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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811548/ligand-binding-modes-from-low-resolution-gpcr-models-and-mutagenesis-chicken-bitter-taste-receptor-as-a-test-case
#1
Antonella Di Pizio, Louisa-Marie Kruetzfeldt, Shira Cheled-Shoval, Wolfgang Meyerhof, Maik Behrens, Masha Y Niv
Bitter taste is one of the basic taste modalities, warning against consuming potential poisons. Bitter compounds activate members of the bitter taste receptor (Tas2r) subfamily of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). The number of functional Tas2rs is species-dependent. Chickens represent an intriguing minimalistic model, because they detect the bitter taste of structurally different molecules with merely three bitter taste receptor subtypes. We investigated the binding modes of several known agonists of a representative chicken bitter taste receptor, ggTas2r1...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811382/an-engineered-s1p-chaperone-attenuates-hypertension-and-ischemic-injury
#2
Steven L Swendeman, Yuquan Xiong, Anna Cantalupo, Hui Yuan, Nathalie Burg, Yu Hisano, Andreane Cartier, Catherine H Liu, Eric Engelbrecht, Victoria Blaho, Yi Zhang, Keisuke Yanagida, Sylvain Galvani, Hideru Obinata, Jane E Salmon, Teresa Sanchez, Annarita Di Lorenzo, Timothy Hla
Endothelial dysfunction, a hallmark of vascular disease, is restored by plasma high-density lipoprotein (HDL). However, a generalized increase in HDL abundance is not beneficial, suggesting that specific HDL species mediate protective effects. Apolipoprotein M-containing HDL (ApoM(+)HDL), which carries the bioactive lipid sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P), promotes endothelial function by activating G protein-coupled S1P receptors. Moreover, HDL-bound S1P is limiting in several inflammatory, metabolic, and vascular diseases...
August 15, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811233/stimulation-of-ovarian-cell-proliferation-by-tetrabromobisphenol-a-but-not-tetrachlorobisphenol-a-through-g-protein-coupled-receptor-30
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Marta Hoffmann, Justyna Gogola, Małgorzata Kotula-Balak, Anna Ptak
Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) and tetrachlorobisphenol A (TCBPA) are bisphenol A (BPA) analogs, where the phenolic moieties are substituted with halogens (Br or Cl). Previous studies indicate that BPA has significant proliferative effects on in vitro cultured epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) cells. Considering this, we analyzed the effects of both TBBPA and TCBPA at 1, 10, and 50nM on ovarian cancer cell proliferation. The majority of malignant ovarian tumors are epithelial in origin, but approximately 10% are classified as ovarian sex cord tumors, with the most common type being granulosa cell tumors (GCTs)...
August 12, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810246/gper-agonist-g1-attenuates-neuroinflammation-and-dopaminergic-neurodegeneration-in-parkinson-disease
#4
Jing Guan, Beibei Yang, Yi Fan, Ji Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Epidemiological studies have shown that women of reproductive age have much less possibility of developing Parkinson disease (PD) than men. The beneficial effect of estrogen also has been well-described in both culture and animal models of PD. G protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER) is a membrane-associated estrogen receptor, and displayed a neuroprotective role in a mouse model of PD. Since GPER is highly expressed in microglia, we speculate that GPER mediates the neuroprotective function of estradiol through suppressing the neuroinflammation of PD...
August 16, 2017: Neuroimmunomodulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808992/a-photoaffinity-labeling-based-chemoproteomics-strategy-for-unbiased-target-deconvolution-of-small-molecule-drug-candidates
#5
Jason R Thomas, Scott M Brittain, Jennifer Lipps, Luis Llamas, Rishi K Jain, Markus Schirle
The combination of photoaffinity labeling (PAL) and quantitative chemoproteomics enables the comprehensive, unbiased determination of protein interaction profiles to support target identification of bioactive small molecules. This approach is amenable to cells in culture and compatible with pharmacologically relevant transmembrane target classes like G-protein coupled receptors and ions channels which have been notoriously hard to access by conventional chemoproteomics approaches. Here, we describe a strategy that combines PAL probe titration and competition with excess parental compounds with the goal of enabling the identification of specific interactors as well as assessing the functional relevance of a binding event for the phenotype under investigation...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808053/navigating-the-conformational-landscape-of-g-protein-coupled-receptor-kinases-during-allosteric-activation
#6
Xin-Qiu Yao, M Claire Cato, Emily Labudde, Tyler S Beyett, John J G Tesmer, Barry J Grant
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are essential for transferring extracellular signals into carefully choreographed intracellular responses controlling diverse aspects of cell physiology. The duration of GPCR mediated signaling is primarily regulated via GPCR kinase (GRK)-mediated phosphorylation of activated receptors. Although many GRK structures have been reported, the mechanisms underlying GRK activation are not well understood, in part because it is unknown how these structures map to the conformational landscape available to this enzyme family...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808008/mathematical-model-reveals-role-of-nucleotide-signaling-in-airway-surface-liquid-homeostasis-and-its-dysregulation-in-cystic-fibrosis
#7
Conner I Sandefur, Richard C Boucher, Timothy C Elston
Mucociliary clearance is composed of three components (i.e., mucin secretion, airway surface hydration, and ciliary-activity) which function coordinately to clear inhaled microbes and other foreign particles from airway surfaces. Airway surface hydration is maintained by water fluxes driven predominantly by active chloride and sodium ion transport. The ion channels that mediate electrogenic ion transport are regulated by extracellular purinergic signals that signal through G protein-coupled receptors. These purinoreceptors and the signaling pathways they activate have been identified as possible therapeutic targets for treating lung disease...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807941/the-rac-gtpase-in-cancer-from-old-concepts-to-new-paradigms
#8
Marcelo G Kazanietz, María-José Caloca
Rho family GTPases are critical regulators of cellular functions that play important roles in cancer progression. Aberrant activity of Rho small G-proteins, particularly Rac1 and their regulators, is a hallmark of cancer, and contributes to the tumorigenic and metastatic phenotypes of cancer cells. This review examines the multiple mechanisms leading to Rac1 hyperactivation, particularly focusing on emerging paradigms that involve gain-of-function mutations in Rac and guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs), defects in Rac1 degradation, and mislocalization of Rac signaling components...
August 14, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806758/developmental-vascular-remodeling-defects-and-postnatal-kidney-failure-in-mice-lacking-gpr116-adgrf5-and-eltd1-adgrl4
#9
Shun Lu, Shuya Liu, Astrid Wietelmann, Baktybek Kojonazarov, Ann Atzberger, Cong Tang, Ralph Theo Schermuly, Hermann-Josef Gröne, Stefan Offermanns
GPR116 (ADGRF5) and ELTD1 (ADGRL4) belong to different subfamilies of the adhesion G-protein-coupled receptor group but are both expressed in endothelial cells. We therefore analyzed their functions in mice lacking these receptors. While loss of GPR116 or ELTD1 alone had no obvious effect on cardiovascular or kidney function, mice lacking both, GPR116 and ELTD1, showed malformations of the aortic arch arteries and the cardiac outflow tract leading to perinatal lethality in about 50% of the mutants. In addition to cardiovascular malformations, surviving mice developed renal thrombotic microangiopathy as well as hemolysis and splenomegaly, and their lifespan was significantly reduced...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806271/luminal-chemosensing-in-the-gastroduodenal-mucosa
#10
Izumi Kaji, Jonathan D Kaunitz
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We report recently published knowledge regarding gut chemosensory mechanisms focusing on nutrient-sensing G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) expressed on gut enteroendocrine cells (EECs), tuft cells, and in afferent nerves in the gastroduodenal mucosa and submucosa. RECENT FINDINGS: Gene profiling of EECs and tuft cells have revealed expression of a variety of nutrient-sensing GPCRs. The density of EEC and tuft cells is altered by luminal environmental changes that may occur following bypass surgery or in the presence of mucosal inflammation...
August 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805972/in-vitro-pharmacological-characterization-of-a-novel-unbiased-nop-receptor-selective-nonpeptide-agonist-at-403
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Federica Ferrari, Davide Malfacini, Blair V Journigan, Mark F Bird, Claudio Trapella, Remo Guerrini, David G Lambert, Girolamo Calo', Nurulain T Zaveri
Nociceptin/orphanin FQ (N/OFQ) regulates several biological functions via selective activation of the N/OFQ receptor (NOP), a member of the opioid receptor family. We recently identified a new high affinity and highly selective NOP agonist AT-403. In this study, we characterized the functional profile of AT-403 and compared it to other known nonpeptide NOP agonists Ro 65-6570, Ro 2q, SCH-221510, MCOPPB, AT-202 and SCH-486757, using the following assays: GTPγ[(35) S] stimulated binding, calcium mobilization assay in cells-expressing human NOP or classical opioid receptors and chimeric G proteins, bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET) based assay for studying NOP receptor interaction with G protein and arrestin, and the electrically stimulated mouse vas deferens bioassay...
August 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805970/a-novel-free-fatty-acid-receptor-1-gpr40-ffar1-agonist-mr1704-enhances-glucose-dependent-insulin-secretion-and-improves-glucose-homeostasis-in-rats
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Naoto Tsuda, Atsuko Kawaji, Toshihiro Sato, Mitsuhiro Takagi, Chika Higashi, Yutaka Kato, Kumiko Ogawa, Hiroyasu Naba, Munetaka Ohkouchi, Masaki Nakamura, Yoshitaka Hosaka, Junichi Sakaki
Activation of G protein-coupled receptor 40/Free fatty acid receptor 1 (GPR40/FFAR1), which is highly expressed in pancreatic β cells, is considered an important pharmacologic target for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of MR1704, a novel GPR40/FFAR1 agonist, on glucose homeostasis in rats. MR1704 is a highly potent and selective, orally bioavailable agonist with similar in vitro potencies among humans, mice, and rats. Treatment of rat islets with MR1704 increased glucose-dependent insulin secretion...
August 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805948/pathogenic-role-of-adgrg2-in-cbavd-patients-replicated-in-chinese-population
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B Yang, J Wang, W Zhang, H Pan, T Li, B Liu, H Li, B Wang
Congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens (CBAVD) is an important cause of obstructive azoospermia and male infertility worldwide. Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) mutations are the main pathogenic cause, although a proportion of cases are still unexplained. Recently, adhesion G protein-coupled receptor G2 (ADGRG2) gene, a novel pathogenic gene for CBAVD was identified. We did a single population replication study in Chinese CBAVD patients to replicate its role in CBAVD developing...
August 14, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805144/a-qm-protein-ligand-investigation-of-anti-psychotic-drugs-with-the-dopamine-d2-receptor-d2r
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Ramin Ekhteiari Salmas, Yusuf Serhat Is, Serdar Durdagi, Matthias Stein, Mine Yurtsever
The dopamine D2 Receptor (D2R) is a member of the G-Protein Coupled Receptor (GPCR) family and plays a critical role in neurotransmission activities in the human brain. Dysfunction in dopamine receptor signaling may lead to mental health illnesses such as schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease. D2R is the target protein of the commonly used anti-psychotic drugs such as risperidone, clozapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine, ziprasidone and quetiapine. Due to their significant side effects and nonselective profiles, the discovery of novel drugs has become a challenge for researchers working in this field...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804932/kisspeptin-regulates-ovarian-steroidogenesis-during-delayed-embryonic-development-in-the-fruit-bat-cynopterus-sphinx
#15
Anuradha, Amitabh Krishna
Cynopterus sphinx, a fruit bat, undergoes delayed embryonic development during the winter months, a period that corresponds to low levels of progesterone and estradiol synthesis by the ovary. Kisspeptins (KPs) are a group of neuropeptide hormones that act via G-protein coupled receptor 54 (GPR54) to stimulate hypothalamic secretion of Gonadotropin-releasing hormone, thereby regulating ovarian steroidogenesis, folliculogenesis, and ovulation. GPR54 is also expressed in the ovary, suggesting a direct role for KPs in ovarian steroidogenesis...
August 14, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804009/effects-of-timing-of-whey-protein-intake-on-appetite-and-energy-intake-in-healthy-older-men
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Caroline Giezenaar, Zoé Coudert, Abdul Baqeri, Caroline Jensen, Trygve Hausken, Michael Horowitz, Ian Chapman, Stijn Soenen
BACKGROUND: Protein-rich supplements are used widely to prevent and manage malnutrition in older adults. We previously showed that 30 g whey protein ingestion, 3 hours before a buffet meal, suppressed energy intake in young, but not in older men. Information about the impact of the timing of ingestion of protein drinks on the suppression of energy intake in older adults is lacking. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to determine the effect of the timing of whey protein ingestion on appetite and subsequent ad libitum energy intake in healthy older men...
August 10, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803726/golgi-resident-g%C3%AE-o-promotes-protrusive-membrane-dynamics
#17
Gonzalo P Solis, Oleksii Bilousov, Alexey Koval, Anne-Marie Lüchtenborg, Chen Lin, Vladimir L Katanaev
To form protrusions like neurites, cells must coordinate their induction and growth. The first requires cytoskeletal rearrangements at the plasma membrane (PM), the second requires directed material delivery from cell's insides. We find that the Gαo-subunit of heterotrimeric G proteins localizes dually to PM and Golgi across phyla and cell types. The PM pool of Gαo induces, and the Golgi pool feeds, the growing protrusions by stimulated trafficking. Golgi-residing KDELR binds and activates monomeric Gαo, atypically for G protein-coupled receptors that normally act on heterotrimeric G proteins...
August 7, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802842/the-role-of-g-protein-coupled-receptors-in-lymphoid-malignancies
#18
REVIEW
Adrienne Nugent, Richard L Proia
B cell lymphoma consists of multiple individual diseases arising throughout the lifespan of B cell development. From pro-B cells in the bone marrow, through circulating mature memory B cells, each stage of B cell development is prone to oncogenic mutation and transformation, which can lead to a corresponding lymphoma. Therapies designed against individual types of lymphoma often target features that differ between malignant cells and the corresponding normal cells from which they arise. These genetic changes between tumor and normal cells can include oncogene activation, tumor suppressor gene repression and modified cell surface receptor expression...
August 9, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802492/blue-nevi-and-related-tumors
#19
REVIEW
Artur Zembowicz
The major entities related to blue nevus are common blue nevus, cellular blue nevus, atypical blue nevus, and malignant blue nevus. These lesions share presence of dermal pigmented dendritic melanocytes derived from embryonal precursors to melanocytes, Schwann cells, and glial cells migrating to the skin from the ventral neural crest. Genetically, blue nevi harbor mutations in G-protein-coupled receptor subunits GNAQ and GNA11. Progression to malignant blue nevus is associated with additional mutations and partial gains and losses of chromosomal material...
September 2017: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802100/influence-of-il-6-il-33-and-tnf-%C3%AE-on-human-mast-cell-activation-lessons-from-single-cell-analysis-by-flow-cytometry
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Nathalie Cop, Didier G Ebo, Chris H Bridts, Jessy Elst, Margo M Hagendorens, Christel Mertens, Margaretha A Faber, Luc S De Clerck, Vito Sabato
BACKGROUND: Mechanisms that govern priming and degranulation of human mast cells (MCs) remain elusive. Besides, most of our knowledge is based on experiments from which data only reflect an average of all stimulated cells. This study aims at investigating the effects of proinflammatory cytokines IL-6, IL-33, and TNF-α on IgE-dependent and IgE-independent activation of individual MCs. METHODS: MCs were derived from CD34(+) progenitors isolated from 50 mL whole blood from 4 healthy controls and 5 birch pollen allergic patients...
August 12, 2017: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
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