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Yi Chen, Junsheng Lin
As an indispensable process of cell life, apoptosis is essential for keeping homeostasis at cell level. Dysregulation of apoptosis is usually involved in the pathological processes of many complex diseases including cancer. With the properties such as high affinity and specificity to their targets, easy of synthesis and modification and good biocompatibility, aptamers have been attractive molecules applied in basic research, diagnostics and therapeutics. This review mainly focuses on the recent researches on application of aptamers in interference of cell apoptosis...
October 14, 2016: Biochimie
Leonor Rodríguez-Sánchez, Eduardo Rial
The uncoupling protein UCP1 from brown adipose tissue is a mitochondrial carrier which allows dissipation of metabolic energy as heat. We have characterized the human UCP1 (HsUCP1) recombinantly expressed in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and we demonstrate that HsUCP1 is activated by fatty acids and retinoids in a nucleotide sensitive manner just as its rodent orthologs. However, in the absence of regulators, rodent UCP1 presents a high ohmic proton conductance that cannot be detected in HsUCP1. Since the human protein can be activated in a nucleotide sensitive manner, we conclude that it must have lost selectively the basal proton conductance...
October 14, 2016: Biochimie
María Noel Galardo, Agostina Gorga, Joaquín Pedro Merlo, Mariana Regueira, Eliana Herminia Pellizzari, Selva Beatriz Cigorraga, María Fernanda Riera, Silvina Beatriz Meroni
Hypoxia Inducible Factors (HIFs) are master regulators of glycolytic metabolism. HIFs consist of a constitutive HIFbeta (HIFβ) subunit and a HIFalpha (HIFα) subunit, whose half-life depends on prolyl-hydroxylases activity. Inhibition of prolyl-hydroxylases by hypoxia or transition metals, or augmentation of HIFα subunit levels by hormonal stimuli lead to a higher HIF transcriptional activity. On the other hand, it is well known that lactate produced by Sertoli cells is delivered to and used by germ cells as an energy substrate...
October 14, 2016: Biochimie
Mirco Dindo, Riccardo Montioli, Mirko Busato, Alejandro Giorgetti, Barbara Cellini, Carla Borri Voltattorni
In this work the dimerization process of the minor allelic form of human alanine glyoxylate aminotransferase, a pyridoxal 5'-phosphate enzyme, was investigated. Bioinformatic analyses followed by site-directed mutagenesis, size exclusion chromatography and catalytic activity experiments allowed us to identify Arg118, Phe238 and Phe240 as interfacial residues not essential for transaminase activity but important for dimer-monomer dissociation. The apo and the holo forms of the triple mutant R118A-Mi/F238S-Mi/F240S-Mi display a dimer-monomer equilibrium dissociation constant value at least ̴ 260- and 31-fold larger, respectively, than the corresponding ones of AGT-Mi...
October 5, 2016: Biochimie
Marcella Araújo Manfredi, Alyne Alexandrino Antunes, Larissa de Oliveira Passos Jesus, Maria Aparecida Juliano, Luiz Juliano, Wagner Alves de Souza Judice
Kex2 is a Ca(2+)-dependent serine protease from S. cerevisiae. Characterization of the substrate specificity of Kex2 is of particular interest because this protease serves as the prototype of a large family of eukaryotic subtilisin-related proprotein-processing proteases that cleave sites consisting of pairs or clusters of basic residues. Our goal was to study the prime region subsite S' of Kex2 because previous studies have only taken into account non-prime sites using AMC substrates but not the specificity of prime sites identified through structural modeling or predicted cleavage sites...
October 5, 2016: Biochimie
Francesc Villarroya, Marion Peyrou, Marta Giralt
Regulated transcription of the uncoupling protein-1 (UCP1) gene, and subsequent UCP1 protein synthesis, is a hallmark of the acquisition of the differentiated, thermogenically competent status of brown and beige/brite adipocytes, as well as of the responsiveness of brown and beige/brite adipocytes to adaptive regulation of thermogenic activity. The 5' non-coding region of the UCP1 gene contains regulatory elements that confer tissue specificity, differentiation dependence, and neuro-hormonal regulation to UCP1 gene transcription...
October 5, 2016: Biochimie
Prem Prakash Kushwaha, Krishna Chaitanya Rapalli, Shashank Kumar
DNA replicates in a timely manner with each cell division. Multiple proteins and factors are involved in the initiation of DNA replication including a dynamic interaction between Cdc10-dependent transcript (Cdt1) and Geminin (GMNN). A conformational change between GMNN-Cdt1 heterotrimer and heterohexamer complex is responsible for licensing or inhibition of the DNA replication. This molecular switch ensures a faithful DNA replication during each S phase of cell cycle. GMNN inhibits Cdt1-mediated minichromosome maintenance helicases (MCM) loading onto the chromatin-bound origin recognition complex (ORC) which results in the inhibition of pre-replication complex assembly...
October 1, 2016: Biochimie
Andrea A E Méndez, Liliana B Pena, María P Benavides, Susana M Gallego
In the present study we evaluated the pre-treatment (priming) of Arabidopsis thaliana plants with sodium nitroprusside (SNP), a NO-donor, as an interesting approach for improving plant tolerance to cadmium stress. We focused on the cell redox balance and on the methionine sulfoxide reductases (MSR) family as a key component of such response. MSR catalyse the reversible oxidation of MetSO residues back to Met. Five MSRA genes and nine MSRB genes have been identified in A. thaliana, coding for proteins with different subcellular locations...
October 1, 2016: Biochimie
Françoise Hullin-Matsuda, Asami Makino, Motohide Murate, Toshihide Kobayashi
In this mini-review, we summarize current knowledge about the lipid-binding characteristics of two types of toxins used to visualize the membrane distribution of phosphoethanolamine-containing lipid species: the glycerophospholipid, phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and the sphingolipid, ceramide phosphoethanolamine (CPE). The lantibiotic cinnamycin and the structurally-related peptide duramycin produced by some Gram-positive bacteria were among the first toxins characterized by their specificity for PE which is widely present in animal kingdoms from bacteria to mammals...
September 28, 2016: Biochimie
J Lemière, F Valentino, C Campillo, C Sykes
Lipid membranes define the boundaries of living cells and intracellular compartments. The dynamic remodelling of these membranes by the cytoskeleton, a very dynamic structure made of active biopolymers, is crucial in many biological processes such as motility or division. In this review, we present some aspects of cellular membranes and how they are affected by the presence of the actin cytoskeleton. We show that, in parallel with the direct study of membranes and cytoskeleton in vivo, biomimetic in vitro systems allow reconstitution of biological processes in a controlled environment...
September 28, 2016: Biochimie
Anuradha Pandey, Santosh Kumar Goru, Almesh Kadakol, Vajir Malek, Nisha Sharma, Anil Bhanudas Gaikwad
Monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP-1) and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β1)-markers of inflammation and fibrosis, are central to type 2 diabetic nephropathy (T2DN) progression. ow H2AK119Ub affects the expression of MCP-1 and TGF-β1 and their regulation by Angiotensin II receptor subtypes remains unknown. In the current study, we aimed to study the effect of Angiotensin II receptors' blockade on the macrophage infiltration and histone modifications occurring at the promoter region of Mcp1 and Tgfb1in high fat diet fed and low dose streptozotocin treated male Wistar rats...
September 27, 2016: Biochimie
Masaki Takahashi, Eri Sakota, Yoshikazu Nakamura
Aptamers are short single-stranded nucleic acid molecules that are selected in vitro from a large random sequence library based on their high and specific affinity to a target molecule by a process known as SELEX. Cell-SELEX that employs whole living cells overexpressing the defined cell surface proteins (for selection) and appropriate mock cells (for counter-selection) has been widely used as a valid and feasible method for generating aptamers against specific cell surface proteins. However, the endogenous expression of target proteins in mock cells or the heterogeneity of surface proteins between selection and counter-selection cells often impeded the isolation of proper aptamers against target proteins...
September 27, 2016: Biochimie
José L Neira, Encarnación Medina-Carmona, José G Hernández-Cifre, Laia Montoliu-Gaya, Ana Cámara-Artigás, Ilham Seffouh, Florence Gonnet, Régis Daniel, Sandra Villegas, José García de la Torre, Angel L Pey, Fuchuan Li
Sulfatases catalyze hydrolysis of sulfate groups. They have a key role in regulating the sulfation states that determine the function of several scaffold molecules. Currently, there are not studies of the conformational stability of endosulfatases. In this work, we describe the structural features and conformational stability of a 4-O-endosulfatase (EndoV) from a marine bacterium, which removes specifically the 4-O-sulfate from chondroitin sulfate/dermatan sulfate. For that purpose, we have used several biophysical techniques, namely, fluorescence, circular dichroism (CD), FTIR spectroscopy, analytical ultracentrifugation (AUC), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), mass spectrometry (MS), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and size exclusion chromatography (SEC)...
September 27, 2016: Biochimie
Ana Eliza Zeraik, Margarita Staykova, Marina Gabriel Fontes, Indrė Nemuraitė, Roy Quinlan, Ana Paula Ulian Araújo, Ricardo DeMarco
Septins are GTP-binding proteins that are highly conserved among eukaryotes and which are usually membrane-associated. They have been linked to several critical cellular functions such as exocytosis and ciliogenesis, but little mechanistic detail is known. Their assembly into filaments and membrane binding properties are incompletely understood and that is specially so for non-human septins where such information would offer therapeutic potential. In this study we use Schistosoma mansoni, exhibiting just four septin genes, as a simpler model for characterizing the septin structure and organization...
September 26, 2016: Biochimie
Bo Wang, Ping-Ping He, Gao-Feng Zeng, Tao Zhang, Xin-Ping Ou Yang
Previous studies have shown that miR-467b plays a central role in the progression of atherosclerosis via regulating LPL expression. However, the regulatory mechanism of miR-467b in regulateing the CE and FC formation is still unclear. Interestingly, computational analysis demonstrated that ACAT1 which converts intracellular FC into the storage form of CE, and ABCA1 which promotes cellular FC efflux may be target gene of miR-467b. Here, we examined whether miR-467b could target ACAT1 and ABCA1, thereby affecting the CE and FC formation in oxLDL-treatment RAW 264...
September 24, 2016: Biochimie
Luciano Pirone, Giovanni Smaldone, Carla Esposito, Nicole Balasco, Maxim V Petoukhov, Alessandro Spilotros, Dmitri I Svergun, Sonia Di Gaetano, Luigi Vitagliano, Emilia Maria Pedone
The insomniac protein of Drosophila melanogaster (INC) has a crucial role in sleep homeostasis as flies lacking the inc gene exhibit strikingly reduced and poorly consolidated sleep. Nevertheless, in vitro characterizations of INC biophysical properties and partnerships have not been yet reported. Here we report the heterologous expression of the protein and its characterization using a number of different techniques. Present data indicate that INC is endowed with a remarkable stability, which results from the cooperation of the two protein domains...
September 24, 2016: Biochimie
Bruno Lopes de Sousa, Celso Shiniti Nagano, Rafael da Conceição Simões, José Caetano Silva-Filho, Rodrigo Maranguape da Silva Cunha, João Batista Cajazeiras, Kyria Santiago do Nascimento, Benildo Sousa Cavada
Legume lectins have been widely studied and applied for many purposes in the last few decades, but many of their physiological aspects remain elusive. The Diocleinae legume subtribe, which includes intensively explored lectins, such as ConA, presents an unusual and extensive post-translational process which results in minor alterations in protein structure, in turn making its function elusive. Despite previous reports about Diocleinae precursor activity, no structural or functional analyses have ever been carried out to understand the impacts of post-translational processing relative to lectin structure and binding specificity...
September 21, 2016: Biochimie
Eva-Maria Kuech, Graham Brogden, Hassan Y Naim
Lysosomal storage disorders are a heterogeneous group of more than 50 distinct inborn metabolic diseases affecting about 1 in 5000 to 7000 live births. The diseases often result from mutations followed by functional deficiencies of enzymes or transporters within the acidic environment of the lysosome, which mediate the degradation of a wide subset of substrates, including glycosphingolipids, glycosaminoglycans, cholesterol, glycogen, oligosaccharides, peptides and glycoproteins, or the export of the respective degradation products from the lysosomes...
September 21, 2016: Biochimie
Kartikeya Tiwari, Ritesh Kumar, Vikash Kumar Dubey
De novo pyrimidine biosynthesis pathway is well developed and functional in protozoan parasite Leishmania donovani. The dihydroorotase (LdDHOase) is third enzyme of the pathway. The enzyme was cloned, expressed in E.coliBL21 (DE3), purified to homogeneity and biochemically characterized. The estimated kcat for the forward reaction and reverse reactions were 2.1 ± 0.1 s(-1) and 1.1 ± 0.15 s(-1), respectively. Homology modeling and docking studies were done to find out potential inhibitors for LdDHOase. Biotin sulfone and Kaempferol were found to be potential inhibitors of LdDHOase based on docking studies...
September 17, 2016: Biochimie
Kuljit Singh, Krishn Pratap Singh, Asif Equbal, Shashi S Suman, Amir Zaidi, Gaurav Garg, Krishna Pandey, Pradeep Das, Vahab Ali
Leishmania possess a unique trypanothione redox metabolism with undebated roles in protection from oxidative damage and drug resistance. The biosynthesis of trypanothione depends on l-cysteine bioavailability which is regulated by cysteine biosynthesis pathway. The de novo cysteine biosynthesis pathway is comprised of serine O-acetyltransferase (SAT) and cysteine synthase (CS) enzymes which sequentially mediate two consecutive steps of cysteine biosynthesis, and is absent in mammalian host. However, despite the apparent dependency of redox metabolism on cysteine biosynthesis pathway, the role of SAT and CS in redox homeostasis has been unexplored in Leishmania parasites...
September 13, 2016: Biochimie
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