-and-autophagy-implications-for-intestinal-inflammation
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Stephanie Stengel, Berith Messner, Maren Falk-Paulsen, Nina Sommer, Philip Rosenstiel
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and autophagy are tightly controlled cellular processes, which are responsible for maintaining protein homeostasis in a cell. Impairment of the interlinking pathways have been implicated in a number of human diseases, prominently in inflammatory bowel disease, where genetic variants in several independent autophagy and ER stress related loci have been associated to increased disease risk. Autophagy is a selective quality control process, which governs the integrity of the cell by removal of aged organelles and proteins via the lysosome, but recently has been shown to actively license the outcome of other signaling pathways by guiding the proteolytic removal of signaling protein complexes (adaptophagy)...
July 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736228/dbz-is-a-putative-ppar%C3%AE-agonist-that-prevents-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-insulin-resistance-and-gut-dysbiosis
#2
Pengfei Xu, Fan Hong, Jialin Wang, Jing Wang, Xia Zhao, Sheng Wang, Tingting Xue, Jingwei Xu, Xiaohui Zheng, Yonggong Zhai
BACKGROUND: The nuclear receptor PPARγ is an effective pharmacological target for some types of metabolic syndrome, including obesity, diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and cardiovascular disease. However, the current PPARγ-targeting thiazolidinedione drugs have undesirable side effects. Danshensu Bingpian Zhi (DBZ), also known as tanshinol borneol ester derived from Salvia miltiorrhiza, is a synthetic derivative of natural compounds used in traditional Chinese medicine for its anti-inflammatory activity...
July 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736181/succinate-accumulation-impairs-cardiac-pyruvate-dehydrogenase-activity-through-grp91-dependent-and-independent-signaling-pathways-therapeutic-effects-of-ginsenoside-rb1
#3
Jia Li, Yi-Lin Yang, Lan-Zhu Li, Lei Zhang, Qun Liu, Kang Liu, Ping Li, Baolin Liu, Lian-Wen Qi
Altered mitochondrial oxidation increases vulnerability to cardiac ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in metabolic disorders. However, the metabolic signaling responsible for the dysfunction remains partly unknown. We sought to test whether or not hypoxic succinate accumulation could inhibit pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH) activity and subsequently aggravate I/R injury. Results showed that saturated fatty acid palmitate stimulation increased fatty acid oxidation and induced hypoxia in cardiomyocytes, leading to succinate accumulation...
July 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736155/integrin-linked-kinase-regulates-the-transcription-of-aqp2-by-nfatc3
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Marco Hatem-Vaquero, Mercedes Griera, Wieslawa Giermakowska, Alicia Luengo, Laura Calleros, Laura V Gonzalez Bosc, Diego Rodríguez-Puyol, Manuel Rodríguez-Puyol, Sergio De Frutos
Two processes are associated with progressive loss of renal function: 1) decreased aquaporin-2 (AQP2) expression and urinary concentrating capacity (Nephrogenic Diabetes Insipidus, NDI); and 2) changes in extracellular matrix (ECM) composition, e.g. increased collagen I (Col I) deposition, characteristic of tubule-interstitial fibrosis. AQP2 expression is regulated by both the ECM-to-intracellular scaffold protein integrin-linked kinase (ILK) by NFATc/AP1 and other transcription factors. In the present work, we used in vivo and in vitro approaches to examine ILK participation in NFATc3/AP-1-mediated increases in AQP2 gene expression...
July 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735901/mechanisms-of-pannexin1-channel-gating-and-regulation
#5
REVIEW
Paige Whyte-Fagundes, Georg Zoidl
Pannexins are a family of integral membrane proteins with distinct post-translational modifications, sub-cellular localization and tissue distribution. Panx1 is the most studied and best-characterized isoform of this gene family. The ubiquitous expression, as well as its function as a major ATP release and nucleotide permeation channel, makes Panx1 a primary candidate for participating in the pathophysiology of CNS disorders. While many investigations revolve around Panx1 functions in health and disease, more recently, details started emerging about mechanisms that control Panx1 channel activity...
July 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735098/cholangiocytes-cell-transplantation
#6
REVIEW
Lorenzo Ridola, Maria Consiglia Bragazzi, Vincenzo Cardinale, Guido Carpino, Eugenio Gaudio, Domenico Alvaro
BACKGROUND: Due to significant limitations to the access to orthotropic liver transplantation, cell therapies for liver diseases have gained large interest worldwide. SCOPE OF REVIEW: To revise current literature dealing with cell therapy for liver diseases. We discussed the advantages and pitfalls of the different cell sources tested so far in clinical trials and the rationale underlying the potential benefits of transplantation of human biliary tree stem cells (hBTSCs)...
July 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735097/protecting-the-heart-through-mk2-modulation-toward-a-role-in-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-and-lipid-metabolism
#7
REVIEW
Matthieu Ruiz, Lise Coderre, Bruce Gordon Allen, Christine Des Rosiers
Various signaling pathways have been identified in the heart as important players during development, physiological adaptation or pathological processes. This includes the MAPK families, particularly p38MAPK, which is involved in several key cellular processes, including differentiation, proliferation, apoptosis, inflammation, metabolism and survival. Disrupted p38MAPK signaling has been associated with several diseases, including cardiovascular diseases (CVD) as well as diabetes and its related complications...
July 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735096/lipid-droplet-functions-beyond-energy-storage
#8
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Michael A Welte, Alex P Gould
Lipid droplets are cytoplasmic organelles that store neutral lipids and are critically important for energy metabolism. Their function in energy storage is firmly established and increasingly well characterized. However, emerging evidence indicates that lipid droplets also play important and diverse roles in the cellular handling of lipids and proteins that may not be directly related to energy homeostasis. Lipid handling roles of droplets include the storage of hydrophobic vitamin and signaling precursors, and the management of endoplasmic reticulum and oxidative stress...
July 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735095/regulation-of-lipid-droplet-associated-proteins-by-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptors
#9
REVIEW
Montserrat A de la Rosa Rodriguez, Sander Kersten
Excess fatty acids are stored in cells as triglycerides in specialized organelles called lipid droplets (LD). LD can be found in nearly all cell types and may expand during certain (patho)physiological conditions. The synthesis and breakdown of triglycerides and their deposition in LD is governed by a diverse set of enzymes and LD-associated proteins. These proteins serve structural roles in and around LD and regulate the activity of key lipogenic and lipolytic enzymes. The LD-associated proteins are subject to multiple regulatory mechanisms at the protein and gene expression level...
July 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734980/histone-demethylase-phf8-regulates-hypoxia-signaling-through-hif1%C3%AE-and-h3k4me3
#10
Peterson Kariuki Maina, Peng Shao, Xiongfei Jia, Qi Liu, Shaikamjad Umesalma, Maximo Marin, Donald Long, Samantha Concepción-Román, Hank Heng Qi
Hypoxia through transcription factor HIF1α plays a critical role in cancer development. In prostate cancer, HIF1α interplays with androgen receptor (AR) to contribute to the progression of this disease to its lethal form-castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Hypoxia upregulates several epigenetic factors including histone demethylase KDM3A which is a critical co-factor of HIF1α. However, how histone demethylases regulate hypoxia signaling is not fully understood. Here, we report that histone demethylase PHF8 plays an essential role in hypoxia signaling...
July 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734978/insights-into-the-functional-properties-of-the-marneral-oxidase-cyp71a16-from-arabidopsis-thaliana
#11
Sarah Kranz-Finger, Osama Mahmoud, Esther Ricklefs, Nikolas Ditz, Patrick J Bakkes, Vlada B Urlacher
The Arabidopsis thaliana gene encoding CYP71A16 is part of the gene cluster for the biosynthesis and modification of the triterpenoid marneral. Previous investigations of A. thaliana have revealed that CYP71A16 oxidizes marneral, while it also can accept marnerol as substrate. The aim of the present study was to investigate functional properties of CYP71A16 in vitro. For this purpose, heterologous expression of a N-terminally modified version of CYP71A16 was established in Escherichia coli, which yielded up to 50mg·L(-1) recombinant enzyme...
July 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734977/modulation-of-the-interaction-between-human-p450-3a4-and-b-megaterium-reductase-via-engineered-loops
#12
Silvia Castrignanò, Serena D'Avino, Giovanna Di Nardo, Gianluca Catucci, Sheila J Sadeghi, Gianfranco Gilardi
Chimerogenesis involving cytochromes P450 is a successful approach to generate catalytically self-sufficient enzymes. However, the connection between the different functional modules should allow a certain degree of flexibility in order to obtain functional and catalytically efficient proteins. We previously applied the molecular Lego approach to develop a chimeric P450 3A4 enzyme linked to the reductase domain of P450 BM3 (BMR). Three constructs were designed with the connecting loop containing no glycine, 3 glycine or 5 glycine residues and showed a different catalytic activity and coupling efficiency...
July 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734976/structural-basis-of-the-substrate-specificity-and-instability-in-solution-of-a-glycosidase-from-lactobacillus-plantarum
#13
Iván Acebrón, Laura Plaza-Vinuesa, Blanca de Las Rivas, Rosario Muñoz, J Cumella, F Sánchez-Sancho, José Miguel Mancheño
Statistics from structural genomics initiatives reveal that around 50-55% of the expressed, non-membrane proteins cannot be purified and therefore structurally characterized due to solubility problems, which emphasized protein solubility as one of the most serious concerns in structural biology projects. Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 748(T) produces an aggregation-prone glycosidase (LpBgl) that we crystallized previously. However, this result could not be reproduced due to protein instability and therefore further high-resolution structural analyses of LpBgl were impeded...
July 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734966/development-of-new-ganglioside-probes-and-unraveling-of-raft-domain-structure-by-single-molecule-imaging
#14
REVIEW
Kenichi G N Suzuki, Hiromune Ando, Naoko Komura, Takahiro Fujiwara, Makoto Kiso, Akihiro Kusumi
Gangliosides are involved in a variety of biological roles and are a component of lipid rafts found in cell plasma membranes (PMs). Gangliosides are especially abundant in neuronal PMs and are essential to their physiological functions. However, the dynamic behaviors of gangliosides have not been investigated in living cells due to a lack of fluorescent probes that behave like their parental molecules. We have recently developed, using an entirely chemical method, four new ganglioside probes (GM1, GM2, GM3, and GD1b) that act similarly to their parental molecules in terms of raft partitioning and binding affinity...
July 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734965/enhanced-immunostimulatory-activity-of-in-silico-discovered-agonists-of-toll-like-receptor-2-tlr2
#15
M S Murgueitio, S Ebner, P Hörtnagl, C Rakers, R Bruckner, P Henneke, G Wolber, S Santos-Sierra
BACKGROUND: Emergent therapies in anticancer vaccination use Toll-like receptors (TLRs) agonists as dendritic cell (DC) vaccine adjuvants. DCs from the patient are isolated, stimulated with TLR agonists and tumor antigens ex vivo and then infused back into the patient. Although some TLR ligands have been tested in clinical trials, novel TLR agonists with improved immunomodulatory properties are essential to optimize treatment success. We report on the discovery of small-molecule TLR2 agonists, with favorable properties as synthetic adjuvants...
July 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734933/photosystem-ii-cyclic-electron-flow-powers-exceptional-photoprotection-and-record-growth-in-the-microalga-chlorella-ohadii
#16
Gennady Ananyev, Colin Gates, Aaron Kaplan, G Charles Dismukes
The desert microalga Chlorella ohadii was reported to grow at extreme light intensities with minimal photoinhibition, tolerate frequent de/re-hydrations, yet minimally employs antenna-based non-photochemical quenching for photoprotection. Here we investigate the molecular mechanisms by measuring Photosystem II charge separation yield (chlorophyll variable fluorescence, Fv/Fm) and flash-induced O2 yield to measure the contributions from both linear (PSII-LEF) and cyclic (PSII-CEF) electron flow within PSII. Cells grow increasingly faster at higher light intensities (μE/m(2)/s) from low (20) to high (200) to extreme (2000) by escalating photoprotection via shifting from PSII-LEF to PSII-CEF...
July 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733268/carriers-of-an-apolipoprotein-e-epsilon-4-allele-are-more-vulnerable-to-a-dietary-deficiency-in-omega-3-fatty-acids-and-cognitive-decline
#17
REVIEW
Tanya Gwendolyn Nock, Raphaël Chouinard-Watkins, Mélanie Plourde
Carriers of an epsilon 4 allele (E4) of apolipoprotein E (APOE) develop Alzheimer's disease (AD) earlier than carriers of other APOE alleles. The metabolism of plasma docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 22:6n-3), an omega-3 fatty acid (n-3 FA), taken up by the brain and concentrated in neurons, is disrupted in E4 carriers, resulting in lower levels of brain DHA. Behavioural and cognitive impairments have been observed in animals with lower brain DHA levels, with emphasis on loss of spatial memory and increased anxiety...
July 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733267/angptl4-promotes-bile-acid-absorption-during-taurocholic-acid-supplementation-via-a-mechanism-dependent-on-the-gut-microbiota
#18
Aafke W F Janssen, Wieneke Dijk, Jos Boekhorst, Folkert Kuipers, Albert K Groen, Sabina Lukovac, Guido J E J Hooiveld, Sander Kersten
Angiopoietin-like 4 (ANGPTL4) raises plasma triglyceride levels by inhibiting lipoprotein lipase. A set of compounds that are able to reduce plasma triglyceride levels are bile acids (BA). Because BA have been shown to decrease ANGPTL4 secretion by intestinal cells, we hypothesized that BA lower plasma triglycerides (partly) via ANGPTL4. To test that hypothesis, wild-type and Angptl4(-/-) mice were fed chow supplemented with taurocholic acid (TCA) for seven days. TCA supplementation effectively lowered plasma triglycerides in wild-type and Angptl4(-/-) mice, indicating that ANGPTL4 is not required for plasma triglyceride-lowering by BA...
July 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733224/celf1-preferentially-binds-to-exon-intron-boundary-and-regulates-alternative-splicing-in-hela-cells
#19
Heng Xia, Dong Chen, Qijia Wu, Gang Wu, Yanhong Zhou, Yi Zhang, Libin Zhang
The current RIP-seq approach has been developed for the identification of genome-wide interaction between RNA binding protein (RBP) and the bound RNA transcripts, but still rarely for identifying its binding sites. In this study, we performed RIP-seq experiments in HeLa cells using a monoclonal antibody against CELF1. Mapping of the RIP-seq reads showed a biased distribution at the 3'UTR and intronic regions. A total of 15,285 and 1384 CELF1-specific sense and antisense peaks were identified using the ABLIRC software tool...
July 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733198/the-role-of-intrinsic-disorder-and-dynamics-in-the-assembly-and-function-of-the-type-ii-secretion-system
#20
REVIEW
Shuang Gu, Vladimir E Shevchik, Rosie Shaw, Richard W Pickersgill, James A Garnett
Many Gram-negative commensal and pathogenic bacteria use a type II secretion system (T2SS) to transport proteins out of the cell. These exported proteins or substrates play a major role in toxin delivery, maintaining biofilms, replication in the host and subversion of host immune responses to infection. We review the current structural and functional work on this system and argue that intrinsically disordered regions and protein dynamics are central for assembly, exo-protein recognition, and secretion competence of the T2SS...
July 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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