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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742939/disparate-peroxisome-related-defects-in-arabidopsis-pex6-and-pex26-mutants-link-peroxisomal-retrotranslocation-and-oil-body-utilization
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Kim L Gonzalez, Wendell A Fleming, Yun-Ting Kao, Zachary J Wright, Savina V Venkova, Meredith J Ventura, Bonnie Bartel
Catabolism of fatty acids stored in oil bodies is essential for Arabidopsis seed germination and seedling development. This fatty acid breakdown occurs in peroxisomes, organelles that sequester oxidative reactions. Import of peroxisomal enzymes is facilitated by peroxins including PEX5, a receptor that delivers cargo proteins from the cytosol to the peroxisomal matrix. After cargo delivery, a complex of the PEX1 and PEX6 ATPases and the PEX26 tail-anchored membrane protein removes ubiquitinated PEX5 from the peroxisomal membrane...
July 25, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739292/a-polar-sxxs-motif-drives-assembly-of-the-transmembrane-domains-of-toll-like-receptor-4
#2
Vasileios Kargas, Jan K Marzinek, Daniel A Holdbrook, Hang Yin, Robert C Ford, Peter J Bond
Like all members of the Toll-like receptor (TLR) family, TLR4 comprises of a large ectodomain (ECD) involved in ligand recognition at the cell-surface, and a cytosolic Toll/interleukin-1 receptor (TIR) signalling domain, linked by a lipid membrane-anchored transmembrane (TM) domain (TMD). Binding of immunostimulatory pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) such as bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to myeloid differentiation factor 2 (MD-2) coreceptor-complexed TLR4 leads to its dimerization, resulting in productive juxtaposition of TIR domains and the initiation of pro-inflammatory innate immune responses...
July 21, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738989/membrane-curvature-and-lipid-composition-synergize-to-regulate-n-ras-anchor-recruitment
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Jannik B Larsen, Celeste Kennard, Søren L Pedersen, Knud J Jensen, Mark J Uline, Nikos S Hatzakis, Dimitrios Stamou
Proteins anchored to membranes through covalently linked fatty acids and/or isoprenoid groups play crucial roles in all forms of life. Sorting and trafficking of lipidated proteins has traditionally been discussed in the context of partitioning to membrane domains of different lipid composition. We recently showed that membrane shape/curvature can in itself mediate the recruitment of lipidated proteins. However, exactly how membrane curvature and composition synergize remains largely unexplored. Here we investigated how three critical structural parameters of lipids, namely acyl chain saturation, headgroup size, and acyl chain length, modulate the capacity of membrane curvature to recruit lipidated proteins...
July 21, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736303/the-good-and-the-bad-collagens-of-fibrosis-their-role-in-signaling-and-organ-function
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M A Karsdal, S H Nielsen, D J Leeming, L L Langholm, M J Nielsen, T Manon-Jensen, A Siebuhr, N S Gudmann, S Rønnow, J M Sand, S J Daniels, J H Mortensen, D Schuppan
Usually the dense extracellular structure in fibrotic tissues is described as extracellular matrix (ECM) or simply as collagen. However, fibrosis is not just fibrosis, which is already exemplified by the variant morphological characteristics of fibrosis due to viral versus cholestatic, autoimmune or toxic liver injury, with reticular, chicken wire and bridging fibrosis. Importantly, the overall composition of the ECM, especially the relative amounts of the many types of collagens, which represent the most abundant ECM molecules and which centrally modulate cellular functions and physiological processes, changes dramatically during fibrosis progression...
July 20, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735044/sensing-platform-for-neuron-specific-enolase-based-on-molecularly-imprinted-polymerized-ionic-liquids-in-between-gold-nanoarrays
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Xing Wang, Yanying Wang, Xiaoxue Ye, Tsunghsueh Wu, Hongping Deng, Peng Wu, Chunya Li
A molecularly imprinted electrochemical sensor for neuron specific enolase (NSE) was developed by electrochemical polymerizing ionic liquid, which was functionalized with pyrrole moiety, in between gold nanoarrays. A well-defined 3D structured gold nanoarray was fabricated on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) surface by using template-assisted electrochemical deposition technique. 1-(3-mercaptopropyl)-3-vinyl-imidazolium tetrafluoroborate was self-assembled onto the surface of gold nanoarrays to produce active sites for anchoring the molecularly imprinted film...
July 14, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732005/filamin-actin-binding-and-titin-binding-fulfill-distinct-functions-in-z-disc-cohesion
#6
Nicanor González-Morales, Tristan K Holenka, Frieder Schöck
Many proteins contribute to the contractile properties of muscles, most notably myosin thick filaments, which are anchored at the M-line, and actin thin filaments, which are anchored at the Z-discs that border each sarcomere. In humans, mutations in the actin-binding protein Filamin-C result in myopathies, but the underlying molecular function is not well understood. Here we show using Drosophila indirect flight muscle that the filamin ortholog Cheerio in conjunction with the giant elastic protein titin plays a crucial role in keeping thin filaments stably anchored at the Z-disc...
July 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718807/melanin-and-melanin-related-polymers-as-materials-with-biomedical-and-biotechnological-applications-cuttlefish-ink-and-mussel-foot-proteins-as-inspired-biomolecules
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REVIEW
Francisco Solano
The huge development of bioengineering during the last years has boosted the search for new bioinspired materials, with tunable chemical, mechanical, and optoelectronic properties for the design of semiconductors, batteries, biosensors, imaging and therapy probes, adhesive hydrogels, tissue restoration, photoprotectors, etc. These new materials should complement or replace metallic or organic polymers that cause cytotoxicity and some adverse health effects. One of the most interesting biomaterials is melanin and synthetic melanin-related molecules...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716937/altered-metabotropic-glutamate-receptor-5-markers-in-ptsd-in-vivo-and-postmortem-evidence
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Sophie E Holmes, Matthew J Girgenti, Margaret T Davis, Robert H Pietrzak, Nicole DellaGioia, Nabeel Nabulsi, David Matuskey, Steven Southwick, Ronald S Duman, Richard E Carson, John H Krystal, Irina Esterlis
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a prevalent and highly disabling disorder, but there is currently no targeted pharmacological treatment for it. Dysfunction of the glutamate system has been implicated in trauma and stress psychopathology, resulting in a growing interest in modulation of the glutamate system for the treatment of PTSD. Specifically, the metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5) represents a promising treatment target. We used [(18)F]FPEB, a radioligand that binds to the mGluR5, and positron emission tomography (PET) to quantify in vivo mGluR5 availability in human PTSD vs...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714993/a-two-helix-motif-positions-the-lysophosphatidic-acid-acyltransferase-active-site-for-catalysis-within-the-membrane-bilayer
#9
Rosanna M Robertson, Jiangwei Yao, Stefan Gajewski, Gyanendra Kumar, Erik W Martin, Charles O Rock, Stephen W White
Phosphatidic acid (PA), the central intermediate in membrane phospholipid synthesis, is generated by two acyltransferases in a pathway conserved in all life forms. The second step in this pathway is catalyzed by 1-acyl-sn-glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase, called PlsC in bacteria. Here we present the crystal structure of PlsC from Thermotoga maritima, revealing an unusual hydrophobic/aromatic N-terminal two-helix motif linked to an acyltransferase αβ-domain that contains the catalytic HX4D motif. PlsC dictates the acyl chain composition of the 2-position of phospholipids, and the acyl chain selectivity 'ruler' is an appropriately placed and closed hydrophobic tunnel...
July 17, 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714316/through-a-window-brightly-a-review-of-selected-nanofabricated-thin-film-platforms-for-spectroscopy-imaging-and-detection
#10
Jason R Dwyer, Maher Harb
We present a review of the use of selected nanofabricated thin films to deliver a host of capabilities and insights spanning bioanalytical and biophysical chemistry, materials science, and fundamental molecular-level research. We discuss approaches where thin films have been vital, enabling experimental studies using a variety of optical spectroscopies across the visible and infrared spectral range, electron microscopies, and related techniques such as electron energy loss spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and single molecule sensing...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712723/msp1-is-a-membrane-protein-dislocase-for-tail-anchored-proteins
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Matthew L Wohlever, Agnieszka Mateja, Philip T McGilvray, Kasey J Day, Robert J Keenan
Mislocalized tail-anchored (TA) proteins of the outer mitochondrial membrane are cleared by a newly identified quality control pathway involving the conserved eukaryotic protein Msp1 (ATAD1 in humans). Msp1 is a transmembrane AAA-ATPase, but its role in TA protein clearance is not known. Here, using purified components reconstituted into proteoliposomes, we show that Msp1 is both necessary and sufficient to drive the ATP-dependent extraction of TA proteins from the membrane. A crystal structure of the Msp1 cytosolic region modeled into a ring hexamer suggests that active Msp1 contains a conserved membrane-facing surface adjacent to a central pore...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711825/autonomous-electrochemical-biosensors-a-new-vision-to-direct-methanol-fuel-cells
#12
M Goreti F Sales, Lúcia Brandão
A new approach to biosensing devices is demonstrated aiming an easier and simpler application in routine health care systems. Our methodology considered a new concept for the biosensor transducing event that allows to obtain, simultaneously, an equipment-free, user-friendly, cheap electrical biosensor. The use of the anode triple-phase boundary (TPB) layer of a passive direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) as biosensor transducer is herein proposed. For that, the ionomer present in the anode catalytic layer of the DMFC is partially replaced by an ionomer with molecular recognition capability working as the biorecognition element of the biosensor...
July 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710928/synthesis-and-characterization-of-cobalt-supported-catalysts-on-modified-magnetic-nanoparticle-green-and-highly-efficient-heterogeneous-nanocatalyst-for-selective-oxidation-of-ethylbenzene-cyclohexene-and-oximes-with-molecular-oxygen
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Ali Reza Faraji, Sima Mosazadeh, Fatemeh Ashouri
In this study, a new supported cobalt nanocatalyst has been described. The Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4 MNPs) modified by SiO2/aminopropyl trimethoxy silane/cyanuric chloride (Fe3O4@SiO2-APTMS/CC) utilized for anchoring metformin-cobalt complex (Fe3O4 Ms@SiO2-APTMS/CC/Met@Co(II)). The structure of novel complex well defined by elemental analysis, ICP, AAS, BET, FT-IR, EDX, SEM, TEM, DLS, XRD, TG-DTG, VSM and XPS. The catalytic efficiency of the synthesized cobalt nanocatalyst was studied in the oxidation of ethylbenzene (EB), cyclohexene (CYHE) and various oximes using molecular oxygen as ecofriendly oxidant and high catalytic activity and selectivity toward oxidation is observed...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701066/the-cell-wall-of-the-human-fungal-pathogen-aspergillus-fumigatus-biosynthesis-organization-immune-response-and-virulence
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Jean-Paul Latgé, Anne Beauvais, Georgios Chamilos
More than 90% of the cell wall of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus comprises polysaccharides. Biosynthesis of the cell wall polysaccharides is under the control of three types of enzymes: transmembrane synthases, which are anchored to the plasma membrane and use nucleotide sugars as substrates, and cell wall-associated transglycosidases and glycosyl hydrolases, which are responsible for remodeling the de novo synthesized polysaccharides and establishing the three-dimensional structure of the cell wall...
July 12, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700939/neogenin-recruitment-of-the-wave-regulatory-complex-to-ependymal-and-radial-progenitor-adherens-junctions-prevents-hydrocephalus
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Conor J O'Leary, Cathrin C Nourse, Natalie K Lee, Amanda White, Michael Langford, Kai Sempert, Stacey J Cole, Helen M Cooper
Denudation of the ependyma due to loss of cell adhesion mediated by cadherin-based adherens junctions is a common feature of perinatal hydrocephalus. Junctional stability depends on the interaction between cadherins and the actin cytoskeleton. However, the molecular mechanism responsible for recruiting the actin nucleation machinery to the ependymal junction is unknown. Here, we reveal that loss of the netrin/RGM receptor, Neogenin, leads to severe hydrocephalus. We show that Neogenin plays a critical role in actin nucleation in the ependyma by anchoring the WAVE regulatory complex (WRC) and Arp2/3 to the cadherin complex...
July 11, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700831/robust-molecular-anchoring-to-graphene-electrodes
#16
Hatef Sadeghi, Sara Sangtarash, Colin Lambert
Recent advances in the engineering of picoscale gaps between electroburnt graphene electrodes provide new opportunities for studying electron transport through electrostatically gated single molecules. But first we need to understand and develop strategies for anchoring single molecules to such electrodes. Here, for the first time we present a systematic theoretical study of transport properties using four different modes of anchoring zinc-porphyrin monomer, dimer, and trimer molecular wires to graphene electrodes...
July 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697000/evaluation-and-management-of-syndromic-congenital-hearing-loss
#17
Geoffrey Casazza, Jeremy D Meier
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to review the evaluation and management of children with syndromic hearing loss. Specific syndromes and the impact of those syndromes on managing hearing loss will be discussed. RECENT FINDINGS: Improved molecular testing has increased the ability to identify syndromes-associated hearing loss. Accurate diagnosis of syndromic hearing loss can guide discussions regarding prognosis and appropriate management options for the hearing impairment...
July 10, 2017: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696331/molecular-beacon-anchored-onto-a-graphene-oxide-substrate
#18
Arash Darbandi, Debopam Datta, Krunal Patel, Gary Lin, Michael A Stroscio, Mitra Dutta
In this article, we report a graphene oxide-based nanosensor incorporating semiconductor quantum dots linked to DNA-aptamers that functions as a 'turn-off' fluorescent nanosensor for detection of low concentrations of analytes. A specific demonstration of this turn-off aptasensor is presented for the case of the detection of mercury (II) ions. In this system, ensembles of aptamer-based quantum-dot (QD) sensors are anchored on graphene oxide (GO) flakes which provide a platform for analyte detection in the vicinity of GO operating in the "turn-off" mode...
July 11, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695929/biomolecule-mediated-hydrothermal-synthesis-of-polyoxoniobate-cds-nanohybrids-with-enhanced-photocatalytic-performance-for-hydrogen-production-and-rhb-degradation
#19
Meiying Liu, Hong Chen, Hongmei Zhao, Yunfei He, Yunhe Li, Ran Wang, Lancui Zhang, Wansheng You
Using a biomolecule of l-cystine as the sulfur source and coordinating agent, polyoxoniobate-CdS nanohybrids were successfully synthesized under mild hydrothermal conditions. The adsorption of ammonium group (-NH2) in l-cystine molecular structure on the surface of CdS renders the amine-anchored CdS positively charged, which readily combines with the negatively charged polyoxoniobate clusters in terms of the electrostatic interaction. The as-obtained polyoxoniobate-CdS nanohybrids exhibit much superior activity for H2 evolution and RhB degradation under visible light as compared to the unhybridized CdS and polyoxoniobate...
July 11, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692652/developmental-transcriptomic-analyses-for-mechanistic-insights-into-critical-pathways-involved-in-embryogenesis-of-pelagic-mahi-mahi-coryphaena-hippurus
#20
Elvis Genbo Xu, Edward M Mager, Martin Grosell, John D Stieglitz, E Starr Hazard, Gary Hardiman, Daniel Schlenk
Mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) is a commercially and ecologically important species of fish occurring in tropical and temperate waters worldwide. Understanding early life events is crucial for predicting effects of environmental stress, which is largely restricted by a lack of genetic resources regarding expression of early developmental genes and regulation of pathways. The need for anchoring developmental stages to transcriptional activities is highlighted by increasing evidence on the impacts of recurrent worldwide oil spills in this sensitive species during early development...
2017: PloS One
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