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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819163/fusion-protein-analysis-reveals-the-precise-regulation-between-hsp70-and-hsp100-during-protein-disaggregation
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Sayaka Hayashi, Yosuke Nakazaki, Kei Kagii, Hiromi Imamura, Yo-Hei Watanabe
ClpB, a bacterial Hsp100, is a ring-shaped AAA+ chaperone that can reactivate aggregated proteins in cooperation with DnaK, a bacterial Hsp70, and its co-factors. ClpB subunits comprise two AAA+ modules with an interstitial rod-shaped M-domain. The M-domain regulates ClpB ATPase activity and interacts directly with the DnaK nucleotide-binding domain (NBD). Here, to clarify how these functions contribute to the disaggregation process, we constructed ClpB, DnaK, and aggregated YFP fusion proteins in various combinations...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813042/the-carotenoid-pathway-what-is-important-for-excitation-quenching-in-plant-antenna-complexes
#2
Kieran F Fox, Vytautas Balevičius, Jevgenij Chmeliov, Leonas Valkunas, Alexander V Ruban, Christopher D P Duffy
Plant light-harvesting is regulated by the Non-Photochemical Quenching (NPQ) mechanism involving the reversible formation of excitation quenching sites in the Photosystem II (PSII) antenna in response to high light. While the major antenna complex, LHCII, is known to be a site of NPQ, the precise mechanism of excitation quenching is not clearly understood. A preliminary model of the quenched crystal structure of LHCII implied that quenching arises from slow energy capture by Car pigments. It predicted a thoroughly quenched system but offered little insight into the defining aspects of this quenching...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809941/analysis-of-agoshrna-maturation-and-loading-into-ago2
#3
Alex Harwig, Zita Kruize, Zhenhuang Yang, Tobias Restle, Ben Berkhout
The RNA interference (RNAi) pathway was recently expanded by the discovery of multiple alternative pathways for processing of natural microRNA (miRNA) and man-made short hairpin RNA (shRNA) molecules. One non-canonical pathway bypasses Dicer cleavage and requires instead processing by Argonaute2 (Ago2), which also executes the subsequent silencing step. We named these molecules AgoshRNA, which generate only a single active RNA strand and thus avoid off-target effects that can be induced by the passenger strand of a regular shRNA...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809372/coffee-is-protective-against-oral-and-pharyngeal-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#4
J Miranda, L Monteiro, R Albuquerque, J-J Pacheco, Z Khan, J Lopez-Lopez, S Warnakulasuryia
OBJECTIVES: Coffee is one of the most popular and consumable drinks worldwide. However, there are conflicting results on the influence of this drink in oral and pharyngeal cancer risk. To clarify this, we aimed to systemically review and carry out a meta-analysis of the relevant literature on the association between coffee and oral and pharyngeal cancer. STUDY DESIGN: We carried out an electronic search of publications up to August 2016 from PubMed, National Library of Medicines Medline, Embase, Science Direct and the Cochrane Central Register...
August 15, 2017: Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808127/the-components-of-the-unique-zur-regulon-of-cupriavidus-metallidurans-mediate-cytoplasmic-zinc-handling
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Lucy Bütof, Christopher Schmidt-Vogler, Martin Herzberg, Cornelia Große, Dietrich H Nies
Zinc is an essential trace element and at the same time it is toxic at high concentrations. In the beta-proteobacterium Cupriavidus metallidurans the highly efficient removal of surplus zinc from the periplasm is responsible for its outstanding metal resistance. Rather than having a typical Zur-dependent, high-affinity ATP-binding cassette transporter of the ABC protein superfamily for zinc uptake at low concentrations, C. metallidurans instead has the secondary zinc importer ZupT of the ZRT/IRT (ZIP) family...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803913/synthetic-rescue-couples-nadph-generation-to-metabolite-overproduction-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Siavash Partow, Patrick B Hyland, Radhakrishnan Mahadevan
Engineering the redox cofactor metabolism is known to be a key challenge in developing a platform strain for biosynthesis of valuable products. Hence, general strategies for manipulation of co-factor metabolism in industrially relevant hosts are of significance. Here, we demonstrate an improvement in α-ketoglutarate (AKG) production in S. cerevisiae using a novel approach based on synthetic rescue. Here, we first perturb the cytosolic NADPH metabolism via deletion of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (ZWF1)...
August 10, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798948/hoxb13-mutations-and-binding-partners-in-prostate-development-and-cancer-function-clinical-significance-and-future-directions
#7
Hannah Brechka, Raj R Bhanvadia, Calvin VanOpstall, Donald J Vander Griend
The recent and exciting discovery of germline HOXB13 mutations in familial prostate cancer has brought HOX signaling to the forefront of prostate cancer research. An enhanced understanding of HOX signaling, and the co-factors regulating HOX protein specificity and transcriptional regulation, has the high potential to elucidate novel approaches to prevent, diagnose, stage, and treat prostate cancer. Toward our understanding of HOX biology in prostate development and prostate cancer, basic research in developmental model systems as well as other tumor sites provides a mechanistic framework to inform future studies in prostate biology...
June 2017: Genes & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796976/-hfeprotein-impact-on-iron-metabolism
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Barbara Kaczorowska-Hać, Jan Jacek Kaczor
Hereditary hemochromatosis type 1 is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by HFE gene mutations, which is an iron homeostasis metabolism controlling co-factor. Adults with male predomination present with clinical symptoms derived by iron overload in organs. The phenotype expression is individual with an influence of individual and environmental factors. Despite the fact that HFE variants are widespread, its impact still remains unknown. The article reviews the literature considering the role of HFE gene mutations regarding its impact in children...
2017: Developmental Period Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775320/modulation-of-activation-and-inactivation-by-ca-2-and-2-apb-in-the-pore-of-an-archetypal-trpm-channel-from-nematostella-vectensis
#9
Frank J P Kühn, Winking Mathis, Kühn Cornelia, Daniel C Hoffmann, Andreas Lückhoff
The archetypal TRPM2-like channel of the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis is gated by ADPR like its human orthologue but additionally exhibits properties of other vertebrate TRPM channels. Thus it can help towards an understanding of gating and regulation of the whole subfamily. To elucidate further the role of Ca(2+) as a co-factor of ADPR, we exploited 2-aminoethyl diphenylborinate (2-APB), previously shown to exert either inhibitory or stimulatory effects on diverse TRPM channels, or both in a concentration-dependent manner...
August 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765213/krab-zinc-finger-proteins
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Gabriela Ecco, Michael Imbeault, Didier Trono
Krüppel-associated box domain zinc finger proteins (KRAB-ZFPs) are the largest family of transcriptional regulators in higher vertebrates. Characterized by an N-terminal KRAB domain and a C-terminal array of DNA-binding zinc fingers, they participate, together with their co-factor KAP1 (also known as TRIM28), in repression of sequences derived from transposable elements (TEs). Until recently, KRAB-ZFP/KAP1-mediated repression of TEs was thought to lead to irreversible silencing, and the evolutionary selection of KRAB-ZFPs was considered to be just the host component of an arms race against TEs...
August 1, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759237/spectroscopic-evidence-of-reversible-disassembly-of-the-fefe-hydrogenase-active-site
#11
Patricia Rodríguez-Maciá, Edward Reijerse, Wolfgang Lubitz, James A Birrell, Olaf Rüdiger
[FeFe] hydrogenases are extremely active and efficient H2-converting biocatalysts. Their active site comprises a unique [2Fe] subcluster bonded to a canonical [4Fe-4S] cluster. The [2Fe] subsite can be introduced into hydrogenases lacking an assembled H-cluster through incubation with a synthesized [2Fe]H precursor, which initially produces the CO-inhibited state of the enzyme. We present FTIR spectroelectrochemical studies on the CO-inhibited state of the [FeFe] hydrogenase from Desulfovibrio desulfuricans, DdHydAB...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757215/catch-a-tiger-snake-by-its-tail-differential-toxicity-co-factor-dependence-and-antivenom-efficacy-in-a-procoagulant-clade-of-australian-venomous-snakes
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Callum Lister, Kevin Arbuckle, Timothy N W Jackson, Jordan Debono, Christina N Zdenek, Daniel Dashevsky, Nathan Dunstan, Luke Allen, Chris Hay, Brian Bush, Amber Gillett, Bryan G Fry
A paradigm of venom research is adaptive evolution of toxins as part of a predator-prey chemical arms race. This study examined differential co-factor dependence, variations relative to dietary preference, and the impact upon relative neutralisation by antivenom of the procoagulant toxins in the venoms of a clade of Australian snakes. All genera were characterised by venoms rich in factor Xa which act upon endogenous prothrombin. Examination of toxin sequences revealed an extraordinary level of conservation, which indicates that adaptive evolution is not a feature of this toxin type...
July 27, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754637/the-perilipin-family-of-lipid-droplet-proteins-gatekeepers-of-intracellular-lipolysis
#13
REVIEW
Carole Sztalryd, Dawn L Brasaemle
Lipid droplets in chordates are decorated by two or more members of the perilipin family of lipid droplet surface proteins. The perilipins sequester lipids by protecting lipid droplets from lipase action. Their relative expression and protective nature is adapted to the balance of lipid storage and utilization in specific cells. Most cells of the body have tiny lipid droplets with perilipins 2 and 3 at the surfaces, whereas specialized fat-storing cells with larger lipid droplets also express perilipins 1, 4, and/or 5...
July 25, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751017/co-refolding-of-a-functional-complex-of-dengue-ns3-protease-and-ns2b-co-factor-domain-and-backbone-resonance-assignment-by-solution-nmr
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Esmeralda Woestenenk, Peter Agback, Sofia Unnerståle, Ian Henderson, Tatiana Agback
A novel approach for separate expression of dengue virus NS3 protease and its NS2B cofactor domain is described in this paper. The two proteins are expressed in E.coli and purified separately and subsequently efficiently co-refolded to form a stable complex. This straightforward and robust method allows for separate isotope labeling of the two proteins, facilitating analysis by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Unlinked NS2B-NS3pro behaves better in NMR spectroscopy than linked NS2B-NS3pro, which has resulted in the backbone resonance assignment of the unlinked NS2B-NS3 complex bound to a peptidic boronic acid inhibitor...
July 24, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748135/biocatalytic-and-bioelectrocatalytic-approaches-for-the-reduction-of-carbon-dioxide-using-enzymes
#15
REVIEW
Stefanie Schlager, Angela Dibenedetto, Michele Aresta, Dogukan H Apaydin, Liviu M Dumitru, Helmut Neugebauer, Niyazi S Sariciftci
In the recent decade, CO2 has increasingly been regarded not only as a greenhouse gas but even more as a chemical feedstock for carbon-based materials. Different strategies have evolved to realize CO2 utilization and conversion into fuels and chemicals. In particular, biological approaches have drawn attention, as natural CO2 conversion serves as a model for many processes. Microorganisms and enzymes have been studied extensively for redox reactions involving CO2. In this review, we focus on monitoring nonliving biocatalyzed reactions for the reduction of CO2 by using enzymes...
June 2017: Energy Technol (Weinh)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747052/diagnostic-and-therapeutic-features-of-small-bowel-involvement-in-portal-hypertension
#16
Juan Egea Valenzuela, Tania Fernández Llamas, Ana Victoria García Marín, Fernando Alberca de Las Parras, Fernando Carballo Álvarez
Enteropathy is a lesser known complication of portal hypertension and consists of different changes in the mucosal layer of the small bowel which lead to the appearance of vascular and inflammatory lesions. It can be an important co-factor in the development of anemia in the cirrhotic population, and nowadays an easy and non-invasive diagnosis can be made thanks to capsule endoscopy. However, it is rarely considered in the management of patients with portal hypertension. Some aspects such as pathogenesis or incidence remain unclear and no specific recommendations are included in the guidelines regarding diagnosis or treatment...
July 27, 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742055/kinetic-validation-of-the-limax-test-during-10-000-intravenous-13c-methacetin-breath-tests
#17
Tom Moses Rubin, Karsten Heyne, Axel Luchterhand, Jan Bednarsch, Florian W Vondran, Georgios Polychronidis, Maciej Malinowski, Alen Nikolic, Hans-Michael Tautenhahn, Maximilian Jara, Tilo Wuensch, Martin Stockmann, Johan Friso Lock
The LiMAx test, a novel 13C-methacetin-breath-test, has proven clinical validity in determining the hepatic metabolic capacity. In contrast to prior 13C-methacetin-breath-test protocols, the LiMAx-test is performed by intravenous body-weight adjusted substrate administration. Furthermore, the DOB kinetics (Delta over Baseline of the time dependent exhaled 13CO2/12CO2-ratio) are measured online at bedside with a high time resolution in order to determine the DOB maximum. The aim of this study was to analyze the recorded DOB kinetics in a large population for further refinement of the test protocol...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737061/functional-and-structural-alterations-in-the-migraine-cerebellum
#18
Jan Mehnert, Arne May
The cerebellum plays an important role in pain processing but its function in headache and specifically in migraine is not known. We therefore compared 54 migraineurs with pairwise matched healthy controls in a magnetic resonance imaging study on neuronal cerebellar activity in response to nociceptive trigeminal sensation and also investigated possible structural alterations. Headache frequency, disease duration, and the proximity to a migraine attack were used as co-factors. Migraine patients showed functional and structural alterations in the posterior part of the cerebellum, namely crus I and crus II...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734980/histone-demethylase-phf8-regulates-hypoxia-signaling-through-hif1%C3%AE-and-h3k4me3
#19
Peterson Kariuki Maina, Peng Shao, Xiongfei Jia, Qi Liu, Shaikamjad Umesalma, Maximo Marin, Donald Long, Samantha Concepción-Román, Hank Heng Qi
Hypoxia through transcription factor HIF1α plays a critical role in cancer development. In prostate cancer, HIF1α interplays with androgen receptor (AR) to contribute to the progression of this disease to its lethal form-castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Hypoxia upregulates several epigenetic factors including histone demethylase KDM3A which is a critical co-factor of HIF1α. However, how histone demethylases regulate hypoxia signaling is not fully understood. Here, we report that histone demethylase PHF8 plays an essential role in hypoxia signaling...
July 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729247/adaptive-regulation-of-pancreatic-acinar-mitochondrial-thiamin-pyrophosphate-uptake-process-possible-involvement-of-epigenetic-mechanism-s
#20
Subrata Sabui, Veedamali S Subramanian, Rubina Kapadia, Hamid M Said
The essentiality of thiamin stems from its roles as a co-factor (mainly in the form of thiamin pyrophosphate, TPP) in critical metabolic reactions including oxidative energy metabolism and reduction of cellular oxidative stress. Like other mammalian cells, pancreatic acinar cells (PAC) obtain thiamin from their surroundings and convert it to TPP; mitochondria then take up TPP by a carrier-mediated process that involves the mitochondrial TPP (MTPP) transporter (MTPPT; product of SLC25A19 gene). Previous studies have characterized different physiological/biological aspects of the MTPP uptake process, but little is known about its possible adaptive-regulation...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
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