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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149696/clearance-of-plasmin-pn-1-complexes-by-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-in-human-aneurysm-of-the-ascending-aorta
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Kamel Boukais, Luciano F Borges, Laurence Venisse, Ziad Touat, Déborah François, Véronique Arocas, Guillaume Jondeau, Paul Declerck, Marie-Christine Bouton, Jean-Baptiste Michel
Plasminogen is a circulating zymogen which enters the arterial wall by radial, transmural hydraulic conductance, where it is converted to plasmin by tissue plasminogen activator t-PA on an activation platform involving S100A4 on the vascular smooth muscle cell (vSMC) membrane. Plasmin is involved in the progression of human thoracic aneurysm of the ascending aorta (TAA). vSMCs protect the TAA wall from plasmin-induced proteolytic injury by expressing high levels of antiproteases. Protease nexin-1 (PN-1) is a tissue antiprotease belonging to the serpin superfamily, expressed in the vascular wall, and is able to form a covalent complex with plasmin...
October 24, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149609/snapshot-functions-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-membrane-contact-sites
#2
Raquel Salvador-Gallego, Melissa J Hoyer, Gia K Voeltz
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) consists of the nuclear envelope and a reticulated interconnected network of tubules and sheets. ER sheets are studded with ribosomes and provide the entryway for proteins into the secretory pathway. ER tubules move dynamically on microtubules and form membrane contact sites with other organelles, where membranes are tethered, but not fused. This Snapshot reviews key biological processes that take place at ER contact sites with the Golgi, endosomes, and mitochondria.
November 16, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149599/autophagosomal-content-profiling-reveals-an-lc3c-dependent-piecemeal-mitophagy-pathway
#3
François Le Guerroué, Franziska Eck, Jennifer Jung, Tatjana Starzetz, Michel Mittelbronn, Manuel Kaulich, Christian Behrends
Autophagy allows the degradation of cytosolic endogenous and exogenous material in the lysosome. Substrates are engulfed by double-membrane vesicles, coined autophagosomes, which subsequently fuse with lysosomes. Depending on the involvement of specific receptor proteins, autophagy occurs in a selective or nonselective manner. While this process is well understood at the level of bulky cargo such as mitochondria and bacteria, we know very little about individual proteins and protein complexes that are engulfed and degraded by autophagy...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149594/conversion-of-bim-bh3-from-activator-to-inhibitor-of-bak-through-structure-based-design
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Jason M Brouwer, Ping Lan, Angus D Cowan, Jonathan P Bernardini, Richard W Birkinshaw, Mark F van Delft, Brad E Sleebs, Adeline Y Robin, Ahmad Wardak, Iris K Tan, Boris Reljic, Erinna F Lee, W Douglas Fairlie, Melissa J Call, Brian J Smith, Grant Dewson, Guillaume Lessene, Peter M Colman, Peter E Czabotar
Certain BH3-only proteins transiently bind and activate Bak and Bax, initiating their oligomerization and the permeabilization of the mitochondrial outer membrane, a pivotal step in the mitochondrial pathway to apoptosis. Here we describe the first crystal structures of an activator BH3 peptide bound to Bak and illustrate their use in the design of BH3 derivatives capable of inhibiting human Bak on mitochondria. These BH3 derivatives compete for the activation site at the canonical groove, are the first engineered inhibitors of Bak activation, and support the role of key conformational transitions associated with Bak activation...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149403/structure-function-relationship-of-tctp
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Beatriz Xoconostle-Cázares, Roberto Ruiz-Medrano
The translationally controlled tumor protein (TCTP) is a small, multifunctional protein found in most, if not all, eukaryotic lineages, involved in a myriad of key regulatory processes. Among these, the control of proliferation and inhibition of cell death, as well as differentiation, are the most important, and it is probable that other responses are derived from the ability of TCTP to influence them in both unicellular and multicellular organisms. In the latter, an additional function for TCTP stems from its capacity to be secreted via a nonclassical pathway and function in a non-cell autonomous (paracrine) manner, thus affecting the responses of neighboring or distant cells to developmental or environmental stimuli (as in the case of serum TCTP/histamine-releasing factor in mammals and phloem TCTP in Arabidopsis)...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149369/the-osps1-f-gene-regulates-growth-and-development-in-rice-by-modulating-photosynthetic-electron-transport-rate
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Rengasamy Ramamoorthy, Bhushan Vishal, Srinivasan Ramachandran, Prakash P Kumar
Ds insertion in rice OsPS1-F gene results in semi-dwarf plants with reduced tiller number and grain yield, while genetic complementation with OsPS1-F rescued the mutant phenotype. Photosynthetic electron transport is regulated in the chloroplast thylakoid membrane by multi-protein complexes. Studies about photosynthetic machinery and its subunits in crop plants are necessary, because they could be crucial for yield enhancement in the long term. Here, we report the characterization of OsPS1-F (encoding Oryza sativa PHOTOSYSTEM 1-F subunit) using a single copy Ds insertion rice mutant line...
November 17, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149347/signal-recognition-particle-binds-to-translating-ribosomes-before-emergence-of-a-signal-anchor-sequence
#7
Evan Mercier, Wolf Holtkamp, Marina V Rodnina, Wolfgang Wintermeyer
The bacterial signal recognition particle (SRP) is part of the machinery that targets ribosomes synthesizing membrane proteins to membrane-embedded translocons co-translationally. Recognition of nascent membrane proteins occurs by virtue of a hydrophobic signal-anchor sequence (SAS) contained in the nascent chain, usually at the N terminus. Here we use fluorescence-based stopped-flow to monitor SRP-ribosome interactions with actively translating ribosomes while an SRP substrate is synthesized and emerges from the peptide exit tunnel...
November 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149282/structure-related-differences-between-cytochrome-oxidase-i-proteins-in-a-stable-heteroplasmic-mitochondrial-system
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David O F Skibinski, Fabrizio Ghiselli, Angel P Diz, Liliana Milani, Jonathan G L Mullins
Many bivalve species have two types of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) passed independently through the female line (F genome) and male line (M genome). Here we study the Cytochrome oxidase I (COI) protein in such bivalve species and provide evidence for differences between the F and M proteins in amino acid property values, particularly relating to hydrophobicity and helicity. The magnitude of these differences varies between different regions of the protein and the change from the ancestor is most marked in the M protein...
November 14, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149170/vibrio-parahaemolyticus-vtra-is-a-membrane-bound-regulator-and-is-activated-via-oligomerization
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Ryu Okada, Shigeaki Matsuda, Tetsuya Iida
Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a Gram-negative pathogen that causes food-borne gastroenteritis. A major virulence determinant of the organism is a type III secretion system (T3SS2) encoded on a pathogenicity island, Vp-PAI. Vp-PAI gene expression is regulated by two transcriptional regulators, VtrA and VtrB, whose N-terminal regions share homology with an OmpR-family DNA-binding domain. VtrA activates the gene expression of VtrB, which in turn activates Vp-PAI gene expression; however, the mechanism of this transcriptional activation by VtrA is not well understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149100/bcl-2-family-proteins-changing-partners-in-the-dance-towards-death
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Justin Kale, Elizabeth J Osterlund, David W Andrews
The BCL-2 family of proteins controls cell death primarily by direct binding interactions that regulate mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization (MOMP) leading to the irreversible release of intermembrane space proteins, subsequent caspase activation and apoptosis. The affinities and relative abundance of the BCL-2 family proteins dictate the predominate interactions between anti-apoptotic and pro-apoptotic BCL-2 family proteins that regulate MOMP. We highlight the core mechanisms of BCL-2 family regulation of MOMP with an emphasis on how the interactions between the BCL-2 family proteins govern cell fate...
November 17, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149089/mnsod-and-cyclin-b1-coordinate-a-mito-checkpoint-during-cell-cycle-response-to-oxidative-stress
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Amanda L Kalen, Iman M Ahmad, Maher Y Abdalla, Yunxia Q O'Malley, Prabhat C Goswami, Ehab H Sarsour
Communication between the nucleus and mitochondrion could coordinate many cellular processes. While the mechanisms regulating this communication are not completely understood, we hypothesize that cell cycle checkpoint proteins coordinate the cross-talk between nuclear and mitochondrial functions following oxidative stress. Human normal skin fibroblasts, representative of the G₂-phase, were irradiated with 6 Gy of ionizing radiation and assayed for cyclin B1 translocation, mitochondrial function, reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels, and cytotoxicity...
November 17, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149017/the-ms6-mycolyl-arabinogalactan-esterase-lysb-is-essential-for-an-efficient-mycobacteriophage-induced-lysis
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Adriano M Gigante, Cheri M Hampton, Rebecca S Dillard, Filipa Gil, Maria João Catalão, José Moniz-Pereira, Elizabeth R Wright, Madalena Pimentel
All dsDNA phages encode two proteins involved in host lysis, an endolysin and a holin that target the peptidoglycan and cytoplasmic membrane, respectively. Bacteriophages that infect Gram-negative bacteria encode additional proteins, the spanins, involved in disruption of the outer membrane. Recently, a gene located in the lytic cassette was identified in the genomes of mycobacteriophages, which encodes a protein (LysB) with mycolyl-arabinogalactan esterase activity. Taking in consideration the complex mycobacterial cell envelope that mycobacteriophages encounter during their life cycle, it is valuable to evaluate the role of these proteins in lysis...
November 17, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148969/the-structure-of-the-copi-coat-determined-within-the-cell
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Yury S Bykov, Miroslava Schaffer, Svetlana O Dodonova, Sahradha Albert, Jürgen M Plitzko, Wolfgang Baumeister, Benjamin D Engel, John Ag Briggs
COPI-coated vesicles mediate trafficking within the Golgi apparatus and from the Golgi to the endoplasmic reticulum. The structures of membrane protein coats, including COPI, have been extensively studied with in vitro reconstitution systems using purified components. In a previous paper (Dodonova et al., 2017), we determined a complete structural model of the in vitro reconstituted COPI coat. Here, we applied cryo-focused ion beam milling, cryo-electron tomography and subtomogram averaging to determine the native structure of the COPI coat within vitrified Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cells...
November 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148898/enhancement-of-invadopodia-activity-in-glioma-cells-by-sublethal-doses-of-irradiation-and-temozolomide
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Leon Mao, Clarissa A Whitehead, Lucia Paradiso, Andrew H Kaye, Andrew P Morokoff, Rodney B Luwor, Stanley S Stylli
OBJECTIVE Glioblastoma is the most common primary central nervous system tumor in adults. These tumors are highly invasive and infiltrative and result in tumor recurrence as well as an extremely poor patient prognosis. The current standard of care involves surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy. However, previous studies have suggested that glioblastoma cells that survive treatment are potentially more invasive. The goal of this study was to investigate whether this increased phenotype in surviving cells is facilitated by actin-rich, membrane-based structures known as invadopodia...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148818/dissociation-constants-of-cytochrome-p450-2c9-cytochrome-p450-reductase-complexes-in-a-lipid-bilayer-membrane-depend-on-nadph-a-single-protein-tracking-study
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Carlo Barnaba, Evan Taylor, James A Brozik
Cytochrome P450-Reductase (CPR) is a versatile NADPH-dependent electron donor located in the cytoplasmic side of the endoplasmic reticulum. It is an electron transferase that is able to deliver electrons to a variety of membrane-bound oxidative partners, including the drug-metabolizing enzymes of the cytochrome P450s (P450). CPR is also stoichiometrically limited compared to its oxidative counterparts and hypotheses have arisen about possible models that can overcome the stochiometric imbalance, including quaternary organization of P450 and diffusion-limited models...
November 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148811/continuous-pore-spanning-lipid-bilayers-on-silicon-oxide-coated-porous-substrates
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Nelli Teske, Jeremias Sibold, Johannes Schumacher, Nikolas K Teiwes, Martin Gleisner, Ingo P Mey, Claudia Steinem
A number of techniques has been developed and analyzed in recent years to generate pore-spanning membranes (PSMs). While quite a number of methods rely on nanoporous substrates, only a few use micrometer-sized pores to be able to individually resolve suspending membranes by means of fluorescence microscopy. To be able to produce PSMs on pores that are micrometer in size, an orthogonal functionalization strategy resulting in a hydrophilic surface is highly desirable. Here, we report on a method to prepare PSMs based on the evaporation of a thin layer of silicon monoxide on top of the porous substrate...
November 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148800/size-and-shape-of-amyloid-fibrils-induced-by-ganglioside-nanoclusters-role-of-sialyl-oligosaccharide-in-fibril-formation
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Teruhiko Matsubara, Masaya Nishihara, Hanaki Yasumori, Mako Nakai, Katsuhiko Yanagisawa, Toshinori Sato
Ganglioside-enriched microdomains in the presynaptic neuronal membrane play a key role in the initiation of amyloid ß-protein (Aß) assembly related to Alzheimer's disease. We previously isolated lipids from a detergent-resistant membrane microdomain fraction of synaptosomes prepared from aged mouse brain and found that spherical Aß assemblies were formed on Aß-sensitive ganglioside nanoclusters (ASIGN) of reconstituted lipid bilayers in the synaptosomal fraction. In the present study, we investigated the role of oligosaccharides in Aß fibril formation induced by ganglioside-containing mixed lipid membranes that mimic the features of ASIGN...
November 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148590/effects-of-bergenin-on-methylglyoxal-induced-damage-in-osteoblastic-mc3t3-e1-cells
#18
Kyung Hee Lee, Eun Mi Choi
Bergenin is the main chemical constituent of plants in the genus Bergenia, which are used in traditional medicines. Methylglyoxal (MG), a highly reactive dicarbonyl compound, is the major precursor for forming advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Pretreating MC3T3-E1 cells with bergenin prevented MG-induced protein adduct formation. Bergenin inhibited the MG-induced soluble receptor for AGE (sRAGE), interleukin, reactive oxygen species and mitochondrial superoxide production. Additionally bergenin increased glyoxalase I activity, glutathione, heme oxygenase-1 and nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 levels in the presence of MG...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148426/stabilization-and-structural-analysis-of-a-membrane-associated-hiapp-aggregation-intermediate
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Diana C Rodriguez Camargo, Kyle J Korshavn, Alexander Jussupow, Kolio Raltchev, David Goricanec, Markus Fleisch, Riddhiman Sarkar, Kai Xue, Michaela Aichler, Gabriele Mettenleiter, Axel Karl Walch, Carlo Camilloni, Franz Hagn, Bernd Reif, Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy
Membrane-assisted amyloid formation is implicated in human diseases, and many of the aggregating species accelerate amyloid formation and induce cell death. While structures of membrane-associated intermediates would provide tremendous insights into the pathology and aid in the design of compounds to potentially treat the diseases, it has not been feasible to overcome the challenges posed by the cell membrane. Here we use NMR experimental constraints to solve the structure of a type-2 diabetes related human islet amyloid polypeptide intermediate stabilized in nanodiscs...
November 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148239/metabolic-signature-of-microvescicles-from-umbilical-cord-mesenchimal-stem-cells-of-preterm-and-term-infants
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Maurizio Bruschi, Laura Santucci, Silvia Ravera, Martina Bartolucci, Andrea Petretto, Daniela Calzia, Gianmarco Ghiggeri, Luca A Ramenghi, Giovanni Candiano, Isabella Panfoli
PURPOSE: Microvesicles, 200-1000 nm bodies budding from the cell plasma membrane, are a promising source of biomarkers. This study aimed at comparing the proteome of Microvesicles collected by ultracentrifugation from cultured Mesenchymal Stem Cells from Human Umbilical Cord of Preterm newborns(<34-weeks gestational age) in comparison to infants at Term(≥37 weeks). This discovery study was designed to establish the signature of prematurity. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Orbitrap mass spectrometry, statistical, bioinformatics and biochemical analyses were employed...
November 16, 2017: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
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