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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431227/membrane-lipids-speak-to-histones
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Yuxiang Zheng, Lewis C Cantley
In this issue of Molecular Cell, Ye et al. (2017) use a combination of genetic, metabolomic, and transcriptomic approaches to explore the potential for methionine metabolism to influence signal transduction and gene expression in budding yeast.
April 20, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431022/cpp1-phosphatase-mediated-signaling-crosstalk-between-hog1-and-cek1-mitogen-activated-protein-kinases-is-involved-in-the-phenotypic-transition-in-candida-albicans
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Fu-Sheng Deng, Ching-Hsuan Lin
Cellular signaling pathways involved in cell growth and differentiation mediated by mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascades have been well characterized in fungi. However, the mechanisms of signaling crosstalk between MAPKs to ensure signaling specificity are largely unknown. Previous work showed that activation of the Candida albicans Cek1 MAPK pathway resulted in opaque cell formation and filamentation, which mirrored the phenotypes to hog1Δ. Additionally, deleting the HOG1 gene stimulated Cek1p...
April 20, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430858/mapping-genes-for-calcium-signaling-and-their-associated-human-genetic-disorders
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Matthias Hörtenhuber, Enrique M Toledo, Erik Smedler, Ernest Arenas, Seth Malmersjö, Lauri Louhivuori, Per Uhlén
Motivation: Signal transduction via calcium ions (Ca 2+ ) represents a fundamental signaling pathway in all eukaryotic cells. A large portion of the human genome encodes proteins used to assemble signaling systems that can transduce signals with diverse spatial and temporal dynamics. Results: Here, we provide a map of all of the genes involved in Ca 2+ signaling and link these genes to human genetic disorders. Using Gene Ontology terms and genome databases, 1,805 genes were identified as regulators or targets of intracellular Ca 2+ signals...
April 19, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430779/a-coevolution-analysis-for-identifying-protein-protein-interactions-by-fourier-transform
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Changchuan Yin, Stephen S-T Yau
Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) play key roles in life processes, such as signal transduction, transcription regulations, and immune response, etc. Identification of PPIs enables better understanding of the functional networks within a cell. Common experimental methods for identifying PPIs are time consuming and expensive. However, recent developments in computational approaches for inferring PPIs from protein sequences based on coevolution theory avoid these problems. In the coevolution theory model, interacted proteins may show coevolutionary mutations and have similar phylogenetic trees...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430205/controlled-membrane-translocation-provides-a-mechanism-for-signal-transduction-and-amplification
#5
Matthew J Langton, Flore Keymeulen, Maria Ciaccia, Nicholas H Williams, Christopher A Hunter
Transmission and amplification of chemical signals across lipid bilayer membranes is of profound significance in many biological processes, from the development of multicellular organisms to information processing in the nervous system. In biology, membrane-spanning proteins are responsible for the transmission of chemical signals across membranes, and signal transduction is often associated with an amplified signalling cascade. The ability to reproduce such processes in artificial systems has potential applications in sensing, controlled drug delivery and communication between compartments in tissue-like constructs of synthetic vesicles...
May 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429713/gating-of-tonb-dependent-transporters-by-substrate-specific-forced-remodelling
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Samuel J Hickman, Rachael E M Cooper, Luca Bellucci, Emanuele Paci, David J Brockwell
Membrane proteins play vital roles in inside-out and outside-in signal transduction by responding to inputs that include mechanical stimuli. Mechanical gating may be mediated by the membrane or by protein(s) but evidence for the latter is scarce. Here we use force spectroscopy, protein engineering and bacterial growth assays to investigate the effects of force on complexes formed between TonB and TonB-dependent transporters (TBDT) from Gram-negative bacteria. We confirm the feasibility of protein-only mediated mechanical gating by demonstrating that the interaction between TonB and BtuB (a TBDT) is sufficiently strong under force to create a channel through the TBDT...
April 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429411/nanodiscs-for-inpharma-nmr-characterization-of-gpcrs-ligand-binding-to-the-human-a2a-adenosine-receptor
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Kai Fredriksson, Philip Lottmann, Sonja Hinz, Iounut Onila, Aliaksei Shymanets, Christian Harteneck, Christa E Müller, Christian Griesinger, Thomas E Exner
G-protein-coupled-receptors (GPCRs) are of fundamental importance for signal transduction through cell membranes. This makes them important drug targets, but structure-based drug design (SBDD) is still hampered by the limitations for structure determination of unmodified GPCRs. We show that the interligand NOEs for pharmacophore mapping (INPHARMA) method can provide valuable information on ligand poses inside the binding site of the unmodified human A2A adenosine receptor reconstituted in nanodiscs. By comparing experimental INPHARMA spectra with back-calculated spectra based on ligand poses obtained from molecular dynamics simulations, a complex structure for A2A R with the low-affinity ligand 3-pyrrolidin-1-ylquinoxalin-2-amine was determined based on the X-ray structure of ligand ZM-241,358 in complex with a modified A2A R...
April 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429325/gravitaxis-in-euglena
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Donat-P Häder, Ruth Hemmersbach
Motile microorganisms utilize a number of responses to external stimuli including light, temperature, chemicals as well as magnetic and electric fields. Gravity is a major clue to select a niche in their environment. Positive gravitaxis leads an organism down into the water column and negative gravitaxis brings it to the surface. In Euglena the precision of gravitaxis is regulated by an internal rhythm entrained by the daily light/dark cycle. This and the cooperation with phototaxis bring the cells into an optimal position in the water column...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428953/tetraspanins-function-as-regulators-of-cellular-signaling
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REVIEW
Christina M Termini, Jennifer M Gillette
Tetraspanins are molecular scaffolds that distribute proteins into highly organized microdomains consisting of adhesion, signaling, and adaptor proteins. Many reports have identified interactions between tetraspanins and signaling molecules, finding unique downstream cellular consequences. In this review, we will explore these interactions as well as the specific cellular responses to signal activation, focusing on tetraspanin regulation of adhesion-mediated (integrins/FAK), receptor-mediated (EGFR, TNF-α, c-Met, c-Kit), and intracellular signaling (PKC, PI4K, β-catenin)...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428870/gene-expression-profiling-during-the-embryo-to-larva-transition-in-the-giant-red-sea-urchin-mesocentrotus-franciscanus
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Juan Diego Gaitán-Espitia, Gretchen E Hofmann
In echinoderms, major morphological transitions during early development are attributed to different genetic interactions and changes in global expression patterns that shape the regulatory program for the specification of embryonic territories. In order more thoroughly to understand these biological and molecular processes, we examined the transcriptome structure and expression profiles during the embryo-to-larva transition of a keystone species, the giant red sea urchin Mesocentrotus franciscanus. Using a de novo assembly approach, we obtained 176,885 transcripts from which 60,439 (34%) had significant alignments to known proteins...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428788/the-protective-role-of-type-i-interferons-in-the-gastrointestinal-tract
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Kevin P Kotredes, Brianna Thomas, Ana M Gamero
The immune system of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract manages the significant task of recognizing and eliminating pathogens while maintaining tolerance of commensal bacteria. Dysregulation of this delicate balance can be detrimental, resulting in severe inflammation, intestinal injury, and cancer. Therefore, mechanisms to relay important signals regulating cell growth and immune reactivity must be in place to support GI homeostasis. Type I interferons (IFN-I) are a family of pleiotropic cytokines, which exert a wide range of biological effects including promotion of both pro- and anti-inflammatory activities...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428279/interaction-between-tumor-cell-surface-receptor-rage-and-proteinase-3-mediates-prostate-cancer-metastasis-to-bone
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Mikhail G Kolonin, Anna Sergeeva, Daniela I Staquicini, Tracey L Smith, Christy A Tarleton, Jeffrey J Molldrem, Richard L Sidman, Serena Marchiò, Renata Pasqualini, Wadih Arap
Human prostate cancer often metastasizes to bone, but the biological basis for such site-specific tropism remains largely unresolved. Recent work led us to hypothesize that this tropism may reflect pathogenic interactions between RAGE, a cell surface receptor expressed on malignant cells in advanced prostate cancer, and proteinase 3 (PR3), a serine protease present in inflammatory neutrophils and hematopoietic cells within the bone marrow microenvironment. In this study, we establish that RAGE-PR3 interaction mediates homing of prostate cancer cells to the bone marrow...
April 20, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428008/force-development-and-intracellular-ca-2-in-intact-cardiac-muscles-from-gravin-mutant-mice
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Zhitao Li, Sonal Singh, Santosh V Suryavanshi, Wengang Ding, Xiaoxu Shen, Cori S Wijaya, Wei Dong Gao, Bradley K McConnell
Gravin (AKAP12) is an A-kinase-anchoring-protein that scaffolds protein kinase A (PKA), β2-adrenergic receptor (β2-AR), protein phosphatase 2B and protein kinase C. Gravin facilitates β2-AR-dependent signal transduction through PKA to modulate cardiac excitation-contraction coupling and its removal positively affects cardiac contraction. Trabeculae from the right ventricles of gravin mutant (gravin-t/t) mice were employed for force determination. Simultaneously, corresponding intracellular Ca(2+) transient ([Ca(2+)]i) were measured...
April 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427561/molecular-targets-of-ascochlorin-and-its-derivatives-for-cancer-therapy
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Jason Chua Min-Wen, Benjamin Chua Yan-Jiang, Srishti Mishra, Xiaoyun Dai, Junji Magae, Ng Shyh-Chang, Alan Prem Kumar, Gautam Sethi
Cancer is an extremely complex disease comprising of a multitude of characteristic hallmarks that continue to evolve with time. At the genomic level, random mutations leading to deregulation of diverse oncogenic signal transduction cascades and polymorphisms coupled with environmental as well as life style-related factors are major causative agent contributing to chemoresistance and the failure of conventional therapies as well as molecular targeted agents. Hence, there is an urgent need to identify novel alternative therapies based on alternative medicines to combat this dreaded disease...
2017: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427431/from-inflammation-to-gastric-cancer-the-importance-of-hedgehog-gli-signaling-in-helicobacter-pylori-induced-chronic-inflammatory-and-neoplastic-diseases
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REVIEW
Silja Wessler, Linda M Krisch, Dominik P Elmer, Fritz Aberger
Infections with the human pathogen Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) are closely associated with the development of inflammatory disorders and neoplastic transformation of the gastric epithelium. Drastic changes in the micromilieu involve a complex network of H. pylori-regulated signal transduction pathways leading to the release of proinflammatory cytokines, gut hormones and a wide range of signaling molecules. Besides controlling embryonic development, the Hedgehog/GLI signaling pathway also plays important roles in epithelial proliferation, differentiation, and regeneration of the gastric physiology, but also in the induction and progression of inflammation and neoplastic transformation in H...
April 20, 2017: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426875/bisphenol-a-activates-egfr-and-erk-promoting-proliferation-tumor-spheroid-formation-and-resistance-to-egfr-pathway-inhibition-in-estrogen-receptor-negative-inflammatory-breast-cancer-cells
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Scott J Sauer, Michael Tarpley, Imran Shah, Akshay V Save, H Kim Lyerly, Steven R Patierno, Kevin P Williams, Gayathri R Devi
Emerging evidence from epidemiological studies suggests a link between environmental chemical exposure and progression of aggressive breast cancer subtypes. Of all clinically distinct types of breast cancers, the most lethal phenotypic variant is inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). Overexpression of epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFR/HER2) along with estrogen receptor (ER) negativity is common in IBC tumor cells, which instead of a solid mass present as rapidly proliferating diffuse tumor cell clusters. Our previous studies have demonstrated a role of an adaptive response of increased antioxidants in acquired resistance to EGFR-targeting drugs in IBC...
March 1, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425109/alcoholic-cardiomyopathy-disrupted-protein-balance-and-impaired-cardiomyocyte-contractility
#17
Jennifer L Steiner, Charles H Lang
Alcoholic cardiomyopathy (ACM) can develop after consumption of relatively large amounts of alcohol over time or from acute binge drinking. Of the many factors implicated in the etiology of ACM, chronic perturbation in protein balance has been strongly implicated. This review focuses on recent contributions (since 2010) in the area of protein metabolism and cardiac function related to ACM. Data reviewed include that from in vitro and preclinical in vivo animal studies where alcohol or an oxidative metabolite was studied and outcome measures in either cardiomyocytes or whole heart pertaining to protein synthesis or degradation were reported...
April 20, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424586/app-protein-family-signaling-at-the-synapse-insights-from-intracellular-app-binding-proteins
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REVIEW
Suzanne Guénette, Paul Strecker, Stefan Kins
Understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying amyloid precursor protein family (APP/APP-like proteins, APLP) function in the nervous system can be achieved by studying the APP/APLP interactome. In this review article, we focused on intracellular APP interacting proteins that bind the YENPTY internalization motif located in the last 15 amino acids of the C-terminal region. These proteins, which include X11/Munc-18-interacting proteins (Mints) and FE65/FE65Ls, represent APP cytosolic binding partners exhibiting different neuronal functions...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424580/the-role-of-microrna-in-the-modulation-of-the-melanocortinergic-system
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REVIEW
Adel Derghal, Mehdi Djelloul, Jérôme Trouslard, Lourdes Mounien
The central control of energy balance involves a highly regulated neuronal network within the hypothalamus and the dorsal vagal complex. In these structures, pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons are known to reduce meal size and to increase energy expenditure. In addition, leptin, a peripheral signal that relays information regarding body fat content, modulates the activity of melanocortin pathway neurons including POMC-, Agouti-related peptide (AgRP)/Neuropeptide Y (NPY)-, melanocortin receptors (MC3R and MC4R)-expressing neurons...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424511/response-of-peanut-arachis-hypogaea-roots-to-the-presence-of-beneficial-and-pathogenic-fungi-by-transcriptome-analysis
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Kun Hao, Feng Wang, Xiangqun Nong, Mark Richard McNeill, Shaofang Liu, Guangjun Wang, Guangchun Cao, Zehua Zhang
Entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae obtain survival benefit meanwhile promote the nutrient absorption of root as an endophyte. However, little is known concerning molecular mechanisms in the process. We performed the transcriptome sequencing of A. hypogaea roots inoculated M. anisopliae and pathogenic Fusarium axysporum, respectively. There were 81323 unigenes from 132023 transcripts. Total 203 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) respond to the two fungi, including specific 76 and 34 DEGs distributed respectively in M...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
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