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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222489/characterization-of-a-novel-signal-transducer-element-intrinsic-to-class-iiia-b-adenylate-cyclases-and-guanylate-cyclases
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Miriam Ziegler, Jens Bassler, Stephanie Beltz, Anita Schultz, Andrei N Lupas, Joachim E Schultz
Adenylate cyclases (ACs) are signalling proteins that produce the second messenger cAMP. Class III ACs comprises four groups (class IIIa-d); of these, class IIIa and IIIb ACs have been identified in bacteria and eukaryotes. Many class IIIa ACs are anchored to membranes via hexahelical domains. In eukaryotic ACs, membrane anchors are well conserved, suggesting that this region possesses important functional characteristics that are as yet unknown. To address this question, we replaced the hexahelical membrane anchor of the mycobacterial AC Rv1625c by the hexahelical quorum-sensing receptor from Legionella, LqsS...
February 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222350/a-thdreb-gene-from-tamarix-hispida-improved-the-salt-and-drought-tolerance-of-transgenic-tobacco-and-t-%C3%A2-hispida
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Guiyan Yang, Lili Yu, Kaimin Zhang, Yulin Zhao, Yucong Guo, Caiqiu Gao
Dehydration-responsive element-binding (DREB) transcription factors are important abiotic stress tolerance related genes, and some reports on the roles of DREB have primarily addressed herbal plants. To explore the abiotic stress tolerance role of DREB (ThDREB) from Tamarix hispida, a ThDREB gene with a complete ORF of 783 bp that encodes a 28.74 kDa protein with 260 amino acids, was isolated and functionally annotated. ThDREB expression was highly induced by NaCl, PEG, NaHCO3 and CdCl2 treatments, and the highest expression level (369...
February 10, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222263/reaction-mechanism-of-covalent-modification-of-phosphatidylethanolamine-lipids-by-reactive-aldehydes-4-hydroxy-2-nonenal-and-4-oxo-2-nonenal
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Katarina Vazdar, Danijela Vojta, Davor Margetić, Mario Vazdar
4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (HNE) and 4-oxo-2-nonenal (ONE) are biologically important reactive aldehydes formed during oxidative stress in phospholipid bilayers. They are highly reactive species due to presence of several reaction centers and can react with amino acids in peptides and proteins, as well as phosphoethanolamine (PE) lipids, thus modifying their biological activity. The aim of this work is to study in a molecular detail the reactivity of HNE and ONE towards PE lipids in a simplified system containing only lipids and reactive aldehydes in dichloromethane as an inert solvent...
February 21, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222195/autoantibodies-against-mono-and-tri-methylated-lysine-display-similar-but-also-distinctive-characteristics
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Zhiqiang Wang, Younan Ma, Fan Liu, Linjie Chen, Ruitong Gao, Wei Zhang
Autoantibodies can be either harmful or beneficial to the body. The beneficial autoantibodies play important roles in immunosurveillance, clearance of body waste and maintenance of immune homeostasis. Despite their importance, however, people's knowledge on the protective autoantibodies is still very limited. In the current study, we examined two autoantibodies that recognized epitopes with only one amino acid. One was against mono-methylated lysine (Kme) and the other was against tri-methylated lysine (Kme3)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221753/structure-activity-relationships-of-the-competence-stimulating-peptides-csps-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae-reveal-motifs-critical-for-intra-group-and-cross-group-comd-receptor-activation
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Yifang Yang, Bimal Koirala, Lucia A Sanchez, Naiya R Phillips, Sally R Hamry, Yftah Tal-Gan
Streptococcus pneumoniae is a highly recombinogenic human pathogen that utilizes the competence stimulating peptide (CSP)-based quorum sensing (QS) circuitry to acquire antibiotic resistance genes from the environment and initiate its attack on the human host. Modulation of QS in this bacterium, either inhibition or activation, can therefore be used to attenuate S. pneumoniae infectivity and slow down pneumococcal resistance development. In this study we set to determine the molecular mechanism that drives CSP:receptor binding and identify CSP-based QS modulators with distinct activity profiles...
February 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221718/quantitative-analysis-of-shigella-flexneri-protein-expression-under-acid-stress
#6
Kaiwen Yu, Zhen Wang, Fan Zhou, Jiezhang Jiang, Yanhua Liu, Mo Hu, Xiaoyun Liu
As an important foodborne pathogen, Shigella flexneri can cause widespread enteric infection with bacteria as few as hundreds. This is, at least in part, attributed to its robust anti-acid strategies because passage through the highly acidic human digestive tract is a prerequisite for successful bacterial infection. Nevertheless, our understanding of these mechanisms and the impact of acid stress on Shigella protein expression still remains largely incomplete. Herein we conducted a proteomic survey of Shigella spp...
February 21, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221698/monoprotected-l-amino-acid-l-mpaa-accelerated-bromination-chlorination-and-iodination-of-c-sp2-h-bonds-by-iridium-iii-catalysis
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Subban Kathiravan, Ian A Nicholls
Halogenated arenes are important structural motifs commonly found in biologically active molecules and used for a variety of transformations in organic synthesis. Herein, we report the mono-protected L-amino acid (L-MPAA) accelerated iridium(III) catalyzed halogenation of (hetero)anilides at room temperature. This reaction constitutes the first example of an iridium(III)/L-MPAA catalyzed general halogenation of (hetero)arenes through C(sp2)-H activation. Furthermore, we demonstrate the potential utility of our method through its use in the synthesis a quinolone derivative...
February 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221344/chemoproteomic-profiling-and-discovery-of-protein-electrophiles-in-human-cells
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Megan L Matthews, Lin He, Benjamin D Horning, Erika J Olson, Bruno E Correia, John R Yates, Philip E Dawson, Benjamin F Cravatt
Activity-based protein profiling (ABPP) serves as a chemical proteomic platform to discover and characterize functional amino acids in proteins on the basis of their enhanced reactivity towards small-molecule probes. This approach, to date, has mainly targeted nucleophilic functional groups, such as the side chains of serine and cysteine, using electrophilic probes. Here we show that 'reverse-polarity' (RP)-ABPP using clickable, nucleophilic hydrazine probes can capture and identify protein-bound electrophiles in cells...
March 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221244/hla-amino-acid-polymorphisms-and-kidney-allograft-survival
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Malek Kamoun, Keith P McCullough, Martin Maiers, Marcelo A Fernandez Vina, Hongzhe Li, Valerie Teal, Alan B Leichtman, Robert M Merion
BACKGROUND: The association of HLA mismatching with kidney allograft survival has been well established. We examined whether amino acid mismatches at the antigen recognition site of HLA molecules represent independent and incremental risk factors for kidney graft failure (GF) beyond those mismatches assessed at the antigenic (2-digit) specificity. METHODS: Data on 240,024 kidney transplants performed between 1987 and 2009 were obtained from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients...
February 18, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221101/identification-of-a-novel-epitope-in-the-c-terminus-of-hcv-e2-protein-that-induces-potent-and-cross-reactive-neutralizing-antibodies
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Soma Das, Ranajoy Mullick, Anuj Kumar, Himani Tandon, Mihika Bose, K Gouthamchandra, Madhavi Chandra, Bagepally Ravishankar, M N Khaja, Narayanaswamy Srinivasan, Saumitra Das, Shaila Melkote Subbarao, Anjali Anoop Karande
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a leading cause of chronic viral hepatitis, but an effective vaccine is still not available to prevent infection. Use of neutralizing antibodies could be a potential therapeutic option. In this study, presence of anti-HCV antibodies in HCV-infected patients' was assessed from 50 patients and examined for the presence of neutralizing antibodies using the 'hepatitis C virus like particles'. Antibodies from two samples exhibited significant inhibitory activity suggesting that these may neutralize viral infection...
February 3, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221080/blockade-of-glutamatergic-transmission-in-the-primate-basolateral-amygdala-suppresses-active-behavior-without-altering-social-interaction
#11
Patrick A Forcelli, Laurie L Wellman, Ludise Malkova
The amygdala is an integrator of affective processing, and a key component of a network regulating social behavior. While decades of lesion studies in nonhuman primates have shown alterations in social interactions after amygdala damage, acute manipulations of the amygdala in primates have been underexplored. We recently reported (Wellman, Forcelli, Aguilar, & Malkova, 2016) that acute pharmacological inhibition of the basolateral complex of the amygdala (BLA) or the central nucleus of the amygdala increased affiliative social interactions in experimental dyads of macaques; this was achieved through microinjection of a GABA-A receptor agonist...
February 20, 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220920/tetradecanuclearity-in-3d-4f-chemistry-relaxation-and-magnetocaloric-effects-in-niln-species
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Angelos B Canaj, Dimitris A Kalofolias, Milosz Siczek, Tadeusz Lis, Robbie McNab, Giulia Lorusso, Ross Inglis, Marco Evangelisti, Constantinos J Milios
The employment of 2-amino-isobutyric acid, Haib, and 2-hydroxy-1-naphthaldehyde, Hnaphth, in Ni(II)/Ln(III) chemistry has led to the isolation and characterization of two new isostructural 3d-4f tetradecanuclear [NiLn] clusters (Ln = Gd(III), Dy(III)), with the Dy analogue displaying temperature and frequency dependent out-of-phase signals, and the Gd analogue showing interesting magnetocaloric properties.
February 21, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220887/mass-spectrometric-analysis-of-trpm6-and-trpm7-phosphorylation-reveals-regulatory-mechanisms-of-the-channel-kinases
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Na Cai, Zhiyong Bai, Vikas Nanda, Loren W Runnels
TRPM7 and TRPM6 were the first identified bifunctional channels to contain their own kinase domains, but how these channel-kinases are regulated is poorly understood. Previous studies identified numerous phosphorylation sites on TRPM7, but very little is known about TRPM6 phosphorylation or sites on TRPM7 transphosphorylated by TRPM6. Our mass spectrometric analysis of homomeric and heteromeric TRPM7 and TRPM6 channels identified phosphorylation sites on both proteins, as well as several prominent sites on TRPM7 that are commonly modified through autophosphorylation and transphosphorylation by TRPM6...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220863/engineering-botulinum-neurotoxin-c1-as-a-molecular-vehicle-for-intra-neuronal-drug-delivery
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Edwin J Vazquez-Cintron, Phillip H Beske, Luis Tenezaca, Bao Q Tran, Jonathan M Oyler, Elliot J Glotfelty, Christopher A Angeles, Aurelia Syngkon, Jean Mukherjee, Suzanne R Kalb, Philip A Band, Patrick M McNutt, Charles B Shoemaker, Konstantin Ichtchenko
Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) binds to and internalizes its light chain into presynaptic compartments with exquisite specificity. While the native toxin is extremely lethal, bioengineering of BoNT has the potential to eliminate toxicity without disrupting neuron-specific targeting, thereby creating a molecular vehicle capable of delivering therapeutic cargo into the neuronal cytosol. Building upon previous work, we have developed an atoxic derivative (ad) of BoNT/C1 through rationally designed amino acid substitutions in the metalloprotease domain of wild type (wt) BoNT/C1...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220789/stim1-activates-crac-channels-through-rotation-of-the-pore-helix-to-open-a-hydrophobic-gate
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Megumi Yamashita, Priscilla S-W Yeung, Christopher E Ing, Beth A McNally, Régis Pomès, Murali Prakriya
Store-operated Ca(2+) release-activated Ca(2+) (CRAC) channels constitute a major pathway for Ca(2+) influx and mediate many essential signalling functions in animal cells, yet how they open remains elusive. Here, we investigate the gating mechanism of the human CRAC channel Orai1 by its activator, stromal interacting molecule 1 (STIM1). We find that two rings of pore-lining residues, V102 and F99, work together to form a hydrophobic gate. Mutations of these residues to polar amino acids produce channels with leaky gates that conduct ions in the resting state...
February 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220771/expanding-the-genetic-code-of-mus-musculus
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Songmi Han, Aerin Yang, Soonjang Lee, Han-Woong Lee, Chan Bae Park, Hee-Sung Park
Here we report the expansion of the genetic code of Mus musculus with various unnatural amino acids including N(ɛ)-acetyl-lysine. Stable integration of transgenes encoding an engineered N(ɛ)-acetyl-lysyl-tRNA synthetase (AcKRS)/tRNA(Pyl) pair into the mouse genome enables site-specific incorporation of unnatural amino acids into a target protein in response to the amber codon. We demonstrate temporal and spatial control of protein acetylation in various organs of the transgenic mouse using a recombinant green fluorescent protein (GFPuv) as a model protein...
February 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220706/human-cannabinoid-receptor-2-ligand-interaction-motif-transmembrane-helix-2-cysteine-c2-59-89-as-determinant-of-classical-cannabinoid-agonist-activity-and-binding-pose
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Han Zhou, Yan Peng, Aneetha Halikhedkar, Pusheng Fan, David R Janero, Ganesh A Thakur, Richard Warren Mercier, Xin Sun, Xiaoyu Ma, Alexandros Makriyannis
Cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2R)-dependent signaling is implicated in neuronal physiology and immune surveillance by brain microglia. Selective CB2R agonists hold therapeutic promise for inflammatory and other neurological disorders. Information on human CB2R (hCB2R) ligand-binding and functional domains is needed to inform the rational design and optimization of candidate drug-like hCB2R agonists. Prior demonstration that hCB2R transmembrane helix 2 (TMH2) cysteine C2.59(89) reacts with small-molecule methanethiosulfonates showed that this cysteine residue is accessible to sulfhydryl derivatization reagents...
February 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220693/aroma-precursors-in-grapes-and-wine-flavor-release-during-wine-production-and-consumption
#18
Mango Parker, Dimitra L Capone, I Leigh Francis, Markus J Herderich
Pioneering investigations into precursors to fruity and floral flavors established the importance of terpenoid and C13-norisoprenoid glycosides to the flavor of aromatic wines. Nowadays flavor precursors in grapes and wine are known to be structurally diverse, encompassing glycosides; amino acid conjugates; odorless volatiles; hydroxycinnamic acids and many others. Flavor precursors mainly originate in the grape berry, but also from oak or other materials involved in winemaking. Flavors are released from precursors during crushing and subsequent production steps by enzymatic and non-enzymatic transformations, via microbial glycosidases; esterases; C-S lyases and decarboxylases; and through acid catalysed hydrolysis and chemical rearrangements...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220689/copper-nanocluster-enhanced-luminol-chemiluminescence-for-high-selectivity-sensing-of-tryptophan-and-phenylalanine
#19
Yasaman-Sadat Borghei, Morteza Hosseini, Mehdi Khoobi, Mohammad Reza Ganjali
A remarkable method for the highly sensitive detection of phenylalanine and tryptophan based on a chemiluminescence (CL) assay was reported. It was found that fluorescent copper nanoclusters capped with cysteine (Cys-CuNCs) strongly enhance the weak CL signal resulting from the reaction between luminol and H2 O2 . Of the amino acids tested, phenylalanine and tryptophan could enhance the above CL system sensitively. Under optimum conditions, this method was satisfactorily described by a linear calibration curve over a range of 1...
February 21, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220655/ppars-in-the-central-nervous-system-roles-in-neurodegeneration-and-neuroinflammation
#20
Juan M Zolezzi, Manuel J Santos, Sussy Bastías-Candia, Claudio Pinto, Juan A Godoy, Nibaldo C Inestrosa
Over 25 years have passed since peroxisome proliferators-activated receptors (PPARs), were first described. Like other members of the nuclear receptors superfamily, PPARs have been defined as critical sensors and master regulators of cellular metabolism. Recognized as ligand-activated transcription factors, they are involved in lipid, glucose and amino acid metabolism, taking part in different cellular processes, including cellular differentiation and apoptosis, inflammatory modulation and attenuation of acute and chronic neurological damage in vivo and in vitro...
February 20, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
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