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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922193/phagocytosis-of-collagen-fibrils-by-fibroblasts-in-vivo-is-independent-of-the-uparap-endo180-receptor
#1
Sara Sprangers, Niels Behrendt, Lars Engelholm, Yixuan Cao, Vincent Everts
As a crucial step in ECM remodeling, collagen degradation occurs through different processes, including both extracellular and intracellular degradation. The extracellular pathways of collagen degradation require secretion of collagenolytic proteases, whereas intracellular collagen degradation occurs in the lysosomal compartment after uptake, involving either pre-cleaved or intact fibrillar collagen. The endocytic collagen receptor uPARAP/Endo180 plays an important role in internalization of large collagen degradation products, whereas its role in the phagocytosis of fibrillar collagen has been debated...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922050/identification-and-structural-characterization-of-the-n-terminal-amyloid-core-of-orb2-isoform-a
#2
Silvia A Cervantes, Thalia H Bajakian, Maria A Soria, Alexander S Falk, Rachel J Service, Ralf Langen, Ansgar B Siemer
Orb2 is a functional amyloid that plays a key role in Drosophila long-term memory formation. Orb2 has two isoforms that differ in their N-termini. The N-terminus of the A isoform (Orb2A) that precedes its Q-rich prion-like domain has been shown to be important for Orb2 aggregation and long-term memory. However, besides the fact that it forms fibrillar aggregates, structural information of Orb2 is largely absent. To understand the importance of the N-terminus of Orb2A and its relation to the fibril core, we recorded solid-state NMR and EPR data on fibrils formed by the first 88 residues of Orb2A (Orb2A88)...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921029/nanoscale-structure-and-spectroscopic-probing-of-a%C3%AE-1-40-fibril-bundle-formation
#3
Katarzyna M Psonka-Antonczyk, Per Hammarström, Leif B G Johansson, Mikael Lindgren, Bjørn T Stokke, K Peter R Nilsson, Sofie Nyström
Amyloid plaques composed of fibrillar Amyloid-β (Aβ) are hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease. However, Aβ fibrils are morphologically heterogeneous. Conformation sensitive luminescent conjugated oligothiophenes (LCOs) are versatile tools for monitoring such fibril polymorphism in vivo and in vitro. Biophysical methods applied on in vitro generated Aβ fibrils, stained with LCOs with different binding and fluorescence properties, can be used to characterize the Aβ fibrillation in depth, far beyond that possible for in vivo generated amyloid plaques...
2016: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920201/the-streptococcus-gordonii-adhesin-csha-binds-host-fibronectin-via-a-catch-clamp-mechanism
#4
Catherine R Back, Maryta N Sztukowska, Marisa Till, Richard J Lamont, Howard F Jenkinson, Angela H Nobbs, Paul R Race
Adherence of bacteria to biotic or abiotic surfaces is a prerequisite for host colonization and represents an important step in microbial pathogenicity. This attachment is facilitated by bacterial adhesins at the cell surface. Due to their size and often elaborate multi-domain architectures, these polypeptides represent challenging targets for detailed structural and functional characterization. The multifunctional fibrillar adhesin CshA, which mediates binding to both host molecules and other microorganisms, is an important determinant of colonisation by Streptococcus gordonii, an oral commensal and opportunistic pathogen of animals and humans...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918043/thermoresponsive-structured-emulsions-based-on-the-fibrillar-self-assembly-of-natural-saponin-glycyrrhizic-acid
#5
Zhili Wan, Yingen Sun, Lulu Ma, Jian Guo, Jinmei Wang, Shouwei Yin, Xiaoquan Yang
We report the novel use of the naturally occurring saponin, glycyrrhizic acid (GA) as a structuring material to transform liquid oil into a soft-solid structured emulsion system. The GA nanofibrils from the anisotropic self-assembly of GA molecules were first used as stabilizers to fabricate olive oil-in-water emulsions using a facile one-step emulsification at high temperature. Then, the obtained emulsions were further self-organized into the emulsion gel by applying a subsequent cooling to trigger the gel network formation, which is mostly due to the enhanced noncovalent interactions among GA fibrils in the continuous phase as well as at the droplet surface...
December 5, 2016: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914265/automated-quantification-of-three-dimensional-organization-of-fiber-like-structures-in-biological-tissues
#6
Zhiyi Liu, Dimitra Pouli, Disha Sood, Aswin Sundarakrishnan, Carrie K Hui Mingalone, Lisa M Arendt, Carlo Alonzo, Kyle P Quinn, Charlotte Kuperwasser, Li Zeng, Thomas Schnelldorfer, David L Kaplan, Irene Georgakoudi
Fiber-like structures are prevalent in biological tissues, yet quantitative approaches to assess their three-dimensional (3D) organization are lacking. We develop 3D directional variance, as a quantitative biomarker of truly 3D fibrillar organization by extending the directional statistics formalism developed for describing circular data distributions (i.e. when 0° and 360° are equivalent) to axial ones (i.e. when 0° and 180° are equivalent). Significant advantages of this analysis include its time efficiency, sensitivity and ability to provide quantitative readouts of organization over different size scales of a given data set...
November 25, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911312/increased-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-2-in-the-neocortex-of-alzheimer-s-disease-and-dementia-with-lewy-bodies-is%C3%A2-correlated-with-disease-severity-and%C3%A2-soluble-a%C3%AE-42-load
#7
Joyce R Chong, Yuek Ling Chai, Jasinda H Lee, David Howlett, Johannes Attems, Clive G Ballard, Dag Aarsland, Paul T Francis, Christopher P Chen, Mitchell K P Lai
BACKGROUND: Of the three transforming growth factor (TGF)-β isoforms known, TGFβ1 deficits have been widely reported in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and studied as a potential therapeutic target. In contrast, the status of TGFβ2, which has been shown to mediate amyloid-β (Aβ)-mediated neuronal death, are unclear both in AD and in Lewy body dementias (LBD) with differential neuritic plaque and neurofibrillary tangle burden. OBJECTIVE: To measure neocortical TGFβ2 levels and their correlations with neuropathological and clinical markers of disease severity in a well-characterized cohort of AD as well as two clinical subtypes of LBD, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD), known to manifest relatively high and low Aβ plaque burden, respectively...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908246/inhibition-of-chaperonin-groel-by-a-monomer-of-ovine-prion-protein-and-its-oligomeric-forms
#8
S S Kudryavtseva, Y Y Stroylova, I A Zanyatkin, T Haertle, V I Muronetz
The possibility of inhibition of chaperonin functional activity by amyloid proteins was studied. It was found that the ovine prion protein PrP as well as its oligomeric and fibrillar forms are capable of binding with the chaperonin GroEL. Besides, GroEL was shown to promote amyloid aggregation of the monomeric and oligomeric PrP as well as PrP fibrils. The monomeric PrP was shown to inhibit the GroEL-assisted reactivation of the glycolytic enzyme glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH). The oligomers of PrP decelerate the GroEL-assisted reactivation of GAPDH, and PrP fibrils did not affect this process...
October 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904575/alpha-synuclein-structure-functions-and-interactions
#9
REVIEW
Fatemeh Nouri Emamzadeh
At present, when a clinical diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD) is made, serious damage has already been done to nerve cells of the substantia nigra pars compacta. The diagnosis of PD in its earlier stages, before this irreversible damage, would be of enormous benefit for future treatment strategies designed to slow or halt the progression of this disease that possibly prevents accumulation of toxic aggregates. As a molecular biomarker for the detection of PD in its earlier stages, alpha-synuclein (α-syn), which is a key component of Lewy bodies, in which it is found in an aggregated and fibrillar form, has attracted considerable attention...
2016: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901087/polymorphism-of-fibrillar-structures-depending-on-the-size-of-assembled-a%C3%AE-17-42-peptides
#10
Mookyung Cheon, Mooseok Kang, Iksoo Chang
The size of assembled Aβ17-42 peptides can determine polymorphism during oligomerization and fibrillization, but the mechanism of this effect is unknown. Starting from separate random monomers, various fibrillar oligomers with distinct structural characteristics were identified using discontinuous molecular dynamics simulations based on a coarse-grained protein model. From the structures observed in the simulations, two characteristic oligomer sizes emerged, trimer and paranuclei, which generated distinct structural patterns during fibrillization...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901068/nanomechanical-properties-of-distinct-fibrillar-polymorphs-of-the-protein-%C3%AE-synuclein
#11
Ali Makky, Luc Bousset, Jérôme Polesel-Maris, Ronald Melki
Alpha-synuclein (α-Syn) is a small presynaptic protein of 140 amino acids. Its pathologic intracellular aggregation within the central nervous system yields protein fibrillar inclusions named Lewy bodies that are the hallmarks of Parkinson's disease (PD). In solution, pure α-Syn adopts an intrinsically disordered structure and assembles into fibrils that exhibit considerable morphological heterogeneity depending on their assembly conditions. We recently established tightly controlled experimental conditions allowing the assembly of α-Syn into highly homogeneous and pure polymorphs...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900617/new-and-evolving-concepts-regarding-the-prognosis-and-treatment-of-cardiac-amyloidosis
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REVIEW
Stefano Perlini, Roberta Mussinelli, Francesco Salinaro
Systemic amyloidoses are rare and proteiform diseases, caused by extracellular accumulation of insoluble misfolded fibrillar proteins. Prognosis is dictated by cardiac involvement, which is especially frequent in light chain (AL) and in transthyretin variants (ATTR, both mutated, (ATTRm), and wild-type, (ATTRwt)). Recently, ATTRwt has emerged as a potentially relevant cause of a heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Cardiac amyloidosis is an archetypal example of restrictive cardiomyopathy, with signs and symptoms of global heart failure and diastolic dysfunction...
November 29, 2016: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898103/glyoxalase-1-knockdown-in-human-aortic-endothelial-cells-effect-on-the-proteome-and-endothelial-function-estimates
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Bernd Stratmann, Britta Engelbrecht, Britta C Espelage, Nadine Klusmeier, Janina Tiemann, Thomas Gawlowski, Yvonne Mattern, Martin Eisenacher, Helmut E Meyer, Naila Rabbani, Paul J Thornalley, Diethelm Tschoepe, Gereon Poschmann, Kai Stühler
Methylglyoxal (MG), an arginine-directed glycating agent, is implicated in diabetic late complications. MG is detoxified by glyoxalase 1 (GLO1) of the cytosolic glyoxalase system. The aim was to investigate the effects of MG accumulation by GLO1-knockdown under hyperglycaemic conditions in human aortic endothelial cells (HAECs) hypothesizing that the accumulation of MG accounts for the deleterious effects on vascular function. SiRNA-mediated knockdown of GLO1 was performed and MG concentrations were determined...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897371/structural-rearrangement-from-oligomer-to-fibril-detected-with-fret-in-a-designed-amphiphilic-peptide
#14
Heng Chi, Timothy A Keiderling
ß-sheet conformation is promoted in peptides with amphiphilic design, and stable ß-turn formation is favored with the unnatural amino acid DPro followed by a flexible residue, such as Gly. A 19-residue peptide (B3) was synthesized with alternating hydrophobic and hydrophilic residues connected by symmetrical DPro-Gly and Gly-DPro turns. B3 forms an oligomeric aggregate, rich in ß-sheet conformation, which reversibly transforms into unordered structure on heating as evidenced by its temperature dependent IR spectra...
November 29, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894619/expression-of-pro-fibrotic-and-anti-fibrotic-molecules-in-dimethylnitrosamine-induced-hepatic-fibrosis
#15
Roberta Sferra, Antonella Vetuschi, Simona Pompili, Eugenio Gaudio, Silvia Speca, Giovanni Latella
BACKGROUND: Hepatic fibrosis is characterized by a progressive accumulation of fibrillar extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, produced by activated myofibroblasts which are modulated by both profibrotic and antifibrotic factors. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate in vivo the expression of pro-fibrotic molecules like avβ6 integrin, transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β), Smad3, connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) and mammalian target of Rapamycin (mTOR), as well as anti-fibrotic peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPARγ) in an experimental model of chronic hepatitis-associated fibrosis induced by intraperitoneal administration of dimethylnitrosamine (DMN) in mice...
November 11, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892477/nanomolar-oligomerization-and-selective-co-aggregation-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-pathogenic-mutants-revealed-by-single-molecule-fluorescence
#16
Emma Sierecki, Nichole Giles, Quill Bowden, Mark E Polinkovsky, Janina Steinbeck, Nicholas Arrioti, Diya Rahman, Akshay Bhumkar, Philip R Nicovich, Ian Ross, Robert G Parton, Till Böcking, Yann Gambin
Protein aggregation is a hallmark of many neurodegenerative diseases, notably Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is characterized by the presence of Lewy bodies, abnormal aggregates mainly composed of α-synuclein. Moreover, cases of familial Parkinson's disease have been linked to mutations in α-synuclein. In this study, we compared the behavior of wild-type (WT) α-synuclein and five of its pathological mutants (A30P, E46K, H50Q, G51D and A53T). To this end, single-molecule fluorescence detection was coupled to cell-free protein expression to measure precisely the oligomerization of proteins without purification, denaturation or labelling steps...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885831/a-bioinspired-ultraporous-nanofiber-hydrogel-mimic-of-the-cartilage-extracellular-matrix
#17
Florian A Formica, Ece Öztürk, Samuel C Hess, Wendelin J Stark, Katharina Maniura-Weber, Markus Rottmar, Marcy Zenobi-Wong
A true biomimetic of the cartilage extracellular matrix (ECM) could greatly contribute to our ability to regenerate this tissue in a mechanically demanding, often inflamed environment. Articular cartilage is a composite tissue made of cells and fibrillar proteins embedded in a hydrophilic polymeric meshwork. Here, a polyanionic functionalized alginate is used to mimic the glycosaminoglycan component of the native ECM. To create the fibrillar component, cryoelectrospinning of poly(ε-caprolactone) on a -78 °C mandrel, subsequently treated by O2 plasma, is used to create a stable, ultraporous and hydrophillic nanofiber network...
November 25, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884058/efficiency-of-silencing-rna-for-removal-of-transthyretin-v30m-in-a-ttr-leptomeningeal-animal-model
#18
Paula Gonçalves, Helena Martins, Susete Costelha, Luis F Maia, Maria Joao Saraiva
Some TTR mutants target the central nervous system (CNS). Familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) with leptomeningeal involvement has been described in 9% of transthyretin (TTR) mutations and in valine for methionine at position 30 (V30M) patients. These individuals present dementia, ataxia, brain hemorrhages and focal neurological episodes (FNEs). FNEs occurred also in V30M FAP patients with longer disease duration, who have undergone liver transplant to remove the source of plasma mutant TTR as a form of treatment...
December 2016: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883989/recombinant-anthrax-protective-antigen-observation-of-aggregation-phenomena-by-tem-reveals-specific-effects-of-sterols
#19
J Robin Harris, Andrei Soliakov, Allan Watkinson, Jeremy H Lakey
Negatively stained transmission electron microscope images are presented that depict the aggregation of recombinant anthrax protective antigen (rPA83 monomer and the PA63 prepore oligomer) under varying in vitro biochemical conditions. Heat treatment (50°C) of rPA83 produced clumped fibrils, but following heating the PA63 prepore formed disordered aggregates. Freeze-thaw treatment of the PA63 prepore generated linear flexuous aggregates of the heptameric oligomers. Aqueous suspensions of cholesterol microcrystals were shown to bind small rPA83 aggregates at the edges of the planar bilayers...
November 15, 2016: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881411/three-distinct-cell-populations-express-extracellular-matrix-proteins-and-increase-in-number-during-skeletal-muscle-fibrosis
#20
Mark A Chapman, Kavitha Mukund, Shankar Subramaniam, David Brenner, Richard L Lieber
Tissue extracellular matrix provides structural support and creates unique environments for resident cells. However, the identities of cells responsible for creating specific ECM components have not been determined. In striated muscle, the identity of these cells becomes important in disease when ECM changes result in fibrosis and subsequent increased tissue stiffness and dysfunction. Here we describe a novel approach to isolate and identify cells that maintain the ECM in both healthy and fibrotic muscle. Using a collagen I reporter mouse, we show that there are three distinct cell populations that express collagen I in both healthy and fibrotic skeletal muscle...
November 23, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
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