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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922006/structural-basis-of-myelin-associated-glycoprotein-adhesion-and-signalling
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Matti F Pronker, Suzanne Lemstra, Joost Snijder, Albert J R Heck, Dominique M E Thies-Weesie, R Jeroen Pasterkamp, Bert J C Janssen
Myelin-associated glycoprotein (MAG) is a myelin-expressed cell-adhesion and bi-directional signalling molecule. MAG maintains the myelin-axon spacing by interacting with specific neuronal glycolipids (gangliosides), inhibits axon regeneration and controls myelin formation. The mechanisms underlying MAG adhesion and signalling are unresolved. We present crystal structures of the MAG full ectodomain, which reveal an extended conformation of five Ig domains and a homodimeric arrangement involving membrane-proximal domains Ig4 and Ig5...
December 6, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915469/myd88-cd79b-and-card11-gene-mutations-in-cd5-positive-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
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Toshifumi Takeuchi, Motoko Yamaguchi, Kyoko Kobayashi, Kana Miyazaki, Isao Tawara, Hiroshi Imai, Ryoichi Ono, Tetsuya Nosaka, Kyosuke Tanaka, Naoyuki Katayama
BACKGROUND: CD5-positive (CD5(+) ) diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is characterized by frequent central nervous system recurrence and a predominant activated B-cell-like nature. Primary DLBCL in sanctuary sites (DLBCL-SS) also demonstrates these features, and >70% of patients harbor myeloid differentiation primary response 88 (MYD88) (L265P) and CD79B mutations. The objective of the current study was to elucidate a possible relationship between CD5(+) DLBCL and DLBCL-SS. METHODS: MYD88, CD79B, CD79A, and caspase recruitment domain family member 11 (CARD11) mutations were examined in samples from 40 patients with CD5(+) DLBCL...
December 4, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915294/insightful-directed-evolution-of-escherichia-coli-quorum-sensing-promoter-region-of-the-lsracdbfg-operon-a-tool-for-synthetic-biology-systems-and-protein-expression
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Pricila Hauk, Kristina Stephens, Ryan Mckay, Chelsea Ryan Virgile, Hana Ueda, Marc Ostermeier, Kyoung-Seok Ryu, Herman O Sintim, William E Bentley
Quorum sensing (QS) regulates many natural phenotypes (e.q. virulence, biofilm formation, antibiotic resistance), and its components, when incorporated into synthetic genetic circuits, enable user-directed phenotypes. We created a library of Escherichia coli lsr operon promoters using error-prone PCR (ePCR) and selected for promoters that provided E. coli with higher tetracycline resistance over the native promoter when placed upstream of the tet(C) gene. Among the fourteen clones identified, we found several mutations in the binding sites of QS repressor, LsrR...
December 1, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915093/discoidin-domain-receptor-1-kinase-activity-is-required-for-regulating-collagen-iv-synthesis
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Corina M Borza, Yan Su, Truc-Linh Tran, Ling Yu, Nick Steyns, Kayla J Temple, Marcin J Skwark, Jens Meiler, Craig W Lindsley, Brennan R Hicks, Birgit Leitinger, Roy Zent, Ambra Pozzi
Discoidin domain receptor 1 (DDR1) is a receptor tyrosine kinase that binds to and is activated by collagens. DDR1 expression increases following kidney injury and accumulating evidence suggests that it contributes to the progression of injury. To this end, deletion of DDR1 is beneficial in ameliorating kidney injury induced by angiotensin infusion, unilateral ureteral obstruction, or nephrotoxic nephritis. Most of the beneficial effects observed in the DDR1-null mice are attributed to reduced inflammatory cell infiltration to the site of injury, suggesting that DDR1 plays a pro-inflammatory effect...
November 30, 2016: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911399/tools-to-study-the-role-of-architectural-protein-hmgb1-in-the-processing-of-helix-distorting-site-specific-dna-interstrand-crosslinks
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Anirban Mukherjee, Karen M Vasquez
High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) protein is a non-histone architectural protein that is involved in regulating many important functions in the genome, such as transcription, DNA replication, and DNA repair. HMGB1 binds to structurally distorted DNA with higher affinity than to canonical B-DNA. For example, we found that HMGB1 binds to DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICLs), which covalently link the two strands of the DNA, cause distortion of the helix, and if left unrepaired can cause cell death. Due to their cytotoxic potential, several ICL-inducing agents are currently used as chemotherapeutic agents in the clinic...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909054/identification-of-a-substrate-selective-exosite-within-the-metalloproteinase-anthrax-lethal-factor
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Allison B Goldberg, Eunice Cho, Chad J Miller, Hua Jane Lou, Benjamin E Turk
The metalloproteinase anthrax lethal factor (LF) is secreted by Bacillus anthracis to promote disease virulence through disruption of host signaling pathways. LF is a highly specific protease, exclusively cleaving mitogen-activated protein kinase kinases (MKKs) and rodent NACHT leucine-rich repeat and pyrin domain containing protein 1B (NLRP1B). How LF achieves such restricted substrate specificity is not understood. Previous studies have suggested the existence of an exosite interaction between LF and MKKs that promotes cleavage efficiency and specificity...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907902/active-5-splice-sites-regulate-the-biogenesis-efficiency-of-arabidopsis-micrornas-derived-from-intron-containing-genes
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Katarzyna Knop, Agata Stepien, Maria Barciszewska-Pacak, Michal Taube, Dawid Bielewicz, Michal Michalak, Jan W Borst, Artur Jarmolowski, Zofia Szweykowska-Kulinska
Arabidopsis, miR402 that is encoded within the first intron of a protein-coding gene At1g77230, is induced by heat stress. Its upregulation correlates with splicing inhibition and intronic proximal polyA site selection. It suggests that miR402 is not processed from an intron, but rather from a shorter transcript after selection of the proximal polyA site within this intron. Recently, introns and active 5' splice sites (5'ss') have been shown to stimulate the accumulation of miRNAs encoded within the first exons of intron-containing MIR genes...
October 5, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907896/harnessing-human-adar2-for-rna-repair-recoding-a-pink1-mutation-rescues-mitophagy
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Jacqueline Wettengel, Philipp Reautschnig, Sven Geisler, Philipp J Kahle, Thorsten Stafforst
Site-directed A-to-I RNA editing is a technology for re-programming genetic information at the RNA-level. We describe here the first design of genetically encodable guideRNAs that enable the re-addressing of human ADAR2 toward specific sites in user-defined mRNA targets. Up to 65% editing yield has been achieved in cell culture for the recoding of a premature Stop codon (UAG) into tryptophan (UIG). In the targeted gene, editing was very specific. We applied the technology to recode a recessive loss-of-function mutation in PINK1 (W437X) in HeLa cells and showed functional rescue of PINK1/Parkin-mediated mitophagy, which is linked to the etiology of Parkinson's disease...
October 7, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907120/structural-and-functional-elucidation-of-yeast-lanosterol-14%C3%AE-demethylase-in-complex-with-agrochemical-antifungals
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Joel D A Tyndall, Manya Sabherwal, Alia A Sagatova, Mikhail V Keniya, Jacopo Negroni, Rajni K Wilson, Matthew A Woods, Klaus Tietjen, Brian C Monk
Azole antifungals, known as demethylase inhibitors (DMIs), target sterol 14α-demethylase (CYP51) in the ergosterol biosynthetic pathway of fungal pathogens of both plants and humans. DMIs remain the treatment of choice in crop protection against a wide range of fungal phytopathogens that have the potential to reduce crop yields and threaten food security. We used a yeast membrane protein expression system to overexpress recombinant hexahistidine-tagged S. cerevisiae lanosterol 14α-demethylase and the Y140F or Y140H mutants of this enzyme as surrogates in order characterize interactions with DMIs...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906130/braf-activates-pax3-to-control-muscle-precursor-cell-migration-during-forelimb-muscle-development
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Jaeyoung Shin, Shuichi Watanabe, Soraya Hoelper, Marcus Krüger, Sawa Kostin, Jochen Pöling, Thomas Kubin, Thomas Braun
Migration of skeletal muscle precursor cells is a key step during limb muscle development and depends on the activity of PAX3 and MET. Here, we demonstrate that BRAF serves a crucial function in formation of limb skeletal muscles during mouse embryogenesis downstream of MET and acts as a potent inducer of myoblast cell migration. We found that a fraction of BRAF accumulates in the nucleus after activation and endosomal transport to a perinuclear position. Mass spectrometry based screening for potential interaction partners revealed that BRAF interacts and phosphorylates PAX3...
December 1, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906101/characterization-of-a-dmd-egfp-reporter-mouse-as-a-tool-to-investigate-dystrophin-expression
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Mina V Petkova, Susanne Morales-Gonzales, Karima Relizani, Esther Gill, Franziska Seifert, Josefine Radke, Werner Stenzel, Luis Garcia, Helge Amthor, Markus Schuelke
BACKGROUND: Dystrophin is a rod-shaped cytoplasmic protein that provides sarcolemmal stability as a structural link between the cytoskeleton and the extracellular matrix via the dystrophin-associated protein complex (DAPC). Mutations in the dystrophin-encoding DMD gene cause X-linked dystrophinopathies with variable phenotypes, the most severe being Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) characterized by progressive muscle wasting and fibrosis. However, dystrophin deficiency does not only impair the function of skeletal and heart muscle but may also affect other organ systems such as the brain, eye, and gastrointestinal tract...
July 5, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902801/achieving-plant-crispr-targeting-that-limits-off-target-effects
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Jeffrey D Wolt, Kan Wang, Dipali Sashital, Carolyn J Lawrence-Dill
The CRISPR-Cas9 system (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats with associated Cas9 protein) has been used to generate targeted changes for direct modification of endogenous genes in an increasing number of plant species; but development of plant genome editing has not yet fully considered potential off-target mismatches that may lead to unintended changes within the genome. Assessing the specificity of CRISPR-Cas9 for increasing editing efficiency as well as the potential for unanticipated downstream effects from off-target mutations is an important regulatory consideration for agricultural applications...
November 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900998/novel-mutations-in-psenen-gene-in-two-chinese-acne-inversa-families-manifested-as-familial-multiple-comedones-and-dowling-degos-disease
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Cheng Zhou, Guang-Dong Wen, Lwin Myint Soe, Hong-Jun Xu, Juan Du, Jian-Zhong Zhang
BACKGROUND: Acne inversa (AI), also called hidradenitis suppurativa, is a chronic, inflammatory, recurrent skin disease of the hair follicle. Familial AI shows autosomal-dominant inheritance caused by mutations in the γ-secretase genes. This study was aimed to identify the specific mutations in the γ-secretase genes in two Chinese families with AI. METHODS: In this study, two Chinese families with AI were investigated. All the affected individuals in the two families mainly manifested with multiple comedones, pitted scars, and a few inflammatory nodules on their face, neck, trunk, axilla, buttocks, upper arms, and thighs...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900369/genomic-profiling-of-multiple-sequentially-acquired-tumor-metastatic-sites-from-an-exceptional-responder-lung-adenocarcinoma-patient-reveals-extensive-genomic-heterogeneity-and-novel-somatic-variants-driving-treatment-response
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Romi Biswas, Shaojian Gao, Constance M Cultraro, Tapan K Maity, Abhilash Venugopalan, Zied Abdullaev, Alexey K Shaytan, Corey A Carter, Anish Thomas, Arun Rajan, Young Song, Stephanie Pitts, Kevin Chen, Sara Bass, Joseph Boland, Ken-Ichi Hanada, Jinqiu Chen, Paul S Meltzer, Anna R Panchenko, James C Yang, Svetlana Pack, Giuseppe Giaccone, David S Schrump, Javed Khan, Udayan Guha
We used next-generation sequencing to identify somatic alterations in multiple metastatic sites from an "exceptional responder" lung adenocarcinoma patient during his 7-yr course of ERBB2-directed therapies. The degree of heterogeneity was unprecedented, with ∼1% similarity between somatic alterations of the lung and lymph nodes. One novel translocation, PLAG1-ACTA2, present in both sites, up-regulated ACTA2 expression. ERBB2, the predominant driver oncogene, was amplified in both sites, more pronounced in the lung, and harbored an L869R mutation in the lymph node...
November 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900363/integration-of-genomics-and-histology-revises-diagnosis-and-enables-effective-therapy-of-refractory-cancer-of-unknown-primary-with-pdl1-amplification
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Stefan Gröschel, Martin Bommer, Barbara Hutter, Jan Budczies, David Bonekamp, Christoph Heining, Peter Horak, Martina Fröhlich, Sebastian Uhrig, Daniel Hübschmann, Christina Geörg, Daniela Richter, Nicole Pfarr, Katrin Pfütze, Stephan Wolf, Peter Schirmacher, Dirk Jäger, Christof von Kalle, Benedikt Brors, Hanno Glimm, Wilko Weichert, Albrecht Stenzinger, Stefan Fröhling
Identification of the tissue of origin in cancer of unknown primary (CUP) poses a diagnostic challenge and is critical for directing site-specific therapy. Currently, clinical decision-making in patients with CUP primarily relies on histopathology and clinical features. Comprehensive molecular profiling has the potential to contribute to diagnostic categorization and, most importantly, guide CUP therapy through identification of actionable lesions. We here report the case of an advanced-stage malignancy initially mimicking poorly differentiated soft-tissue sarcoma that did not respond to multiagent chemotherapy...
November 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899598/kinetics-of-transcription-initiation-directed-by-multiple-cis-regulatory-elements-on-the-glnap2-promoter
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Yaolai Wang, Feng Liu, Wei Wang
Transcription initiation is orchestrated by dynamic molecular interactions, with kinetic steps difficult to detect. Utilizing a hybrid method, we aim to unravel essential kinetic steps of transcriptional regulation on the glnAp2 promoter, whose regulatory region includes two enhancers (sites I and II) and three low-affinity sequences (sites III-V), to which the transcriptional activator NtrC binds. By structure reconstruction, we analyze all possible organization architectures of the transcription apparatus (TA)...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898473/histopathological-and-clinical-findings-in-cutaneous-manifestation-of-erdheim-chester-disease-and-langerhans-cell-histiocytosis-overlap-syndrome-associated-with-the-brafv600e-mutation
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Julia Liersch, J Andrew Carlson, Jörg Schaller
The overlap of Erdheim-Chester disease (ECD) and Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is more common than it was generally accepted. Both diseases seem to be linked by a mutation in oncogenic BRAFV600E, probably an early event which occurs in bone marrow progenitor cells. In this article are described the clinical and histological findings in 2 cases of ECD-LCH overlap syndrome bearing the BRAFV600E mutation in both ECD and LCH lesions in bone and skin. In one case, lesions of ECD and LCH were situated directly site-to-site in the same bone section leading to the assumption of a common myeloid precursor cell for these diseases...
November 23, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897348/enzymatic-activity-and-thermodynamic-stability-of-biliverdin-ix%C3%AE-reductase-are-maintained-by-an-active-site-serine
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Wen-Ting Chu, Natasha M Nesbitt, Dmitri V Gnatenko, Zongdong Li, Beibei Zhang, Markus A Seeliger, Seamus Browne, Timothy J Mantle, Wadie F Bahou, Jin Wang
Biliverdin reductase IXβ (BLVRB) is a crucial enzyme in heme metabolism. Recent studies in humans have identified a loss-of-function mutation (Ser111Leu) that unmasks a fundamentally important role in hematopoiesis. We have applied experimental and thermodynamic modeling studies to provide further insight into role of the cofactor in substrate accessibility and protein folding properties regulating BLVRB catalytic mechanisms. Site-directed mutagenesis with molecular dynamic (MD) simulations establish the critical role of NAD(P)H-dependent conformational changes on substrate accessibility by forming the "hydrophobic pocket", along with identification of a single key residue (Arg35) modulating NAD(P)H/NADH selectivity...
November 29, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894305/identification-of-molecular-determinants-of-cell-culture-growth-characteristics-of-enterovirus-71
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Pinn Tsin Isabel Yee, Kuan Onn Tan, Iekhsan Othman, Chit Laa Poh
BACKGROUND: Hand, foot and mouth disease is caused by Enterovirus 71 (EV-A71) and Coxsackieviruses. EV-A71 infection is associated with high fever, rashes and ulcers but more severe symptoms such as cardiopulmonary failure and death have been reported. The lack of vaccines highlighted the urgency of developing preventive agents against EV-A71. The molecular determinants of virulent phenotypes of EV-A71 is unclear. It remains to be investigated if specific molecular determinants would affect the cell culture growth characteristics of the EV-A71 fatal strain in Rhabdomyosarcoma (RD) cells...
November 28, 2016: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893790/detection-of-a-cfr-b-variant-in-german-enterococcus-faecium-clinical-isolates-and-the-impact-on-linezolid-resistance-in-enterococcus-spp
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Jennifer K Bender, Carola Fleige, Ingo Klare, Stefan Fiedler, Alexander Mischnik, Nico T Mutters, Kate E Dingle, Guido Werner
The National Reference Centre for Staphylococci and Enterococci in Germany has received an increasing number of clinical linezolid-resistant E. faecium isolates in recent years. Five isolates harbored a cfr(B) variant gene locus the product of which is capable of conferring linezolid resistance. The cfr(B)-like methyltransferase gene was also detected in Clostridium difficile. Antimicrobial susceptibility was determined for cfr(B)-positive and linezolid-resistant E. faecium isolates and two isogenic C. difficile strains...
2016: PloS One
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