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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931154/differentially-expressed-proteins-from-the-peritrophic-membrane-related-to-the-lethal-synergistic-mechanisms-observed-in-hyphantria-cunea-larvae-treated-with-a-mixture-of-bt-and-chlorbenzuron
#1
Ming Xu, Fuyuan Xu, Xiaoqin Wu
Hyphantria cunea (Drury) (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae) is an important forest insect pest around the world. It attacks a variety of broad-leaf trees. It has caused serious economic and ecological damage to its new habitats. A mixture of Bt and chlorbenzuron has a higher toxicity and faster killed than those of either agent alone to the 4th instar larvae of H. cunea both by the lab and field test results, and the toxic effect of the mixture treatment was significantly enhanced. Using proteomics technology, including SDS-PAGE and MALDI-TOF-TOF MS, we analyzed differentially expressed proteins of the peritrophic membrane (PM) of the 4th instar larvae of H...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931085/hcv-induced-autophagosomes-are-generated-via-homotypic-fusion-of-phagophores-that-mediate-hcv-rna-replication
#2
Linya Wang, Ja Yeon Kim, Helene Minyi Liu, Michael M C Lai, Jing-Hsiung James Ou
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) induces autophagy to promote its replication, including its RNA replication, which can take place on double-membrane vesicles known as autophagosomes. However, how HCV induces the biogenesis of autophagosomes and how HCV RNA replication complex may be assembled on autophagosomes were largely unknown. During autophagy, crescent membrane structures known as phagophores first appear in the cytoplasm, which then progress to become autophagosomes. By conducting electron microscopy and in vitro membrane fusion assay, we found that phagophores induced by HCV underwent homotypic fusion to generate autophagosomes in a process dependent on the SNARE protein syntaxin 7 (STX7)...
September 19, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931075/excitability-is-increased-in-hippocampal-ca1-pyramidal-cells-of-fmr1-knockout-mice
#3
M Angeles Luque, Pablo Beltran-Matas, M Carmen Marin, Blas Torres, Luis Herrero
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is caused by a failure of neuronal cells to express the gene encoding the fragile mental retardation protein (FMRP). Clinical features of the syndrome include intellectual disability, learning impairment, hyperactivity, seizures and anxiety. Fmr1 knockout (KO) mice do not express FMRP and, as a result, reproduce some FXS behavioral abnormalities. While intrinsic and synaptic properties of excitatory cells in various part of the brain have been studied in Fmr1 KO mice, a thorough analysis of action potential characteristics and input-output function of CA1 pyramidal cells in this model is lacking...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931059/whole-genome-sequencing-of-mutants-with-increased-resistance-against-the-two-peptide-bacteriocin-plantaricin-jk-reveals-a-putative-receptor-and-potential-docking-site
#4
Bie Ekblad, Jon Nissen-Meyer, Tom Kristensen
By whole-genome sequencing of resistant mutants, a putative receptor for plantaricin JK, a two-peptide bacteriocin produced by some Lactobacillus plantarum strains, was identified in Lactobacillus plantarum NCFB 965 and Weissella viridescens NCFB 1655. The receptors of the two species had 66% identical amino acid sequences and belong to the amino acid-polyamine-organocation (APC) transporter protein family. The resistant mutants contained point mutations in the protein-encoding gene resulting in either premature stop codons, leading to truncated versions of the protein, or single amino acid substitutions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931056/heterogeneity-in-the-expression-and-subcellular-localization-of-polyol-monosaccharide-transporter-genes-in-lotus-japonicus
#5
Lu Tian, Leru Liu, Yehu Yin, Mingchao Huang, Yanbo Chen, Xinlan Xu, Pingzhi Wu, Meiru Li, Guojiang Wu, Huawu Jiang, Yaping Chen
Polyols can serve as a means for the translocation of carbon skeletons and energy between source and sink organs as well as being osmoprotective solutes and antioxidants which may be involved in the resistance of some plants to biotic and abiotic stresses. Polyol/Monosaccharide transporter (PLT) proteins previously identified in plants are involved in the loading of polyols into the phloem and are reported to be located in the plasma membrane. The functions of PLT proteins in leguminous plants are not yet clear...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931009/ndfip-allows-nedd4-nedd4l-induced-aqp2-ubiquitination-and-degradation
#6
Christiane Trimpert, Daniel Wesche, Theun de Groot, Martha M Pimentel Rodriguez, Victoria Wong, Dennis T M van den Berg, Lydie Cheval, Carolina A Ariza, Alain Doucet, Igor Stagljar, Peter M T Deen
Regulation of our water homeostasis is fine-tuned by dynamic translocation of Aquaporin-2 (AQP2)-bearing vesicles to and from the plasma membrane of renal principal cells. Whereas binding of vasopressin to its type-2 receptor initiates a cAMP-protein kinase A cascade and AQP2 translocation to the apical membrane, this is counteracted by protein kinase C-activating hormones, resulting in ubiquitination-dependent internalization of AQP2. The proteins targeting AQP2 for ubiquitin-mediated degradation are unknown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930993/confocal-imaging-of-neuropeptide-y-phluorin-a-technique-to-visualize-insulin-granule-exocytosis-in-intact-murine-and-human-islets
#7
Madina Makhmutova, Tao Liang, Herbert Gaisano, Alejandro Caicedo, Joana Almaça
Insulin secretion plays a central role in glucose homeostasis under normal physiological conditions as well as in disease. Current approaches to study insulin granule exocytosis either use electrophysiology or microscopy coupled to the expression of fluorescent reporters. However most of these techniques have been optimized for clonal cell lines or require dissociating pancreatic islets. In contrast, the method presented here allows for real time visualization of insulin granule exocytosis in intact pancreatic islets...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930630/assessing-the-structure-and-stability-of-transmembrane-oligomeric-intermediates-of-an-%C3%AE-helical-toxin
#8
Rajat Desikan, Prabal K K Maiti, K Ganapathy Ayappa
Protein membrane interactions play an important role in our understanding of diverse phenomena ranging from membrane assisted protein aggregation to oligomerization and folding. Pore forming toxins (PFTs) form the primary vehicle for infection by several strains of bacteria. These proteins expressed in a water soluble form (monomers) bind to the target membrane (protomer) to form a transmembrane pore complex through a process of oligomerization. Based on the structure of the transmembrane domains, PFTs are broadly classified into β or α toxins...
September 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930597/the-store-operated-calcium-channels-in-cancer-metastasis-from-cell-migration-invasion-to-metastatic-colonization
#9
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/28930447/ultra-sensitive-quantitation-of-plasma-membrane-proteins-via-isrta
#10
Tao Gao, Bei Wang, Liu Shi, Xiaoli Zhu, Yang Xiang, Jun-Ichi Anzai, Genxi Li
Quantitation of plasma membrane proteins (PMPs) are fundamental and frequently performed in the daily lab-work. However, challenged by inherent/interacted hetero-structures and complex surroundings of the PMPs in lipid membrane, quantitative techniques for PMP often require complex treatments (e.g. labelling, isolation, purification, and determination), and the sensitivity is usually not satisfactory. To address the problem, we have proposed a novel method that enables quantitation of PMPs with extremely high sensitivity, in an easier-to-manipulate and more streamlined way...
September 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930438/supported-planar-mammalian-membranes-as-models-of-in-vivo-cell-surface-architectures
#11
Han-Yuan Liu, Hannah Grant, Hung-Lun Hsu, Raya Sorkin, Filip Bošković, G J L Wuite, Susan Daniel
Emerging technologies use cell plasma membrane vesicles or 'blebs' as an intermediate to form molecularly complete, planar cell surface mimetics that are compatible with a variety of characterization tools and microscopy methods. This approach enables direct incorporation of membrane proteins into supported lipid bilayers without using detergents and reconstitution and preserves native lipids and membrane species. Such a system can be advantageous as in vitro models of in vivo cell surfaces for study of the roles of membrane proteins as drug targets in drug delivery, host-pathogen interactions, tissue engineering, and many other bioanalytical and sensing applications...
September 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930428/ion-transport-in-confined-geometries-below-the-nanoscale-access-resistance-dominates-protein-channel-conductance-in-diluted-solutions
#12
Antonio Alcaraz, M Lidón López, María Queralt-Martín, Vicente M Aguilella
Synthetic nanopores and mesoscopic protein channels have common traits like the importance of electrostatic interactions between the permeating ions and the nanochannel. Ion transport at the nanoscale occurs under confinement conditions so that the usual assumptions made in microfluidics are challenged, among others, by interfacial effects such as access resistance (AR). Here we show that a sound interpretation of electrophysiological measurements in terms of channel ion selective properties requires the consideration of interfacial effects, up to the point that they dominate protein channel conductance in diluted solutions...
September 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930238/a-thrombomodulin-gene-polymorphism-c1418t-is-associated-with-early-outcomes-in-patients-undergoing-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-surgery-with-a-conventional-cardiopulmonary-bypass-during-hospitalization
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Ching-Chou Pai, Yi-Wen Lin, Yi-Ting Tsai, Shih-Hurng Loh, Chih-Yuan Lin, Chin-Sheng Lin, Yi-Chang Lin, Hung-Yen Ke, Feng-Yen Lin, Chien-Sung Tsai
Background: Thrombomodulin (TM) is a type of cell membrane-bound anticoagulant protein cofactor in the thrombin-mediated activation of protein C. Previous evidence has shown an association between TM polymorphisms and systemic inflammation. Conventional cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), beating-heart CPB, and off-pump techniques have been widely used in cardiac surgery. However, these techniques may also cause systemic inflammatory responses in the patients. Whether TM polymorphisms are associated with systemic inflammation after cardiac surgery is still unclear...
April 23, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930154/autophagy-and-inflammatory-response-in-the-tumor-microenvironment
#14
REVIEW
Daniel Ngabire, Gun-Do Kim
Cell death is the last fate of the life cycle of cells. Different pathways involved in cell death are known to date, and are mostly represented by apoptosis, necrosis, and autophagy. Autophagy is one of the most preserved cell death pathways, characterized by the elimination of large parts of cytoplasmic components after being consumed by a double-membraned vesicle called an autophagosome. The formed autophagosome then fuses with a lysosome containing degrading enzymes and leads to the digestion of the autophagosome content...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930151/perk-signal-modulated-protein-translation-promotes-the-survivability-of-dengue-2-virus-infected-mosquito-cells-and-extends-viral-replication
#15
Jiun-Nan Hou, Tien-Huang Chen, Yi-Hsuan Chiang, Jing-Yun Peng, Tsong-Han Yang, Chih-Chieh Cheng, Eny Sofiyatun, Cheng-Hsun Chiu, Chuan Chiang-Ni, Wei-June Chen
Survival of mosquitoes from dengue virus (DENV) infection is a prerequisite of viral transmission to the host. This study aimed to see how mosquito cells can survive the infection during prosperous replication of the virus. In C6/36 cells, global protein translation was shut down after infection by DENV type 2 (DENV2). However, it returned to a normal level when infected cells were treated with an inhibitor of the protein kinase RNA (PKR)-like ER kinase (PERK) signaling pathway. Based on a 7-Methylguanosine 5'-triphosphate (m7GTP) pull-down assay, the eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4F (eIF4F) complex was also identified in DENV2-infected cells...
September 20, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929861/ulipristal-acetate-and-extracellular-matrix-production-in-human-leiomyomas-in-vivo-a-laboratory-analysis-of-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
#16
Jeris Cox, Minnie Malik, Joy Britten, Terrence Lewis, William H Catherino
In a prior randomized controlled study, patients treated with ulipristal acetate (UPA) or placebo for 3 months had a decrease in leiomyoma size. A total of 10 patients' tissue samples (5 placebo and 5 treated with 10 mg/d UPA) that underwent hysterectomy and tissue preservation were identified from this study. Quantitative real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction and Western blotting were used to assess fold gene and protein expression of extracellular membrane (ECM) proteins: collagen 1A (COL1A), fibronectin (FN1), and versican (VCAN) of the samples...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929739/ultrasensitive-capture-detection-and-release-of-circulating-tumor-cells-using-nanochannel-ionchannel-hybrid-coupled-with-electrochemical-detection-technique
#17
Jing Cao, Xiao-Ping Zhao, Muhammad Rizwan Younis, Zhong-Qiu Li, Xing-Hua Xia, Chen Wang
With the growing demands of the early, accurate, and sensitive diagnosis for cancers, the development of new diagnostic technologies becomes increasingly important. In this study, we proposed a strategy for efficient capture and sensitive detection of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) using array nanochannel-ionchannel hybrid coupled with electrochemical detection technique. The aptamer probe was immobilized on the ionchannel surface to couple with the protein overexpressed on CTCs membrane. Through this special molecular recognition, CTCs can be selectively captured...
September 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929330/development-of-a-rapid-analysis-method-for-bone-resection-margins-for-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-by-immunoblotting
#18
Claudia Haase, Bernd Lethaus, Ruth Knüchel-Clarke, Frank Hölzle, Angela Cassataro, Till Braunschweig
The purpose of this proof-of-principle study was to develop a rapid and approachable method to analyse bone resection margins in patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) in an intraoperative setting, similar to assessing frozen sections of soft tissue. Bone excision and risk of remaining tumour cells could be minimised, thus improving reconstruction measures and facilitating convalescence. Frozen, sawed wafers of porcine bone artificially combined with porcine skin (simulating OSCC properties) were used to develop and evaluate a new molecular method: protein transfer from non-decalcified, sawed wafers onto a membrane stained by immunofluorescence (Tissue-ProtTrans)...
September 19, 2017: Head and Neck Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929213/to-finish-things-well-cysteine-methylation-ensures-selective-gtpase-membrane-localization-and-signalling
#19
REVIEW
José Cansado
Isoprenylcysteine-O-Carboxyl Methyltransferase (ICMT) catalyzes the final step in the prenylation process of different proteins including members of the Ras superfamily of GTPases. While cysteine methylation is essential in mammalian cells for growth, membrane association, and signalling by Ras and Rho GTPases, its role during signal transduction events in simple eukaryotes like yeasts appears irrelevant. By using a multidisciplinary approach our group has recently shown that, contrary to this initial assumption, in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe ICMT activity encoded by the Mam4 gene is not only important to promote selective plasma membrane targeting of Ras and specific Rho GTPases, but also to allow precise downstream signalling to the mitogen-activated protein kinase and target of rapamycin pathways in response to diverse environmental cues...
September 19, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929019/heterologous-expression-of-plasmodium-vivax-apical-membrane-antigen-1-pvama1-for-binding-peptide-selection
#20
Ching Hoong Chew, Yvonne Ai Lian Lim, Kek Heng Chua
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium is an obligate intracellular parasite. Apical membrane antigen 1 (AMA1) is the most prominent and well characterized malarial surface antigen that is essential for parasite-host cell invasion, i.e., for sporozoite to invade and replicate within hepatocytes in the liver stage and merozoite to penetrate and replicate within erythrocytes in the blood stage. AMA1 has long served as a potent antimalarial drug target and is a pivotal vaccine candidate. A good understanding of the structure and molecular function of this Plasmodium protein, particularly its involvement in host-cell adhesion and invasion, is of great interest and hence it offers an attractive target for the development of novel therapeutics...
2017: PeerJ
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