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Annual Review of Biochemistry

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441058/protein-misfolding-diseases
#1
F Ulrich Hartl
The majority of protein molecules must fold into defined three-dimensional structures to acquire functional activity. However, protein chains can adopt a multitude of conformational states, and their biologically active conformation is often only marginally stable. Metastable proteins tend to populate misfolded species that are prone to forming toxic aggregates, including soluble oligomers and fibrillar amyloid deposits, which are linked with neurodegeneration in Alzheimer and Parkinson disease, and many other pathologies...
April 24, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441057/oxidative-stress
#2
Helmut Sies, Carsten Berndt, Dean P Jones
Oxidative stress is two sided: Whereas excessive oxidant challenge causes damage to biomolecules, maintenance of a physiological level of oxidant challenge, termed oxidative eustress, is essential for governing life processes through redox signaling. Recent interest has focused on the intricate ways by which redox signaling integrates these converse properties. Redox balance is maintained by prevention, interception, and repair, and concomitantly the regulatory potential of molecular thiol-driven master switches such as Nrf2/Keap1 or NF-κB/IκB is used for system-wide oxidative stress response...
April 24, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426242/cellular-electron-cryotomography-toward-structural-biology-in-situ
#3
Catherine M Oikonomou, Grant J Jensen
Electron cryotomography (ECT) provides three-dimensional views of macromolecular complexes inside cells in a native frozen-hydrated state. Over the last two decades, ECT has revealed the ultrastructure of cells in unprecedented detail. It has also allowed us to visualize the structures of macromolecular machines in their native context inside intact cells. In many cases, such machines cannot be purified intact for in vitro study. In other cases, the function of a structure is lost outside the cell, so that the mechanism can be understood only by observation in situ...
April 19, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426241/extracellular-heme-uptake-and-the-challenge-of-bacterial-cell-membranes
#4
Weiliang Huang, Angela Wilks
Iron is essential for the survival of most bacteria but presents a significant challenge given its limited bioavailability. Furthermore, the toxicity of iron combined with the need to maintain physiological iron levels within a narrow concentration range requires sophisticated systems to sense, regulate, and transport iron. Most bacteria have evolved mechanisms to chelate and transport ferric iron (Fe(3+)) via siderophore receptor systems, and pathogenic bacteria have further lowered this barrier by employing mechanisms to utilize the host's hemoproteins...
April 19, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399656/teaching-old-dyes-new-tricks-biological-probes-built-from-fluoresceins-and-rhodamines
#5
Luke D Lavis
Small-molecule fluorophores, such as fluorescein and rhodamine derivatives, are critical tools in modern biochemical and biological research. The field of chemical dyes is old; colored molecules were first discovered in the 1800s, and the fluorescein and rhodamine scaffolds have been known for over a century. Nevertheless, there has been a renaissance in using these dyes to create tools for biochemistry and biology. The application of modern chemistry, biochemistry, molecular genetics, and optical physics to these old structures enables and drives the development of novel, sophisticated fluorescent dyes...
April 7, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399655/cyclic-gmp-amp-as-an-endogenous-second-messenger-in-innate-immune-signaling-by-cytosolic-dna
#6
Kazuki Kato, Hiroki Omura, Ryuichiro Ishitani, Osamu Nureki
The innate immune system functions as the first line of defense against invading bacteria and viruses. In this context, the cGAS/STING [cyclic guanosine monophosphate (GMP)-adenosine monophosphate (AMP) synthase/ STING] signaling axis perceives the nonself DNA associated with bacterial and viral infections, as well as the leakage of self DNA by cellular dysfunction and stresses, to elicit the host's immune responses. In this pathway, the noncanonical cyclic dinucleotide 2',3'-cyclicGMP-AMP(2',3'-cGAMP) functions as a second messenger for signal transduction: 2',3'-cGAMP is produced by the enzyme cGAS upon its recognition of double-stranded DNA, and then the 2',3'-cGAMP is recognized by the receptor STING to induce the phosphorylation of downstream factors, including TBK1 (TANK binding kinase 1) and IRF3 (interferon regulatory factor 3)...
April 7, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375741/isocitrate-dehydrogenase-mutation-and-r-2-hydroxyglutarate-from-basic-discovery-to-therapeutics-development
#7
Lenny Dang, Shin-San Michael Su
The identification of heterozygous mutations in the metabolic enzyme isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) in subsets of cancers, including secondary glioblastoma, acute myeloid leukemia, intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, and chondrosarcomas, led to intense discovery efforts to delineate the mutations' involvement in carcinogenesis and to develop therapeutics, which we review here. The three IDH isoforms nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate-dependent IDH1 and IDH2, and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide-dependent IDH3) contribute to regulating the circuitry of central metabolism...
April 3, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375743/engineering-and-in-vivo-applications-of-riboswitches
#8
Zachary F Hallberg, Yichi Su, Rebekah Z Kitto, Ming C Hammond
Riboswitches are common gene regulatory units mostly found in bacteria that are capable of altering gene expression in response to a small molecule. These structured RNA elements consist of two modular subunits: an aptamer domain that binds with high specificity and affinity to a target ligand and an expression platform that transduces ligand binding to a gene expression output. Significant progress has been made in engineering novel aptamer domains for new small molecule inducers of gene expression. Modified expression platforms have also been optimized to function when fused with both natural and synthetic aptamer domains...
March 30, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375742/how-%C3%AE-helical-motifs-form-functionally-diverse-lipid-binding-compartments
#9
Lucy Malinina, Dinshaw J Patel, Rhoderick E Brown
Lipids are produced site-specifically in cells and then distributed nonrandomly among membranes via vesicular and nonvesicular trafficking mechanisms. The latter involves soluble amphitropic proteins extracting specific lipids from source membranes to function as molecular solubilizers that envelope their insoluble cargo before transporting to destination sites. Lipid-binding and lipid transfer structural motifs range from multi-β-strand barrels, to β-sheet cups and baskets covered by α-helical lids, to multi-α-helical bundles and layers...
March 30, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375744/ubiquitin-ligases-structure-function-and-regulation
#10
Ning Zheng, Nitzan Shabek
Ubiquitin E3 ligases control every aspect of eukaryotic biology by promoting protein ubiquitination and degradation. At the end of a three-enzyme cascade, ubiquitin ligases mediate the transfer of ubiquitin from an E2 ubiquitinconjugating enzyme to specific substrate proteins. Early investigations of E3s of the RING (really interesting new gene) and HECT (homologous to the E6AP carboxyl terminus) types shed light on their enzymatic activities, general architectures, and substrate degron-binding modes. Recent studies have provided deeper mechanistic insights into their catalysis, activation, and regulation...
March 27, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375745/electric-fields-and-enzyme-catalysis
#11
Stephen D Fried, Steven G Boxer
What happens inside an enzyme's active site to allow slow and difficult chemical reactions to occur so rapidly? This question has occupied biochemists' attention for a long time. Computer models of increasing sophistication have predicted an important role for electrostatic interactions in enzymatic reactions, yet this hypothesis has proved vexingly difficult to test experimentally. Recent experiments utilizing the vibrational Stark effect make it possible to measure the electric field a substrate molecule experiences when bound inside its enzyme's active site...
March 24, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301741/mechanisms-of-autophagy-initiation
#12
James H Hurley, Lindsey N Young
Autophagy is the process of cellular self-eating by a double-membrane organelle, the autophagosome. A range of signaling processes converge on two protein complexes to initiate autophagy: the ULK1 (unc51-like autophagy activating kinase 1) protein kinase complex and the PI3KC3- C1 (class III phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase complex I) lipid kinase complex. Some 90% of the mass of these large protein complexes consists of noncatalytic domains and subunits, and the ULK1 complex has essential noncatalytic activities...
March 15, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301740/mitochondrial-machineries-for-protein-import-and-assembly
#13
Nils Wiedemann, Nikolaus Pfanner
Mitochondria are essential organelles with numerous functions in cellular metabolism and homeostasis. Most of the >1,000 different mitochondrial proteins are synthesized as precursors in the cytosol and are imported into mitochondria by five transport pathways. The protein import machineries of the mitochondrial membranes and aqueous compartments reveal a remarkable variability of mechanisms for protein recognition, translocation, and sorting. The protein translocases do not operate as separate entities but are connected to each other and to machineries with functions in energetics, membrane organization, and quality control...
March 15, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301742/microbial-rhodopsins-diversity-mechanisms-and-optogenetic-applications
#14
Elena G Govorunova, Oleg A Sineshchekov, Hai Li, John L Spudich
Microbial rhodopsins are a family of photoactive retinylidene proteins widespread throughout the microbial world. They are notable for their diversity of function, using variations of a shared seven-transmembrane helix design and similar photochemical reactions to carry out distinctly different light-driven energy and sensory transduction processes. Their study has contributed to our understanding of how evolution modifies protein scaffolds to create new protein chemistry, and their use as tools to control membrane potential with light is fundamental to optogenetics for research and clinical applications...
March 9, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301739/systems-biology-of-metabolism
#15
Jens Nielsen
Metabolism is highly complex and involves thousands of different connected reactions; it is therefore necessary to use mathematical models for holistic studies. The use of mathematical models in biology is referred to as systems biology. In this review, the principles of systems biology are described, and two different types of mathematical models used for studying metabolism are discussed: kinetic models and genome-scale metabolic models. The use of different omics technologies, including transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and fluxomics, for studying metabolism is presented...
March 8, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301743/eukaryotic-dna-replication-fork
#16
Peter M J Burgers, Thomas A Kunkel
This review focuses on the biogenesis and composition of the eukaryotic DNA replication fork, with an emphasis on the enzymes that synthesize DNA and repair discontinuities on the lagging strand of the replication fork. Physical and genetic methodologies aimed at understanding these processes are discussed. The preponderance of evidence supports a model in which DNA polymerase ε (Pol ε) carries out the bulk of leading strand DNA synthesis at an undisturbed replication fork. DNA polymerases α and δ carry out the initiation of Okazaki fragment synthesis and its elongation and maturation, respectively...
March 1, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301744/endoplasmic-reticulum-plasma-membrane-contact-sites
#17
Yasunori Saheki, Pietro De Camilli
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) has a broad localization throughout the cell and forms direct physical contacts with all other classes of membranous organelles, including the plasma membrane (PM). A number of protein tethers that mediate these contacts have been identified, and study of these protein tethers has revealed a multiplicity of roles in cell physiology, including regulation of intracellular Ca(2+) dynamics and signaling as well as control of lipid traffic and homeostasis. In this review, we discuss the cross talk between the ER and the PM mediated by direct contacts...
February 23, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226215/multiple-functions-and-regulation-of-mammalian-peroxiredoxins
#18
Sue Goo Rhee, In Sup Kil
Peroxiredoxins (Prxs) constitute a major family of peroxidases, with mammalian cells expressing six Prx isoforms (PrxI to PrxVI). Cells produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) at various intracellular locations where it can serve as a signaling molecule. Given that Prxs are abundant and possess a structure that renders the cysteine (Cys) residue at the active site highly sensitive to oxidation by H2O2, the signaling function of this oxidant requires extensive and highly localized regulation. Recent findings on the reversible regulation of PrxI through phosphorylation at the centrosome and on the hyperoxidation of the Cys at the active site of PrxIII in mitochondria are described in this review as examples of such local regulation of H2O2 signaling...
February 2, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141967/telomerase-mechanism-of-telomere-synthesis
#19
R Alex Wu, Heather E Upton, Jacob M Vogan, Kathleen Collins
Telomerase is the essential reverse transcriptase required for linear chromosome maintenance in most eukaryotes. Telomerase supplements the tandem array of simple-sequence repeats at chromosome ends to compensate for the DNA erosion inherent in genome replication. The template for telomerase reverse transcriptase is within the RNA subunit of the ribonucleoprotein complex, which in cells contains additional telomerase holoenzyme proteins that assemble the active ribonucleoprotein and promote its function at telomeres...
January 30, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125290/molecular-characteristics-and-biological-functions-of-surface-active-and-surfactant-proteins
#20
Margaret Sunde, Chi L L Pham, Ann H Kwan
Many critical biological processes take place at hydrophobic:hydrophilic interfaces, and a wide range of organisms produce surface-active proteins and peptides that reduce surface and interfacial tension and mediate growth and development at these boundaries. Microorganisms produce both small lipid-associated peptides and amphipathic proteins that allow growth across water:air boundaries, attachment to surfaces, predation, and improved bioavailability of hydrophobic substrates. Higher-order organisms produce surface-active proteins with a wide variety of functions, including the provision of protective foam environments for vulnerable reproductive stages, evaporative cooling, and gas exchange across airway membranes...
January 11, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
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