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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811869/pro-and-antioxidant-functions-of-the-peroxisome-mitochondria-connection-and-its-impact-on-aging-and-disease
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REVIEW
Amparo Pascual-Ahuir, Sara Manzanares-Estreder, Markus Proft
Peroxisomes and mitochondria are the main intracellular sources for reactive oxygen species. At the same time, both organelles are critical for the maintenance of a healthy redox balance in the cell. Consequently, failure in the function of both organelles is causally linked to oxidative stress and accelerated aging. However, it has become clear that peroxisomes and mitochondria are much more intimately connected both physiologically and structurally. Both organelles share common fission components to dynamically respond to environmental cues, and the autophagic turnover of both peroxisomes and mitochondria is decisive for cellular homeostasis...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811350/defining-the-dna-binding-site-recognized-by-the-fission-yeast-zn2cys6-transcription-factor-pho7-and-its-role-in-phosphate-homeostasis
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Beate Schwer, Ana M Sanchez, Angad Garg, Debashree Chatterjee, Stewart Shuman
Fission yeast phosphate homeostasis entails transcriptional induction of genes encoding phosphate-mobilizing proteins under conditions of phosphate starvation. Transcription factor Pho7, a member of the Zn2Cys6 family of fungal transcription regulators, is the central player in the starvation response. The DNA binding sites in the promoters of phosphate-responsive genes have not been defined, nor have any structure-function relationships been established for the Pho7 protein. Here we narrow this knowledge gap by (i) delineating an autonomous DNA-binding domain (DBD) within Pho7 that includes the Zn2Cys6 module, (ii) deploying recombinant Pho7 DBD in DNase I footprinting and electrophoretic mobility shift assays (EMSAs) to map the Pho7 recognition sites in the promoters of the phosphate-regulated pho1 and tgp1 genes to a 12-nucleotide sequence motif [5'-TCG(G/C)(A/T)xxTTxAA], (iii) independently identifying the same motif as a Pho7 recognition element via in silico analysis of available genome-wide ChIP-seq data, (iv) affirming that mutations in the two Pho7 recognition sites in the pho1 promoter efface pho1 expression in vivo, and (v) establishing that the zinc-binding cysteines and a pair of conserved arginines in the DBD are essential for Pho7 activity in vivoIMPORTANCE Fungi respond to phosphate starvation by inducing the transcription of a set of phosphate acquisition genes that comprise a phosphate regulon...
August 15, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811263/the-role-of-escrt-during-development-and-functioning-of-the-nervous-system
#3
REVIEW
Rémy Sadoul, Marine H Laporte, Romain Chassefeyre, Yves Goldberg, Christine Chatellard, Fiona J Hemming, Sandrine Fraboulet
The endosomal sorting complex required for transport (ESCRT) is made of subcomplexes (ESCRT I-III), crucial to membrane remodelling at endosomes, nuclear envelope and cell surface. ESCRT-III shapes membranes and in most cases cooperates with the ATPase VPS4 to mediate fission of membrane necks from the inside. The first ESCRT complexes mainly serve to catalyse the formation of ESCRT-III but can be bypassed by accessory proteins like the Alg-2 interacting protein-X (ALIX). In the nervous system, ALIX/ESCRT controls the survival of embryonic neural progenitors and later on the outgrowth and pruning of axons and dendrites, all necessary steps to establish a functional brain...
August 12, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810752/rupturing-the-hemi-fission-intermediate-in-membrane-fission-under-tension-reaction-coordinates-kinetic-pathways-and-free-energy-barriers
#4
Guojie Zhang, Marcus Müller
Membrane fission is a fundamental process in cells, involved inter alia in endocytosis, intracellular trafficking, and virus infection. Its underlying molecular mechanism, however, is only incompletely understood. Recently, experiments and computer simulation studies have revealed that dynamin-mediated membrane fission is a two-step process that proceeds via a metastable hemi-fission intermediate (or wormlike micelle) formed by dynamin's constriction. Importantly, this hemi-fission intermediate is remarkably metastable, i...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808422/lycium-barbarum-polysaccharides-decrease-hyperglycemia-aggravated-ischemic-brain-injury-through-maintaining-mitochondrial-fission-and-fusion-balance
#5
Wen-Jing Liu, Hai-Feng Jiang, Faisal Ul Rehman, Jing-Wen Zhang, Yue Chang, Li Jing, Jian-Zhong Zhang
Although it has been reported that polysaccharides found in Lycium barbarum possess neuroprotective effects, little is known of their ability to ameliorate hyperglycemia-aggravated ischemia/reperfusion brain injury. In this study, normoglycemic (NG) and hyperglycemic (HG) rats were compared after 30 minutes of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO), followed by 24 or 27 hours of reperfusion, with HG rats pretreated with lyceum barbarum polysaccharides (LBP) or insulin. In each group, the neurological deficit, infarct volume, pathohistology, and expression of proteins, Opa1 and Drp1, were assessed to determine the efficacy of LBP in alleviating hyperglycemia-aggravated ischemia/reperfusion brain injury...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808421/crosstalk-between-mitochondrial-fission-and-oxidative-stress-in-paraquat-induced-apoptosis-in-mouse-alveolar-type-ii-cells
#6
Guangju Zhao, Kaiqiang Cao, Changqin Xu, Aifang Sun, Wang Lu, Yi Zheng, Haixiao Li, Guangliang Hong, Bing Wu, Qiaomeng Qiu, Zhongqiu Lu
Paraquat (PQ), as a highly effective and nonselective herbicide, induces cell apoptosis through generation of superoxide anions which forms reactive oxygen species (ROS). Mitochondria, as regulators for cellular redox signaling, have been proved to play an important role in PQ-induced cell apoptosis. This study aimed to evaluate whether and how mitochondrial fission interacts with oxidative stress in PQ-induced apoptosis in mouse alveolar type II (AT-II) cells. Firstly, we demonstrated that PQ promoted apoptosis and release of cytochrome-c (Cyt-c)...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808035/fission-yeast-myosin-myo2-is-down-regulated-in-actin-affinity-by-light-chain-phosphorylation
#7
Luther W Pollard, Carol S Bookwalter, Qing Tang, Elena B Krementsova, Kathleen M Trybus, Susan Lowey
Studies in fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe have provided the basis for the most advanced models of the dynamics of the cytokinetic contractile ring. Myo2, a class-II myosin, is the major source of tension in the contractile ring, but how Myo2 is anchored and regulated to produce force is poorly understood. To enable more detailed biochemical/biophysical studies, Myo2 was expressed in the baculovirus/Sf9 insect cell system with its two native light chains, Rlc1 and Cdc4. Milligram yields of soluble, unphosphorylated Myo2 were obtained that exhibited high actin-activated ATPase activity and in vitro actin filament motility...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807855/spatial-organization-and-molecular-interactions-of-the-schizosaccharomyces-pombe-ccq1-tpz1-poz1-shelterin-complex
#8
Harry Scott, Jin-Kwang Kim, Clinton Yu, Lan Huang, Feng Qiao, Derek J Taylor
The shelterin complex is a macromolecular assembly of proteins that binds to and protects telomeric DNA, which composes the ends of all linear chromosomes. Shelterin proteins prevent chromosome ends from fusing together and from eliciting erroneous induction of DNA damage response pathways. Additionally, shelterin proteins play key roles in regulating the recruitment and activation of telomerase, an enzyme that extends telomeric DNA. In fission yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, interactions between the shelterin proteins Ccq1, Tpz1, and Poz1, are important for regulating telomerase-mediated telomere synthesis, and thus, telomere length homeostasis...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806752/the-escrt-iii-pathway-facilitates-cardiomyocyte-release-of-cbin1-containing-microparticles
#9
Bing Xu, Ying Fu, Yan Liu, Sosse Agvanian, Robert C Wirka, Rachel Baum, Kang Zhou, Robin M Shaw, TingTing Hong
Microparticles (MPs) are cell-cell communication vesicles derived from the cell surface plasma membrane, although they are not known to originate from cardiac ventricular muscle. In ventricular cardiomyocytes, the membrane deformation protein cardiac bridging integrator 1 (cBIN1 or BIN1+13+17) creates transverse-tubule (t-tubule) membrane microfolds, which facilitate ion channel trafficking and modulate local ionic concentrations. The microfold- generated microdomains continuously reorganize, adapting in response to stress to modulate the calcium signaling apparatus...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806726/replication-fork-slowing-and-stalling-are-distinct-checkpoint-independent-consequences-of-replicating-damaged-dna
#10
Divya Ramalingam Iyer, Nicholas Rhind
In response to DNA damage during S phase, cells slow DNA replication. This slowing is orchestrated by the intra-S checkpoint and involves inhibition of origin firing and reduction of replication fork speed. Slowing of replication allows for tolerance of DNA damage and suppresses genomic instability. Although the mechanisms of origin inhibition by the intra-S checkpoint are understood, major questions remain about how the checkpoint regulates replication forks: Does the checkpoint regulate the rate of fork progression? Does the checkpoint affect all forks, or only those encountering damage? Does the checkpoint facilitate the replication of polymerase-blocking lesions? To address these questions, we have analyzed the checkpoint in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe using a single-molecule DNA combing assay, which allows us to unambiguously separate the contribution of origin and fork regulation towards replication slowing, and allows us to investigate the behavior of individual forks...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806080/dissociative-photoionization-of-the-elusive-vinoxy-radical
#11
Jonathan D Adams, Preston G Scrape, Shih-Huang Lee, Laurie J Butler
These experiments report the dissociative photoionization of vinoxy radicals to m/z = 15 and 29. In a crossed laser-molecular beam scattering apparatus, we induce C-Cl bond fission in 2-chloroacetaldehyde by photoexcitation at 157 nm. Our velocity measurements, combined with conservation of angular momentum, show that 21% of the C-Cl photofission events form vinoxy radicals that are stable to subsequent dissociation to CH3 + CO or H + ketene. Photoionization of these stable vinoxy radicals, identified by their velocities, which are momentum-matched with the higher-kinetic-energy Cl atom photofragments, shows that the vinoxy radicals dissociatively photoionize to give signal at m/z = 15 and 29...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805296/basidiomycete-specific-pscamkl1-encoding-a-camk-like-protein-kinase-is-required-for-full-virulence-of-puccinia-striiformis-f-sp-tritici
#12
Min Jiao, Dan Yu, Chenglong Tan, Jia Guo, Dingyun Lan, Ershang Han, Tuo Qi, Ralf Thomas Voegele, Zhensheng Kang, Jun Guo
Calcium/calmodulin-dependent kinases (CaMKs) are Ser/Thr protein kinases (PKs) that respond to changes in cytosolic free Ca(2+) and play diverse roles in eukaryotes. In fungi, CAMKs are generally classified into four families CAMK1, CAMKL, RAD53, and CAMK-Unique. Among these, CAMKL constitutes the largest family. In some fungal plant pathogens members of the CaMKL family have been shown to be responsible for pathogenesis. However, little is known about their role(s) in rust fungi. In this study, we functionally characterized a novel PK gene, PsCaMKL1, from Puccinia striiformis f...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803609/comic-the-hidden-dynamics-of-mitochondrial-inner-compartments
#13
Bongki Cho, Woong Sun
Mitochondria have evolutionarily, functionally and structurally distinct outer- (OMM) and inner-membranes (IMM). Thus, mitochondrial morphology is controlled by independent but coordinated activity of fission and fusion of the OMM and IMM. Constriction and division of the OMM are mediated by endocytosis-like machineries, which include dynamin-related protein 1 with additional cytosolic vesicle scissoring machineries such as actin filament and Dynamin 2. However, structural alteration of the IMM during mitochondrial division has been poorly understood...
August 14, 2017: BMB Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801550/active-neutron-and-gamma-ray-imaging-of-highly-enriched-uranium-for-treaty-verification
#14
Michael C Hamel, J Kyle Polack, Marc L Ruch, Matthew J Marcath, Shaun D Clarke, Sara A Pozzi
The detection and characterization of highly enriched uranium (HEU) presents a large challenge in the non-proliferation field. HEU has a low neutron emission rate and most gamma rays are low energy and easily shielded. To address this challenge, an instrument known as the dual-particle imager (DPI) was used with a portable deuterium-tritium (DT) neutron generator to detect neutrons and gamma rays from induced fission in HEU. We evaluated system response using a 13.7-kg HEU sphere in several configurations with no moderation, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) moderation, and tungsten moderation...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801453/correction-for-szilagyi-et-al-cyclin-dependent-kinase-8-regulates-mitotic-commitment-in-fission-yeast
#15
Zsolt Szilagyi, Gabor Banyai, Marcela Davila Lopez, Christopher J McInerny, Claes M Gustafsson
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September 1, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799752/tuning-singlet-fission-in-pi-bridge-pi-chromophores
#16
Elango Kumarasamy, Samuel N Sanders, Murad J Y Tayebjee, Amir Asadpoordarvish, Timothy J H Hele, Eric G Fuemmeler, Andrew B Pun, Lauren M Yablon, Jonathan Z Low, Daniel W Paley, Jacob C Dean, Bonnie Choi, Gregory D Scholes, Michael L Steigerwald, Nandini Ananth, Dane R McCamey, Matthew Y Sfeir, Luis M Campos
We have designed a series of pentacene dimers separated by homoconjugated or non-conjugated bridges that exhibit fast and efficient intramolecular singlet exciton fission (iSF). These materials are distinctive among reported iSF compounds because they exist in the unexplored regime of close spatial proximity but weak electronic coupling between the singlet exciton and triplet pair states. Using transient absorption spectroscopy to investigate photophysics in these molecules, we find that homoconjugated dimers display desirable excited state dynamics, with significantly reduced recombination rates as compared to conjugated dimers with similar singlet fission rates...
August 11, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799347/ultrafast-%C3%AE-cc-bond-cleavage-of-acetone-upon-excitation-to-3p-and-3d-rydberg-states-by-femtosecond-time-resolved-photoelectron-imaging
#17
O Hüter, F Temps
The radiationless electronic relaxation and α -CC bond fission dynamics of jet-cooled acetone in the S1 (nπ(*)) state and in high-lying 3p and 3d Rydberg states have been investigated by femtosecond time-resolved mass spectrometry and photoelectron imaging. The S1 state was accessed by absorption of a UV pump photon at selected wavelengths between λ = 320 and 250 nm. The observed acetone mass signals and the S1 photoelectron band decayed on sub-picosecond time scales, consistent with a recently proposed ultrafast structural relaxation of the molecules in the S1 state away from the Franck-Condon probe window...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799069/rae1-mediated-nuclear-export-of-rnc1-is-an-important-determinant-in-controlling-mapk-signaling
#18
REVIEW
Ryosuke Satoh, Kanako Hagihara, Reiko Sugiura
In eukaryotic cells, RNA binding proteins (RBPs) play critical roles in regulating almost every aspect of gene expression, often shuttling between the nucleus and the cytoplasm. They are also key determinants in cell fate via controlling the target mRNAs under the regulation of various signaling pathways in response to environmental stresses. Therefore, understanding the mechanisms that couple the location of mRNA and RBPs is a major challenge in the field of gene expression and signal responses. In fission yeast, a KH-type RBP Rnc1 negatively regulates MAPK signaling activation via mRNA stabilization of the dual-specificity MAPK phosphatase Pmp1, which dephosphorylates MAPK Pmk1...
August 10, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799013/phospho-mimicking-atf1-mutants-bypass-the-transcription-activating-function-of-the-map-kinase-sty1-of-fission-yeast
#19
REVIEW
Laura Sánchez-Mir, Clàudia Salat-Canela, Esther Paulo, Mercè Carmona, José Ayté, Baldo Oliva, Elena Hidalgo
Stress-dependent activation of signaling cascades is often mediated by phosphorylation events, but the exact nature and role of these phosphorelays are frequently poorly understood. Here, we review which are the consequences of the stress-dependent phosphorylation of a transcription factor on gene activation. In fission yeast, the MAP kinase Sty1 is activated upon several environmental hazards and promotes cell adaptation and survival, greatly through activation of a gene program mediated by the transcription factor Atf1...
August 10, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798300/autonomous-model-protocell-division-driven-by-molecular-replication
#20
J W Taylor, S A Eghtesadi, L J Points, T Liu, L Cronin
The coupling of compartmentalisation with molecular replication is thought to be crucial for the emergence of the first evolvable chemical systems. Minimal artificial replicators have been designed based on molecular recognition, inspired by the template copying of DNA, but none yet have been coupled to compartmentalisation. Here, we present an oil-in-water droplet system comprising an amphiphilic imine dissolved in chloroform that catalyses its own formation by bringing together a hydrophilic and a hydrophobic precursor, which leads to repeated droplet division...
August 10, 2017: Nature Communications
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