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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547780/advances-in-molecular-engineering-of-carbohydrate-binding-modules
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REVIEW
Silvia Armenta, Silvia Moreno-Mendieta, Zaira Sánchez-Cuapio, Sergio Sánchez, Romina Rodríguez-Sanoja
Carbohydrate-binding modules (CBMs) are non-catalytic domains that are generally appended to carbohydrate-active enzymes. CBMs have a broadly conserved structure that allows recognition of a notable variety of carbohydrates, in both their soluble and insoluble forms, as well as in their alpha and beta conformations and with different types of bonds or substitutions. This versatility suggests a high functional plasticity that is not yet clearly understood, in spite of the important number of studies relating protein structure and function...
May 25, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547754/impact-of-igg-fc-oligosaccharides-on-recombinant-monoclonal-antibody-structure-stability-safety-and-efficacy
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REVIEW
Hongcheng Liu, Christine Nowak, Bruce Andrien, Mei Shao, Gomathinayagam Ponniah, Alyssa Neill
Glycosylation of the conserved asparagine residue in the CH2 domain is the most common posttranslational modification of recombinant monoclonal antibodies. Ideally, a consistent oligosaccharide profile should be maintained from early clinical material to commercial material for the development of recombinant monoclonal therapeutics, though variation in the profile is a typical result of process changes. The risk of oligosaccharide variation posed to further development is required to be thoroughly evaluated based on its impact on antibody structure, stability, efficacy and safety...
May 25, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547747/deciphering-common-recognition-principles-of-nucleoside-mono-di-and-tri-phosphates-binding-in-diverse-proteins-via-structural-matching-of-their-binding-sites
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Raghu Bhagavat, Narayanaswamy Srinivasan, Nagasuma Chandra
Nucleoside triphosphate (NTP) ligands are of high biological importance and essential for all life forms. A pre-requisite for them to participate in diverse biochemical processes is their recognition by diverse proteins. It is thus of great interest to understand the basis for such recognition in different proteins. Towards this, we have employed a structural bioinformatics approach and analyse structures of 4677 NTP complexes available in PDB. Binding sites were extracted and compared exhaustively by using PocketMatch, a sensitive in-house site comparison algorithm, which resulted in grouping the entire dataset into 27 site-types...
May 25, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546807/isolation-of-biologically-active-peptides-from-the-venom-of-japanese-carpenter-bee-xylocopa-appendiculata
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Hiroko Kawakami, Shin G Goto, Kazuya Murata, Hideaki Matsuda, Yasushi Shigeri, Tomohiro Imura, Hidetoshi Inagaki, Tetsuro Shinada
BACKGROUND: Mass spectrometry-guided venom peptide profiling is a powerful tool to explore novel substances from venomous animals in a highly sensitive manner. In this study, this peptide profiling approach is successfully applied to explore the venom peptides of a Japanese solitary carpenter bee, Xylocopa appendiculata (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Apidae: Anthophila: Xylocopinae: Xylocopini). Although interesting biological effects of the crude venom of carpenter bees have been reported, the structure and biological function of the venom peptides have not been elucidated yet...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546653/biosocial-conservation-integrating-biological-and-ethnographic-methods-to-study-human-primate-interactions
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Joanna M Setchell, Emilie Fairet, Kathryn Shutt, Siân Waters, Sandra Bell
Biodiversity conservation is one of the grand challenges facing society. Many people interested in biodiversity conservation have a background in wildlife biology. However, the diverse social, cultural, political, and historical factors that influence the lives of people and wildlife can be investigated fully only by incorporating social science methods, ideally within an interdisciplinary framework. Cultural hierarchies of knowledge and the hegemony of the natural sciences create a barrier to interdisciplinary understandings...
2017: International Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545438/investigation-of-antioxidant-antimicrobial-and-toxicity-activities-of-lichens-from-high-altitude-regions-of-nepal
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Baidya Nath Jha, Mitesh Shrestha, Durga Prasad Pandey, Tribikram Bhattarai, Hari Datta Bhattarai, Babita Paudel
BACKGROUND: Several lichen species are reported to be used tradiationally in many theraupatic practices. Many lichen species are reported as sources of several bioactive natural compounds. Several lichen species of Nepal are so far chemically unexplored. METHODS: The morphological, anatomical and phytochemical characteristics of lichens were compared for the taxonomic identification of the species. Methanol- water extract of lichens were sub fractionated into hexane, dichloromethane and methanol fractions for bioactivity assays...
May 25, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545397/jed-a-java-essential-dynamics-program-for-comparative-analysis-of-protein-trajectories
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Charles C David, Ettayapuram Ramaprasad Azhagiya Singam, Donald J Jacobs
BACKGROUND: Essential Dynamics (ED) is a common application of principal component analysis (PCA) to extract biologically relevant motions from atomic trajectories of proteins. Covariance and correlation based PCA are two common approaches to determine PCA modes (eigenvectors) and their eigenvalues. Protein dynamics can be characterized in terms of Cartesian coordinates or internal distance pairs. In understanding protein dynamics, a comparison of trajectories taken from a set of proteins for similarity assessment provides insight into conserved mechanisms...
May 25, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545025/oncogenic-mnk-signalling-regulates-the-metastasis-suppressor-ndrg1
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Shuye Tian, Xuemin Wang, Christopher G Proud
The protein N-myc down-regulated gene 1 (NDRG1) represses tumour metastasis. It is phosphorylated at several sites by serum and glucocorticoid-regulated kinase 1 (SGK1). Here we show that NDRG1 is also regulated by the oncogenic MAP kinase-interacting kinase (MNK) pathway, a target for cancer therapy.Inhibiting MNKs increases the expression of NDRG1 protein and mRNA in breast cancer cells. MNK inhibition also decreases the phosphorylation of NDRG1. Phosphorylation of NDRG1 is reduced in cells lacking MNK1, but not MNK2-knockout cells, indicating that NDRG1 phosphorylation is a specific target for MNK1...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544880/systems-wide-studies-uncover-commander-a-multiprotein-complex-essential-to-human-development
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REVIEW
Anna L Mallam, Edward M Marcotte
Recent mass spectrometry maps of the human interactome independently support the existence of a large multiprotein complex, dubbed "Commander." Broadly conserved across animals and ubiquitously expressed in nearly every human cell type examined thus far, Commander likely plays a fundamental cellular function, akin to other ubiquitous machines involved in expression, proteostasis, and trafficking. Experiments on individual subunits support roles in endosomal protein sorting, including the trafficking of Notch proteins, copper transporters, and lipoprotein receptors...
May 24, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544675/cyclotides-overview-and-biotechnological-applications
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REVIEW
Andrew Gould, Julio A Camarero
Cyclotides are globular microproteins with a unique head-to-tail cyclized backbone, stabilized by three disulfide bonds forming a cystine knot. This unique circular backbone topology and knotted arrangement of three disulfide bonds makes them exceptionally stable to chemical, thermal, and biological degradation compared to other peptides of similar size. In addition, cyclotides have been shown to be highly tolerant to sequence variability, aside from the conserved residues forming the cystine knot. Cyclotides can also cross cellular membranes and are able to modulate intracellular protein-protein interactions, both in vitro and in vivo...
May 24, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544438/genome-wide-identification-characterization-and-evolution-of-cuticular-protein-genes-in-the-malaria-vector-anopheles-sinensis-diptera-culicidae
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Bai-Qi Liu, Liang Qiao, Qi-Yi He, Yong Zhou, Shuang Ren, Bin Chen
Thirteen cuticular proteins (CPs) families have been recognized in arthropods. In this study, 250 Anopheles sinensis CP genes were identified and named based on genome and transcriptome sequences. They were classified into 10 families based on motifs and phylogenetic analyses. In 11 other insect species, 9 had CP numbers > 150 while Apis mellifera and Tribolium castaneum had CP numbers less than 52. The CPs of 8 species occupied > 1.4% of the total genomic gene number whereas in 3 species the CPs occupied < 1%...
May 24, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544181/the-k-2-conundrum
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Jasmine K Janes, Joshua M Miller, Julian R Dupuis, René M Malenfant, Jamieson C Gorrell, Catherine I Cullingham, Rose L Andrew
Assessments of population genetic structure have become an increasing focus as they can provide valuable insight into patterns of migration and gene flow. STRUCTURE, the most highly cited of several clustering-based methods, was developed to provide robust estimates without the need for populations to be determined a priori. STRUCTURE introduces the problem of selecting the optimal number of clusters and as a result the ΔK method was proposed to assist in the identification of the 'true' number of clusters...
May 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543403/decellularized-human-liver-is-too-heterogeneous-for-designing-a-generic-extracellular-matrix-mimic-hepatic-scaffold
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Giorgio Mattei, Chiara Magliaro, Andrea Pirone, Arti Ahluwalia
Decellularized human livers are considered the perfect extracellular matrix (ECM) surrogate because both three-dimensional architecture and biological features of the hepatic microenvironment are thought to be preserved. However, donor human livers are in chronically short supply, both for transplantation or as decellularized scaffolds, and will become even scarcer as life expectancy increases. It is hence of interest to determine the structural and biochemical properties of human hepatic ECM to derive design criteria for engineering biomimetic scaffolds...
May 23, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543362/commd1-a-multifunctional-regulatory-protein
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Mario Riera Romo
The COMMD Protein Family is highly conserved among multicellular eukaryotic organisms and many orthologs of human COMMD genes have been found in different species of plants, invertebrates, lower vertebrates and mammals. COMMD1 is the best characterized member of the family and is conserved among vertebrates. This protein represents a pleiotropic factor involved in the regulation of many cellular and physiological processes that include copper and cholesterol homeostasis, ionic transport, oxidative stress, protein aggregation, protein trafficking, NF-κB-mediated transcription, hypoxia induced transcription, DNA damage response and oncogenesis...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542850/reproductive-biology-of-black-seabream-acanthopagrus-schlegelii-threadfin-porgy-evynnis-cardinalis-and-red-pargo-pagrus-major-in-the-northern-south-china-sea-with-consideration-of-fishery-status-and-management-needs
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C S W Law, Y Sadovy de Mitcheson
The reproductive biology of three commercially significant seabream species (family: Sparidae) Acanthopagrus schlegelii, Evynnis cardinalis and Pagrus major, taken from Hong Kong and adjacent northern South China Sea (SCS) waters, were investigated for their sexual patterns, spawning seasons, length at maturity and exploitation in relation to their conservation and management status. Histological analysis showed E. cardinalis and P. major to be functionally gonochoristic, the latter having a bisexual juvenile stage and being a rudimentary hermaphrodite...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542462/a-human-monocytic-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-fluorescent-reporter-cell-line-for-detection-of-microbial-contaminants-in-biological-samples
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Claire Battin, Annika Hennig, Patrick Mayrhofer, Renate Kunert, Gerhard J Zlabinger, Peter Steinberger, Wolfgang Paster
Sensing of pathogens by innate immune cells is essential for the initiation of appropriate immune responses. Toll-like receptors (TLRs), which are highly sensitive for various structurally and evolutionary conserved molecules derived from microbes have a prominent role in this process. TLR engagement results in the activation of the transcription factor NF-κB, which induces the expression of cytokines and other inflammatory mediators. The exquisite sensitivity of TLR signalling can be exploited for the detection of bacteria and microbial contaminants in tissue cultures and in protein preparations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541666/unveiling-the-molecular-structure-of-pulmonary-surfactant-corona-on-nanoparticles
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Qinglin Hu, Xuan Bai, Guoqing Hu, Yi Y Zuo
The growing risk of human exposure to airborne nanoparticles (NPs) causes a general concern on the biosafety of nanotechnology. Inhaled NPs can deposit in the deep lung at which interacting with the pulmonary surfactant (PS). Despite the increasing study of nano-bio interactions, detailed molecular mechanisms by which inhaled NPs interact with the natural PS system remain unclear. Using coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation, we studied the interaction between NPs and the PS system in the alveolar fluid...
May 25, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541545/kr%C3%A3-ppel-like-factors-compete-for-promoters-and-enhancers-to-fine-tune-transcription
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Melissa D Ilsley, Kevin R Gillinder, Graham W Magor, Stephen Huang, Timothy L Bailey, Merlin Crossley, Andrew C Perkins
Krüppel-like factors (KLFs) are a family of 17 transcription factors characterized by a conserved DNA-binding domain of three zinc fingers and a variable N-terminal domain responsible for recruiting cofactors. KLFs have diverse functions in stem cell biology, embryo patterning, and tissue homoeostasis. KLF1 and related family members function as transcriptional activators via recruitment of co-activators such as EP300, whereas KLF3 and related members act as transcriptional repressors via recruitment of C-terminal Binding Proteins...
May 24, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541511/molecular-association-of-arabidopsis-rth-with-its-homolog-rte1-in-regulating-ethylene-signaling
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Fangfang Zheng, Xiankui Cui, Maximo Rivarola, Ting Gao, Caren Chang, Chun-Hai Dong
The plant hormone ethylene affects many biological processes during plant growth and development. Ethylene is perceived by ethylene receptors at the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane. The ETR1 ethylene receptor is positively regulated by the transmembrane protein RTE1, which localizes to the ER and Golgi apparatus. The RTE1 gene family is conserved in animals, plants, and lower eukaryotes. In Arabidopsis, RTE1-HOMOLOG (RTH) is the only homolog of the Arabidopsis RTE1 gene family. The regulatory function of the Arabidopsis RTH in ethylene signaling and plant growth is largely unknown...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541404/m2align-parallel-multiple-sequence-alignment-with-a-multi-objective-metaheuristic
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Cristian Zambrano-Vega, Antonio J Nebro, José García-Nieto, José F Aldana Montes
Motivation: Multiple Sequence Alignment (MSA) is an NP-complete optimization problem found in computational biology, where the time complexity of finding an optimal alignment raises exponentially along with the number of sequences and their lengths. Additionally, to assess the quality of a MSA, a number of objectives can be taken into account, such as maximizing the sum-of-pairs, maximizing the totally conserved columns, minimizing the number of gaps, or maximizing structural information based scores such as STRIKE...
May 24, 2017: Bioinformatics
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