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Homocitrullination or carbamylation

Sladjana Skopelja, B JoNell Hamilton, Jonathan D Jones, Mei-Ling Yang, Mark Mamula, Alix Ashare, Alex H Gifford, William F C Rigby
While respiratory failure in cystic fibrosis (CF) frequently associates with chronic infection by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, no single factor predicts the extent of lung damage in CF. To elucidate other causes, we studied the autoantibody profile in CF and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, given the similar association of airway inflammation and autoimmunity in RA. Even though we observed that bactericidal permeability-increasing protein (BPI), carbamylated proteins, and citrullinated proteins all localized to the neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs), which are implicated in the development of autoimmunity, our study demonstrates striking autoantibody specificity in CF...
October 20, 2016: JCI Insight
Maral Tajerian, Victor Hung, Hamda Khan, Lauren J Lahey, Yuan Sun, Frank Birklein, Heidrun H Krämer, William H Robinson, Wade S Kingery, J David Clark
OBJECTIVE: Using a mouse model of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), our goal was to identify autoantigens in the skin of the affected limb. METHODS: A CRPS-like state was induced using the tibia fracture/cast immobilization model. Three weeks after fracture, hindpaw skin was homogenized, run on 2-d gels, and probed by sera from fracture and control mice. Spots of interest were analyzed by liquid chromatography-mass spectroscopy (LC-MS) and the list of targets validated by examining their abundance and subcellular localization...
October 20, 2016: Experimental Neurology
Marli Dercksen, Marinus Duran, Lodewijk IJlst, Wim Kulik, Jos P N Ruiter, Arno van Cruchten, Mendel Tuchman, Ronald J A Wanders
BACKGROUND: N-acetylglutamate synthase (NAGS) plays a key role in the removal of ammonia via the urea cycle by catalyzing the synthesis of N-acetylglutamate (NAG), the obligatory cofactor in the carbamyl phosphate synthetase 1 reaction. Enzymatic analysis of NAGS in liver homogenates has remained insensitive and inaccurate, which prompted the development of a novel method. METHODS: UPLC-MS/MS was used in conjunction with stable isotope (N-acetylglutamic-2,3,3,4,4-d5 acid) dilution for the quantitative detection of NAG produced by the NAGS enzyme...
October 13, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Michelle R Robinson, Jennifer S Brodbelt
Tyrosine sulfation is an important post-translational modification but remains difficult to detect in biological samples owing to its low stoichiometric abundance and the lack of effective enrichment methods. In the present study, weak anion exchange (WAX) is evaluated for the enrichment of sulfopeptides that have been modified via carbamylation to convert all primary amines to less basic carbamates. The decrease in basicity enhanced the binding of carbamylated sulfopeptides to WAX resin relative to non-sulfated peptides...
October 21, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Sanna Turunen, Johanna Huhtakangas, Tomi Nousiainen, Maarit Valkealahti, Jukka Melkko, Juha Risteli, Petri Lehenkari
BACKGROUND: Seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is characterized by autoantibodies binding to citrullinated and homocitrullinated proteins. We wanted to study the expression patterns of these disease-associated protein forms and if the rheumatoid nodule and synovial tissue itself contain biologically active levels of citrullinating peptidyl arginine deiminases 2, 3 and 4 and homocitrullination-facilitating neutrophil enzyme myeloperoxidase. METHOD: Total of 195 synovial samples from metatarsal joints from five ACPA/RF-positive RA patients (n = 77), synovial samples from knees of eight seropositive RA (n = 60), seven seronegative RA (n = 33) and five osteoarthritis (n = 25) patients were analyzed for citrulline and homocitrulline contents using HPLC...
October 20, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
W H Wilson Tang, Stanley L Hazen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Erik W Holy, Alexander Akhmedov, Thimoteus Speer, Giovanni G Camici, Stephen Zewinger, Nicole Bonetti, Jürg H Beer, Thomas F Lüscher, Felix C Tanner
BACKGROUND: Carbamylation alters low-density lipoprotein (LDL) structure and is thought to promote vascular inflammation and dysfunction in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine whether carbamylated LDL (cLDL) exerts prothrombotic effects in vascular cells and platelets and whether cLDL enhances arterial thrombus formation in vivo. METHODS: LDL was isolated from healthy subjects or patients with CKD by sequential ultracentrifugation...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Francesca Romana Spinelli, Arbi Pecani, Fabrizio Conti, Riccardo Mancini, Cristiano Alessandri, Guido Valesini
Coronary heart disease is the main cause of mortality in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a disease known to be associated with accelerated atherosclerosis. The role of inflammation and immunity in atherosclerotic process offers possible explanations for the increased cardiovascular risk in patients with RA. The immune response to citrullinated peptides has been extensively studied in RA; antibodies directed to citrullinated peptides are now a cornerstone for RA diagnosis. However, few studies have investigated the response to citrullinated peptides and the development of atherosclerotic plaque...
September 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
Stephen A Luebker, Scott A Koepsell
Urea based protein extraction of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue provides the most efficient workflow for proteomics due to its compatibility with liquid chromatography electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS). This study optimizes the use of urea for proteomic analysis of clinical FFPE tissue. A series of protein extraction conditions manipulating temperature and buffer composition were compared to reduce carbamylation introduced by urea and increase protein detection...
2016: International Journal of Proteomics
Hui-Chun Yu, Pei-Hsuan Lai, Ning-Sheng Lai, Hsien-Bin Huang, Malcolm Koo, Ming-Chi Lu
The objective of this study was to investigate the presence and titer of anti-carbamylated 78-kDa glucose-regulated protein (anti-CarGRP78) antibody in serum from controls, and patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and primary Sjögren syndrome (pSS). Thirty-three RA patients, 20 SLE patients, 20 pSS patients, and 20 controls were enrolled from our outpatient clinic. GRP78 was cloned and carbamylated. Serum titers of anti- cyclic citrullinated peptides (anti-CCP), anti-GRP78, and anti-CarGRP78 were measured with an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Laëtitia Gorisse, Stéphane Jaisson, Christine Pietrement, Philippe Gillery
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2016: Médecine Sciences: M/S
Zeneng Wang, Joseph A DiDonato, Jennifer Buffa, Suzy A Comhair, Mark A Aronica, Raed A Dweik, Nancy A Lee, James J Lee, Mary Jane Thomassen, Mani Kavuru, Serpil C Erzurum, Stanley L Hazen
The biochemical mechanisms through which eosinophils contribute to asthma pathogenesis are unclear. Here we show eosinophil peroxidase (EPO), an abundant granule protein released by activated eosinophils, contributes to characteristic asthma-related phenotypes through oxidative posttranslational modification (PTM) of proteins in asthmatic airways through a process called carbamylation. Using a combination of studies we now show EPO uses plasma levels of the pseudohalide thiocyanate (SCN(-)) as substrate to catalyze protein carbamylation, as monitored by PTM of protein lysine residues into N(ϵ)-carbamyllysine (homocitrulline), and contributes to the pathophysiological sequelae of eosinophil activation...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Ivan Mikšík, Pavla Sedláková, Statis Pataridis, Federica Bortolotti, Rossella Gottardo
Proteins and their modifications of the natural mummy of Cangrande della Scala (Prince of Verona, Northern Italy, 1291-1329) were studied. The nano-LC-Q-TOF analysis of samples of rib bone and muscle from the mummy showed the presence of different proteins including type I, III IV, V and XI collagen, haemoglobin (subunits alpha and beta), ferritin, biglycan, vitronectin, prothrombin and osteocalcin. The structure of type I and type III collagen was deeply studied in order to evaluate the occurrence of modifications in comparison with type I and type III collagen coming from tissues of recently died people...
August 20, 2016: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
Jing Ding, Jing Wang, Qin-Ying Li, Jie-Zhong Yu, Cun-Gen Ma, Xin Wang, Chuan-Zhen Lu, Bao-Guo Xiao
Carbamylated erythropoietin (CEPO), an EPO derivative, is attracting widespread interest due to neuroprotective effects without erythropoiesis. However, little is known about molecular mechanisms behind CEPO-mediated neuroprotection. In primary neurons with oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) and mice with hypoxia-reoxygenation, the neuroprotection and possible molecular mechanism of CEPO were performed by immunohistochemistry and immunocytochemistry, Western blot, RT-PCR, and ELISA. The comparisons were analyzed by ANOVA followed by unpaired two-tailed Student's t test...
August 19, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Ariana Montes, Cristina Regueiro, Eva Perez-Pampin, Maria Dolores Boveda, Juan J Gomez-Reino, Antonio Gonzalez
A large fraction of the patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) develop specific autoantibodies, which until recently were only of two types, rheumatoid factor (RF) and anti-citrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA). We aimed to replicate important findings about a recently described third type of specific autoantibodies, anti-carbamylated protein (anti-CarP) antibodies, because they have been described based only in the homemade ELISA from a single laboratory. Our study included 520 patients with established RA and 278 healthy controls of Spanish ancestry and it was done with an independently performed ELISA...
2016: PloS One
David Zimmerman, Joy J Goto, Viswanathan V Krishnan
Elevated incidences of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/Parkinsonism Dementia complex (ALS/PDC) is associated with β-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA), a non-protein amino acid. In particular, the native Chamorro people living in the island of Guam were exposed to BMAA by consuming a diet based on the cycad seeds. Carbamylated forms of BMAA are glutamate analogues. The mechanism of neurotoxicity of the BMAA is not completely understood, and BMAA acting as a glutamate receptor agonist may lead to excitotoxicity that interferes with glutamate transport systems...
2016: PloS One
Amy J Rice, Hao Lei, Bernard D Santarsiero, Hyun Lee, Michael E Johnson
Dihydroorotase (DHOase) is the third enzyme in the de novo pyrimidine synthesis pathway and is responsible for the reversible cyclization of carbamyl-aspartate (Ca-asp) to dihydroorotate (DHO). DHOase is further divided into two classes based on several structural characteristics, one of which is the length of the flexible catalytic loop that interacts with the substrate, Ca-asp, regulating the enzyme activity. Here, we present the crystal structure of Class I Bacillus anthracis DHOase with Ca-asp in the active site, which shows the peptide backbone of glycine in the shorter loop forming the necessary hydrogen bonds with the substrate, in place of the two threonines found in Class II DHOases...
October 1, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Debbie M Boeters, Wouter P Nieuwenhuis, Marije K Verheul, Elize C Newsum, Monique Reijnierse, René E M Toes, Leendert A Trouw, Annette H M van der Helm-van Mil
BACKGROUND: In rheumatoid arthritis (RA) bone marrow edema (BME, osteitis) and anti-citrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA) are associated with radiographic progression. ACPA have been associated with BME, but it is unknown if this association is confined to ACPA and BME. We performed cross-sectional analysis of the association of ACPA, rheumatoid factor (RF) and anti-carbamylated protein (anti-CarP) antibodies with BME and other types of inflammation (synovitis, tenosynovitis) detected by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Victoria C Cotham, William M McGee, Jennifer S Brodbelt
The labile nature of phosphoryl groups has presented a long-standing challenge for the characterization of protein phosphorylation via conventional mass spectrometry-based bottom-up proteomics methods. Collision-induced dissociation (CID) causes preferential cleavage of the phospho-ester bond of peptides, particularly under conditions of low proton mobility, and results in the suppression of sequence-informative fragmentation that often prohibits phosphosite determination. In the present study, the fragmentation patterns of phosphopeptides are improved through ion/ion-mediated peptide derivatization with 4-formyl-1,3-benezenedisulfonic acid (FBDSA) anions using a dual spray reactor...
August 16, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Masafumi Koga, Shinya Inada, Ayako Miyazaki
Labile HbA1c migrates in the #C fraction together with modified hemoglobin (such as carbamylated hemoglobin, acetaldehyde hemoglobin, and acetylated hemoglobin) when HbA1c is measured by Arkray's high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). It is assumed that most of the labile glycation products of variant hemoglobin do not migrate in #C fraction; in addition, a part of the stable glycation products of variant hemoglobin migrates in #C fraction. We hypothesized that subjects with variant hemoglobin are likely to show abnormally low or high values of #C fraction...
July 2016: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
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