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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110276/photosynthesis-in-c3-c4-intermediate-moricandia-species
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Urte Schlüter, Andrea Bräutigam, Udo Gowik, Michael Melzer, Pascal-Antoine Christin, Samantha Kurz, Tabea Mettler-Altmann, Andreas Pm Weber
Evolution of C4 photosynthesis is not distributed evenly in the plant kingdom. Particularly interesting is the situation in the Brassicaceae, because the family contains no C4 species, but several C3-C4 intermediates, mainly in the genus Moricandia Investigation of leaf anatomy, gas exchange parameters, the metabolome, and the transcriptome of two C3-C4 intermediate Moricandia species, M. arvensis and M. suffruticosa, and their close C3 relative M. moricandioides enabled us to unravel the specific C3-C4 characteristics in these Moricandia lines...
January 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110275/traces-of-strong-selective-pressures-in-the-genomes-of-c4-grasses
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Pascal-Antoine Christin
C4 photosynthesis is nature's response to CO2 limitations, and evolved recurrently in several groups of plants. To identify genes related to C4 photosynthesis, Huang et al. looked for evidence of past episodes of adaptive evolution in the genomes of C4 grasses. They identified a large number of candidate genes that evolved under divergent selection, indicating that, besides alterations to expression patterns, the history of C4 involved strong selection on protein-coding sequences.
January 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109840/isoform-specific-phosphorylation-in-human-hsp90%C3%AE-affects-interaction-with-clients-and-the-cochaperone-cdc37
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Minh T N Nguyen, Robert A Knieß, Soumya Daturpalli, Laura Le Breton, Xiangyu Ke, Xuemei Chen, Matthias P Mayer
Hsp90s assist maturation of many key regulators of signal transduction pathways and cellular control circuits like protein kinases and transcription factors and chaperone their stability and activity. In this function Hsp90s cooperate with some 30 cochaperones and they are themselves subject to regulation by numerous posttranslational modifications. In vertebrates two major isoforms exist in the cytosol, Hsp90α and Hsp90β, which share a high degree of sequence identity and are expressed in tissue- and environmental conditions-dependent manner...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109746/diversity-and-evolution-of-tir-domain-containing-proteins-in-bivalves-and-metazoa-new-insights-from-comparative-genomics
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Marco Gerdol, Paola Venier, Paolo Edomi, Alberto Pallavicini
The Toll/interleukin-1 receptor (TIR) domain has a fundamental role in the innate defence response of plants, vertebrate and invertebrate animals. Mostly found in the cytosolic side of membrane-bound receptor proteins, it mediates the intracellular signalling upon pathogen recognition via heterotypic interactions. Although a number of TIR-domain-containing (TIR-DC) proteins have been characterized in vertebrates, their evolutionary relationships and functional role in protostomes are still largely unknown. Due to the high abundance and diversity of TIR-DC proteins in bivalve molluscs, we investigated this class of marine invertebrates as a case study...
January 18, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109326/from-the-evolution-of-protein-sequences-able-to-resist-self-assembly-to-the-prediction-of-aggregation-propensity
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F Bemporad, M Ramazzotti
Folding of polypeptide chains into biologically active entities is an astonishingly complex process, determined by the nature and the sequence of residues emerging from ribosomes. While it has been long believed that evolution has pressed genomes so that specific sequences could adopt unique, functional three-dimensional folds, it is now clear that complex protein machineries act as quality control system and supervise folding. Notwithstanding that, events such as erroneous folding, partial folding, or misfolding are frequent during the life of a cell or a whole organism, and they can escape controls...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107586/revealing-additional-stereocomplementary-pairs-of-old-yellow-enzymes-by-rational-transfer-of-engineered-residues
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Nathalie Nett, Sabine Duewel, Alexandra Annelis Richter, Sabrina Hoebenreich
Every year numerous protein engineering and directed evolution studies are published, increasing the knowledge which could be used by protein engineers. Here we test a protein engineering strategy that allows quick access to improved biocatalysts with very little screening effort. Conceptually it is assumed that engineered residues, previously identified by rational and random methods, induce similar improvements when transferred to family members. Applied to ene-reductases from the Old Yellow Enzyme family (OYE), the newly created variants were tested with three compounds revealing more stereocomplementary OYE pairs with potent turnover frequencies (up to 660 h-1) and excellent stereoselectivities (up to >99%)...
January 20, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107009/nmr-and-computation-reveal-a-pressure-sensitive-folded-conformation-of-trp-cage
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Soichiro Kitazawa, Martin J Fossat, Scott A McCallum, Angel E Garcia, Catherine Ann Royer
Beyond defining the structure and stability of folded states of proteins, primary amino acid sequences determine all of the features of their conformational landscapes. Characterizing how sequence modulates the population of protein excited states or folding pathways requires atomic level detailed structural and energetic information. Such insight is essential for improving protein design strategies, as well as for interpreting protein evolution. Here, high pressure NMR and molecular dynamics simulations were combined to probe the conformational landscape of a small model protein, the tryptophan cage variant, Tc5b...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106985/transparent-window-vibrational-probes-for-the-characterization-of-proteins-with-high-structural-and-temporal-resolution
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Ramkrishna Adhikary, Jörg Zimmermann, Floyd E Romesberg
Vibrational spectroscopy provides a direct route to the physicochemical characterization of molecules. While both IR and Raman spectroscopy have been used for decades to provide detailed characterizations of small molecules, similar studies with proteins are largely precluded due to spectral congestion. However, the vibrational spectra of proteins do include a "transparent window", between ∼1800 and ∼2500 cm(-1), and progress is now being made to develop site-specifically incorporated carbon-deuterium (C-D), cyano (CN), thiocyanate (SCN), and azide (N3) "transparent window vibrational probes" that absorb within this window and report on their environment to facilitate the characterization of proteins with small molecule-like detail...
January 20, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106912/the-phycocyanobilin-chromophore-of-streptophyte-algal-phytochromes-is-synthesized-by-hy2
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Nathan C Rockwell, Shelley S Martin, Fay-Wei Li, Sarah Mathews, John Clark Lagarias
Land plant phytochromes perceive red and far-red light to control growth and development, using the linear tetrapyrrole (bilin) chromophore phytochromobilin (PΦB). Phytochromes from streptophyte algae, sister species to land plants, instead use phycocyanobilin (PCB). PCB and PΦB are synthesized by different ferredoxin-dependent bilin reductases (FDBRs): PΦB is synthesized by HY2, whereas PCB is synthesized by PcyA. The pathway for PCB biosynthesis in streptophyte algae is unknown. We used phylogenetic analysis and heterologous reconstitution of bilin biosynthesis to investigate bilin biosynthesis in streptophyte algae...
January 20, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105941/the-loss-of-photosynthetic-pathways-in-the-plastid-and-nuclear-genomes-of-the-non-photosynthetic-mycoheterotrophic-eudicot-monotropa-hypopitys
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Nikolai V Ravin, Eugeny V Gruzdev, Alexey V Beletsky, Alexander M Mazur, Egor B Prokhortchouk, Mikhail A Filyushin, Elena Z Kochieva, Vitaly V Kadnikov, Andrey V Mardanov, Konstantin G Skryabin
BACKGROUND: Chloroplasts of most plants are responsible for photosynthesis and contain a conserved set of about 110 genes that encode components of housekeeping gene expression machinery and photosynthesis-related functions. Heterotrophic plants obtaining nutrients from other organisms and their plastid genomes represent model systems in which to study the effects of relaxed selective pressure on photosynthetic function. The most evident is a reduction in the size and gene content of the plastome, which correlates with the loss of genes encoding photosynthetic machinery which become unnecessary...
November 16, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105939/evolution-of-mitochondrial-genomes-in-baikalian-amphipods
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Elena V Romanova, Vladimir V Aleoshin, Ravil M Kamaltynov, Kirill V Mikhailov, Maria D Logacheva, Elena A Sirotinina, Alexander Yu Gornov, Anton S Anikin, Dmitry Yu Sherbakov
BACKGROUND: Amphipods (Crustacea) of Lake Baikal are a very numerous and diverse group of invertebrates generally believed to have originated by adaptive radiation. The evolutionary history and phylogenetic relationships in Baikalian amphipods still remain poorly understood. Sequencing of mitochondrial genomes is a relatively feasible way for obtaining a set of gene sequences suitable for robust phylogenetic inferences. The architecture of mitochondrial genomes also may provide additional information on the mechanisms of evolution of amphipods in Lake Baikal...
December 28, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104746/origin-and-evolution-of-the-sponge-aggregation-factor-gene-family
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Laura F Grice, Marie E A Gauthier, Kathrein E Roper, Xavier Fernàndez-Busquets, Sandie M Degnan, Bernard M Degnan
Although discriminating self from nonself is a cardinal animal trait, metazoan allorecognition genes do not appear to be homologous. Here we characterise the Aggregation Factor (AF) gene family, which encodes putative allorecognition factors in the demosponge Amphimedon queenslandica, and trace its evolution across 24 sponge (Porifera) species. The AF locus in Amphimedon is comprised of a cluster of five similar genes that encode Calx-beta and Von Willebrand domains and a newly defined Wreath domain, and are highly polymorphic...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104494/thoughts-on-interactions-between-pgrmc1-and-diverse-attested-and-potential-hydrophobic-ligands
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REVIEW
Michael A Cahill, Amy E Medlock
Progesterone Receptor Membrane Component 1 (PGRMC1) is located in many different subcellular locations with many different attested and probably location-specific functions. PGRMC1 was recently identified in the mitochondrial outer membrane where it interacts with ferrochelatase, the last enzyme in the heme synthetic pathway. It has been proposed that PGRMC1 may act as a chaperone to shuttle newly synthesized heme from the mitochondrion to cytochrome P450 (cyP450) enzymes. Here we consider potential roles that PGRMC1 may play in transferring heme, and other small hydrophobic ligands such as cholesterol and steroids, between the hydrophobic compartment of the membrane lipid bilayer interior to aqueous proteins, and perhaps to the membranes of other organelles...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103796/phylogenomic-analysis-of-copepoda-arthropoda-crustacea-reveals-unexpected-similarities-with-earlier-proposed-morphological-phylogenies
#14
Seong-Il Eyun
BACKGROUND: Copepods play a critical role in marine ecosystems but have been poorly investigated in phylogenetic studies. Morphological evidence supports the monophyly of copepods, whereas interordinal relationships continue to be debated. In particular, the phylogenetic position of the order Harpacticoida is still ambiguous and inconsistent among studies. Until now, a small number of molecular studies have been done using only a limited number or even partial genes and thus there is so far no consensus at the order-level...
January 19, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102740/update-on-functional-and-genetic-laboratory-assays-for-the-detection-of-platelet-microvesicles
#15
Maxime Laroche, Claire Dunois, Anne Marie Vissac, Jean Amiral
Functional and genetic assays for measuring platelet microvesicles (PMVs) are presented and discussed. Functional assays concern two groups of methods: a) homogeneous assays using the cofactor activity of phospholipids (PPLs) contained in PMVs and present in assayed plasmas, and a coagulation or a thrombin generation assay (TGA) as "end points"; b) capture-based assays, in which PMVs bind to an immobilized ligand, such as Annexin V in the presence of calcium, or monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) specific for membrane proteins...
January 19, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101872/properties-of-engineered-and-fabricated-silks
#16
Gregor Lang, Heike Herold, Thomas Scheibel
Silk is a protein-based material which is predominantly produced by insects and spiders. Hundreds of millions of years of evolution have enabled these animals to utilize different, highly adapted silk types in a broad variety of applications. Silk occurs in several morphologies, such as sticky glue or in the shape of fibers and can, depending on the application by the respective animal, dissipate a high mechanical energy, resist heat and radiation, maintain functionality when submerged in water and withstand microbial settling...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101534/pathogenicity-determinants-of-the-human-malaria-parasite-plasmodium-falciparum-have-ancient-origins
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Andrew J Brazier, Marion Avril, Maria Bernabeu, Maxwell Benjamin, Joseph D Smith
Plasmodium falciparum, the most deadly of the human malaria parasites, is a member of the Laverania subgenus that also infects African Great Apes. The virulence of P. falciparum is related to cytoadhesion of infected erythrocytes in microvasculature, but the origin of dangerous parasite adhesion traits is poorly understood. To investigate the evolutionary history of the P. falciparum cytoadhesion pathogenicity determinant, we studied adhesion domains from the chimpanzee malaria parasite P. reichenowi. We demonstrate that the P...
January 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100708/the-origin-of-floral-organ-identity-quartets
#18
Philip Ruelens, Zhicheng Zhang, Hilda van Mourik, Steven Maere, Kerstin Kaufmann, Koen Geuten
The origin of flowers has puzzled plant biologists ever since Darwin referred to their sudden appearance in the fossil record as an abominable mystery. Flowers are considered to be an assembly of protective, attractive and reproductive male and female leaf-like organs. Their origin cannot be understood by a morphological comparison to gymnosperms, their closest relatives, which develop separate male or female cones. Despite these morphological differences, gymnosperms and angiosperms possess a similar genetic toolbox consisting of phylogenetically related MADS-domain proteins...
January 18, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100651/stabilization-of-bacillus-circulans-xylanase-by-combinatorial-insertional-fusion-to-a-thermophilic-host-protein
#19
Vandan Shah, Brennal Pierre, Tamari Kirtadze, Seung Shin, Jin Ryoun Kim
High thermostability of an enzyme is critical for its industrial application. While many engineering approaches such as mutagenesis have enhanced enzyme thermostability, they often suffer from reduced enzymatic activity. A thermally stabilized enzyme with unchanged amino acids is preferable for subsequent functional evolution necessary to address other important industrial needs. In the research presented here, we applied insertional fusion to a thermophilic maltodextrin-binding protein from Pyrococcus furiosus (PfMBP) in order to improve the thermal stability of Bacillus circulans xylanase (BCX)...
January 17, 2017: Protein Engineering, Design & Selection: PEDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100615/rhinovirus-c-asthma-and-cell-surface-expression-of-virus-receptor-cdhr3
#20
Ann C Palmenberg
Human rhinoviruses of the A, B, and C species are defined agents of the common cold. But more than that, the RV-A and RV-C are the dominant cause of hospitalization-category infections in young children, especially those with asthma. The RV-C use of cadherin-related family member 3 (CDHR3) as its cellular receptor, creates a direct phenotypic link between human genetics ("G" vs "A" alleles cause Cys529 vs Tyr529 protein variants) and the efficiency with which RV-C can infect cells. With a lower cell surface display density, the human-specific Cys529 variant apparently confers partial protection from the severest virus-induced asthma episodes...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
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