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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530711/a-combinatorial-screen-of-the-cloud-uncovers-a-synergy-targeting-the-androgen-receptor
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Marco P Licciardello, Anna Ringler, Patrick Markt, Freya Klepsch, Charles-Hugues Lardeau, Sara Sdelci, Erika Schirghuber, André C Müller, Michael Caldera, Anja Wagner, Rebecca Herzog, Thomas Penz, Michael Schuster, Bernd Boidol, Gerhard Dürnberger, Yasin Folkvaljon, Pär Stattin, Vladimir Ivanov, Jacques Colinge, Christoph Bock, Klaus Kratochwill, Jörg Menche, Keiryn L Bennett, Stefan Kubicek
Approved drugs are invaluable tools to study biochemical pathways, and further characterization of these compounds may lead to repurposing of single drugs or combinations. Here we describe a collection of 308 small molecules representing the diversity of structures and molecular targets of all FDA-approved chemical entities. The CeMM Library of Unique Drugs (CLOUD) covers prodrugs and active forms at pharmacologically relevant concentrations and is ideally suited for combinatorial studies. We screened pairwise combinations of CLOUD drugs for impairment of cancer cell viability and discovered a synergistic interaction between flutamide and phenprocoumon (PPC)...
May 22, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530710/engineering-protein-stability-with-atomic-precision-in-a-monomeric-miniprotein
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Emily G Baker, Christopher Williams, Kieran L Hudson, Gail J Bartlett, Jack W Heal, Kathryn L Porter Goff, Richard B Sessions, Matthew P Crump, Derek N Woolfson
Miniproteins simplify the protein-folding problem, allowing the dissection of forces that stabilize protein structures. Here we describe PPα-Tyr, a designed peptide comprising an α-helix buttressed by a polyproline II helix. PPα-Tyr is water soluble and monomeric, and it unfolds cooperatively with a midpoint unfolding temperature (TM) of 39 °C. NMR structures of PPα-Tyr reveal proline residues docked between tyrosine side chains, as designed. The stability of PPα is sensitive to modifications in the aromatic residues: replacing tyrosine with phenylalanine, i...
May 22, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530709/recognition-of-egf-like-domains-by-the-notch-modifying-o-fucosyltransferase-pofut1
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Zhijie Li, Kristina Han, John E Pak, Malathy Satkunarajah, Dongxia Zhou, James M Rini
Protein O-fucosyltransferase 1 (POFUT1) fucosylates the epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like domains found in cell-surface and secreted glycoproteins including Notch and its ligands. Although Notch fucosylation is critical for development, and POFUT1 deficiency leads to human disease, how this enzyme binds and catalyzes the fucosylation of its diverse EGF-like domain substrates has not been determined. Reported here is the X-ray crystal structure of mouse POFUT1 in complex with several EGF-like domains, including EGF12 and EGF26 of Notch...
May 22, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530708/engineering-rgb-color-vision-into-escherichia-coli
#4
Jesus Fernandez-Rodriguez, Felix Moser, Miryoung Song, Christopher A Voigt
Optogenetic tools use colored light to rapidly control gene expression in space and time. We designed a genetically encoded system that gives Escherichia coli the ability to distinguish between red, green, and blue (RGB) light and respond by changing gene expression. We use this system to produce 'color photographs' on bacterial culture plates by controlling pigment production and to redirect metabolic flux by expressing CRISPRi guide RNAs.
May 22, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504678/a-conserved-threonine-prevents-self-intoxication-of-enoyl-thioester-reductases
#5
Raoul G Rosenthal, Bastian Vögeli, Tristan Wagner, Seigo Shima, Tobias J Erb
Enzymes are highly specific biocatalysts, yet they can promote unwanted side reactions. Here we investigated the factors that direct catalysis in the enoyl-thioester reductase Etr1p. We show that a single conserved threonine is essential to suppress the formation of a side product that would otherwise act as a high-affinity inhibitor of the enzyme. Substitution of this threonine with isosteric valine increases side-product formation by more than six orders of magnitude, while decreasing turnover frequency by only one order of magnitude...
May 15, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504677/%C3%AE-lactone-formation-during-product-release-from-a-nonribosomal-peptide-synthetase
#6
Jason E Schaffer, Margaret R Reck, Neha K Prasad, Timothy A Wencewicz
Nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs) are multidomain modular biosynthetic assembly lines that polymerize amino acids into a myriad of biologically active nonribosomal peptides (NRPs). NRPS thioesterase (TE) domains employ diverse release strategies for off-loading thioester-tethered polymeric peptides from termination modules typically via hydrolysis, aminolysis, or cyclization to provide mature antibiotics as carboxylic acids/esters, amides, and lactams/lactones, respectively. Here we report the enzyme-catalyzed formation of a highly strained β-lactone ring during TE-mediated cyclization of a β-hydroxythioester to release the antibiotic obafluorin (Obi) from an NRPS assembly line...
May 15, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504676/developing-spindlin1-small-molecule-inhibitors-by-using-protein-microarrays
#7
Narkhyun Bae, Monica Viviano, Xiaonan Su, Jie Lv, Donghang Cheng, Cari Sagum, Sabrina Castellano, Xue Bai, Claire Johnson, Mahmoud Ibrahim Khalil, Jianjun Shen, Kaifu Chen, Haitao Li, Gianluca Sbardella, Mark T Bedford
The discovery of inhibitors of methyl- and acetyl-binding domains has provided evidence for the 'druggability' of epigenetic effector molecules. The small-molecule probe UNC1215 prevents methyl-dependent protein-protein interactions by engaging the aromatic cage of MBT domains and, with lower affinity, Tudor domains. Using a library of tagged UNC1215 analogs, we screened a protein-domain microarray of human methyllysine effector molecules to rapidly detect compounds with new binding profiles with either increased or decreased specificity...
May 15, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481347/membrane-curvature-regulates-ligand-specific-membrane-sorting-of-gpcrs-in-living-cells
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Kadla R Rosholm, Natascha Leijnse, Anna Mantsiou, Vadym Tkach, Søren L Pedersen, Volker F Wirth, Lene B Oddershede, Knud J Jensen, Karen L Martinez, Nikos S Hatzakis, Poul Martin Bendix, Andrew Callan-Jones, Dimitrios Stamou
The targeted spatial organization (sorting) of Gprotein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) is essential for their biological function and often takes place in highly curved membrane compartments such as filopodia, endocytic pits, trafficking vesicles or endosome tubules. However, the influence of geometrical membrane curvature on GPCR sorting remains unknown. Here we used fluorescence imaging to establish a quantitative correlation between membrane curvature and sorting of three prototypic class A GPCRs (the neuropeptide Y receptor Y2, the β1 adrenergic receptor and the β2 adrenergic receptor) in living cells...
May 8, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481346/plasticity-dynamics-and-inhibition-of-emerging-tetracycline-resistance-enzymes
#9
Jooyoung Park, Andrew J Gasparrini, Margaret R Reck, Chanez T Symister, Jennifer L Elliott, Joseph P Vogel, Timothy A Wencewicz, Gautam Dantas, Niraj H Tolia
Although tetracyclines are an important class of antibiotics for use in agriculture and the clinic, their efficacy is threatened by increasing resistance. Resistance to tetracyclines can occur through efflux, ribosomal protection, or enzymatic inactivation. Surprisingly, tetracycline enzymatic inactivation has remained largely unexplored, despite providing the distinct advantage of antibiotic clearance. The tetracycline destructases are a recently discovered family of tetracycline-inactivating flavoenzymes from pathogens and soil metagenomes that have a high potential for broad dissemination...
May 8, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481345/antibiotic-resistance-blocking-tetracycline-destruction
#10
Sonja Petkovic, Winfried Hinrichs
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 8, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459440/thiolutin-is-a-zinc-chelator-that-inhibits-the-rpn11-and-other-jamm-metalloproteases
#11
Linda Lauinger, Jing Li, Anton Shostak, Ibrahim Avi Cemel, Nati Ha, Yaru Zhang, Philipp E Merkl, Simon Obermeyer, Nicolas Stankovic-Valentin, Tobias Schafmeier, Walter J Wever, Albert A Bowers, Kyle P Carter, Amy E Palmer, Herbert Tschochner, Frauke Melchior, Raymond J Deshaies, Michael Brunner, Axel Diernfellner
Thiolutin is a disulfide-containing antibiotic and anti-angiogenic compound produced by Streptomyces. Its biological targets are not known. We show that reduced thiolutin is a zinc chelator that inhibits the JAB1/MPN/Mov34 (JAMM) domain-containing metalloprotease Rpn11, a deubiquitinating enzyme of the 19S proteasome. Thiolutin also inhibits the JAMM metalloproteases Csn5, the deneddylase of the COP9 signalosome; AMSH, which regulates ubiquitin-dependent sorting of cell-surface receptors; and BRCC36, a K63-specific deubiquitinase of the BRCC36-containing isopeptidase complex and the BRCA1-BRCA2-containing complex...
May 1, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459439/computational-design-of-ligand-binding-membrane-receptors-with-high-selectivity
#12
Xiang Feng, Joaquin Ambia, Kuang-Yui M Chen, Melvin Young, Patrick Barth
Accurate modeling and design of protein-ligand interactions have broad applications in cell biology, synthetic biology and drug discovery but remain challenging without experimental protein structures. Here we developed an integrated protein-homology-modeling, ligand-docking protein-design approach that reconstructs protein-ligand binding sites from homolog protein structures in the presence of protein-bound ligand poses to capture conformational selection and induced-fit modes of ligand binding. In structure modeling tests, we blindly predicted, with near-atomic accuracy, ligand conformations bound to G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that have rarely been identified using traditional approaches...
May 1, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398287/crispr-cas9-strategy-for-activation-of-silent-streptomyces-biosynthetic-gene-clusters
#13
Mingzi M Zhang, Fong Tian Wong, Yajie Wang, Shangwen Luo, Yee Hwee Lim, Elena Heng, Wan Lin Yeo, Ryan E Cobb, Behnam Enghiad, Ee Lui Ang, Huimin Zhao
Here we report an efficient CRISPR-Cas9 knock-in strategy to activate silent biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) in streptomycetes. We applied this one-step strategy to activate multiple BGCs of different classes in five Streptomyces species and triggered the production of unique metabolites, including a novel pentangular type II polyketide in Streptomyces viridochromogenes. This potentially scalable strategy complements existing activation approaches and facilitates discovery efforts to uncover new compounds with interesting bioactivities...
April 10, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437396/immunology-mind-the-immuno-connection-gap
#14
Wolfgang Link
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437395/global-survey-of-the-immunomodulatory-potential-of-common-drugs
#15
Gregory I Vladimer, Berend Snijder, Nikolaus Krall, Johannes W Bigenzahn, Kilian V M Huber, Charles-Hugues Lardeau, Kumar Sanjiv, Anna Ringler, Ulrika Warpman Berglund, Monika Sabler, Oscar Lopez de la Fuente, Paul Knöbl, Stefan Kubicek, Thomas Helleday, Ulrich Jäger, Giulio Superti-Furga
Small-molecule drugs may complement antibody-based therapies in an immune-oncology setting, yet systematic methods for the identification and characterization of the immunomodulatory properties of these entities are lacking. We surveyed the immumomodulatory potential of 1,402 small chemical molecules, as defined by their ability to alter the cell-cell interactions among peripheral mononuclear leukocytes ex vivo, using automated microscopy and population-wide single-cell image analysis. Unexpectedly, ∼10% of the agents tested affected these cell-cell interactions differentially...
June 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437394/selective-degradation-of-splicing-factor-caper%C3%AE-by-anticancer-sulfonamides
#16
Taisuke Uehara, Yukinori Minoshima, Koji Sagane, Naoko Hata Sugi, Kaoru Ogawa Mitsuhashi, Noboru Yamamoto, Hiroshi Kamiyama, Kentaro Takahashi, Yoshihiko Kotake, Mai Uesugi, Akira Yokoi, Atsushi Inoue, Taku Yoshida, Miyuki Mabuchi, Akito Tanaka, Takashi Owa
Target-protein degradation is an emerging field in drug discovery and development. In particular, the substrate-receptor proteins of the cullin-ubiquitin ligase system play a key role in selective protein degradation, which is an essential component of the anti-myeloma activity of immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs), such as lenalidomide. Here, we demonstrate that a series of anticancer sulfonamides NSC 719239 (E7820), indisulam, and NSC 339004 (chloroquinoxaline sulfonamide, CQS) induce proteasomal degradation of the U2AF-related splicing factor coactivator of activating protein-1 and estrogen receptors (CAPERα) via CRL4(DCAF15) mediated ubiquitination in human cancer cell lines...
June 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437393/protein-degradation-dcafinating-splicing
#17
Georg E Winter
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414711/the-pimeloyl-coa-synthetase-biow-defines-a-new-fold-for-adenylate-forming-enzymes
#18
Paola Estrada, Miglena Manandhar, Shi-Hui Dong, Jaigeeth Deveryshetty, Vinayak Agarwal, John E Cronan, Satish K Nair
Reactions that activate carboxylates through acyl-adenylate intermediates are found throughout biology and include acyl- and aryl-CoA synthetases and tRNA synthetases. Here we describe the characterization of Aquifex aeolicus BioW, which represents a new protein fold within the superfamily of adenylating enzymes. Substrate-bound structures identified the enzyme active site and elucidated the mechanistic strategy for conjugating CoA to the seven-carbon α,ω-dicarboxylate pimelate, a biotin precursor. Proper position of reactive groups for the two half-reactions is achieved solely through movements of active site residues, as confirmed by site-directed mutational analysis...
June 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414710/using-the-pimeloyl-coa-synthetase-adenylation-fold-to-synthesize-fatty-acid-thioesters
#19
Menglu Wang, Lucile Moynié, Peter J Harrison, Van Kelly, Andrew Piper, James H Naismith, Dominic J Campopiano
Biotin is an essential vitamin in plants and mammals, functioning as the carbon dioxide carrier within central lipid metabolism. Bacterial pimeloyl-CoA synthetase (BioW) acts as a highly specific substrate-selection gate, ensuring the integrity of the carbon chain in biotin synthesis. BioW catalyzes the condensation of pimelic acid (C7 dicarboxylic acid) with CoASH in an ATP-dependent manner to form pimeloyl-CoA, the first dedicated biotin building block. Multiple structures of Bacillus subtilis BioW together capture all three substrates, as well as the intermediate pimeloyl-adenylate and product pyrophosphate (PPi), indicating that the enzyme uses an internal ruler to select the correct dicarboxylic acid substrate...
June 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394885/mechanistic-insights-into-energy-conservation-by-flavin-based-electron-bifurcation
#20
Carolyn E Lubner, David P Jennings, David W Mulder, Gerrit J Schut, Oleg A Zadvornyy, John P Hoben, Monika Tokmina-Lukaszewska, Luke Berry, Diep M Nguyen, Gina L Lipscomb, Brian Bothner, Anne K Jones, Anne-Frances Miller, Paul W King, Michael W W Adams, John W Peters
The recently realized biochemical phenomenon of energy conservation through electron bifurcation provides biology with an elegant means to maximize utilization of metabolic energy. The mechanism of coordinated coupling of exergonic and endergonic oxidation-reduction reactions by a single enzyme complex has been elucidated through optical and paramagnetic spectroscopic studies revealing unprecedented features. Pairs of electrons are bifurcated over more than 1 volt of electrochemical potential by generating a low-potential, highly energetic, unstable flavin semiquinone and directing electron flow to an iron-sulfur cluster with a highly negative potential to overcome the barrier of the endergonic half reaction...
June 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
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