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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646650/requirement-for-eukaryotic-translation-initiation-factors-in-cap-independent-translation-differs-between-bipartite-genomic-rnas-of-red-clover-necrotic-mosaic-virus
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Yuri Tajima, Hiro-Oki Iwakawa, Kiwamu Hyodo, Masanori Kaido, Kazuyuki Mise, Tetsuro Okuno
The bipartite genomic RNAs of red clover necrotic mosaic virus (RCNMV) lack a 5' cap and a 3' poly(A) tail. RNA1 encodes viral replication proteins, and RNA2 encodes a movement protein (MP). These proteins are translated in a cap-independent manner. We previously identified two cis-acting RNA elements that cooperatively recruit eukaryotic translation initiation factor (eIF) complex eIF4F or eIFiso4F to RNA1. Such cis-acting RNA elements and host factors have not been identified in RNA2. Here we found that translation of RNA1 was significantly compromised in Arabidopsis thaliana carrying eif4f mutation...
June 21, 2017: Virology
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
#2
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/28646288/extremophilic-proteases-as-novel-and-efficient-tools-in-short-peptide-synthesis
#3
REVIEW
Aneta M Białkowska, Krzysztof Morawski, Tomasz Florczak
The objective of this review is to outline the crucial role that peptides play in various sectors, including medicine. Different ways of producing these compounds are discussed with an emphasis on the benefits offered by industrial enzyme biotechnology. This paper describes mechanisms of peptide bond formation using a range of proteases with different active site structures. Importantly, these enzymes may be further improved chemically and/or genetically to make them better suited for their various applications and process conditions...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646244/increased-soluble-vcam-1-and-normal-p-selectin-in-cystic-fibrosis-a-cross-sectional-study
#4
Jan K Nowak, Irena Wojsyk-Banaszak, Edyta Mądry, Andrzej Wykrętowicz, Patrycja Krzyżanowska, Sławomira Drzymała-Czyż, Agata Nowicka, Andrzej Pogorzelski, Ewa Sapiejka, Wojciech Skorupa, Mariusz Szczepanik, Aleksandra Lisowska, Jaroslaw Walkowiak
PURPOSE: As life expectancy in cystic fibrosis (CF) increases, questions regarding its potential impact on cardiovascular health arise. Soluble vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (sVCAM-1), P-selectin (sP-selectin) are proposed as biomarkers of cardiovascular disease. We aimed to: compare their concentrations in clinically stable CF patients and healthy subjects (HS) and verify whether they independently correlate with CF characteristics. METHODS: Serum sVCAM-1 and sP-selectin levels were measured using ELISA...
June 23, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646159/yvck-a-protein-required-for-cell-wall-integrity-and-optimal-carbon-source-utilization-binds-uridine-diphosphate-sugars
#5
Elodie Foulquier, Anne Galinier
In Bacillus subtilis, Listeria monocytogenes and in two Mycobacteria, it was previously shown that yvcK is a gene required for normal cell shape, for optimal carbon source utilization and for virulence of pathogenic bacteria. Here we report that the B. subtilis protein YvcK binds to Uridine diphosphate-sugars like Uridine diphosphate-Glucose (UDP-Glc) and Uridine diphosphate-N-acetylglucosamine (UDP-GlcNAc) in vitro. Using the crystal structure of Bacillus halodurans YvcK, we identified residues involved in this interaction...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646139/genome-wide-identification-of-major-intrinsic-proteins-in-glycine-soja-and-characterization-of-gmtip2-1-function-under-salt-and-water-stress
#6
Da-Yong Zhang, Manoj Kumar, Ling Xu, Qun Wan, Yi-Hong Huang, Zhao-Long Xu, Xiao-Lan He, Jin-Biao Ma, Girdhar K Pandey, Hong-Bo Shao
In different plant species, aquaporins (AQPs) facilitate water movement by regulating root hydraulic conductivity under diverse stress conditions such as salt and water stresses. To improve survival and yield of crop plants, a detailed understanding of stress responses is imperative and required. We used Glycine soja genome as a tool to study AQPs, considering it shows abundant genetic diversity and higher salt environment tolerance features and identified 62 Gs AQP genes. Additionally, this study identifies major aquaporins responsive to salt and drought stresses in soybean and elucidates their mode of action through yeast two-hybrid assay and BiFC...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646136/recurrent-background-mutations-in-whi2-impair-proteostasis-and-degradation-of-misfolded-cytosolic-proteins-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#7
Sophie A Comyn, Stéphane Flibotte, Thibault Mayor
Proteostasis promotes viability at both the cellular and organism levels by maintaining a functional proteome. This requires an intricate protein quality control (PQC) network that mediates protein folding by molecular chaperones and removes terminally misfolded proteins via the ubiquitin proteasome system and autophagy. How changes within the PQC network can perturb proteostasis and shift the balance between protein folding and proteolysis remain poorly understood. However, given that proteostasis is altered in a number of conditions such as cancer and ageing, it is critical that we identify the factors that mediate PQC and understand the interplay between members of the proteostatic network...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646110/the-mcm2-7-interacting-domain-of-human-mini-chromosome-maintenance-10-mcm10-protein-is-important-for-stable-chromatin-association-and-origin-firing
#8
Masako Izumi, Takeshi Mizuno, Ken-Ichiro Yanagi, Kazuto Sugimura, Katsuzumi Okumura, Naoko Imamoto, Tomoko Abe, Fumio Hanaoka
The protein mini-chromosome maintenance 10 (Mcm10) was originally identified as an essential yeast protein in the maintenance of mini-chromosome plasmids. Subsequently, Mcm10 has been shown to be required for both initiation and elongation during chromosomal DNA replication. However, it is not fully understood how the multiple functions of Mcm10 are coordinated or how Mcm10 interacts with other factors at replication forks. Here, we identified and characterized the Mcm2-7-interacting domain in human Mcm10. The interaction with Mcm2-7 required the Mcm10 domain that contained amino acids 530-655, which overlapped with the domain required for the stable retention of Mcm10 on chromatin...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646109/bone-morphogenetic-protein-bmp-9-and-bmp10-enhance-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-induced-monocyte-recruitment-to-the-vascular-endothelium-mainly-via-activin-receptor-like-kinase-2
#9
Claudia-Gabriela Mitrofan, Sarah L Appleby, Gerard B Nash, Ziad Mallat, Edwin R Chilvers, Paul D Upton, Nicholas W Morrell
Bone morphogenetic proteins 9 and 10 (BMP9/BMP10) are circulating cytokines with important roles in endothelial homeostasis. The aim of this study was to investigate the roles of BMP9 and BMP10 in mediating monocyte-endothelial interactions using an in vitro flow adhesion assay. Herein, we report that while BMP9/BMP10 alone had no effect on monocyte recruitment, at higher concentrations both cytokines synergised with Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα) to increase recruitment to the vascular endothelium. The BMP9/BMP10-mediated increase in monocyte recruitment in the presence of TNFα was associated with upregulated expression levels of E-selectin, VCAM-1 and ICAM-1 on endothelial cells...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646092/deletion-analysis-of-agd1-reveals-domains-crucial-for-its-plasma-membrane-recruitment-and-function-in-root-hair-polarity
#10
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/28646074/divergence-of-the-floral-a-function-between-an-asterid-and-a-rosid-species
#11
Patrice Morel, Klaas Heijmans, Frederique Rozier, Jan Zethof, Sophy Chamot, Suzanne Rodrigues Bento, Aurelie Vialette-Guiraud, Pierre Chambrier, Trehin Christophe, Michiel Vandenbussche
The ABC model is widely used as a genetic framework for understanding floral development and evolution. In this model, the A-function is required for the development of sepals and petals and to antagonize the C-function in the outer floral whorls. In the rosid species Arabidopsis thaliana, the AP2-type AP2 transcription factor represents a major A-function protein, but how the A-function is encoded in other species is not well understood. Here we show that in the asterid species petunia (Petunia hybrida), AP2B/BLIND ENHANCER (BEN) confines the C-function to the inner petunia floral whorls, in parallel with the microRNA BLIND...
June 23, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645896/nucleotide-dependent-farnesyl-switch-orchestrates-polymerization-and-membrane-binding-of-human-guanylate-binding-protein-1
#12
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645773/abc-protein-cgabcf2-is-required-for-asexual-and-sexual-development-appressorial-formation-and-plant-infection-in-colletotrichum-gloeosporioides
#13
Zongshan Zhou, Jianyuan Wu, Meiyu Wang, Junxiang Zhang
ATP-binding cassette (ABC) proteins are exclusively found in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. In this study, we have characterized a gene from Glomerella leaf spot pathogen Colletotrichum gloeosporioides that encodes an ABC protein, whose function to date remains unknown. We designated this gene as CgABCF2. Deletion of CgABCF2 showed drastic reduction both growing rate and conidial production in C. gloeosporioides. The Δcgabcf2 mutant did not form the appressoria, lost the capability to infect apple and failed to form lesions on the wounded leaves and fruits...
June 20, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645735/serum-amyloid-a-self-assembles-with-phospholipids-to-form-stable-protein-rich-nanoparticles-with-a-distinct-structure-a-hypothetical-function-of-saa-as-a-molecular-mop-in-immune-response
#14
Nicholas M Frame, Shobini Jayaraman, Donald L Gantz, Olga Gursky
Serum amyloid A (SAA) is an acute-phase protein whose action in innate immunity and lipid homeostasis is unclear. Most circulating SAA binds plasma high-density lipoproteins (HDL) and reroutes lipid transport. In vivo SAA binds existing lipoproteins or generates them de novo upon lipid uptake from cells. We explored the products of SAA-lipid interactions and lipoprotein remodeling in vitro. SAA complexes with palmitoyl-oleoyl phosphocholine (POPC) were analyzed for structure and stability using circular dichroism and fluorescence spectroscopy, electron microscopy, gel electrophoresis and gel filtration...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645727/inhibition-of-non-canonical-hiv-1-tat-secretion-through-the-cellular-na-k-atpase-blocks-hiv-1-infection
#15
Silvia Agostini, Hashim Ali, Chiara Vardabasso, Antonio Fittipaldi, Ennio Tasciotti, Anna Cereseto, Antonella Bugatti, Marco Rusnati, Marina Lusic, Mauro Giacca
Besides its essential role in the activation of HIV-1 gene expression, the viral Tat protein has the unusual property of trafficking in and out of cells. In contrast to Tat internalization, the mechanism involved in extracellular Tat release has so far remained elusive. Here we show that Tat secretion occurs through a Golgi-independent pathway requiring binding of Tat with three short, non-consecutive intracytoplasmic loops at the C-terminus of the cellular Na(+),K(+)-ATPase pump alpha subunit. Ouabain, a pump inhibitor, blocked this interaction and prevented Tat secretion; virions produced in the presence of this drug were less infectious, consistent the capacity of virion-associated Tat to increase HIV-1 infectivity...
June 13, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645652/androgen-inhibits-key-atherosclerotic-processes-by-directly-activating-adtrp-transcription
#16
Chunyan Luo, Elisabeth Pook, Bo Tang, Weiyi Zhang, Sisi Li, Kirsten Leineweber, Shing-Hu Cheung, Qiuyun Chen, Martin Bechem, Jing-Shan Hu, Volker Laux, Qing Kenneth Wang
Low androgen levels are associated with an increased risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), thrombosis and myocardial infarction (MI), suggesting that androgen has a protective role. However, little is known about the underlying molecular mechanism. Our genome-wide association study identified the ADTRP gene encoding the androgen-dependent TFPI regulating protein as a susceptibility gene for CAD and MI. The expression level of ADTRP was regulated by androgen, but the molecular mechanism is unknown. In this study, we identified the molecular mechanism by which androgen regulates ADTRP expression and tested the hypothesis that androgen plays a protective role in cardiovascular disease by activating ADTRP expression...
June 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645614/site-1-protease-a-novel-metabolic-target-for-glioblastoma
#17
Beth T Caruana, Aleksandra Skoric, Andrew J Brown, Louise H Lutze-Mann
Sterol regulatory element binding proteins (SREBPs) are transcriptional regulators of lipids which promote glioblastoma growth. Here, we investigate the effect of inhibiting expression of SREBP target genes in human glioblastoma cells. This was achieved by using PF-429242 to inhibit site-1 protease (S1P), an enzyme required for SREBP activation. Treatment with PF-429242 decreased glioblastoma cell viability, induced apoptosis and downregulated steroid, isoprenoid and unsaturated fatty acid biosynthetic pathways...
June 20, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645582/improved-pfastbac%C3%A2-donor-plasmid-vectors-for-higher-protein-production-using-the-bac-to-bac%C3%A2-baculovirus-expression-vector-system
#18
Hui Shang, Tyler A Garretson, C M Senthil Kumar, Robert F Dieter, Xiao-Wen Cheng
The Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV)-based Bac-to-Bac(®) expression system consists of a bacmid and five pFastBac™ donor transfer vectors. It has been widely used for eukaryotic gene expression in insect cells to elucidate gene function in biotechnology laboratories. The pFastBac™ vectors contain a 50bp AcMNPV polyhedrin (polh) promoter and a 127bp SV40 polyadenylation (pA) signal for cloning a gene of interest into the bacmid, resulting in unsolved lower gene expression levels than the wild type (wt) AcMNPV in insect cells...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645461/yeast-based-assays-for-detecting-protein-protein-drug-interactions-and-their-inhibitors
#19
REVIEW
Behrooz Moosavi, Bibimaryam Mousavi, Wen-Chao Yang, Guang-Fu Yang
Understanding cellular processes at molecular levels in health and disease requires the knowledge of protein-protein interactions (PPIs). In line with this, identification of PPIs at genome-wide scale is highly valuable to understand how different cellular pathways are interconnected, and it eventually facilitates designing effective drugs against certain PPIs. Furthermore, investigating PPIs at a small laboratory scale for deciphering certain biochemical pathways has been demanded for years. In this regard, yeast two hybrid system (Y2HS) has proven an extremely useful tool to discover novel PPIs, while Y2HS derivatives and novel yeast-based assays are contributing significantly to identification of protein-drug/inhibitor interaction at both large- and small-scale set-ups...
June 12, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645373/strategies-and-methods-of-transcription-coupled-repair-studies-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#20
Vitaly Epshtein, Venu Kamarthapu, Evgeny Nudler
Transcription-coupled repair (TCR) serves an important role in preserving genome integrity and maintaining fidelity of replication. Coupling transcription to DNA repair requires a coordinated action of several factors, including transcribing RNA polymerase and various transcription modulators and repair proteins. To study TCR in molecular detail, it is important to employ defined protein complexes in vitro and defined genetic backgrounds in vivo. In this chapter, we present methods to interrogate various aspects of TCR at different stages of repair...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
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