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Sha Xu, Ge-Yuan Zhang, Huijie Zhang, Toshihiko Kitajima, Hideki Nakanishi, Xiao-Dong Gao
BACKGROUND: To humanize yeast N-glycosylation pathways, genes involved in yeast specific hyper-mannosylation must be disrupted followed by the introduction of genes catalyzing the synthesis, transport, and addition of human sugars. However, deletion of these genes, for instance, OCH1, which initiates hyper-mannosylation, could cause severe defects in cell growth, morphogenesis and response to environmental challenges. RESULTS: In this study, overexpression of RHO1, which encodes the Rho1p small GTPase, is confirmed to partially recover the growth defect of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Δalg3Δoch1 double mutant strain...
October 21, 2016: Microbial Cell Factories
Petr Stadlbauer, Liuba Mazzanti, Tristan Cragnolini, David J Wales, Philippe Derreumaux, Samuela Pasquali, Jiri Sponer
G-quadruplexes are the most important non-canonical DNA architectures. Many quadruplex-forming sequences, including the human telomeric sequence d(GGGTTA)n, have been investigated due to their implications in cancer and other diseases, and because of their potential in DNA-based nanotechnology. Despite availability of atomistic structural studies of folded G-quadruplexes, their folding pathways remain mysterious, and mutually contradicting models of folding coexist in the literature. Recent experiments convincingly demonstrated that G-quadruplex folding often takes days to reach the thermodynamics equilibrium...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Alexander Bernt, Ashraf Y Rangrez, Matthias Eden, Andreas Jungmann, Sylvia Katz, Claudia Rohr, Oliver J Müller, Hugo A Katus, Samuel T Sossalla, Tatjana Williams, Oliver Ritter, Derk Frank, Norbert Frey
The objective of this study was to identify unknown modulators of Calcineurin (Cn)-NFAT signaling. Measurement of NFAT reporter driven luciferase activity was therefore utilized to screen a human cardiac cDNA-library (~10(7) primary clones) in C2C12 cells through serial dilutions until single clones could be identified. This extensive screening strategy culminated in the identification of SUMO2 as a most efficient Cn-NFAT activator. SUMO2-mediated activation of Cn-NFAT signaling in cardiomyocytes translated into a hypertrophic phenotype...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Fan Zhang, Min Wu, Chee Keong Kwoh, Jie Zheng
Extracellular signals are captured and transmitted by signaling proteins inside a cell. An important type of cellular responses to the signals is the cell fate decision, e.g., apoptosis. However, the underlying mechanisms of cell fate regulation are still unclear, thus comprehensive and detailed kinetic models are not yet available. Alternatively, data-driven models are promising to bridge signaling data with the phenotypic measurements of cell fates. The traditional linear model for data-driven modeling of signaling pathways has its limitations because it assumes that the a cell fate is proportional to the activities of signaling proteins, which is unlikely in the complex biological systems...
2016: PloS One
Julia Smedbråten, Geir Mjøen, Anders Hartmann, Anders Åsberg, Halvor Rollag, Tom Eirik Mollnes, Leiv Sandvik, Morten W Fagerland, Steffen Thiel, Solbjørg Sagedal
BACKGROUND: Higher incidence of malignancy and infectious diseases in kidney transplant recipients is related to immunosuppressive treatment after transplantation and the recipient's native immune system. The complement system is an essential component of the innate immunity. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association of effector molecules of the lectin complement pathway with graft and patient survival after kidney transplantation. METHODS: Two mannan-binding lectin (MBL) associated proteases, MASP-2 and MASP-3 (activators of the lectin pathway) and two MBL-associated proteins, MAp44 and MAp19 (inhibitors of the lectin pathway) were measured at the time of transplantation in 382 patients (≥17 years old) transplanted in 2000-2001...
October 18, 2016: BMC Nephrology
Uday Kishore, Nicole M Thielens, Christine Gaboriaud
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
S Lieb, T Littmann, N Plank, J Felixberger, M Tanaka, T Schäfer, S Krief, S Elz, K Friedland, G Bernhardt, J Wegener, T Ozawa, A Buschauer
A set of histamine H1 receptor (H1R) agonists and antagonists was characterized in functional assays, using dynamic mass redistribution (DMR), electric cell-substrate impedance sensing (ECIS) and various signaling pathway specific readouts (Fura-2 and aequorin calcium assays, arrestin recruitment (luciferase fragment complementation) assay, luciferase gene reporter assay). Data were gained from genetically engineered HEK293T cells and compared with reference data from GTPase assays and radioligand binding. Histamine and the other H1R agonists gave different assay-related pEC50 values, however, the order of potency was maintained...
October 14, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Elena W Y Hsieh, Joseph D Hernandez
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review gives an overview of the systems-immunology single-cell proteomic and transcriptomic approaches that can be applied to study primary immunodeficiency. It also introduces recent advances in multiparameter tissue imaging, which allows extensive immune phenotyping in disease-affected tissue. RECENT FINDINGS: Mass cytometry is a variation of flow cytometry that uses rare earth metal isotopes instead of fluorophores as tags bound to antibodies, allowing simultaneous measurement of over 40 parameters per single-cell...
October 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Bruno Guillotin, Mohammad Etemadi, Corinne Audran, Mondher Bouzayen, Guillaume Bécard, Jean-Philippe Combier
Root colonization by arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi is a complex and finely tuned process. Previous studies have shown that, among other plant hormones, auxin plays a role in this process but the specific involvement of Aux/IAAs, the key regulators of auxin responses, is still unknown. In this study, we addressed the role of the tomato Sl-IAA27 during AM symbiosis by using Sl-IAA27-RNAi and pSL-IAA27::GUS stable tomato lines. The data show that Sl-IAA27 expression is up-regulated by the AM fungus and that silencing of Sl-IAA27 has a negative impact on AM colonization...
October 17, 2016: New Phytologist
Luise Appeltshauser, Andreas Weishaupt, Claudia Sommer, Kathrin Doppler
Inflammatory neuropathies associated with auto-antibodies against paranodal proteins like contactin-1 are reported to respond poorly to treatment with intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG). A reason might be that IVIG interacts with the complement pathway and these auto-antibodies often belong to the IgG4 subclass that does not activate complement. However, some patients do show a response to IVIG, especially at the beginning of the disease. This corresponds with the finding of coexisting IgG subclasses IgG1, IgG2 and IgG3...
October 13, 2016: Experimental Neurology
Yuejuan Cao, Rongqing Li, Yangchun Li, Tao Zhang, Nan Wu, Jianyan Zhang, Zhaozeng Guo
BACKGROUND: Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is a common disease with serious mortality and morbidity, worldwide. The present study aimed to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) and construct a transcription factor-gene regulatory network to further study the early diagnosis of AMI. METHODS: The integrated analysis of publicly available Gene Expression Omnibus datasets of AMI was performed. Differentially expressed genes were identified between AMI and normal blood samples...
July 26, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Ines Kapferer-Seebacher, Melanie Pepin, Roland Werner, Timothy J Aitman, Ann Nordgren, Heribert Stoiber, Nicole Thielens, Christine Gaboriaud, Albert Amberger, Anna Schossig, Robert Gruber, Cecilia Giunta, Michael Bamshad, Erik Björck, Christina Chen, David Chitayat, Michael Dorschner, Marcus Schmitt-Egenolf, Christopher J Hale, David Hanna, Hans Christian Hennies, Irene Heiss-Kisielewsky, Anna Lindstrand, Pernilla Lundberg, Anna L Mitchell, Deborah A Nickerson, Eyal Reinstein, Marianne Rohrbach, Nikolaus Romani, Matthias Schmuth, Rachel Silver, Fulya Taylan, Anthony Vandersteen, Jana Vandrovcova, Ruwan Weerakkody, Margaret Yang, F Michael Pope, Peter H Byers, Johannes Zschocke
Periodontal Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (pEDS) is an autosomal-dominant disorder characterized by early-onset periodontitis leading to premature loss of teeth, joint hypermobility, and mild skin findings. A locus was mapped to an approximately 5.8 Mb region at 12p13.1 but no candidate gene was identified. In an international consortium we recruited 19 independent families comprising 107 individuals with pEDS to identify the locus, characterize the clinical details in those with defined genetic causes, and try to understand the physiological basis of the condition...
September 27, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
John S Bett
Cells have developed an evolutionary obligation to survey and maintain proteome fidelity and avoid the possible toxic consequences of protein misfolding and aggregation. Disturbances to protein homoeostasis (proteostasis) can result in severe cellular phenotypes and are closely linked with the accumulation of microscopically visible deposits of aggregated proteins. These include inclusion bodies found in AD (Alzheimer's disease), HD (Huntington's disease) and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) patient neurons...
October 15, 2016: Essays in Biochemistry
Christina Backes, Tim Kehl, Daniel Stöckel, Tobias Fehlmann, Lara Schneider, Eckart Meese, Hans-Peter Lenhof, Andreas Keller
In the last decade, miRNAs and their regulatory mechanisms have been intensively studied and many tools for the analysis of miRNAs and their targets have been developed. We previously presented a dictionary on single miRNAs and their putative target pathways. Since then, the number of miRNAs has tripled and the knowledge on miRNAs and targets has grown substantially. This, along with changes in pathway resources such as KEGG, leads to an improved understanding of miRNAs, their target genes and related pathways...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Fusun Gediz, Bahriye Kadriye Payzin, Sertac Ecemis, Naile Güler, Asu Fergun Yilmaz, Fusun Topcugil, Afig Berdeli
INTRODUCTION: Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) is a thrombotic microangiopathy, which develops as a result of defective activity of the alternative complement pathway and excessive complement activation due to genetic or acquired factors. No satisfactory responses were obtained by plasmapheresis, corticosteroids and fresh frozen plasma (FFP) transfusion. However, promising results are obtained in recent years by eculuzimab treatment, which inhibits C5 activation. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy, safety and effect of eculizumab on quality of life of adult aHUS patients followed in our center...
September 30, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Ryan Hakimi, Ankur Garg
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hemorrhagic stroke comprises approximately 15% to 20% of all strokes. This article provides readers with an understanding of the indications and significance of various neuroimaging techniques available for patients presenting with hemorrhagic strokes of distinct causes. RECENT FINDINGS: The most common initial neuroimaging study is a noncontrast head CT, which allows for the identification of hemorrhage. Once an intracranial hemorrhage has been identified, the pattern of blood and the patient's medical history, neurologic examination, and laboratory studies lead the practitioner to pursue further neuroimaging studies to guide the medical, surgical, and interventional management...
October 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
Gayatri Padhy, Anamika Gangwar, Manish Sharma, Kalpana Bhargava, Niroj Kumar Sethy
Padhy Gayatri, Anamika Gangwar, Manish Sharma, Kalpana Bhargava, and Niroj Kumar Sethy. Plasma proteomics of Ladakhi natives reveal functional regulation between renin-angiotensin system and eNOS-cGMP pathway. High Alt Med Biol. 16:000-000, 2016.-Humans have been living in high altitudes for more than 25,000 years but the molecular pathways promoting survival and performance in these extreme environments are not well elucidated. In an attempt to understand human adaptation to high altitudes, we used two-dimensional gel electrophoresis combined with MALDI-TOF/TOF to identify plasma proteins and associated pathways of ethnic Ladakhi natives residing at 3520 m...
October 14, 2016: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
Meng Chen, Nathaniel Rothman, Yuanqing Ye, Jian Gu, Paul A Scheet, Maosheng Huang, David W Chang, Colin P Dinney, Debra T Silverman, Jonine D Figueroa, Stephen J Chanock, Xifeng Wu
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) are designed to identify individual regions associated with cancer risk, but only explain a small fraction of the inherited variability. Alternative approach analyzing genetic variants within biological pathways has been proposed to discover networks of susceptibility genes with additional effects. The gene set enrichment analysis (GSEA) may complement and expand traditional GWAS analysis to identify novel genes and pathways associated with bladder cancer risk. We selected three GSEA methods: Gen-Gen, Aligator, and the SNP Ratio Test to evaluate cellular signaling pathways involved in bladder cancer susceptibility in a Texas GWAS population...
July 2016: Genes & Cancer
Mara Cucinotta, Silvia Manrique, Andrea Guazzotti, Nadia E Quadrelli, Marta A Mendes, Eva Benkova, Lucia Colombo
The developmental program of the pistil is under the control of both auxin and cytokinin, which crosstalk converges on the regulation of the auxin carrier PIN-FORMED 1 (PIN1). Here we show that in the triple transcription factor mutant cytokinin response factor 2 (crf2) crf3 crf6 both pistil length and ovule number were reduced. PIN1 expression was also lower in the triple mutant and the phenotypes couldn't be rescued by exogenous cytokinin application. pin1 complementation studies using genomic PIN1 constructs showed that the pistil phenotypes were only rescued when the PCRE1 domain, to which CRFs bind, was present...
October 13, 2016: Development
Jiangwei Yao, Megan E Ericson, Matthew W Frank, Charles O Rock
Enoyl-acyl carrier protein reductase catalyzes the last step in each elongation cycle of type II bacterial fatty acid synthesis and is a key regulatory protein in bacterial fatty acid synthesis. The facultative intracellular pathogen Listeria monocytogenes encodes two functional enoyl-ACP isoforms based on their ability to complement the temperature-sensitive growth phenotype of E. coli strain JP1111 (fabI(Ts)). The FabI isoform was inactivated by the FabI selective inhibitor AFN-1252, but the FabK isoform was not affected by the drug as expected...
October 10, 2016: Infection and Immunity
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