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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544195/long-and-branched-polyamines-are-required-for-maintenance-of-the-ribosome-trna-his-and-trna-tyr-in-thermus-thermophilus-cells-at-high-temperatures
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Misa Nakashima, Ryota Yamagami, Chie Tomikawa, Yuki Ochi, Toshiyuki Moriya, Haruichi Asahara, Dominique Fourmy, Satoko Yoshizawa, Tairo Oshima, Hiroyuki Hori
Thermus thermophilus is an extremely thermophilic eubacterium that produces various polyamines. Aminopropylagmatine ureohydrolase (SpeB) and SAM decarboxylase-like protein 1 (SpeD1) are involved in the biosynthesis of spermidine from arginine. Because long and branched polyamines in T. thermophilus are synthesized from spermidine, the speB and speD1 gene-deleted strains (ΔspeB and ΔspeD1, respectively) cannot synthesize long and branched polyamines. Although neither strain grew at high temperatures (>75°C) in minimal medium, both strains survived at 80°C when they were cultured at 70°C until the mid-log phase and then shifted to 80°C...
May 24, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544129/deregulation-of-c-src-tyrosine-kinase-and-its-downstream-targets-in-pre-eclamptic-placenta
#2
Sevgi Irtegun, Dilara Akcora-Yıldız, Gulsum Pektanc, Cagla Karabulut
AIM: Pre-eclampsia is a serious pregnancy disorder characterized by the new onset of hypertension and proteinuria in the second trimester of pregnancy. The determination of a key signaling regulatory mechanism involved in placental functions is critical to understanding the pathogenesis of pre-eclampsia. The aim of this study was to examine the activity of c-Src and its downstream targets, extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2, p38 and Jun N-terminal kinase, as well as nuclear factor (NF)-ĸB in placental tissues collected from women with pre-eclampsia...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542650/interdependence-of-jak-stat-and-mapk-signaling-pathways-during-egf-mediated-htr-8-svneo-cell-invasion
#3
Ankita Malik, Rahul Pal, Satish Kumar Gupta
Invasion of trophoblast cells is spatio-temporally regulated by various cytokines and growth factors. In pregnancy, complications like preeclampsia, shallow invasion of trophoblast cells and low amounts of epidermal growth factor (EGF) have been reported. In the present study, regulatory mechanisms associated with EGF-mediated invasion in HTR-8/SVneo trophoblastic cells have been delineated. Treatment of HTR-8/SVneo cells with EGF (10 ng/ml) led to eight fold increase (p < 0.05) in invasion. Increased invasion of HTR-8/SVneo cells by EGF was associated with an increase in phosphorylation of ERK½...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539091/in-silico-identification-of-potential-drug-compound-against-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-gamma-by-virtual-screening-and-toxicity-studies-for-treatment-of-diabetic-nephropathy
#4
Smrita Singh, Aparajita Mohanty
Diabetic Nephropathy is a serious complication of Diabetes Mellitus. Current therapeutic strategies of Diabetic Nephropathy are based on control of modifiable risks like hypertension, glucose levels, and dyslipidemia. Peroxisome proliferator activated receptor-gamma (PPAR-γ) is implicated in several metabolic syndromes including Diabetic Nephropathy, besides obesity, insulin insensitivity, dislipidemia, inflammation and hypertension. In the present study, virtual screening of 617 compounds from two different public databases was done against PPAR- γ with an objective to find a possible lead compound...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538148/active-site-pka-determination-for-photoactive-yellow-protein-rationalizes-slow-ground-state-recovery
#5
Nur Alia Oktaviani, Trijntje J Pool, Yuichi Yoshimura, Hironari Kamikubo, Ruud M Scheek, Mikio Kataoka, Frans A A Mulder
The ability to avoid blue-light radiation is crucial for bacteria to survive. In Halorhodospira halophila, the putative receptor for this response is known as photoactive yellow protein (PYP). Its response to blue light is mediated by changes in the optical properties of the chromophore para-coumaric acid (pCA) in the protein active site. PYP displays photocycle kinetics with a strong pH dependence for ground-state recovery, which has remained enigmatic. To resolve this problem, a comprehensive pKa determination of the active-site residues of PYP is required...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535735/clenbuterol-attenuates-herg-channel-by-promoting-the-mature-channel-degradation
#6
Ling Luo, Peijing Hu, Changqing Miao, Aiqun Ma, Tingzhong Wang
Clenbuterol, a β2-selective adrenergic receptor agonist, is illicitly used in weight loss and performance enhancement and animal production. Increasing evidence demonstrates that clenbuterol induces various kinds of arrhythmias and QTc interval prolongation. However, little is known about the underlying mechanism. Most drugs are associated with QTc prolongation through interfering with human ether-a-go-go-related gene (hERG) K(+) channels. The present study aims to investigate the effects and underlying mechanisms of clenbuterol on the hERG channel...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534408/modulation-of-the-conformational-dynamics-of-apo-adenylate-kinase-through-a-%C3%AF-cation-interaction
#7
Ritaban Halder, Rabindra Nath Manna, Sandipan Chakraborty, Biman Jana
Large scale conformational transition from open to closed state of adenylate kinase (ADK) is essential for its catalytic cycle. Apo-ADK undergoes conformational transition in such a way that closely resembles open to closed conformational transition. Here, equilibrium simulations, free energy simulations, QM/MM calculations in combination with several bioinformatics approaches have been used to explore the molecular origin of this conformational transition in apo-ADK. Apart from its conventional open state, E...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533784/the-divergence-of-flowering-time-modulated-by-ft-tfl1-is-independent-to-their-interaction-and-binding-activities
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Zhen Wang, Ruiguang Yang, Upendra K Devisetty, Julin N Maloof, Yang Zuo, Jingjing Li, Yuxiao Shen, Jian Zhao, Manzhu Bao, Guogui Ning
FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) and TERMINAL FLOWER1 (TFL1) proteins share highly conserved amino acid residues but they play opposite regulatory roles in promoting and repressing the flowering response, respectively. Previous substitution models and functional analysis have identified several key amino acid residues which are critical for the promotion of flowering. However, the precise relationship between naturally occurring FT/TFL1 homologs and the mechanism of their role in flowering is still unclear. In this study, FT/TFL1 homologs from eight Rosaceae species, namely, Spiraea cantoniensis, Pyracantha fortuneana, Photinia serrulata, Fragaria ananassa, Rosa hybrida, Prunus mume, Prunus persica and Prunus yedoensis, were isolated...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531096/the-lys-asp-tyr-triad-within-the-mite-allergen-der-p-1-propeptide-is-a-critical-structural-element-for-the-ph-dependent-initiation-of-the-protease-maturation
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Andy Chevigné, Vincenzo Campizi, Martyna Szpakowska, David Bourry, Marie-Eve Dumez, José C Martins, André Matagne, Moreno Galleni, Alain Jacquet
The major house dust mite allergen, Der p 1, is a papain-like cysteine protease expressed as an inactive precursor, proDer p 1, carrying an N-terminal propeptide with a unique structure. The maturation of the zymogen into an enzymatically-active form of Der p 1 is a multistep autocatalytic process initiated under acidic conditions through conformational changes of the propeptide, leading to the loss of its inhibitory ability and its subsequent gradual cleavage. The aims of this study were to characterize the residues present in the Der p 1 propeptide involved in the initiation of the zymogen maturation process, but also to assess the impact of acidic pH on the propeptide structure, the activity of Der p 1 and the fate of the propeptide...
May 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530710/engineering-protein-stability-with-atomic-precision-in-a-monomeric-miniprotein
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Emily G Baker, Christopher Williams, Kieran L Hudson, Gail J Bartlett, Jack W Heal, Kathryn L Porter Goff, Richard B Sessions, Matthew P Crump, Derek N Woolfson
Miniproteins simplify the protein-folding problem, allowing the dissection of forces that stabilize protein structures. Here we describe PPα-Tyr, a designed peptide comprising an α-helix buttressed by a polyproline II helix. PPα-Tyr is water soluble and monomeric, and it unfolds cooperatively with a midpoint unfolding temperature (TM) of 39 °C. NMR structures of PPα-Tyr reveal proline residues docked between tyrosine side chains, as designed. The stability of PPα is sensitive to modifications in the aromatic residues: replacing tyrosine with phenylalanine, i...
May 22, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529245/inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-improves-insulin-resistance-of-l6-cells
#11
Fengyang Xie, Jian Zhu, Baolian Hou, Yuan Wang, Fanzhu Meng, Zhixing Ren, Shuping Ren
To explore the role of NF-κB activation in the development of insulin resistance and investigate whether or not that the inhibition of NF-κB activation by PDTC will improve the insulin resistance of L6 cells exposed to H2O2. L6 cells were treated with H2O2, PDTC or both H2O2 and PDTC for 4 hours. The uptake of glucose with stimulation of insulin, the expression of P38-MAPK, p- P38-MAPK, NF-κBp65, p- NF-κBp65, IRS-1, IRS-2, p-IRS-2, PI3K, IκBα, p- IκBα, caspase-8 and GLUT4, the production of ROS, TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-1β as well as the apoptosis rate of L6 cells were determined and compared in L6 treated with H2O2 alone or both H2O2 and PDTC...
May 20, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529112/myeloid-differentiation-factor-88-is-up-regulated-in-epileptic-brain-and-contributes-to-experimental-seizures-in-rats
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Na Wang, Xiong Han, Haipeng Liu, Ting Zhao, Jie Li, Yan Feng, Xiujuan Mi, Yanke Zhang, Yanan Chen, Xuefeng Wang
Accumulating evidence supports that activation of inflammatory pathways is a crucial factor contributing to the pathogenesis of seizures. In particular, the activation of interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β) system exerts proconvulsant effects in a large variety of seizure models. Myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88) is a critical adaptor protein in the signaling cascade elicited by IL-1β. The present study aimed to investigate the expression pattern of MyD88 in rat models of seizures and in patients with refractory temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), and to study the role of MyD88 in epileptic seizures...
May 18, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521498/phenol-induced-o-o-bond-cleavage-in-a-low-spin-heme-peroxo-copper-complex-implications-for-o2-reduction-in-heme-copper-oxidases
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Andrew W Schaefer, Matthew T Kieber-Emmons, Suzanne M Adam, Kenneth D Karlin, Edward I Solomon
This study evaluates the reaction of a biomimetic heme-peroxo-copper complex {[(DCHIm)(F8)FeIII]-(O22-)-[CuII(AN)]}+ (1) with a phenolic substrate, involving a net H-atom abstraction to cleave the bridging peroxo O-O bond that produces FeIV=O, CuII-OH and phenoxyl radical moieties, analogous to the chemistry carried out in heme-copper oxidases (HCOs). A 3D potential energy surface generated for this reaction reveals two possible reaction pathways: one involves nearly complete proton transfer from the phenol to the peroxo ligand before the barrier; the other involves O-O homolysis where the phenol remains H-bonding to the peroxo O(Cu) in the transition state, and transfers the proton after the barrier...
May 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520923/decrease-in-expression-of-hoxa10-in-the-decidua-after-embryo-implantation-promotes-trophoblast-invasion
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Geeta Godbole, Pankaj Suman, Ankita Malik, Mosami Galvankar, Niraj Joshi, Asgerally Fazleabas, Satish Kumar Gupta, Deepak Modi
A central step towards successful pregnancy involves invasion of the trophoblast cells into the decidua for placentation. Herein, we show that in the human and baboon decidua, HOXA10 expression is downregulated post-implantation and this reduction is most prominent in the decidual cells juxtaposed to the invading placental villi. Intriguingly, the supernatants derived from HOXA10 depleted human decidual cells increase the invasiveness of the trophoblast cell lines ACH-3P and JEG3 in vitro; this increase is due to higher expression and activity of matrix metalloproteases (MMPs) and reduced expression of tissue inhibitors of MMPs (TIMPs) in both the cell lines...
May 17, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520756/de-novo-assembly-and-comparative-transcriptome-analysis-of-the-foot-from-chinese-green-mussel-perna-viridis-in-response-to-cadmium-stimulation
#15
Xinhui Zhang, Zhiqiang Ruan, Xinxin You, Jintu Wang, Jieming Chen, Chao Peng, Qiong Shi
The Chinese green mussel, Perna viridis, is a marine bivalve with important economic values as well as biomonitoring roles for aquatic pollution. Byssus, secreted by the foot gland, has been proved to bind heavy metals effectively. In this study, using the RNA sequencing technology, we performed comparative transcriptomic analysis on the mussel feet with or without inducing by cadmium (Cd). Our current work is aiming at providing insights into the molecular mechanisms of byssus binding to heavy metal ions. The transcriptome sequencing generated a total of 26...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515263/ligand-induced-activation-of-human-trpm2-requires-the-terminal-ribose-of-adpr-and-involves-arg-1433-and-tyr-1349
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Ralf Fliegert, Joanna M Watt, Anja Schöbel, Monika D Rozewitz, Christelle Moreau, Tanja Kirchberger, Mark P Thomas, Wiebke Sick, Andrea C Araujo, Angelika Harneit, Barry Vl Potter, Andreas H Guse
TRPM2 is a Ca(2+)-permeable non-selective cation channel activated by binding of adenosine 5'-diphosphoribose (ADPR) to its cytoplasmic NUDT9H domain. Activation of TRPM2 by ADPR downstream of oxidative stress has been implicated in the pathogenesis of a number of human diseases rendering TRPM2 an attractive novel target for pharmacological intervention. However, the structural basis underlying this activation is largely unknown. Since ADP alone did not activate or antagonize the channel, we used a chemical biology approach employing synthetic analogues to focus on the role of the ADPR terminal ribose...
May 17, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514139/bioorthogonal-protein-conjugation-application-to-the-development-of-a-highly-sensitive-bioluminescent-immunoassay-for-the-detection-of-interferon-%C3%AE
#17
Angeliki Moutsiopoulou, Eric A Hunt, David Broyles, Christie Ataides Pereira, Kristen Woodward, Emre Dikici, Angel E Kaifer, Sylvia Daunert, Sapna Deo
Bioorthogonal conjugation eliminates the shortcomings of classical conjugation methods. The conjugation of antibodies to reporter proteins, such as bioluminescent protein, can be controlled with orthogonal conjugation methods. Here we report a bioluminescent immunoassay for the sensitive detection of interferon-γ (IFN-γ) that utilizes orthogonal conjugation of bioluminescent protein, Gaussia luciferase to anti-IFN-γ antibody. The IFN-γ is produced by the immune system and the detection of the IFN-γ is pivotal for the detection of persistent viral and bacterial infections...
May 17, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512456/proline-based-cyclic-dipeptides-from-korean-fermented-vegetable-kimchi-and-from-leuconostoc-mesenteroides-lbp-k06-have-activities-against-multidrug-resistant-bacteria
#18
Rui Liu, Andrew H Kim, Min-Kyu Kwak, Sa-Ouk Kang
Lactobacillus plantarum and Leuconostoc mesenteroides play a prominent role as functional starters and predominant isolates in the production of various types of antimicrobial compound-containing fermented foods, especially including kimchi. In the case of the bioactive cyclic dipeptides, their racemic diastereomers inhibitory to bacteria and fungi have been suggested to come solely from Lactobacillus spp. of these strains. We previously demonstrated the antifungal and antiviral activities of proline-based cyclic dipeptides, which were fractionated from culture filtrates of Lb...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512038/involvement-of-the-oxytocin-system-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-in-the-regulation-of-juvenile-social-novelty-seeking-behavior
#19
Caroline J W Smith, Jazmin N Mogavero, Maxwell T Tulimieri, Alexa H Veenema
Exploration of novel environments, stimuli, and conspecifics is highly adaptive during the juvenile period, as individuals transition from immaturity to adulthood. We recently showed that juvenile rats prefer to interact with a novel individual over a familiar cage mate. However, the neural mechanisms underlying this juvenile social novelty-seeking behavior remain largely unknown. One potential candidate is the oxytocin (OXT) system, given its involvement in various motivated social behaviors. Here, we show that administration of the specific oxytocin receptor antagonist desGly-NH2,d(CH2)5-[Tyr(Me)(2),Thr(4)]OVT reduces social novelty seeking-behavior in juvenile male rats when injected into the nucleus accumbens (10ng/0...
May 20, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511540/effects-of-water-extractable-arabinoxylan-on-physicochemical-properties-and-structure-of-wheat-gluten-by-thermal-treatment
#20
Yunping Zhu, Yu Wang, Jinlong Li, Fang Li, Chao Teng, Xiuting Li
This study investigated the effects of water-extractable arabinoxylan (WEAX) on gluten by thermal treatment. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) results showed that heating significantly decreased β-sheets and β-turn structures in gluten proteins between 25°C and 55 °C. The addition of WEAX caused a transition from β-sheets to β-turn at above 55 °C. The ratio of weakly hydrogen-bonded β-sheets to strongly hydrogen-bonded β-sheets demonstrated an increasing trend, but WEAX can hinder this process...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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