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Structural bioinformatics

Allan M Showalter, Brian D Keppler, Xiao Liu, Jens Lichtenberg, Lonnie R Welch
BACKGROUND: Hydroxyproline-rich glycoproteins (HRGPs) constitute a plant cell wall protein superfamily that functions in diverse aspects of growth and development. This superfamily contains three members: the highly glycosylated arabinogalactan-proteins (AGPs), the moderately glycosylated extensins (EXTs), and the lightly glycosylated proline-rich proteins (PRPs). Chimeric and hybrid HRGPs, however, also exist. A bioinformatics approach is employed here to identify and classify AGPs, EXTs, PRPs, chimeric HRGPs, and hybrid HRGPs from the proteins predicted by the completed genome sequence of poplar (Populus trichocarpa)...
October 21, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
Na Li, Yunhuan Yan, Angke Zhang, Jiming Gao, Chong Zhang, Xue Wang, Gaopeng Hou, Gaiping Zhang, Jinbu Jia, En-Min Zhou, Shuqi Xiao
Many viruses encode microRNAs (miRNAs) that are small non-coding single-stranded RNAs which play critical roles in virus-host interactions. Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is one of the most economically impactful viruses in the swine industry. The present study sought to determine whether PRRSV encodes miRNAs that could regulate PRRSV replication. Four viral small RNAs (vsRNAs) were mapped to the stem-loop structures in the ORF1a, ORF1b and GP2a regions of the PRRSV genome by bioinformatics prediction and experimental verification...
October 17, 2016: Oncotarget
Pierre E Affaticati, Shao-Bo Dai, Panwajee Payongsri, Helen C Hailes, Kai Tittmann, Paul A Dalby
The S385Y/D469T/R520Q variant of E. coli transketolase was evolved previously with three successive smart libraries, each guided by different structural, bioinformatical or computational methods. Substrate-walking progressively shifted the target acceptor substrate from phosphorylated aldehydes, towards a non-phosphorylated polar aldehyde, a non-polar aliphatic aldehyde, and finally a non-polar aromatic aldehyde. Kinetic evaluations on three benzaldehyde derivatives, suggested that their active-site binding was differentially sensitive to the S385Y mutation...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tong Zhou, Luke Erber, Bing Liu, Yankun Gao, Hai-Bin Ruan, Yue Chen
Proline hydroxylation is a critical cellular mechanism regulating oxygen-response pathways in tumor initiation and progression. Yet, its substrate diversity and functions remain largely unknown. Here, we report a system-wide analysis to characterize proline hydroxylation substrates in cancer cells using an immunoaffinity-purification assisted proteomics strategy. We identified 562 sites from 272 proteins in HeLa cells. Bioinformatic analysis revealed that proline hydroxylation substrates are significantly enriched with mRNA processing and stress-response cellular pathways with canonical and diverse flanking sequence motifs...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Juan Antonio Garcia-Martin, Amir H Bayegan, Ivan Dotu, Peter Clote
BACKGROUND: RNA inverse folding is the problem of finding one or more sequences that fold into a user-specified target structure s 0, i.e. whose minimum free energy secondary structure is identical to the target s 0. Here we consider the ensemble of all RNA sequences that have low free energy with respect to a given target s 0. RESULTS: We introduce the program RNAdualPF, which computes the dual partition function Z (∗), defined as the sum of Boltzmann factors exp(-E(a,s 0)/RT) of all RNA nucleotide sequences a compatible with target structure s 0...
October 19, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
John Chu, Xavier Vila-Farres, Daigo Inoyama, Melinda Ternei, Louis J Cohen, Emma A Gordon, Boojala Vijay B Reddy, Zachary Charlop-Powers, Henry A Zebroski, Ricardo Gallardo-Macias, Mark Jaskowski, Shruthi Satish, Steven Park, David S Perlin, Joel S Freundlich, Sean F Brady
Here we present a natural product discovery approach, whereby structures are bioinformatically predicted from primary sequence and produced by chemical synthesis (synthetic-bioinformatic natural products, syn-BNPs), circumventing the need for bacterial culture and gene expression. When we applied the approach to nonribosomal peptide synthetase gene clusters from human-associated bacteria, we identified the humimycins. These antibiotics inhibit lipid II flippase and potentiate β-lactam activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in mice, potentially providing a new treatment regimen...
October 17, 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
Benjamin W Neuman
Replication of eukaryotic positive-stranded RNA viruses is usually linked to the presence of membrane-associated replicative organelles. The purpose of this review is to discuss the function of proteins responsible for formation of the coronavirus replicative organelle. This will be done by identifying domains that are conserved across the order Nidovirales, and by summarizing what is known about function and structure at the level of protein domains.
October 12, 2016: Antiviral Research
Joseph H Marcus, John Novembre
: One of the key characteristics of any genetic variant is its geographic distribution. The geographic distribution can shed light on where an allele first arose, what populations it has spread to, and in turn on how migration, genetic drift, and natural selection have acted. The geographic distribution of a genetic variant can also be of great utility for medical/clinical geneticists and collectively many genetic variants can reveal population structure. Here we develop an interactive visualization tool for rapidly displaying the geographic distribution of genetic variants...
October 14, 2016: Bioinformatics
Xiang Cheng, Shu-Guang Zhao, Xuan Xiao, Kuo-Chen Chou
MOTIVATION: Given a compound, can we predict which ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical) class/classes it belongs to? It is a challenging problem since the information thus obtained can be used to deduce its possible active ingredients, as well as its therapeutic, pharmacological and chemical properties. And hence the pace of drug development could be substantially expedited. But this problem is by no means an easy one. Particularly, some drugs or compounds may belong to two or more ATC classes...
October 14, 2016: Bioinformatics
Marivi Nabong Moen, Roar Fjær, El Hassan Hamdani, Jon K Laerdahl, Robin Johansen Menchini, Magnus Dehli Vigeland, Ying Sheng, Dag Erik Undlien, Bjørnar Hassel, Mustafa A Salih, Heba Y El Khashab, Kaja Kristine Selmer, Farrukh Abbas Chaudhry
Progressive myoclonus epilepsy is a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by myoclonic and tonic-clonic seizures, ataxia and cognitive decline. We here present two affected brothers. At 9 months of age the elder brother developed ataxia and myoclonic jerks. In his second year he lost the ability to walk and talk, and he developed drug-resistant progressive myoclonus epilepsy. The cerebrospinal fluid level of glutamate was decreased while glutamine was increased. His younger brother manifested similar symptoms from 6 months of age...
October 14, 2016: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Zhikai Guo, Guohui Pan, Zhengren Xu, Dong Yang, Hindra, Xiangcheng Zhu, Yong Huang, Li-Xing Zhao, Yi Jiang, Yanwen Duan, Ben Shen
Isofuranonaphthoquinones (IFQs) and Isoindolequinones (IIQs) comprise a small family of natural products, with the latter ones are especially uncommon in nature. Here we report the discovery of seven new IFQs, IFQ A-G (1-7), and three new IIQs, IIQ A-C (8-10), along with the known anthraquinone desoxyerythrolaccin (11), from Streptomyces sp. CB01883, expanding the chemical diversity of this family of natural products. The structures of these natural products were established on the basis of their HR-ESI-MS and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic data...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Antibiotics
María F Jiménez-Becerril, Sanjuana Hernández-Delgado, Myrna Solís-Oba, Juan M González Prieto
The current understanding of the genetic diversity of the phytopathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis is limited. To determine the genetic diversity and structure of U. maydis, 48 fungal isolates were analyzed using mitochondrial simple sequence repeats (SSRs). Tumours (corn smut or 'huitlacoche') were collected from different Mexican states with diverse environmental conditions. Using bioinformatic tools, five microsatellites were identified within intergenic regions of the U. maydis mitochondrial genome. SSRMUM4 was the most polymorphic marker...
October 11, 2016: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
Mirco Dindo, Riccardo Montioli, Mirko Busato, Alejandro Giorgetti, Barbara Cellini, Carla Borri Voltattorni
In this work the dimerization process of the minor allelic form of human alanine glyoxylate aminotransferase, a pyridoxal 5'-phosphate enzyme, was investigated. Bioinformatic analyses followed by site-directed mutagenesis, size exclusion chromatography and catalytic activity experiments allowed us to identify Arg118, Phe238 and Phe240 as interfacial residues not essential for transaminase activity but important for dimer-monomer dissociation. The apo and the holo forms of the triple mutant R118A-Mi/F238S-Mi/F240S-Mi display a dimer-monomer equilibrium dissociation constant value at least ̴ 260- and 31-fold larger, respectively, than the corresponding ones of AGT-Mi...
October 5, 2016: Biochimie
Katharine A Michie, Ann H Kwan, Chang-Shung Tung, J Mitchell Guss, Jill Trewhella
The nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) structure of the tri-helix bundle (THB) of the m-domain plus C2 (ΔmC2) of myosin-binding protein C (MyBP-C) has revealed a highly flexible seven-residue linker between the structured THB and C2. Bioinformatics shows significant patterns of conservation across the THB-linker sequence, with the linker containing a strictly conserved serine in all MyBP-C isoforms. Clinically linked mutations further support the functional significance of the THB-linker region. NMR, small-angle X-ray scattering, and binding studies show the THB-linker plus the first ten residues of C2 undergo dramatic changes when ΔmC2 binds Ca(2+)-calmodulin, with the linker and C2 N-terminal residues contributing significantly to the affinity...
October 4, 2016: Structure
Andrea Tedeschi, Sebastian Dupraz, Claudia J Laskowski, Jia Xue, Thomas Ulas, Marc Beyer, Joachim L Schultze, Frank Bradke
Injuries to the adult CNS often result in permanent disabilities because neurons lose the ability to regenerate their axon during development. Here, whole transcriptome sequencing and bioinformatics analysis followed by gain- and loss-of-function experiments identified Cacna2d2, the gene encoding the Alpha2delta2 subunit of voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs), as a developmental switch that limits axon growth and regeneration. Cacna2d2 gene deletion or silencing promoted axon growth in vitro. In vivo, Alpha2delta2 pharmacological blockade through Pregabalin (PGB) administration enhanced axon regeneration in adult mice after spinal cord injury (SCI)...
September 27, 2016: Neuron
Ezhilarasi Krishnamoorthy, Sameer Hassan, Luke Elizabeth Hanna, Indira Padmalayam, Rama Rajaram, Vijay Viswanathan
Lipoic acid synthase (LIAS) is an iron-sulfur cluster mitochondrial enzyme which catalyzes the final step in the de novo pathway for the biosynthesis of lipoic acid, a potent antioxidant. Recently there has been significant interest in its role in metabolic diseases and its deficiency in LIAS expression has been linked to conditions such as diabetes, atherosclerosis and neonatal-onset epilepsy, suggesting a strong inverse correlation between LIAS reduction and disease status. In this study we use a bioinformatics approach to predict its structure, which would be helpful to understanding its role...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
Matus Valach, Sandrine Moreira, Drahomíra Faktorová, Julius Lukeš, Gertraud Burger
The instructions to make proteins and structural RNAs are laid down in gene sequences. Yet, in certain instances, these primary instructions need to be modified considerably during gene expression, most often at the transcript level. Here we review a case of massive post-transcriptional revisions via trans-splicing and RNA editing, a phenomenon occurring in mitochondria of a recently recognized protist group, the diplonemids. As of now, the various post-transcriptional steps have been catalogued in detail, but how these processes function is still unknown...
October 7, 2016: RNA Biology
Elena Barghini, Flavia Mascagni, Lucia Natali, Tommaso Giordani, Andrea Cavallini
Short Interspersed Nuclear Elements (SINEs) are nonautonomous retrotransposons in the genome of most eukaryotic species. While SINEs have been intensively investigated in humans and other animal systems, SINE identification has been carried out only in a limited number of plant species. This lack of information is apparent especially in non-model plants whose genome has not been sequenced yet. The aim of this work was to produce a specific bioinformatics pipeline for analysing second generation sequence reads of a non-model species and identifying SINEs...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
E J Snijder, E Decroly, J Ziebuhr
Coronaviruses are animal and human pathogens that can cause lethal zoonotic infections like SARS and MERS. They have polycistronic plus-stranded RNA genomes and belong to the order Nidovirales, a diverse group of viruses for which common ancestry was inferred from the common principles underlying their genome organization and expression, and from the conservation of an array of core replicase domains, including key RNA-synthesizing enzymes. Coronavirus genomes (~26-32 kilobases) are the largest RNA genomes known to date and their expansion was likely enabled by acquiring enzyme functions that counter the commonly high error frequency of viral RNA polymerases...
2016: Advances in Virus Research
R Madhugiri, M Fricke, M Marz, J Ziebuhr
Coronaviruses have exceptionally large RNA genomes of approximately 30 kilobases. Genome replication and transcription is mediated by a multisubunit protein complex comprised of more than a dozen virus-encoded proteins. The protein complex is thought to bind specific cis-acting RNA elements primarily located in the 5'- and 3'-terminal genome regions and upstream of the open reading frames located in the 3'-proximal one-third of the genome. Here, we review our current understanding of coronavirus cis-acting RNA elements, focusing on elements required for genome replication and packaging...
2016: Advances in Virus Research
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