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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792810/optogenetic-inhibition-of-g%C3%AE-q-protein-signaling-reduces-calcium-oscillation-stochasticity
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Pimkhuan Hannanta-Anan, Brian Y Chow
As fast terminators of G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling, regulators of G-protein signaling (RGS) serve critical roles in fine-tuning second messenger levels and, consequently, cellular responses to external stimuli. Here, we report the creation of an optogenetic RGS2 (opto-RGS2) that suppresses agonist-evoked calcium oscillations by the inactivation of Gαq protein. In this system, cryptochrome-mediated hetero-dimerization of the catalytic RGS2-box with its N-terminal amphipathic helix reconstitutes a functional membrane-localized complex that can dynamically suppress store-operated release of calcium...
May 24, 2018: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792702/peniisocoumarins-a-j-isocoumarins-from-penicillium-commune-qqf-3-an-endophytic-fungus-of-the-mangrove-plant-kandelia-candel
#2
Runlin Cai, Yingnan Wu, Senhua Chen, Hui Cui, Zhaoming Liu, Chunyuan Li, Zhigang She
Ten new isocoumarins, named peniisocoumarins A-J (1-9 and 11), along with three known analogues (10, 12, and 13) were obtained from the fermentation of an endophytic fungus, Penicillium commune QQF-3, which was isolated from a fresh fruit of the mangrove plant Kandelia candel. Their structures were elucidated through extensive spectroscopic analysis. The absolute configurations of 1-7 were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and modified Mosher's method, and those of 8, 9, and 11 were assigned on the basis of experimental and calculated electronic circular dichroism data...
May 24, 2018: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792674/partial-intrinsic-disorder-governs-the-dengue-capsid-protein-conformational-ensemble
#3
Priscilla L S Boon, Wuan Geok Saw, Xin Xiang Lim, Palur Venkata Raghuvamsi, Roland G Huber, Jan K Marzinek, Daniel A Holdbrook, Ganesh S Anand, Gerhard Grüber, Peter J Bond
The 11 kDa, positively charged dengue capsid protein (C protein) exists stably as a homodimer and co-localizes with the viral genome within mature viral particles. Its core is composed of four alpha helices encompassing a small hydrophobic patch that may interact with lipids, but approximately 20% of the protein at the N-terminus is intrinsically disordered, making it challenging to elucidate its conformational landscape. Here, we combine small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), amide hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (HDXMS), and atomic-resolution molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to probe the dynamics of dengue C proteins...
May 24, 2018: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792318/condensed-tannin-reacts-with-so2-during-wine-aging-yielding-flavan-3-ol-sulfonates
#4
Lingjun Ma, Aude Annie Watrelot, Bennett Addison, Andrew L Waterhouse
Numerous monomeric and oligomeric flavanol sulfonation products were observed in 10 wines. Levels of 0.85-20.06 mg/L and 0-14.72 mg/L were quantified for two monomeric sulfonated flavan-3-ols, and surprisingly, were generally higher than the well-known native flavan-3-ol monomers. Increasing SO2 levels during wine aging increased the sulfonate modified flavan-3-ol monomers and dimers along with higher concentrations of native monomers. The results indicate that >10% of SO2 is reacting with the C4 carbocation, formed from acid cleavage of the interflavan bond, perhaps by a bimolecular SN2 type reaction, and as a reducing agent...
May 24, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792261/structure-based-analysis-of-cysz-mediated-cellular-uptake-of-sulfate
#5
Zahra Assur Sanghai, Qun Liu, Oliver B Clarke, Meagan Belcher-Dufrisne, Pattama Wiriyasermkul, M Hunter Giese, Edgar Leal-Pinto, Brian Kloss, Shantelle Tabuso, James Love, Marco Punta, Surajit Banerjee, Kanagalaghatta R Rajashankar, Burkhard Rost, Diomedes Logothetis, Matthias Quick, Wayne A Hendrickson, Filippo Mancia
Sulfur, most abundantly found in the environment as sulfate (SO4 2- ), is an essential element in metabolites required by all living cells, including amino acids, co-factors and vitamins. However, current understanding of the cellular delivery of SO4 2- at the molecular level is limited. CysZ has been described as a SO4 2- permease, but its sequence family is without known structural precedent. Based on crystallographic structure information, SO4 2- binding and flux experiments, we provide insight into the molecular mechanism of CysZ-mediated translocation of SO4 2- across membranes...
May 24, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792090/procedural-and-clinical-outcomes-of-endovascular-recanalization-therapy-in-patients-with-cancer-related-stroke
#6
Seunguk Jung, Cheolkyu Jung, Jae Hyoung Kim, Byung Se Choi, Yun Jung Bae, Leonard Sunwoo, Ho Geol Woo, Jun Young Chang, Beom Joon Kim, Moon-Ku Han, Hee-Joon Bae
Objective Embolism due to coagulopathy might be the main pathomechanism underlying cancer-related stroke (CRS). CRS patients with a large artery occlusion could be candidates for endovascular recanalization therapy (ERT), although its procedural and clinical outcomes are not well known. This study aimed to investigate the procedural and clinical outcomes of ERT in CRS patients and the characteristics associated with outcomes compared with those of conventional stroke patients. Methods A registry of consecutive acute ischemic stroke patients who underwent ERT between January 2011 and October 2015 was retrospectively reviewed...
January 1, 2018: Interventional Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790597/stability-of-structurally-entangled-protein-dimers
#7
Yani Zhao, Marek Cieplak
We studied stretching, folding and thermodynamic properties of structurally entangled protein dimers. The tests for entanglement involve four-terminal pulling. We study the dynamics of such pulling and contrast it with the standard two-terminal one. The two-chain entanglement is qualitatively characterized by its entangled core, which is defined as the minimal structure that is entangled. The existence of the entangled cores is found to be affecting both the mechanical and folding properties of the proteins...
May 23, 2018: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790553/xps-experimental-and-dft-investigations-on-solid-solutions-of-mo-1-x-re-x-s-2-0-x-0-20
#8
Svetlana A Dalmatova, Anastasiya D Fedorenko, Lev N Mazalov, Igor P Asanov, Alexandra Yu Ledneva, Mariya S Tarasenko, Andrey N Enyashin, Vladimir I Zaikovskii, Vladimir E Fedorov
The synthesis, characterization, experimental X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) and density-functional theory (DFT) investigations on solid solutions of Mo1-xRexS2 (x = 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20) are reported herein. It is shown that even at a low concentration of dopant Re atoms, clustering occurs. At an Re concentration of 5% the formation of dimer-like impregnations is observed. An increase in the dopant concentration leads to an increase in the amount of clustered rhenium atoms and to the formation of rhombic clusters...
May 23, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790088/three-new-heptelidic-acid-derivatives-from-the-culture-of-mushroom-lentinellus-ursinus
#9
Li Liu, Jun-Jie Han, Tian-Shun Xu, Rui-Xing Liu, Li Bao, Hong-Wei Liu
Three new heptelidic acid derivatives (1-3) including two new dimeric esters and two known heptelidic acid analogues (4 and 5) were isolated from the solid culture of mushroom Lentinellus ursinus. The structures of new compounds were confirmed by the analysis of NMR and HRESIMS spectroscopic data. The biosynthetic origin of compounds 1-5 was postulated. Compounds 1-5 exhibited no antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli at the dose of 100 μM.
May 22, 2018: Natural Products and Bioprospecting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789610/on-the-scattering-directionality-of-a-dielectric-particle-dimer-of-high-refractive-index
#10
Ángela I Barreda, Hassan Saleh, Amélie Litman, Francisco González, Jean-Michel Geffrin, Fernando Moreno
Low-losses and directionality effects exhibited by High Refractive Index Dielectric particles make them attractive for applications where radiation direction control is relevant. For instance, isolated metallo-dielectric core-shell particles or aggregates (dimers) of High Refractive Index Dielectric particles have been proposed for building operational switching devices. Also, the possibility of using isolated High Refractive Index Dielectric particles for optimizing solar cells performance has been explored...
May 22, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789310/clerk-is-a-novel-receptor-kinase-required-for-sensing-of-root-active-cle-peptides-in-arabidopsis
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Pauline Anne, Amelia Amiguet-Vercher, Benjamin Brandt, Lothar Kalmbach, Niko Geldner, Michael Hothorn, Christian S Hardtke
CLAVATA3/EMBRYO SURROUNDING REGION (CLE) peptides are secreted endogenous plant ligands that are sensed by receptor kinases (RKs) to convey environmental and developmental inputs. Typically, this involves an RK with narrow ligand specificity that signals together with a more promiscuous co-receptor. For most CLEs, biologically relevant (co-)receptors are unknown. The dimer of the receptor-like protein CLAVATA 2 (CLV2) and the pseudokinase CORYNE (CRN) conditions perception of so-called root-active CLE peptides, the exogenous application of which suppresses root growth by preventing protophloem formation in the meristem...
May 22, 2018: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788478/a-minimal-threshold-of-fancj-helicase-activity-is-required-for-its-response-to-replication-stress-or-double-strand-break-repair
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Sanjay Kumar Bharti, Joshua A Sommers, Sanket Awate, Marina A Bellani, Irfan Khan, Lynda Bradley, Graeme A King, Yeonee Seol, Venkatasubramanian Vidhyasagar, Yuliang Wu, Takuye Abe, Koji Kobayashi, Kazuo Shin-Ya, Hiroyuki Kitao, Marc S Wold, Dana Branzei, Keir C Neuman, Robert M Brosh
Fanconi Anemia (FA) is characterized by bone marrow failure, congenital abnormalities, and cancer. Of over 20 FA-linked genes, FANCJ uniquely encodes a DNA helicase and mutations are also associated with breast and ovarian cancer. fancj-/- cells are sensitive to DNA interstrand cross-linking (ICL) and replication fork stalling drugs. We delineated the molecular defects of two FA patient-derived FANCJ helicase domain mutations. FANCJ-R707C was compromised in dimerization and helicase processivity, whereas DNA unwinding by FANCJ-H396D was barely detectable...
May 21, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788156/systemic-inflammation-markers-after-simplification-to-atazanavir-ritonavir-plus-lamivudine-in-virologically-suppressed-hiv-1-infected-patients-atlas-m-substudy
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Simone Belmonti, Francesca Lombardi, Eugenia Quiros-Roldan, Alessandra Latini, Antonella Castagna, Alberto Borghetti, Gianmaria Baldin, Arturo Ciccullo, Roberto Cauda, Andrea De Luca, Simona Di Giambenedetto
Background: Biomarkers of systemic inflammation predict non-AIDS events and overall mortality in virologically suppressed HIV-1-infected patients. Objectives: To determine whether switching to a dual antiretroviral maintenance therapy was associated with modification of biomarkers of systemic inflammation as compared with continuation of successful standard triple therapy. Methods: In this substudy of the randomized ATLAS-M trial, we compared in virologically suppressed patients the impact at 1 year of simplification to a dual therapy with atazanavir/ritonavir plus lamivudine versus maintaining atazanavir/ritonavir plus two NRTI triple therapy on markers of systemic inflammation...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787767/influence-of-gag-and-rre-sequences-on-hiv-1-rna-packaging-signal-structure-and-function
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Siarhei Kharytonchyk, Joshua D Brown, Krista Stilger, Saif Yasin, Aishwarya S Iyer, John Collins, Michael F Summers, Alice Telesnitsky
The packaging signal (Ψ) and Rev. responsive element (RRE), enable unspliced HIV-1 RNAs' export from the nucleus and packaging into virions. For some retroviruses, engrafting Ψ onto a heterologous RNA is sufficient to direct encapsidation. In contrast, HIV-1 RNA packaging requires 5' leader Ψ elements plus poorly defined additional features. We previously defined minimal 5' leader sequences competitive with intact Ψ for HIV-1 packaging, and here examined the potential roles of additional downstream elements...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787766/structure-and-functional-characterization-of-human-histidine-triad-nucleotide-binding-protein-1-mutations-associated-with-inherited-axonal-neuropathy-with-neuromyotonia
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Rachit M Shah, Kimberly M Maize, Harrison T West, Alexander M Strom, Barry C Finzel, Carston R Wagner
Inherited peripheral neuropathies are a group of neurodegenerative disorders that clinically affect 1 in 2500 individuals. Recently, genetic mutations in Human Histidine Nucleotide Binding Protein 1 (hHint1) have been strongly and most frequently associated with patients suffering from axonal neuropathy with neuromyotonia. However, the correlation between the impact of these mutations on the hHint1 structure, enzymatic activity and in vivo function has remained ambiguous. Here, we provide detailed biochemical characterization of a set of these hHint1 mutations...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787346/-slipped-sandwich-model-for-chitin-and-chitosan-perception-in-arabidopsis
#16
Ekaterina Gubaeva, Airat Gubaev, Rebacca Melcher, Stefan Cord-Landwehr, Ratna Singh, Nour Eddine El Gueddari, Bruno Maria Moerschbacher
Chitin, a linear polymer of N-acetyl-D-glucosamine, and chitosans, fully or partially deacetylated derivatives of chitin, are known to elicit defense reactions in higher plants. We compared the ability of chitin and chitosan oligomers and polymers (chitin oligomers with degree of polymerization 3 to 8; chitosan oligomers with degree of acetylation 0% to 35% and degree of polymerization 3 to 15; chitosan polymers with degree of acetylation 1% to 60% and degree of polymerization ~1300) to elicit an oxidative burst indicative of induced defense reactions in A...
May 22, 2018: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786912/ylide-ligands-as-building-blocks-for-bioactive-group-11-metal-complexes
#17
M Concepción Gimeno, Alice Johnson, Isabel Marzo
The reactivity of the phosphonium salt, (cyanomethyl)triphenylphosphonium chloride, and the ylide, triphenylphosphoniumcyanomethylide, towards group eleven metal complexes is described. Mononuclear neutral gold(I) and gold(III) complexes of the type [AuX{CH(CN)PPh3}] or [AuX3{CH(CN)PPh3}], and cationic derivatives such as [AuL{CH(CN)PPh3}]X have been prepared. Surprisingly the cationic gold species could only be prepared with ligands with a large steric hindrance such as bulky NHCs or the JohnPhos phosphine, in contrast with silver and copper derivatives which have dimeric structures with coordination to the cyano group of the ylide...
May 22, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784975/a-unique-cytoplasmic-atpase-complex-defines-the-legionella-pneumophila-type-iv-secretion-channel
#18
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/29784833/bet-1-does-a-normal-d-dimer-rule-out-cerebral-venous-sinus-thrombosis-cvst
#19
Emma Smith, Varun Kumar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784815/virb8-homolog-trae-from-plasmid-pkm101-forms-a-hexameric-ring-structure-and-interacts-with-the-virb6-homolog-trad
#20
Bastien Casu, Charline Mary, Aleksandr Sverzhinsky, Aurélien Fouillen, Antonio Nanci, Christian Baron
Type IV secretion systems (T4SSs) are multiprotein assemblies that translocate macromolecules across the cell envelope of bacteria. X-ray crystallographic and electron microscopy (EM) analyses have increasingly provided structural information on individual T4SS components and on the entire complex. As of now, relatively little information has been available on the exact localization of the inner membrane-bound T4SS components, notably the mostly periplasmic VirB8 protein and the very hydrophobic VirB6 protein...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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