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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729673/distinct-functional-relevance-of-dynamic-gtpase-cysteine-methylation-in-fission-yeast
#1
Alejandro Franco, Teresa Soto, Rebeca Martín-García, Marisa Madrid, Beatriz Vázquez-Marín, Jero Vicente-Soler, Pedro M Coll, Mariano Gacto, Pilar Pérez, José Cansado
The final step in post-translational processing of Ras and Rho GTPases involves methylation of the prenylated cysteine residue by an isoprenylcysteine-O-carboxyl methyltransferase (ICMT). ICMT activity is essential for cell growth and development in higher eukaryotes, and inhibition of GTPase methylation has become an attractive target in cancer therapy to inactivate prenylated oncoproteins. However, the specificity and dynamics of the GTPase methylation process remain to be fully clarified. Notably, cells lacking Mam4, the ICMT ortholog in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, are viable...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729291/stimulator-of-ifn-genes-mediated-dna-sensing-pathway-is-suppressed-by-nlrp3-agonists-and-regulated-by-mitofusin-1-and-tbc1d15-mitochondria-dynamics-mediators
#2
Dohyeong Kwon, Eunbyeol Park, Suk-Jo Kang
The stimulator of IFN genes (STING)-mediated DNA-sensing pathway plays an important role in the innate immune response to pathogen infection, autoimmunity, and cancer; however, its regulatory mechanism has not been fully elucidated, and we do not yet know whether the STING pathway is counter-regulated by other innate immune pathways. Here, we show that the NLRP3-activating agonists, ATP and nigericin, prevent STING pathway activation in association with mitochondrial fragmentation; however, the suppression of the STING pathway and mitochondria fission were not dependent on NLRP3 or potassium efflux...
July 20, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728013/dynamic-and-elastic-shape-transitions-in-curved-escrt-iii-filaments
#3
REVIEW
Nicolas Chiaruttini, Aurélien Roux
The ESCRT-III complex is an evolutionary ancient and conserved complex that catalyzes fission of lipid membranes from the lumen of the neck in many, if not all processes requiring this specific fission reaction. The ESCRT-III membrane remodeling complex is unique as its molecular and polymeric structures do not intuitively suggests how it could deform and break lipid membranes. Here we review the common structural features of the ESCRT-III subunits, and the shape diversity of the various filamentous forms. We propose a simple geometry and elasticity framework that could help to isolate which features of the ESCRT-III filaments are common to all filamentous forms as well as to explain their diversity...
July 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727777/8-oxoguanine-dna-glycosylase-ogg1-deficiency-elicits-coordinated-changes-in-lipid-and-mitochondrial-metabolism-in-muscle
#4
Vladimir Vartanian, Jana Tumova, Pawel Dobrzyn, Agnieszka Dobrzyn, Yusaku Nakabeppu, R Stephen Lloyd, Harini Sampath
Oxidative stress resulting from endogenous and exogenous sources causes damage to cellular components, including genomic and mitochondrial DNA. Oxidative DNA damage is primarily repaired via the base excision repair pathway that is initiated by DNA glycosylases. 8-oxoguanine DNA glycosylase (OGG1) recognizes and cleaves oxidized and ring-fragmented purines, including 8-oxoguanine, the most commonly formed oxidative DNA lesion. Mice lacking the OGG1 gene product are prone to multiple features of the metabolic syndrome, including high-fat diet-induced obesity, hepatic steatosis, and insulin resistance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725905/schizosaccharomyces-pombe-grx4-regulates-the-transcriptional-repressor-php4-via-2fe-2s-cluster-binding
#5
Adrienne C Dlouhy, Jude Beaudoin, Simon Labbé, Caryn E Outten
The fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe expresses the CCAAT-binding factor Php4 in response to iron deprivation. Php4 forms a transcription complex with Php2, Php3, and Php5 to repress the expression of iron proteins as a means to economize iron usage. Previous in vivo results demonstrate that the function and location of Php4 are regulated in an iron-dependent manner by the cytosolic CGFS type glutaredoxin Grx4. In this study, we aimed to biochemically define these protein-protein and protein-metal interactions...
July 20, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719215/origin-of-the-s-excited-state-feature-of-carotenoids-in-light-harvesting-complex-1-from-purple-photosynthetic-bacteria
#6
Dariusz M Niedzwiedzki, David Swainsbury, Elizabeth C Martin, Christopher Neil Hunter, Robert E Blankenship
This spectroscopic study investigates the origin of the transient feature of the S* excited-state of carotenoids bound in LH1 complexes from purple bacteria. The studies were performed on two RC-LH1 complexes from Rba. sphaeroides strains that bound carotenoids with different carbon-carbon double bond conjugation N, neurosporene (N = 9) and spirilloxanthin (N = 13). The S* transient spectral feature, originally associated with an elusive and optically silent excited state of spirilloxanthin in the LH1 complex may be successfully explained and mimicked without involving any unknown electronic state...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718400/histone-h3g34r-mutation-causes-replication-stress-homologous-recombination-defects-and-genomic-instability-in-s-pombe
#7
Rajesh K Yadav, Carolyn M Jablonowski, Alfonso G Fernandez, Brandon R Lowe, Ryan A Henry, David Finkelstein, Kevin J Barnum, Alison L Pidoux, Yin-Ming Kuo, Jie Huang, Matthew J O'Connell, Andrew J Andrews, Arzu Onar-Thomas, Robin C Allshire, Janet F Partridge
Recurrent somatic mutations of H3F3A in aggressive pediatric high-grade gliomas generate K27M or G34R/V mutant histone H3.3. H3.3-G34R/V mutants are common in tumors with mutations in p53 and ATRX, an H3.3-specific chromatin remodeler. To gain insight into the role of H3-G34R, we generated fission yeast that express only the mutant histone H3. H3-G34R specifically reduces H3K36 tri-methylation and H3K36 acetylation, and mutants show partial transcriptional overlap with set2 deletions. H3-G34R mutants exhibit genomic instability and increased replication stress, including slowed replication fork restart, although DNA replication checkpoints are functional...
July 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713932/human-trypsin-inhibitor-reduces-the-apoptosis-of-lipopolysaccharide%C3%A2-induced-human-kidney%C3%A2-2-cells-by-promoting-mitochondrial-fusion
#8
Ning Liu, Zhiyi Jiang, Yongjun Liu, Yao Nie, Juan Chen, Bin Ouyang, Xiangdong Guan, Minying Chen
Imbalance in mitochondrial fusion/fission is one of the mechanisms leading to sepsis‑induced mitochondrial dysfunction and cell apoptosis. The present study examined the effects of human trypsin inhibitor (UTI), a well‑known antioxidant and anti‑inflammatory substance, on mitochondrial dynamics and cell apoptosis in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)‑induced human kidney‑2 (HK‑2) cells. The HK‑2 cells were incubated for 24 h either with LPS (800 ng/ml) or LPS (800 ng/ml) mixed with UTI (250 U/ml). Cell viability was assessed using a3‑(4,5‑dimethyl‑2‑thiazolyl)‑2, 5‑diphenyl‑2‑H‑tetrazolium bromide assay...
July 5, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712293/spectroscopic-study-of-thiophene-pyrrole-containing-s-n-heteroheptacenes-with-comparison-to-acenes-and-phenacenes
#9
Alexander Rudnick, Christoph Wetzel, Steffen Tscheuschner, Holger Schmalz, Astrid Vogt, Andreas Greiner, Heinz Baessler, Elena Mena-Osteritz, Peter Bäuerle, Anna Köhler
We report a detailed spectroscopic study concerning the energy levels and vibrational structure of thiophene-pyrrole containing S,N-heteroacenes. The aim of the study is first, to understand the differences in the photoluminescence (PL) efficiencies in this structurally similar series, and second, to compare the electronic structure of S,N-heteroacenes to that of linear acenes and of phenancenes, with a view to derive guidelines for the design of singlet fission material. For S,N-heteroacenes comprising seven fused heterocyclic rings, we observe a higher PL quantum yield for derivatives with terminal thienothiophene units than for thienopyrrole-capped ones...
July 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711459/influence-of-the-bud-neck-on-nuclear-envelope-fission-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#10
Patricia G Melloy, Mark D Rose
Studies have shown that nuclear envelope fission (karyokinesis) in budding yeast depends on cytokinesis, but not distinguished whether this was a direct requirement, indirect, because of cell cycle arrest, or due to bud neck-localized proteins impacting both processes. To determine the requirements for karyokinesis, we examined mutants conditionally defective for bud emergence and/or nuclear migration. The common mutant phenotype was completion of the nuclear division cycle within the mother cell, but karyokinesis did not occur...
July 12, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710475/isotopic-signature-and-nano-texture-of-cesium-rich-micro-particles-release-of-uranium-and-fission-products-from-the-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-power-plant
#11
Junpei Imoto, Asumi Ochiai, Genki Furuki, Mizuki Suetake, Ryohei Ikehara, Kenji Horie, Mami Takehara, Shinya Yamasaki, Kenji Nanba, Toshihiko Ohnuki, Gareth T W Law, Bernd Grambow, Rodney C Ewing, Satoshi Utsunomiya
Highly radioactive cesium-rich microparticles (CsMPs) released from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) provide nano-scale chemical fingerprints of the 2011 tragedy. U, Cs, Ba, Rb, K, and Ca isotopic ratios were determined on three CsMPs (3.79-780 Bq) collected within ~10 km from the FDNPP to determine the CsMPs' origin and mechanism of formation. Apart from crystalline Fe-pollucite, CsFeSi2O6 · nH2O, CsMPs are comprised mainly of Zn-Fe-oxide nanoparticles in a SiO2 glass matrix (up to ~30 wt% of Cs and ~1 wt% of U mainly associated with Zn-Fe-oxide)...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709229/phenomenology-of-stochastic-exponential-growth
#12
Dan Pirjol, Farshid Jafarpour, Srividya Iyer-Biswas
Stochastic exponential growth is observed in a variety of contexts, including molecular autocatalysis, nuclear fission, population growth, inflation of the universe, viral social media posts, and financial markets. Yet literature on modeling the phenomenology of these stochastic dynamics has predominantly focused on one model, geometric Brownian motion (GBM), which can be described as the solution of a Langevin equation with linear drift and linear multiplicative noise. Using recent experimental results on stochastic exponential growth of individual bacterial cell sizes, we motivate the need for a more general class of phenomenological models of stochastic exponential growth, which are consistent with the observation that the mean-rescaled distributions are approximately stationary at long times...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707928/phz-wide-spectral-interference-through-coherent-plasma-induced-fission-of-higher-order-solitons
#13
F Köttig, F Tani, J C Travers, P St J Russell
We identify a novel regime of soliton-plasma interactions in which high-intensity ultrashort pulses of intermediate soliton order undergo coherent plasma-induced fission. Experimental results obtained in gas-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber are supported by rigorous numerical simulations. In the anomalous dispersion regime, the cumulative blueshift of higher-order input solitons with ionizing intensities results in pulse splitting before the ultimate self-compression point, leading to the generation of robust pulse pairs with PHz bandwidths...
June 30, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707340/removal-of-a-consensus-proline-is-not-sufficient-to-allow-tetratricopeptide-repeat-oligomerization
#14
Amber L Bakkum, R Blake Hill
Tetratricopeptide repeat (TPR) domains are ubiquitous protein interaction domains that adopt a modular antiparallel array of α-helices. The TPR fold typically adopts a monomeric state, and consensus TPRs sequences successfully fold into the expected monomeric topology. The versatility of the TPR fold also supports different quaternary structures, which may function as regulatory switches. One example is yeast mitochondrial fission 1 (Fis1) that appears to interconvert between monomer and dimer states in regulating division of peroxisomes and mitochondria...
July 13, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705993/effects-of-%C3%AE-hydroxy-%C3%AE-methylbutyrate-hmb-on-skeletal-muscle-mitochondrial-content-and-dynamics-and-lipids-after-10-days-of-bed-rest-in-older-adults
#15
Robert A Standley, Giovanna Distefano, Suzette L Pereira, Min Tian, Owen J Kelly, Paul M Coen, Nicolaas E P Deutz, Robert R Wolfe, Bret H Goodpaster
Loss of muscle mass during periods of disuse likely has negative health consequences for older adults. We have previously shown that β-hydroxy-β-methylbutyrate (HMB) supplementation during 10 days of strict bed rest (BR) attenuates the loss of lean mass in older adults. To elucidate potential molecular mechanisms of HMB effects on muscle during bed rest and resistance training rehabilitation (RT), we examined mediators of skeletal muscle mitochondrial dynamics, autophagy and atrophy, and intramyocellular lipids...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705612/cardiac-mitochondrial-dynamics-mir-mediated-regulation-during-cardiac-injury
#16
Anusha Sivakumar, Ramasamy Subbiah, Rekha Balakrishnan, Jeyaprakash Rajendhran
Mitochondrial integrity is indispensable for cardiac health. With the advent of modern imaging technologies, mitochondrial motility and dynamics within the cell are extensively studied. Terminally differentiated and well-structured cardiomyocytes depict little mitochondrial division and fusion, questioning the contribution of mitochondrial fusion proteins (Mitofusin 1/2 and Optic Atrophy 1 protein) and fission factors (Dynamin-like protein 1 and mitochondrial fission 1 protein) in cardiomyocyte homeostasis...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703078/chrysophanol-suppresses-pro-inflammatory-response-in-microglia-via-regulation-of-drp1-dependent-mitochondrial-fission
#17
Unbin Chae, Ju-Sik Min, Hanna Lee, Kyung-Sik Song, Hyun-Shik Lee, Hong Jun Lee, Sang-Rae Lee, Dong-Seok Lee
OBJECTIVES: Chrysophanol, also called chrysophanic acid, is a natural anthraquinone compound found in Rheum palmatum. R. palmatum has been used in oriental medicine in ancient East Asia. Microglial cells represent not only the forefront immune defense in the central nervous system but also the most reactive sensors to various threats. However, activated microglia can exert neurotoxic effects via excessive production of cytotoxic molecules and proinflammatory cytokines. Therefore, modulation of microglial cell activation is important for maintaining neuronal function...
July 13, 2017: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702274/yeast-chemotropism-a-paradigm-shift-in-chemical-gradient-sensing
#18
Amber Ismael, David E Stone
The ability of cells to direct their movement and growth in response to shallow chemical gradients is essential in the life cycles of all eukaryotic organisms. The signaling mechanisms underlying directional sensing in chemotactic cells have been well studied; however, relatively little is known about how chemotropic cells interpret chemical gradients. Recent studies of chemotropism in budding and fission yeast have revealed 2 quite different mechanisms-biased wandering of the polarity complex, and differential internalization of the receptor and G protein...
2017: Cellular Logistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699637/the-entangled-triplet-pair-state-in-acene-and-heteroacene-materials
#19
Chaw Keong Yong, Andrew J Musser, Sam L Bayliss, Steven Lukman, Hiroyuki Tamura, Olga Bubnova, Rawad K Hallani, Aurélie Meneau, Roland Resel, Munetaka Maruyama, Shu Hotta, Laura M Herz, David Beljonne, John E Anthony, Jenny Clark, Henning Sirringhaus
Entanglement of states is one of the most surprising and counter-intuitive consequences of quantum mechanics, with potent applications in cryptography and computing. In organic materials, one particularly significant manifestation is the spin-entangled triplet-pair state, which mediates the spin-conserving fission of one spin-0 singlet exciton into two spin-1 triplet excitons. Despite long theoretical and experimental exploration, the nature of the triplet-pair state and inter-triplet interactions have proved elusive...
July 12, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698628/%C3%AE-synuclein-control-of-mitochondrial-homeostasis-in-human-derived-neurons-is-disrupted-by-mutations-associated-with-parkinson-s-disease
#20
Victorio Martin Pozo Devoto, Nicolas Dimopoulos, Matías Alloatti, María Belén Pardi, Trinidad M Saez, María Gabriela Otero, Lucas Eneas Cromberg, Antonia Marín-Burgin, Maria Elida Scassa, Gorazd B Stokin, Alejandro F Schinder, Gustavo Sevlever, Tomás Luis Falzone
The etiology of Parkinson's disease (PD) converges on a common pathogenic pathway of mitochondrial defects in which α-Synuclein (αSyn) is thought to play a role. However, the mechanisms by which αSyn and its disease-associated allelic variants cause mitochondrial dysfunction remain unknown. Here, we analyzed mitochondrial axonal transport and morphology in human-derived neurons overexpressing wild-type (WT) αSyn or the mutated variants A30P or A53T, which are known to have differential lipid affinities...
July 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
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