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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152908/the-genetics-of-kawasaki-disease
#1
Yoshihiro Onouchi
Kawasaki disease (KD) is a complex disorder which affects genetically susceptible infants and children. Several susceptibility genes (e.g., ITPKC, CASP3, CD40 and ORAI) and chromosomal regions have been identified through genome-wide association and genome-wide linkage studies to have association with KD. Knowledge of susceptibility genes involved in the pathogenesis of KD may provide new insights into diagnosis and treatment of this condition. However, there is much that we still do not know about the genetic basis of KD...
November 19, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024298/detailed-evidence-for-an-unparalleled-interaction-mode-between-calmodulin-and-orai-proteins
#2
Lukas Traxler, Petr Rathner, Marc Fahrner, Michael Stadlbauer, Felix Faschinger, Tatsiana Charnavets, Norbert Müller, Christoph Romanin, Peter Hinterdorfer, Hermann J Gruber
Calmodulin (CaM) binds most of its targets by wrapping around an amphipathic α-helix. The N-terminus of Orai proteins contains a conserved CaM-binding segment but the binding mechanism is only partially characterized. Here, microscale thermophoresis (MST), surface plasmon resonance (SPR), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were employed to study the binding equilibria, the kinetics, and the single-molecular interaction forces involved in the binding of CaM to the conserved helical segments of Orai1 and Orai3...
October 11, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016923/surface-morphology-and-dislocation-characteristics-near-the-surface-of-4h-sic-wafer-using-multi-directional-scanning-transmission-electron-microscopy
#3
Takahiro Sato, Yoshihisa Orai, Yuya Suzuki, Hiroyuki Ito, Toshiyuki Isshiki, Munetoshi Fukui, Kuniyasu Nakamura, C T Schamp
To improve the reliability of silicon carbide (SiC) electronic power devices, the characteristics of various kinds of crystal defects should be precisely understood. Of particular importance is understanding the correlation between the surface morphology and the near surface dislocations. In order to analyze the dislocations near the surface of 4H-SiC wafers, a dislocation analysis protocol has been developed. This protocol consists of the following process: (1) inspection of surface defects using low energy scanning electron microscopy (LESEM), (2) identification of small and shallow etch pits using KOH low temperature etching, (3) classification of etch pits using LESEM, (4) specimen preparation of several hundred nanometer thick sample using the in-situ focused ion beam micro-sampling® technique, (5) crystallographic analysis using the selected diffraction mode of the scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM), and (6) determination of the Burgers vector using multi-directional STEM (MD-STEM)...
October 1, 2017: Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974198/integrated-pipeline-for-inferring-the-evolutionary-history-of-a-gene-family-embedded-in-the-species-tree-a-case-study-on-the-stimate-gene-family
#4
Jia Song, Sisi Zheng, Nhung Nguyen, Youjun Wang, Yubin Zhou, Kui Lin
BACKGROUND: Because phylogenetic inference is an important basis for answering many evolutionary problems, a large number of algorithms have been developed. Some of these algorithms have been improved by integrating gene evolution models with the expectation of accommodating the hierarchy of evolutionary processes. To the best of our knowledge, however, there still is no single unifying model or algorithm that can take all evolutionary processes into account through a stepwise or simultaneous method...
October 3, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28958825/evaluation-of-different-screening-tools-for-predicting-femoral-neck-osteoporosis-in-rural-south-indian-postmenopausal-women
#5
Kripa Elizabeth Cherian, Nitin Kapoor, Sahana Shetty, Dukhabandhu Naik, Nihal Thomas, Thomas V Paul
The measurement of bone mineral density by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scan is the "gold standard" for the diagnosis of osteoporosis, which has limited availability in many parts of India. This study was done to assess the diagnostic performance of 6 internationally validated tools (Simple Calculated Osteoporosis Risk Estimation [SCORE], age, bulk, one or never estrogen [ABONE], Osteoporosis Risk Assessment Instrument [ORAI] and Osteoporosis Self-Assessment Tool for Asians [OSTA], Fracture Risk Assessment Tool [FRAX®], and calcaneal quantitative ultrasound [QUS]) for the diagnosis of osteoporosis at the femoral neck (FN)...
September 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Densitometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930597/the-store-operated-calcium-channels-in-cancer-metastasis-from-cell-migration-invasion-to-metastatic-colonization
#6
Pingli Mo, Shengyu Yang
Store-operated calcium entry (SOCE) is the predominant calcium entry mechanism in most cancer cells. SOCE is mediated by the endoplasmic reticulum calcium sensor STIMs (STIM1 and 2) and plasma membrane channel forming unit Orais (Orai 1-3). In recent years there is increasing evidence indicating that SOCE in cancer cells is dysregulated to promote cancer cell migration, invasion and metastasis. The overexpression of STIM and Orai proteins has been reported to correlate with the metastatic progression of various cancers...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912430/stim1-dependent-ca-2-signaling-regulates-podosome-formation-to-facilitate-cancer-cell-invasion
#7
Yun-Wen Chen, Yih-Fung Chen, Wen-Tai Chiu, Hong-Chen Chen, Meng-Ru Shen
The clinical significance of STIM proteins and Orai Ca(2+) channels in tumor progression has been demonstrated in different types of cancers. Podosomes are dynamic actin-rich cellular protrusions that facilitate cancer cell invasiveness by degrading extracellular matrix. Whether STIM1-dependent Ca(2+) signaling facilitates cancer cell invasion through affecting podosome formation remains unclear. Here we show that the invasive fronts of cancer tissues overexpress STIM1, accompanied by active store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE)...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900932/neurological-and-motor-disorders-neuronal-store-operated-ca-2-signaling-an-overview-and-its-function
#8
Sunitha Bollimuntha, Biswaranjan Pani, Brij B Singh
Calcium (Ca(2+)) is a ubiquitous second messenger that performs significant physiological task such as neurosecretion, exocytosis, neuronal growth/differentiation, and the development and/or maintenance of neural circuits. An important regulatory aspect of neuronal Ca(2+) homeostasis is store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE) which, in recent years, has gained much attention for influencing a variety of nerve cell responses. Essentially, activation of SOCE ensues following the activation of the plasma membrane (PM) store-operated Ca(2+) channels (SOCC) triggered by the depletion of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca(2+) stores...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900927/cardiovascular-and-hemostatic-disorders-role-of-stim-and-orai-proteins-in-vascular-disorders
#9
Jyoti Tanwar, Mohamed Trebak, Rajender K Motiani
Store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE) mediated by STIM and Orai proteins is a highly regulated and ubiquitous signaling pathway that plays an important role in various cellular and physiological functions. Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) serves as the major site for intracellular Ca(2+) storage. Stromal Interaction Molecule 1/2 (STIM1/2) sense decrease in ER Ca(2+) levels and transmits the message to plasma membrane Ca(2+) channels constituted by Orai family members (Orai1/2/3) resulting in Ca(2+) influx into the cells...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900924/tissue-specificity-store-operated-ca-2-entry-in-cardiac-myocytes
#10
Martin D Bootman, Katja Rietdorf
Calcium (Ca(2+)) is a key regulator of cardiomyocyte contraction. The Ca(2+) channels, pumps, and exchangers responsible for the cyclical cytosolic Ca(2+) signals that underlie contraction are well known. In addition to those Ca(2+) signaling components responsible for contraction, it has been proposed that cardiomyocytes express channels that promote the influx of Ca(2+) from the extracellular milieu to the cytosol in response to depletion of intracellular Ca(2+) stores. With non-excitable cells, this store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE) is usually easily demonstrated and is essential for prolonging cellular Ca(2+) signaling and for refilling depleted Ca(2+) stores...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900921/the-role-of-mitochondria-in-the-activation-maintenance-of-soce-the-contribution-of-mitochondrial-ca-2-uptake-mitochondrial-motility-and-location-to-store-operated-ca-2-entry
#11
Roland Malli, Wolfgang F Graier
In most cell types, the depletion of internal Ca(2+) stores triggers the activation of Ca(2+) entry. This crucial phenomenon is known since the 1980s and referred to as store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE). With the discoveries of the stromal-interacting molecules (STIMs) and the Ca(2+)-permeable Orai channels as the long-awaited molecular constituents of SOCE, the role of mitochondria in controlling the activity of this particular Ca(2+) entry pathway is kind of buried in oblivion. However, the capability of mitochondria to locally sequester Ca(2+) at sites of Ca(2+) release and entry was initially supposed to rule SOCE by facilitating the Ca(2+) depletion of the endoplasmic reticulum and removing entering Ca(2+) from the Ca(2+)-inhibitable channels, respectively...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900920/the-role-of-mitochondria-in-the-activation-maintenance-of-soce-membrane-contact-sites-as-signaling-hubs-sustaining-store-operated-ca-2-entry
#12
Nicolas Demaurex, Daniele Guido
Store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE) is a cell signaling pathway essential for immune and muscle function controlled by dynamic interactions between Ca(2+)-sensing STIM proteins on the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and Ca(2+)-permeable ORAI channels on the plasma membrane (PM). STIM-ORAI interactions occur at membrane contact sites (MCS), evolutionarily conserved cellular structures characterized by the close apposition (10-20 nm) between the ER and target membranes that facilitate the exchange of lipids by non-vesicular transport mechanisms...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900918/new-aspects-of-the-contribution-of-er-to-soce-regulation-trpc-proteins-as-a-link-between-plasma-membrane-ion-transport-and-intracellular-ca-2-stores
#13
Alexis Bavencoffe, Michael Xi Zhu, Jin-Bin Tian
Transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC) proteins were identified as molecular candidates of receptor- and/or store-operated channels because of their close homology to the Drosophila TRP and TRPL. Functional studies have revealed that TRPC channels play an integrated part of phospholipase C-transduced cell signaling, mediating the influx of both Ca(2+) and Na(+) into cells. As a consequence, the TRPC channels have diverse functional roles in different cell types, including metabotropic receptor-evoked membrane depolarization and intracellular Ca(2+) concentration elevation...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900915/stim-trp-pathways-and-microdomain-organization-auxiliary-proteins-of-the-stim-orai-complex
#14
Jonathan Pacheco, Luis Vaca
The basic paradigm of a mechanism for calcium influx triggered after a reduction on calcium store content implies a sensor of calcium concentration on the endoplasmic reticulum (the stores) and a calcium channel immersed on the plasma membrane. These two basic components are STIM and Orai, the most fundamental and minimal molecular constituents of the store-operated calcium entry mechanism. However, even when minimal components can be reduced to these two proteins, the intricate process involved in approximating two cellular membranes (endoplasmic reticulum, ER and plasma membrane, PM) require the participation of several other components, many of which remain unidentified to this date...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900913/stim-trp-pathways-and-microdomain-organization-ca-2-influx-channels-the-orai-stim1-trpc-complexes
#15
Dora Bodnar, Woo Young Chung, Dongki Yang, Jeong Hee Hong, Archana Jha, Shmuel Muallem
Ca(2+) influx by plasma membrane Ca(2+) channels is the crucial component of the receptor-evoked Ca(2+) signal. The two main Ca(2+) influx channels of non-excitable cells are the Orai and TRPC families of Ca(2+) channels. These channels are activated in response to cell stimulation and Ca(2+) release from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). The protein that conveys the Ca(2+) content of the ER to the plasma membrane is the ER Ca(2+) sensor STIM1. STIM1 activates the Orai channels and is obligatory for channel opening...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900912/the-stim-orai-pathway-light-operated-ca-2-entry-through-engineered-crac-channels
#16
Guolin Ma, Shufan Wen, Yun Huang, Yubin Zhou
Ca(2+) signals regulate a plethora of cellular functions that include muscle contraction, heart beating, hormone secretion, lymphocyte activation, gene expression, and metabolism. To study the impact of Ca(2+) signals on biological processes, pharmacological tools and caged compounds have been commonly applied to induce fluctuations of intracellular Ca(2+) concentrations. These conventional approaches, nonetheless, lack rapid reversibility and high spatiotemporal resolution. To overcome these disadvantages, we and others have devised a series of photoactivatable genetically encoded Ca(2+) actuators (GECAs) by installing light sensitivities into a bona fide highly selective Ca(2+) channel, the Ca(2+) release-activated Ca(2+) (CRAC) channel...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900911/the-stim-orai-pathway-regulation-of-stim-and-orai-by-thiol-modifications
#17
Barbara A Niemeyer
Cysteines are among the least abundant amino acids found in proteins. Due to their unique nucleophilic thiol group, they are able to undergo a broad range of chemical modifications besides their known role in disulfide formation, such as S-sulfenylation (-SOH), S-sulfinylation (-SO(2)H), S-sufonylation (-SO(3)H), S-glutathionylation (-SSG), and S-sulfhydration (-SSH), among others. These posttranslational modifications can be irreversible and act as transitional modifiers or as reversible on-off switches for the function of proteins...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900910/the-stim-orai-pathway-conformational-coupling-between-stim-and-orai-in-the-activation-of-store-operated-ca-2-entry
#18
Robert M Nwokonko, Xiangyu Cai, Natalia A Loktionova, Youjun Wang, Yandong Zhou, Donald L Gill
Store-operated Ca(2+) entry fulfills a crucial role in controlling Ca(2+) signals in almost all cells. The Ca(2+)-sensing stromal interaction molecule (STIM) proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) undergo complex conformational changes in response to depleted ER luminal Ca(2+), allowing them to unfold and become trapped in ER-plasma membrane (PM) junctions. Dimers of STIM proteins trap and gate the plasma membrane Orai Ca(2+) channels within these junctions to generate discrete zones of high Ca(2+) and regulate sensitive Ca(2+)-dependent intracellular signaling pathways...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900909/the-stim-orai-pathway-the-interactions-between-stim-and-orai
#19
Marc Fahrner, Rainer Schindl, Martin Muik, Isabella Derler, Christoph Romanin
A primary Ca(2+) entry pathway in non-excitable cells is established by the Ca(2+) release-activated Ca(2+) channels. Their two limiting molecular components include the Ca(2+)-sensor protein STIM1 located in the endoplasmic reticulum and the Orai channel in the plasma membrane. STIM1 senses the luminal Ca(2+) content, and store depletion induces its oligomerization into puncta-like structures, thereby triggering coupling to as well as activation of Orai channels. A C-terminal STIM1 domain is assumed to couple to both C- and N-terminal, cytosolic strands of Orai, accomplishing gating of the channel...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900908/the-stim-orai-pathway-orai-the-pore-forming-subunit-of-the-crac-channel
#20
Aparna Gudlur, Patrick G Hogan
This chapter focuses on the Orai proteins, Orai1-Orai3, with special emphasis on Orai1, in humans and other mammals, and on the definitive evidence that Orai is the pore subunit of the CRAC channel. It begins by reviewing briefly the defining characteristics of the CRAC channel, then discusses the studies that implicated Orai as part of the store-operated Ca(2+) entry pathway and as the CRAC channel pore subunit, and finally examines ongoing work that is providing insights into CRAC channel structure and gating...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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