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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328125/two-patients-with-the-heterozygous-r189h-mutation-in-acta2-and-complex-congenital-heart-defects-expands-the-cardiac-phenotype-of-multisystemic-smooth-muscle-dysfunction-syndrome
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Thushiha Logeswaran, Christoph Friedburg, Karoline Hofmann, Hakan Akintuerk, Saskia Biskup, Michael Graef, Ali Rad, Axel Weber, Bernd A Neubauer, Dietmar Schranz, Patrice Bouvagnet, Birgit Lorenz, Andreas Hahn
De novo heterozygous mutations changing R179 to histidine, leucine, or cysteine in the ACTA2 gene are associated with Multisystemic Smooth Muscle Dysfunction Syndrome (MSMDS). Characteristic hallmarks of this condition, caused only by these specific ACTA2 mutations, are congenital mydriasis (mid-dilated, non-reactive pupils), a large persistent ductus arteriosus (PDA), aortic aneurysms evolving during childhood, and cerebrovascular anomalies. We describe two patients, a 3-day-old newborn and a 26-year-old woman, with this unique mutation in association with a huge PDA and an aorto-pulmonary window...
April 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327189/microrna-27a-contributes-to-the-malignant-behavior-of-gastric-cancer-cells-by-directly-targeting-ph-domain-and-leucine-rich-repeat-protein-phosphatase-2
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Lei Ding, Shanyong Zhang, Mu Xu, Renwen Zhang, Pengcheng Sui, Qing Yang
BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence indicates that microRNA-27a (miR-27a) is involved in carcinogenesis and tumor progression. However, the exact function and molecular mechanism of miR-27a in gastric cancer remain unclear. METHODS: Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) was used to quantify the expression of miR-27a and its target gene. The function of miR-27a in gastric cancer was investigated through in vitro and in vivo assays (MTT assay, colony formation assay, flow cytometry assay, wound healing assay, migration and invasion assay, immunohistochemistry (IHC), immunofluorescence (IF) and Western blot)...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326729/-study-of-human-leucine-rich-amelogenin-peptide-and-its-regulation-of-mineralization-by-cryogenic-transmission-electron-microscopy
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Tian Kun, Feng Xiaoyun, Du Qin, Liao Chuhang, Ren Xiaohua
OBJECTIVE: Recombinant human leucine-rich amelogenin peptide (LRAP) was studied by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (TEM); evaluation focused on its self-assembly and crystal growth in vitro. METHODS: Human LRAP was recombined through prokaryotic expression vector pCold-SUMO and transformed into Escherichia coli BL21plys to acquire purified proteins. Cryogen TEM recorded assembly and self-assembling of LRAP from pH 3.5 to pH 8.0, and the hydroxyapatite crystal growth in the mixture of LRAP protein solution and artificial saliva was observed using TEM and selected area electron diffraction...
February 1, 2017: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326224/role-and-mechanism-of-action-of-leucine-rich-repeat-kinase-1-in-bone
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REVIEW
Weirong R Xing, Helen Goodluck, Canjun Zeng, Subburaman Mohan
Leucine-rich repeat kinase 1 (LRRK1) plays a critical role in regulating cytoskeletal organization, osteoclast activity, and bone resorption with little effect on bone formation parameters. Deficiency of Lrrk1 in mice causes a severe osteopetrosis in the metaphysis of the long bones and vertebrae bones, which makes LRRK1 an attractive alternative drug target for the treatment of osteoporosis and other high-turnover bone diseases. This review summarizes recent advances on the functions of the Lrrk1-related family members, Lrrk1 deficiency-induced skeletal phenotypes, LRRK1 structure-function, potential biological substrates and interacting proteins, and the mechanisms of LRRK1 action in osteoclasts...
2017: Bone Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326005/bioactivity-of-food-peptides-biological-response-of-rats-to-bovine-milk-whey-peptides-following-acute-exercise
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Carolina Soares Moura, Pablo Christiano Barboza Lollo, Priscila Neder Morato, Eder Muller Risso, Jaime Amaya-Farfan
Background: Several physiologically beneficial effects of consuming a whey protein hydrolysate (WPH) have been attributed to the greater availability of bioactive peptides. Aims: The aim was to investigate the effect of four branched-chain amino acid- (BCAA-)containing dipeptides, present in WPH, on immune modulation, stimulation of HSP expression, muscle protein synthesis, glycogen content, satiety signals and the impact of these peptides on the plasma free amino acid profiles. Methods: The animals were divided in groups: control (rest, without gavage), vehicle (water), L-isoleucyl-L-leucine (lle-Leu), L-leucyl-L-isoleucine (Leu-lle), L-valyl-Lleucine (Val-Leu), L-leucyl-L-valine (Leu-Val) and WPH...
2017: Food & Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325946/epigenetically-regulated-fibronectin-leucine-rich-transmembrane-protein-2-flrt2-shows-tumor-suppressor-activity-in-breast-cancer-cells
#6
Hansol Bae, Byungtak Kim, Hyunkyung Lee, Seungyeon Lee, Han-Sung Kang, Sun Jung Kim
To identify dysregulated genes by abnormal methylation and expression in breast cancer, we genome-wide analyzed methylation and expression microarray data from the Gene Expression Omnibus and the Cancer Genome Atlas database. One of the genes screened in silico, FLRT2, showed hypermethylation and downregulation in the cancer dataset and the association was verified both in cultured cell lines and cancer patients' tissue. To investigate the role of FLRT2 in breast cancer, its expression was knocked down and upregulated in mammary cell lines, and the effect was examined through three levels of approach: pathway analysis; cell activities such as proliferation, colony formation, migration, and adhesion; target gene expression...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325922/variability-in-h9n2-haemagglutinin-receptor-binding-preference-and-the-ph-of-fusion
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Thomas P Peacock, Donald J Benton, Jean-Remy Sadeyen, Pengxiang Chang, Joshua E Sealy, Juliet E Bryant, Stephen R Martin, Holly Shelton, John W McCauley, Wendy S Barclay, Munir Iqbal
H9N2 avian influenza viruses are primarily a disease of poultry; however, they occasionally infect humans and are considered a potential pandemic threat. Little work has been performed to assess the intrinsic biochemical properties related to zoonotic potential of H9N2 viruses. The objective of this study, therefore, was to investigate H9N2 haemagglutinins (HAs) using two well-known correlates for human adaption: receptor-binding avidity and pH of fusion. Receptor binding was characterized using bio-layer interferometry to measure virus binding to human and avian-like receptor analogues and the pH of fusion was assayed by syncytium formation in virus-infected cells at different pHs...
March 22, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325843/a-biochemical-framework-for-eif4e-dependent-mrna-export-and-nuclear-re-cycling-of-the-export-machinery
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Laurent Volpon, Biljana Culjkovic-Kraljacic, Hye Seon Sohn, Alexis Blanchett-Cohen, Michael J Osborne, Katherine L B Borden
The eukaryotic translation initiation factor eIF4E acts in the nuclear export and translation of a subset of mRNAs. Both of these functions contribute to its oncogenic potential. While the biochemical mechanisms that underlie translation are relatively well understood, the molecular basis for eIF4E's role in mRNA export remains largely unexplored. To date over 3000 transcripts, many encoding oncoproteins, were identified as potential nuclear eIF4E export targets. These target RNAs typically contain a ~50 nucleotide eIF4E sensitivity element (4ESE) in the 3' UTR and a 7-methylguanosine cap on the 5' end...
March 21, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324240/neurocognitive-profiles-in-msud-school-age-patients
#9
Juliette Bouchereau, Julie Leduc-Leballeur, Samia Pichard, Apolline Imbard, Jean-François Benoist, Marie-Thérèse Abi Warde, Jean-Baptiste Arnoux, Valérie Barbier, Anaïs Brassier, Pierre Broué, Aline Cano, Brigitte Chabrol, Gilles Damon, Claire Gay, Isabelle Guillain, Florence Habarou, Delphine Lamireau, Chris Ottolenghi, Laetitia Paermentier, Frédérique Sabourdy, Guy Touati, Hélène Ogier de Baulny, Pascale de Lonlay, Manuel Schiff
Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), an inborn error of amino acids catabolism is characterized by accumulation of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) leucine, isoleucine, valine and their corresponding alpha-ketoacids. Impact on the cognitive development has been reported historically, with developmental delays of varying degree. Currently, earlier diagnosis and improved management allow a better neurodevelopment, without requirement of special education. However, specific impairments can be observed, and so far, results of detailed neurocognitive assessments are not available...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324172/enzymes-involved-in-branched-chain-amino-acid-metabolism-in-humans
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REVIEW
María M Adeva-Andany, Laura López-Maside, Cristóbal Donapetry-García, Carlos Fernández-Fernández, Cristina Sixto-Leal
Branched-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine) are structurally related to branched-chain fatty acids. Leucine is 2-amino-4-methyl-pentanoic acid, isoleucine is 2-amino-3-methyl-pentanoic acid, and valine is 2-amino-3-methyl-butanoic acid. Similar to fatty acid oxidation, leucine and isoleucine produce acetyl-coA. Additionally, leucine generates acetoacetate and isoleucine yields propionyl-coA. Valine oxidation produces propionyl-coA, which is converted into methylmalonyl-coA and succinyl-coA. Branched-chain aminotransferase catalyzes the first reaction in the catabolic pathway of branched-chain amino acids, a reversible transamination that converts branched-chain amino acids into branched-chain ketoacids...
March 21, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323888/lzts2-and-pten-collaboratively-regulate-%C3%A3-catenin-in-prostatic-tumorigenesis
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Eun-Jeong Yu, Erika Hooker, Daniel T Johnson, Mi Kyung Kwak, Kang Zou, Richard Luong, Yongfeng He, Zijie Sun
The leucine zipper tumor suppressor 2 (LZTS2) was identified as a tumor susceptibility gene within the 10q24.3 chromosomal region, and is approximately 15Mb from the PTEN locus. This region containing the both loci is frequently deleted in a variety of human malignancies, including prostate cancer. LZTS2 is a ß-catenin-binding protein and a negative regulator of Wnt signaling. Overexpression of PTEN in prostate cancer cell lines reduces ß-catenin-mediated transcriptional activity. In this study, we examined the collaborative effect of PTEN and LZTS2 using multiple in vitro and in vivo approaches...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322945/bifunctional-role-of-leucine-300-of-firefly-luciferase-in-structural-rigidity
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Farzad Yousefi, Farangis Ataei, Mojtaba Mortazavi, Saman Hosseinkhani
Firefly luciferase is susceptible to thermal inactivation, thereby its intracellular half-life decreased. Previous reports indicated that L(300)R mutation (LRR mutant) in E(354)R/Arg(356) double mutant (ERR mutant) from Lampyris turkestanicus luciferase has increased its thermal stability and rigidity through induction of some ionic bonds with Asp 270 and 271. Disruption of the deduced ionic bonds in an ultra-rigid mutant of firefly luciferase did not reverse the flexibility of the protein. In this study, we investigated the effects of this residue to find the truth behind extraordinary increase in thermal stability and rigidity of luciferase after replacement of leucine 300 by arginine based on previous reports...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322931/the-alternatively-spliced-lrrfip1-isoform-1-is-a-key-regulator-of-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-transcription-pathway
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Pauline Labbé, Emilie Faure, Simon Lecointe, Solena Le Scouarnec, Florence Kyndt, Marie Marrec, Thierry Le Tourneau, Bernard Offmann, Cécile Duplaà, Stéphane Zaffran, Jean Jacques Schott, Jean Merot
The GC-rich Binding Factor 2/Leucine Rich Repeat in the Flightless 1 Interaction Protein 1 gene (GCF2/LRRFIP1) is predicted to be alternatively spliced in five different isoforms. Although important peptide sequence differences are expected to result from this alternative splicing, to date, only the gene transcription regulator properties of LRRFIP1-Iso5 were unveiled. Based on molecular, cellular and biochemical data, we show here that the five isoforms define two molecular entities with different expression profiles in human tissues, subcellular localizations, oligomerization properties and transcription enhancer properties of the canonical Wnt pathway...
March 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322271/mechanistic-and-structural-basis-of-bioengineered-bovine-cathelicidin-5-with-optimized-therapeutic-activity
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Bikash R Sahoo, Kenta Maruyama, Jyotheeswara R Edula, Takahiro Tougan, Yuxi Lin, Young-Ho Lee, Toshihiro Horii, Toshimichi Fujiwara
Peptide-drug discovery using host-defense peptides becomes promising against antibiotic-resistant pathogens and cancer cells. Here, we customized the therapeutic activity of bovine cathelicidin-5 targeting to bacteria, protozoa, and tumor cells. The membrane dependent conformational adaptability and plasticity of cathelicidin-5 is revealed by biophysical analysis and atomistic simulations over 200 μs in thymocytes, leukemia, and E. coli cell-membranes. Our understanding of energy-dependent cathelicidin-5 intrusion in heterogeneous membranes aided in designing novel loss/gain-of-function analogues...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322084/fine-structure-and-synaptology-of-the-nitrergic-neurons-in-medial-septum-of-the-rat-brain
#15
Katalin Halasy, Balázs Szőke, Gergely Janzsó
The nitrergic neuron population and certain aspects of their connectivity (peptidergic inputs, co-localization with GABA, synaptic target distribution) were studied in the medial septum of the rat brain. The histochemical localization of NADPH diaphorase and immunohistochemical identification of nNOS at light and electron microscopic level was applied. Double-labeling experiments with galanin and leucine enkephalin, moreover the postembedding GABA immunogold staining was also carried out. NADPH diaphorase- and nNOS-immunopositive neurons could be identified inside the borders of medial septum...
March 2017: Acta Biologica Hungarica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322011/fcrav2-a-gene-with-rogdi-domain-involved-in-fusarium-head-blight-and-crown-rot-on-durum-wheat-caused-by-fusarium-culmorum
#16
Francesca Spanu, Barbara Scherm, Irene Camboni, Virgilio Balmas, Giovanna Pani, Safa Oufensou, Nicolo' Macciotta, Matias Pasquali, Quirico Migheli
Fusarium culmorum is a soil-borne fungal pathogen able to cause foot and root rot and Fusarium head blight on small grain cereals, particularly on wheat and barley. It causes significant yield and quality loss and results in the contamination of kernels with type B trichothecene mycotoxins. Knowledge on pathogenicity factors of this fungus is still limited. A transposon tagging approach based on the mimp1/impala double component system has allowed us to select a mutant altered in multiple metabolic and morphological processes, trichothecene production and virulence...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321931/disruptions-in-valine-degradation-affect-seed-development-and-germination-in-arabidopsis
#17
Andrew B Gipson, Kyla J Morton, Rachel J Rhee, Szabolcs Simo, Jack A Clayton, Morgan E Perrett, Christiana G Binkley, Erika L Jensen, Dana L Oakes, Matthew F Rouhier, Kerry A Rouhier
We have functionally characterized the role of two putative mitochondrial enzymes in valine degradation using insertional mutants. Prior to this study, the relationship between branched-chain amino acid degradation (named for leucine, valine, and isoleucine) and seed development was limited to leucine catabolism. Using a reverse genetics approach we show that disruptions in the mitochondrial valine degradation pathway affect seed development and germination in Arabidopsis thaliana. A null mutant of 3-hydroxyisobutyryl-CoA hydrolase (CHY4, At4g31810) resulted in an embryo lethal phenotype, while a null mutant of methylmalonate semialdehyde dehydrogenase (MMSD, At2g14170) resulted in seeds with wrinkled coats, decreased storage reserves, elevated valine and leucine, and reduced germination rates...
March 20, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321770/cognitive-control-processes-and-functional-cerebral-asymmetries-association-with-variation-in-the-handedness-associated-gene-lrrtm1
#18
Christian Beste, Larissa Arning, Wanda M Gerding, Jörg T Epplen, Alexandra Mertins, Melanie C Röder, Josef J Bless, Kenneth Hugdahl, René Westerhausen, Onur Güntürkün, Sebastian Ocklenburg
Cognitive control processes play an essential role not only in controlling actions but also in guiding attentional selection processes. Interestingly, these processes are strongly affected by organizational principles of the cerebral cortex and related functional asymmetries, but the neurobiological foundations are elusive. We ask whether neurobiological mechanisms that affect functional cerebral asymmetries will also modulate effects of top-down control processes on functional cerebral asymmetries. To this end, we examined potential effects of the imprinted gene leucine-rich repeat transmembrane neuronal 1 (LRRTM1) on attentional biasing processes in a forced attention dichotic listening task in 983 healthy adult participants of Caucasian descent using the "iDichotic smartphone app...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321439/overexpression-of-parkinson-s-disease-associated-mutation-lrrk2-g2019s-in-mouse-forebrain-induces-behavioral-deficits-and-%C3%AE-synuclein-pathology
#19
Yulan Xiong, Stewart Neifert, Senthilkumar S Karuppagounder, Jeannette N Stankowski, Byoung Dae Lee, Jonathan C Grima, Guanxing Chen, Han Seok Ko, Yunjong Lee, Debbie Swing, Lino Tessarollo, Ted M Dawson, Valina L Dawson
Mutations in the leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) gene have been identified as an unambiguous cause of late-onset, autosomal-dominant familial Parkinson's disease (PD) and LRRK2 mutations are the strongest genetic risk factor for sporadic PD known to date. A number of transgenic mice expressing wild-type or mutant LRRK2 have been described with varying degrees of LRRK2-related abnormalities and modest pathologies. None of these studies directly addressed the role of the kinase domain in the changes observed and none of the mice present with robust features of the human disease...
March 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320779/the-g2385r-risk-factor-for-parkinson-s-disease-enhances-chip-dependent-intracellular-degradation-of-lrrk2
#20
Iakov N Rudenko, Alice Kaganovich, Rebekah G Langston, Aleksandra Beilina, Kelechi Ndukwe, Ravindran Kumaran, Allissa A Dillman, Ruth Chia, Mark R Cookson
Autosomal dominant mutations in leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 ( LRRK2 ) are associated with Parkinson's disease (PD). Most pathogenic LRRK2 mutations result in amino-acid substitutions in the central ROC-COR-Kinase triple domain and affect enzymatic functions of the protein. However, there are several variants in LRRK2 , including the risk factor G2385R, that impact PD pathogenesis by unknown mechanisms. Previously, we have shown that G2385R LRRK2 has decreased kinase activity in vitro and altered affinity to LRRK2 interactors...
March 20, 2017: Biochemical Journal
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