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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108864/is-raf1-protein-from-synechocystis-sp-pcc-6803-really-needed-in-the-cyanobacterial-rubisco-assembly-process
#1
Piotr Kolesinski, Malgorzata Rydzy, Andrzej Szczepaniak
Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) is responsible for carbon dioxide conversion during photosynthesis and, therefore, is the most important protein in biomass generation. Modifications of this biocatalyst toward improvements in its properties are hindered by the complicated and not yet fully understood assembly process required for the formation of active holoenzymes. An entire set of auxiliary factors, including chaperonin GroEL/GroES and assembly chaperones RbcX or Rubisco accumulation factor 1 (RAF1), is involved in the folding and subsequent assembly of Rubisco subunits...
January 20, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103957/rna-interference-mediated-knockdown-of-brugia-malayi-udp-galactopyranose-mutase-severely-affects-parasite-viability-embryogenesis-and-in-vivo-development-of-infective-larvae
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Sweta Misra, Jyoti Gupta, Shailja Misra-Bhattacharya
BACKGROUND: Galactofuranose is an essential cell surface component present in bacteria, fungi and several nematodes such as Caenorhabditis spp., Brugia spp., Onchocerca spp. and Strongyloides spp. This sugar maintains the integrity of parasite surface and is essential for virulence. UDP-Galactopyranose mutase (bmugm) plays a key role in Galf biosynthesis by catalyzing conversion of UDP-Galactopyranose into UDP-galactofuranose and knockout studies of the gene in Leishmania major, Mycobacterium and Aspergillus fumigatus displayed attenuated virulence while RNA interference study in C...
January 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103015/antimicrobial-activity-ame-resistance-and-translation-inhibition-studies-of-anthraquinone-neomycin-conjugates
#3
Natalya N Degtyareva, Changjun Gong, Sandra Story, Nathanael Levinson, Adegboyega K Oyelere, Keith D Green, Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova, Dev Priya Arya
The antibacterial effects of aminoglycosides are based on their association with the A-site of bacterial ribosomal RNA and interference with the translational process in the bacterial cell, causing cell death. The clinical use of aminoglycosides is complicated by resistance and side effects, some of which arise from their interactions with the human mitochondrial 12S rRNA and its deafness-associated mutations, C1494U and A1555G. We report a rapid assay that allows screening of aminoglycoside compounds to these classes of rRNAs...
January 19, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088841/intracellular-fate-of-ureaplasma-parvum-entrapped-by-host-cellular-autophagy
#4
Fumiko Nishiumi, Michinaga Ogawa, Yukiko Nakura, Yusuke Hamada, Masahiro Nakayama, Jiro Mitobe, Atsushi Hiraide, Norio Sakai, Makoto Takeuchi, Tamotsu Yoshimori, Itaru Yanagihara
Genital mycoplasmas, including Ureaplasma spp., are among the smallest human pathogenic bacteria and are associated with preterm birth. Electron microscopic observation of U. parvum showed that these prokaryotes have a regular, spherical shape with a mean diameter of 146 nm. U. parvum was internalized into HeLa cells by clathrin-mediated endocytosis and survived for at least 14 days around the perinuclear region. Intracellular U. parvum reached endosomes in HeLa cells labeled with EEA1, Rab7, and LAMP-1 within 1 to 3 hr...
January 15, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088662/metabolic-profiles-of-exudates-from-chronic-leg-ulcerations
#5
Adam Junka, Wojciech Wojtowicz, Adam Ząbek, Grzegorz Krasowski, Danuta Smutnicka, Barbara Bakalorz, Agnieszka Boruta, Mariusz Dziadas, Piotr Młynarz, Parish Paymon Sedghizadeh, Marzenna Bartoszewicz
Chronic leg ulceration is a disease usually associated with other comorbidities, and significantly reduces patient quality of life. Infected leg ulcers can lead to limb-threatening sequelae or mortality. Leg ulcerations are colonized by a number of microbes that are able to cause life-threating infections in susceptible patients. Wound exudate is a body fluid that collects metabolites from patient eukaryotic cells and from prokaryotic bacterial communities inhabiting the wound. This study aimed at identification of metabolites in exudates collected from chronic leg ulcers, and correlation of this metabolome with patient comorbidities and microbiological status of the wound...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088197/production-of-human-pro-relaxin-h2-in-the-yeast-pichia-pastoris
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D Cimini, K Della Corte, R Finamore, L Andreozzi, A Stellavato, A V A Pirozzi, F Ferrara, R Formisano, M De Rosa, M Chino, L Lista, A Lombardi, V Pavone, C Schiraldi
BACKGROUND: Initially known as the reproductive hormone, relaxin was shown to possess other therapeutically useful properties that include extracellular matrix remodeling, anti-inflammatory, anti-ischemic and angiogenic effects. All these findings make relaxin a potential drug for diverse medical applications. Its precursor, pro-relaxin, is an 18 kDa protein, that shows activity in in vitro assays. Since extraction of relaxin from animal tissues raises several issues, prokaryotes and eukaryotes were both used as expression systems for recombinant relaxin production...
January 14, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087421/physiology-anaerobes-and-the-origin-of-mitosing-cells-50-years-on
#7
William F Martin
Endosymbiotic theory posits that some organelles or structures of eukaryotic cells stem from free-living prokaryotes that became endosymbionts within a host cell. Endosymbiosis has a long and turbulent history of controversy and debate going back over 100 years. The 1967 paper by Lynn Sagan (later Lynn Margulis) forced a reluctant field to take endosymbiotic theory seriously and to incorporate it into the fabric of evolutionary thinking. Margulis envisaged three cellular partners associating in series at eukaryotic origin: the host (an engulfing bacterium), the mitochondrion (a respiring bacterium), and the flagellum (a spirochaete), with lineages descended from that flagellated eukaryote subsequently acquiring plastids from cyanobacteria, but on multiple different occasions in her 1967 account...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087335/the-lower-alkyl-methacrylates-genotoxic-profile-of-non-carcinogenic-compounds
#8
Richard J Albertini
All of the lower alkyl methacrylates are high production chemicals with potential for human exposure. The genotoxicity of seven mono-functional alkyl esters of methacrylic acid, i.e. methyl methacrylate, ethyl methacrylate, hydroxyethyl methacrylate, n-, i- and t-butyl methacrylate and 2 ethyl hexyl methacrylate, as well as methacrylic acid itself, the acyl component common to all, is reviewed and compared with the lack of carcinogenicity of methyl methacrylate, the representative member of the series so evaluated...
January 10, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079255/moonlighting-at-replication-forks-a-new-life-for-homologous-recombination-proteins-brca1-brca2-and-rad51
#9
REVIEW
Arun Mouli Kolinjivadi, Vincenzo Sannino, Anna de Antoni, Hervé Técher, Giorgio Baldi, Vincenzo Costanzo
Coordination between DNA replication and DNA repair ensures maintenance of genome integrity, which is lost in cancer cells. Emerging evidence has linked Homologous Recombination (HR) proteins RAD51, BRCA1 and BRCA2 to the stability of nascent DNA. This function appears to be distinct from Double Strand Break (DSB) repair and is in part due to the prevention of MRE11-mediated degradation of nascent DNA at stalled forks. The role of RAD51 in fork protection resembles the activity described for its prokaryotic ortholog RecA, which prevents nuclease-mediated degradation of DNA and promotes replication fork restart in cells challenged by DNA damaging agents...
January 12, 2017: FEBS Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075556/biosynthesis-of-the-methylthioxylose-capping-motif-of-lipoarabinomannan-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#10
Shiva Kumar Angala, Michael R McNeil, Libin Shi, Maju Joe, Ha Pham, Sophie Zuberogoitia, Jerome Nigou, Claudia M Boot, Todd L Lowary, Martine Gilleron, Mary Jackson
Lipoarabinomannan (LAM) is a lipoglycan found in abundant quantities in the cell envelope of all mycobacteria. The non-reducing arabinan termini of LAM display species-specific structural micro-heterogeneity that impacts the biological activity of the entire molecule. Mycobacterium tuberculosis, for instance, produces mannoside caps made of one to three α(1→2)-Manp-linked residues that may be further substituted with an α(1→4)-linked methylthio-D-xylose (MTX) residue. While the biological functions and catalytic steps leading to the formation of the mannoside caps of M...
January 11, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075401/anti-neuroblastoma-properties-of-a-recombinant-sunflower-lectin
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Marcela Pinedo, Melanie Genoula, María Ximena Silveyra, André De Oliveira Carvalho, Mariana Regente, Marianela Del Río, Júlia Ribeiro Soares, Valdirene Moreira Gomes, Laura De La Canal
According to their sugar recognition specificity, plant lectins are proposed as bioactive proteins with potential in cancer treatment and diagnosis. Helja is a mannose-specific jacalin-like lectin from sunflower which was shown to inhibit the growth of certain fungi. Here, we report its recombinant expression in a prokaryotic system and its activity in neurobalstoma cells. Helja coding sequence was fused to the pET-32 EK/LIC, the enterokinase/Ligation-independent cloning vector and a 35 kDa protein was obtained in Escherichia coli representing Helja coupled to thioredoxin (Trx)...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074021/the-assimilation-of-diazotroph-derived-nitrogen-by-scleractinian-corals-depends-on-their-metabolic-status
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Vanessa N Bednarz, Renaud Grover, Jean-François Maguer, Maoz Fine, Christine Ferrier-Pagès
: Tropical corals are associated with a diverse community of dinitrogen (N2)-fixing prokaryotes (diazotrophs) providing the coral an additional source of bioavailable nitrogen (N) in oligotrophic waters. The overall activity of these diazotrophs changes depending on the current environmental conditions, but to what extent it affects the assimilation of diazotroph-derived N (DDN) by corals is still unknown. Here, in a series of (15)N2 tracer experiments, we directly quantified DDN assimilation by scleractinian corals from the Red Sea exposed to different environmental conditions...
January 10, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070216/metabolism-in-anoxic-permeable-sediments-is-dominated-by-eukaryotic-dark-fermentation
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Michael F Bourke, Philip J Marriott, Ronnie N Glud, Harald Hasler-Sheetal, Manoj Kamalanathan, John Beardall, Chris Greening, Perran L M Cook
Permeable sediments are common across continental shelves and are critical contributors to marine biogeochemical cycling. Organic matter in permeable sediments is dominated by microalgae, which as eukaryotes have different anaerobic metabolic pathways to prokaryotes such as bacteria and archaea. Here we present analyses of flow-through reactor experiments showing that dissolved inorganic carbon is produced predominantly as a result of anaerobic eukaryotic metabolic activity. In our experiments, anaerobic production of dissolved inorganic carbon was consistently accompanied by large dissolved H2 production rates, suggesting the presence of fermentation...
January 2017: Nature Geoscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069824/arta-dependent-processing-of-a-tat-substrate-containing-a-conserved-tripartite-structure-that-is-not-localized-at-the-c-terminus
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Mohd Farid Abdul Halim, Jonathan D Stoltzfus, Stefan Schulze, Micheal Hippler, Mechthild Pohlschroder
: Most prokaryotic secreted proteins are transported to the cell surface using either the general secretion (Sec) or twin arginine translocation (Tat) pathway. A majority of secreted proteins are anchored to the cell surface while the remainder are released into the extracellular environment. The anchored surface proteins play a variety of important roles in cellular processes, ranging from facilitating interactions between cells to maintaining cell stability. The extensively studied S-layer glycoprotein (SLG) of Haloferax volcanii, previously thought to be anchored via C-terminal intercalation into the membrane, was recently shown to be lipidated and to have its C-terminal segment removed in processes dependent upon archaeosortase A (ArtA), a recently discovered enzyme...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069822/transcriptional-activation-of-virulence-genes-of-rhizobium-etli
#15
Luyao Wang, Benoît Lacroix, Jianhua Guo, Vitaly Citovsky
Recently, Rhizobium etli has emerged, in addition to Agrobacterium spp., as a prokaryotic species that encodes a functional machinery for DNA transfer to plant cells. To understand this R. etli-mediated genetic transformation, it would be useful to define how its vir genes respond to the host plants. Here, we explored the transcriptional activation of the vir genes contained on the R. etli p42a plasmid. Using a reporter construct harboring lacZ under the control of the R. etli virE promoter, we showed that the signal phenolic molecule acetosyringone (AS) induced R...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069752/microbiome-modulated-metabolites-at-the-interface-of-host-immunity
#16
REVIEW
Eran Blacher, Maayan Levy, Evgeny Tatirovsky, Eran Elinav
The mammalian gastrointestinal tract and associated mucosal immune system harbor a large repertoire of metabolites of prokaryotic and eukaryotic origin that play important roles in eukaryotic development and physiology. These often bioactive small molecules originate from nutrition- and environmental-related sources, or are endogenously produced and modulated by the host and its microbiota. A complex network of interactions exists between the intestinal mucosal immune system and the microbiota. This intimate cross-talk may be driven by metabolite secretion and signaling, and features profound influences on host immunity and physiology, including the endocrine, metabolic, and nervous system function in health and disease...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065316/single-molecule-measurements-to-study-polymerization-dynamics-of-ftsz-ftsa-copolymers
#17
N Baranova, M Loose
Bacterial cytokinesis is commonly initiated by the Z-ring, a dynamic cytoskeletal structure that assembles at the site of division. Its primary component is FtsZ, a tubulin-like GTPase, that like its eukaryotic relative forms protein filaments in the presence of GTP. Since the discovery of the Z-ring 25years ago, various models for the role of FtsZ have been suggested. However, important information about the architecture and dynamics of FtsZ filaments during cytokinesis is still missing. One reason for this lack of knowledge has been the small size of bacteria, which has made it difficult to resolve the orientation and dynamics of individual FtsZ filaments in the Z-ring...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061858/cytotoxic-effects-of-nanosilver-are-highly-dependent-on-the-chloride-concentration-and-the-presence-of-organic-compounds-in-the-cell-culture-media
#18
Jean-Pierre Kaiser, Matthias Roesslein, Liliane Diener, Adrian Wichser, Bernd Nowack, Peter Wick
BACKGROUND: Nanosilver shows great promise for use in industrial, consumer or medical products because of its antimicrobial properties. However, the underlying mechanisms of the effects of silver nanoparticles on human cells are still controversial. Therefore, in the present study the influence of the chloride concentration and different serum content of culture media on the cytotoxic effects of nanosilver was systematically evaluated. RESULTS: Our results show that nanosilver toxicity was strongly affected by the composition of the culture media...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059071/structural-and-mechanistic-basis-of-proton-coupled-metal-ion-transport-in-the-slc11-nramp-family
#19
Ines A Ehrnstorfer, Cristina Manatschal, Fabian M Arnold, Juerg Laederach, Raimund Dutzler
Secondary active transporters of the SLC11/NRAMP family catalyse the uptake of iron and manganese into cells. These proteins are highly conserved across all kingdoms of life and thus likely share a common transport mechanism. Here we describe the structural and functional properties of the prokaryotic SLC11 transporter EcoDMT. Its crystal structure reveals a previously unknown outward-facing state of the protein family. In proteoliposomes EcoDMT mediates proton-coupled uptake of manganese at low micromolar concentrations...
January 6, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057708/development-of-an-in-vitro-pig-a-gene-mutation-assay-in-human-cells
#20
Benjamin J Rees, Matthew Tate, Anthony M Lynch, Catherine A Thornton, Gareth J Jenkins, Richard M Walmsley, George E Johnson
Mutagens can be carcinogens, and traditionally, they have been identified in vitro using the Salmonella 'Ames' reverse mutation assay. However, prokaryotic DNA packaging, replication and repair systems are mechanistically very different to those in the humans we inevitably seek to protect. Therefore, for many years, mammalian cell line genotoxicity assays that can detect eukaryotic mutagens as well as clastogens and aneugens have been used. The apparent lack of specificity in these largely rodent systems, due partly to their mutant p53 status, has contributed to the use of animal studies to resolve data conflicts...
January 4, 2017: Mutagenesis
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