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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148177/high-concentrations-of-gtp-induce-conformational-changes-in-the-essential-bacterial-gtpase-enga-and-enhance-its-binding-to-the-ribosome
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Catarina da Silveira Tomé, Anne-Emmanuelle Foucher, Jean-Michel Jault, Dominique Housset
EngA is a conserved bacterial GTPase involved in ribosome biogenesis. While essential in bacteria, EngA does not have any human ortholog and can thus be an interesting target for new antibacterial compounds. EngA is the only known GTPase bearing two G-domains, making unique its catalytic cycle and the induced modulation of its conformation and interaction with the ribosome. We have investigated nucleotide-induced conformational changes in EngA in order to unveil their role in ribosome binding. SAXS and limited proteolysis were used to probe EngA conformational changes, and revealed a change in protein structure and a distinct rate of proteolysis induced by GTP...
November 17, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147015/structure-of-flgk-reveals-the-divergence-of-the-bacterial-hook-filament-junction-of-campylobacter
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Paula V Bulieris, Nausad H Shaikh, Peter L Freddolino, Fadel A Samatey
Evolution of a nano-machine consisting of multiple parts, each with a specific function, is a complex process. A change in one part should eventually result in changes in other parts, if the overall function is to be conserved. In bacterial flagella, the filament and the hook have distinct functions and their respective proteins, FliC and FlgE, have different three-dimensional structures. The filament functions as a helical propeller and the hook as a flexible universal joint. Two proteins, FlgK and FlgL, assure a smooth connectivity between the hook and the filament...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146598/structural-analyses-unravel-the-molecular-mechanism-of-cyclic-di-gmp-regulation-of-bacterial-chemotaxis-via-a-pilz-adaptor-protein
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Xin-Fu Yan, Lingyi Xin, Jackie Tan Yen, Yukai Zeng, Shengyang Jin, Qing Wei Cheang, Rachel Andrea Chea Yuen Fong, Keng-Hwee Chiam, Zhao-Xun Liang, Yong-Gui Gao
The bacterial second messenger cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) has emerged as a prominent mediator of bacterial physiology, motility and pathogenicity. Cdi-GMP often regulates the function of its protein targets through a unique mechanism that involves a discrete PilZ adaptor protein. However, the molecular mechanism in c-di-GMP-mediated protein regulation is unclear. Here, we present the structure of the PilZ adaptor protein MapZ co-crystallized in complex with c-di-GMP and its protein target CheR1, a chemotaxis-regulating methyltransferase in Pseudomonas aeruginosa This co-crystal structure, together with the structure of free CheR1, revealed that the binding of c-di-GMP induces dramatic structural changes in MapZ that are crucial for CheR1 binding...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145811/genome-wide-analysis-of-the-auxin-indoleacetic-acid-aux-iaa-gene-family-in-allotetraploid-rapeseed-brassica-napus-l
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Haitao Li, Bo Wang, Qinghua Zhang, Jing Wang, Graham J King, Kede Liu
BACKGROUND: Auxin/Indoleacetic acid (Aux/IAA) genes participate in the auxin signaling pathway and play key roles in plant growth and development. Although the Aux/IAA gene family has been identified in many plants, within allotetraploid Brassica napus little is known. RESULTS: In this study, a total of 119 Aux/IAA genes were found in the genome of B. napus. They were distributed non-randomly across all 19 chromosomes and other non-anchored random scaffolds, with a symmetric distribution in the A and C subgenomes...
November 16, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145497/rare-genetic-variants-in-the-endocannabinoid-system-genes-cnr1-and-dagla-are-associated-with-neurological-phenotypes-in-humans
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Douglas R Smith, Christine M Stanley, Theodore Foss, Richard G Boles, Kevin McKernan
Rare genetic variants in the core endocannabinoid system genes CNR1, CNR2, DAGLA, MGLL and FAAH were identified in molecular testing data from 6,032 patients with a broad spectrum of neurological disorders. The variants were evaluated for association with phenotypes similar to those observed in the orthologous gene knockouts in mice. Heterozygous rare coding variants in CNR1, which encodes the type 1 cannabinoid receptor (CB1), were found to be significantly associated with pain sensitivity (especially migraine), sleep and memory disorders-alone or in combination with anxiety-compared to a set of controls without such CNR1 variants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145430/de-novo-sequencing-and-analysis-of-the-transcriptome-during-the-browning-of-fresh-cut-luffa-cylindrica-fusi-3-fruits
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Haisheng Zhu, Jianting Liu, Qingfang Wen, Mindong Chen, Bin Wang, Qianrong Zhang, Zhuzheng Xue
Fresh-cut luffa (Luffa cylindrica) fruits commonly undergo browning. However, little is known about the molecular mechanisms regulating this process. We used the RNA-seq technique to analyze the transcriptomic changes occurring during the browning of fresh-cut fruits from luffa cultivar 'Fusi-3'. Over 90 million high-quality reads were assembled into 58,073 Unigenes, and 60.86% of these were annotated based on sequences in four public databases. We detected 35,282 Unigenes with significant hits to sequences in the NCBInr database, and 24,427 Unigenes encoded proteins with sequences that were similar to those of known proteins in the Swiss-Prot database...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142318/the-natural-product-carolacton-inhibits-folate-dependent-c1-metabolism-by-targeting-fold-mthfd
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Chengzhang Fu, Asfandyar Sikandar, Jannik Donner, Nestor Zaburannyi, Jennifer Herrmann, Michael Reck, Irene Wagner-Döbler, Jesko Koehnke, Rolf Müller
The natural product carolacton is a macrolide keto-carboxylic acid produced by the myxobacterium Sorangium cellulosum, and was originally described as an antibacterial compound. Here we show that carolacton targets FolD, a key enzyme from the folate-dependent C1 metabolism. We characterize the interaction between bacterial FolD and carolacton biophysically, structurally and biochemically. Carolacton binds FolD with nanomolar affinity, and the crystal structure of the FolD-carolacton complex reveals the mode of binding...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141757/protein-specific-features-associated-with-variability-in-human-antibody-responses-to-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-antigens
#8
Eugene W Liu, Jeff Skinner, Tuan M Tran, Krishan Kumar, David L Narum, Aarti Jain, Aissata Ongoiba, Boubacar Traore, Philip L Felgner, Peter D Crompton
The magnitude of antibody responses varies across the individual proteins that constitute any given microorganism, both in the context of natural infection and vaccination with attenuated or inactivated pathogens. The protein-specific factors underlying this variability are poorly understood. In 267 individuals exposed to intense seasonal malaria, we examined the relationship between immunoglobulin G (IgG) responses to 861 Plasmodium falciparum proteins and specific features of these proteins, including their subcellular location, relative abundance, degree of polymorphism, and whether they are predicted to have human orthologs...
October 23, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141666/intron-retention-enhances-gene-regulatory-complexity-in-vertebrates
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Ulf Schmitz, Natalia Pinello, Fangzhi Jia, Sultan Alasmari, William Ritchie, Maria-Cristina Keightley, Shaniko Shini, Graham J Lieschke, Justin J-L Wong, John E J Rasko
BACKGROUND: While intron retention (IR) is now widely accepted as an important mechanism of mammalian gene expression control, it remains the least studied form of alternative splicing. To delineate conserved features of IR, we performed an exhaustive phylogenetic analysis in a highly purified and functionally defined cell type comprising neutrophilic granulocytes from five vertebrate species spanning 430 million years of evolution. RESULTS: Our RNA-sequencing-based analysis suggests that IR increases gene regulatory complexity, which is indicated by a strong anti-correlation between the number of genes affected by IR and the number of protein-coding genes in the genome of individual species...
November 16, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140522/ecodrug-a-database-connecting-drugs-and-conservation-of-their-targets-across-species
#10
Bas Verbruggen, Lina Gunnarsson, Erik Kristiansson, Tobias Österlund, Stewart F Owen, Jason R Snape, Charles R Tyler
Pharmaceuticals are designed to interact with specific molecular targets in humans and these targets generally have orthologs in other species. This provides opportunities for the drug discovery community to use alternative model species for drug development. It also means, however, there is potential for mode of action related effects in non-target wildlife species as many pharmaceuticals reach the environment through patient use and manufacturing wastes. Acquiring insight in drug target ortholog predictions across species and taxonomic groups has proven difficult because of the lack of an optimal strategy and because necessary information is spread across multiple and diverse sources and platforms...
November 11, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140250/gdf3-is-required-for-robust-nodal-signaling-during-germ-layer-formation-and-left-right-patterning
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Jose L Pelliccia, Granton A Jindal, Rebecca D Burdine
Vertebrate embryonic patterning depends on signaling from Nodal, a TGFβ superfamily member. There are three Nodal orthologs in zebrafish; southpaw directs left-right asymmetries, while squint and cyclops function earlier to pattern mesendoderm. TGFβ member Vg1 is implicated in mesoderm formation but the role of the zebrafish ortholog, Growth differentiation factor 3 (Gdf3), has not been fully explored. We show that zygotic expression of gdf3 is dispensable for embryonic development, while maternally deposited gdf3 is required for mesendoderm formation and dorsal-ventral patterning...
November 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138237/natural-variation-in-ser1-and-ena6-underlie-condition-specific-growth-defects-in-saccharomyces%C3%A2-cerevisiae
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Amy Sirr, Adrian C Scott, Gareth A Cromie, Catherine L Ludlow, Vida Ahyong, Trey S Morgan, Teresa Gilbert, Aimée M Dudley
Despite their ubiquitous use in laboratory strains, naturally occurring loss-of-function mutations in genes encoding core metabolic enzymes are relatively rare in wild isolates of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Here, we identify a naturally occurring serine auxotrophy in a sake brewing strain from Japan. Through a cross with a honey wine (white tecc) brewing strain from Ethiopia, we map the minimal medium growth defect to SER1, which encodes 3-phosphoserine aminotransferase and is orthologous to the human disease gene, PSAT1 To investigate the impact of this polymorphism under conditions of abundant external nutrients, we examine growth in rich medium alone or with additional stresses, including the drugs caffeine and rapamycin and relatively high concentrations of copper, salt, and ethanol...
November 14, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137608/the-pennycress-thlaspi-arvense-l-nectary-structural-and-transcriptomic-characterization
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Jason B Thomas, Marshall E Hampton, Kevin M Dorn, M David Marks, Clay J Carter
BACKGROUND: Pennycress [Thlaspi arvense L (Brassicaceae)] is being domesticated as a renewable biodiesel feedstock that also provides crucial ecosystems services, including as a nutritional resource for pollinators. However, its flowers produce significantly less nectar than other crop relatives in the Brassicaceae. This study was undertaken to understand the basic biology of the pennycress nectary as an initial step toward the possibility of enhancing nectar output from its flowers. RESULTS: Pennycress flowers contain four equivalent nectaries located extrastaminally at the base of the insertion sites of short and long stamens...
November 14, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136137/copy-number-variation-and-expression-analysis-reveals-a-non-orthologous-pinta-gene-family-member-involved-in-butterfly-vision
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Aide Macias-Muñoz, Kyle J McCulloch, Adriana D Briscoe
Vertebrate (CRALBP) and Drosophila (PINTA) proteins with a CRAL-TRIO domain transport retinal-based chromophores that bind to opsin proteins and are necessary for phototransduction. The CRAL-TRIO domain gene family is composed of genes that encode proteins with a common N-terminal structural domain. While there is an expansion of this gene family in Lepidoptera, there is no lepidopteran ortholog of pinta. Further, the function of these genes in lepidopterans has not yet been established. Here we explored the molecular evolution and expression of CRAL-TRIO domain genes in the butterfly Heliconius melpomene in order to identify a member of this gene family as a candidate chromophore transporter...
November 9, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135058/distinct-features-of-multivesicular-body-lysosome-fusion-revealed-by-a-new-cell-free-content-mixing-assay
#15
Mahmoud Abdul Karim, Dieter Ronny Samyn, Sevan Mattie, Christopher Leonard Brett
When marked for degradation, surface receptor and transporter proteins are internalized and delivered to endosomes where they are packaged into intralumenal vesicles (ILVs). Many rounds of ILV formation create multivesicular bodies (MVBs) that fuse with lysosomes exposing ILVs to hydrolases for catabolism. Despite being critical for protein degradation, the molecular underpinnings of MVB-lysosome fusion remain unclear, although machinery underlying other lysosome fusion events is implicated. But how then is specificity conferred? And how is MVB maturation and fusion coordinated for efficient protein degradation? To address these questions, we developed a cell-free MVB-lysosome fusion assay using S...
November 14, 2017: Traffic
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134708/arsenic-methylation-by-a-novel-arsm-as-iii-s-adenosylmethionine-methyltransferase-that-requires-only-two-conserved-cysteine-residues
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Ke Huang, Yan Xu, Charles Packianathan, Fan Gao, Chuan Chen, Jun Zhang, Qirong Shen, Barry P Rosen, Fang-Jie Zhao
Arsenic (As) biomethylation is an important component of the As biogeochemical cycle that can influence As toxicity and mobility in the environment. Biomethylation of As is catalyzed by the enzyme arsenite (As(III)) S-adenosylmethionine methyltransferase (ArsM). To date, all identified ArsM orthologs with As(III) methylation activities have four conserved cysteine residues, which are thought to be essential for As(III) methylation. Here, we isolated an As(III)-methylating bacterium, Bacillus sp. CX-1, and identified a gene encoding a S-adenosylmethionine methyltranserase termed BlArsM with low sequence similarities (≤ 39%) to other ArsMs...
November 14, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133277/orthognc-a-software-for-accurate-identification-of-orthologs-based-on-gene-neighborhood-conservation
#17
Soheil Jahangiri-Tazehkand, Limsoon Wong, Changiz Eslahchi
Orthology relations can be used to transfer annotations from one gene (or protein) to another. Hence, detecting orthology relations has become an important task in the post-genomic era. Various genomic events, such as duplication and horizontal gene transfer, can cause erroneous assignment of orthology relations. In closely-related species, gene neighborhood information can be used to resolve many ambiguities in orthology inference. Here we present OrthoGNC, a software for accurately predicting pairwise orthology relations based on gene neighborhood conservation...
November 10, 2017: Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133276/de-novo-assembly-and-annotation-of-the-whole-genomic-analysis-of-vibrio-campbellii-rt-1-strain-from-infected-shrimp-litopenaeus-vannamei
#18
R Thirugnanasambandam, D Inbakandan, L Stanley Abraham, C Kumar, S M Sundaram, B Subashni, R Vasantharaja, A Arul Anantha Kumar, R Kirubagaran, S Ajmal Khan, T Balasubramanian
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to sequence the whole genome of Vibrio campbellii RT-1 strain. METHODS: V. campbellii strain was isolated from an infected shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei collected from aquaculture ponds, India (12.1899° N, 79.9249° E). The whole genome sequencing (WGS) was performed using the Illumina Hiseq 2500 platform and assembled de novo using SPAdes and Velvet optimiser. Furthermore, the gene prediction and annotation were performed by a rapid prokaryotic genome tool-Prokka...
November 10, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133184/jnk-is-antagonized-to-ensure-the-correct-number-of-interommatidial-cells-pattern-the-drosophila-retina
#19
Henry L Bushnell, Christina E Feiler, Kwami F Ketosugbo, Mark B Hellerman, Valerie L Nazzaro, Ruth I Johnson
Apoptosis is crucial during the morphogenesis of most organs and tissues, and is utilized for tissues to achieve their proper size, shape and patterning. Many signaling pathways contribute to the precise regulation of apoptosis. Here we show that Jun N-terminal Kinase (JNK) activity contributes to the coordinated removal of interommatidial cells via apoptosis in the Drosophila pupal retina. This is consistent with previous findings that JNK activity promotes apoptosis in other epithelia. However, we found that JNK activity is repressed by Cindr (the CIN85 and CD2AP ortholog) in order to promote cell survival...
November 10, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132315/comprehensive-genomic-analysis-of-the-cngc-gene-family-in-brassica-oleracea-novel-insights-into-synteny-structures-and-transcript-profiles
#20
Kaleem U Kakar, Zarqa Nawaz, Khadija Kakar, Essa Ali, Abdulwareth A Almoneafy, Raqeeb Ullah, Xue-Liang Ren, Qing-Yao Shu
BACKGROUND: The cyclic nucleotide-gated ion channel (CNGC) family affects the uptake of cations, growth, pathogen defence, and thermotolerance in plants. However, the systematic identification, origin and function of this gene family has not been performed in Brassica oleracea, an important vegetable crop and genomic model organism. RESULTS: In present study, we identified 26 CNGC genes in B. oleracea genome, which are non-randomly localized on eight chromosomes, and classified into four major (I-IV) and two sub-groups (i...
November 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
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