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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262353/remnants-of-an-ancient-metabolism-without-phosphate
#1
Joshua E Goldford, Hyman Hartman, Temple F Smith, Daniel Segrè
Phosphate is essential for all living systems, serving as a building block of genetic and metabolic machinery. However, it is unclear how phosphate could have assumed these central roles on primordial Earth, given its poor geochemical accessibility. We used systems biology approaches to explore the alternative hypothesis that a protometabolism could have emerged prior to the incorporation of phosphate. Surprisingly, we identified a cryptic phosphate-independent core metabolism producible from simple prebiotic compounds...
March 2, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262352/inefficient-crossover-maturation-underlies-elevated-aneuploidy-in-human-female-meiosis
#2
Shunxin Wang, Terry Hassold, Patricia Hunt, Martin A White, Denise Zickler, Nancy Kleckner, Liangran Zhang
Meiosis is the cellular program that underlies gamete formation. For this program, crossovers between homologous chromosomes play an essential mechanical role to ensure regular segregation. We present a detailed study of crossover formation in human male and female meiosis, enabled by modeling analysis. Results suggest that recombination in the two sexes proceeds analogously and efficiently through most stages. However, specifically in female (but not male), ∼25% of the intermediates that should mature into crossover products actually fail to do so...
March 2, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262351/an-intestinal-organ-culture-system-uncovers-a-role-for-the-nervous-system-in-microbe-immune-crosstalk
#3
Nissan Yissachar, Yan Zhou, Lloyd Ung, Nicole Y Lai, James F Mohan, Allen Ehrlicher, David A Weitz, Dennis L Kasper, Isaac M Chiu, Diane Mathis, Christophe Benoist
Investigation of host-environment interactions in the gut would benefit from a culture system that maintained tissue architecture yet allowed tight experimental control. We devised a microfabricated organ culture system that viably preserves the normal multicellular composition of the mouse intestine, with luminal flow to control perturbations (e.g., microbes, drugs). It enables studying short-term responses of diverse gut components (immune, neuronal, etc.). We focused on the early response to bacteria that induce either Th17 or RORg(+) T-regulatory (Treg) cells in vivo...
February 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238471/structural-basis-of-substrate-recognition-by-the-multidrug-resistance-protein-mrp1
#4
Zachary Lee Johnson, Jue Chen
The multidrug resistance protein MRP1 is an ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter that confers resistance to many anticancer drugs and plays a role in the disposition and efficacy of several opiates, antidepressants, statins, and antibiotics. In addition, MRP1 regulates redox homeostasis, inflammation, and hormone secretion. Using electron cryomicroscopy, we determined the molecular structures of bovine MRP1 in two conformations: an apo form at 3.5 Å without any added substrate and a complex form at 3.3 Å with one of its physiological substrates, leukotriene C4...
February 22, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222903/modified-mrna-vaccines-protect-against-zika-virus-infection
#5
Justin M Richner, Sunny Himansu, Kimberly A Dowd, Scott L Butler, Vanessa Salazar, Julie M Fox, Justin G Julander, William W Tang, Sujan Shresta, Theodore C Pierson, Giuseppe Ciaramella, Michael S Diamond
The emergence of ZIKV infection has prompted a global effort to develop safe and effective vaccines. We engineered a lipid nanoparticle (LNP) encapsulated modified mRNA vaccine encoding wild-type or variant ZIKV structural genes and tested immunogenicity and protection in mice. Two doses of modified mRNA LNPs encoding prM-E genes that produced virus-like particles resulted in high neutralizing antibody titers (∼1/100,000) that protected against ZIKV infection and conferred sterilizing immunity. To offset a theoretical concern of ZIKV vaccines inducing antibodies that cross-react with the related dengue virus (DENV), we designed modified prM-E RNA encoding mutations destroying the conserved fusion-loop epitope in the E protein...
February 16, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340354/mechanism-of-substrate-translocation-in-an-alternating-access-transporter
#6
Naomi R Latorraca, Nathan M Fastman, A J Venkatakrishnan, Wolf B Frommer, Ron O Dror, Liang Feng
Transporters shuttle molecules across cell membranes by alternating among distinct conformational states. Fundamental questions remain about how transporters transition between states and how such structural rearrangements regulate substrate translocation. Here, we capture the translocation process by crystallography and unguided molecular dynamics simulations, providing an atomic-level description of alternating access transport. Simulations of a SWEET-family transporter initiated from an outward-open, glucose-bound structure reported here spontaneously adopt occluded and inward-open conformations...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340353/molecular-structure-of-the-human-cftr-ion-channel
#7
Fangyu Liu, Zhe Zhang, László Csanády, David C Gadsby, Jue Chen
The cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) is an ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter that uniquely functions as an ion channel. Here, we present a 3.9 Å structure of dephosphorylated human CFTR without nucleotides, determined by electron cryomicroscopy (cryo-EM). Close resemblance of this human CFTR structure to zebrafish CFTR under identical conditions reinforces its relevance for understanding CFTR function. The human CFTR structure reveals a previously unresolved helix belonging to the R domain docked inside the intracellular vestibule, precluding channel opening...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340352/human-epistatic-interaction-controls-il7r-splicing-and-increases-multiple-sclerosis-risk
#8
Gaddiel Galarza-Muñoz, Farren B S Briggs, Irina Evsyukova, Geraldine Schott-Lerner, Edward M Kennedy, Tinashe Nyanhete, Liuyang Wang, Laura Bergamaschi, Steven G Widen, Georgia D Tomaras, Dennis C Ko, Shelton S Bradrick, Lisa F Barcellos, Simon G Gregory, Mariano A Garcia-Blanco
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder where T cells attack neurons in the central nervous system (CNS) leading to demyelination and neurological deficits. A driver of increased MS risk is the soluble form of the interleukin-7 receptor alpha chain gene (sIL7R) produced by alternative splicing of IL7R exon 6. Here, we identified the RNA helicase DDX39B as a potent activator of this exon and consequently a repressor of sIL7R, and we found strong genetic association of DDX39B with MS risk. Indeed, we showed that a genetic variant in the 5' UTR of DDX39B reduces translation of DDX39B mRNAs and increases MS risk...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340351/bedside-back-to-bench-building-bridges-between-basic-and-clinical-genomic-research
#9
Teri A Manolio, Douglas M Fowler, Lea M Starita, Melissa A Haendel, Daniel G MacArthur, Leslie G Biesecker, Elizabeth Worthey, Rex L Chisholm, Eric D Green, Howard J Jacob, Howard L McLeod, Dan Roden, Laura Lyman Rodriguez, Marc S Williams, Gregory M Cooper, Nancy J Cox, Gail E Herman, Stephen Kingsmore, Cecilia Lo, Cathleen Lutz, Calum A MacRae, Robert L Nussbaum, Jose M Ordovas, Erin M Ramos, Peter N Robinson, Wendy S Rubinstein, Christine Seidman, Barbara E Stranger, Haoyi Wang, Monte Westerfield, Carol Bult
Genome sequencing has revolutionized the diagnosis of genetic diseases. Close collaborations between basic scientists and clinical genomicists are now needed to link genetic variants with disease causation. To facilitate such collaborations, we recommend prioritizing clinically relevant genes for functional studies, developing reference variant-phenotype databases, adopting phenotype description standards, and promoting data sharing.
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340350/a-viral-immunoevasin-controls-innate-immunity-by-targeting-the-prototypical-natural-killer-cell-receptor-family
#10
Oscar A Aguilar, Richard Berry, Mir Munir A Rahim, Johanna J Reichel, Branka Popović, Miho Tanaka, Zhihui Fu, Gautham R Balaji, Timothy N H Lau, Megan M Tu, Christina L Kirkham, Ahmad Bakur Mahmoud, Aruz Mesci, Astrid Krmpotić, David S J Allan, Andrew P Makrigiannis, Stipan Jonjić, Jamie Rossjohn, James R Carlyle
Natural killer (NK) cells play a key role in innate immunity by detecting alterations in self and non-self ligands via paired NK cell receptors (NKRs). Despite identification of numerous NKR-ligand interactions, physiological ligands for the prototypical NK1.1 orphan receptor remain elusive. Here, we identify a viral ligand for the inhibitory and activating NKR-P1 (NK1.1) receptors. This murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV)-encoded protein, m12, restrains NK cell effector function by directly engaging the inhibitory NKR-P1B receptor...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340349/structure-reveals-mechanisms-of-viral-suppressors-that-intercept-a-crispr-rna-guided-surveillance-complex
#11
Saikat Chowdhury, Joshua Carter, MaryClare F Rollins, Sarah M Golden, Ryan N Jackson, Connor Hoffmann, Lyn'Al Nosaka, Joseph Bondy-Denomy, Karen L Maxwell, Alan R Davidson, Elizabeth R Fischer, Gabriel C Lander, Blake Wiedenheft
Genetic conflict between viruses and their hosts drives evolution and genetic innovation. Prokaryotes evolved CRISPR-mediated adaptive immune systems for protection from viral infection, and viruses have evolved diverse anti-CRISPR (Acr) proteins that subvert these immune systems. The adaptive immune system in Pseudomonas aeruginosa (type I-F) relies on a 350 kDa CRISPR RNA (crRNA)-guided surveillance complex (Csy complex) to bind foreign DNA and recruit a trans-acting nuclease for target degradation. Here, we report the cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) structure of the Csy complex bound to two different Acr proteins, AcrF1 and AcrF2, at an average resolution of 3...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340348/the-evolutionary-pathway-to-virulence-of-an-rna-virus
#12
Adi Stern, Ming Te Yeh, Tal Zinger, Matt Smith, Caroline Wright, Guy Ling, Rasmus Nielsen, Andrew Macadam, Raul Andino
Paralytic polio once afflicted almost half a million children each year. The attenuated oral polio vaccine (OPV) has enabled world-wide vaccination efforts, which resulted in nearly complete control of the disease. However, poliovirus eradication is hampered globally by epidemics of vaccine-derived polio. Here, we describe a combined theoretical and experimental strategy that describes the molecular events leading from OPV to virulent strains. We discover that similar evolutionary events occur in most epidemics...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340347/rejuvenation-by-therapeutic-elimination-of-senescent-cells
#13
Paul Krimpenfort, Anton Berns
In this issue of Cell, Baar et al. show how FOXO4 protects senescent cell viability by keeping p53 sequestered in nuclear bodies, preventing it from inducing apoptosis. Disrupting this interaction with an all-D amino acid peptide (FOXO4-DRI) restores p53's apoptotic role and ameliorates the consequences of senescence-associated loss of tissue homeostasis.
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340346/the-upsides-and-downsides-of-organelle-interconnectivity
#14
REVIEW
Daniel E Gottschling, Thomas Nyström
Interconnectivity and feedback control are hallmarks of biological systems. This includes communication between organelles, which allows them to function and adapt to changing cellular environments. While the specific mechanisms for all communications remain opaque, unraveling the wiring of organelle networks is critical to understand how biological systems are built and why they might collapse, as occurs in aging. A comprehensive understanding of all the routes involved in inter-organelle communication is still lacking, but important themes are beginning to emerge, primarily in budding yeast...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340345/snapshot-subcellular-mrna-localization
#15
Mohammad Mofatteh, Simon L Bullock
Many cells localize mRNAs to discrete locations in the cytoplasm. Coupled to local translation, this process affords precise spatial and temporal control of protein function. This SnapShot provides an overview of the key events in subcellular mRNA localization and highlights recent progress in understanding how cytoskeletal motors orchestrate mRNA trafficking.
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340344/modified-mrna-vaccines-protect-against-zika-virus-infection
#16
Justin M Richner, Sunny Himansu, Kimberly A Dowd, Scott L Butler, Vanessa Salazar, Julie M Fox, Justin G Julander, William W Tang, Sujan Shresta, Theodore C Pierson, Giuseppe Ciaramella, Michael S Diamond
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340343/snapshot-circulating-tumor-cells
#17
Caroline Dive, Ged Brady
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340342/staying-in-touch-while-on-the-go
#18
Kerwyn Casey Huang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340341/tridimensional-visualization-and-analysis-of-early-human-development
#19
Morgane Belle, David Godefroy, Gérard Couly, Samuel A Malone, Francis Collier, Paolo Giacobini, Alain Chédotal
Generating a precise cellular and molecular cartography of the human embryo is essential to our understanding of the mechanisms of organogenesis in normal and pathological conditions. Here, we have combined whole-mount immunostaining, 3DISCO clearing, and light-sheet imaging to start building a 3D cellular map of the human development during the first trimester of gestation. We provide high-resolution 3D images of the developing peripheral nervous, muscular, vascular, cardiopulmonary, and urogenital systems...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340340/selective-chemical-inhibition-of-pgc-1%C3%AE-gluconeogenic-activity-ameliorates-type-2-diabetes
#20
Kfir Sharabi, Hua Lin, Clint D J Tavares, John E Dominy, Joao Paulo Camporez, Rachel J Perry, Roger Schilling, Amy K Rines, Jaemin Lee, Marc Hickey, Melissa Bennion, Michelle Palmer, Partha P Nag, Joshua A Bittker, José Perez, Mark P Jedrychowski, Umut Ozcan, Steve P Gygi, Theodore M Kamenecka, Gerald I Shulman, Stuart L Schreiber, Patrick R Griffin, Pere Puigserver
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a worldwide epidemic with a medical need for additional targeted therapies. Suppression of hepatic glucose production (HGP) effectively ameliorates diabetes and can be exploited for its treatment. We hypothesized that targeting PGC-1α acetylation in the liver, a chemical modification known to inhibit hepatic gluconeogenesis, could be potentially used for treatment of T2D. Thus, we designed a high-throughput chemical screen platform to quantify PGC-1α acetylation in cells and identified small molecules that increase PGC-1α acetylation, suppress gluconeogenic gene expression, and reduce glucose production in hepatocytes...
March 23, 2017: Cell
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