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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433636/malassezia-globosa-mgmdl2-lipase-crystal-structure-and-rational-modification-of-substrate-specificity
#1
Dongming Lan, Huan Xu, JinXin Xu, Grzegorz Dubin, Jinsong Liu, Yonghua Wang
Lipases play an important role in physiological metabolism and diseases, and also have multiple industrial applications. Rational modification of lipase specificity may increase the commercial utility of this group of enzymes, but is hindered by insufficient mechanistic understanding. Here, we report the 2.0 Å resolution crystal structure of a mono- and di-acylglycerols lipase from Malassezia globosa (MgMDL2). Interestingly, residues Phe278 and Glu282 were found to involve in substrate recognition because mutation on each residue led to convert MgMDL2 to a triacylglycerol (TAG) lipase...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433635/prognostic-significance-and-functional-implication-of-immune-activating-receptor-nkg2d-in-gastric-cancer
#2
Fengjuan Lin, Congqi Dai, Xiaoxiao Ge, Wenbo Tang, Ying Lin, Yan Wang, Jin Li
NKG2D, an activating receptor expressed on CD8(+) T lymphocytes, serves as a co-stimulation molecule by engagement with its ligands MICA/B and ULBPs to trigger immune activation against tumors. Currently, the biological function and clinical significance of NKG2D in gastric cancer remains unexplored. The study aims to investigate the expression of NKG2D in gastric cancer in association with clinical prognosis and its biological function. Real-time PCR was used to analyze NKG2D expression in paired cancer and adjacent non-malignant tissues in 139 gastric cancer patients between 2007 and 2010 in Shanghai Cancer Center...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433634/dual-sphingosine-kinase-inhibitor-ski-ii-enhances-sensitivity-to-5-fluorouracil-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-via-suppression-of-osteopontin-and-fak-igf-1r-signalling
#3
Petra Grbčić, Ivana Tomljanović, Marko Klobučar, Sandra Kraljević Pavelić, Ksenija Lučin, Mirela Sedić
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) represents the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths globally. Although 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is used as the first choice treatment for advanced HCC, it exerts poor efficacy and is associated with acquired and intrinsic resistance. Sphingosine kinases (Sphk) 1 and 2 play tumour-promoting roles in different cancer types including HCC and thus represent promising pharmacological targets. In the present study, we have investigated for the first time the anticancer efficacy and underlying molecular mechanisms of combined administration of 5-FU and dual Sphk1/Sphk2 inhibitor SKI-II (4-[[4-(4-chlorophenyl)-1,3-thiazol-2-yl]amino]phenol) in HepG2 hepatocellular carcinoma cells...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433633/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-2-is-a-potential-therapeutic-target-for-egfr-mutant-lung-adenocarcinoma
#4
Miki Yamaguchi, Sachie Hirai, Toshiyuki Sumi, Yusuke Tanaka, Makoto Tada, Yukari Nishii, Tadashi Hasegawa, Hiroaki Uchida, Gen Yamada, Atsushi Watanabe, Hiroki Takahashi, Yuji Sakuma
EGFR-mutant lung adenocarcinomas contain a subpopulation of cells that have undergone epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and can grow independently of EGFR. To kill these cancer cells, we need a novel therapeutic approach other than EGFR inhibitors. If a molecule is specifically expressed on the cell surface of such EGFR-independent EGFR-mutant cancer cells, it can be a therapeutic target. We found that a mesenchymal EGFR-independent subline derived from HCC827 cells, an EGFR-mutant lung adenocarcinoma cell line, expressed angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) to a greater extent than its parental cells...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433632/role-of-microrna-130b-in-placental-pgc-1%C3%AE-tfam-mitochondrial-biogenesis-pathway
#5
Shaoning Jiang, April M Teague, Jeanie B Tryggestad, Steven D Chernausek
Diabetes during pregnancy is associated with abnormal placenta mitochondrial function and increased oxidative stress, which affect fetal development and offspring long-term health. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ coactivator-1α (PGC-1α) is a master regulator of mitochondrial biogenesis and energy metabolism. The molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of PGC-1α in placenta in the context of diabetes remain unclear. The present study examined the role of microRNA 130b (miR-130b-3p) in regulating PGC-1α expression and oxidative stress in a placental trophoblastic cell line (BeWo)...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433631/detection-of-camp-and-of-pka-activity-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-single-cells-using-fluorescence-resonance-energy-transfer-fret-probes
#6
Sonia Colombo, Serena Broggi, Maddalena Collini, Laura D'Alfonso, Giuseppe Chirico, Enzo Martegani
In Saccharomyces cerevisiae the second messenger cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) and protein kinase A (PKA) play a central role in metabolism regulation, stress resistance and cell cycle progression. To monitor cAMP levels and PKA activity in vivo in single S. cerevisiae cells, we expressed an Epac-based FRET probe and a FRET-based A-kinase activity reporter, which were proven to be useful live-cell biosensors for cAMP levels and PKA activity in mammalian cells. Regarding detection of cAMP in single yeast cells, we show that in wild type strains the CFP/YFP fluorescence ratio increased immediately after glucose addition to derepressed cells, while no changes were observed when glucose was added to a strain that is not able to produce cAMP...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433630/loss-of-murc-cavin-4-induces-jnk-and-mmp-9-activity-enhancement-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-and-exacerbates-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm
#7
Kotaro Miyagawa, Takehiro Ogata, Tomomi Ueyama, Takeru Kasahara, Naohiko Nakanishi, Daisuke Naito, Takuya Taniguchi, Tetsuro Hamaoka, Naoki Maruyama, Masahiro Nishi, Taizo Kimura, Hiroyuki Yamada, Hiroki Aoki, Satoaki Matoba
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is relatively common in elderly patients with atherosclerosis. MURC (muscle-restricted coiled-coil protein)/Cavin-4 modulating the caveolae function of muscle cells is expressed in cardiomyocytes, skeletal muscle cells and smooth muscle cells. Here, we show a novel functional role of MURC/Cavin-4 in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and AAA development. Both wild-type (WT) and MURC/Cavin-4 knockout (MURC(-/-)) mice subjected to periaortic application of CaCl2 developed AAAs...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433629/a-novel-strategy-to-dissect-endogenous-gene-transcriptional-regulation-in-live-cells
#8
Wenqing Yang, Siliang Zhang, Yi Zhang, Xin Huang
Gene transcription is a central tenet of biology, traditionally measured by RT-PCR, microarray, or more recently, RNA sequencing. However, these measurements only provide a snapshot of the state of gene transcription and only represent an overall readout of complex transcriptional networks that regulate gene expression. In this report, we describe a novel strategy to dissect endogenous gene transcription regulation in live cells by knocking in a reporter gene, EGFP, under the control of the endogenous gene promoter, using the ARID1A gene as an example...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431932/zbed3-as1-induces-chondrogenesis-of-human-synovial-fluid-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#9
Farong Ou, Kai Su, Jiadong Sun, Wenting Liao, Yu Yao, Youhua Zheng, Zhiguang Zhang
Human synovial fluid-derived mesenchymal stem cells (SFMSCs) have great potential for cartilage induction and are promising for cell-based strategies for articular cartilage repair. Many long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) regulate chondrogenesis of MSCs. We hypothesized that the divergent lncRNA ZBED3-AS1, which binds locally to chromatin, could promote the expression of zbed3, a novel Axin-interacting protein that activates Wnt/β-catenin signaling, involved in chondrogenesis. However, the function of ZBED3-AS1 in SFMSCs is unclear...
April 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431931/peroxiredoxin-5-promotes-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-colon-cancer
#10
Hye-Mi Ahn, Jin-Woo Yoo, Seunghoon Lee, Hong Jun Lee, Hyun-Shik Lee, Dong-Seok Lee
Globally, colorectal cancer (CRC) is common cause of cancer-related deaths. The high mortality rate of patients with colon cancer is due to cancer cell invasion and metastasis. Initiation of the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is essential for the tumorigenesis. Peroxiredoinxs (PRX1-6) have been reported to be overexpressed in various tumor tissues, and involved to be responsible for tumor progression. However, the exact role of PRX5 in colon cancer remains to be investigated enhancing proliferation and promoting EMT properties...
April 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431930/quantitative-proteomics-reveals-key-proteins-regulated-by-eicosapentaenoic-acid-in-endothelial-activation
#11
Lu Zhang, Kunhong Xiao, Xuyang Zhao, Xiaoli Sun, Jianshu Zhang, Xian Wang, Yi Zhu, Xu Zhang
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), an n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA), has been shown to decrease the risk of atherosclerosis by attenuating endothelial activation. In this study, we used mass spectrometry-based label-free quantitative proteomics to study the protective mechanisms of EPA and to identify key proteins that regulated by EPA in endothelial activation. Arachidonic acid (AA) was used as a control. HUVECs were pretreated with each of the two PUFAs, and then stimulated with TNFα as a model of endothelial activation...
April 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431929/effects-of-naturally-occurring-charged-mutations-on-the-structure-stability-and-binding-of-the-pin1-ww-domain
#12
Xiaoya Qiao, Ying Liu, Liting Luo, Lei Chen, Caixian Zhao, Xuanjun Ai
Pin1 is a peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerase, whose WW domain specifically recognizes the pSer/Thr-Pro motif. Pin1 is involved in multiple phosphorylation events that regulate the activities of various substrates, and Pin1 deregulation has been reported in various diseases, including cancer and Alzheimer's disease. The WW domain of Pin1 has been used as a small model protein to investigate the folding mechanisms of the β-sheet structure by studying the effect of mutations or its naturally occurring variants...
April 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431928/cisplatin-and-photodynamic-therapy-exert-synergistic-inhibitory-effects-on-small-cell-lung-cancer-cell-viability-and-xenograft-tumor-growth
#13
You-Shuang Chen, Yin-Bo Peng, Min Yao, Ji-Ping Teng, Da Ni, Zhi-Jun Zhu, Bu-Feng Zhuang, Zhi-Yin Yang
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) is an aggressive type of lung cancer that shows an overall 5-year survival rate below 10%. Although chemotherapy using cisplatin has been proven effective in SCLC treatment, conventional dose of cisplatin causes adverse side effects. Photodynamic therapy, a form of non-ionizing radiation therapy, is increasingly used alone or in combination with other therapeutics in cancer treatment. Herein, we aimed to address whether low dose cisplatin combination with PDT can effectively induce SCLC cell death by using in vitro cultured human SCLC NCI-H446 cells and in vivo tumor xenograft model...
April 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431927/membrane-insertion-of-f0-c-subunit-of-f0f1-atpase-depends-on-glycolipozyme-mpiase-and-is-stimulated-by-yidc
#14
Hanako Nishikawa, Masaru Sasaki, Ken-Ichi Nishiyama
The F0 c subunit of F0F1 ATPase (F0-c) possesses two membrane-spanning stretches with N- and C-termini exposed to the periplasmic (extracellular) side of the cytoplasmic membrane of E. coli. Although F0-c insertion has been extensively analyzed in vitro by means of protease protection assaying, it is unclear whether such assays allow elucidation of the insertion process faithfully, since the membrane-protected fragment, an index of membrane insertion, is a full-length polypeptide of F0-c, which is the same as the protease-resistant conformation without membrane insertion...
April 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427942/inhibitory-effects-of-ethyl-pyruvate-on-platelet-aggregation-and-phosphatidylserine-exposure
#15
Wenjin Li, Xinyu Yang, Minyuan Peng, Can Li, Guangfu Mu, Fangping Chen
Ethyl pyruvate (EP) is a stable lipophilic pyruvate derivative. Studies demonstrated that EP shows potent anti-oxidation, anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant effects. Inflammation and coagulation are closely interacted with platelet activation. However, it is unclear whether EP has anti-platelet effects. Therefore, we investigated the anti-platelet effect of EP in this study in vitro. We found that EP inhibited agonists induced platelets aggregation, ATP release and adhesion to collagen. Flow cytometric analysis revealed that EP inhibited agonist induced platelets PAC-1 binding, as well as P-selectin and CD40L expression...
April 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427943/high-density-lipoprotein-from-coronary-artery-disease-patients-cause-abnormal-expression-of-long-non-coding-rnas-in-vascular-endothelial-cells
#16
Xiang Liu, Tian-Tian Wang, Yan Li, Mao-Mao Shi, Hua-Ming Li, Hao-Xiang Yuan, Zhi-Wei Mo, Jing Chen, Bin Zhang, Yang-Xin Chen, Jing-Feng Wang, Wei-Ping Dai, Ying-Qi Xu, Zhi-Ping Wang, Xi Zhang, Zhi-Jun Ou, Jing-Song Ou
Increased evidence showed that normal high density lipoprotein (HDL) can convert to dysfunction HDL in diseases states including coronary artery disease (CAD), which regulates vascular endothelial cell function differently. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play an extensive role in various important biological processes including endothelial cell function. However, whether lncRNAs involved in the regulation of HDL metabolism and HDL-induced changes of vascular endothelial function remains unclear. Cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were treated with HDL from healthy subjects and patients with CAD and hypercholesterolemia for 24 h, then the cells were collected for lncRNA-Seq and the expressions of lncRNAs, genes and mRNAs were identified...
April 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427941/elongation-affinity-activation-barrier-and-stability-of-a%C3%AE-42-oligomers-fibrils-in-physiological-saline
#17
Roberto A Rodriguez, Liao Y Chen, Germán Plascencia-Villa, George Perry
Amyloid-beta (Aβ) peptides, Aβ40 and the more neurotoxic Aβ42, have been the subject of many research efforts for Alzheimer's disease. In two recent independent investigations, the atomistic structure of Aβ42 fibril has been clearly established in the S-shaped conformation consisting of three β-sheets stabilized by salt bridges formed between the Lys28 sidechain and the C-terminus of Ala42. This structure distinctively differs from the long-known structure of Aβ40 in the β-hairpin shaped conformation consisting of two β-sheets...
April 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427940/characterization-of-the-rax1-gene-encoding-a-putative-regulator-of-g-protein-signaling-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
#18
Olumuyiwa Ayokunle Igbalajobi, Jae-Hyuk Yu, Kwang-Soo Shin
The filamentous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus is the major cause of life threatening invasive aspergillosis, and its small hydrophobic asexual spores (conidia) are the major infection agent. To better understand biology of A. fumigatus, we have characterized the rax1 gene encoding a putative regulator of G protein signaling (RGS). The deletion (Δ) of rax1 results in restricted colony growth and highly reduced number of conidia in A. fumigatus. Transcript levels of the three central activators of asexual development abaA, brlA, and wetA are significantly reduced in the Δrax1 mutant...
April 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427939/nrage-induces-%C3%AE-catenin-arm-o-glcnacylation-and-negatively-regulates-wnt-signaling
#19
Yuxin Chen, Lei Jin, Bin Xue, Dong Jin, Fenyong Sun, Chuanjun Wen
The Wnt pathway is crucial for animal development, as well as tumor formation. Understanding the regulation of Wnt signaling will help to elucidate the mechanism of the cell cycle, cell differentiation and tumorigenesis. It is generally accepted that in response to Wnt signals, β-catenin accumulates in the cytoplasm and is imported into the nucleus where it recruits LEF/TCF transcription factors to activate the expression of target genes. In this study, we report that human NRAGE, a neurotrophin receptor p75 (p75NTR) binding protein, markedly suppresses the expression of genes activated by the Wnt pathway...
April 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427938/ganoderma-lucidum-reishi-suppresses-proliferation-and-migration-of-breast-cancer-cells-via-inhibiting-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
#20
Yu Zhang
The medical mushroom Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi), a traditional Chinese medicine, has exhibited a promising anti-cancer effect. However, the molecular mechanism of its action on cancer cells remains unclear. Aberrant activation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway is the cause of many types of cancer, including breast cancer. Here we investigated the effect of Reishi on Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway and elucidated the molecular mechanism of its function in inhibiting breast cancer cells. We found that Reishi blocked Wnt/β-catenin signaling through inhibiting the phosphorylation of Wnt co-receptor LRP6...
April 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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