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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441577/membrane-vesicles-and-horizontal-gene-transfer-in-prokaryotes
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REVIEW
Sara Domingues, Kaare M Nielsen
Membrane vesicles (MVs) are released from all living cells. MVs are lumen-containing spheres of lipid-bilayers derived from the cell surface. MVs are biologically active and contain various components, including genetic material. Both chromosomal and plasmid DNA, as well as different types of RNA have been detected in MVs. Vesicle-mediated transfer of genes coding for antibiotic resistance, virulence and metabolic traits has been reported in Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria and in Archaea. MVs can persist over time in natural environments...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441401/ancient-genes-establish-stress-induced-mutation-as-a-hallmark-of-cancer
#2
Luis Cisneros, Kimberly J Bussey, Adam J Orr, Milica Miočević, Charles H Lineweaver, Paul Davies
Cancer is sometimes depicted as a reversion to single cell behavior in cells adapted to live in a multicellular assembly. If this is the case, one would expect that mutation in cancer disrupts functional mechanisms that suppress cell-level traits detrimental to multicellularity. Such mechanisms should have evolved with or after the emergence of multicellularity. This leads to two related, but distinct hypotheses: 1) Somatic mutations in cancer will occur in genes that are younger than the emergence of multicellularity (1000 million years [MY]); and 2) genes that are frequently mutated in cancer and whose mutations are functionally important for the emergence of the cancer phenotype evolved within the past 1000 million years, and thus would exhibit an age distribution that is skewed to younger genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439409/serial-deletion-reveals-structural-basis-and-stability-for-the-core-enzyme-activity-of-human-glutaminase-1-isoforms-relevance-to-excitotoxic-neurodegeneration
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Yuju Li, Justin Peer, Runze Zhao, Yinghua Xu, Beiqing Wu, Yi Wang, Changhai Tian, Yunlong Huang, Jialin Zheng
BACKGROUND: Glutaminase 1 is a phosphate-activated metabolic enzyme that catalyzes the first step of glutaminolysis, which converts glutamine into glutamate. Glutamate is the major neurotransmitter of excitatory synapses, executing important physiological functions in the central nervous system. There are two isoforms of glutaminase 1, KGA and GAC, both of which are generated through alternative splicing from the same gene. KGA and GAC both transcribe 1-14 exons in the N-terminal, but each has its unique C-terminal in the coding sequence...
2017: Translational Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432259/probing-native-metal-ion-association-sites-through-quenching-of-fluorophores-in-the-nucleotide-binding-domains-of-the-abc-transporter-msba
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Daiki Tatsumi, Kei Nanatani, Yuto Koike, Kiyoto Kamagata, Satoshi Takahashi, Ayumu Konno, Tadaomi Furuta, Minoru Sakurai, Nobuyuki Uozumi
ATP binding cassette (ABC) transporters are ubiquitously present in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Binding of ATP to the nucleotide binding domains (NBDs) elicits major conformational changes of the transporters resulting in the transport of the substrate across the membrane. The availability of a crystal structure of the NBDs enabled us to elucidate the local structure and small-scale dynamics in the NBDs. Here, we labeled the ABC transporter MsbA, a homodimeric flippase from E. coli , with a fluorescent probe, Alexa532, within the NBDs...
April 21, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430982/evidence-of-nuclei-encoded-spliceosome-mediating-splicing-of-mitochondrial-rna
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Roberto H Herai, Priscilla D Negraes, Alysson R Muotri
Mitochondria are thought to have originated as free-living prokaryotes. Mitochondria organelles have small circular genomes with substantial structural (absence of histones and introns) and genetic similarity to bacteria. Contrary to the prevailing concept of intronless mitochondria, here we present evidences that mitochondrial RNA transcripts (mtRNA) are not limited to policystronic molecules, but also processed as nuclei-like transcripts that are differentially spliced and expressed in a cell-type specific manner...
April 19, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427325/global-analysis-of-protein-lysine-succinylation-profiles-in-common-wheat
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Yumei Zhang, Guangyuan Wang, Limin Song, Ping Mu, Shu Wang, Wenxing Liang, Qi Lin
BACKGROUND: Protein lysine succinylation is an important post-translational modification and plays a critical regulatory role in almost every aspects of cell metabolism in both eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Common wheat is one of the major global cereal crops. However, to date, little is known about the functions of lysine succinylation in this plant. Here, we performed a global analysis of lysine succinylation in wheat and examined its overlap with lysine acetylation. RESULTS: In total, 330 lysine succinylated modification sites were identified in 173 proteins...
April 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425565/immunolocalization-of-jian-carp-cyprinus-carpio-var-jian-cathepsin-b-cloning-expression-characterization-and-antibody-preparation
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Shu-Hong Li, Ran Li, Hai-Xia Zhong, Xiu-Hua Chen, Ai-Ping Liu, Juan Yang, Qiang Hu, Qin-Qin Ke, Mei-Liang Li
Cathepsin B (CatB) cDNA of 759 bp from Jian carp (Cyprinus carpio var. Jian) with amino acid similarity of 99.6% to common carp was cloned. The mature CatB was expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 transferred with vector CatB-pET-30a. It was purified and identified as a single band (29 kDa) on SDS-PAGE. Optimum CatB activity was observed at 40 °C and pH 5.5. Mouse anti-CatB polyclonal antibody with a high titer of 1:256000 was prepared successfully and shown to specifically recognize the antigen both in prokaryotic cells and in the tissues of Jian carp according to western blotting and immunohistochemistry results...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423214/plasmodium-falciparum-otu-like-cysteine-protease-pfotu-is-essential-for-apicoplast-homeostasis-and-associates-with-non-canonical-role-of-atg8
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Gaurav Datta, Mohammad E Hossain, Mohd Asad, Sumit Rathore, Asif Mohmmed
The metabolic pathways associated with the mitochondrion and the apicoplast in Plasmodium, two parasite organelles of prokaryotic origin, are considered as suitable drug targets. In the present study, we have identified functional role of a novel OTU domain containing cysteine protease of Plasmodium falciparum (PfOTU). A C-terminal regulatable fluorescent affinity (RFA) tag on native protein was utilized for its localization and functional characterization. Detailed studies showed vesicular localization of PfOTU, and its association with the apicoplast...
April 18, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420878/synergistic-antimicrobial-effects-of-silver-transition-metal-combinatorial-treatments
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Javier A Garza-Cervantes, Arturo Chávez-Reyes, Elena C Castillo, Gerardo García-Rivas, Oscar Antonio Ortega-Rivera, Eva Salinas, Margarita Ortiz-Martínez, Sara Leticia Gómez-Flores, Jorge A Peña-Martínez, Alan Pepi-Molina, Mario T Treviño-González, Xristo Zarate, María Elena Cantú-Cárdenas, Carlos Enrique Escarcega-Gonzalez, J Rubén Morones-Ramírez
Due to the emergence of multi-drug resistant strains, development of novel antibiotics has become a critical issue. One promising approach is the use of transition metals, since they exhibit rapid and significant toxicity, at low concentrations, in prokaryotic cells. Nevertheless, one main drawback of transition metals is their toxicity in eukaryotic cells. Here, we show that the barriers to use them as therapeutic agents could be mitigated by combining them with silver. We demonstrate that synergism of combinatorial treatments (Silver/transition metals, including Zn, Co, Cd, Ni, and Cu) increases up to 8-fold their antimicrobial effect, when compared to their individual effects, against E...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418382/structure-of-the-hexagonal-surface-layer-on-caulobacter-crescentus-cells
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Tanmay A M Bharat, Danguole Kureisaite-Ciziene, Gail G Hardy, Ellen W Yu, Jessica M Devant, Wim J H Hagen, Yves V Brun, John A G Briggs, Jan Löwe
Many prokaryotic cells are encapsulated by a surface layer (S-layer) consisting of repeating units of S-layer proteins. S-layer proteins are a diverse class of molecules found in Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria and most archaea(1-5). S-layers protect cells from the outside, provide mechanical stability and also play roles in pathogenicity. In situ structural information about this highly abundant class of proteins is scarce, so atomic details of how S-layers are arranged on the surface of cells have remained elusive...
April 18, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416680/using-microsecond-single-molecule-fret-to-determine-the-assembly-pathways-of-t4-ssdna-binding-protein-onto-model-dna-replication-forks
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Carey Phelps, Brett Israels, Davis Jose, Morgan C Marsh, Peter H von Hippel, Andrew H Marcus
DNA replication is a core biological process that occurs in prokaryotic cells at high speeds (∼1 nucleotide residue added per millisecond) and with high fidelity (fewer than one misincorporation event per 10(7) nucleotide additions). The ssDNA binding protein [gene product 32 (gp32)] of the T4 bacteriophage is a central integrating component of the replication complex that must continuously bind to and unbind from transiently exposed template strands during DNA synthesis. We here report microsecond single-molecule FRET (smFRET) measurements on Cy3/Cy5-labeled primer-template (p/t) DNA constructs in the presence of gp32...
April 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412830/expression-and-immunogenicity-of-vp40-protein-of-zebov
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Yinbiao Wang, Xiao Liu, Ling Tao, Pengwei Xu, Xia Gao, Huijun Li, Zhongzhi Yang, Weidong Wu
BACKGROUND: EBOV outbreaks continue to threaten the world due to the absence of effective vaccines and therapeutics. Easy-to-use and rapid diagnostic tests for EBOV are highly desired for prevention and control of the EVD epidemic. METHODS: Escherichia coli expression system was used to express VP40 protein of Zaire Ebola virus (ZEBOV) as water-soluble protein upon optimization of temperature, time, and IPTG concentration. VP40 protein was purified through Ni-NTA affinity chromatography and applied to immunize rabbits for immunogenicity analysis...
April 2017: Archives of Iranian Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411186/direct-antimicrobial-activity-of-ifn-%C3%AE
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Amber Kaplan, Michelle W Lee, Andrea J Wolf, Jose J Limon, Courtney A Becker, Minna Ding, Ramachandran Murali, Ernest Y Lee, George Y Liu, Gerard C L Wong, David M Underhill
Type I IFNs are a cytokine family essential for antiviral defense. More recently, type I IFNs were shown to be important during bacterial infections. In this article, we show that, in addition to known cytokine functions, IFN-β is antimicrobial. Parts of the IFN-β molecular surface (especially helix 4) are cationic and amphipathic, both classic characteristics of antimicrobial peptides, and we observed that IFN-β can directly kill Staphylococcus aureus Further, a mutant S. aureus that is more sensitive to antimicrobial peptides was killed more efficiently by IFN-β than was the wild-type S...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409665/monoclonal-antibody-against-premembrane-viral-protein-of-avian-tembusu-virus
#14
Xiaozhi Huang, Tingting Shi, Kaikun Mo, Dandan Wang, Xing Peng, Min Liao, Jiyong Zhou
Premembrane (prM) is a viral protein of flavivirus, which is important for the generation of infectious virion and for virus infection to the host. However, the biological properties and function of the prM of Avian Tembusu virus (ATMUV) have scarcely been studied to date. Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are a powerful tool for functional analysis of viral protein. To produce a mAb against prM protein of ATMUV, the prM gene sequence was amplified by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and cloned into the prokaryotic expression vector pET-28a (+)...
April 14, 2017: Monoclonal Antibodies in Immunodiagnosis and Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409299/spatiotemporal-models-of-the-asymmetric-division-cycle-of-caulobacter-crescentus
#15
Kartik Subramanian, John J Tyson
The spatial localization of proteins within the cytoplasm of bacteria is an underappreciated but critical aspect of cell cycle regulation for many prokaryotes. In Caulobacter crescentus-a model organism for the study of asymmetric cell reproduction in prokaryotes-heterogeneous localization of proteins has been identified as the underlying cause of asymmetry in cell morphology, DNA replication, and cell division. However, significant questions remain. Firstly, the mechanisms by which proteins localize in the organelle-free prokaryotic cytoplasm remain obscure...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409190/methyl-accepting-chemotaxis-proteins-a-core-sensing-element-in-prokaryotes-and-archaea
#16
REVIEW
Abu Iftiaf Md Salah Ud-Din, Anna Roujeinikova
Chemotaxis is the directed motility by means of which microbes sense chemical cues and relocate towards more favorable environments. Methyl-accepting chemotaxis proteins (MCPs) are the most common receptors in bacteria and archaea. They are arranged as trimers of dimers that, in turn, form hexagonal arrays in the cytoplasmic membrane or in the cytoplasm. Several different classes of MCPs have been identified according to their ligand binding region and membrane topology. MCPs have been further classified based on the length and sequence conservation of their cytoplasmic domains...
April 13, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408783/prokaryotic-expression-of-the-extracellular-domain-of-porcine-programmed-death-1-pd-1-and-its-ligand-pd-l1-and-identification-of-the-binding-with-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-in-vitro
#17
Yan-Ping Zhu, Feng Yue, Yong He, Peng Li, Yuan Yang, Yu-Ting Han, Yan-Fang Zhang, Guo-Peng Sun, Dong-Guang Guo, Mei Yin, Xuan-Nian Wang
Programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1), a costimulatory molecule of the CD28 family, has 2 ligands, PD-L1 and PD-L2. Our previous studies showed that the expression of PD-1 and PD-L1 is up-regulated during viral infection in pigs. Extensive studies have shown that blockade of the PD-1/PD-L1 pathways by anti-PD-L1 antibody or soluble PD-1 restores exhausted T-cells in humans and mice. In the present study the extracellular domains of PD-1 and PD-L1 were used to evaluate the binding of PD-1 and PD-L1 with peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs)...
April 2017: Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, Revue Canadienne de Recherche Vétérinaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408315/the-corr-hypothesis-for-genes-in-organelles
#18
John F Allen
Chloroplasts and mitochondria perform energy transduction in photosynthesis and respiration. These processes can be described in physico-chemical terms with no obvious requirement for co-located genetic systems, separat from those of the rest of the cell. Accordingly, biochemists once tended to regard endosymbiosis as untestable evolutionary speculation. Lynn Sagan's seminal 1967 paper "On the Origin of Mitosing Cells" outlined the evolution of eukaryotic cells by endosymbiosis of prokaryotes. The endosymbiont hypothesis is consistent with presence of DNA in chloroplasts and mitochondria, but does not assign it a function...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406433/diversity-of-amyloid-motifs-in-nlr-signaling-in-fungi
#19
REVIEW
Antoine Loquet, Sven J Saupe
Amyloid folds not only represent the underlying cause of a large class of human diseases but also display a variety of functional roles both in prokaryote and eukaryote organisms. Among these roles is a recently-described activity in signal transduction cascades functioning in host defense and programmed cell death and involving Nod-like receptors (NLRs). In different fungal species, prion amyloid folds convey activation signals from a receptor protein to an effector domain by an amyloid templating and propagation mechanism...
April 13, 2017: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402886/three-dimensional-super-resolution-in-eukaryotic-cells-using-the-double-helix-point-spread-function
#20
Alexander R Carr, Aleks Ponjavic, Srinjan Basu, James McColl, Ana Mafalda Santos, Simon Davis, Ernest D Laue, David Klenerman, Steven F Lee
Single-molecule localization microscopy, typically based on total internal reflection illumination, has taken our understanding of protein organization and dynamics in cells beyond the diffraction limit. However, biological systems exist in a complicated three-dimensional environment, which has required the development of new techniques, including the double-helix point spread function (DHPSF), to accurately visualize biological processes. The application of the DHPSF approach has so far been limited to the study of relatively small prokaryotic cells...
April 11, 2017: Biophysical Journal
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