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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214358/the-n-terminus-of-cgas-de-oligomerizes-the-cgas-dna-complex-and-lifts-the-dna-size-restriction-of-core-cgas-activity
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Arum Lee, Eun-Byeol Park, Janghyun Lee, Byong-Seok Choi, Suk-Jo Kang
Cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) is a DNA-sensing enzyme in the innate immune system. Recent studies using core-cGAS lacking the N-terminus investigated the mechanism for binding of double-stranded (ds) DNA and synthesis of 2',3'-cGAMP, a secondary messenger that ultimately induces type I interferons. However, the function of the N-terminus of cGAS remains largely unknown. Here, we found that the N-terminus enhanced the activity of core-cGAS in vivo. Importantly, the catalytic activity of core-cGAS decreased as the length of dsDNA increased, but the diminished activity was restored by addition of the N-terminus...
February 18, 2017: FEBS Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213267/ferulic-acid-inhibits-neuro-inflammation-in-mice-exposed-to-chronic-unpredictable-mild-stress
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Ya-Min Liu, Ji-Duo Shen, Li-Ping Xu, Han-Bing Li, Yu-Cheng Li, Li-Tao Yi
Ferulic acid is a hydroxycinnamic acid that widely presents in plant cell wall components. It has been demonstrated that ferulic acid can attenuate depressive-like behaviors in both forced swimming test and tail suspension test. Considering that depression is an inflammatory related mental disease, our present study was aimed to investigate the role of ferulic acid in the regulation of microglia activation, pro-inflammatory cytokines, nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) and nucleotide binding and oligomerization domain-like receptor family pyrin domain-containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome in mice exposed to chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS)...
February 14, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213141/thermostability-of-photosystem-i-trimers-and-monomers-from-the-cyanobacterium-thermosynechococcus-elongatus
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Vladimir V Shubin, Irina V Terekhova, Yulia V Bolychevtseva, Eithar El-Mohsnawy, Matthias Rögner, Werner Mäntele, Marta J Kopczak, Enela Džafić
The performance of solar energy conversion into alternative energy sources in artificial systems highly depends on the thermostability of photosystem I (PSI) complexes Terasaki et al. (2007), Iwuchukwu et al. (2010), Kothe et al. (2013) . To assess the thermostability of PSI complexes from the thermophilic cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus elongatus heating induced perturbations on the level of secondary structure of the proteins were studied. Changes were monitored by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra in the mid-IR region upon slow heating (1°C per minute) of samples in D2O phosphate buffer (pD 7...
February 6, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211917/concentration-dependent-oligomerization-of-an-alpha-helical-antifreeze-polypeptide-makes-it-hyperactive
#4
Sheikh Mahatabuddin, Yuichi Hanada, Yoshiyuki Nishimiya, Ai Miura, Hidemasa Kondo, Peter L Davies, Sakae Tsuda
A supersoluble 40-residue type I antifreeze protein (AFP) was discovered in a righteye flounder, the barfin plaice (bp). Unlike all other AFPs characterized to date, bpAFP transitions from moderately-active to hyperactive with increasing concentration. At sub-mM concentrations, bpAFP bound to pyramidal planes of ice to shape it into a bi-pyramidal hexagonal trapezohedron, similarly to the other moderately-active AFPs. At mM concentrations, bpAFP uniquely underwent further binding to the whole ice crystal surface including the basal planes...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211304/granisetron-and-carvedilol-can-protect-experimental-rats-againstadjuvant-induced-arthritis
#5
Yasmin Moustafa Ahmed, Basim Anwar Shehata Messiha, Ali Ahmed Abo-Saif
CONTEXT: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a disabling autoimmune disorder of the joints as well as other organs, affects about 1% of population. Unfortunately, all current treatments of RA cause severe gastrointestinal, renal and other complications. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate the possible antiarthritic effects of a serotonin 5-HT3 receptor blocker, granisetron, and a nonselective adrenergic receptor blocker, carvedilol, on complete Freund's adjuvant-induced RA in adult female albino rats...
April 2017: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211008/injected-amyloid-beta-in-the-olfactory-bulb-transfers-to-other-brain-regions-via-neural-connections-in-mice
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Baixuan He, Minying Zheng, Qiang Liu, Zhe Shi, Simei Long, Xilin Lu, Zhong Pei, Ti-Fei Yuan, Huanxing Su, Xiaoli Yao
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by progressive neuronal degeneration and pathological accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain. It has been proposed that the prion-like spreading of amyloid beta (Aβ) protein could contribute to the progression of the disease. Olfactory bulb (OB) is one of the earliest brain regions affected in AD and olfaction is easily impaired prior to cognitive symptoms. However, it remains unclear whether Aβ accumulation in the OB would spread along olfactory projections to other connected brain regions and trigger further neurodegeneration...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210992/the-comparison-of-hydrochloric-acid-and-phosphoric%C3%A2-acid-treatments-in-the-preparation-of-montmorillonite-catalysts-for-rna-synthesis
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Michael Frank Aldersley, Prakash C Joshi, Yixing Huang
The treatment of clay minerals with a preliminary acid wash and titration to pH 7 has proven to generate catalysts for the most interesting of oligomerization reactions in which activated RNA-nucleotides generate oligomers up to 40-mers. Significantly, not all clay minerals become catalytic following this treatment and none are catalytic in the absence of such treatment. The washing procedure has been modified and explored further using phosphoric acid and the outcomes are compared to those obtained when clay samples are prepared following a hydrochloric acid wash...
February 16, 2017: Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209961/pnc1-piggy-back-import-into-peroxisomes-relies-on-gpd1-homodimerisation
#8
Nadal A Al Saryi, John D Hutchinson, Murtakab Y Al-Hejjaj, Svetlana Sedelnikova, Patrick Baker, Ewald H Hettema
Peroxisomes are eukaryotic organelles that posttranslationally import proteins via one of two conserved peroxisomal targeting signal (PTS1 or 2) mediated pathways. Oligomeric proteins can be imported via these pathways but evidence is accumulating that at least some PTS1-containing monomers enter peroxisomes before they assemble into oligomers. Some proteins lacking a PTS are imported by piggy-backing onto PTS-containing proteins. One of these proteins is the nicotinamidase Pnc1, that is co-imported with the PTS2-containing enzyme Glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase 1, Gpd1...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209172/evaluation-of-the-contribution-of-the-transmembrane-region-to-the-ectodomain-conformation-of-the-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hiv-1-envelope-glycoprotein
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Hanh T Nguyen, Navid Madani, Haitao Ding, Emerald Elder, Amy Princiotto, Christopher Gu, Patrice Darby, James Alin, Alon Herschhorn, John C Kappes, Youdong Mao, Joseph G Sodroski
BACKGROUND: The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) envelope glycoprotein (Env), a Type 1 transmembrane protein, assembles into a trimeric spike complex that mediates virus entry into host cells. The high potential energy of the metastable, unliganded Env trimer is maintained by multiple non-covalent contacts among the gp120 exterior and gp41 transmembrane Env subunits. Structural studies suggest that the gp41 transmembrane region forms a left-handed coiled coil that contributes to the Env trimer interprotomer contacts...
February 16, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208081/molecular-synergy-in-biolubrication-the-role-of-cartilage-oligomeric-matrix-protein-comp-in-surface-structuring-of-lubricin
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Akanksha Raj, Min Wang, Chao Liu, Liaquat Ali, Niclas G Karlsson, Per M Claesson, Andra Dėdinaitė
HYPOTHESIS: Synovial surfaces are lubricated by biomolecular aggregates that act in synergy, and lubricin is one key biolubricant. Its molecular structure allows extensive hydration and this is conducive to its lubrication performance. However, in order to fullfil its lubrication function it needs to be anchored and oriented on the surface in a proper way. We suggest that cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) is one of the biomolecules that promotes anchoring of lubricin in a fashion that facilitates lubrication...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207833/structure-kinetic-characterization-and-subcellular-localization-of-the-two-ribulose-5-phosphate-epimerase-isoenzymes-from-trypanosoma-cruzi
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Soledad Natalia Gonzalez, Wanda Mariela Valsecchi, Dante Maugeri, José María Delfino, Juan José Cazzulo
The enzyme of the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP) ribulose-5-phosphate-epimerase (RPE) is encoded by two genes present in the genome of Trypanosoma cruzi CL Brener clone: TcRPE1 and TcRPE2. Despite high sequence similarity at the amino acid residue level, the recombinant isoenzymes show a strikingly different kinetics. Whereas TcRPE2 follows a typical michaelian behavior, TcRPE1 shows a complex kinetic pattern, displaying a biphasic curve, suggesting the coexistence of -at least- two kinetically different molecular forms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205095/tetramerization-of-satb1-is-essential-for-regulating-of-gene-expression
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Minying Zheng, Wancai Xing, Yabing Liu, Meng Li, Hao Zhou
Special AT-rich sequence-binding protein 1 (SATB1) functions as a 'genome organizer' in tumorigenesis. Our previous report showed that SATB1 forms a tetramer through its N-terminal ubiquitin like domain rather than the proposed PDZ domain. In the present study, we aim to illustrate whether this oligomerization is critical to its function as a global repressor of gene expression in vivo. Luciferase and GST pull-down assays demonstrated that disrupting SATB1's tetramerization not only affects the activities of promoters but also influences the recruitment of interaction partners...
February 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202617/the-bacterial-peptidoglycan-sensing-molecules-nod1-and-nod2-promote-cd8-thymocyte-selection
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Marianne M Martinic, Irina Caminschi, Meredith O'Keeffe, Therese C Thinnes, Raelene Grumont, Steve Gerondakis, Dianne B McKay, David Nemazee, Amanda L Gavin
Nucleotide-binding and oligomerization domain (NOD)-like receptors NOD1 and NOD2 are cytosolic innate immune receptors that recognize microbial peptidoglycans. Although studies have addressed the role of NOD proteins in innate immune responses, little attention has been given to their impact on the developing adaptive immune system. We have assessed the roles of NOD1 and NOD2 deficiency on T cell development in mice. Our results demonstrate that NOD1 and NOD2 promote the positive selection/maturation of CD8 single-positive thymocytes in a thymocyte-intrinsic manner...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201527/high-dose-of-antibiotic-colistin-induces-oligomerization-of-molecular-chaperone-hsp90
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Shuntaro Togashi, Kyosuke Takahashi, Arisa Tamura, Ikumi Toyota, Shiori Hatakeyama, Atsushi Komatsuda, Ikuru Kudo, Erina Sasaki Kudoh, Tomoya Okamoto, Asami Haga, Asuka Miyamoto, Ewa Grave, Taku Sugawara, Hiroaki Shimizu, Hideaki Itoh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 14, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199083/shape-memory-hydrogels-evolution-of-structural-principles-to-enable-shape-switching-of-hydrophilic-polymer-networks
#15
Candy Löwenberg, Maria Balk, Christian Wischke, Marc Behl, Andreas Lendlein
The ability of hydrophilic chain segments in polymer networks to strongly interact with water allows the volumetric expansion of the material and formation of a hydrogel. When polymer chain segments undergo reversible hydration depending on environmental conditions, smart hydrogels can be realized, which are able to shrink/swell and thus alter their volume on demand. In contrast, implementing the capacity of hydrogels to switch their shape rather than volume demands more sophisticated chemical approaches and structural concepts...
February 15, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197170/glutathionylation-of-pea-chloroplast-2-cys-prx-and-mitochondrial-prx-iif-affects-their-structure-and-peroxidase-activity-and-sulfiredoxin-deglutathionylates-only-the-2-cys-prx
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Aingeru Calderón, Alfonso Lázaro-Payo, Iván Iglesias-Baena, Daymi Camejo, Juan J Lázaro, Francisca Sevilla, Ana Jiménez
Together with thioredoxins (Trxs), plant peroxiredoxins (Prxs), and sulfiredoxins (Srxs) are involved in antioxidant defense and redox signaling, while their regulation by post-translational modifications (PTMs) is increasingly regarded as a key component for the transduction of the bioactivity of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species. Among these PTMs, S-glutathionylation is considered a protective mechanism against overoxidation, it also modulates protein activity and allows signaling. This study explores the glutathionylation of recombinant chloroplastic 2-Cys Prx and mitochondrial Prx IIF from Pisum sativum...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196864/mechanistic-understanding-of-n-glycosylation-in-ebola-virus-glycoprotein-maturation-and-function
#17
Bin Wang, Yujie Wang, Dylan A Frabutt, Xihe Zhang, Xiaoyu Yao, Dan Hu, Zhuo Zhang, Chaonan Liu, Shimin Zheng, Shi-Hua Xiang, Yong-Hui Zheng
The Ebola virus (EBOV) trimeric envelope glycoprotein (GP) precursors are cleaved into the receptor-binding GP1 and the fusion-mediating GP2 subunits and incorporated into virions to initiate infection. GP1 and GP2 form heterodimers, which have 15 or 2 N-glycosylation sites (NGSs), respectively. Here, we investigated the mechanism of how N-glycosylation contributes to GP expression, maturation, and function. As reported before, we found that although GP1 NGSs are not critical, the two GP2 NGSs, N563 and N618, are essential to the GP function...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196415/hierarchical-assembly-of-tough-bioelastomeric-egg-capsules-is-mediated-by-a-bundling-protein
#18
Jun Jie Loke, Akshita Kumar, Shawn Hoon, Chandra S Verma, Ali Miserez
Marine snail egg capsules are shock-absorbing bio-elastomers made from precursor "egg case proteins" (ECPs) that initially lack long-range order. During capsule formation, these proteins self-assemble into coiled-coil filaments that subsequently align into microscopic layers, a multi-scale process which is crucial to the capsules' shock-absorbing properties. In this study, we show that the self-assembly of ECPs into their functional capsule material is mediated by a bundling protein that facilitates the aggregation of coiled-coil building blocks and their gelation into a pre-final capsule prior to final stabilization...
February 14, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195469/effect-of-a-type-linkage-on-the-pharmacokinetics-and-intestinal-metabolism-of-litchi-pericarp-oligomeric-procyanidins
#19
Shuyi Li, Yang Liu, Gang Liu, Jingren He, Xinguang Qin, Haochen Yang, Zhongze Hu, Olusola Lamikanra
The bioavailability of A-type procyanidins in vivo has been rarely investigated; as such, this study discusses the effect of A-type linkage and degree of polymerization on the metabolism of procyanidins extracted from litchi pericarp (LPOPC). Sprague-Dawley rats were gavaged with (-)-epicatechin (EC) and LPOPC and sacrificed at different time points after ingestion. A-type linkage procyanidin oligomers inhibited the absorption of EC. Analysis of urinary contents from rats administered with EC, A-type procyanidin dimer (A-2) and trimer (A-3) showed distinct native and metabolite profiles for each rat...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194462/designing-an-efficient-multi-epitope-oral-vaccine-against-helicobacter-pylori-using-immunoinformatics-and-structural-vaccinology-approaches
#20
Navid Nezafat, Mahboobeh Eslami, Manica Negahdaripour, Mohammad Reza Rahbar, Younes Ghasemi
Helicobacter pylori is the cunning bacterium that can live in the stomachs of many people without any symptoms, but gradually can lead to gastric cancer. Due to various obstacles, which are related to anti-H. pylori antibiotic therapy, recently developing an anti-H. pylori vaccine has attracted more attention. In this study, different immunoinformatics and computational vaccinology approaches were employed to design an efficient multi-epitope oral vaccine against H. pylori. Our multi-epitope vaccine is composed of heat labile enterotoxin IIc B (LT-IIc) that is used as a mucosal adjuvant to enhance vaccine immunogenicity for oral immunization, cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) to increase vaccine stability in acidic pH of gut, one experimentally protective antigen, OipA, and two hypothetical protective antigens, HP0487 and HP0906, and "CTGKSC" peptide motif that target epithelial microfold cells (M cells) to enhance vaccine uptake from the gut barrier...
February 14, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
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