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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636965/hla-f-a-new-kid-licensed-for-peptide-presentation
#1
Malcolm J W Sim, Peter D Sun
HLA-F, a non-classical MHC molecule, is not known to present peptides. Dulberger et al. (2017) show that HLA-F contains a distinct peptide-binding groove and can present a diverse array of peptides. LIR1, however, recognized HLA-F away from bound peptide, leaving open whether peptide-HLA-F-specific T and NK receptors exist.
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636781/discovery-of-two-bombinin-peptides-with-antimicrobial-and-anticancer-activities-from-the-skin-secretion-of-oriental-fire-bellied-toad-bombina-orientalis
#2
Chang Zhou, Zhengming Wang, Xin Peng, Yao Liu, Yangjun Lin, Zhe Zhang, Yuling Qiu, Meihua Jin, Ran Wang, Dexin Kong
Amphibian skin secretions are known to contain numerous peptides with a large array of biological activities. Bombinins are a group of amphibian derived peptides with broad spectrum antimicrobial activities that have been only identified from the ancient toad species, Bombina. In this study, we described the identification and characterization of a novel bombinin precursor which encoded a bombinin like peptide (BLP-7) and a novel bombinin H type peptide (named as Bombinin H-BO) from the skin secretion of Oriental fire-bellied toad, Bombina orientalis...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634235/mechanistic-elucidation-of-the-mycofactocin-biosynthetic-radical-s-adenosylmethionine-protein-mftc
#3
Bulat Khaliullin, Richard Ayikpoe, Mason Tuttle, John A Latham
Ribosomally synthesized and posttranslationally modified peptide (RiPP) pathways produce a diverse array of natural products. A subset of these pathways depend on radical S-adenosylmethionine (RS) proteins to modify the RiPP-produced peptide. Mycofactocin biosynthesis is one example of an RS protein-dependent RiPP pathway. Recently, it has been shown that MftC catalyzes the oxidative decarboxylation of the C-terminal tyrosine (Tyr30) on the mycofactocin precursor peptide MftA; however, this product has not been verified by techniques other than MS...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633965/phosphoproteome-analysis-reveals-a-critical-role-for-hedgehog-signalling-in-osteoblast-morphological-transitions
#4
Ariane Marumoto, Renato Milani, Rodrigo A da Silva, Célio Junior da Costa Fernandes, José Mauro Granjeiro, Carmen V Ferreira, Maikel P Peppelenbosch, Willian F Zambuzzi
The reciprocal and adaptive interactions between cells and substrates governing morphological transitions in the osteoblast compartment remain largely obscure. Here we show that osteoblast cultured in basement membrane matrix (Matrigel™) exhibits significant morphological changes after ten days of culture, and we decided to exploit this situation to investigate the molecular mechanisms responsible for guiding osteoblast morphological transitions. As almost all aspects of cellular physiology are under control of kinases, we generated more or less comprehensive cellular kinome profiles employing PepChip peptide arrays that contain over 1000 consensus substrates of kinase peptide...
June 17, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630068/ehrlichia-chaffeensis-trp120-moonlights-as-a-hect-e3-ligase-involved-in-self-and-host-ubiquitination-to-influence-protein-interactions-and-stability-for-intracellular-survival
#5
Bing Zhu, Seema Das, Shubhajit Mitra, Tierra R Farris, Jere W McBride
Ehrlichia chaffeensis secretes tandem repeat protein (TRP) effectors that are involved in a diverse array of host cell interactions, some of which directly activate cell signaling pathways, and reprogram host gene transcription to promote survival in the mononuclear phagocyte. However, the molecular details of these effector-host interactions and roles in pathobiology are incompletely understood. In this study, we determined that the E. chaffeensis effector, TRP120, is post-translationally modified by ubiquitin (Ub), and ubiquitination occurs through intrinsic and host-mediated HECT ligase activity...
June 19, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627688/danger-recognizing-proteins-%C3%AE-defensin-128-and-histatin-3-as-potential-biomarkers-of-recurrent-coronary-events
#6
Madankumar Ghatge, Ankit Sharma, Sangeeta Maity, Vijay V Kakkar, Rajani Kanth Vangala
Conventional risk factors have limited ability to predict recurrent events in subjects with first-time coronary artery disease (CAD). This aim of this study was to identify novel biomarkers using comparative global proteome analysis to improve the risk assessment for recurrent coronary events. We used samples from phase-I of the Indian Atherosclerosis Research Study (IARS), consisting of 2,332 subjects, of whom 772 were CAD-affected subjects, including 152 with recurrent events identified during a 5-year follow-up period...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625726/pulmonary-administration-of-soluble-antigen-arrays-is-superior-to-antigen-in-treatment-of-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
#7
Christopher Kuehl, Sharadvi Thati, Bradley Sullivan, Joshua Sestak, Michael Thompson, Teruna Siahaan, Cory Berkland
Antigen-specific immunotherapy (ASIT) has been used to hyposensitize patients to allergens and offers an enticing approach for attenuating autoimmune diseases. Applying ASIT to mucosal surfaces such as the lungs may engage unique immune response pathways to improve efficacy. Pulmonary delivery of soluble antigen arrays (SAgAs) was explored in mice with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a multiple sclerosis model. SAgAs were designed to impede immune response to autoantigen epitopes and are composed of a hyaluronan backbone with peptides PLP139-151 and LABL, a disease-causing proteolipid peptide epitope and an ICAM-1 ligand, respectively...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617495/thiol-ene-micropillar-array-electrospray-ionization-platform-for-zeptomole-level-bioanalysis
#8
K Lipponen, S Tähkä, T Sikanen, V Jokinen, A Tatikonda, S Franssila, R Kostiainen, T Kotiaho
A micropillar array electrospray ionization (μPESI) platform fabricated from thiol-enes with 56 individual polyethylene glycol coated μPESI chips for bioanalytical mass spectrometry is introduced. Bioanalysis capability is shown by measurement of a protein, a protein digest and a cell lysate sample. The thiol-ene polyethylene glycol (PEG) coated μPESI chip allows the use of a wide range of aqueous-organic solvent compositions and provides a detection limit at 60 zeptomole level (6 × 10(-20) mol) for a peptide standard...
June 15, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613414/the-arg-phe-amide-peptide-26rfa-qrfp-and-its-receptor-iuphar-review
#9
REVIEW
Jérôme Leprince, Didier Bagnol, Ronan Bureau, Shoji Fukusumi, Riccarda Granata, Shuji Hinuma, Dan Larhammar, Stefany Primeaux, Jana Sopkova-de Oliveiras Santos, Kazuyoshi Tsutsui, Kazuyoshi Ukena, Hubert Vaudry
26RFa is an RFamide neuropeptide that was first isolated from the brain of the European green frog on the basis of a cross-reactivity with antibodies raised against bovine NPFF. 26RFa and its N-terminally extended form QRFP have been identified as cognate ligands of the former orphan receptor GPR103, now renamed QRFPR. The 26RFa/QRFP precursor has been characterized in various mammalian and non-mammalian species. In the brain of mammals, including human, 26RFa/QRFP mRNA is almost exclusively expressed in hypothalamic nuclei...
June 14, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611278/lysine-methylation-of-fen1-by-set7-is-essential-for-its-cellular-response-to-replicative-stress
#10
Palaniraja Thandapani, Anthony M Couturier, Zhenbao Yu, Xing Li, Jean-François Couture, Shawn Li, Jean-Yves Masson, Stéphane Richard
The DNA damage response (DDR) is central to the cell survival and it requires post-translational modifications, in part, to sense the damage, amplify the signaling response and recruit and regulate DNA repair enzymes. Lysine methylation of histones such as H4K20 and non-histone proteins including p53 has been shown to be essential for the mounting of the DDR. It is well-known that the lysine methyltransferase SET7 regulates the DDR, as cells lacking this enzyme are hypersensitive to chemotherapeutic drugs. To define addition substrates of SET7 involved in the DDR, we screened a peptide array encompassing potential lysine methylation sites from >100 key DDR proteins and identified peptides from 58 proteins to be lysine methylated defining a methylation consensus sequence of [S>K-2; S>R-1; K0] consistent with previous findings...
May 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608349/identification-and-evolutionary-characterization-of-argonaute-binding-platforms
#11
Joshua T Trujillo, Rebecca A Mosher
ARGONAUTE (AGO) proteins are eukaryotic RNA silencing effectors that interact with their binding partners via short peptide motifs known as AGO hooks. AGO hooks tend to cluster in one region of the protein to create an AGO-binding platform. In addition to the presence of AGO hooks, AGO-binding platforms are intrinsically disordered, contain tandem repeat arrays, and have weak sequence conservation even between close relatives. These characteristics make it difficult to identify and perform evolutionary analysis of these regions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604802/serological-profiling-of-the-ebv-immune-response-in-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-using-a-peptide-microarray
#12
Madlen Loebel, Maren Eckey, Franziska Sotzny, Elisabeth Hahn, Sandra Bauer, Patricia Grabowski, Johannes Zerweck, Pavlo Holenya, Leif G Hanitsch, Kirsten Wittke, Peter Borchmann, Jens-Ulrich Rüffer, Falk Hiepe, Klemens Ruprecht, Uta Behrends, Carola Meindl, Hans-Dieter Volk, Ulf Reimer, Carmen Scheibenbogen
BACKGROUND: Epstein-Barr-Virus (EBV) plays an important role as trigger or cofactor for various autoimmune diseases. In a subset of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) disease starts with infectious mononucleosis as late primary EBV-infection, whereby altered levels of EBV-specific antibodies can be observed in another subset of patients. METHODS: We performed a comprehensive mapping of the IgG response against EBV comparing 50 healthy controls with 92 CFS patients using a microarray platform...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595602/assembly-and-use-of-high-density-recombinant-peptide-chips-for-large-scale-ligand-screening-is-a-practical-alternative-to-synthetic-peptide-libraries
#13
Harald Hundsberger, Kamil Önder, Peter Schuller-Götzburg, Dezso P Virok, Julia Herzog, Raphaela Rid
BACKGROUND: Recombinant peptide chips could constitute a versatile complementation to state-of-the-art in situ (chemical on-chip) synthesis, particle-based printing, or pre-manufactured peptide spotting. Bottlenecks still impeding a routine implementation - from restricted peptide lengths, low diversity and low array densities to high costs - could so be overcome. METHODS: To assess overall performance, we assembled recombinant chips composed of 38,400 individual peptide spots on the area of a standard 96-well microtiter plate from comprehensive, highly diverse (>107 single clones) short random peptide libraries...
June 8, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587935/human-antimicrobial-peptides-in-ocular-surface-defense
#14
REVIEW
Imran Mohammed, Dalia G Said, Harminder S Dua
Sight depends on the passage of light through the transparent cornea and being focused on the fovea. Its exposed position renders it vulnerable to microbial infection. The cornea has developed a wide array of defense mechanisms against infection, of which endogenous antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are key. AMPs are essentially small molecular weight cationic peptides with a wide range of activity against virus, bacteria, fungi and parasites. Some proteins such as RNases and S100As are also included in this group...
June 3, 2017: Progress in Retinal and Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587860/the-oyster-immunity
#15
Lingling Wang, Xiaorui Song, Linsheng Song
Oysters, the common name for a number of different bivalve molluscs, are the worldwide aquaculture species and also play vital roles in the function of ecosystem. As invertebrate, oysters have evolved an integrated, highly complex innate immune system to recognize and eliminate various invaders via an array of orchestrated immune reactions, such as immune recognition, signal transduction, synthesis of antimicrobial peptides, as well as encapsulation and phagocytosis of the circulating haemocytes. The hematopoietic tissue, hematopoiesis, and the circulating haemocytes have been preliminary characterized, and the detailed annotation of the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas genome has revealed massive expansion and functional divergence of innate immune genes in this animal...
June 3, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587129/characterization-of-acetyl-coa-carboxylases-in-the-basal-dinoflagellate-amphidinium-carterae
#16
Saddef Haq, Tsvetan R Bachvaroff, Allen R Place
Dinoflagellates make up a diverse array of fatty acids and polyketides. A necessary precursor for their synthesis is malonyl-CoA formed by carboxylating acetyl CoA using the enzyme acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC). To date, information on dinoflagellate ACC is limited. Through transcriptome analysis in Amphidinium carterae, we found three full-length homomeric type ACC sequences; no heteromeric type ACC sequences were found. We assigned the putative cellular location for these ACCs based on transit peptide predictions...
May 26, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584123/characterization-of-the-macrocyclase-involved-in-the-biosynthesis-of-ripp-cyclic-peptides-in-plants
#17
Jonathan R Chekan, Paola Estrada, Patrick S Covello, Satish K Nair
Enzymes that can catalyze the macrocyclization of linear peptide substrates have long been sought for the production of libraries of structurally diverse scaffolds via combinatorial gene assembly as well as to afford rapid in vivo screening methods. Orbitides are plant ribosomally synthesized and posttranslationally modified peptides (RiPPs) of various sizes and topologies, several of which are shown to be biologically active. The diversity in size and sequence of orbitides suggests that the corresponding macrocyclases may be ideal catalysts for production of cyclic peptides...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582388/natural-antibody-responses-to-the-capsid-protein-in-sera-of-dengue-infected-patients-from-sri-lanka
#18
Mahesha N Nadugala, Chandima Jeewandara, Gathsaurie N Malavige, Prasad H Premaratne, Charitha L Goonasekara
This study aims to characterize the antigenicity of the Capsid (C) protein and the human antibody responses to C protein from the four dengue virus (DENV) serotypes. Parker hydrophilicity prediction, Emini surface accessibility prediction and Karplus & Schulz flexibility predictions were used to bioinformatically characterize antigenicity. The human antibody response to C protein was assessed by ELISA using immune sera and an array of overlapping DENV2 C peptides. DENV2 C protein peptides P1 (located on C protein at 2-18 a...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577760/the-occurrence-of-three-d-j-c-clusters-within-the-dromedary-trb-locus-highlights-a-shared-evolution-in-tylopoda-ruminantia-and-suina
#19
Rachele Antonacci, Mariagrazia Bellini, Angela Pala, Micaela Mineccia, Mohamed S Hassanane, Salvatrice Ciccarese, Serafina Massari
The αβ T cells are important components of the adaptive immune system and can recognize a vast array of peptides presented by MHC molecules. The ability of these T cells to recognize the complex depends on the diversity of the αβ TR, which is generated by a recombination of specific Variable, Diversity and Joining genes for the β chain, and Variable and Joining genes for the α chain. In this study, we analysed the genomic structure and the gene content of the TRB locus in Camelus dromedarius, which is a species belonging to the Tylopoda suborder...
May 31, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571750/measuring-o-glcnac-cleavage-by-oga-and-cell-lysates-on-a-peptide-microarray
#20
Suhela Sharif, Jie Shi, Mostafa Bourakba, Rob Ruijtenbeek, Roland J Pieters
O-GlcNAcylation is a post-translational modification resulting from the addition of an N-acetylglucosamine moiety to the hydroxyl groups of serine and threonine residues of nuclear and cytoplasmic proteins. In addition, O-GlcNAcylated proteins can be phosphorylated, which suggests the possibility for crosstalk between O-GlcNAcylation and phosphorylation. Dysregulation of O-GlcNAcylation affects cell signaling, transcriptional regulation, cell cycle control and can e.g. lead to tumorigenesis and tumor metastasis...
May 29, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
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