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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102759/antisense-transcription-of-the-myotonic-dystrophy-locus-yields-low-abundant-rnas-with-and-without-cag-n-repeat
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Anke E E G Gudde, Simon J van Heeringen, Amanda I de Oude, Ingeborg D G van Kessel, Joseph Estabrook, Eric T Wang, Bé Wieringa, Derick G Wansink
The unstable (CTG·CAG)n trinucleotide repeat in the myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) locus is bidirectionally transcribed from genes with terminal overlap. By transcription in the sense direction, the DMPK gene produces various alternatively spliced mRNAs with a (CUG)n repeat in their 3' UTR. Expression in opposite orientation reportedly yields (CAG)n-repeat containing RNA, but both structure and biological significance of this antisense gene (DM1-AS) are largely unknown. Via a combinatorial approach of computational and experimental analyses of RNA from unaffected individuals and DM1 patients we discovered that DM1-AS spans >6 kb, contains alternative transcription start sites and uses alternative polyadenylation sites up- and downstream of the (CAG)n repeat...
January 19, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101869/fibrin-formation-structure-and-properties
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John W Weisel, Rustem I Litvinov
Fibrinogen and fibrin are essential for hemostasis and are major factors in thrombosis, wound healing, and several other biological functions and pathological conditions. The X-ray crystallographic structure of major parts of fibrin(ogen), together with computational reconstructions of missing portions and numerous biochemical and biophysical studies, have provided a wealth of data to interpret molecular mechanisms of fibrin formation, its organization, and properties. On cleavage of fibrinopeptides by thrombin, fibrinogen is converted to fibrin monomers, which interact via knobs exposed by fibrinopeptide removal in the central region, with holes always exposed at the ends of the molecules...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101860/the-structure-and-topology-of-%C3%AE-helical-coiled-coils
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Andrei N Lupas, Jens Bassler, Stanislaw Dunin-Horkawicz
α-Helical coiled coils constitute one of the most diverse folds yet described. They range in length over two orders of magnitude; they form rods, segmented ropes, barrels, funnels, sheets, spirals, and rings, which encompass anywhere from two to more than 20 helices in parallel or antiparallel orientation; they assume different helix crossing angles, degrees of supercoiling, and packing geometries. This structural diversity supports a wide range of biological functions, allowing them to form mechanically rigid structures, provide levers for molecular motors, project domains across large distances, mediate oligomerization, transduce conformational changes and facilitate the transport of other molecules...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101858/coiled-coil-design-updated-and-upgraded
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Derek N Woolfson
α-Helical coiled coils are ubiquitous protein-folding and protein-interaction domains in which two or more α-helical chains come together to form bundles. Through a combination of bioinformatics analysis of many thousands of natural coiled-coil sequences and structures, plus empirical protein engineering and design studies, there is now a deep understanding of the sequence-to-structure relationships for this class of protein architecture. This has led to considerable success in rational design and what might be termed in biro de novo design of simple coiled coils, which include homo- and hetero-meric parallel dimers, trimers and tetramers...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098992/mechanistic-insights-into-tunable-metal-mediated-hydrolysis-of-amyloid-%C3%AE-peptides
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Jeffrey S Derrick, Jiwan Lee, Shin Jung C Lee, Yujeong Kim, Eunju Nam, Hyeonwoo Tak, Juhye Kang, Misun Lee, Sun Hee Kim, Kiyoung Park, Jaeheung Cho, Mi Hee Lim
An amyloidogenic peptide, amyloid-β (Aβ), has been implicated as a contributor to the neurotoxicity of Alzheimer's disease (AD) that continues to present a major socioeconomic burden for our society. Recently, the use of metal complexes capable of cleaving peptides has arisen as an efficient tactic for amyloid management; unfortunately, little has been reported to pursue this strategy. Herein, we report a novel approach to validate the hydrolytic cleavage of divalent metal complexes toward two major isoforms of Aβ (Aβ40 and Aβ42) and tune their proteolytic activity based on the choice of metal centers (M = Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn) which could be correlated to their anti-amyloidogenic properties...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098449/targeting-type-2-diabetes-with-c-glucosyl-dihydrochalcones-as-selective-sodium-glucose-co-transporter-2-sglt2-inhibitors-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation
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Ana R Jesus, Diogo Vila-Viçosa, Miguel Machuqueiro, Ana P Marques, Timothy M Dore, Amélia P Rauter
Inhibiting glucose reabsorption by sodium glucose co-transporter proteins (SGLTs) in the kidneys is a relatively new strategy for treating type 2 diabetes. Selective inhibition of SGLT2 over SGLT1 is critical for minimizing adverse side effects associated with SGLT1 inhibition. A library of C-glucosyl dihydrochalcones and their dihydrochalcone and chalcone precursors was synthesized and tested as SGLT1/SGLT2 inhibitors using a cell-based fluorescence assay of glucose uptake. The most potent inhibitors of SGLT2 (IC50 = 9-23 nM) were considerably weaker inhibitors of SGLT1 (IC50 = 10-19 μM)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098335/not-an-exception-to-the-rule-the-functional-significance-of-intrinsically-disordered-protein-regions-in-enzymes
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Shelly DeForte, Vladimir N Uversky
Intrinsically disordered protein regions (IDPRs) are remarkably common and have unique and important biological functions. Enzymes have long been considered an exception to the rule of protein intrinsic disorder due to the structural requirements for catalysis. Although functionally significant IDPRs have been described in several enzymes, there has been no study quantifying the extent of this phenomenon. We have conducted a multilevel computational analysis of missing regions in X-ray crystal structures in the PDB and predicted disorder in 66 representative proteomes...
January 18, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097419/modelling-wolbachia-infection-in-a-sex-structured-mosquito-population-carrying-west-nile-virus
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József Z Farkas, Stephen A Gourley, Rongsong Liu, Abdul-Aziz Yakubu
Wolbachia is possibly the most studied reproductive parasite of arthropod species. It appears to be a promising candidate for biocontrol of some mosquito borne diseases. We begin by developing a sex-structured model for a Wolbachia infected mosquito population. Our model incorporates the key effects of Wolbachia infection including cytoplasmic incompatibility and male killing. We also allow the possibility of reduced reproductive output, incomplete maternal transmission, and different mortality rates for uninfected/infected male/female individuals...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095778/the-pangenome-of-antarctic-pseudoalteromonas-bacteria-evolutionary-and-functional-insights
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Emanuele Bosi, Marco Fondi, Valerio Orlandini, Elena Perrin, Isabel Maida, Donatella de Pascale, Maria Luisa Tutino, Ermenegilda Parrilli, Angelina Lo Giudice, Alain Filloux, Renato Fani
BACKGROUND: Pseudoalteromonas is a genus of ubiquitous marine bacteria used as model organisms to study the biological mechanisms involved in the adaptation to cold conditions. A remarkable feature shared by these bacteria is their ability to produce secondary metabolites with a strong antimicrobial and antitumor activity. Despite their biotechnological relevance, representatives of this genus are still lacking (with few exceptions) an extensive genomic characterization, including features involved in the evolution of secondary metabolites production...
January 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093295/in-silico-enhancement-of-the-stability-and-activity-of-keratinocyte-growth-factor
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Mansour Poorebrahim, Solmaz Sadeghi, Raziyeh Ghorbani, Matin Asghari, Mohammad Foad Abazari, Hourieh Kalhor, Hamzeh Rahimi
Keratinocyte growth factor (KGF), a member of the fibroblast growth factor (FGF) family, has been implicated in some biological processes such as cell proliferation, development and differentiation. High mitogenic activity of this protein has made it very suitable for repairing radiation-and chemotherapy-induced damages. KGF, which has been developed from human KGF, is clinically applied to reduce the incidence and duration of cancer therapeutic agents. However, the activity of KGF is limited during treatment due to its poor stability...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093226/conformational-transitions-and-alternating-access-mechanism-in-the-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-calcium-pump
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Avisek Das, Huan Rui, Robert Nakamoto, Benoît Roux
Ion pumps are integral membrane proteins responsible for transporting ions against concentration gradients across biological membranes. Sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase (SERCA), a member of the P-type ATPases family, transports two calcium ions per hydrolyzed ATP molecule via an "alternating-access" mechanism. High-resolution crystallographic structures provide invaluable insight on the structural mechanism of the ion pumping process. However, to understand the molecular details of how ATP hydrolysis is coupled to calcium transport, it is necessary to gain knowledge about the conformational transition pathways connecting the crystallographically resolved conformations...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092832/sampling-conformational-space-of-intrinsically-disordered-proteins-in-explicit-solvent-comparison-between-well-tempered-ensemble-approach-and-solute-tempering-method
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Mengzhi Han, Ji Xu, Ying Ren
Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) are a class of proteins that expected to be largely unstructured under physiological conditions. Due to their heterogeneous nature, experimental characterization of IDP is challenging. Temperature replica exchange molecular dynamics (T-REMD) is a widely used enhanced sampling method to probe structural characteristics of these proteins. However, its application has been hindered due to its tremendous computational cost, especially when simulating large systems in explicit solvent...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092826/synthesis-ph-dependent-photometric-and-electrochemical-investigation-redox-mechanism-and-biological-applications-of-novel-schiff-base-and-its-metallic-derivatives
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Abdur Rauf, Afzal Shah, Abdul Aziz Khan, Aamir Hassan Shah, Rashda Abbasi, Irfan Zia Qureshi, Saqib Ali
A novel Schiff base, 1-((2, 4-dimethylphenylimino)methyl)naphthalen-2-ol abbreviated as (HL) and its four metallic complexes were synthesized and confirmed by (1)H and (13)C NMR, FTIR, TGA and UV-Visible spectroscopy. Schiff base was also characterized by X-ray analysis. The photometric and electrochemical responses of all the synthesized compounds were investigated in a wide pH range. Structures of the compounds were optimized computationally for the evaluation of different physico-chemical parameters. On the basis of electrochemical results the redox mechanistic pathways of the compounds were proposed...
January 9, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089814/prospects-and-problems-for-standardizing-model-validation-in-systems-biology
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REVIEW
Fridolin Gross, Miles MacLeod
There are currently no widely shared criteria by which to assess the validity of computational models in systems biology. Here we discuss the feasibility and desirability of implementing validation standards for modeling. Having such a standard would facilitate journal review, interdisciplinary collaboration, model exchange, and be especially relevant for applications close to medical practice. However, even though the production of predictively valid models is considered a central goal, in practice modeling in systems biology employs a variety of model structures and model-building practices...
January 12, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089689/piecing-it-together-unraveling-the-elusive-structure-function-relationship-in-single-pass-membrane-receptors
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REVIEW
Christopher C Valley, Andrew K Lewis, Jonathan N Sachs
The challenge of crystallizing single-pass plasma membrane receptors has remained an obstacle to understanding the structural mechanisms that connect extracellular ligand binding to cytosolic activation. For example, the complex interplay between receptor oligomerization and conformational dynamics has been, historically, only inferred from static structures of isolated receptor domains. A fundamental challenge in the field of membrane receptor biology, then, has been to integrate experimentally observable dynamics of full-length receptors (e...
January 12, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088189/mars-improving-multiple-circular-sequence-alignment-using-refined-sequences
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Lorraine A K Ayad, Solon P Pissis
BACKGROUND: A fundamental assumption of all widely-used multiple sequence alignment techniques is that the left- and right-most positions of the input sequences are relevant to the alignment. However, the position where a sequence starts or ends can be totally arbitrary due to a number of reasons: arbitrariness in the linearisation (sequencing) of a circular molecular structure; or inconsistencies introduced into sequence databases due to different linearisation standards. These scenarios are relevant, for instance, in the process of multiple sequence alignment of mitochondrial DNA, viroid, viral or other genomes, which have a circular molecular structure...
January 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086961/longitudinal-multiple-imputation-approaches-for-body-mass-index-or-other-variables-with-very-low-individual-level-variability-the-mibmi-command-in-stata
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Evangelos Kontopantelis, Rosa Parisi, David A Springate, David Reeves
BACKGROUND: In modern health care systems, the computerization of all aspects of clinical care has led to the development of large data repositories. For example, in the UK, large primary care databases hold millions of electronic medical records, with detailed information on diagnoses, treatments, outcomes and consultations. Careful analyses of these observational datasets of routinely collected data can complement evidence from clinical trials or even answer research questions that cannot been addressed in an experimental setting...
January 13, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080059/a-computational-approach-for-modeling-neutron-scattering-data-from-lipid-bilayers
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Jan-Michael Y Carrillo, John Katsaras, Bobby G Sumpter, Rana Ashkar
Biological cell membranes are responsible for a range of structural and dynamical phenomena crucial to a cell's well-being and its associated functions. Due to the complexity of cell membranes, lipid bilayer systems are often used as biomimetic models. These systems have led to significant insights into vital membrane phenomena such as domain formation, passive permeation and protein insertion. Experimental observations of membrane structure and dynamics are, however, limited in resolution, both spatially and temporally...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077563/the-bioc-biogrid-corpus-full-text-articles-annotated-for-curation-of-protein-protein-and-genetic-interactions
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Rezarta Islamaj Doğan, Sun Kim, Andrew Chatr-Aryamontri, Christie S Chang, Rose Oughtred, Jennifer Rust, W John Wilbur, Donald C Comeau, Kara Dolinski, Mike Tyers
A great deal of information on the molecular genetics and biochemistry of model organisms has been reported in the scientific literature. However, this data is typically described in free text form and is not readily amenable to computational analyses. To this end, the BioGRID database systematically curates the biomedical literature for genetic and protein interaction data. This data is provided in a standardized computationally tractable format and includes structured annotation of experimental evidence. BioGRID curation necessarily involves substantial human effort by expert curators who must read each publication to extract the relevant information...
2017: Database: the Journal of Biological Databases and Curation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077259/the-growth-of-language-universal-grammar-experience-and-principles-of-computation
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REVIEW
Charles Yang, Stephen Crain, Robert C Berwick, Noam Chomsky, Johan J Bolhuis
YANG, C., S. Crain, R.C. Berwick, N. Chomsky and J.J. Bolhuis. The growth of language. NEUROSCI BIOBEHAV REV VOL (ISSUE) XXX-XXX, 2016. Human infants develop language remarkably rapidly and without overt instruction. We argue that the distinctive ontogenesis of child language arises from the interplay of three factors: domain-specific principles of language (Universal Grammar), external experience, and properties of non-linguistic domains of cognition including general learning mechanisms and principles of efficient computation...
January 7, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
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