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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29356464/thermal-performance-and-acclimatization-of-a-component-of-snake-agkistrodon-piscivorus-innate-immunity
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Sean P Graham, Kevin T Fielman, Mary T Mendonça
Complement-an immune protein cascade involved in pathogen lysis-was discovered as a temperature-labile component of vertebrate plasma, yet since that time the thermal performance of complement has not received much attention from a comparative or ecological perspective. We investigated two thermal hypotheses involving the complement system of the cottonmouth snake (Agkistrodon piscivorus). We tested whether complement performance would conform to optimal thermal reaction norms commonly observed in ectotherm ecophysiological studies, predicting that complement efficiency would be maximal at or near the cottonmouth's field body temperatures...
July 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological and Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29356349/rice-copine-genes-osbon1-and-osbon3-function-as-suppressors-of-broad-spectrum-disease-resistance
#2
Xin Yin, Baohong Zou, Xuexue Hong, Mingjun Gao, Weibing Yang, Xiangbin Zhong, Yang He, Peng Kuai, Yonggen Lou, Jirong Huang, Jian Hua, Zuhua He
Breeding for disease resistance is the most effective strategy to control diseases, particularly with broad-spectrum disease resistance in many crops. However, knowledge on genes and mechanism of broad-spectrum resistance and tradeoff between defense and growth in crops is limited. Here, we show that the rice copine genes OsBON1 and OsBON3 are critical suppressors of immunity. Both OsBON1 and OsBON3 changed their protein subcellular localization upon pathogen challenge. Knockdown of OsBON1 and dominant negative mutant of OsBON3 enhanced resistance to rice bacterial and fungal pathogens with either hemibiotrophic or necrotrophic life styles...
January 22, 2018: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29355530/spexin-as-a-neuroendocrine-signal-with-emerging-functions
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REVIEW
Ani Ma, Jin Bai, Mulan He, Anderson O L Wong
Spexin (SPX), a novel peptide coevolved with the galanin/kisspeptin family, was first identified by bioinformatics prior to its protein purification/functional studies. Its mature peptide is highly conserved among different vertebrate classes. Based on the studies in mammals and fish models, SPX was found to be widely distributed at tissue level, secreted into systemic circulation, identified at notable levels in central nervous system and peripheral tissues, and has been confirmed/implicated in multiple functions in different tissues/organs, suggesting that SPX may serve as a neuroendocrine signal with pleotropic functions...
January 17, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352746/the-common-bean-cok-4-and-the-arabidopsis-fer-kinase-domain-share-similar-function-in-plant-growth-and-defense
#4
Rafhael Felipin Azevedo, Maria Celeste Gonçalves Vidigal, Paula Rodrigues Oblessuc, Maeli Melotto
Receptor-like kinases are membrane proteins that can be shared by diverse signaling pathways. Among them, the Arabidopsis thaliana FERONIA (FER) plays a role in the balance between distinct signals to control growth and defense. We have found that COK-4, a putative kinase encoded in the common bean anthracnose resistance locus Co-4 that is transcriptionally regulated during immune response, is highly similar to the kinase domain of FER. To assess whether COK-4 is a functional ortholog of FER, we expressed COK-4 in the wild type Col-0 and the fer-5 mutant of Arabidopsis and evaluated FER-associated traits...
January 20, 2018: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352607/integrated-lung-tissue-mechanics-one-piece-at-a-time-computational-modeling-across-the-scales-of-biology
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Kelly S Burrowes, Amin Iravani, Wendy Kang
The lung is a delicately balanced and highly integrated mechanical system. Lung tissue is continuously exposed to the environment via the air we breathe, making it susceptible to damage. As a consequence, respiratory diseases present a huge burden on society and their prevalence continues to rise. Emergent function is produced not only by the sum of the function of its individual components but also by the complex feedback and interactions occurring across the biological scales - from genes to proteins, cells, tissue and whole organ - and back again...
January 12, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352115/stil-balancing-primary-microcephaly-and-cancer
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Patwardhan Dhruti, Mani Shyamala, Passemard Sandrine, Gressens Pierre, El Ghouzzi Vincent
Cell division and differentiation are two fundamental physiological processes that need to be tightly balanced to achieve harmonious development of an organ or a tissue without jeopardizing its homeostasis. The role played by the centriolar protein STIL is highly illustrative of this balance at different stages of life as deregulation of the human STIL gene expression has been associated with either insufficient brain development (primary microcephaly) or cancer, two conditions resulting from perturbations in cell cycle and chromosomal segregation...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352088/an-archaeal-fluoride-responsive-riboswitch-provides-an-inducible-expression-system-for-hyperthermophiles
#7
Michael Clayton Speed, Brett W Burkhart, Jonathan W Picking, Thomas J Santangelo
Robust genetic systems for the hyperthermophilic Thermococcales have facilitated overexpression of native genes, allowed for the addition of sequences encoding secretion signals, epitope, and affinity tags to coding regions, and permitted the introduction of sequences encoding new proteins in these fast growing fermentative heterotrophs. Tightly controlled and easily manipulated systems permitting regulated gene expression are however limited for these hosts. Here we describe an alternative method for regulatory control reliant on a cis-encoded functional riboswitch in the model archaeon Thermococcus kodakarensis Despite the hyperthermophilic growth temperatures, the proposed structure of the riboswitch conforms to a fluoride-responsive riboswitch encoded in many bacteria, and similarly functions to regulate a component conserved fluoride export pathway...
January 19, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351997/spatiotemporal-organization-of-exocytosis-emerges-during-neuronal-shape-change
#8
Fabio L Urbina, Shawn M Gomez, Stephanie L Gupton
Neurite elongation and branching in developing neurons requires plasmalemma expansion, hypothesized to occur primarily via exocytosis. We posited that exocytosis in developing neurons and nonneuronal cells would exhibit distinct spatiotemporal organization. We exploited total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy to image vesicle-associated membrane protein (VAMP)-pHluorin-mediated exocytosis in mouse embryonic cortical neurons and interphase melanoma cells, and developed computer-vision software and statistical tools to uncover spatiotemporal aspects of exocytosis...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350283/epigenetic-regulation-of-neuroblastoma-development
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Durinck Kaat, Speleman Frank
In recent years, technological advances have enabled a detailed landscaping of the epigenome and the mechanisms of epigenetic regulation that drive normal cell function, development and cancer. Rather than merely a structural entity to support genome compaction, we now look at chromatin as a very dynamic and essential constellation that is actively participating in the tight orchestration of transcriptional regulation as well as DNA replication and repair. The unique feature of chromatin flexibility enabling fast switches towards more or less restricted epigenetic cellular states is, not surprisingly, intimately connected to cancer development and treatment resistance, and the central role of epigenetic alterations in cancer is illustrated by the finding that up to 50% of all mutations across cancer entities affect proteins controlling the chromatin status...
January 19, 2018: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348809/discovery-of-mk-8722-a-systemic-direct-pan-activator-of-amp-activated-protein-kinase
#10
Danqing Feng, Tesfaye Biftu, F Anthony Romero, Ahmet Kekec, James Dropinski, Andrew Kassick, Shiyao Xu, Marc M Kurtz, Anantha Gollapudi, Qing Shao, Xiaodong Yang, Ku Lu, Gaochao Zhou, Daniel Kemp, Robert W Myers, Hong-Ping Guan, Maria E Trujillo, Cai Li, Ann Weber, Iyassu K Sebhat
5'-Adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a key regulator of mammalian energy homeostasis and has been implicated in mediating many of the beneficial effects of exercise and weight loss including lipid and glucose trafficking. As such, the enzyme has long been of interest as a target for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. We describe the optimization of β1-selective, liver-targeted AMPK activators and their evolution into systemic pan-activators capable of acutely lowering glucose in mouse models...
January 11, 2018: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345897/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-1-benzylamino-2-hydroxyalkyl-derivatives-as-new-potential-disease-modifying-multifunctional-anti-alzheimer-s-agents
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Dawid Panek, Anna Więckowska, Jakub Jończyk, Justyna Godyń, Marek W Bajda, Tomasz Wichur, Anna Pasieka, Damijan Knez, Anja Pislar, Jan Korabecny, Ondrej Soukup, Vendula Sepsova, Raimon Sabaté, Janko Kos, Stanislav Gobec, Barbara Malawska
The multitarget approach is a promising paradigm in drug discovery, potentially leading to new treatment options for complex disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease. Herein, we present the discovery of a unique series of 1-benzylamino-2-hydroxyalkyl derivatives combining inhibitory activity against butyrylcholinesterase, β-secretase, β-amyloid and tau protein aggregation, all related to mechanisms which underpin Alzheimer's disease. Notably, diphenylpropylamine derivative 10 showed balanced activity against both disease-modifying targets - inhibition of β-secretase (IC50 hBACE-1 = 41...
January 18, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343798/structural-and-functional-insights-into-s-thiolation-of-human-serum-albumins
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Fumie Nakashima, Takahiro Shibata, Kohei Kamiya, Jun Yoshitake, Ryosuke Kikuchi, Tadashi Matsushita, Isao Ishii, Juan A Giménez-Bastida, Claus Schneider, Koji Uchida
Human serum albumin (HSA) is the most abundant serum protein, contributing to the maintenance of redox balance in the extracellular fluids. One single free cysteine residue at position 34 is believed to be a target of oxidation. However, the molecular details and functions of oxidized HSAs remain obscure. Here we analyzed serum samples from normal subjects and hyperlipidemia patients and observed an enhanced S-thiolation of HSA in the hyperlipidemia patients as compared to the control individuals. Both cysteine and homocysteine were identified as the low molecular weight thiols bound to the HSAs...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343791/single-plasmid-systems-for-inducible-dual-protein-expression-and-for-crispr-cas9-crispri-gene-regulation-in-lactic-acid-bacterium-lactococcus-lactis
#13
Aleš Berlec, Katja Škrlec, Janja Kocjan, Maria Olenic, Borut Štrukelj
Lactococcus lactis is a food-grade lactic acid bacterium that is used in the dairy industry as a cell factory and as a host for recombinant protein expression. The nisin-controlled inducible expression (NICE) system is frequently applied in L. lactis; however new tools for its genetic modification are highly desirable. In this work NICE was adapted for dual protein expression. Plasmid pNZDual, that contains two nisin promoters and multiple cloning sites (MCSs), and pNZPolycist, that contains a single nisin promoter and two MCSs separated by the ribosome binding site, were constructed...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343628/keeping-the-home-fires-burning-amp-activated-protein-kinase
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REVIEW
D Grahame Hardie
Living cells obtain energy either by oxidizing reduced compounds of organic or mineral origin or by absorbing light. Whichever energy source is used, some of the energy released is conserved by converting adenosine diphosphate (ADP) to adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which are analogous to the chemicals in a rechargeable battery. The energy released by the conversion of ATP back to ADP is used to drive most energy-requiring processes, including cell growth, cell division, communication and movement. It is clearly essential to life that the production and consumption of ATP are always maintained in balance, and the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is one of the key cellular regulatory systems that ensures this...
January 2018: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343567/parainfluenza-virus-infection-sensitizes-cancer-cells-to-dna-damaging-agents-implications-for-oncolytic-virus-therapy
#15
Candace R Fox, Griffith D Parks
We have previously shown that the Parainfluenza virus 5 (PIV5) mutant P/V-CPI- is restricted for spread in normal cells but not in cancer cells in vitro and is effective at reducing tumor burden in mouse model systems. Here we show that P/V-CPI- infection of human laryngeal cancer HEp-2 cells results in the majority of the cells dying, but unexpectedly, over time there is an emergence of a population of cells which survive as P/V-CPI- persistently infected (PI) cells. P/V-CPI- PI cells had elevated levels of basal caspase activation, and viability was highly dependent on activity of cellular inhibitors of apoptosis (IAPs) such as Survivin and XIAP...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342938/role-of-aquaporins-in-determining-carbon-and-nitrogen-status-in-higher-plants
#16
REVIEW
Limin Gao, Zhifeng Lu, Lei Ding, Junjie Guo, Min Wang, Ning Ling, Shiwei Guo, Qirong Shen
Aquaporins (AQPs) are integral membrane proteins facilitating the transport of water and some small neutral molecules across cell membranes. In past years, much effort has been made to reveal the location of AQPs as well as their function in water transport, photosynthetic processes, and stress responses in higher plants. In the present review, we paid attention to the character of AQPs in determining carbon and nitrogen status. The role of AQPs during photosynthesis is characterized as its function in transporting water and CO₂ across the membrane of chloroplast and thylakoid; recalculated results from published studies showed that over-expression of AQPs contributed to 25% and 50% increases in stomatal conductance (gs) and mesophyll conductance (gm), respectively...
January 15, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342083/regulation-of-mitochondrial-dynamics-by-proteolytic-processing-and-protein-turnover
#17
REVIEW
Sumaira Ali, Gavin P McStay
The mitochondrial network is a dynamic organization within eukaryotic cells that participates in a variety of essential cellular processes, such as adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthesis, central metabolism, apoptosis and inflammation. The mitochondrial network is balanced between rates of fusion and fission that respond to pathophysiologic signals to coordinate appropriate mitochondrial processes. Mitochondrial fusion and fission are regulated by proteins that either reside in or translocate to the inner or outer mitochondrial membranes or are soluble in the inter-membrane space...
January 17, 2018: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340252/positive-selection-on-human-gamete-recognition-genes
#18
Michael W Hart, Daryn A Stover, Vanessa Guerra, Sahar V Mozaffari, Carole Ober, Carina F Mugal, Ingemar Kaj
Coevolution of genes that encode interacting proteins expressed on the surfaces of sperm and eggs can lead to variation in reproductive compatibility between mates and reproductive isolation between members of different species. Previous studies in mice and other mammals have focused in particular on evidence for positive or diversifying selection that shapes the evolution of genes that encode sperm-binding proteins expressed in the egg coat or zona pellucida (ZP). By fitting phylogenetic models of codon evolution to data from the 1000 Genomes Project, we identified candidate sites evolving under diversifying selection in the human genes ZP3 and ZP2...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338718/a-live-cell-assay-of-gpcr-coupling-allows-identification-of-optogenetic-tools-for-controlling-go-and-gi-signaling
#19
Edward R Ballister, Jessica Rodgers, Franck Martial, Robert J Lucas
BACKGROUND: Animal opsins are light-sensitive G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that enable optogenetic control over the major heterotrimeric G-protein signaling pathways in animal cells. As such, opsins have potential applications in both biomedical research and therapy. Selecting the opsin with the best balance of activity and selectivity for a given application requires knowing their ability to couple to a full range of relevant Gα subunits. We present the GsX assay, a set of tools based on chimeric Gs subunits that transduce coupling of opsins to diverse G proteins into increases in cAMP levels,  measured with a real-time reporter in living cells...
January 16, 2018: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338715/landscape-genomics-natural-selection-drives-the-evolution-of-mitogenome-in-penguins
#20
Barbara Ramos, Daniel González-Acuña, David E Loyola, Warren E Johnson, Patricia G Parker, Melanie Massaro, Gisele P M Dantas, Marcelo D Miranda, Juliana A Vianna
BACKGROUND: Mitochondria play a key role in the balance of energy and heat production, and therefore the mitochondrial genome is under natural selection by environmental temperature and food availability, since starvation can generate more efficient coupling of energy production. However, selection over mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) genes has usually been evaluated at the population level. We sequenced by NGS 12 mitogenomes and with four published genomes, assessed genetic variation in ten penguin species distributed from the equator to Antarctica...
January 16, 2018: BMC Genomics
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