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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779229/codeinone-reductase-isoforms-with-differential-stability-efficiency-and-product-selectivity-in-opium-poppy
#1
Mehran Dastmalchi, Limei Chang, Miguel A Torres, Kenneth K S Ng, Peter J Facchini
Codeinone reductase (COR) catalyzes the reversible NADPH-dependent reduction of codeinone to codeine as the penultimate step of morphine biosynthesis in opium poppy (Papaver somniferum). COR also irreversibly reduces neopinone, which forms by spontaneous isomerization in aqueous solution from codeinone, to neopine. In a parallel pathway involving 3-O-desmethylated analogs, COR converts morphinone to morphine, and neomorphinone to neomorphine. Similar to neopine, neomorphine formation by COR is irreversible...
May 19, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779193/functional-role-of-tyr12-in-the-catalytic-activity-of-novel-zeta-like-glutathione-s-transferase-from-acidovorax-sp-kks102
#2
Dayyabu Shehu, Zazali Alias
Glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) are a family of enzymes that function in the detoxification of variety of electrophilic substrates. In the present work, we report a novel zeta-like GST (designated as KKSG9) from the biphenyl/polychlorobiphenyl degrading organism Acidovorax sp. KKS102. KKSG9 possessed low sequence similarity but similar biochemical properties to zeta class GSTs. Functional analysis showed that the enzyme exhibits wider substrate specificity compared to most zeta class GSTs by reacting with 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene (CDNB), p-nitrobenzyl chloride (NBC), ethacrynic acid (EA), hydrogen peroxide, and cumene hydroperoxide...
May 19, 2018: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779127/physiological-and-transcriptomic-analysis-of-a-chronologically-long-lived-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-strain-obtained-by-evolutionary-engineering
#3
Mevlüt Arslan, Can Holyavkin, Halil İbrahim Kısakesen, Alican Topaloğlu, Yusuf Sürmeli, Zeynep Petek Çakar
High-throughput aging studies with yeast as a model organism involve transposon-mutagenesis and yeast knockout collection, which have been pivotal strategies for understanding the complex cellular aging process. In this study, a chronologically long-lived Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutant was successfully obtained by using another high-throughput approach, evolutionary engineering, based on systematic selection in successive batch cultures under gradually increasing levels of caloric restriction. Detailed comparative physiological and transcriptomic analyses of the chronologically long-lived mutant and the reference strain revealed enhanced levels of respiratory metabolism, upregulation of genes related to carbohydrate metabolic processes, glycogen-trehalose pathways, stress response, and repression of protein synthesis-related genes in the long-lived mutant SRM11, already in the absence of caloric restriction...
May 19, 2018: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778604/structural-basis-for-the-interaction-of-mutasome-assembly-factor-rev1-with-ubiquitin
#4
Gaofeng Cui, Maria Victoria Botuyan, Georges Mer
REV1 is an evolutionarily conserved Translesion synthesis (TLS) DNA polymerase and an assembly factor key for the recruitment of other TLS polymerases to DNA damage sites. REV1-mediated recognition of ubiquitin in the proliferative cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) is thought to be the trigger for TLS activation. Here we report the solution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) structure of a 108-residue fragment of human REV1 encompassing the two putative ubiquitin-binding motifs UBM1 and UBM2 in complex with ubiquitin...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778426/germline-cytoskeletal-and-extra-cellular-matrix-related-single-nucleotide-variations-associated-with-distinct-cancer-survival-rates
#5
Shayan Falasiri, Tasnif Rahman, Yaping N Tu, Timothy J Fawcett, George Blanck
BACKGROUND: Human mutagenesis has a large stochastic component. Thus, large coding regions, especially cytoskeletal and extra-cellular matrix protein (CECMP) coding regions are particularly vulnerable to mutations. Recent results have verified a high level of somatic mutations in the CECMP coding regions in the cancer genome atlas (TCGA), and a relatively common occurrence of germline, deleterious mutations in the TCGA breast cancer dataset. METHODS: The objective of this study was to determine the correlations of CECMP coding region, germline nucleotide variations with both overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS)...
May 17, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777683/probing-the-binding-site-of-novel-selective-positive-allosteric-modulators-at-the-m-1-machr
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Elham Khajehali, Celine Valant, Manuela Jörg, Andrew B Tobin, P Jeffrey Conn, Craig W Lindsley, Patrick M Sexton, Peter J Scammells, Arthur Christopoulos
Subtype-selective allosteric modulation of the M1 muscarinic acetylcholine (ACh) receptor (M1 mAChR) is an attractive approach for the treatment of numerous disorders, including cognitive deficits. The discovery of benzyl quinolone carboxylic acid, BQCA, a selective M1 mAChR positive allosteric modulator (PAM), spurred the subsequent development of newer generation M1 PAMs representing diverse chemical scaffolds, different pharmacodynamic properties and, in some instances, improved pharmacokinetics. Key exemplar molecules from such efforts include PF-06767832 (N-((3R,4S)-3-hydroxytetrahydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5-methyl-4-(4-(thiazol-4-yl)benzyl)pyridine-2-carboxamide), VU6004256 (4,6-difluoro-N-(1S,2S)-2-hydroxycyclohexyl-1-((6-(1-methyl-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)pyridine-3-yl)methyl)-1H-indole-3-carboxamide) and MIPS1780 (3-(2-hydroxycyclohexyl)-6-(2-((4-(1-methyl-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)-benzyl)oxy)phenyl)pyrimidin-4(3H)-one)...
May 16, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777197/the-transition-state-structure-for-binding-between-taz1-of-cbp-and-the-disordered-hif-1%C3%AE-cad
#7
Ida Lindström, Eva Andersson, Jakob Dogan
Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) are common in eukaryotes. However, relatively few experimental studies have addressed the nature of the rate-limiting transition state for the coupled binding and folding reactions involving IDPs. By using site-directed mutagenesis in combination with kinetics measurements we have here characterized the transition state for binding between the globular TAZ1 domain of CREB binding protein and the intrinsically disordered C-terminal activation domain of Hif-1α (Hif-1α CAD)...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776930/modifying-the-lantibiotic-mutacin-1140-for-increased-yield-activity-and-stability
#8
Mengxin Geng, Leif Smith
Mutacin 1140 belongs to the epidermin family of type AI lantibiotics. This family has a broad spectrum of activity against Gram-positive bacteria. The binding of mutacin 1140 to lipid II leads to the inhibition of cell wall synthesis. Pharmacokinetic experiments on type AI lantibiotics are generally discouraging for clinical applications due to their short half-life. The unprotected dehydrated and protease susceptible residues outside of the lanthionine rings may play a role in their short half-life in physiological settings...
May 18, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775713/enhancement-of-catalytic-activity-and-thermostability-of-a-thermostable-cellobiohydrolase-from-chaetomium-thermophilum-by-site-directed-mutagenesis
#9
Chao Han, Weiguang Li, Chengyao Hua, Fengqing Sun, Pengsheng Bi, Qunqing Wang
Enzymatic saccharification of lignocellulosic biomass is increasingly applied in agricultural and industrial applications. Nevertheless, low performance in the extreme environment severely prevents the utilization of commercial enzyme preparations. To obtain cellobiohydrolases with improved catalytic activity and thermostability, structure-based rational design was performed based on a thermostable cellobiohydrolase CtCel6 from Chaetomium thermophilum. In the present study, four conserved and noncatalytic residue substitutions were generated via site-directed mutagenesis...
May 15, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774526/retrotransposable-genetic-elements-causing-neutrophil-defects
#10
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Dirk Roos, Martin de Boer
Retrotransposable elements are stretches of DNA that encode proteins with the inherent ability to insert their own RNA or another RNA by reverse transcriptase as DNA into a new genomic location. In humans, the only autonomous retrotransposable elements are members of the Long INterspersed Element-1 (LINE-1) family. LINE-1s may cause gene inactivation and human disease. We present a brief summary of the published knowledge about LINE-1s in humans and the RNAs that these elements can transpose, and we focus on the effect of LINE-1-mediated retrotransposition on human neutrophil function...
May 17, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774036/the-pattern-and-distribution-of-induced-mutations-in-j-curcas-using-reduced-representation-sequencing
#11
Fatemeh Maghuly, Stephan Pabinger, Julie Krainer, Margit Laimer
Mutagenesis in combination with Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS) is a powerful tool for introducing variation, studying gene function and identifying causal mutations underlying phenotypes of interest in crop plant genomes. About 400 million paired-end reads were obtained from 82 ethylmethane sulfonate (EMS) induced mutants and 14 wild-type accessions of Jatropha curcas for the detection of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and Insertion/Deletions (InDels) by two different approaches (nGBS and ddGBS) on an Illumina HiSeq 2000 sequencer...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772260/oxime-assisted-reactivation-of-tabun-inhibited-acetylcholinesterase-analysed-by-active-site-mutations
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Maja Katalinić, Goran Šinko, Nikolina Maček Hrvat, Tamara Zorbaz, Anita Bosak, Zrinka Kovarik
The antidotal property of oximes is attributed to their ability to reactivate acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibited by organophosphorus compounds (OP) such as pesticides and nerve warfare agents. Understanding their interactions within the active site of phosphylated AChE is of great significance for the search for more efficient reactivators, especially in the case of the most resistant OP to reactivation, tabun. Therefore, herein we studied the interactions and reactivation of tabun-inhibited AChE by site-directed mutagenesis and a series of bispyridinium oximes...
May 14, 2018: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770128/critical-functions-of-region-1-67-and-helix-xiii-in-retaining-the-active-structure-of-nhad-antiporter-in-halomonas-sp-y2
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Zhou Yang, Yiwei Meng, Qi Zhao, Bin Cheng, Ping Xu, Chunyu Yang
NhaD-type antiporters are mainly distributed in various Proteobacteria , especially in marine microorganisms and human pathogens. This distribution as well as the pathogenic properties of these strains suggest that these antiporters contribute to the regulation of high osmoregulation and are potential drug targets. Two NhaD homologs, NhaD1 and NhaD2, from the halotolerant and alkaliphilic Halomonas sp. Y2 exhibits similar, high in vitro activity, but remarkably different in vivo functions. To search for critical domains or residues involved in these differences of physiological functions, various chimeras composed of NhaD1 and NhaD2 segments were generated...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769725/mxra8-is-a-receptor-for-multiple-arthritogenic-alphaviruses
#14
Rong Zhang, Arthur S Kim, Julie M Fox, Sharmila Nair, Katherine Basore, William B Klimstra, Rebecca Rimkunas, Rachel H Fong, Hueylie Lin, Subhajit Poddar, James E Crowe, Benjamin J Doranz, Daved H Fremont, Michael S Diamond
Arthritogenic alphaviruses comprise a group of enveloped RNA viruses that are transmitted to humans by mosquitoes and cause debilitating acute and chronic musculoskeletal disease 1 . The host factors required for alphavirus entry remain poorly characterized 2 . Here we use a genome-wide CRISPR-Cas9-based screen to identify the cell adhesion molecule Mxra8 as an entry mediator for multiple emerging arthritogenic alphaviruses, including chikungunya, Ross River, Mayaro and O'nyong nyong viruses. Gene editing of mouse Mxra8 or human MXRA8 resulted in reduced levels of viral infection of cells and, reciprocally, ectopic expression of these genes resulted in increased infection...
May 16, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769329/isolation-of-state-dependent-monoclonal-antibodies-against-the-12-transmembrane-domain-glucose-transporter-4-using-virus-like-particles
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David F Tucker, Jonathan T Sullivan, Kimberly-Anne Mattia, Christine R Fisher, Trevor Barnes, Manu N Mabila, Rona Wilf, Chidananda Sulli, Meghan Pitts, Riley J Payne, Moniquetta Hall, Duncan Huston-Paterson, Xiaoxiang Deng, Edgar Davidson, Sharon H Willis, Benjamin J Doranz, Ross Chambers, Joseph B Rucker
The insulin-responsive 12-transmembrane transporter GLUT4 changes conformation between an inward-open state and an outward-open state to actively facilitate cellular glucose uptake. Because of the difficulties of generating conformational mAbs against complex and highly conserved membrane proteins, no reliable tools exist to measure GLUT4 at the cell surface, follow its trafficking, or detect the conformational state of the protein. Here we report the isolation and characterization of conformational mAbs that recognize the extracellular and intracellular domains of GLUT4, including mAbs that are specific for the inward-open and outward-open states of GLUT4...
May 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769283/-hermes-transposon-mutagenesis-shows-ure3-prion-pathology-prevented-by-a-ubiquitin-targeting-protein-evidence-for-carbon-nitrogen-assimilation-cross-talk-and-a-second-function-for-ure2p-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#16
Herman K Edskes, Maryam Mukhamedova, Bouke K Edskes, Reed B Wickner
[URE3] is an amyloid-based prion of Ure2p, a regulator of nitrogen catabolism. While most variants of the [URE3] prion are toxic, mild variants that only slightly slow growth are more widely studied. The existence of several anti-prion systems suggests that some components may be protecting cells from potential detrimental effects of mild [URE3] variants. Our extensive Hermes transposon mutagenesis showed that disruption of YLR352W dramatically slows growth of [URE3-1] strains. Ylr352wp is an F-box protein, directing selection of substrates for ubiquitination by a cullin-containing E-3 ligase...
May 16, 2018: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767246/dnajc3-mutation-in-thai-familial-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#17
Sirikul Kulanuwat, Watip Tangjittipokin, Prapaporn Jungtrakoon, Chutima Chanprasert, Jatuporn Sujjitjoon, Ninareeman Binnima, Pa-Thai Yenchitsomanus, Nattachet Plengvidhya
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) is a heterogeneous disease, with certain cases presenting an autosomal dominant type. The rare coding variants of disease‑causing genes in T2D remain mostly unclear. The present study aimed to identify the disease‑causing gene conducting whole exome sequencing in a Thai T2D family with an autosomal dominant transmission of T2D with no evidence of mutations in known maturity‑onset diabetes of the young (MODY) genes. Candidate variants were selected according to certain criteria of mutation prediction programs, followed by segregation analysis with diabetes in the family...
May 14, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766361/genetic-dissection-of-the-brca2-promoter-and-transcriptional-impact-of-dna-variants
#18
Eugenia Fraile-Bethencourt, Alberto Valenzuela-Palomo, Beatriz Díez-Gómez, Mar Infante, Mercedes Durán, Germán Marcos, Enrique Lastra, Susana Gómez-Barrero, Eladio A Velasco
PURPOSE: Promoter mutations may affect transcription and can be associated with human diseases. However, the promoters of the breast cancer (BC) genes are not regularly screened. Our goal was to investigate the BRCA2 promoter in order to study a possible correlation between impaired transcription and disease. METHODS: The proximal and core promoter of the BRCA2 gene was sequenced in 95 high-risk BC patients. A BRCA2-promoter insert [- 938 to + 312 from the transcription start site (TSS)] was generated and cloned into the firefly luciferase vector pGL4...
May 15, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765523/overexpressing-tpte2-tpip-a-homolog-of-the-human-tumor-suppressor-gene-pten-rescues-the-abnormal-phenotype-of-the-pten-mutant
#19
Daniel F Lusche, Emma C Buchele, Kanoe B Russell, Benjamin A Soll, Michele I Vitolo, Michael R Klemme, Deborah J Wessels, David R Soll
One possible approach to normalize mutant cells that are metastatic and tumorigenic, is to upregulate a functionally similar homolog of the mutated gene. Here we have explored this hypothesis by generating an overexpressor of TPTE2 ( TPIP ), a homolog of PTEN , in PTEN-/- mutants, the latter generated by targeted mutagenesis of a human epithelial cell line. Overexpression of TPTE2 normalized phenotypic changes associated with the PTEN mutation. The PTEN-/- -associated changes rescued by overexpressing TPTE2 included 1) accelerated wound healing in the presence or absence of added growth factors (GFs), 2) increased division rates on a 2D substrate in the presence of GFs, 3) adhesion and viability on a 2D substrate in the absence of GFs, 4) viability in a 3D Matrigel model in the absence of GFs and substrate adhesion 5) loss of apoptosis-associated annexin V cell surface binding sites...
April 20, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765043/programmable-sequential-mutagenesis-by-inducible-cpf1-crrna-array-inversion
#20
Ryan D Chow, Hyunu Ray Kim, Sidi Chen
Mutations and genetic alterations are often sequentially acquired in various biological and pathological processes, such as development, evolution, and cancer. Certain phenotypes only manifest with precise temporal sequences of genetic events. While multiple approaches have been developed to model the effects of mutations in tumorigenesis, few recapitulate the stepwise nature of cancer evolution. Here we describe a flexible sequential mutagenesis system, Cpf1-Flip, with inducible inversion of a single crRNA array (FlipArray), and demonstrate its application in stepwise mutagenesis in murine and human cells...
May 15, 2018: Nature Communications
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