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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551866/sequence-and-functional-analysis-of-intestinal-alkaline-phosphatase-from-lateolabrax-maculatus
#1
Minglin Wu, Jiaqi Wang, Zhipeng Wang, Jinliang Zhao, Yuting Hu, Xiaowu Chen
Alkaline phosphatases (Alps) belong to a class of phosphate transferases that dephosphorylate lipopolysaccharide (LPS), adenosine triphosphate, and nucleotides. In this study, a 1874-base pair (bp) intestinal alp cDNA sequence was cloned from Lateolabrax maculatus and designated as Lm-alpi. It contained a 1611 bp open reading frame which encoded a protein with 537 amino acids. Protein sequence alignment showed that Lm-AlpI shared 29.8-79.8% identity with its homologs. Lm-AlpI catalytic sites contained three metal ion sites (two Zn(2+) and one Mg(2+)), referring to D73, H184, D348, H349, H352, H464, D389, and H390 residues, which are essential for enzymatic activity and conservation in different organisms...
May 28, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551798/mitochondrial-proton-leak-plays-a-critical-role-in-pathogenesis-of-cardiovascular-diseases
#2
Jiali Cheng, Gayani Nanayakkara, Ying Shao, Ramon Cueto, Luqiao Wang, William Y Yang, Ye Tian, Hong Wang, Xiaofeng Yang
Mitochondrial proton leak is the principal mechanism that incompletely couples substrate oxygen to ATP generation. This chapter briefly addresses the recent progress made in understanding the role of proton leak in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases. Majority of the proton conductance is mediated by uncoupling proteins (UCPs) located in the mitochondrial inner membrane. It is evident that the proton leak and reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated from electron transport chain (ETC) in mitochondria are linked to each other...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551790/connexin-43-and-mitochondria-in-cardiovascular-health-and-disease
#3
Kerstin Boengler, Rainer Schulz
Connexin 43 (Cx43) is the major connexin protein in ventricular cardiomyocytes. Six Cx43 proteins assemble into so-called hemichannels at the sarcolemma and opposing hemichannels form gap junctions, which allow the passage of small molecules and electrical current flow between adjacent cells. Apart from its localization at the plasma membrane, Cx43 is also present in cardiomyocyte mitochondria, where it is important for mitochondrial function in terms of oxygen consumption and potassium fluxes. The expression of gap junctional and mitochondrial Cx43 is altered under several pathophysiological conditions among them are hypertension, hypertrophy, hypercholesterolemia, ischemia/reperfusion injury, post-infarction remodeling, and heart failure...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551785/mitochondria-in-ischemic-heart-disease
#4
L Maximilian Buja
A core feature of ischemic heart disease is injury to cardiomyocytes (CMC). Ischemic CMC manifest the molecular mechanisms to undergo the major forms of cell injury and death, namely, oncotic necrosis, necroptosis, apoptosis and unregulated autophagy. Important modulators of ischemic injury are reperfusion and conditioning. Mitochondria have a major role in mediating the injury to CMC through membrane protein complexes referred to as death channels. Apoptosis is mediated by activation of a channel regulated by the Bcl-2 protein family leading to mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization (MOMP)...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551776/targeted-deletion-of-aqp4-promotes-the-formation-of-astrocytic-gap-junctions
#5
Shirin Katoozi, Nadia Skauli, Soulmaz Rahmani, Laura M A Camassa, Henning B Boldt, Ole P Ottersen, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam
Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) is the predominant water channel in the brain and is expressed in high density in astrocytes. By fluxing water along osmotic gradients, AQP4 contributes to brain volume and ion homeostasis. Here we ask whether deletion of Aqp4 leads to upregulation of the gap junctional proteins connexin-43 (Cx43) and connexin-30 (Cx30). These molecules couple adjacent astrocytes to each other and allow water and ions to redistribute within the astrocyte syncytium. Immunogold analysis of parietal cortex and hippocampus showed that the number of gap junctions per capillary profile is increased in AQP4 knockout (AQP4 KO) mice...
May 27, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551747/damage-to-the-microbial-cell-membrane-during-pyrolytic-sugar-utilization-and-strategies-for-increasing-resistance
#6
Tao Jin, Marjorie R Rover, Elspeth M Petersen, Zhanyou Chi, Ryan G Smith, Robert C Brown, Zhiyou Wen, Laura R Jarboe
Lignocellulosic biomass is an appealing feedstock for the production of biorenewable fuels and chemicals, and thermochemical processing is a promising method for depolymerizing it into sugars. However, trace compounds in this pyrolytic sugar syrup are inhibitory to microbial biocatalysts. This study demonstrates that hydrophobic inhibitors damage the cell membrane of ethanologenic Escherichia coli KO11+lgk. Adaptive evolution was employed to identify design strategies for improving pyrolytic sugar tolerance and utilization...
May 27, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551637/17-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin-induced-changes-in-18-f-fluorothymidine-uptake
#7
Hang Jung Lee, DO Hyung Kim, Seung Jin Lee
The proliferation status of tumor cells can be imaged using [(18)F]fluorothymidine ([(18)F]FLT), which is trapped by cell cycle-dependent thymidine kinase 1 (TK1). Targeting of heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) disrupts multiple client proteins, leading to heterogeneous cell-cycle phenotypes. To investigate whether [(18)F]FLT uptake reflects the growth arrest caused by various mechanisms of HSP90 inhibition, we used HCT116 cells that were arrested at G0/G1 phase, and Hep3B cells at G2/M phase, by the HSP90 inhibitor 17-AAG...
June 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551635/enhanced-susceptibility-to-5-fluorouracil-in-human-colon-cancer-cells-by-silencing-of-grp78
#8
Seungpil Yun, Yong-Seok Han, Jun Hee Lee, Sangmin Kim, Sang Hun Lee
BACKGROUND: Glucose-regulated protein (GRP78), also known as immunoglobulin heavy chain binding protein and as heat shock 70 kDa protein 5, is present in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane. GRP78 is generally expressed at low concentrations, but is increased by physiological stress. GRP78 is thought to protect against tissue or organ damage under pathological conditions, such as neurotoxic stress, myocardial infarction, or arteriosclerosis. In addition, in tumors, GRP78 expression is much higher than in normal tissues...
June 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551523/digitonin-does-not-flip-across-cholesterol-poor-membranes
#9
Helen Y Fan, Heiko Heerklotz
Digitonin is commonly used to permeabilize cell membranes and solubilize membrane components. It interacts specifically with cholesterol in the membrane which leads to the formation of pores. Thus far, the mechanism by which digitonin interacts with the membrane has only been described qualitatively. We investigated this interaction in model membranes that contain little or no cholesterol with a combination of isothermal titration calorimetry, dynamic light scattering, and zeta potential measurements. Digitonin partitions fully asymmetrically into large unilamellar vesicles of phosphocholine (PC) lipid at 20°C (remaining in the outer leaflet only), with a partition coefficient of 0...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551413/applying-the-chicken-embryo-chorioallantoic-membrane-assay-to-study-treatment-approaches-in-urothelial-carcinoma
#10
Margaretha A Skowron, Anuja Sathe, Andrea Romano, Michèle J Hoffmann, Wolfgang A Schulz, Gommert A van Koeveringe, Peter Albers, Roman Nawroth, Günter Niegisch
BACKGROUND: Rapid development of novel treatment options demands valid preclinical screening models for urothelial carcinoma (UC). The translational value of high-throughput drug testing using 2-dimensional (2D) cultures is limited while for xenograft models handling efforts and costs often become prohibitive for larger-scale drug testing. Therefore, we investigated to which extent the chicken chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) assay might provide an alternative model to study antineoplastic treatment approaches for UC...
May 25, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551389/mutation-analysis-of-ctnnb1-gene-and-the-ras-pathway-genes-kras-nras-braf-and-pik3ca-in-eyelid-sebaceous-carcinomas
#11
Mi Jung Kwon, Eun Sook Nam, Seong Jin Cho, Hye-Rim Park, Soo Kee Min, Jinwon Seo, Ji-Young Choe
Sebaceous carcinoma (SC) represents a rare, aggressive eyelid malignancy with poor prognosis and is a possible component of Muir-Torre syndrome. However, genetic features as driver mutations or potential therapeutic targets are not fully elucidated. Recent a few studies have shown that SCs have concurrently multiple mutations including RAS/RAF/MAPK and PI3K/Akt pathways via next-generation sequencing in western population. Because we recently demonstrated absence of KRAS mutations in Korean eyelid SCs, we extended our previous study to the analysis of NRAS, BRAF, PIK3CA, and CTNNB1 mutations, and the examination of related protein expressions in 15 eyelid SCs...
March 1, 2017: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551285/insights-into-the-unique-torpor-of-botrylloides-leachi-a-colonial-urochordate
#12
Hyams Yosef, Paz Guy, Rabinowitz Claudette, Rinkevich Baruch
Rough environmental conditions make the survival of many multi-cellular organisms almost impossible, enforcing behavioral, morphological, physiological and reproductive rejoinders that can cope with harsh times and hostile environments, frequently through down-regulation of metabolism into basal states of dormancy, or torpor. This study examines one of the most unique torpor strategies seen within the phylum Chordata, exhibited by the colonial urochordate Botrylloides leachi, which enters a state of hibernation or aestivation in response to thermal stress, during which all of its functional colonial units (zooids) are entirely absorbed and the colony survives as small remnants of the vasculature, lacking both feeding and reproduction organs...
May 24, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551176/a-unique-mid-sequence-linker-used-to-multimerize-the-lipid-phosphatidylserine-ps-binding-peptide-peptoid-hybrid-pps1
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Satya Prakash Shukla, Joseph C Manarang, D Gomika Udugamasooriya
Ligand multimerizations enhance the binding affinity towards cell surface biomarkers through their avidity effects. Typical linkers connect individual monomeric ligand moieties from one end (e.g., C- or N-terminus of a peptide) and exclusively target protein receptors. The lipid phosphatidylserine (PS) is normally present on the cytoplasmic side of the eukaryotic cell membrane, but in tumors and tumor endothelial cells, this negatively charged PS flips to the outer layer. We recently reported a PS binding peptide-peptoid hybrid (PPS1) that has distinct positively charged and hydrophobic residue-containing regions...
May 19, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551077/lipopolysaccharide-detection-across-the-kingdoms-of-life
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Jonathan C Kagan
Studies in recent years have uncovered a diverse set of eukaryotic receptors that recognize lipopolysaccharide (LPS), the major outer-membrane component of Gram-negative bacteria. Indeed, Toll-like receptors, G-protein-coupled receptors, integrins, receptor-like kinases, and caspases have emerged as important LPS-interacting proteins. In this review, the mammalian receptors that detect LPS are described. I highlight how no host protein is involved in all LPS responses, but a single lipid (phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate) regulates many LPS responses, including endocytosis, phagocytosis, inflammation, and pyroptosis...
May 24, 2017: Trends in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550302/antigenicity-of-bovine-pericardium-determined-by-a-novel-immunoproteomic-approach
#15
Katherine V Gates, Ailsa J Dalgliesh, Leigh G Griffiths
Despite bovine pericardium (BP) being the primary biomaterial used in heart valve bioprostheses, recipient graft-specific immune responses remain a significant cause of graft failure. Consequently, tissue antigenicity remains the principal barrier for expanding use of such biomaterials in clinical practice. We hypothesize that our understanding of BP antigenicity can be improved by application of a combined affinity chromatography shotgun immunoproteomic approach to identify antigens that have previously been overlooked...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550293/stochastic-sensing-of-angiotensin-ii-with-lysenin-channels
#16
Nisha Shrestha, Sheenah L Bryant, Christopher Thomas, Devon Richtsmeier, Xinzhu Pu, Juliette Tinker, Daniel Fologea
The ability of pore-forming proteins to interact with various analytes has found vast applicability in single molecule sensing and characterization. In spite of their abundance in organisms from all kingdoms of life, only a few pore-forming proteins have been successfully reconstituted in artificial membrane systems for sensing purposes. Lysenin, a pore-forming toxin extracted from the earthworm E. fetida, inserts large conductance nanopores in lipid membranes containing sphingomyelin. Here we show that single lysenin channels may function as stochastic nanosensors by allowing the short cationic peptide angiotensin II to be electrophoretically driven through the conducting pathway...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550165/the-clasp2-protein-interaction-network-in-adipocytes-links-clip2-to-agap3-clasp2-to-g2l1-mark2-and-soga1-and-identifies-soga1-as-a-microtubule-associated-protein
#17
Rikke Kruse, James Krantz, Natalie Barker, Richard Coletta, Ruslan Rafikov, Moulun Luo, Kurt Hoejlund, Lawrence J Mandarino, Paul R Langlais
CLASP2 is a microtubule-associated protein that undergoes insulin-stimulated phosphorylation and co-localization with reorganized actin and GLUT4 at the plasma membrane. To gain insight to the role of CLASP2 in this system, we developed and successfully executed a streamlined interactome approach and built a CLASP2 protein network in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Using two different commercially available antibodies for CLASP2 and an antibody for epitope-tagged, overexpressed CLASP2, we performed multiple affinity purification coupled with mass spectrometry (AP-MS) experiments in combination with label-free quantitative proteomics and analyzed the data with the bioinformatics tool Significance Analysis of Interactome (SAINT)...
May 26, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550152/er-plasma-membrane-contact-sites-contribute-to-autophagosome-biogenesis-by-regulation-of-local-pi3p-synthesis
#18
Anna Chiara Nascimbeni, Francesca Giordano, Nicolas Dupont, Daniel Grasso, Maria I Vaccaro, Patrice Codogno, Etienne Morel
The double-membrane-bound autophagosome is formed by the closure of a structure called the phagophore, origin of which is still unclear. The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is clearly implicated in autophagosome biogenesis due to the presence of the omegasome subdomain positive for DFCP1, a phosphatidyl-inositol-3-phosphate (PI3P) binding protein. Contribution of other membrane sources, like the plasma membrane (PM), is still difficult to integrate in a global picture. Here we show that ER-plasma membrane contact sites are mobilized for autophagosome biogenesis, by direct implication of the tethering extended synaptotagmins (E-Syts) proteins...
May 26, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550122/the-blood-borne-sialyltransferase-st6gal-1-is-a-negative-systemic-regulator-of-granulopoiesis
#19
Christopher W L Dougher, Alexander Buffone, Michael J Nemeth, Mehrab Nasirikenari, Eric E Irons, Paul N Bogner, Joseph T Y Lau
Responding to systemic demands in producing and replenishing end-effector blood cells is predicated on the appropriate delivery and interpretation of extrinsic signals to the HSPCs. The data presented herein implicate the systemic, extracellular form of the glycosyltransferase ST6Gal-1 in the regulation of late-stage neutrophil development. ST6Gal-1 is typically a membrane-bound enzyme sequestered within the intracellular secretory apparatus, but an extracellular form is released into the blood from the liver...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550110/trpm8-inhibits-endothelial-cell-migration-via-a-non-channel-function-by-trapping-the-small-gtpase-rap1
#20
Tullio Genova, Guillaume P Grolez, Chiara Camillo, Michela Bernardini, Alexandre Bokhobza, Elodie Richard, Marco Scianna, Loic Lemonnier, Donatella Valdembri, Luca Munaron, Mark R Philips, Virginie Mattot, Guido Serini, Natalia Prevarskaya, Dimitra Gkika, Alessandra Fiorio Pla
Endothelial cell adhesion and migration are critical steps of the angiogenic process, whose dysfunction is associated with tumor growth and metastasis. The TRPM8 channel has recently been proposed to play a protective role in prostate cancer by impairing cell motility. However, the mechanisms by which it could influence vascular behavior are unknown. Here, we reveal a novel non-channel function for TRPM8 that unexpectedly acts as a Rap1 GTPase inhibitor, thereby inhibiting endothelial cell motility, independently of pore function...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
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