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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544973/pegylation-of-a-tlr2-agonist-based-vaccine-delivery-system-improves-antigen-trafficking-and-the-magnitude-of-ensuing-antibody-and-cd8-t-cell-responses
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Toshiki Sekiya, Junya Yamagishi, John Henry V Gray, Paul G Whitney, Axel Martinelli, Weiguang Zeng, Chinn Yi Wong, Chihiro Sugimoto, David C Jackson, Brendon Y Chua
The lipopeptide R4Pam2Cys is an agonist for toll-like receptor-2 (TLR2), a key pathogen-associated molecular pattern receptor expressed on many antigen-presenting cells such as dendritic cells (DCs). Electrostatic association of R4Pam2Cys with soluble protein antigens significantly enhances their immunogenicity and there is evidence to suggest that reducing the size of suitably adjuvanted-antigen complexes in solution may further improve their immunostimulatory capabilities. In this study, we investigated how incorporation of polyethylene glycol (PEG) into R4Pam2Cys affects the size, activity and efficacy of formed antigen-lipopeptide complexes...
May 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544880/systems-wide-studies-uncover-commander-a-multiprotein-complex-essential-to-human-development
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REVIEW
Anna L Mallam, Edward M Marcotte
Recent mass spectrometry maps of the human interactome independently support the existence of a large multiprotein complex, dubbed "Commander." Broadly conserved across animals and ubiquitously expressed in nearly every human cell type examined thus far, Commander likely plays a fundamental cellular function, akin to other ubiquitous machines involved in expression, proteostasis, and trafficking. Experiments on individual subunits support roles in endosomal protein sorting, including the trafficking of Notch proteins, copper transporters, and lipoprotein receptors...
May 24, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544656/the-cellular-ceramide-transport-protein-cert-promotes-chlamydia-psittaci-infection-and-controls-bacterial-sphingolipid-uptake
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Sophia Koch-Edelmann, Sebastian Banhart, Essa M Saied, Laura Rose, Lukas Aeberhard, Michael Laue, Joerg Doellinger, Christoph Arenz, Dagmar Heuer
Chlamydiaceae are bacterial pathogens that cause diverse diseases in humans and animals. Despite their broad host and tissue tropism, all Chlamydia species share an obligate intracellular cycle of development and have evolved sophisticated mechanisms to interact with their eukaryotic host cells. Here, we have analyzed interactions of the zoonotic pathogen Chlamydia psittaci with a human epithelial cell line. We found that C. psittaci recruits the ceramide transport protein CERT to its inclusion. Chemical inhibition and CRISPR/Cas9-mediated knockout of CERT showed that CERT is a crucial factor for C...
May 19, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544109/express-with-caution-epitope-tags-and-cdna-variants-effects-on-herg-channel-trafficking-half-life-and-function
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Marika L Osterbur Badhey, Alexander C Bertalovitz, Thomas V McDonald
INTRODUCTION: Genetic mutations in KCNQ2 which encodes hERG, the alpha subunit of the potassium channel responsible for the IKr current, cause Long QT Syndrome, an inherited cardiac arrhythmia disorder. Electrophysiology techniques are used to correlate genotype with molecular phenotype to determine which mutations identified in patients diagnosed Long QT Syndrome are disease causing, and which are benign. These investigations are usually done using heterologous expression in cell lines, and often, epitope fusion tags are used to enable isolation and identification of the protein of interest...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543308/exocytic-trafficking-pathways-in-plants-why-and-how-they-are-redirected
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REVIEW
Takehiko Kanazawa, Takashi Ueda
The membrane trafficking system is responsible for precise transportation and localization of proteins, lipids, and polysaccharides among single membrane-bound organelles, the plasma membrane, and the extracellular space. While the exocytic trafficking pathway is considered to be a default transport pathway in many organisms, including land plants, research has shown that evolutionary processes led to an increase in the number of machinery components involved in the plant exocytic pathway. This study provides an overview of the diversification of exocytic trafficking pathways in plants, which mediate the formation and maintenance of cell polarity, interaction with symbiotic and pathogenic microbes, and cytokinesis...
May 25, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542921/cd40-mediated-signaling-influences-trafficking-tcr-expression-and-t-cell-pathogenesis-in-the-nod-model-of-type-1-diabetes
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Gisela M Vaitaitis, Dan M Waid, Martin G Yussman, David H Wagner
CD40 plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes (T1D). The mechanism of action however is undetermined, likely because CD40 expression has been grossly underestimated. CD40 is expressed on numerous cell types that now include T cells and pancreatic β cells. CD40(+) CD4(+) cells (TH40) prove highly pathogenic in NOD mice and in translational human T1D studies. We generated BDC2.5.CD40(-/-) and re-derived NOD.CD154(-/-) mice to better understand CD40 mechanism of action. Fully functional CD40 expression is required not only for T1D development but for insulitis...
May 19, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542410/gla-rich-protein-function-as-an-anti-inflammatory-agent-in-monocytes-macrophages-implications-for-calcification-related-chronic-inflammatory-diseases
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Carla S B Viegas, Rúben M Costa, Lúcia Santos, Paula A Videira, Zélia Silva, Nuna Araújo, Anjos L Macedo, António P Matos, Cees Vermeer, Dina C Simes
Calcification-related chronic inflammatory diseases are multifactorial pathological processes, involving a complex interplay between inflammation and calcification events in a positive feed-back loop driving disease progression. Gla-rich protein (GRP) is a vitamin K dependent protein (VKDP) shown to function as a calcification inhibitor in cardiovascular and articular tissues, and proposed as an anti-inflammatory agent in chondrocytes and synoviocytes, acting as a new crosstalk factor between these two interconnected events in osteoarthritis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539707/effector-and-regulatory-t-cell-trafficking-in-corneal-allograft-rejection
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REVIEW
Afsaneh Amouzegar, Sunil K Chauhan
Corneal transplantation is among the most prevalent and successful forms of solid tissue transplantation in humans. Failure of corneal allograft is mainly due to immune-mediated destruction of the graft, a complex and highly coordinated process that involves elaborate interactions between cells of innate and adaptive immunity. The migration of immune cells to regional lymphoid tissues and to the site of graft plays a central role in the immunopathogenesis of graft rejection. Intricate interactions between adhesion molecules and their counter receptors on immune cells in conjunction with tissue-specific chemokines guide the trafficking of these cells to the draining lymph nodes and ultimately to the site of graft...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539657/using-bicistronic-constructs-to-evaluate-the-chaperone-activities-of-heat-shock-proteins-in-cells
#9
Rebecca San Gil, Tracey Berg, Heath Ecroyd
Heat shock proteins (Hsps) are molecular chaperones that prevent the aggregation of client proteins by facilitating their refolding, or trafficking them for degradation. The chaperone activities of Hsps are dependent on dynamic protein-protein interactions, including their oligomerisation into large multi-subunit complexes. Thus, tagging Hsps with fluorescent proteins can interfere with their chaperone activity. To overcome this limitation, we have exploited bicistronic constructs for the concurrent expression of a non-tagged Hsp and fluorescent reporter from a single mRNA in cells...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539529/membrane-trafficking-illuminates-a-path-to-parkinson-s-disease
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Takafumi Hasegawa, Naoto Sugeno, Akio Kikuchi, Toru Baba, Masashi Aoki
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder that is characterized by progressive movement disability and a variety of non-motor symptoms. The neuropathology of PD consists of the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the midbrain and the appearance of neuronal inclusions called Lewy bodies, which contain insoluble α-synuclein, a relatively small protein originally identified in association with synaptic vesicles in the presynaptic nerve terminals. Drugs that replenish dopamine can partly alleviate the motor symptoms, but they do not cure the disease itself...
2017: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538737/lymphatic-endothelial-s1p-promotes-mitochondrial-function-and-survival-in-naive-t-cells
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Alejandra Mendoza, Victoria Fang, Cynthia Chen, Madhavika Serasinghe, Akanksha Verma, James Muller, V Sai Chaluvadi, Michael L Dustin, Timothy Hla, Olivier Elemento, Jerry E Chipuk, Susan R Schwab
Effective adaptive immune responses require a large repertoire of naive T cells that migrate throughout the body, rapidly identifying almost any foreign peptide. Because the production of T cells declines with age, naive T cells must be long-lived. However, it remains unclear how naive T cells survive for years while constantly travelling. The chemoattractant sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) guides T cell circulation among secondary lymphoid organs, including spleen, lymph nodes and Peyer's patches, where T cells search for antigens...
May 24, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537552/structure-analyses-reveal-a-regulated-oligomerization-mechanism-of-the-plexind1-gipc-myosin-vi-complex
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Guijun Shang, Chad A Brautigam, Rui Chen, Defen Lu, Jesús Torres-Vázquez, Xuewu Zhang
The GIPC family adaptor proteins mediate endocytosis by tethering cargo proteins to the myosin VI motor. The structural mechanisms for the GIPC/cargo and GIPC/myosin VI interactions remained unclear. PlexinD1, a transmembrane receptor that regulates neuronal and cardiovascular development, is a cargo of GIPCs. GIPC-mediated endocytic trafficking regulates PlexinD1 signaling. Here we unravel the mechanisms of the interactions among PlexinD1, GIPCs and myosin VI by a series of crystal structures of these proteins in apo or bound states...
May 24, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536906/current-status-of-bruton-s-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-development-and-use-in-b-cell-malignancies
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REVIEW
Andrew Aw, Jennifer R Brown
The B-cell receptor (BCR) pathway plays an important role in the survival, proliferation and trafficking of cancer cells in a variety of B-cell malignancies. Recently, a number of agents have been developed to target various components of the BCR pathway. One such target is Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK), a Tec family kinase member found near the cell membrane that is involved in upstream BCR signaling. The biological function of BTK in several B-cell lymphoid malignancies has led to the development of the oral BTK inhibitor ibrutinib...
May 23, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536720/prostaglandin-endoperoxide-synthase-2-deletion-affects-the-natural-trafficking-of-annexin-a2-in-monocytes-and-favours-venous-thrombosis-in-mice
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Patrizia Amadio, Eva Tarantino, Leonardo Sandrini, Elena Tremoli, Silvia S Barbieri
Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) is a common condition that often leads to pulmonary thromboembolism (VTE) and death. The role of prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase (PTGS)2 in arterial thrombosis has been well established, whereas its impact in venous thrombosis remains unclear. Here, we showed that PTGS2 deletion predisposes to venous thrombosis as suggested by greater clot firmness and clot elasticity, by higher plasma levels of functional fibrinogen, factor VIII and PAI-1 activity, and proved by bigger thrombi detected after inferior vena cava ligation (IVCL) compared to WT mice...
May 24, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535735/clenbuterol-attenuates-herg-channel-by-promoting-the-mature-channel-degradation
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Ling Luo, Peijing Hu, Changqing Miao, Aiqun Ma, Tingzhong Wang
Clenbuterol, a β2-selective adrenergic receptor agonist, is illicitly used in weight loss and performance enhancement and animal production. Increasing evidence demonstrates that clenbuterol induces various kinds of arrhythmias and QTc interval prolongation. However, little is known about the underlying mechanism. Most drugs are associated with QTc prolongation through interfering with human ether-a-go-go-related gene (hERG) K(+) channels. The present study aims to investigate the effects and underlying mechanisms of clenbuterol on the hERG channel...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534737/integration-of-tmc1-2-into-the-mechanotransduction-complex-in-zebrafish-hair-cells-is-regulated-by-transmembrane-o-methyltransferase-tomt
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Timothy Erickson, Clive P Morgan, Jennifer Olt, Katherine Hardy, Elisabeth M Busch-Nentwich, Reo Maeda, Rachel Clemens-Grisham, Jocelyn F Krey, Alex V Nechiporuk, Peter G Barr-Gillespie, Walter Marcotti, Teresa Nicolson
Transmembrane O-methyltransferase (TOMT / LRTOMT) is responsible for non-syndromic deafness DFNB63. However, the specific defects that lead to hearing loss have not been described. Using a zebrafish model of DFNB63, we show that the auditory and vestibular phenotypes are due to a lack of mechanotransduction (MET) in Tomt-deficient hair cells. GFP-tagged Tomt is enriched in the Golgi of hair cells, suggesting that Tomt might regulate the trafficking of other MET components to the hair bundle. We found that Tmc1/2 proteins are specifically excluded from the hair bundle in tomt mutants, whereas other MET complex proteins can still localize to the bundle...
May 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533957/pld2-regulates-microtubule-stability-and-spindle-migration-in-mouse-oocytes-during-meiotic-division
#17
Xiaoyu Liu, Xiaoyun Liu, Dandan Chen, Xiuying Jiang, Wei Ma
Phospholipase D2 (PLD2) is involved in cytoskeletal reorganization, cell migration, cell cycle progression, transcriptional control and vesicle trafficking. There is no evidence about PLD2 function in oocytes during meiosis. Herein, we analyzed PLD2 expression and its relationship with spindle formation and positioning in mouse oocyte meiosis. High protein level of PLD2 was revealed in oocytes by Western blot, which remained consistently stable from prophase I with intact germinal vesicle (GV) up to metaphase II (MII) stage...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533891/nuclear-uptake-of-an-amino-terminal-fragment-of-apolipoprotein-e4-promotes-cell-death-and-localizes-within-microglia-of-the-alzheimer-s-disease-brain
#18
Julia E Love, Ryan J Day, Justin W Gause, Raquel J Brown, Xinzhu Pu, Dustin I Theis, Chad A Caraway, Wayne W Poon, Abir A Rahman, Brad E Morrison, Troy T Rohn
Although harboring the apolipoprotein E4 (APOE4) allele is a well known risk factor in Alzheimer's disease (AD), the mechanism by which it contributes to disease risk remains elusive. To investigate the role of proteolysis of apoE4 as a potential mechanism, we designed and characterized a site-directed cleavage antibody directed at position D151 of the mature form of apoE4 and E3. Characterization of this antibody indicated a high specificity for detecting synthesized recombinant proteins corresponding to the amino acid sequences 1-151 of apoE3 and E4 that would generate the 17 kDa (p17) fragment...
2017: International Journal of Physiology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533511/cd47-surface-stability-is-sensitive-to-actin-disruption-prior-to-inclusion-within-the-band-3-macrocomplex
#19
Kathryn E Mordue, Bethan R Hawley, Timothy J Satchwell, Ashley M Toye
CD47 is an important 'marker of self' protein with multiple isoforms produced though alternative splicing that exhibit tissue-specific expression. Mature erythrocytes express CD47 isoform 2 only, with membrane stability of this version dependent on inclusion within the band 3 macrocomplex, via protein 4.2. At present a paucity of information exists regarding the associations and trafficking of the CD47 isoforms during erythropoiesis. We show that CD47 isoform 2 is the predominant version maintained at the surface of expanding and terminally differentiating erythroblasts...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533468/vacuolation-activity-and-intracellular-trafficking-of-artb-the-binding-subunit-of-an-ab5-toxin-produced-by-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhi
#20
Brock P Herdman, James C Paton, Hui Wang, Travis Beddoe, Adrienne W Paton
Various Salmonella enterica serovars, including S Typhi, encode an AB5 toxin (ArtAB), the A subunit of which is an ADP-ribosyltransferase related to the S1 subunit of pertussis toxin. However, although the A subunit is able to catalyse ADP-ribosylation of host G proteins, a cytotoxic phenotype has yet to be identified for the holotoxin. Here we show that its B subunit pentamer (ArtB) binds to receptors on the surface of Vero (African green monkey kidney), CHO (Chinese hamster ovary), U937 (human monocyte) and HBMEC (human brain microvascular endothelial) cell lines...
May 22, 2017: Infection and Immunity
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