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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108836/smad-dependent-signaling-plays-a-detrimental-role-in-a-fly-model-of-smarcb1-deficiency-and-the-biology-of-atypical-teratoid-rhabdoid-tumors
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Astrid Jeibmann, Jacqueline Schulz, Kristin Eikmeier, Pascal D Johann, Katharina Thiel, Isabel Tegeder, Oliver Ambrée, Michael C Frühwald, Stefan M Pfister, Marcel Kool, Werner Paulus, Martin Hasselblatt
Atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumors (ATRT) are highly malignant brain tumors arising in young children. The majority of ATRT is characterized by inactivation of the chromatin remodeling complex member SMARCB1 (INI1/hSNF5). Little is known, however, on downstream pathways involved in the detrimental effects of SMARCB1 deficiency which might also represent targets for treatment. Using Drosophila melanogaster and the Gal4-UAS system, modifier screens were performed in order to identify the role of SMAD dependent signaling in the lethal phenotype associated with knockdown of snr1, the fly homolog of SMARCB1...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108661/a-structure-function-analysis-of-the-yeast-elg1-protein-reveals-the-importance-of-pcna-unloading-in-genome-stability-maintenance
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Keren Shemesh, Marek Sebesta, Martin Pacesa, Soumitra Sau, Alex Bronstein, Oren Parnas, Batia Liefshitz, Česlovas Venclovas, Lumir Krejci, Martin Kupiec
The sliding clamp, PCNA, plays a central role in DNA replication and repair. In the moving replication fork, PCNA is present at the leading strand and at each of the Okazaki fragments that are formed on the lagging strand. PCNA enhances the processivity of the replicative polymerases and provides a landing platform for other proteins and enzymes. The loading of the clamp onto DNA is performed by the Replication Factor C (RFC) complex, whereas its unloading can be carried out by an RFC-like complex containing Elg1...
January 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108595/identification-of-the-adpr-binding-pocket-in-the-nudt9-homology-domain-of-trpm2
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Peilin Yu, Xiwen Xue, Jianmin Zhang, Xupang Hu, Yan Wu, Lin-Hua Jiang, Hongwei Jin, Jianhong Luo, Liangren Zhang, Zhenming Liu, Wei Yang
Activation of the transient receptor potential melastatin 2 (TRPM2) channel occurs during the response to oxidative stress under physiological conditions as well as in pathological processes such as ischemia and diabetes. Accumulating evidence indicates that adenosine diphosphate ribose (ADPR) is the most important endogenous ligand of TRPM2. However, although it is known that ADPR binds to the NUDT9 homology (NUDT9-H) domain in the intracellular C-terminal region, the molecular mechanism underlying ADPR binding and activation of TRPM2 remains unknown...
January 20, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107695/antibacterial-activity-computational-analysis-and-host-toxicity-study-of-thymol-sulfonamide-conjugates
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Shasank S Swain, Sudhir K Paidesetty, Rabindra N Padhy
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE) are notorious pathogenic multidrug resistant (MDR) bacteria in both hospital and community sectors, and today the first antibacterial drug sulfamethoxazole is ineffective. The monoterpene phenol, thymol was conjugated with seven sulfa drug derivatives individually, adopting the dye-azo synthesis protocol, and conjugates were characterized using spectral analysis techniques such as, UV, FTIR, MS, HPLC, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and SEM...
January 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107498/delineating-substrate-diversity-of-disparate-short-chain-dehydrogenase-reductase-from-debaryomyces-hansenii
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Arindam Ghatak, Nagakumar Bharatham, Anirudh P Shanbhag, Santanu Datta, Janani Venkatraman
Short-chain dehydrogenase reductases (SDRs) have been utilized for catalyzing the reduction of many aromatic/aliphatic prochiral ketones to their respective alcohols. However, there is a paucity of data that elucidates their innate biological role and diverse substrate space. In this study, we executed an in-depth biochemical characterization and substrate space mapping (with 278 prochiral ketones) of an unannotated SDR (DHK) from Debaryomyces hansenii and compared it with structurally and functionally characterized SDR Synechococcus elongatus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106991/discovery-of-a-phosphoinositide-3-kinase-pi3k-b-d-inhibitor-for-the-treatment-of-phosphatase-and-tensin-homolog-pten-deficient-tumors-building-pi3kb-potency-in-a-pi3kd-selective-template-by-targeting-non-conserved-asp856
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Stéphane Perreault, Jayaraman Chandrasekhar, Zhi-Hua Cui, Jerry B Evarts, Jia Hao, Joshua A Kaplan, Adam Kashishian, Kathleen S Keegan, Thomas Kenney, David J Koditek, Latesh Lad, Eve-Irene Lepist, Mary E McGrath, Leena Patel, Bart Phillips, Joseph Therrien, Jennifer Treiberg, Anella Yahiaoui, Gary Phillips
Phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) beta signaling is required to sustain cancer cell growth in which the tumor suppressor phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) has been deactivated. This manuscript describes the discovery, optimization, and in vivo evaluation of a novel series of PI3Kbeta/delta inhibitors in which PI3Kbeta potency was built in a PI3Kdelta-selective template. This work led to the discovery of a highly selective PI3Kbeta/delta inhibitor displaying excellent pharmacokinetic profile and efficacy in a human PTEN-deficient LNCaP prostate carcinoma xenograft tumor model...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105917/proclat-a-new-bioinformatics-tool-for-in-silico-protein-reclassification-case-study-of-drab-a-protein-coded-from-the-dratgb-operon-in-azospirillum-brasilense
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Elisa Terumi Rubel, Roberto Tadeu Raittz, Nilson Antonio da Rocha Coimbra, Michelly Alves Coutinho Gehlen, Fábio de Oliveira Pedrosa
BACKGROUND: Azopirillum brasilense is a plant-growth promoting nitrogen-fixing bacteria that is used as bio-fertilizer in agriculture. Since nitrogen fixation has a high-energy demand, the reduction of N2 to NH4(+) by nitrogenase occurs only under limiting conditions of NH4(+) and O2. Moreover, the synthesis and activity of nitrogenase is highly regulated to prevent energy waste. In A. brasilense nitrogenase activity is regulated by the products of draG and draT. The product of the draB gene, located downstream in the draTGB operon, may be involved in the regulation of nitrogenase activity by an, as yet, unknown mechanism...
December 15, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105916/gpcrs-from-fusarium-graminearum-detection-modeling-and-virtual-screening-the-search-for-new-routes-to-control-head-blight-disease
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Emmanuel Bresso, Roberto Togawa, Kim Hammond-Kosack, Martin Urban, Bernard Maigret, Natalia Florencio Martins
BACKGOUND: Fusarium graminearum (FG) is one of the major cereal infecting pathogens causing high economic losses worldwide and resulting in adverse effects on human and animal health. Therefore, the development of new fungicides against FG is an important issue to reduce cereal infection and economic impact. In the strategy for developing new fungicides, a critical step is the identification of new targets against which innovative chemicals weapons can be designed. As several G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) are implicated in signaling pathways critical for the fungi development and survival, such proteins could be valuable efficient targets to reduce Fusarium growth and therefore to prevent food contamination...
December 15, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105914/homology-modeling-and-molecular-dynamics-provide-structural-insights-into-tospovirus-nucleoprotein
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Rayane Nunes Lima, Muhammad Faheem, João Alexandre Ribeiro Gonçalves Barbosa, Marcelo Depólo Polêto, Hugo Verli, Fernando Lucas Melo, Renato Oliveira Resende
BACKGROUND: Tospovirus is a plant-infecting genus within the family Bunyaviridae, which also includes four animal-infecting genera: Hantavirus, Nairovirus, Phlebovirus and Orthobunyavirus. Compared to these members, the structures of Tospovirus proteins still are poorly understood. Despite multiple studies have attempted to identify candidate N protein regions involved in RNA binding and protein multimerization for tospovirus using yeast two-hybrid systems (Y2HS) and site-directed mutagenesis, the tospovirus ribonucleocapsids (RNPs) remains largely uncharacterized at the molecular level and the lack of structural information prevents detailed insight into these interactions...
December 15, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105216/identification-of-potential-therapeutic-targets-for-colorectal-cancer-by-bioinformatics-analysis
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Ming Yan, Maomin Song, Rixing Bai, Shi Cheng, Wenmao Yan
The aim of the present study was to identify potential therapeutic targets for colorectal cancer (CRC). The gene expression profile GSE32323, containing 34 samples, including 17 specimens of CRC tissues and 17 of paired normal tissues from CRC patients, was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. Following data preprocessing using the Affy and preprocessCore packages, the differentially-expressed genes (DEGs) between the two types of samples were identified with the Linear Models for Microarray Analysis package...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104789/a-novel-humanized-mouse-model-of-huntington-disease-for-preclinical-development-of-therapeutics-targeting-mutant-huntingtin-alleles
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Amber L Southwell, Niels H Skotte, Erika B Villanueva, Michael E Østergaard, Xiaofeng Gu, Holly B Kordasiewicz, Chris Kay, Daphne Cheung, Yuanyun Xie, Sabine Waltl, Louisa Dal Cengio, Hailey Findlay-Black, Crystal N Doty, Eugenia Petoukhov, Diepiriye Iworima, Ramy Slama, Jolene Ooi, Mahmoud A Pouladi, William X Yang, Eric E Swayze, Punit P Seth, Michael R Hayden
Huntington disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by a mutation in the huntingtin (HTT) gene. HTT is a large protein, interacts with many partners and is involved in many cellular pathways, which are perturbed in HD. Therapies targeting HTT directly are likely to provide the most global benefit. Thus there is a need for preclinical models of HD recapitulating human HTT genetics. We previously generated a humanized mouse model of HD, Hu97/18, by intercrossing BACHD and YAC18 mice with knockout of the endogenous mouse HD homolog (Hdh)...
January 18, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104746/origin-and-evolution-of-the-sponge-aggregation-factor-gene-family
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Laura F Grice, Marie E A Gauthier, Kathrein E Roper, Xavier Fernàndez-Busquets, Sandie M Degnan, Bernard M Degnan
Although discriminating self from nonself is a cardinal animal trait, metazoan allorecognition genes do not appear to be homologous. Here we characterise the Aggregation Factor (AF) gene family, which encodes putative allorecognition factors in the demosponge Amphimedon queenslandica, and trace its evolution across 24 sponge (Porifera) species. The AF locus in Amphimedon is comprised of a cluster of five similar genes that encode Calx-beta and Von Willebrand domains and a newly defined Wreath domain, and are highly polymorphic...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104494/thoughts-on-interactions-between-pgrmc1-and-diverse-attested-and-potential-hydrophobic-ligands
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Michael A Cahill, Amy E Medlock
Progesterone Receptor Membrane Component 1 (PGRMC1) is located in many different subcellular locations with many different attested and probably location-specific functions. PGRMC1 was recently identified in the mitochondrial outer membrane where it interacts with ferrochelatase, the last enzyme in the heme synthetic pathway. It has been proposed that PGRMC1 may act as a chaperone to shuttle newly synthesized heme from the mitochondrion to cytochrome P450 (cyP450) enzymes. Here we consider potential roles that PGRMC1 may play in transferring heme, and other small hydrophobic ligands such as cholesterol and steroids, between the hydrophobic compartment of the membrane lipid bilayer interior to aqueous proteins, and perhaps to the membranes of other organelles...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103804/inactivity-periods-and-postural-change-speed-can-explain-atypical-postural-change-patterns-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-mutants
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Tsukasa Fukunaga, Wataru Iwasaki
BACKGROUND: With rapid advances in genome sequencing and editing technologies, systematic and quantitative analysis of animal behavior is expected to be another key to facilitating data-driven behavioral genetics. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is a model organism in this field. Several video-tracking systems are available for automatically recording behavioral data for the nematode, but computational methods for analyzing these data are still under development. RESULTS: In this study, we applied the Gaussian mixture model-based binning method to time-series postural data for 322 C...
January 19, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103251/active-hydrogen-bond-network-ahbn-and-applications-for-improvement-of-thermal-stability-and-ph-sensitivity-of-pullulanase-from-bacillus-naganoensis
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Qing-Yan Wang, Neng-Zhong Xie, Qi-Shi Du, Yan Qin, Jian-Xiu Li, Jian-Zong Meng, Ri-Bo Huang
A method, so called "active hydrogen bond network" (AHBN), is proposed for site-directed mutations of hydrolytic enzymes. In an enzyme the AHBN consists of the active residues, functional residues, and conservative water molecules, which are connected by hydrogen bonds, forming a three dimensional network. In the catalysis hydrolytic reactions of hydrolytic enzymes AHBN is responsible for the transportation of protons and water molecules, and maintaining the active and dynamic structures of enzymes. The AHBN of pullulanase BNPulA324 from Bacillus naganoensis was constructed based on a homologous model structure using Swiss Model Protein-modeling Server according to the template structure of pullulanase BAPulA (2WAN)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102461/rnahelix-computational-modeling-of-nucleic-acid-structures-with-watson-crick-and-non-canonical-base-pairs
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Dhananjay Bhattacharyya, Sukanya Halder, Sankar Basu, Debasish Mukherjee, Prasun Kumar, Manju Bansal
Comprehensive analyses of structural features of non-canonical base pairs within a nucleic acid double helix are limited by the availability of a small number of three dimensional structures. Therefore, a procedure for model building of double helices containing any given nucleotide sequence and base pairing information, either canonical or non-canonical, is seriously needed. Here we describe a program RNAHelix, which is an updated version of our widely used software, NUCGEN. The program can regenerate duplexes using the dinucleotide step and base pair orientation parameters for a given double helical DNA or RNA sequence with defined Watson-Crick or non-Watson-Crick base pairs...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101376/atpase-activity-tightly-regulates-reca-nucleofilaments-to-promote-homologous-recombination
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Bailin Zhao, Dapeng Zhang, Chengmin Li, Zheng Yuan, Fangzhi Yu, Shangwei Zhong, Guibin Jiang, Yun-Gui Yang, X Chris Le, Michael Weinfeld, Ping Zhu, Hailin Wang
Homologous recombination (HR), catalyzed in an evolutionarily conserved manner by active RecA/Rad51 nucleofilaments, maintains genomic integrity and promotes biological evolution and diversity. The structures of RecA/Rad51 nucleofilaments provide information critical for the entire HR process. By exploiting a unique capillary electrophoresis-laser-induced fluorescence polarization assay, we have discovered an active form of RecA nucleofilament, stimulated by ATP hydrolysis, that contains mainly unbound nucleotide sites...
2017: Cell Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100106/systemic-lupus-erythematosus-in-the-light-of-the-regulatory-effects-of-galectin-1-on-t-cell-function
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Á Hornung, É Monostori, L Kovács
Galectin-1 is an endogenous immunoregulatory lectin-type protein. Its most important effects are the inhibition of the differentiation and cytokine production of Th1 and Th17 cells, and the induction of apoptosis of activated T-cells. Galectin-1 has been identified as a key molecule in antitumor immune surveillance, and data are accumulating about the pathogenic role of its deficiency, and the beneficial effects of its administration in various autoimmune disease models. Initial animal and human studies strongly suggest deficiencies in both galectin-1 production and responsiveness in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) T-cells...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098247/c-jun-n-terminal-kinase-2-promotes-enterocyte-survival-and-goblet-cell-differentiation-in-the-inflamed-intestine
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A D Mandić, E Bennek, J Verdier, K Zhang, S Roubrocks, R J Davis, B Denecke, N Gassler, K Streetz, A Kel, M Hornef, F J Cubero, C Trautwein, G Sellge
c-Jun N-terminal kinases (JNKs) contribute to immune signaling but their functional role during intestinal mucosal inflammation has remained ill defined. Using genetic mouse models, we characterized the role of JNK1 and JNK2 during homeostasis and acute colitis. Epithelial apoptosis, regeneration, differentiation, and barrier function were analyzed in intestinal epithelium-specific (ΔIEC) or complete JNK1 and bone marrow chimeric or complete JNK2 deficient mice as well as double-knockout animals (JNK1(ΔIEC)JNK2(-/-)) during homeostasis and acute dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis...
January 18, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098234/maternal-cortisol-stimulates-neurogenesis-and-affects-larval-behaviour-in-zebrafish
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Carol Best, Deborah M Kurrasch, Mathilakath M Vijayan
Excess glucocorticoid transferred from stressed mother to the embryo affects developing vertebrate offspring, but the underlying programming events are unclear. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that increased zygotic glucocorticoid deposition, mimicking a maternal stress scenario, modifies early brain development and larval behaviour in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Cortisol was microinjected into the yolk at one cell-stage, to mimic maternal transfer, and the larvae [96 hours post-fertilization (hpf)] displayed increased activity in light and a reduction in thigmotaxis, a behavioural model for anxiety, suggesting an increased propensity for boldness...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
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