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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786746/luteolin-induces-myelodysplastic-syndrome%C3%A2-derived-cell-apoptosis-via-the-p53%C3%A2-dependent-mitochondrial-signaling-pathway-mediated-by-reactive-oxygen-species
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Weimin Dong, Yan Lin, Yang Cao, Yue Liu, Xiaobao Xie, Weiying Gu
Luteolin, a common dietary flavonoid, induces the apoptosis of cells in several types of cancer. However, its role in myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and the potential underlying mechanisms remain to be elucidated. To evaluate the potential benefit and underlying mechanisms of luteolin in MDS cells, the viability of SKM‑1 cells and primary bone marrow (PBM) mononuclear cells from patients with intermediate‑ or high‑risk MDS were assessed using a Cell Counting Kit‑8 assay. The apoptotic features of cell morphology were assessed using Wright‑Giemsa staining, DNA fragmentation was analyzed by agarose gel electrophoresis, and the extent of apoptosis was quantified by flow cytometry (FCM)...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786671/mechanisms-of-action-and-cell-death-associated-with-clostridium-perfringens-toxins
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Mauricio A Navarro, Bruce A McClane, Francisco A Uzal
Clostridium perfringens uses its large arsenal of protein toxins to produce histotoxic, neurologic and intestinal infections in humans and animals. The major toxins involved in diseases are alpha (CPA), beta (CPB), epsilon (ETX), iota (ITX), enterotoxin (CPE), and necrotic B-like (NetB) toxins. CPA is the main virulence factor involved in gas gangrene in humans, whereas its role in animal diseases is limited and controversial. CPB is responsible for necrotizing enteritis and enterotoxemia, mostly in neonatal individuals of many animal species, including humans...
May 22, 2018: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786613/biophysics-of-membrane-curvature-remodeling-at-molecular-and-mesoscopic-lengthscales
#3
Natesan Ramakrishnan, Ryan P Bradley, Richard W Tourdot, Ravi Radhakrishnan
At the micron scale, where cell organelles display an amazing complexity in their shape and organization, the physical properties of a biological membrane can be better-understood using continuum models subject to thermal (stochastic) undulations. Yet, the chief orchestrators of these complex and intriguing shapes are a specialized class of membrane associating often peripheral proteins called curvature remodeling proteins (CRPs) that operate at the molecular level through specific protein-lipid interactions...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786451/annexin-a2-is-a-robo4-ligand-that-modulates-arf6-activation-associated-cerebral-trans-endothelial-permeability
#4
Wenlu Li, Zhigang Chen, Jing Yuan, Zhanyang Yu, Chongjie Cheng, Qiuchen Zhao, Lena Huang, Katherine A Hajjar, Zhong Chen, Eng H Lo, Haibin Dai, Xiaoying Wang
Blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption in neurological disorders remains an intractable problem with limited therapeutic options. Here, we investigate whether the endothelial cell membrane protein annexin A2 (ANXA2) may play a role in reducing trans-endothelial permeability and maintaining cerebrovascular integrity after injury. Compared with wild-type mice, the expression of cerebral endothelial junctional proteins was reduced in E15.5 and adult ANXA2 knockout mice, along with increased leakage of small molecule tracers...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786141/an-inhibitory-antibody-targeting-carbonic-anhydrase-xii-abrogates-chemoresistance-and-significantly-reduces-lung-metastases-in-an-orthotopic-breast-cancer-model-in-vivo
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Bettina von Neubeck, Gabor Gondi, Chiara Riganti, Chenchen Pan, Arnaldo Parra Damas, Hagen Scherb, Ali Ertürk, Reinhard Zeidler
Carbonic Anhydrase XII (CAXII) is a membrane-tethered ectoenzyme involved in intracellular pH regulation and overexpressed across various types of human cancer. Because CAXII inhibition shows antitumour activity in vitro, it is thought that the enzyme is mandatory for maximum tumour growth, above all under hypoxic conditions. Recently, it has been shown that CAXII is co-expressed along with the P-glycoprotein (P-GP) on many tumour cells and that both proteins physically interact. Of interest, blocking CAXII activity also decreases P-GP activity in cancer cells both in vitro and in vivo...
May 22, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786068/mitochondrial-pip3-binding-protein-fundc2-supports-platelet-survival-via-akt-signaling-pathway
#6
Qi Ma, Chongzhuo Zhu, Weilin Zhang, Na Ta, Rong Zhang, Lei Liu, Du Feng, Heping Cheng, Junling Liu, Quan Chen
Platelets undergo apoptosis in response to a variety of stimuli in the circulation. Mitochondria in platelets are essential for their apoptosis. Specifically, pro-survival protein BCL-xL on mitochondria is the key regulator of platelet lifespan. Here we identify an outer mitochondrial membrane protein FUNDC2 for platelet survival. FUNDC2 knockout mice carrying excessively apoptotic platelets exhibit thrombocytopenia in response to hypoxia. Mechanistically, FUNDC2 binds the lipid PIP3 via its unique, highly conserved N-terminal motif...
May 21, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785746/systematic-in-depth-proteomic-analysis-of-mitochondria-associated-endoplasmic-reticulum-membranes-mam-in-mouse-and-human-testes
#7
Xiaoli Wang, Yujiao Wen, Juan Dong, Congcong Cao, Shuiqiao Yuan
Mitochondria-associated endoplasmic reticulum membranes (MAMs) regulate important cellular functions including calcium signaling, bioenergetics, and apoptosis during neurodevelopment and carcinogenesis, but its function in male reproduction and spermatogenesis remains enigmatic because the field lacks a complete understanding of the proteome within testis MAMs. To better understand the biological processes and molecular functions of MAM in testes, here, we report a global mass spectrometry-based proteomic evaluation of the MAM obtained from human testes, mouse testes and brains, respectively...
May 21, 2018: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785634/a-cluster-of-five-genes-essential-for-the-utilization-of-dihydroxamate-xenosiderophores-in-synechocystis-sp-pcc-6803
#8
Tobias A Obando S, Michael M Babykin, Vladislav V Zinchenko
The unicellular freshwater cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 is capable of using dihydroxamate xenosiderophores, either ferric schizokinen (FeSK) or a siderophore of the filamentous cyanobacterium Anabaena variabilis ATCC 29413 (SAV), as the sole source of iron in the TonB-dependent manner. The fecCDEB1-schT gene cluster encoding a siderophore transport system that is involved in the utilization of FeSK and SAV in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 was identified. The gene schT encodes TonB-dependent outer membrane transporter, whereas the remaining four genes encode the ABC-type transporter FecB1CDE formed by the periplasmic binding protein FecB1, the transmembrane permease proteins FecC and FecD, and the ATPase FecE...
May 21, 2018: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785615/molecular-characterization-of-proton-beam-induced-mutations-in-soybean-using-genotyping-by-sequencing
#9
Woon Ji Kim, Jaihyunk Ryu, Juhyun Im, Sang Hun Kim, Si-Yong Kang, Jeong-Hee Lee, Sung-Hwan Jo, Bo-Keun Ha
Proton beam irradiation is a next-generation technique to develop mutant crop varieties. The mutagenic effects and molecular mechanisms of radiation are important multi-disciplinary research subjects. This study was conducted to investigate the types of mutations induced in the soybean genome by proton beam irradiation. In total, 22 plants, including 10 M2 plants treated with proton beam irradiation at 118 and 239 Gy, each, and two wild-type plants (Daepung) were sequenced by genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS)...
May 21, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785510/measuring-translational-diffusion-of-15-n-enriched-biomolecules-in-complex-solutions-with-a-simplified-1-h-15-n-hmqc-filtered-best-sequence
#10
Shenggen Yao, Thomas G Meikle, Ashish Sethi, Frances Separovic, Jeffrey J Babon, David W Keizer
Pulsed-field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance has seen an increase in applications spanning a broad range of disciplines where molecular translational diffusion properties are of interest. The current study introduces and experimentally evaluates the measurement of translational diffusion coefficients of 15 N-enriched biomolecules using a 1 H-15 N HMQC-filtered band-selective excitation short transient (BEST) sequence as an alternative to the previously described SOFAST-XSTE sequence. The results demonstrate that accurate translational diffusion coefficients of 15 N-labelled peptides and proteins can be obtained using this alternative 1 H-15 N HMQC-filtered BEST sequence which is implementable on NMR spectrometers equipped with probes fitted with a single-axis field gradient, including most cryoprobes dedicated to bio-NMR...
May 21, 2018: European Biophysics Journal: EBJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785460/rapid-measurement-of-long-range-distances-in-proteins-by-multidimensional-13-c-19-f-redor-nmr-under-fast-magic-angle-spinning
#11
Alexander A Shcherbakov, Mei Hong
The ability to simultaneously measure many long-range distances is critical to efficient and accurate determination of protein structures by solid-state NMR (SSNMR). So far, the most common distance constraints for proteins are 13 C-15 N distances, which are usually measured using the rotational-echo double-resonance (REDOR) technique. However, these measurements are restricted to distances of up to ~ 5 Å due to the low gyromagnetic ratios of 15 N and 13 C. Here we present a robust 2D 13 C-19 F REDOR experiment to measure multiple distances to ~ 10 Å...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785433/the-immunomodulatory-activity-and-mechanism-of-docosahexenoic-acid-dha-on-immunosuppressive-mice-models
#12
Lirong Han, Huanna Lei, Ziwei Tian, Xu Wang, Dai Cheng, Chunling Wang
In this study, the immunomodulatory activity of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) on the immunosuppressive BALB/c mice model and its molecular mechanism are elucidated. It was found that the weight indexes of the spleen and thymus were significantly increased by DHA (44.0 mg kg-1 and 88.0 mg kg-1) treatment in the prevention or cure groups. The result of macrophages showed that DHA (44.0 mg kg-1 and 88.0 mg kg-1) could promote the proliferation and phagocytosis activity of macrophages in the prevention or cure groups...
May 22, 2018: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785196/a-computational-approach-using-bioinformatics-to-screening-drug-targets-for-leishmania-infantum-species
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Miguel Angel Chávez-Fumagalli, Mônica Santos Schneider, Daniela Pagliara Lage, Grasiele de Sousa Vieira Tavares, Débora Vasconcelos Costa Mendonça, Thaís Teodoro de Oliveira Santos, Rodrigo Maia Pádua, Ricardo Andrez Machado-de-Ávila, João Paulo Viana Leite, Eduardo Antonio Ferraz Coelho
Background: The development of new therapeutic strategies to treat patients for leishmaniasis has become a priority. The antileishmanial activity of the strychnobiflavone flavonoid was recently demonstrated against Leishmania amazonensis and Leishmania infantum amastigotes and promastigotes. The biological effect of this molecule was identified due to its capacity to interfere in the parasite mitochondrial membrane; however, the underlying molecular mechanism remains unclear. Methods and Results: In this study, a computational approach using bioinformatics was performed to screen biological targets of strychnobiflavone in L...
2018: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785139/blockage-of-store-operated-ca-2-entry-antagonizes-epstein-barr-virus-promoted-angiogenesis-by-inhibiting-ca-2-signaling-regulated-vegf-production-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Jiaxiang Ye, Junqi Huang, Qian He, Weilin Zhao, Xiaoying Zhou, Zhe Zhang, Yongqiang Li, Jiazhang Wei, Jinyan Zhang
Background: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) actively contributes to the pathological process of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) by enabling NPC cells to acquire various capacities required for their malignant biological actions. Our earlier works demonstrated that EBV-encoded latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) enhanced vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-mediated angiogenesis by boosting store-operated Ca2+ entry (SOCE) upon extracellular epidermal growth factor (EGF) stimulation. However, the antagonistic effects of SOCE blockage on EBV-promoted angiogenesis must be appropriately evaluated in vivo, and the global effect of EBV infection on the EGF-elicited cytosolic Ca2+ signaling, which regulates VEGF-mediated angiogenesis remains to be further clarified...
2018: Cancer Management and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784975/a-unique-cytoplasmic-atpase-complex-defines-the-legionella-pneumophila-type-iv-secretion-channel
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David Chetrit, Bo Hu, Peter J Christie, Craig R Roy, Jun Liu
Type IV secretion systems (T4SSs) are complex machines used by bacteria to deliver protein and DNA complexes into target host cells1-5 . Conserved ATPases are essential for T4SS function, but how they coordinate their activities to promote substrate transfer remains poorly understood. Here, we show that the DotB ATPase associates with the Dot-Icm T4SS at the Legionella cell pole through interactions with the DotO ATPase. The structure of the Dot-Icm apparatus was solved in situ by cryo-electron tomography at 3...
May 21, 2018: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784973/significance-of-prohibitin-domain-family-in-tumorigenesis-and-its-implication-in-cancer-diagnosis-and-treatment
#16
Jie Yang, Bin Li, Qing-Yu He
Prohibitin (PHB) was originally isolated and characterized as an anti-proliferative gene in rat liver. The evolutionarily conserved PHB gene encodes two human protein isoforms with molecular weights of ~33 kDa, PHB1 and PHB2. PHB1 and PHB2 belong to the prohibitin domain family, and both are widely distributed in different cellular compartments such as the mitochondria, nucleus, and cell membrane. Most studies have confirmed differential expression of PHB1 and PHB2 in cancers compared to corresponding normal tissues...
May 21, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784882/phenotypic-assessment-suggests-multiple-start-codons-for-hetn-an-inhibitor-of-heterocyst-differentiation-in-anabaena-sp-strain-pcc-7120
#17
Orion S Rivers, Silvia Beurmann, Allexa Dow, Loralyn M Cozy, Patrick Videau
Multicellular organisms must carefully regulate the timing, number, and location of specialized cellular development. In the filamentous cyanobacterium Anabaena sp. strain PCC 7120, nitrogen-fixing heterocysts are interspersed between vegetative cells in a periodic pattern to achieve optimal exchange of bioavailable nitrogen and reduced carbon. The spacing between heterocysts is regulated by the activity of two developmental inhibitors: PatS and HetN. PatS functions to create a de novo pattern from a homogenous field of undifferentiated cells, while HetN maintains the pattern throughout subsequent growth...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784874/select-%C3%AE-arrestins-control-cell-surface-abundance-of-the-mammalian-kir2-1-potassium-channel-in-a-yeast-model
#18
Natalie A Hager, Collin J Krasowski, Timothy D Mackie, Alexander R Kolb, Patrick G Needham, Andrew A Augustine, Alison Dempsey, Christopher Szent-Gyorgyi, Marcel P Bruchez, Daniel J Bain, Adam V Kwiatkowski, Allyson F O'Donnell, Jeffrey L Brodsky
Protein composition at the plasma membrane is tightly regulated, with rapid protein internalization and selective targeting to the cell surface occurring in response to environmental changes. For example, ion channels are dynamically relocalized to or from the plasma membrane in response to physiological alterations, allowing cells and organisms to maintain osmotic and salt homeostasis. To identify additional factors that regulate the selective trafficking of a specific ion channel, we used a yeast model for a mammalian potassium channel, the K+ inwardly rectifying channel Kir2...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784863/the-gpi-transamidase-complex-subunit-pbgpi16-of-plasmodium-berghei-is-important-for-inducing-experimental-cerebral-malaria
#19
Qingyang Liu, Yan Zhao, Li Zheng, Xiaotong Zhu, Liwang Cui, Yaming Cao
In animal models of experimental cerebral malaria (ECM), the glycosylphosphatidylinositols (GPIs) and GPI anchors are the major factors that induce nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) activation and proinflammatory responses, which contribute to malaria pathogenesis. GPIs and GPI anchors are transported to the cell surface via a process called GPI transamidation, which involves the GPI transamidase (GPI-T) complex. In this study, we showed that GPI16, one of the GPI-T subunits, is highly conserved among Plasmodium species...
May 21, 2018: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784862/antibodies-to-icam1-binding-pfemp1-dbl%C3%AE-are-biomarkers-of-protective-immunity-to-malaria-in-a-cohort-of-young-children-from-papua-new-guinea
#20
Sofonias K Tessema, Digjaya Utama, Olga Chesnokov, Anthony N Hodder, Clara S Lin, G L Abby Harrison, Jakob S Jespersen, Bent Petersen, Livingstone Tavul, Peter Siba, Dominic Kwiatkowski, Thomas Lavstsen, Diana S Hansen, Andrew V Oleinikov, Ivo Mueller, Alyssa E Barry
Plasmodium falciparum Erythrocyte Membrane Protein 1 (PfEMP1) mediates parasite sequestration to the cerebral microvasculature via binding of DBLβ domains to Intercellular Adhesion Molecule 1 (ICAM1) and is associated with severe cerebral malaria. In a cohort of 187 young children from Papua New Guinea (PNG), we examined baseline antibody levels to the ICAM1-binding PfEMP1 domain, DBLβ3PF11_0521 , in comparison to four control antigens including NTS-DBLα and CIDR1 domains from another group A variant and a group B/C variant...
May 21, 2018: Infection and Immunity
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