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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226248/the-impact-of-pre-oxidation-with-potassium-permanganate-on-cyanobacterial-organic-matter-removal-by-coagulation
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Jana Naceradska, Martin Pivokonsky, Lenka Pivokonska, Magdalena Baresova, Rita K Henderson, Arash Zamyadi, Vaclav Janda
The study investigates the effect of permanganate pre-oxidation on the coagulation of peptides/proteins of Microcystis aeruginosa which comprise a major proportion of the organic matter during cyanobacterial bloom decay. Four different permanganate dosages (0.1, 0.2, 0.4 and 0.6 mg KMnO4 mg(-1) DOC) were applied prior to coagulation by ferric sulphate. Moreover, changes in sample characteristics, such as UV254, DOC content and molecular weight distribution, after pre-oxidation were monitored. The results showed that permanganate pre-oxidation led to a reduction in coagulant dose, increased organic matter removals by coagulation (by 5-12% depending on permanganate dose), microcystin removal (with reductions of 91-96%) and a shift of the optimum pH range from 4...
February 14, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225755/intragenic-dna-methylation-prevents-spurious-transcription-initiation
#2
Francesco Neri, Stefania Rapelli, Anna Krepelova, Danny Incarnato, Caterina Parlato, Giulia Basile, Mara Maldotti, Francesca Anselmi, Salvatore Oliviero
In mammals, DNA methylation occurs mainly at CpG dinucleotides. Methylation of the promoter suppresses gene expression, but the functional role of gene-body DNA methylation in highly expressed genes has yet to be clarified. Here we show that, in mouse embryonic stem cells, Dnmt3b-dependent intragenic DNA methylation protects the gene body from spurious RNA polymerase II entry and cryptic transcription initiation. Using different genome-wide approaches, we demonstrate that this Dnmt3b function is dependent on its enzymatic activity and recruitment to the gene body by H3K36me3...
February 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225130/systematic-investigation-on-the-intracellular-trafficking-network-of-polymeric-nanoparticles
#3
Jinxie Zhang, Danfeng Chang, Yao Yang, Xudong Zhang, Wei Tao, Lijuan Jiang, Xin Liang, Hsiangi Tsai, Laiqiang Huang, Lin Mei
Polymeric nanoparticles such as PLGA-based nanoparticles are emerging as promising carriers for controlled drug delivery. However, little is known about the intracellular trafficking network of polymeric nanoparticles. Here, more than 30 Rab proteins were used as markers of multiple trafficking vesicles in endocytosis, exocytosis and autophagy to investigate in detail the intracellular trafficking pathways of PLGA nanoparticles. We observed that coumarin-6-loaded PLGA nanoparticles were internalized by the cells mainly through caveolin and clathrin-dependent endocytosis and Rab34-mediated macropinocytosis...
February 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225075/soya-cerebroside-an-extract-of-cordyceps-militaris-suppresses-monocyte-migration-and-prevents-cartilage-degradation-in-inflammatory-animal-models
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Shan-Chi Liu, Ching-Peng Chiu, Chun-Hao Tsai, Chun-Yin Hung, Te-Mao Li, Yang-Chang Wu, Chih-Hsin Tang
Pathophysiological events that modulate the progression of structural changes in osteoarthritis (OA) include the secretion of inflammatory molecules, such as proinflammatory cytokines. Interleukin-1beta (IL-1β) is the prototypical inflammatory cytokine that activates OA synovial cells to release cytokines and chemokines in support of the inflammatory response. The monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1/CCL2) is one of the key chemokines that regulate migration and infiltration of monocytes in response to inflammation...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225045/membrane-targeting-of-tirap-is-negatively-regulated-by-phosphorylation-in-its-phosphoinositide-binding-motif
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Xiaolin Zhao, Wen Xiong, Shuyan Xiao, Tuo-Xian Tang, Jeffrey F Ellena, Geoffrey S Armstrong, Carla V Finkielstein, Daniel G S Capelluto
Pathogen-activated Toll-like receptors (TLRs), such as TLR2 and TLR4, dimerize and move laterally across the plasma membrane to phosphatidylinositol (4,5)-bisphosphate-enriched domains. At these sites, TLRs interact with the TIR domain-containing adaptor protein (TIRAP), triggering a signaling cascade that leads to innate immune responses. Membrane recruitment of TIRAP is mediated by its phosphoinositide (PI)-binding motif (PBM). We show that TIRAP PBM transitions from a disordered to a helical conformation in the presence of either zwitterionic micelles or monodispersed PIs...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225005/autophagy-protects-against-palmitic-acid-induced-apoptosis-in-podocytes-in-vitro
#6
Xu-Shun Jiang, Xue-Mei Chen, Jiang-Min Wan, Hai-Bo Gui, Xiong-Zhong Ruan, Xiao-Gang Du
Autophagy is a highly conserved degradation process that is involved in the clearance of proteins and damaged organelles to maintain intracellular homeostasis and cell integrity. Type 2 diabetes is often accompanied by dyslipidemia with elevated levels of free fatty acids (FFAs). Podocytes, as an important component of the filtration barrier, are susceptible to lipid disorders. The loss of podocytes causes proteinuria, which is involved in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy. In the present study, we demonstrated that palmitic acid (PA) promoted autophagy in podocytes...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224650/androgen-receptor-splice-variants-are-not-substrates-of-nonsense-mediated-decay
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Atinuke S Ajiboye, David Esopi, Srinivasan Yegnasubramanian, Samuel R Denmeade
BACKGROUND: Androgen receptor (AR) splice variants have been clinically associated with progressive cancer, castration-resistance, and resistance to AR antagonists and androgen synthesis inhibitors. AR variants can be generated by genomic alterations and alternative splicing, and their expression is androgen-regulated. There has been a suggestion that AR variants bearing premature termination codons and coding for truncated proteins should be regulated by the nonsense-mediated decay (NMD) mRNA surveillance pathway, suggesting that either the NMD pathway is dysfunctional in variant-expressing cell lines or that variants are somehow able to evade degradation by NMD...
February 22, 2017: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224461/zinc-the-other-suspected-environmental-factor-in-kashin-beck-disease-in-addition-to-selenium
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Xi Wang, Yujie Ning, Lei Yang, Fangfang Yu, Xiong Guo
Kashin-Beck disease (KBD) is an endemic chronic osteochondral disease characterized by high prevalence, disability, and morbidity and is distributed from the northeast to the southwest in China, in some regions of Eastern Siberia in Russia, and in North Korea. Although the selenium deficiency etiological hypothesis for KBD has been proposed by scientists for decades, the idea that selenium deficiency is one of the most important environmental factors but not the primary and sole pathogenic factor for KBD has been widely accepted...
February 21, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224423/prognostic-significance-of-autophagy-related-proteins-expression-in-resected-human-gastric-adenocarcinoma
#9
Bing Qu, Lei Yao, Hua-Ling Ma, Hong-Lei Chen, Zhi Zhang, Jiang Xie
Gastric adenocarcinoma (GC) is one of the most common malignancies in the world and one of the most frequent causes of cancer-related death. Autophagy is a highly regulated catabolic pathway responsible for the degradation of long-lived proteins and damaged intracellular organelles. However, the mechanism and guiding significance of autophagy in the development and progression of GC have remained to be elucidated. This study aimed to explore the clinicopathological significances and prognostic values of autophagy-related proteins AMBRA1 and Beclin-1 in GC...
February 2017: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224045/dj-1-maintains-energy-and-glucose-homeostasis-by-regulating-the-function-of-brown-adipose-tissue
#10
Rong Wu, Xiao-Meng Liu, Jian-Guang Sun, Hong Chen, Jun Ma, Meng Dong, Shengyi Peng, Ji-Qiu Wang, Jian-Qing Ding, Dong-Hao Li, John R Speakman, Guang Ning, Wanzhu Jin, Zengqiang Yuan
DJ-1 protein is involved in multiple physiological processes, including Parkinson's disease. However, the role of DJ-1 in the metabolism is largely unknown. Here we found that DJ-1 maintained energy balance and glucose homeostasisvia regulating brown adipose tissue (BAT) activity. DJ-1-deficient mice reduced body mass, increased energy expenditure and improved insulin sensitivity. DJ-1 deletion also resisted high-fat-diet (HFD) induced obesity and insulin resistance. Accordingly, DJ-1 transgene triggered autonomous obesity and glucose intolerance...
2017: Cell Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223975/characterization-of-a-novel-polymeric-bioflocculant-produced-from-bacterial-utilization-of-n-hexadecane-and-its-application-in-removal-of-heavy-metals
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Mihirjyoti Pathak, Hridip K Sarma, Krishna G Bhattacharyya, Sanjukta Subudhi, Varsha Bisht, Banwari Lal, Arundhuti Devi
A novel polymeric bioflocculant was produced by a bacterium utilizing degradation of n-hexadecane as the energy source. The bioflocculant was produced with a bioflocculating activity of 87.8%. The hydrocarbon degradation was confirmed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis and was further supported with contact angle measurements for the changes in hydrophobic nature of the culture medium. A specific aerobic degradation pathway followed by the bacterium during the bioflocculant production and hydrocarbon utilization process has been proposed...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223514/selective-autophagy-limits-cauliflower-mosaic-virus-infection-by-nbr1-mediated-targeting-of-viral-capsid-protein-and-particles
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Anders Hafrén, Jean-Luc Macia, Andrew J Love, Joel J Milner, Martin Drucker, Daniel Hofius
Autophagy plays a paramount role in mammalian antiviral immunity including direct targeting of viruses and their individual components, and many viruses have evolved measures to antagonize or even exploit autophagy mechanisms for the benefit of infection. In plants, however, the functions of autophagy in host immunity and viral pathogenesis are poorly understood. In this study, we have identified both anti- and proviral roles of autophagy in the compatible interaction of cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV), a double-stranded DNA pararetrovirus, with the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana We show that the autophagy cargo receptor NEIGHBOR OF BRCA1 (NBR1) targets nonassembled and virus particle-forming capsid proteins to mediate their autophagy-dependent degradation, thereby restricting the establishment of CaMV infection...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223477/znf307-zinc-finger-protein-307-acts-as-a-negative-regulator-of-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Chang-Jiang Yu, Chen Liang, Yu-Xia Li, Qing-Qing Hu, Wei-Wan Zheng, Na Niu, Xu Yang, Zi-Rui Wang, Xiao-Di Yu, Bao-Long Zhang, Bin-Lin Song, Zhi-Ren Zhang
Pathological cardiac hypertrophy is a key risk factor for heart failure. We found that the protein expression levels of the ZNF307 (zinc finger protein 307) were significantly increased in heart samples from both human patients with dilated cardiomyopathy and mice subjected to aortic banding. Therefore, we aimed to elucidate the role of ZNF307 in the development of cardiac hypertrophy and to explore the signal transduction events that mediate the effect of ZNF307 on cardiac hypertrophy, using cardiac-specific ZNF307 transgenic (ZNF307-TG) mice and ZNF307 global knockout (ZNF307-KO) mice...
February 21, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223451/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-proteasome-accessory-factor-a-pafa-can-transfer-prokaryotic-ubiquitin-like-protein-pup-between-substrates
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Susan Zhang, Kristin E Burns-Huang, Guido V Janssen, Huilin Li, Huib Ovaa, Lizbeth Hedstrom, K Heran Darwin
The protein degradation machinery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis includes a proteasome and a ubiquitin-like protein (Pup). Proteasome accessory factor A (PafA) attaches Pup to proteins to target them for degradation by the proteasome. Free Pup is unstable and never observed in extracts of M. tuberculosis, an observation that led us to hypothesize that PafA may need alternative sources of Pup. Here, we show that PafA can move Pup from one proteasome substrate, inositol 1-phosphate synthetase (Ino1), to two different proteins, malonyl coenzyme A (CoA)-acyl carrier protein transacylase (FabD) and lonely guy (Log)...
February 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223409/asc1-hel2-and-slh1-couple-translation-arrest-to-nascent-chain-degradation
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Cole Stone Sitron, Joseph Hun Park, Onn Brandman
Premature arrest of protein synthesis within the open reading frame elicits a protective response that degrades the incomplete nascent chain. In this response, arrested 80S ribosomes are split into their large and small subunits, allowing assembly of the Ribosome Quality control Complex (RQC), which targets nascent chains for degradation. How the cell recognizes arrested nascent chains among the vast pool of actively translating polypeptides is poorly understood. We systematically examined translation arrest and modification of nascent chains in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to characterize the steps that couple arrest to RQC targeting...
February 21, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223361/covalently-linked-hslu-hexamers-support-a-probabilistic-mechanism-that-links-atp-hydrolysis-to-protein-unfolding-and-translocation
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Vladimir Baytshtok, Jiejen Chen, Steven E Glynn, Andrew R Nager, Robert A Grant, Tania A Baker, Robert T Sauer
The HslUV proteolytic machine consists of HslV, a double-ring self-compartmentalized peptidase, and one or two AAA+ HslU ring hexamers that hydrolyze ATP to power the unfolding of protein substrates and their translocation into the proteolytic chamber of HslV. Here, we use genetic-tethering and disulfide-bonding strategies to construct HslU pseudohexamers containing mixtures of ATPase active and inactive subunits at defined positions in the hexameric ring. Genetic tethering impairs HslV binding and degradation, even for pseudohexamers with six active subunits, but disulfide-linked pseudohexamers do not have these defects, indicating that the peptide tether interferes with HslV interactions...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223356/molecular-insights-into-hydrogen-peroxide-sensing-mechanism-of-the-metalloregulator-mntr-in-controlling-bacterial-resistance-to-oxidative-stresses
#17
Zhaoyuan Chen, Xinhui Wang, Fan Yang, Qingqing Hu, Huichun Tong, Xiuzhu Dong
Manganese contributes to anti-oxidative stress particularly in catalase-devoid bacteria, and DtxR family metalloregulators, through sensing cellular Mn(2+) content, regulate its homeostasis. Here, we show that metalloregulator MntR (So-MntR) functions dually as Mn(2+) and H2O2 sensors in mediating H2O2 resistance by an oral streptococcus. H2O2 disrupted So-MntR's binding to Mn(2+) transporter mntABC promoter, and induced disulfide-linked dimerization of the protein. Mass spectrometry identified Cys11-Cys156 and Cys11-Cys11 disulfide-linked peptides in H2O2 treated So-MntR...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223355/glial-fibrillary-acidic-protein-exhibits-altered-turnover-kinetics-in-a-mouse-model-of-alexander-disease
#18
Laura R Moody, Gregory A Barrett-Wilt, Michael R Sussman, Albee Messing
Mutations in the astrocyte-specific intermediate filament, glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), lead to the rare and fatal disorder, Alexander disease (AxD). A prominent feature of the disease is aberrant accumulation of GFAP. It has been proposed that this accumulation occurs due to an increase in gene transcription coupled with impaired proteasomal degradation, yet this hypothesis remains untested. We therefore sought to directly investigate GFAP turnover in a mouse model of AxD that is heterozygous for a disease-causing point mutation (GfapR236H/+) (and thus expresses both wild-type and mutant protein)...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223335/cooperation-of-musashi-2-numb-mdm2-and-p53-in-drug-resistance-and-malignant-biology-of-pancreatic-cancer
#19
Weiwei Sheng, Ming Dong, Chuanping Chen, Zixin Wang, Yunwei Li, Kewei Wang, Yuji Li, Jianping Zhou
Our earlier work showed that Musashi (MSI)-2 promoted the development of pancreatic cancer (PC) by down-regulating Numb, which prevented murine double-minute (MDM)-2-mediated p53 ubiquitin degradation. Thus, we investigate the relationship among MSI2, Numb, MDM2, and p53 in PC in vitro and invivo, an association that has not been reported to our knowledge. MSI2 had no relationship with mutant p53 (mtp53) and wild-type p53 (wtp53) in normal PC cells. However, in response to gemcitabine or cisplatin treatment, MSI2 silencing simultaneously down-regulated MDM2 and up-regulated Numb and wtp53 protein levels...
February 21, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223226/targeted-protein-degradation-by-protacs
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REVIEW
Taavi K Neklesa, James D Winkler, Craig M Crews
Targeted protein degradation using the PROTAC technology is emerging as a novel therapeutic method to address diseases driven by the aberrant expression of a disease-causing protein. PROTAC molecules are bifunctional small molecules that simultaneously bind a target protein and an E3-ubiquitin ligase, thus causing ubiquitination and degradation of the target protein by the proteasome. Like small molecules, PROTAC molecules possess good tissue distribution and the ability to target intracellular proteins. Herein, we highlight the advantages of protein degradation using PROTACs, and provide specific examples where degradation offers therapeutic benefit over classical enzyme inhibition...
February 13, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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