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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324860/direct-detection-of-two-different-tumor-derived-extracellular-vesicles-by-sam-aunis-lspr-biosensor
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Abhimanyu Thakur, Guangyu Qiu, Siu-Pang Ng, Jintao Guan, Jianbo Yue, Youngjin Lee, Chi-Man Lawrence Wu
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are abundant in various biological fluids including blood, saliva, urine, as well as extracellular milieu. Accumulating evidence has indicated that EVs, which contain functional proteins and small RNAs, facilitate intercellular communication between neighbouring cells, and are critical to maintain various physiological processes. In contrast, EV-derived toxic signals can spread out over the tissues adjacent to the injured area in certain diseases, including brain tumors and neurodegenerative disorders...
March 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324731/basement-membranes
#2
Ranjay Jayadev, David R Sherwood
Basement membranes (BMs) are thin, dense sheets of specialized, self-assembled extracellular matrix that surround most animal tissues (Figure 1, top). The emergence of BMs coincided with the origin of multicellularity in animals, suggesting that they were essential for the formation of tissues. Their sheet-like structure derives from two independent polymeric networks - one of laminin and one of type IV collagen (Figure 1, bottom). These independent collagen and laminin networks are thought to be linked by several additional extracellular matrix proteins, including nidogen and perlecan (Figure 1, bottom)...
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324692/influence-of-graphene-oxide-and-reduced-graphene-oxide-on-the-activity-and-conformation-of-lysozyme
#3
Yitong Bai, Zhu Ming, Yuye Cao, Shicheng Feng, Hua Yang, Lingyun Chen, Sheng-Tao Yang
The dramatically different bio-effects of graphene and graphene oxide (GO) have been widely observed in diverse biological systems, which determine the applications and toxicity of graphene materials. To elucidate the mechanism at molecular level, it is urgent to investigate the enzyme-graphene interaction and its consequences. In this study, we comparatively studied the influence of GO and reduced GO (RGO) on the activity and conformation of lysozyme to provide better understandings of their different bio-effects...
March 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324667/gtpase-activating-protein-elmod2-is-essential-for-meiotic-progression-in-mouse-oocytes
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Chun-Xiang Zhou, Li-Ya Shi, Rui-Chao Li, Ya-Hong Liu, Bo-Qun Xu, Jin-Wei Liu, Bo Yuan, Zhi-Xia Yang, Xiao-Yan Ying, Dong Zhang
Meiotic failure in oocytes is the major determinant of human zygote-originated reproductive diseases, the successful accomplishment of meiosis largely relay on the normal functions of many female fertility factors. Elmod2 is a member of the Elmod family with the strongest GAP (GTPase-activating protein) activity; although it was identified as a possible maternal protein, its actual physiologic role in mammalian oocytes has not been elucidated. Herein we reported that among Elmod family proteins, Elmod2 is the most abundant in mouse oocytes, and that inhibition of Elmod2 by specific siRNA caused severe meiotic delay and abnormal chromosomal segregation during anaphase...
March 21, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324613/analysis-of-protein-kinetics-using-fluorescence-recovery-after-photobleaching-frap
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Nickolaos Nikiforos Giakoumakis, Maria Anna Rapsomaniki, Zoi Lygerou
Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) is a cutting-edge live-cell functional imaging technique that enables the exploration of protein dynamics in individual cells and thus permits the elucidation of protein mobility, function, and interactions at a single-cell level. During a typical FRAP experiment, fluorescent molecules in a defined region of interest within the cell are bleached by a short and powerful laser pulse, while the recovery of the fluorescence in the region is monitored over time by time-lapse microscopy...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324603/fret-microscopy-for-real-time-visualization-of-second-messengers-in-living-cells
#6
Axel E Kraft, Viacheslav O Nikolaev
Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) microscopy is a useful tool in molecular biology and medical research to monitor and quantify real-time dynamics of protein-protein interactions and biochemical processes. Using this well-established technique, many novel signaling mechanisms can be investigated in intact cells or tissues and even in various subcellular compartments. Here, we describe how to perform FRET measurements in living cells expressing FRET-based biosensors and how to evaluate these data. This general protocol can be applied for FRET measurements with various fluorescent biosensors...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324594/polymers-in-the-delivery-of-sirna-for-the-treatment-of-virus-infections
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REVIEW
Nicholas Reynolds, Megan Dearnley, Tracey M Hinton
Viral diseases remain a major cause of death worldwide. Despite advances in vaccine and antiviral drug technology, each year over three million people die from a range of viral infections. Predominant viruses include human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis viruses, and gastrointestinal and respiratory viruses. Now more than ever, robust, easily mobilised and cost-effective antiviral strategies are needed to combat both known and emerging disease threats. RNA interference and small interfering (si)RNAs were initially hailed as a "magic bullet", due to their ability to inhibit the synthesis of any protein via the degradation of its complementary messenger RNA sequence...
April 2017: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324508/in-vitro-preparation-and-crystallization-of-vertebrate-telomerase-subunits
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Jing Huang, Christopher J Bley, Dustin P Rand, Julian J L Chen, Ming Lei
Telomerase is a unique reverse transcriptase that replicates the telomeric DNA at most eukaryotic chromosomal ends. The telomerase consists of the catalytic protein subunit TERT and the RNA component TR that provides the template for telomeric DNA synthesis. In vitro reconstitution of telomerase core components in large quantity is the prerequisite to studying the catalytic mechanisms of telomerase at the structural level; however, large-scale preparation of recombinant telomerase, especially that of higher eukaryotes, has been a big challenge for a long time...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324507/using-protein-fragment-complementation-assays-pca-and-peptide-arrays-to-study-telomeric-protein-protein-interactions
#9
Wenbin Ma, Ok-Hee Lee, Hyeung Kim, Zhou Songyang
Studying protein-protein interactions is critical to our understanding of signaling pathways. Telomere Interactome is assembled around telomeres and consists of proteins and factors from diverse pathways. Dissecting how this protein network contributes to telomere protection and length regulation requires the elucidation of the complex and dynamic interactions between the proteins within the interactome. Here, we focus on three assays, Bi-molecular Fluorescence Complementation (BiFC), Gaussia Luciferase Protein-fragment Complementation Assay (GLuc PCA), and OPAL peptide array, which have proven vital in our studies of telomere protein interaction networks...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324201/potential-roles-of-mitochondria-associated-er-membranes-mams-in-traumatic-brain-injury
#10
REVIEW
Dongdong Sun, Xin Chen, Gang Gu, Jianhao Wang, Jianning Zhang
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria have both been shown to be critical in cellular homeostasis. The functions of the ER and mitochondria are independent but interrelated. These two organelles could form physical interactions, known as MAMs, to regulate physiological functions between ER and mitochondria to maintain Ca(2+), lipid, and metabolite exchange. Several proteins are located in MAMs, including RNA-dependent protein kinase (PKR)-like ER kinase, inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptors, phosphofurin acidic cluster sorting protein-2 and sigma-1 receptor to ensure regulation...
March 21, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324045/ring-finger-protein-6-mediates-androgen-induced-granulosa-cell-proliferation-and-follicle-growth-via-modulation-of-androgen-receptor-signaling
#11
Jung Jin Lim, Chae Young Han, Dong Ryul Lee, Benjamin K Tsang
The destiny of the ovarian follicle (growth or atresia) is tightly regulated by actions and interactions of endocrine, paracrine and autocrine factors. Although androgens are known to be important in the regulation of folliculogenesis, whether they facilitate or suppress follicular growth has been controversial and the mechanisms involved are not fully understood. Moreover, the role and regulation of its receptor (AR) in mediating androgen signaling during follicular development is not clear. Here, we report that the active androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT) up-regulates the expression of AR and its E3 ligase Ring Finger Protein 6 (RNF6), increasing site-specific AR polyubiquitination and AR transcriptional activity for sKit-L expression in preantral follicle growth...
January 30, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323889/towards-a-critical-evaluation-of-an-empirical-and-volume-based-solvation-function-for-ligand-docking
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Heloisa S Muniz, Alessandro S Nascimento
Molecular docking is an important tool for the discovery of new biologically active molecules given that the receptor structure is known. An excellent environment for the development of new methods and improvement of the current methods is being provided by the rapid growth in the number of proteins with known structure. The evaluation of the solvation energies outstands among the challenges for the modeling of the receptor-ligand interactions, especially in the context of molecular docking where a fast, though accurate, evaluation is ought to be achieved...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323882/mir-181-interacts-with-signaling-adaptor-molecule-denn-madd-and-enhances-tnf-induced-cell-death
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Samira Ghorbani, Farideh Talebi, Sedigheh Ghasemi, Ali Jahanbazi Jahan Abad, Mohammed Vojgani, Farshid Noorbakhsh
MicroRNAs are small noncoding RNAs, which regulate the expression of protein coding transcripts through mRNA degradation or translational inhibition. Numerous reports have highlighted the role of miRNAs in regulating cell death pathways including the expression of genes involved in the induction of apoptosis. Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) is a proinflammatory cytokine which can send pro-death signals through its receptor TNFR1. Diverse adaptor molecules including DENN/MADD adaptor protein have been shown to modulate TNF-α pro-death signaling via recruitment of MAP kinases to TNFR1 and activation of pro-survival NFκB signaling...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323870/contribution-of-sortase-srta2-to-lactobacillus-casei-bl23-inhibition-of-staphylococcus-aureus-internalization-into-bovine-mammary-epithelial-cells
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Renata F S Souza, Julien Jardin, Chantal Cauty, Lucie Rault, Damien S Bouchard, Luis G Bermúdez-Humarán, Philippe Langella, Vicente Monedero, Núbia Seyffert, Vasco Azevedo, Yves Le Loir, Sergine Even
Probiotics have been considered as a promising strategy to prevent various diseases in both humans and animals. This approach has gained interest in recent years as a potential means to control bovine mastitis. In a previous study, we found that several L. casei strains, including BL23, were able to inhibit the internalization of S. aureus, a major etiologic agent of mastitis, into bovine mammary epithelial cells (bMEC). This antagonism required a direct contact between L. casei and bMEC or S. aureus, suggesting the inhibition relied on interactions between L...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323866/elevated-fecal-peptidase-d-at-onset-of-colitis-in-galphai2-mice-a-mouse-model-of-ibd
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Daniel Bergemalm, Robert Kruse, Maria Sapnara, Jonas Halfvarson, Elisabeth Hultgren Hörnquist
BACKGROUND: The identification of novel fecal biomarkers in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is hampered by the complexity of the human fecal proteome. On the other hand, in experimental mouse models there is probably less variation. We investigated the fecal protein content in mice to identify possible biomarkers and pathogenic mechanisms. METHODS: Fecal samples were collected at onset of inflammation in Galphai2-/- mice, a well-described spontaneous model of chronic colitis, and from healthy littermates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323816/an-ns-segment-exonic-splicing-enhancer-regulates-influenza-a-virus-replication-in-mammalian-cells
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Xiaofeng Huang, Min Zheng, Pui Wang, Bobo Wing-Yee Mok, Siwen Liu, Siu-Ying Lau, Pin Chen, Yen-Chin Liu, Honglian Liu, Yixin Chen, Wenjun Song, Kwok-Yung Yuen, Honglin Chen
Influenza virus utilizes host splicing machinery to process viral mRNAs expressed from both M and NS segments. Through genetic analysis and functional characterization, we here show that the NS segment of H7N9 virus contains a unique G540A substitution, located within a previously undefined exonic splicing enhancer (ESE) motif present in the NEP mRNA of influenza A viruses. G540A supports virus replication in mammalian cells while retaining replication ability in avian cells. Host splicing regulator, SF2, interacts with this ESE to regulate splicing of NEP/NS1 mRNA and G540A substitution affects SF2-ESE interaction...
March 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323614/a-chloroplast-retrograde-signal-3-phosphoadenosine-5-phosphate-acts-as-a-secondary-messenger-in-abscisic-acid-signaling-in-stomatal-closure-and-germination
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Wannarat Pornsiriwong, Gonzalo M Estavillo, Kai Xun Chan, Estee E Tee, Diep Ganguly, Peter A Crisp, Su Yin Phua, Chenchen Zhao, Jiaen Qiu, Jiyoung Park, Miing Tiem Yong, Nazia Nisar, Arun Kumar Yadav, Benjamin Schwessinger, John Rathjen, Christopher I Cazzonelli, Philippa B Wilson, Matthew Gilliham, Zhong-Hua Chen, Barry J Pogson
Organelle-nuclear retrograde signaling regulates gene expression, but its roles in specialized cells and integration with hormonal signaling remain enigmatic. Here we show that the SAL1-PAP (3'-phosphoadenosine 5'- phosphate) retrograde pathway interacts with abscisic acid (ABA) signaling to regulate stomatal closure and seed germination in Arabidopsis. Genetically or exogenously manipulating PAP bypasses the canonical signaling components ABA Insensitive 1 (ABI1) and Open Stomata 1 (OST1); priming an alternative pathway that restores ABA-responsive gene expression, ROS bursts, ion channel function, stomatal closure and drought tolerance in ost1-2...
March 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323529/altered-expression-of-a-chloroplast-protein-affects-the-outcome-of-virus-and-nematode-infection
#18
Elena Ganusova, J Hollis Rice, Timothy Scott Carlew, Akshita Patel, Emmanuel Perrodin-Njoku, Tarek Hewezi, Tessa M Burch-Smith
The chloroplast-resident RNA helicase ISE2 (INCREASED SIZE EXCLUSION LIMIT 2) can modulate the formation and distribution of plasmodesmata and intercellular trafficking. We have determined that ISE2 expression is induced by viral infection. Therefore the responses of Nicotiana benthamiana plants with varying levels of ISE2 expression to infection by Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) and Turnip mosaic virus (TuMV) were examined. Surprisingly, increased or decreased ISE2 expression led to faster viral systemic spread and is some cases enhanced systemic necrosis...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323513/transmembrane-tnf-dependent-uptake-of-anti-tnf-antibodies
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Arun Deora, Subramanya Hegde, Jacqueline Lee, Chee-Ho Choi, Qing Chang, Cheryl Lee, Lucia Eaton, Hua Tang, Dongdong Wang, David Lee, Mark Michalak, Medha Tomlinson, Qingfeng Tao, Nidhi Gaur, Bohdan Harvey, Shaun McLoughlin, Boris Labkovsky, Tariq Ghayur
TNF-alpha (TNF), a pro-inflammatory cytokine is synthesized as a 26 kDa protein, anchors in the plasma membrane as transmembrane TNF (TmTNF), and is subjected to proteolysis by the TNF-alpha converting enzyme (TACE) to release the 15 kDa form of soluble TNF (sTNF). TmTNF and sTNF interact with two distinct receptors, TNF-R1 (p55) and TNF-R2 (p75), to mediate the multiple biological effects of TNF described to date. Several anti-TNF biologics that bind to both forms of TNF and block their interactions with the TNF receptors are now approved for the treatment of a variety of immune-mediated diseases...
March 21, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323419/the-role-of-sufs-is-restricted-to-fes-cluster-biosynthesis-in-escherichia-coli
#20
Martin Bühning, Angelo Valleriani, Silke Leimkühler
In Escherichia coli two different systems have been identified that are important for the coordinate formation of Fe-S clusters, namely the ISC and SUF systems. The ISC system is the housekeeping Fe-S machinery, which provides Fe-S clusters for numerous cellular proteins. The IscS protein of this system was additionally revealed to be the primary sulfur donor for numerous sulfur-containing molecules with important biological functions, among which are the molybdenum cofactor (Moco) and thiolated nucleosides in tRNA...
March 21, 2017: Biochemistry
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