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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651382/assignment-of-sigma-factors-of-rna-polymerase-to-promoters-in-corynebacterium-glutamicum
#1
Hana Dostálová, Jiří Holátko, Tobias Busche, Lenka Rucká, Andrey Rapoport, Petr Halada, Jan Nešvera, Jörn Kalinowski, Miroslav Pátek
Corynebacterium glutamicum is an important industrial producer of various amino acids and other metabolites. The C. glutamicum genome encodes seven sigma subunits (factors) of RNA polymerase: the primary sigma factor SigA (σ(A)), the primary-like σ(B) and five alternative sigma factors (σ(C), σ(D), σ(E), σ(H) and σ(M)). We have developed in vitro and in vivo methods to assign particular sigma factors to individual promoters of different classes. In vitro transcription assays and measurements of promoter activity using the overexpression of a single sigma factor gene and the transcriptional fusion of the promoter to the gfpuv reporter gene enabled us to reliably define the sigma factor dependency of promoters...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651163/ex-vivo-assessment-of-valve-thickness-calcification-of-patients-with-calcific-aortic-stenosis-in-relation-to-in-vivo-clinical-outcomes
#2
Ching-Li Cheng, Hsiao-Huang Chang, Pei-Jung Huang, Wei-Chen Wang, Shan-Yang Lin
Calcific aortic stenosis (AS) plays a critical role in the risk of cardiovascular disease. This preliminary study examined the relationship between the ex vivo valve thickness/calcification and in vivo clinical outcomes of Chinese patients with calcific AS. Six Chinese patients (3 patients with tricuspid aortic valves (TAV)) and 3 patients with. bicuspid aortic valves (BAV) with calcific AS undergoing heart valve replacement were initially chosen for this study. In vivo medical imaging of these calcific AS patients was evaluated using computed tomography and echocardiography...
June 22, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650638/identification-and-structure-activity-relationships-of-novel-compounds-that-potentiate-the-activities-of-antibiotics-in-escherichia-coli
#3
Keith M Haynes, Narges Abdali, Varsha Jhawar, Helen I Zgurskaya, Jerry M Parks, Adam T Green, Jerome Yves Baudry, Valentin V Rybenkov, Jeremy C Smith, John K Walker
In Gram-negative bacteria, efflux pumps are able to prevent effective cellular concentrations from being achieved for a number of antibiotics. Small molecule adjuvants that act as efflux pump inhibitors (EPIs) have the potential to reinvigorate existing antibiotics that are currently ineffective due to efflux mechanisms. Through a combination of rigorous experimental screening and in silico virtual screening we recently identified novel classes of EPIs that interact with the membrane fusion protein AcrA, a critical component of the AcrAB-TolC efflux pump in E...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650474/an-activating-mutation-of-gnb1-is-associated-with-resistance-to-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors-in-etv6-abl1-positive-leukemia
#4
O Zimmermannova, E Doktorova, J Stuchly, V Kanderova, D Kuzilkova, H Strnad, J Starkova, M Alberich-Jorda, J H F Falkenburg, J Trka, J Petrak, J Zuna, M Zaliova
Leukemias harboring the ETV6-ABL1 fusion represent a rare subset of hematological malignancies with unfavorable outcomes. The constitutively active chimeric Etv6-Abl1 tyrosine kinase can be specifically inhibited by tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). Although TKIs represent an important therapeutic tool, so far, the mechanism underlying the potential TKI resistance in ETV6-ABL1-positive malignancies has not been studied in detail. To address this issue, we established a TKI-resistant ETV6-ABL1-positive leukemic cell line through long-term exposure to imatinib...
June 26, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649853/cationic-liposome-co-encapsulation-of-smac-mimetic-and-zvad-using-a-novel-lipid-bilayer-fusion-loaded-with-mlkl-pdna-for-tumor-inhibition-in-vivo
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Dan Sun, Linshu Zhao, Junzhong Lin, Yun Zhao, Yu Zheng
The increase in multidrug resistance among colon cancer cells presents a challenge for the development of effective therapies. Small-molecule analogs of second mitochondria-derived activator of caspase (SMAC) mimetic in association with mixed lineage kinase domain-like protein (MLKL)-pDNA and z-VAD-fmk have shown ideal antitumor effects in colon cancer cells in vitro via induction of RIP3-dependent necroptosis. To achieve synergistic antitumor effects in vivo, liposomes loaded with SMAC mimetic, MLKL-pDNA and z-VAD-fmk have been developed using novel lipid fusion methods to co-localize the molecules of interest within the tumor cells...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649426/conserved-and-species-specific-molecular-denominators-in-mammalian-skeletal-muscle-aging
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Evi M Mercken, Miriam Capri, Bethany A Carboneau, Maria Conte, Juliana Heidler, Aurelia Santoro, Alejandro Martin-Montalvo, Marta Gonzalez-Freire, Husam Khraiwesh, José A González-Reyes, Ruin Moaddel, Yongqing Zhang, Kevin G Becker, José M Villalba, Julie A Mattison, Ilka Wittig, Claudio Franceschi, Rafael de Cabo
Aging is a complex phenomenon involving functional decline in multiple physiological systems. We undertook a comparative analysis of skeletal muscle from four different species, i.e. mice, rats, rhesus monkeys, and humans, at three different representative stages during their lifespan (young, middle, and old) to identify pathways that modulate function and healthspan. Gene expression profiling and computational analysis revealed that pathway complexity increases from mice to humans, and as mammals age, there is predominantly an upregulation of pathways in all species...
2017: NPJ Aging and Mechanisms of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649380/gitr-ligand-fusion-protein-agonist-enhances-the-tumor-antigen-specific-cd8-t-cell-response-and-leads-to-long-lasting-memory
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Nick M Durham, Nick Holoweckyj, Randall S MacGill, Kelly McGlinchey, Ching Ching Leow, Scott H Robbins
BACKGROUND: The expansion of antigen-specific CD8 T cells is important in generating an effective and long-lasting immune response to tumors and viruses. Glucocorticoid-induced tumor necrosis factor receptor family-related receptor (GITR) is a co-stimulatory receptor that binds the GITR ligand (GITRL). Agonism of GITR can produce important signals that drive expansion of effector T cell populations. METHODS: We explored two separate murine tumor models, CT26 and TC-1, for responsiveness to GITR Ligand Fusion Protein(GITRL-FP) monotherapy...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649255/overexpression-of-the-peat1-elicitor-gene-from-alternaria-tenuissima-improves-drought-tolerance-in-rice-plants-via-interaction-with-a-myo-inositol-oxygenase
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Fachao Shi, Yijie Dong, Yi Zhang, Xiufeng Yang, Dewen Qiu
Abiotic stresses, especially drought, seriously threaten cereal crops yields and quality. In this study, we observed that the rice plants of overexpression the Alternariatenuissima PeaT1 gene showed enhanced drought stress tolerance and increased the survival rate following a drought treatment. In PeaT1-overexpressing (PeaT1OE) plants, abscisic acid and chlorophyll content significantly increased, while the malondialdehyde (MDA) content decreased compared with the wild-type plants. Additionally, we confirmed that the transcript levels of drought-responsive genes, including OsAM1, OsLP2, and OsDST, were prominently lower in the PeaT1OE plants...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648941/low-grade-fibromyxoid-sarcoma-clinical-morphologic-and-genetic-features
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REVIEW
Mustafa Mohamed, Cyril Fisher, Khin Thway
Low-grade fibromyxoid sarcoma (LGFMS) is a bland spindle cell neoplasm that typically arises in the deep soft tissues of the proximal extremities or trunk of young adults. The majority of LGFMS are characterized by a recurrent (7;16)(q34;p11) translocation, resulting in the FUS-CREB3L2 fusion gene, which generates a chimeric protein with transcriptional regulatory activity. Small numbers harbor a FUS-CREB3L1 fusion resulting from t(11;16)(p11;p11), whilst rare cases harbor the EWSR1-CREB3L1 fusion. LGFMS is of low to moderate cellularity and consists of bland spindle cells with small, angulated nuclei and scant, wispy cytoplasm, arranged in a whorled growth pattern and typically showing abrupt transition from myxoid to fibrous areas...
June 2017: Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648736/bone-morphogenetic-protein-bmp-2-usage-and-cancer-correlation-an-analysis-of-10-416-spine-fusion-patients-from-a-multi-center-spine-registry
#10
Ravi Bains, Lance Mitsunaga, Mayur Kardile, Yuexin Chen, Kern Guppy, Jessica Harris, Elizabeth Paxton
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648584/control-of-lipid-droplet-fusion-and-growth-by-cide-family-proteins
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REVIEW
Guangang Gao, Feng-Jung Chen, Linkang Zhou, Lu Su, Dijin Xu, Li Xu, Peng Li
Cell death-inducing DFF45-like effector (CIDE) family proteins including Cidea, Cideb and Cidec/Fsp27 are expressed in many different tissues and are known as lipid droplet (LD)-and ER-associated proteins. Systematic analyses using genetically modified animal models have demonstrated that CIDE proteins play important roles in regulating various aspects of lipid homeostasis, including lipid storage, lipolysis and lipid secretion. Recent research in ours and other laboratories has revealed that CIDE proteins are crucial regulators of LD fusion and growth in the adipose tissue, liver, skin and mammary glands...
June 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647351/development-of-an-on-off-switchable-fluorescent-probe-targeting-his-tag-fused-proteins-in-living-cells
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Koyo Okitsu, Takashi Misawa, Takuji Shoda, Masaaki Kurihara, Yosuke Demizu
The fluorescent labeling of target proteins is useful for analyzing their functions and localization in cells, and several fluorescent probes have been developed. However, the fusion of tags such as green fluorescent protein (GFP) to target proteins occasionally affects their functions and/or localization in living cells. Therefore, an imaging method that uses short peptide tags such as hexa-histidine (the His tag) has been attracting increasing attention. Few studies have investigated ON/OFF switchable fluorescent probes for intracellular His-tagged proteins...
May 31, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646649/two-single-mutations-in-the-fusion-protein-of-newcastle-disease-virus-confer-hemagglutinin-neuraminidase-independent-fusion-promotion-and-attenuate-the-pathogenicity-in-chickens
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Yanhong Ji, Tao Liu, Yane Jia, Bin Liu, Qingzhong Yu, Xiaole Cui, Fengfeng Guo, Huiyun Chang, Qiyun Zhu
The fusion (F) protein of Newcastle disease virus (NDV) affects viral infection and pathogenicity through mediating membrane fusion. Previously, we found NDV with increased fusogenic activity in which contained T458D or G459D mutation in the F protein. Here, we investigated the effects of these two mutations on viral infection, fusogenicity and pathogenicity. Syncytium formation assays indicated that T458D or G459D increased the F protein cleavage activity and enhanced cell fusion with or without the presence of HN protein...
June 21, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646426/eftrenonacog-alfa-a-review-in-haemophilia-b
#14
Sheridan M Hoy
Eftrenonacog alfa (Alprolix™) is a recombinant fusion protein comprising human factor IX (FIX) covalently linked to the constant region (Fc) domain of human IgG1 (i.e. rFIXFc). The presence of the Fc domain extends the terminal half-life (t½) of rFIXFc, permitting prolonged treatment intervals. rFIXFc is available for intravenous use for the prophylaxis and treatment of bleeding in patients with haemophilia B. In two multinational, phase III studies in previously treated children, adolescents and adults with severe haemophilia B, rFIXFc prophylaxis resulted in low median annualized bleeding rates (ABRs), and was associated with reductions in median weekly factor consumption and dosing frequency compared with pre-study FIX regimens...
June 23, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646324/expression-purification-and-characterization-of-gmz2-10c-a-complex-disulphide-bonded-fusion-protein-vaccine-candidate-against-the-asexual-and-sexual-life-stages-of-the-malaria-causing-plasmodium-falciparum-parasite
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Ulrik H Mistarz, Susheel K Singh, Tam T T N Nguyen, Will Roeffen, Fen Yang, Casper Lissau, Søren M Madsen, Astrid Vrang, Régis W Tiendrebeogo, Ikhlaq H Kana, Robert W Sauerwein, Michael Theisen, Kasper D Rand
PURPOSE: Production and characterization of a chimeric fusion protein (GMZ2'.10C) which combines epitopes of key malaria parasite antigens: glutamate-rich protein (GLURP), merozoite surface protein 3 (MSP3), and the highly disulphide bonded Pfs48/45 (10C). GMZ2'.10C is a potential candidate for a multi-stage malaria vaccine that targets both transmission and asexual life-cycle stages of the parasite. METHODS: GMZ2'.10C was produced in Lactococcus lactis and purified using either an immunoaffinity purification (IP) or a conventional purification (CP) method...
June 23, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646204/optogenetic-protein-clustering-through-fluorescent-protein-tagging-and-extension-of-cry2
#16
Hyerim Park, Na Yeon Kim, Sangkyu Lee, Nury Kim, Jihoon Kim, Won Do Heo
Protein homo-oligomerization is an important molecular mechanism in many biological processes. Therefore, the ability to control protein homo-oligomerization allows the manipulation and interrogation of numerous cellular events. To achieve this, cryptochrome 2 (CRY2) from Arabidopsis thaliana has been recently utilized for blue light-dependent spatiotemporal control of protein homo-oligomerization. However, limited knowledge on molecular characteristics of CRY2 obscures its widespread applications. Here, we identify important determinants for efficient cryptochrome 2 clustering and introduce a new CRY2 module, named ''CRY2clust'', to induce rapid and efficient homo-oligomerization of target proteins by employing diverse fluorescent proteins and an extremely short peptide...
June 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646145/the-calmodulin-fused-kinase-novel-gene-family-is-the-major-system-in-plants-converting-ca-2-signals-to-protein-phosphorylation-responses
#17
Fei Chen, Liangsheng Zhang, Zong-Ming Max Cheng
Eukaryotes utilize Ca(2+) as a universal second messenger to convert and multiply environmental and developmental signals to downstream protein phosphorylation responses. However, the phylogenetic relationships of the genes that convert Ca(2+) signal (CS) to protein phosphorylation responses (PPRs) remain highly controversial, and their origin and evolutionary trajectory are unclear, which greatly hinders functional studies. Here we examined the deep phylogeny of eukaryotic CS converter gene families and identified a phylogenetically and structurally distinctive monophyly in Archaeplastida...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646116/tonic-b-cell-receptor-signaling-in-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
#18
Ondrej Havranek, Jingda Xu, Stefan Köhrer, Zhiqiang Wang, Lisa Becker, Justin M Comer, Jared Henderson, Wencai Ma, John Man Chun Ma, Jason R Westin, Dipanjan Ghosh, Nicholas Shinners, Luhong Sun, Allen F Yi, Anusha R Karri, Jan A Burger, Tomasz Zal, R Eric Davis
We used CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genomic modification to investigate B-cell receptor (BCR) signaling in cell lines of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Three manipulations that altered BCR genes without affecting surface BCR levels showed that BCR signaling differs between the germinal center B-cell (GCB) subtype, which is insensitive to BTK inhibition by ibrutinib, and the activated B-cell (ABC) subtype. Replacing antigen-binding BCR regions had no effect on BCR signaling in GCB-DLBCL lines, reflecting this subtype's exclusive use of tonic BCR signaling...
June 23, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646092/deletion-analysis-of-agd1-reveals-domains-crucial-for-its-plasma-membrane-recruitment-and-function-in-root-hair-polarity
#19
Cheol-Min Yoo, Satoshi Naramoto, J Alan Sparks, Bibi Rafeiza Khan, Jin Nakashima, Hiroo Fukuda, Elison B Blancaflor
AGD1, a plant ACAP-type ADP-ribosylation factor-GTPase activating protein (ARF-GAP), functions in specifying root hair polarity in Arabidopsis thaliana To better understand how AGD1 modulates root hair growth, we generated full length and domain-deleted AGD1-green fluorescent protein (GFP) constructs, and followed their localization during root hair development. AGD1-GFP localized to the cytoplasm and was recruited to specific regions of the root hair plasma membrane (PM). Distinct PM AGD1-GFP signal was first detected along the site of root hair bulge formation...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645896/nucleotide-dependent-farnesyl-switch-orchestrates-polymerization-and-membrane-binding-of-human-guanylate-binding-protein-1
#20
Sergii Shydlovskyi, Anke Y Zienert, Semra Ince, Christine Dovengerds, Annika Hohendahl, Julia M Dargazanli, Ailisa Blum, Saskia D Günther, Nikolay Kladt, Michael Stürzl, Astrid C Schauss, Miriam Kutsch, Aurélien Roux, Gerrit J K Praefcke, Christian Herrmann
Dynamin-like proteins (DLPs) mediate various membrane fusion and fission processes within the cell, which often require the polymerization of DLPs. An IFN-inducible family of DLPs, the guanylate-binding proteins (GBPs), is involved in antimicrobial and antiviral responses within the cell. Human guanylate-binding protein 1 (hGBP1), the founding member of GBPs, is also engaged in the regulation of cell adhesion and migration. Here, we show how the GTPase cycle of farnesylated hGBP1 (hGBP1F) regulates its self-assembly and membrane interaction...
June 23, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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