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Mingming Pu, Lili Sheng, Sooyeon Song, Ting Gong, Thomas K Wood
Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes many biofilm infections, and the rugose small-colony variants (RSCVs) of this bacterium are important for infection. We found here that inactivation of PA2444, which we determined to be a serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT), leads to the RSCV phenotype of P. aeruginosa PA14. In addition, loss of PA2444 increases biofilm formation by two orders of magnitude, increases exopolysaccharide by 45-fold, and abolishes swarming. The RSCV phenotype is related to higher cyclic diguanylate concentrations due to increased activity of the Wsp chemosensory system, including diguanylate cyclase WspR...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Juan Ni, Yaoxian Liu, Tao Zhou, Xiayu Wu, Xu Wang
OBJECTIVE: One-carbon metabolism (OCM) is essential for DNA synthesis and methylation. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within OCM genes may affect folic acid (FA) metabolism, disrupt homocysteine (Hcy) homeostasis, and increase the risk of disease. This study investigated the relationship between SNPs in key OCM genes and their association with blood FA and Hcy levels in a healthy population in Yunnan, China. METHODS: Six SNPs within five key OCM genes (MTHFR C677T, MTHFR A1298C, MS A2756G, MTRR A66G, CBS T833C, and SHMT C1420T) were genotyped in 300 healthy volunteers (148 males and 152 females) using polymerase chain reaction/restriction fragment length polymorphism...
February 16, 2018: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
Manfeng Zhang, Wei Wu, Zhongzhou Chen
Serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT) catalyzes the interconversion of serine and glycine, which is crucial for one carbon metabolism. Here, we report the first crystal structure of cytoplasmic SHMT from Pichia pastoris (pcSHMT) diffracted to 2.5 Å resolution in space group C2221 . PcSHMT was a contaminant with our target protein expressed in Pichia pastoris and confirmed by mass spectrometry. The overall structure of pcSHMT is similar to Human mitochondrial SHMT and different to E. coli SHMT. Interestingly, the oligomerization of pcSHMT expressed in eukaryotic or prokaryotic system differs significantly and is regulated by pyridoxal-5'-phosphate...
February 5, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Weasam A R Aljaafri, Brant T McNeece, Bisho R Lawaju, Keshav Sharma, Prakash M Niruala, Shankar R Pant, David H Long, Kathy S Lawrence, Gary W Lawrence, Vincent P Klink
The bacterial effector harpin induces the transcription of the Arabidopsis thaliana NON-RACE SPECIFIC DISEASE RESISTANCE 1/HARPIN INDUCED1 (NDR1/HIN1) coiled-coil nucleotide binding leucine rich repeat (CC-NB-LRR) defense signaling gene. In Glycine max, Gm-NDR1-1 transcripts have been detected within root cells undergoing a natural resistant reaction to parasitism by the syncytium-forming nematode Heterodera glycines, functioning in the defense response. Expressing Gm-NDR1-1 in Gossypium hirsutum leads to resistance to Meloidogyne incognita parasitism...
October 13, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Gregory S Ducker, Jonathan M Ghergurovich, Nello Mainolfi, Vipin Suri, Stephanie K Jeong, Sophia Hsin-Jung Li, Adam Friedman, Mark G Manfredi, Zemer Gitai, Hahn Kim, Joshua D Rabinowitz
The enzyme serine hydroxymethyltransferse (SHMT) converts serine into glycine and a tetrahydrofolate-bound one-carbon unit. Folate one-carbon units support purine and thymidine synthesis, and thus cell growth. Mammals have both cytosolic SHMT1 and mitochondrial SHMT2, with the mitochondrial isozyme strongly up-regulated in cancer. Here we show genetically that dual SHMT1/2 knockout blocks HCT-116 colon cancer tumor xenograft formation. Building from a pyrazolopyran scaffold that inhibits plant SHMT, we identify small-molecule dual inhibitors of human SHMT1/2 (biochemical IC50 ∼ 10 nM)...
October 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Geoffrey Schwertz, Michelle S Frei, Matthias C Witschel, Matthias Rottmann, Ubolsree Leartsakulpanich, Penchit Chitnumsub, Aritsara Jaruwat, Wanwipa Ittarat, Anja Schäfer, Raphael A Aponte, Nils Trapp, Kerstin Mark, Pimchai Chaiyen, François Diederich
Malaria remains a major threat to mankind due to the perpetual emergence of resistance against marketed drugs. Twenty-one pyrazolopyran-based inhibitors bearing terminal biphenyl, aryl sulfonamide, or aryl sulfone motifs were synthesized and tested towards serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT), a key enzyme of the folate cycle. The best ligands inhibited Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) and Arabidopsis thaliana (At) SHMT in target, as well as PfNF54 strains in cell-based assays in the low nanomolar range (18-56 nm)...
October 12, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
Pramod K Kandoth, Shiming Liu, Elizabeth Prenger, Andrew Ludwig, Naoufal Lakhssassi, Robert Heinz, Zhou Zhou, Amanda Howland, Joshua Gunther, Samantha Eidson, Andi Dhroso, Peter LaFayette, Donna Tucker, Sarah Johnson, James Anderson, Alaa Alaswad, Silvia R Cianzio, Wayne A Parrott, Dmitry Korkin, Khalid Meksem, Melissa G Mitchum
Rhg4 is a major genetic locus that contributes to soybean cyst nematode (SCN) resistance in the Peking-type resistance of soybean (Glycine max), which also requires the rhg1 gene. By map-based cloning and functional genomic approaches, we previously showed that the Rhg4 gene encodes a predicted cytosolic serine hydroxymethyltransferase (GmSHMT08); however, the novel gain of function of GmSHMT08 in SCN resistance remains to be characterized. Using a forward genetic screen, we identified an allelic series of GmSHMT08 mutants that shed new light on the mechanistic aspects of GmSHMT08-mediated resistance...
November 2017: Plant Physiology
Watcharee Amornwatcharapong, Somchart Maenpuen, Penchit Chitnumsub, Ubolsree Leartsakulpanich, Pimchai Chaiyen
Serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT), an essential enzyme for cell growth and development, catalyzes the transfer of -CH2OH from l-serine to tetrahydrofolate (THF) to form glycine and 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate (MTHF) which is used for nucleotide synthesis. Insights into the ligand binding and inhibition properties of human cytosolic SHMT (hcSHMT) and Plasmodium SHMT (PvSHMT) are crucial for designing specific drugs against malaria and cancer. The results presented here revealed strong and pH-dependent THF inhibition of hcSHMT...
September 15, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Geoffrey Schwertz, Matthias C Witschel, Matthias Rottmann, Roger Bonnert, Ubolsree Leartsakulpanich, Penchit Chitnumsub, Aritsara Jaruwat, Wanwipa Ittarat, Anja Schäfer, Raphael A Aponte, Susan A Charman, Karen L White, Abhijit Kundu, Surajit Sadhukhan, Mel Lloyd, Gail M Freiberg, Myron Srikumaran, Marc Siggel, Adrian Zwyssig, Pimchai Chaiyen, François Diederich
Target-based approaches toward new antimalarial treatments are highly valuable to prevent resistance development. We report several series of pyrazolopyran-based inhibitors targeting the enzyme serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT), designed to improve microsomal metabolic stability and to identify suitable candidates for in vivo efficacy evaluation. The best ligands inhibited Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) and Arabidopsis thaliana (At) SHMT in target assays and PfNF54 strains in cell-based assays with values in the low nanomolar range (3...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Franziska Winkler, Maria Kriebel, Michaela Clever, Stephanie Gröning, Jörg Großhans
Many metabolic enzymes are evolutionarily highly conserved and serve a central function in the catabolism and anabolism of cells. The serine hydroxymethyl transferase (SHMT) catalyzing the conversion of serine and glycine and vice versa feeds into tetrahydrofolate (THF)-mediated C1 metabolism. We identified a Drosophila mutation in SHMT (CG3011) in a screen for blastoderm mutants. Embryos from SHMT mutant germline clones specifically arrest the cell cycle in interphase 13 at the time of the midblastula transition (MBT) and prior to cellularization...
July 5, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Ashley M Palmer, Elena Kamynina, Martha S Field, Patrick J Stover
Clinical vitamin B12 deficiency can result in megaloblastic anemia, which results from the inhibition of DNA synthesis by trapping folate cofactors in the form of 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-methylTHF) and subsequent inhibition of de novo thymidylate (dTMP) biosynthesis. In the cytosol, vitamin B12 functions in the remethylation of homocysteine to methionine, which regenerates THF from 5-methylTHF. In the nucleus, THF is required for de novo dTMP biosynthesis, but it is not understood how 5-methylTHF accumulation in the cytosol impairs nuclear dTMP biosynthesis...
May 16, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Karla Misselbeck, Luca Marchetti, Martha S Field, Marco Scotti, Corrado Priami, Patrick J Stover
Folate-mediated one-carbon metabolism (FOCM) is an interconnected network of metabolic pathways, including those required for the de novo synthesis of dTMP and purine nucleotides and for remethylation of homocysteine to methionine. Mouse models of folate-responsive neural tube defects (NTDs) indicate that impaired de novo thymidylate (dTMP) synthesis through changes in SHMT expression is causative in folate-responsive NTDs. We have created a hybrid computational model comprised of ordinary differential equations and stochastic simulation...
April 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
Shinsaku Okai, Fumihito Usui, Misa Ohta, Hiroshi Mori, Ken Kurokawa, Satoshi Matsumoto, Tamotsu Kato, Eiji Miyauchi, Hiroshi Ohno, Reiko Shinkura
Accumulating evidence suggests that dysbiosis plays a role in the pathogenesis of intestinal diseases including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as well as extra-intestinal disorders. As a modulator of the intestinal microbiota, we isolated a mouse monoclonal IgA antibody (clone W27) with high affinities for multiple commensal bacteria, but not for beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus casei (L. casei). Via specific recognition of an epitope in serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT), a bacterial metabolic enzyme, W27 IgA selectively inhibited the in vitro growth of bound bacteria, including Escherichia coli (E...
September 3, 2017: Gut Microbes
Elena Kamynina, Erica R Lachenauer, Aislyn C DiRisio, Rebecca P Liebenthal, Martha S Field, Patrick J Stover
Arsenic exposure increases risk for cancers and is teratogenic in animal models. Here we demonstrate that small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO)- and folate-dependent nuclear de novo thymidylate (dTMP) biosynthesis is a sensitive target of arsenic trioxide (As2O3), leading to uracil misincorporation into DNA and genome instability. Methylenetetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase 1 (MTHFD1) and serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT) generate 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate for de novo dTMP biosynthesis and translocate to the nucleus during S-phase, where they form a multienzyme complex with thymidylate synthase (TYMS) and dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR), as well as the components of the DNA replication machinery...
March 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Xiao-Yi Wu, Guang-Can Zhou, Yun-Xia Chen, Ping Wu, Li-Wei Liu, Fang-Fang Ma, Mian Wu, Cheng-Chen Liu, Ying-Jie Zeng, Alexander E Chu, Yue-Yu Hang, Jian-Qun Chen, Bin Wang
A major soybean (Forrest cultivar) quantitative trait locus (QTL) gene, Rhg4, which controls resistance to soybean cyst nematodes (SCN), encodes the enzyme serine hydroxylmethyltransferase (SHMT). The resistant allele possesses two critical missense mutations (P130R and N358Y) compared to that of the sensitive allele, rhg4. To understand the evolutionary history of this gene, sequences of 117 SHMT family members from 18 representative plant species were used to reconstruct their phylogeny. According to this phylogeny, the plant SHMT gene family can be divided into two groups and four subgroups (Ia, Ib, IIa, and IIb)...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Rungaroon Waditee-Sirisattha, Hakuto Kageyama, Yoshito Tanaka, Minoru Fukaya, Teruhiro Takabe
Serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT) catalyzes the conversion of serine to glycine and provides activated one-carbon units required for synthesis of nucleic acids, proteins and numerous biological compounds. SHMT is involved in photorespiratory pathway of oxygenic photosynthetic organisms. Accumulating evidence revealed that SHMT plays vital role for abiotic stresses such as low CO2 and high salinity in plants, but its role in cyanobacteria remains to be clarified. In this study, we examined to overexpress the SHMT from halotolerant cyanobacterium Aphanothece halophytica in freshwater cyanobacterium, Synechococcus elongatus PCC7942...
January 2017: Archives of Microbiology
Xiayu Wu, Weijiang Xu, Tao Zhou, Neng Cao, Juan Ni, Tianning Zou, Ziqing Liang, Xu Wang, Michael Fenech
Folate-mediated one-carbon metabolism (FMOCM) is linked to DNA synthesis, methylation, and cell proliferation. Vitamin B6 (B6) is a cofactor, and genetic polymorphisms of related key enzymes, such as serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT), methionine synthase reductase (MTRR), and methionine synthase (MS), in FMOCM may govern the bioavailability of metabolites and play important roles in the maintenance of genomic stability and cell viability (GSACV). To evaluate the influences of B6, genetic polymorphisms of these enzymes, and gene-nutrient interactions on GSACV, we utilized the cytokinesis-block micronucleus assay (CBMN) and PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) techniques in the lymphocytes from female breast cancer cases and controls...
June 24, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
C P Yuan, Y J Wang, H K Zhao, L Zhang, Y M Wang, X D Liu, X F Zhong, Y S Dong
Over-utilization of germplasms that are resistant to the soybean cyst nematode (SCN) in soybean breeding programs can lead to genetic vulnerability in resistant cultivars. Resistant wild soybean (Glycine soja) is considered an invaluable gene source for increasing the genetic diversity of SCN resistance. In this study, we genotyped 23 G. soja accessions that are resistant to SCN race 3 for polymorphisms in the resistance genes, rhg1, Rhg4, and SHMT, and investigated their genetic relationship with eight Glycine max resistant cultivars...
June 10, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Woo Young Sun, Hye Min Kim, Woo-Hee Jung, Ja Seung Koo
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the expression and clinical implications of proteins related to serine/glycine metabolism in different subtypes of thyroid cancer. METHODS: Tissue microarray (TMA) was constructed with tissues from 557 thyroid cancers, consisting of 244 papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTC), 112 follicular carcinomas (FC), 70 medullary carcinomas (MC), 23 poorly differentiated carcinomas (PDC), and 8 anaplastic carcinomas (AC). Immunohistochemical staining of the serine/glycine metabolism-related molecules phosphoglycerate dehydrogenase (PHGDH), phosphoserine aminotransferase, (PSAT), phosphoserine phosphatase (PSPH), serine hydromethyl transferase (SHMT), and glycine decarboxylase (GLDC) was performed with the TMA blocks and the results were analyzed together with clinicopathologic parameters...
June 8, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Masako Sakamoto, Tsutomu Masuda, Yukio Yanagimoto, Yoshihisa Nakano, Shozaburo Kitaoka, Yoshinori Tanigawa
Mitochondrial serine hydroxymethyltransferase, l-serine: tetrahydrofolate 5,10-hydroxymethyl-transferase (EC, (m-SHMT) was extracted and highly purified from Euglena gracilis z. The specific activity increased from the crude extract with 10% yield up to 580-fold through the following steps: ammonium sulfate fractionation, DEAE-cellulose column chromatography and rechromatography, and affinity chromatography with l-lysine-Sepharose 4B. The molecular weight of the purified m-SHMT was 88,000 by gel filtration through Sephadex G-200, and 44,000 by SDS-PAGE...
January 1996: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
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