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Stephen B Shears, Brandi M Baughman, Chunfang Gu, Vasudha S Nair, Huanchen Wang
The inositol pyrophosphates (diphosphoinositol polyphosphates), which include 1-InsP7, 5-InsP7, and InsP8, are highly 'energetic' signaling molecules that play important roles in many cellular processes, particularly with regards to phosphate and bioenergetic homeostasis. Two classes of kinases synthesize the PP-InsPs: IP6Ks and PPIP5Ks. The significance of the IP6Ks - and their 5-InsP7 product - has been widely reported. However, relatively little is known about the biological significance of the PPIP5Ks. The purpose of this review is to provide an update on developments in our understanding of key features of the PPIP5Ks, which we believe strengthens the hypothesis that their catalytic activities serve important cellular functions...
October 17, 2016: Advances in Biological Regulation
Giulia Ramazzotti, Irene Faenza, Roberta Fiume, Anna Maria Billi, Lucia Manzoli, Sara Mongiorgi, Stefano Ratti, James A McCubrey, Pann-Ghill Suh, Lucio Cocco, Matilde Y Follo
Phosphoinositide-phospholipase C-β1 (PLC-β1) plays a crucial role in the initiation of the genetic program responsible for muscle differentiation and osteogenesis. During myogenic differentiation of murine C2C12 myoblasts, PLC-β1 signaling pathway involves the Inositol Polyphosphate Multikinase (IPMK) and β-catenin as downstream effectors. By means of c-jun binding to cyclin D3 promoter, the activation of PLC-β1 pathway determines cyclin D3 accumulation. However, osteogenesis requires PLC-β1 expression and up-regulation but it does not affect cyclin D3 levels, suggesting that the two processes require the activation of different mediators...
October 18, 2016: Advances in Biological Regulation
Nobuaki Ozeki, Makio Mogi, Naoko Hase, Taiki Hiyama, Hideyuki Yamaguchi, Rie Kawai, Kazuhiko Nakata
Inorganic polyphosphate [Poly(P)] induces differentiation of osteoblastic cells. In this study, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-13 small interfering RNA (siRNA) was transfected into human adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hAT-MSC) to investigate whether MMP-13 activity induced by Poly(P) is associated with osteogenic differentiation. Real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction, Western blotting, and an MMP-13 activity assay were used in this study. Poly(P) enhanced expression of mature osteoblast markers, such as osteocalcin (BGLAP) and osteopontin (SPP1), osterix (OSX), and bone sialoprotein (BSP), and increased alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and calcification capacity in hAT-MSCs...
October 24, 2016: Bioscience Trends
Macc Rigdon, Yen-Con Hung, Alexander M Stelzleni
Sixty-four pork loins were randomly assigned to one of four treatments to evaluate the use of alkaline electrolyzed reduced water as a replacement for traditional enhancement solutions. Treatments included: alkaline electrolyzed reduced water (EOH; pH≈11.5), EOH plus 2.5% potassium-lactate (EOK), industry standard (IS; 0.35% sodium tri-polyphosphate, 0.14% sodium chloride, 2.5% potassium-lactate), and no enhancement (CON). After enhancement (targeting 110%) and rest period, chops were cut (2.54-cm) to test treatment effects on water holding capacity, Warner-Bratzler shear force (WBSF), and sensory attributes...
October 14, 2016: Meat Science
Chikushi Suruda, Shoji Tsuji, Sohsaku Yamanouchi, Takahisa Kimata, Nguyen Thanh Huan, Hiroyuki Kurosawa, Yoshiaki Hirayama, Hiroyasu Tsukaguchi, Akihiko Saito, Kazunari Kaneko
BACKGROUND: The oculocerebrorenal syndrome of Lowe gene (OCRL) is located on chromosome Xq25-26 and encodes an inositol polyphosphate-5-phosphatase (OCRL-1). Mutations in this gene cause Lowe syndrome (LS) or type 2 Dent disease, of which low-molecular-weight (LMW) proteinuria is a characteristic feature. Megalin is considered to play an important role in the development of renal tubular proteinuria. Two forms of megalin are excreted into the urine: full-length megalin (C-megalin) and megalin ectodomain (A-megalin)...
October 20, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Cristina Puy, Erik I Tucker, Ivan S Ivanov, David Gailani, Stephanie A Smith, James H Morrissey, András Gruber, Owen J T McCarty
INTRODUCTION: Factor (F) XI supports both normal human hemostasis and pathological thrombosis. Activated FXI (FXIa) promotes thrombin generation by enzymatic activation of FXI, FIX, FX, and FV, and inactivation of alpha tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPIα), in vitro. Some of these reactions are now known to be enhanced by short-chain polyphosphates (SCP) derived from activated platelets. These SCPs act as a cofactor for the activation of FXI and FV by thrombin and FXIa, respectively...
2016: PloS One
Abhishek Srivastava, Katherine D McMahon, Ramunas Stepanauskas, Hans-Peter Grossart
The National Center for Biotechnology Information [] database enlists more than 15,500 bacterial species. But this also includes a plethora of uncultured bacterial representations. Owing to their metabolism, they directly influence biogeochemical cycles, which underscores the the important status of bacteria on our planet. To study the function of a gene from an uncultured bacterium, we have undertaken a de novo gene synthesis approach. Actinobacteria of the acI-B subcluster are important but yet uncultured members of the bacterioplankton in temperate lakes of the northern hemisphere such as oligotrophic Lake Stechlin (NE Germany)...
December 2015: International Microbiology: the Official Journal of the Spanish Society for Microbiology
Yushu Yin, Georgia Papavasiliou, Olga Y Zaborina, John C Alverdy, Fouad Teymour
The human gastrointestinal tract is the primary site of colonization of multidrug resistant pathogens and the major source of life-threatening complications in critically ill and immunocompromised patients. Eradication measures using antibiotics carry further risk of antibiotic resistance. Furthermore, antibiotic treatment can adversely shift the intestinal microbiome toward domination by resistant pathogens. Therefore, approaches directed to prevent replacement of health promoting microbiota with resistant pathogens should be developed...
October 19, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Jessica Bollyn, Mathias Nijsen, Stijn Baken, Iris J Joye, Nadia Waegeneers, Geert Cornelis, Erik Smolders
Iron oxyhydroxide nanoparticles (Fe-NPs) are natural vectors of phosphate (PO4) in the environment. Their mobility is determined by colloidal stability, which is affected by surface composition. This might be manipulated in engineered NPs for environmental or agricultural applications. Here, stability of PO4-Fe-NPs (HFO/goethite) was determined across contrasting environmental conditions (pH, Ca) and by using fulvates (FA) and polyphosphates as coatings. The PO4-Fe-NPs are unstable at Ca concentrations above 0...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Hua Jing, Jun-Xia Zhu, Hui-Fu Wang, Wei Zhang, Zhan-Jie Zheng, Ling-Li Kong, Chen-Chen Tan, Zi-Xuan Wang, Lin Tan, Lan Tan
Inositol polyphosphate-5-phosphatase (INPP5D) was reported to be associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) through modulating the inflammatory process and immune response. A recent genome-wide association study discovered a new locus single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP, rs35349669) of INPP5D which was significantly associated with susceptibility to late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD) in Caucasians. In this study, we investigated the relations between the INPP5D polymorphism rs35349669 and LOAD in Han Chinese population comprising 984 LOAD cases and 1352 healthy controls being matched for age and gender...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Nicolás Federico Villamil Munévar, Luiz Gustavo de Almeida, Beny Spira
Phosphate homeostasis is tightly regulated in bacteria. Phosphate scarcity is overcome by inducing the expression of genes associated with the scavenging of phosphate and phosphate-containing molecules, while phosphate surplus is stored in the form of polyphosphate (polyP). Regulation of the genes involved in polyP metabolism was investigated. Knockout of the most distal gene of the pstSCAB-phoU operon that encodes a Pi-transport system results in large accumulation of polyphosphate (polyP). Here, we show that the phoU mutation differentially affects the transcription of ppk and ppx, that respectively, encode a polyP kinase and a polyP exopolyphosphatase, by increasing the former and reducing the latter, further contributing the accumulation of polyP...
October 15, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Margarita Torres-Aquino, Adeline Becquer, Christine Le Guernevé, Julien Louche, Laurie K Amenc, Siobhan Staunton, Hervé Quiquampoix, Claude Plassard
Ectomycorrhizal (ECM) association can improve plant phosphorus (P) nutrition. Polyphosphates (polyP), synthesized in distant fungal cells after P uptake may contribute to P supply from the fungus to the host plant if they are hydrolyzed to phosphate in ECM roots then transferred to the host plant when required. In this study, we addressed this hypothesis for the ECM fungus Hebeloma cylindrosporum grown in vitro and incubated without plant or with host (Pinus pinaster) and non-host (Zea mays) plants, using an experimental system simulating the symbiotic interface...
October 14, 2016: Plant, Cell & Environment
Cuiyue Wang, Zhen Feng, Kaitong Jiang, Xiuli Zuo
Our goal was to determine the roles and regulatory mechanism of microRNA-935 (miR-935) in the progression of pancreatic cancer. The results showed that, compared with normal pancreatic tissues and cells, the expression of miR-935 was markedly upregulated while INPP4A expression was obviously downregulated in pancreatic cancer tissues and PANC-1 cells. After transfection with miR-935 inhibitor, miR-935 was significantly suppressed, and suppression of miR-935 significantly inhibited cell proliferation, suppressed cell migration, and induced cell apoptosis of pancreatic cancer cells...
October 11, 2016: Oncology Research
Kazuyoshi Murata, Sayuri Hagiwara, Yoshitaka Kimori, Yasuko Kaneko
Some cyanobacteria exhibit compaction of DNA in synchrony with their circadian rhythms accompanying cell division. Since the structure is transient, it has not yet been described in detail. Here, we successfully visualize the ultrastructure of compacted DNA in the cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942 under rigorous synchronized cultivation by means of high-voltage cryo-electron tomography. In 3D reconstructions of rapidly frozen cells, the compacted DNA appears as an undulating rod resembling a eukaryotic condensed chromosome...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yue Yuan, Jinjin Liu, Bin Ma, Ye Liu, Bo Wang, Yongzhen Peng
This study presents a novel strategy to improve the removal efficiency of nitrogen and phosphorus from municipal wastewater by feeding sequencing batch reactor (SBR) with sludge alkaline fermentation products as carbon sources. The performances of two SBRs treating municipal wastewater (one was fed with sludge fermentation products; F-SBR, and the other without sludge fermentation products; B-SBR) were compared. The removal efficiencies of total nitrogen (TN) and phosphorus (PO4(3-)-P) were found to be 82.9% and 96...
October 8, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Nobuyuki Yoshida, Takanori Yano, Kaori Kedo, Takuya Fujiyoshi, Rina Nagai, Megumi Iwano, Eiji Taguchi, Tomoki Nishida, Hiroshi Takagi
Rhodococcus erythropolis N9T-4, isolated from stored crude oil, shows extremely oligotrophic features and can grow on a basal medium without any additional carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, and energy sources, but requires CO2 for its oligotrophic growth. Transmission electron microscopic observation showed that a relatively large and spherical compartment was observed in a N9T-4 cell grown under oligotrophic conditions. In most cases, only one compartment was observed per cell, but in some cases, it was localized at each pole of the cell, suggesting that it divides at cell division...
October 7, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Shuhei Nakamura, Junya Hasegawa, Tamotsu Yoshimori
Macroautophagy (autophagy) is a multistep intracellular degradation system. Autophagosomes form, mature, and ultimately fuse with lysosomes, where their sequestered cargo molecules are digested. In contrast to autophagosome formation, our knowledge of autophagosome-lysosome fusion is limited. In a recent study, we identified a novel regulator of autophagy, INPP5E (inositol polyphosphate-5-phosphatase E), which is essential for autophagosome-lysosome fusion. INPP5E primarily functions in neuronal cells, and knockdown of the corresponding gene causes accumulation of autophagosomes by impairing fusion with lysosomes...
October 7, 2016: Autophagy
Nithavong Cam, Karim Benzerara, Thomas Georgelin, Maguy Jaber, Jean-Francois Lambert, Melanie Poinsot, Feriel Skouri-Panet, Laure Cordier
The uptakes of Ca, Sr and Ba by two cyanobacterial strains, Cyanothece sp. PCC7425 and Gloeomargarita lithophora, both forming intracellular carbonates, were investigated in laboratory cultures. In the culture medium BG 11 amended with 250 μM of Ca and 50 or 250 μM of Sr and Ba, G. lithophora accumulated first Ba, then Sr and finally Ca. Strontium and barium were completely accumulated by G. lithophora cells at rates between 0.02 and 0.10 fmol.h-1.cell-1 and down to extracellular concentrations below the detection limits of ICP-AES...
October 6, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Anaïs Fradet, Jamie Fitzgerald
The INPPL1 (inositol polyphosphate phosphatase-like 1) gene encodes the inositol phosphatase, SHIP2 (for src homology 2 domain-containing inositol phosphatase 2). SHIP2 functions to dephosphorylate, and negatively regulate, the lipid second messenger phosphatidylinositol (3,4,5)P3. SHIP2 has been well studied in the area of insulin resistance and obesity but has roles in cancer and other disorders. Recently, it was reported that mutations in INPPL1 cause opsismodysplasia, a rare, autosomal recessive severe skeletal dysplasia...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Human Genetics
Joanne L Mitchell, Ausra S Lionikiene, Georgi Georgiev, Anja Klemmer, Chelsea Brain, Paul Y Kim, Nicola J Mutch
Activated factor XII (FXIIa) has plasminogen activator capacity but its relative contribution to fibrinolysis is considered marginal compared to urokinase and tissue plasminogen activator. Polyphosphate (polyP) is released from activated platelets and mediates FXII activation. Here we investigate the contribution of polyP to the plasminogen activator function of αFXIIa. We show that both polyP70, of the chain length found in platelets (60-100-mer) and platelet-derived polyP, significantly augment the plasminogen activation capacity of αFXIIa...
September 30, 2016: Blood
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