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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793033/expression-of-anabaena-sensory-rhodopsin-is-influenced-by-different-codons-of-seven-residues-at-the-n-terminal-region
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Otgontuya Tsogbadrakh, Ah Reum Choi, Kwang-Hwan Jung
Microbial rhodopsins are well-known seven-transmembrane proteins that have been extensively studied for their structure and function. These retinal-binding proteins can be divided into two types. Type I is microbial rhodopsin, and type II (visual pigment) is expressed mostly in mammalian eyes. The two primary functions of type I rhodopsin are ion pumping activity and sensory transduction. Anabaena sensory rhodopsin (ASR) is a microbial rhodopsin with a specific function of photosensory transduction. ASR is expressed at moderate levels in Escherichia coli, but its expression level is lower compared to the general green light absorbing proteorhodopsin (GPR)...
May 21, 2018: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792948/comparative-transcriptome-analysis-reveals-significant-differences-in-gene-expression-between-appressoria-and-hyphae-in-colletotrichum-gloeosporioides
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Meiyu Wang, Zongshan Zhou, Jianyuan Wu, Zhirui Ji, Junxiang Zhang
Fruit rot caused mainly by Colletotrichum gloeosporioides is a major cause of pre- and/or post-harvest diseases, which seriously constrains production, marketing, and export of fruits. To infect the host, this fungus evolves a specialized infection structure called the appressorium. Extensive past studies have characterized many appressorium-related genes in C. gloeosporioides, separately. However, a comprehensive understanding of the genes contributing to appressorium formation is far from complete. Here, global changes in gene expression were analyzed between appressoria and hyphae using RNA-Seq...
May 21, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792880/molecular-alterations-during-larval-development-of-haemonchus-contortus-in-vitro-are-under-tight-post-transcriptional-control
#3
Guangxu Ma, Tao Wang, Pasi K Korhonen, Ching-Seng Ang, Nicholas A Williamson, Neil D Young, Andreas J Stroehlein, Ross S Hall, Anson V Koehler, Andreas Hofmann, Robin B Gasser
In this study, we explored the molecular alterations in the developmental switch from the L3 to the exsheathed L3 (×L3) and to the L4 stage of Haemonchus contortus in vitro using an integrated transcriptomic, proteomic and bioinformatic approach. Totals of 9,754 mRNAs, 88 microRNAs (miRNAs) and 1,591 proteins were identified, and 6,686 miRNA-mRNA pairs inferred in all larval stages studied. Approximately 16% of transcripts in the combined transcriptome (representing all three larval stages) were expressed as proteins, and there were positive correlations (r = 0...
May 22, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792413/conductive-metal-organic-frameworks-as-ion-to-electron-transducers-in-potentiometric-sensors
#4
Lukasz Mendecki, Katherine A Mirica
This paper describes an unexplored property of conductive metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as ion-to-electron transducers in the context of potentiometric detection. Several conductive two-dimensional MOF analogues were drop-cast onto a glassy carbon electrode and then covered with an ion-selective membrane to form a potentiometric sensor. The resulting devices exhibited excellent sensing properties toward anions and cations, characterized by a near-Nernstian response and over 4 orders of magnitude linear range...
May 24, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792186/involvement-of-the-cb-2-cannabinoid-receptor-in-cell-growth-inhibition-and-g0-g1-cell-cycle-arrest-via-the-cannabinoid-agonist-win-55-212-2-in-renal-cell-carcinoma
#5
Mohammed I Khan, Anna A Sobocińska, Klaudia K Brodaczewska, Katarzyna Zielniok, Malgorzata Gajewska, Claudine Kieda, Anna M Czarnecka, Cezary Szczylik
BACKGROUND: The anti-tumor properties of cannabinoids have been investigated in many in vitro and in vivo studies. Many of these anti-tumor effects are mediated via cannabinoid receptor types 1 and 2 (CB1 and CB2 ), comprising the endocannabinoid system (ECS). In this study, we investigated the ECS based on CB 1 and CB 2 receptor gene and protein expression in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) cell lines. In view of their further use for potential treatments, we thus investigated the roles of CB1 and CB2 receptors in the anti-proliferative action and signal transduction triggered by synthetic cannabinoid agonists [such as JWH-133 and WIN 55,212-2 (WIN-55)] in RCC cell lines...
May 23, 2018: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791754/atp-triggers-a-robust-intracellular-ca-2-mediated-signalling-pathway-in-human-synovial-fibroblasts
#6
Kondo C, R B Clark, T Y Kim, Belke D, Banderali U, R T Szerencsei, A H Jalloul, P P M Schnetkamp, Spitzer Kw, Giles Wr
NEW FINDINGS: What is the central question of this study? In human articular joints, the synovial fibroblast HSF cell population has essential functions including secretion of lubricants. We address some remaining questions concerning activation-secretion coupling by characterizing the main [Ca2+ ]i signalling pathways activated by ATP. What is the main finding and its importance? In HSF ATP acts through a linked G-protein (Gq ) and phospholipase C signalling mechanisms to produce IP-3 which markedly enhances release of Ca2+ from the endoplasmic reticulum...
May 23, 2018: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791034/high-expression-of-cd10-in-anaplastic-thyroid-carcinomas
#7
Tadao Nakazawa, Tetsuo Kondo, Huy Gia Vunong, Toru Odate, Masataka Kawai, Ippei Tahara, Kazunari Kasai, Tomohiro Inoue, Naoki Oishi, Kunio Mochizuki, Koichi Ito, Ryohei Katoh
AIMS: CD10 is an endopeptidase that degrades variable bioactive peptides in extra-cellular matrix. In addition to the enzymatic degradation, it affects multiple intra-cellular signal transduction pathways. CD10 expression has been extensively studied in human epithelial cancers of numerous organs and sites. However, its presence is not fully determined in thyroid carcinomas, especially in anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC). METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined CD10 by immunohistochemistry (IHC) in 152 thyroid lesions: 9 adenomatous goiters (AGs) and 143 tumors including 47 anaplastic carcinomas...
May 23, 2018: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790086/testosterone-mediated-activation-of-androgenic-signalling-sustains-in-vitro-the-transformed-and-radioresistant-phenotype-of-rhabdomyosarcoma-cell-lines
#8
S Giannattasio, F Megiorni, V Di Nisio, A Del Fattore, R Fontanella, S Camero, C Antinozzi, C Festuccia, G L Gravina, S Cecconi, C Dominici, L Di Luigi, C Ciccarelli, P De Cesaris, A Riccioli, B M Zani, A Lenzi, R G Pestell, A Filippini, C Crescioli, V Tombolini, F Marampon
PURPOSE: Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), the most common soft-tissue sarcoma in childhood, rarely affects adults, preferring male. RMS expresses the receptor for androgen (AR) and responds to androgen; however, the molecular action of androgens on RMS is unknown. METHODS: Herein, testosterone (T) effects were tested in embryonal (ERMS) and alveolar (ARMS) RMS cell lines, by performing luciferase reporter assay, RT-PCR, and western blotting experiments. RNA interference experiments or bicalutamide treatment was performed to assess the specific role of AR...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789617/functional-analysis-of-eliciting-plant-response-protein-epl1-tas-from-trichoderma-asperellum-accc30536
#9
Wenjing Yu, Gulijimila Mijiti, Ying Huang, Haijuan Fan, Yucheng Wang, Zhihua Liu
Eliciting plant response protein (Epl) is a small Trichoderma secreted protein that acts as an elicitor to induce plant defense responses against pathogens. In the present study, the differential expression, promoter analysis, and phylogenetic tree analysis of Epl1-Tas (GenBank JN966996) from T. asperellum ACCC30536 were performed. The results showed Epl1-Tas could play an important role in the interaction between T. asperellum ACCC30536 and woody plant or woody plant pathogen. Furthermore, the effect of the Escherichia coli recombinant protein rEpl1-e and the Pichia pastoris recombinant protein rEpl1-p on Populus davidiana × P...
May 22, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789554/synthetic-cytokine-receptors-transmit-biological-signals-using-artificial-ligands
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Erika Engelowski, Artur Schneider, Manuel Franke, Haifeng Xu, Ramona Clemen, Alexander Lang, Paul Baran, Christian Binsch, Birgit Knebel, Hadi Al-Hasani, Jens M Moll, Doreen M Floß, Philipp A Lang, Jürgen Scheller
Cytokine-induced signal transduction is executed by natural biological switches, which among many others control immune-related processes. Here, we show that synthetic cytokine receptors (SyCyRs) can induce cytokine signaling using non-physiological ligands. High-affinity GFP- and mCherry-nanobodies were fused to transmembrane and intracellular domains of the IL-6/IL-11 and IL-23 cytokine receptors gp130 and IL-12Rβ1/IL-23R, respectively. Homo- and heterodimeric GFP:mCherry fusion proteins as synthetic cytokine-like ligands were able to induce canonical signaling in vitro and in vivo...
May 23, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789517/fluorescent-proteins-for-investigating-biological-events-in-acidic-environments
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REVIEW
Hajime Shinoda, Michael Shannon, Takeharu Nagai
The interior lumen of acidic organelles (e.g., endosomes, secretory granules, lysosomes and plant vacuoles) is an important platform for modification, transport and degradation of biomolecules as well as signal transduction, which remains challenging to investigate using conventional fluorescent proteins (FPs). Due to the highly acidic luminal environment (pH ~ 4.5⁻6.0), most FPs and related sensors are apt to lose their fluorescence. To address the need to image in acidic environments, several research groups have developed acid-tolerant FPs in a wide color range...
May 23, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789424/the-c-terminal-region-of-the-yeast-monocarboxylate-transporter-jen1-acts-as-a-glucose-signal-responding-degron-recognized-by-the-%C3%AE-arrestin-rod1
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Shoki Fujita, Daichi Sato, Hirokazu Kasai, Masataka Ohashi, Shintaro Tsukue, Yutaro Takekoshi, Katsuya Gomi, Takahiro Shintani
In response to changes in nutrient conditions, cells rearrange the composition of plasma membrane (PM) transporters to optimize their metabolic flux. Not only transcriptional gene regulation, but also inactivation of specific transporters is important for fast rearrangement of the PM. In eukaryotic cells, endocytosis plays a role in transporter inactivation, which is triggered by ubiquitination of these transporters. The Nedd4 family E3 ubiquitin ligase is responsible for ubiquitination of the PM transporters and requires that a series of α-arrestin proteins are targeted to these transporters...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789370/a-single-domain-response-regulator-functions-as-an-integrating-hub-to-coordinate-general-stress-response-and-development-in-alphaproteobacteria
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C Lori, A Kaczmarczyk, I de Jong, U Jenal
The alphaproteobacterial general stress response is governed by a conserved partner-switching mechanism that is triggered by phosphorylation of the response regulator PhyR. In the model organism Caulobacter crescentus , PhyR was proposed to be phosphorylated by the histidine kinase PhyK, but biochemical evidence in support of such a role of PhyK is missing. Here, we identify a single-domain response regulator, MrrA, that is essential for general stress response activation in C. crescentus We demonstrate that PhyK does not function as a kinase but accepts phosphoryl groups from MrrA and passes them on to PhyR, adopting the role of a histidine phosphotransferase...
May 22, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789357/reactivation-of-%C3%AE-globin-in-adult-%C3%AE-yac-mice-after-ex-vivo-and-in-vivo-hematopoietic-stem-cell-genome-editing
#14
Chang Li, Nikoletta Psatha, Pavel Sova, Sucheol Gil, Hongjie Wang, Jiho Kim, Chandana Kulkarni, Cristina Valensisi, R David Hawkins, George Stamatoyannopoulos, André Lieber
Disorders involving β-globin gene mutations, mainly β-thalassemia and sickle cell disease, represent a major target for hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell (HSPC) gene therapy. This includes CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing approaches in adult CD34+ cells aimed toward the re-activation of fetal γ-globin expression in red blood cells. Because models involving erythroid differentiation of CD34+ cells have limitations in assessing γ-globin re-activation, we focused on human β-globin locus transgenic (β-YAC) mice...
May 22, 2018: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789295/integration-of-protein-phosphorylation-acetylation-and-methylation-data-sets-to-outline-lung-cancer-signaling-networks
#15
Mark Grimes, Benjamin Hall, Lauren Foltz, Tyler Levy, Klarisa Rikova, Jeremiah Gaiser, William Cook, Ekaterina Smirnova, Travis Wheeler, Neil R Clark, Alexander Lachmann, Bin Zhang, Peter Hornbeck, Avi Ma'ayan, Michael Comb
Protein posttranslational modifications (PTMs) have typically been studied independently, yet many proteins are modified by more than one PTM type, and cell signaling pathways somehow integrate this information. We coupled immunoprecipitation using PTM-specific antibodies with tandem mass tag (TMT) mass spectrometry to simultaneously examine phosphorylation, methylation, and acetylation in 45 lung cancer cell lines compared to normal lung tissue and to cell lines treated with anticancer drugs. This simultaneous, large-scale, integrative analysis of these PTMs using a cluster-filtered network (CFN) approach revealed that cell signaling pathways were outlined by clustering patterns in PTMs...
May 22, 2018: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789158/rap1-promotes-proliferation-and-migration-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-via-the-erk-pathway
#16
Qin Li, Yunfei Teng, Jian Wang, Miao Yu, Yiqing Li, Hong Zheng
BACKGROUND: Rap1 is involved in a multitude of cellular signal transduction pathways, which has extensively been linked to cell proliferation and migration. It has been shown to be important in the regulation of physiological and pathological processes. The present study aims to elucidate its detailed mechanistic in proliferation and migration. MATERIAL/METHODS: Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) were transfected with pcDNA3.1(empty vector), pcDNA3.1 containing Myc-Tagged-Rap1V12 (Rap1V12) or pcDNA3...
April 17, 2018: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788979/marcks-and-marcks-like-proteins-in-development-and-regeneration
#17
REVIEW
Mohamed El Amri, Una Fitzgerald, Gerhard Schlosser
BACKGROUND: The Myristoylated Alanine-Rich C-kinase Substrate (MARCKS) and MARCKS-like protein 1 (MARCKSL1) have a wide range of functions, ranging from roles in embryonic development to adult brain plasticity and the inflammatory response. Recently, both proteins have also been identified as important players in regeneration. Upon phosphorylation by protein kinase C (PKC) or calcium-dependent calmodulin-binding, MARCKS and MARCKSL1 translocate from the membrane into the cytosol, modulating cytoskeletal actin dynamics and vesicular trafficking and activating various signal transduction pathways...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788236/a-novel-adeno-associated-virus-capsid-with-enhanced-neurotropism-corrects-a-lysosomal-transmembrane-enzyme-deficiency
#18
Julie Tordo, Claire O'Leary, André S L M Antunes, Nuria Palomar, Patrick Aldrin-Kirk, Mark Basche, Antonette Bennett, Zelpha D'Souza, Hélène Gleitz, Annie Godwin, Rebecca J Holley, Helen Parker, Ai Yin Liao, Paul Rouse, Amir Saam Youshani, Larbi Dridi, Carla Martins, Thierry Levade, Kevin B Stacey, Daniel M Davis, Adam Dyer, Nathalie Clément, Tomas Björklund, Robin R Ali, Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, Ahad A Rahim, Alexey Pshezhetsky, Simon N Waddington, R Michael Linden, Brian W Bigger, Els Henckaerts
Recombinant adeno-associated viruses (AAVs) are popular in vivo gene transfer vehicles. However, vector doses needed to achieve therapeutic effect are high and some target tissues in the central nervous system remain difficult to transduce. Gene therapy trials using AAV for the treatment of neurological disorders have seldom led to demonstrated clinical efficacy. Important contributing factors are low transduction rates and inefficient distribution of the vector. To overcome these hurdles, a variety of capsid engineering methods have been utilized to generate capsids with improved transduction properties...
May 16, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788183/membrane-rafts-regulate-sperm-acrosome-reaction-via-camp-dependent-pathway-in-chickens-gallus-gallus-domesticus
#19
Chathura Priyadarshana, Atsushi Tajima, Naoto Ishikawa, Atsushi Asano
Both transcriptionally and translationally inactive sperm need preassembled pathways into specific cellular compartments to function. Although initiation of the acrosome reaction (AR) involves several signaling pathways including protein kinase A (PKA) activation, how these are regulated remains poorly understood in avian sperm. Membrane rafts are specific membrane regions enriched in sterols and functional proteins and play important roles in diverse cellular processes, including signal transduction. Our recent studies on chicken sperm demonstrated that membrane rafts exist and play a role in multistage fertilization...
May 18, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788012/allograft-inflammatory-factor-1-mediates-macrophage-induced-impairment-of-insulin-signaling-in-adipocytes
#20
Jingqi Ren, Yaqiu Lin, Junni Tang, Hua Yue, Yanying Zhao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Allograft inflammatory factor-1 (AIF-1) is an inflammatory cytokine produced mainly by macrophages within human white adipose tissue. Its expression is increased in obese subjects and positively correlated with insulin resistance. The purpose of this study is to characterize the regulatory role of AIF-1 in insulin signaling of adipocyte. METHODS: AIF-1 was over-expressed via transfection of AIF-1 cDNA into murine RAW 264.7 macrophages, and the constitutive expression of AIF-1 was decreased via transfection of targeting siRNA...
May 18, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
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