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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224342/galactose-%C3%AE-1-3-galactose-atypical-food-allergen-or-model-ige-hypersensitivity
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REVIEW
Jeffrey M Wilson, Alexander J Schuyler, Nikhila Schroeder, Thomas A E Platts-Mills
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Galactose-α-1,3-galactose (α-gal) is a carbohydrate allergen with several unique characteristics. In this article, we discuss some recent advances in our understanding of the 'alpha-gal syndrome,' highlight data supporting the role of ticks in pathogenesis, and speculate on immune mechanisms that lead to sensitization. RECENT FINDINGS: First described as the target of IgE in individuals suffering immediate hypersensitivity reactions to the novel anti-EGF monoclonal antibody cetuximab, it is now clear that α-gal sensitization is associated with mammalian meat allergy as well as reactions to other mammalian products...
January 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223370/the-lim-only-protein-fhl2-is-a-negative-regulator-of-tgf-%C3%AE-1-expression
#2
Jennifer Dahan, Florence Levillayer, Tian Xia, Yann Nouët, Catherine Werts, Martine Fanton d'Andon, Minou Adib-Conquy, Anne-Marie Cassard-Doulcier, Varun Khanna, Ju Chen, Thierry Tordjmann, Marie-Annick Buendia, Grégory Jouvion, Yu Wei
TGF-β1 is a master cytokine in many biological processes including tissue homeostasis, epithelial to mesenchymal transition and wound repair. Here we report that the four and a half LIM-only protein 2 (FHL2) is a critical regulator of TGF-β1 expression. Devoid of DNA-binding domain, FHL2 is a transcriptional co-factor that plays the role of co-activator or co-repressor depending on the cell and promoter contexts. We detected association of FHL2 with the TGF-β1 promoter, which showed higher activity in Fhl2(-/-) cells than WT cells in a reporter assay...
February 21, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221134/human-nup98-regulates-the-localization-and-activity-of-dexh-d-box-helicase-dhx9
#3
Juliana S Capitanio, Ben Montpetit, Richard W Wozniak
Beyond their role at nuclear pore complexes, some nucleoporins function in the nucleoplasm. One such nucleoporin, Nup98, binds chromatin and regulates gene expression. To gain insight into how Nup98 contributes to this process, we focused on identifying novel binding partners and understanding the significance of these interactions. Here we report on the identification of the DExH/D-box helicase DHX9 as an intranuclear Nup98 binding partner. Various results, including in vitro assays, show that the FG/GLFG region of Nup98 binds to N- and C-terminal regions of DHX9 in an RNA facilitated manner...
February 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221032/high-performance-reduction-of-h2o2-with-an-electron-transport-decaheme-cytochrome-on-a-porous-ito-electrode
#4
Bertrand Reuillard, Khoa H Ly, Peter Hildebrandt, Lars J C Jeuken, Julea N Butt, Erwin Reisner
A decaheme cytochrome MtrC from Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 immobilized on an ITO electrode displays unprecedented H2O2 reduction activity. MtrC was also found to show good peroxidase activity in solution and the ten heme co-factors support excellent electronic communication, which enable superior activity compared to horseradish peroxidase on the electrode surface. A hierarchical ITO electrode enabled optimal immobilization of MtrC and a high current density of 1 mA cm-2 at 0.4 V vs. SHE could be obtained at pH 6...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212745/expanding-the-crispr-toolbox-targeting-rna-with-cas13b
#5
Rodolphe Barrangou, Charles A Gersbach
In this issue of Molecular Cell, Smargon et al. (2017) unearth Cas13b from type VI-B CRISPR-Cas immune systems and characterize its RNA-guided, RNA-targeting activity, including regulation by the novel co-factors Csx27 and Csx28, as well as non-specific collateral RNA damage.
February 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209620/the-histone-methyltransferase-dot1l-promotes-neuroblastoma-by-regulating-gene-transcription
#6
Matthew Wong, Andrew El Tee, Giorgio Milazzo, Jessica L Bell, Rebecca C Poulos, Bernard Atmadibrata, Yuting Sun, Duohui Jing, Nicholas Ho, Dora Ling, Pei Yan Liu, Xu Dong Zhang, Stefan Hüttelmaier, Jason W H Wong, Jenny Wang, Patsie Polly, Giovanni Perini, Christopher J Scarlett, Tao Liu
Myc oncoproteins exert tumorigenic effects by regulating expression of target oncogenes. Histone H3 lysine 79 (H3K79) methylation at Myc-responsive elements of target gene promoters is a strict prerequisite for Myc-induced transcriptional activation, and DOT1L is the only known histone methyltransferase that catalyses H3K79 methylation. Here we show that N-Myc upregulatsd DOT1L mRNA and protein expression by binding to the DOT1L gene promoter. shRNA-mediated depletion of DOT1L reduced mRNA and protein expression of N-Myc target genes ODC1 and E2F2...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203609/zeb2-inhibiting-the-inhibitors-in-schwann-cells
#7
Bastian G Brinkmann, Susanne Quintes
Development of Schwann cells is tightly regulated by concerted action of activating and inhibiting factors. Most of the regulatory feedback loops identified to date are transcriptional activators promoting induction of genes coding for integral myelin proteins and lipids. The mechanisms by which inhibitory factors are silenced during Schwann cell maturation are less well understood. We could recently show a pivotal function for the transcription factor zinc finger E-box binding homeobox 2 (Zeb2) during Schwann cell development and myelination as a transcriptional repressor of maturation inhibitors...
2017: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197915/the-role-of-sumoylation-in-senescence
#8
Lyndee L Scurr, Sebastian Haferkamp, Helen Rizos
Cellular senescence is a program initiated by many stress signals including aberrant activation of oncogenes, DNA damage, oxidative lesions and telomere attrition. Once engaged senescence irreversibly limits cellular proliferation and potently prevents tumor formation in vivo. The precise mechanisms driving the onset of senescence are still not completely defined, although the pRb and p53 tumor suppressor pathways converge with the SUMO cascade to regulate cellular senescence. Sumoylation translocates p53 to PML nuclear bodies where it can co-operate with many sumoylated co-factors in a program that activates pRb and favors senescence...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191871/distinct-modes-of-smad2-chromatin-binding-and-remodeling-shape-the-transcriptional-response-to-nodal-activin-signaling
#9
Davide M Coda, Tessa Gaarenstroom, Philip East, Harshil Patel, Daniel S J Miller, Anna Lobley, Nik Matthews, Aengus Stewart, Caroline S Hill
NODAL/Activin signaling orchestrates key processes during embryonic development via SMAD2. How SMAD2 activates programs of gene expression that are modulated over time however, is not known. Here we delineate the sequence of events that occur from SMAD2 binding to transcriptional activation, and the mechanisms underlying them. NODAL/Activin signaling induces dramatic chromatin landscape changes, and a dynamic transcriptional network regulated by SMAD2, acting via multiple mechanisms. Crucially we have discovered two modes of SMAD2 binding...
February 13, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188921/mediator-swi-snf-and-saga-complexes-regulate-yap8-dependent-transcriptional-activation-of-acr2-in-response-to-arsenate
#10
Regina Andrade Menezes, Catarina Pimentel, Ana Rita Courelas Silva, Catarina Amaral, Jawad Merhej, Frédéric Devaux, Claudina Rodrigues-Pousada
Response to arsenic stress in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is orchestrated by the regulatory protein Yap8, which mediates transcriptional activation of ACR2 and ACR3. This study contributes to the state of art knowledge of the molecular mechanisms underlying yeast stress response to arsenate as it provides the genetic and biochemical evidences that Yap8, through cysteine residues 132, 137, and 274, is the sensor of presence of arsenate in the cytosol. Moreover, it is here reported for the first time the essential role of the Mediator complex in the transcriptional activation of ACR2 by Yap8...
February 7, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187063/prevalence-of-mycoplasma-pneumoniae-infection-in-malagasy-children
#11
Ravelomanana Lova, Bouazza Naim, Mbola Rakotomahefa, André Zo Andrianirina, Annick Lalaina Robinson, Honoré Raobidjaona, Rabezanahary Andriamihaja, Nadjet Benhaddou, Fréderique Randrianirina, Elisoa Ratsima, Patrick Imbert, Josette Raymond
BACKGROUND: Childhood community acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a leading cause of childhood morbidity in low-income countries. The etiologic agents are usually Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Mycoplasma pneumoniae. M. pneumoniae was recognized as co-factor in asthmatic disease. High asthma prevalence was reported in Madagascar. Our aim was to clarify the prevalence of M. pneumoniae infection in this country and its relationship with asthma. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted in 351 children (aged from 2 to 16 years) from January 2012 to December 2014...
February 9, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186720/cuprizone-intoxication-induces-cell-intrinsic-alterations-in-oligodendrocyte-metabolism-independent-of-copper-chelation
#12
Alexandra Taraboletti, Tia Louise Walker, Robin Avila, He Huang, Joel Caporoso, Erendra Manandhar, Thomas C Leeper, David A Modarelli, Satish Medicetty, Leah P Shriver
Cuprizone intoxication is a common animal model used to test myelin regenerative therapies to treat diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Mice fed this copper chelator develop reversible, region-specific oligodendrocyte loss and demyelination. While the cellular changes influencing the demyelinating process have been explored in this model, there is no consensus on the biochemical mechanisms of toxicity in oligodendrocytes and if this damage arises from the chelation of copper in vivo. Here we have identified an oligodendroglial cell line that displays sensitivity to cuprizone toxicity and performed global metabolomic profiling to determine biochemical pathways altered by this treatment...
February 10, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185865/cutaneous-squamous-cell-cancer-cscc-risk-and-the-human-leukocyte-antigen-hla-system
#13
REVIEW
Pooja Yesantharao, Wei Wang, Nilah M Ioannidis, Shadmehr Demehri, Alice S Whitemore, Maryam M Asgari
Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) is the second most common cancer among Caucasians in the United States, with rising incidence over the past decade. Treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer, including cSCC, in the United States was estimated to cost $4.8 billion in 2014. Thus, an understanding of cSCC pathogenesis could have important public health implications. Immune function impacts cSCC risk, given that cSCC incidence rates are substantially higher in patients with compromised immune systems. We report a systematic review of published associations between cSCC risk and the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) system...
February 6, 2017: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178522/mnk-controls-mtorc1-substrate-association-through-regulation-of-telo2-binding-with-mtorc1
#14
Michael C Brown, Matthias Gromeier
The mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) integrates numerous stimuli and coordinates the adaptive response of many cellular processes. To accomplish this, mTOR associates with distinct co-factors that determine its signaling output. While many of these co-factors are known, in many cases their function and regulation remain opaque. The MAPK-interacting kinase (MNK) contributes to rapamycin resistance in cancer cells. Here, we demonstrate that MNK sustains mTORC1 activity following rapamycin treatment and contributes to mTORC1 signaling following T cell activation and growth stimuli in cancer cells...
February 7, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178302/the-2-0-%C3%A3-x-ray-structure-for-yeast-acetohydroxyacid-synthase-provides-new-insights-into-its-cofactor-and-quaternary-structure-requirements
#15
Thierry Lonhienne, Mario D Garcia, James A Fraser, Craig M Williams, Luke W Guddat
Acetohydroxyacid synthase (AHAS) catalyzes the first step of branched-chain amino acid biosynthesis, a pathway essential to the life-cycle of plants and micro-organisms. The catalytic subunit has thiamin diphosphate (ThDP) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) as indispensable co-factors. A new, high resolution, 2.0 Å crystal structure of Saccharomyces cerevisiae AHAS reveals that the dimer is asymmetric, with the catalytic centres having distinct structures where FAD is trapped in two different conformations indicative of different redox states...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161893/identification-and-characterization-of-a-stable-intermediate-in-photosystem-i-assembly-in-tobacco
#16
Gal Wittenberg, Sari Järvi, Marta Hojka, Szilvia Z Tóth, Etienne H Meyer, Eva-Mari Aro, Mark Aurel Schöttler, Ralph Bock
PSI is the most efficient bioenergetic nanomachine in nature and one of the largest membrane protein complexes known. It is composed of 18 protein subunits that bind more than 200 co-factors and prosthetic groups. While the structure and function of PSI have been studied in great detail, very little is known about the PSI assembly process. In this work, we have characterized a PSI assembly intermediate in tobacco plants, which we named PSI*. We found PSI* to contain only a specific subset of the core subunits of PSI...
February 5, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157506/not-all-h3k4-methylations-are-created-equal-mll2-compass-dependency-in-primordial-germ-cell-specification
#17
Deqing Hu, Xin Gao, Kaixiang Cao, Marc A Morgan, Gloria Mas, Edwin R Smith, Andrew G Volk, Elizabeth T Bartom, John D Crispino, Luciano Di Croce, Ali Shilatifard
The spatiotemporal regulation of gene expression is central for cell-lineage specification during embryonic development and is achieved through the combinatorial action of transcription factors/co-factors and epigenetic states at cis-regulatory elements. Here, we show that in addition to implementing H3K4me3 at promoters of bivalent genes, Mll2 (KMT2B)/COMPASS can also implement H3K4me3 at a subset of non-TSS regulatory elements, a subset of which shares epigenetic signatures of active enhancers. Our mechanistic studies reveal that association of Mll2's CXXC domain with CpG-rich regions plays an instrumental role for chromatin targeting and subsequent implementation of H3K4me3...
February 2, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152588/a-sensitive-in-vitro-high-throughput-screen-to-identify-pan-filoviral-replication-inhibitors-targeting-the-vp35-np-interface
#18
Gai Liu, Peter J Nash, Britney Johnson, Colette Pietzsch, Ma Xenia G Ilagan, Alexander Bukreyev, Christopher F Basler, Terry L Bowlin, Donald T Moir, Daisy W Leung, Gaya K Amarasinghe
The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the largest outbreak on record, highlighted the need for novel approaches to therapeutics targeting Ebola virus (EBOV). Within the EBOV replication complex, the interaction between polymerase cofactor, viral protein 35 (VP35), and nucleoprotein (NP) is critical for viral RNA synthesis. We recently identified a peptide at the N-terminus of VP35 (termed NPBP) that is sufficient for interaction with NP and suppresses EBOV replication, suggesting that the NPBP binding pocket can serve as a potential drug target...
February 9, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146110/polyphenolic-extract-of-euphorbia-supina-attenuates-manganese-induced-neurotoxicity-by-enhancing-antioxidant-activity-through-regulation-of-er-stress-and-er-stress-mediated-apoptosis
#19
Entaz Bahar, Geum-Hwa Lee, Kashi Raj Bhattarai, Hwa-Young Lee, Min-Kyung Choi, Harun-Or Rashid, Ji-Ye Kim, Han-Jung Chae, Hyonok Yoon
Manganese (Mn) is an important trace element present in human body, which acts as an enzyme co-factor or activator in various metabolic reactions. While essential in trace amounts, excess levels of Mn in human brain can produce neurotoxicity, including idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD)-like extrapyramidal manganism symptoms. This study aimed to investigate the protective role of polyphenolic extract of Euphorbia supina (PPEES) on Mn-induced neurotoxicity and the underlying mechanism in human neuroblastoma SKNMC cells and Sprague-Dawley (SD) male rat brain...
January 30, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129330/meneco-a-topology-based-gap-filling-tool-applicable-to-degraded-genome-wide-metabolic-networks
#20
Sylvain Prigent, Clémence Frioux, Simon M Dittami, Sven Thiele, Abdelhalim Larhlimi, Guillaume Collet, Fabien Gutknecht, Jeanne Got, Damien Eveillard, Jérémie Bourdon, Frédéric Plewniak, Thierry Tonon, Anne Siegel
Increasing amounts of sequence data are becoming available for a wide range of non-model organisms. Investigating and modelling the metabolic behaviour of those organisms is highly relevant to understand their biology and ecology. As sequences are often incomplete and poorly annotated, draft networks of their metabolism largely suffer from incompleteness. Appropriate gap-filling methods to identify and add missing reactions are therefore required to address this issue. However, current tools rely on phenotypic or taxonomic information, or are very sensitive to the stoichiometric balance of metabolic reactions, especially concerning the co-factors...
January 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
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