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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334932/ribosome-dependent-vibrio-cholerae-mrnase-higb2-is-regulated-by-a-%C3%AE-strand-sliding-mechanism
#1
San Hadži, Abel Garcia-Pino, Sarah Haesaerts, Dukas Jurenas, Kenn Gerdes, Jurij Lah, Remy Loris
Toxin-antitoxin (TA) modules are small operons involved in bacterial stress response and persistence. higBA operons form a family of TA modules with an inverted gene organization and a toxin belonging to the RelE/ParE superfamily. Here, we present the crystal structures of chromosomally encoded Vibrio cholerae antitoxin (VcHigA2), toxin (VcHigB2) and their complex, which show significant differences in structure and mechanisms of function compared to the higBA module from plasmid Rts1, the defining member of the family...
February 28, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334216/deletion-of-mazf-increases-staphylococcus-aureus-biofilm-formation-in-an-ica-dependent-manner
#2
Fuminori Kato, Yusuke Yabuno, Yoshihiro Yamaguchi, Motoyuki Sugai, Masayori Inouye
Toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are composed of a toxin that inhibits an essential cellular process (e.g., DNA replication, transcription, membrane integrity) and its cognate antitoxin that neutralizes the effect of the toxin. Staphylococcus aureus harbors two types of chromosomally encoded TA systems, namely mazEFsa encoding a UACAU-specific mRNA interferase and two paralogous genes of yefM-yoeBsa encoding a ribosome-dependent endoribonuclease system. However, little is known about the physiological role of MazEFsa and YefM-YoeBsa in S...
March 8, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325299/potent-anti-seizure-effects-of-locked-nucleic-acid-antagomirs-targeting-mir-134-in-multiple-mouse-and-rat-models-of-epilepsy
#3
Cristina R Reschke, Luiz F Almeida Silva, Braxton A Norwood, Ketharini Senthilkumar, Gareth Morris, Amaya Sanz-Rodriguez, Ronán M Conroy, Lara Costard, Valentin Neubert, Sebastian Bauer, Michael A Farrell, Donncha F O'Brien, Norman Delanty, Stephanie Schorge, R Jeroen Pasterkamp, Felix Rosenow, David C Henshall
Current anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) act on a limited set of neuronal targets, are ineffective in a third of patients with epilepsy, and do not show disease-modifying properties. MicroRNAs are small noncoding RNAs that regulate levels of proteins by post-transcriptional control of mRNA stability and translation. MicroRNA-134 is involved in controlling neuronal microstructure and brain excitability and previous studies showed that intracerebroventricular injections of locked nucleic acid (LNA), cholesterol-tagged antagomirs targeting microRNA-134 (Ant-134) reduced evoked and spontaneous seizures in mouse models of status epilepticus...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324684/tea-is-a-key-virulence-factor-for-alternaria-alternata-fr-keissler-infection-of-its-host
#4
Ye Kang, Hongwei Feng, Jingxu Zhang, Shiguo Chen, Bernal E Valverde, Sheng Qiang
A toxin-deficient mutant strain, HP001 mutant of Alternaria alternata, whose mycelium is unable to infect its host, produces little tenuazonic acid (TeA) toxin. How TeA plays a role in initiating host infection by A. alternata remains unclear. In this research we use Imaging-PAM based on chlorophyll fluorescence parameters and transmission electron microscopy to explore the role of TeA toxin during the infection process of A. alternata. Photosystem II damage began even before wild type mycelium infected the leaves of its host, croftonweed (Ageratina adenophora)...
March 4, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289514/modern-trends-in-animal-venom-research-omics-and-nanomaterials
#5
EDITORIAL
Yuri N Utkin
Animal venom research is a specialized investigation field, in which a number of different methods are used and this array is constantly expanding. Thus, recently emerged omics and nanotechnologies have already been successfully applied to venom research. Animal venoms have been studied for quite a long time. The traditional reductionist approach has been to isolate individual toxins and then study their structure and function. Unfortunately, the characterization of the venom as a whole system and its multiple effects on an entire organism were not possible until recent times...
February 26, 2017: World Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282930/isolation-and-characterization-of-a-double-stranded-dna-megavirus-infecting-the-toxin-producing-haptophyte-prymnesium-parvum
#6
Ben A Wagstaff, Iulia C Vladu, J Elaine Barclay, Declan C Schroeder, Gill Malin, Robert A Field
Prymnesium parvum is a toxin-producing haptophyte that causes harmful algal blooms globally, leading to large-scale fish kills that have severe ecological and economic implications. For the model haptophyte, Emiliania huxleyi, it has been shown that large dsDNA viruses play an important role in regulating blooms and therefore biogeochemical cycling, but much less work has been done looking at viruses that infect P. parvum, or the role that these viruses may play in regulating harmful algal blooms. In this study, we report the isolation and characterization of a lytic nucleo-cytoplasmic large DNA virus (NCLDV) collected from the site of a harmful P...
March 9, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270261/exploring-the-parameters-of-post-segregational-killing-using-heterologous-expression-of-secreted-toxin-barnase-and-antitoxin-barstar-in-an-escherichia-coli-case-study
#7
Dorien S Coray, Brigitta Kurenbach, Jack A Heinemann
Post-segregational killing (PSK) is a phenotype determined by plasmids using a toxin and an antitoxin gene pair. Loss of the genes depletes the cell's reserve of antitoxin and allows the toxin to act upon the cell. PSK benefits mobile elements when it increases reproductive success relative to other mobile competitors. A side effect of PSK is that plasmids become refractory to displacement from the cell during growth as a monoculture. Most PSK systems use a cytoplasmic toxin, but the external toxins of bacteriocins also have a PSK-like effect...
February 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262508/the-role-of-ntcp-oatp2-bsep-and-mrp2-in-liver-injury-induced-by-dioscorea-bulbifera-l-and-diosbulbin-b-in-mice
#8
Xiao-Yu Qu, Li-Na Tao, Si-Xi Zhang, Jing-Meng Sun, Jun-Qi Niu, Yan-Hua Ding, Yan-Qing Song
Dioscorea bulbifera L. (DB) is a traditional Chinese herb used in thyroid disease and cancer. However, the clinical use of DB remains a challenge due to its hepatotoxicity, which is caused, in part, by the presence of Diosbulbin B (DIOB), a toxin commonly found in DB extracts. As abnormal expression of hepatobiliary transporters plays an important role in drug-induced liver injury, we assessed the hepatotoxicity induced by DB and DIOB, and explored their impacts on hepatobiliary transporter expression levels...
February 28, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257063/red-yeast-rice
#9
Thu Nguyen, Mitchell Karl, Antonello Santini
Red yeast rice (RYR), produced by the fermentation of the Monascus purpureus mold, has been used for a long time in Asian cuisine and traditional medicine. It consists of multiple bioactive substances, including monacolins, which potentially can be used as a nutraceutical. Monacolin K, which is chemically identical to lovastatin, has been recognized as responsible for the cholesterolreducing effect of this compound. While the European Food Safety Authority maintains that the use of monacolin K from RYR preparations of at least 10 mg can produce a normal blood cholesterol level, the United States Food and Drug Administration considers monacolin K, due to its similarity with lovastatin, an unapproved drug, and therefore marketing of products that label the monacolin content is prohibited...
March 1, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251677/mitochondrial-dna-and-primary-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-parkinson-s-disease
#10
REVIEW
Maria Pia Giannoccaro, Chiara La Morgia, Giovanni Rizzo, Valerio Carelli
In 1979, it was observed that parkinsonism could be induced by a toxin inhibiting mitochondrial respiratory complex I. This initiated the long-standing hypothesis that mitochondrial dysfunction may play a key role in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD). This hypothesis evolved, with accumulating evidence pointing to complex I dysfunction, which could be caused by environmental or genetic factors. Attention was focused on the mitochondrial DNA, considering the occurrence of mutations, polymorphic haplogroup-specific variants, and defective mitochondrial DNA maintenance with the accumulation of multiple deletions and a reduction of copy number...
March 2, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241077/%C3%AE-amanitin-resistance-in-drosophila-melanogaster-a-genome-wide-association-approach
#11
Chelsea L Mitchell, Catrina E Latuszek, Kara R Vogel, Ian M Greenlund, Rebecca E Hobmeier, Olivia K Ingram, Shannon R Dufek, Jared L Pecore, Felicia R Nip, Zachary J Johnson, Xiaohui Ji, Hairong Wei, Oliver Gailing, Thomas Werner
We investigated the mechanisms of mushroom toxin resistance in the Drosophila Genetic Reference Panel (DGRP) fly lines, using genome-wide association studies (GWAS). While Drosophila melanogaster avoids mushrooms in nature, some lines are surprisingly resistant to α-amanitin-a toxin found solely in mushrooms. This resistance may represent a pre-adaptation, which might enable this species to invade the mushroom niche in the future. Although our previous microarray study had strongly suggested that pesticide-metabolizing detoxification genes confer α-amanitin resistance in a Taiwanese D...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229635/oral-administration-of-fumonisin-b1-and-t-2-individually-and-in-combination-affects-hepatic-total-and-mitochondrial-membrane-lipid-profile-of-rabbits
#12
A Szabó, J Szabó-Fodor, H Fébel, M Mézes, G Bajzik, M Kovács
Weaned rabbits were fed diets contaminated with 2 mg/kg diet T-2 toxin alone, or 10 mg/kg diet fumonisin B1 (FB1) alone, and both toxins in combination (2 + 10 mg/kg, respectively) compared to a toxin-free control diet. Samplings were performed after 4 weeks (blood and liver). Bodyweight of T-2-fed group was lower after 4 weeks; the liver weight was increased dramatically (threefold of control). Liver total phospholipids (PLs) provided slight alterations in the fatty acid (FA) composition; all three toxin-treated groups showed a decrease in palmitoleic acid (C16:1 n7) proportion...
September 2016: Physiol Int
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228551/cysteine-residues-in-a-yeast-viral-a-b-toxin-crucially-control-host-cell-killing-via-ph-triggered-disulfide-rearrangements
#13
Yutaka Suzuki, Sara L Schwartz, Nina C Mueller, Manfred J Schmitt
K28 is a viral A/B protein toxin that intoxicates yeast and fungal cells by endocytosis and retrograde transport to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). While toxin translocation into the cytosol occurs on the oxidized α/β heterodimer, the precise mechanism of how the toxin crosses the ER membrane is unknown. Here we identified pH-triggered toxin-intrinsic thiol rearrangements that crucially control toxin conformation and host cell killing. In the natural habitat and low pH environment of toxin-secreting killer yeasts, K28 is structurally stable and biologically active as disulfide-bonded heterodimer while it forms inactive disulfide-bonded oligomers at neutral pH that are caused by activation and thiol deprotonation of β-subunit cysteines...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223456/a-natural-chimeric-pseudomonas-bacteriocin-with-novel-pore-forming-activity-parasitizes-the-ferrichrome-transporter
#14
Maarten G K Ghequire, Lieselore Kemland, Ernesto Anoz-Carbonell, Susan K Buchanan, René De Mot
Modular bacteriocins represent a major group of secreted protein toxins with a narrow spectrum of activity, involved in interference competition between Gram-negative bacteria. These antibacterial proteins include a domain for binding to the target cell and a toxin module at the carboxy terminus. Self-inhibition of producers is provided by coexpression of linked immunity genes that transiently inhibit the toxin's activity through formation of bacteriocin-immunity complexes or by insertion in the inner membrane, depending on the type of toxin module...
February 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219893/toxin-positive-clostridium-difficile-latently-infect-mouse-colonies-and-protect-against-highly-pathogenic-c-difficile
#15
Lucie Etienne-Mesmin, Benoit Chassaing, Oluwaseyi Adekunle, Lisa M Mattei, Frederic D Bushman, Andrew T Gewirtz
OBJECTIVE: Clostridium difficile is a toxin-producing bacterium and a leading cause of antibiotic-associated disease. The ability of C. difficile to form spores and infect antibiotic-treated persons at low multiplicity of infection (MOI) underlies its large disease burden. However, C. difficile-induced disease might also result from long-harboured C. difficile that blooms in individuals administered antibiotics. DESIGN: Mice purchased from multiple vendors and repeatedly testing negative for this pathogen by quantitative PCR bloomed C...
February 20, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218037/immunotoxin-a-new-tool-for-cancer-therapy
#16
REVIEW
Hossein Allahyari, Sahar Heidari, Mehdi Ghamgosha, Parvaneh Saffarian, Jafar Amani
Cancer is one of the main reasons of death in the most countries and in Iran. Immunotherapy quickly became one of the best methods of cancer treatment, along with chemotherapy and radiation. "Immunotoxin Therapy" is a promising way of cancer therapy that is mentioned in this field. Immunotoxins are made from a toxin attaching to an antibody target proteins present on cancer cells. The first-generation immunotoxins were made of a full-length toxin attached to whole monoclonal antibodies. But, these immunotoxins could bind to normal cells...
February 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215703/structure-and-function-of-vibrio-cholerae-accessory-cholera-enterotoxin-in-presence-of-gold-nanoparticles-dependence-on-morphology
#17
Tanaya Chatterjee, Barun K Chatterjee, Tultul Saha, Kazi Mirajul Hoque, Pinak Chakrabarti
BACKGROUND: Accessory cholera enterotoxin (Ace) is a classical enterotoxin produced by Vibrio cholerae, the causative agent for cholera. Considering the crucial role of Ace in pathogenesis of cholera, we explored the modulation of structure/function of Ace using gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) of different size and shape - spherical (AuNS10 and AuNS100, the number indicating the diameter in nm) and rod (AuNR10). METHODS: Biophysical techniques have been used to find out structural modulation of Ace by AuNPs...
February 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213221/a-novel-fluorescent-aptasensor-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-microcystin-lr-based-on-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes-and-dapoxyl
#18
Seyed Mohammad Taghdisi, Noor Mohammad Danesh, Mohammad Ramezani, Narjes Ghows, Seyed Ali Mousavi Shaegh, Khalil Abnous
To assure water safety and protect human health, precise and simple analytical approaches are highly desired to determine low concentrations of microcystin-leucine-arginine (MC-LR), a toxin, in both water and serum samples. Herein, a simple, rapid and accurate aptamer-based fluorescent sensor was used for selective recognition of MC-LR, based on single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) as immobilizers, dapoxyl as a fluorescent dye, DAP-10 as a specific aptamer for dapoxyl and unmodified MC-LR aptamer (Apt) as a sensing ligand...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181032/comprehensive-evaluation-of-chemiluminescent-immunoassays-for-the-laboratory-diagnosis-of-clostridium-difficile-infection
#19
A Makristathis, I Zeller, D Mitteregger, M Kundi, A M Hirschl
For the microbiological diagnosis of a Clostridium (C.) difficile infection (CDI), a two-test algorithm consisting of a C. difficile glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH)-immunoassay followed by a toxin-immunoassay in positive cases is widely used. In this study, two chemiluminescent immunoassays (CLIAs), one for GDH and the other for the toxins A and B, have been evaluated systematically using appropriate reference methods. Three-hundred diarrhoeal stool specimens submitted for CDI diagnosis were analysed by the LIAISON CLIAs (DiaSorin)...
February 8, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159706/venomics-of-naja-sputatrix-the-javan-spitting-cobra-a-short-neurotoxin-driven-venom-needing-improved-antivenom-neutralization
#20
Nget Hong Tan, Kin Ying Wong, Choo Hock Tan
The venom proteome of Naja sputatrix (Javan spitting cobra) was elucidated through reverse-phase HPLC, nano-ESI-LCMS/MS and data mining. A total of 97 distinct protein forms belonging to 14 families were identified. The most abundant proteins are the three-finger toxins (3FTXs, 64.22%) and phospholipase A2 (PLA2, 31.24%), followed by nerve growth factors (1.82%), snake venom metalloproteinase (1.33%) and several proteins of lower abundance (<1%) including a variety of venom enzymes. At subproteome, the 3FTx is dominated by cytotoxins (48...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
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