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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075478/high-expression-of-rab43-predicts-poor-prognosis-and-is-associated-with-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-gliomas
#1
Ming-Zhi Han, Bin Huang, An-Jing Chen, Xin Zhang, Ran Xu, Jian Wang, Xin-Gang Li
The Ras-related GTP-binding protein (RAB) family plays an important role in regulating signal transduction and cellular processes including vesicle transport, cytoskeleton formation and membrane trafficking. More recently, several RAB members have been reported to promote tumorigenesis in many types of cancers. However, the clinical significance and potential function of RAB43 in gliomas remain unclear. Herein, we found that RAB43 was upregulated and positively correlated with the grade of progression in glioma patients by in silico analysis and immunohistochemistry (IHC)...
January 3, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074622/-holostei-versus-halecostomi-problem-insight-from-cytogenetics-of-ancient-nonteleost-actinopterygian-fish-bowfin-amia-calva
#2
Zuzana Majtánová, Radka Symonová, Lenin Arias-Rodriguez, Lauren Sallan, Petr Ráb
Bowfin belongs to an ancient lineage of nonteleost ray-finned fishes (actinopterygians) and is the only extant survivor of a once diverged group, the Halecomorphi or Amiiformes. Owing to the scarcity of extant nonteleost ray-finned lineages, also referred as "living fossils," their phylogenetic interrelationships have been the target of multiple hypotheses concerning their sister group relationships. Molecular and morphological data sets have produced controversial results; bowfin is considered as either the sister group to genome-duplicated teleosts (together forming the group of Halecostomi) or to gars (Lepisosteiformes; together forming the group of Holostei)...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074430/the-monomeric-gtpase-raba2-is-required-for-progression-and-maintenance-of-membrane-integrity-of-infection-threads-during-root-nodule-symbiosis
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Virginia Dalla Via, Soledad Traubenik, Claudio Rivero, O Mario Aguilar, María Eugenia Zanetti, Flavio Antonio Blanco
Progression of the infection canal that conducts rhizobia to the nodule primordium requires a functional Rab GTPase located in Golgi/trans-Golgi that also participate in root hair polar growth. Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) symbiotically associates with its partner Rhizobium etli, resulting in the formation of root nitrogen-fixing nodules. Compatible bacteria can reach cortical cells in a tightly regulated infection process, in which the specific recognition of signal molecules is a key step to select the symbiotic partner...
January 10, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067790/rab10-interacts-with-the-male-germ-cell-specific-gtpase-activating-protein-during-mammalian-spermiogenesis
#4
Ying-Hung Lin, Chih-Chun Ke, Ya-Yun Wang, Mei-Feng Chen, Tsung-Ming Chen, Wei-Chi Ku, Han-Sun Chiang, Chung-Hsin Yeh
According to recent estimates, 2%-15% of couples are sterile, and approximately half of the infertility cases are attributed to male reproductive factors. However, the reasons remain undefined in approximately 25% of male infertility cases, and most infertility cases exhibit spermatogenic defects. Numerous genes involved in spermatogenesis still remain unknown. We previously identified Male Germ Cells Rab GTPase-Activating Proteins (MGCRABGAPs) through cDNA microarray analysis of human testicular tissues with spermatogenic defects...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061409/air-pollution-tolerance-index-of-plants-around-brick-kilns-in-rawalpindi-pakistan
#5
Khanoranga Achakzai, Sofia Khalid, Muhammad Adrees, Aasma Bibi, Shafaqat Ali, Rab Nawaz, Muhammad Rizwan
In any contaminated environment, the sensitive plant species can serve as bio-indicator of air pollution while tolerant plant species can act as a sink for air pollutants. Air pollution tolerance index (APTI) is an important tool to screen out plants based on their tolerance or sensitivity level to different air pollutants. The present study was aimed to identify the sensitive and tolerant plant species in the vicinity of brick kilns in the Rawalpindi city. To determine the susceptibility level of the selected plant species, four biochemical parameters, ascorbic acid, total chlorophyll content, relative water content and pH of leaf extract, were assessed and APTI was calculated...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057800/olefin-isomers-of-a-triazole-bisphosphonate-synergistically-inhibit-geranylgeranyl-diphosphate-synthase
#6
Cheryl Allen, Sandhya Kortagere, Huaxiang Tong, Robert A Matthiesen, Joseph I Metzger, David F Wiemer, Sarah A Holstein
The isoprenoid donor for protein geranylgeranylation reactions, geranylgeranyl diphosphate (GGDP), is the product of the enzyme GGDP synthase (GGDPS) which condenses farnesyl diphosphate (FDP) and isopentenyl pyrophosphate. GGDPS inhibition is of interest from a therapeutic perspective for multiple myeloma as we have shown that targeting Rab GTPase geranylgeranylation impairs monoclonal protein trafficking, leading to endoplasmic reticulum stress and apoptosis. We have reported a series of triazole bisphosphonate GGDPS inhibitors of which the most potent was a 3:1 mixture of homogeranyl (HG) and homoneryl (HN) isomers...
January 5, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057534/altered-fronto-striatal-functions-in-the-gdi1-null-mouse-model-of-x-linked-intellectual-disability
#7
Lorenzo Morè, Basil Künnecke, Latefa Yekhlef, Andreas Bruns, Antonella Marte, Ernesto Fedele, Veronica Bianchi, Stefano Taverna, Silvia Gatti, Patrizia D'Adamo
RAB-GDP dissociation inhibitor 1 (GDI1) loss-of-function mutations are responsible for a form of non-specific X-linked Intellectual Disability (XLID) where the only clinical feature is cognitive impairment. GDI1 patients are impaired in specific aspects of executive functions and conditioned response, which are controlled by fronto-striatal circuitries. Previous molecular and behavioral characterization of the Gdi1-null mouse revealed alterations in the total number/distribution of hippocampal and cortical synaptic vesicles as well as hippocampal short-term synaptic plasticity, and memory deficits...
January 3, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055292/molecular-control-of-rab-activity-by-gefs-gaps-and-gdi
#8
Matthias P Müller, Roger S Goody
Rab proteins are the major regulators of vesicular trafficking in eukaryotic cells. Their activity can be tightly controlled within cells: Regulated by guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs) and GTPase activating proteins (GAPs), they switch between an active GTP-bound state and an inactive GDP-bound state, interacting with downstream effector proteins only in the active state. Additionally, they can bind to membranes via C-terminal prenylated cysteine residues and they can be solubilized and shuttled between membranes by chaperone-like molecules called GDP dissociation inhibitors (GDIs)...
January 5, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055019/rep1-inhibits-foxo3-mediated-apoptosis-to-promote-cancer-cell-survival
#9
Kwon-Ho Song, Seon Rang Woo, Joon-Yong Chung, Hyo-Jung Lee, Se Jin Oh, Soon-Oh Hong, Jaegal Shim, Yong Nyun Kim, Seung Bae Rho, Seung-Mo Hong, Hanbyoul Cho, Masahiko Hibi, Dong-Jun Bae, Sang-Yeob Kim, Min Gyu Kim, Tae Woo Kim, Young-Ki Bae
Rab escort protein 1 (REP1) is a component of Rab geranyl-geranyl transferase 2 complex. Mutations in REP1 cause a disease called choroideremia (CHM), which is an X-linked eye disease. Although it is postulated that REP1 has functions in cell survival or death of various tissues in addition to the eye, how REP1 functions in normal and cancer cells remains to be elucidated. Here, we demonstrated that REP1 is required for the survival of intestinal cells in addition to eyes or a variety of cells in zebrafish, and also has important roles in tumorigenesis...
January 5, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053235/inactivation-of-rab11a-gtpase-in-macrophages-facilitates-phagocytosis-of-apoptotic-neutrophils
#10
Chunling Jiang, Zheng Liu, Rong Hu, Lulong Bo, Richard D Minshall, Asrar B Malik, Guochang Hu
The timely and efficient clearance of apoptotic neutrophils by macrophages (efferocytosis) is required for the resolution of inflammation and tissue repair, but the regulatory mechanisms remain unclear. In this study, we investigated the role of the small GTPase Ras-related protein in brain (Rab)11a in regulating efferocytosis, and on this basis the resolution of inflammatory lung injury. We observed that apoptotic neutrophil feeding induced a rapid loss of Rab11a activity in bone marrow-derived macrophages and found that depletion of Rab11a in macrophages by small interfering RNA dramatically increased the phagocytosis of apoptotic neutrophils compared with control cells...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051187/architecture-and-mechanism-of-the-late-endosomal-rab7-like-ypt7-guanine-nucleotide-exchange-factor-complex-mon1-ccz1
#11
Stephan Kiontke, Lars Langemeyer, Anne Kuhlee, Saskia Schuback, Stefan Raunser, Christian Ungermann, Daniel Kümmel
The Mon1-Ccz1 complex (MC1) is the guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) for the Rab GTPase Ypt7/Rab7 and is required for endosomal maturation and fusion at the vacuole/lysosome. Here we present the overall architecture of MC1 from Chaetomium thermophilum, and in combining biochemical studies and mutational analysis in yeast, we identify the domains required for catalytic activity, complex assembly and localization of MC1. The crystal structure of a catalytic MC1 core complex bound to Ypt7 provides mechanistic insight into its function...
January 4, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040698/the-prenylated-proteome-of-plasmodium-falciparum-reveals-pathogen-specific-prenylation-activity-and-drug-mechanism-of-action
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Jolyn E Gisselberg, Lichao Zhang, Joshua E Elias, Ellen Yeh
Plasmodium parasites contain several unique membrane compartments in which prenylated proteins may play important roles in pathogenesis. Protein prenylation has also been proposed as an antimalarial drug target since farnesyltransferase inhibitors cause potent growth inhibition of blood-stage Plasmodium However, the specific prenylated proteins that mediate antimalarial activity have yet to be identified. Given the potential for new parasite biology and elucidating drug mechanism-of-action, we performed a large-scale identification of the prenylated proteome in blood-stage P...
December 31, 2016: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035749/genome-compositional-organization-in-gars-shows-more-similarities-to-mammals-than-to-other-ray-finned-fish
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Radka Symonová, Zuzana Majtánová, Lenin Arias-Rodriguez, Libor Mořkovský, Tereza Kořínková, Lionel Cavin, Martina Johnson Pokorná, Marie Doležálková, Martin Flajšhans, Eric Normandeau, Petr Ráb, Axel Meyer, Louis Bernatchez
Genomic GC content can vary locally, and GC-rich regions are usually associated with increased DNA thermostability in thermophilic prokaryotes and warm-blooded eukaryotes. Among vertebrates, fish and amphibians appeared to possess a distinctly less heterogeneous AT/GC organization in their genomes, whereas cytogenetically detectable GC heterogeneity has so far only been documented in mammals and birds. The subject of our study is the gar, an ancient "living fossil" of a basal ray-finned fish lineage, known from the Cretaceous period...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035529/hereditary-retinal-dystrophy
#14
Thomas C Hohman
As our understanding of the genetic basis for inherited retinal disease has expanded, gene therapy has advanced into clinical development. When the gene mutations associated with inherited retinal dystrophies were identified, it became possible to create animal models in which individual gene were altered to match the human mutations. The retina of these animals were then characterized to assess whether the mutated genes produced retinal phenotypes characteristic of disease-affected patients. Following the identification of a subpopulation of patients with the affected gene and the development of techniques for the viral gene transduction of retinal cells, it has become possible to deliver a copy of the normal gene into the retinal sites of the mutated genes...
December 30, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028768/meal-effects-confound-attempts-to-counteract-rabeprazole-induced-hypochlorhydria-decreases-in-atazanavir-absorption
#15
Kathleen Panter Faber, Hsin-Fang Wu, Marc R Yago, Xiaohui Xu, Pathanjali Kadiyala, Lynda A Frassetto, Leslie Z Benet
PURPOSE: Clinically relevant pharmacokinetic interactions exist between gastric acid-reducing agents and certain weakly basic drugs that rely on acidic environments for optimal oral absorption. In this study, we examine whether the administration of betaine hydrochloride under fed conditions can enhance the absorption of atazanavir, an HIV-1 protease inhibitor, during pharmacologically-induced hypochlorhydria. METHODS: In this randomized, single-dose, 3 period, crossover study healthy volunteers received ritonavir-boosted atazanavir (atazanavir/ritonavir 300/100 mg) alone, following pretreatment with the proton pump inhibitor rabeprazole (20 mg twice daily), and with 1500 mg of betaine HCl after rabeprazole pretreatment...
December 27, 2016: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028706/photosynthesis-and-growth-response-of-maize-zea-mays-l-hybrids-exposed-to-cadmium-stress
#16
Tasneem Akhtar, Muhammad Zia-Ur-Rehman, Asif Naeem, Rab Nawaz, Shafaqat Ali, Ghulam Murtaza, Muhammad Aamer Maqsood, Muhammad Azhar, Hinnan Khalid, Muhammad Rizwan
Cadmium (Cd) is a biologically non-essential heavy metal while the cultivation of Cd-tolerant varieties/hybrids (V) seems the most promising strategy for remediation of Cd-contaminated soils. For this, 24-day-old seedlings of seven maize hybrids, DKC 65-25, DKC 61-25, DKC 919, 23-T-16, 32-B-33, 31-P-41, and Syn hybrid, were grown in hydroponic conditions for 21 additional days in various Cd concentrations (0, 5, 10, and 15 μM). Effects of variety, Cd, and their interaction were highly significant (p ≤ 0...
December 27, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028537/a-novel-rab10-ehbp1-ehd2-complex-essential-for-the-autophagic-engulfment-of-lipid-droplets
#17
Zhipeng Li, Ryan J Schulze, Shaun G Weller, Eugene W Krueger, Micah B Schott, Xiaodong Zhang, Carol A Casey, Jun Liu, Jacqueline Stöckli, David E James, Mark A McNiven
The autophagic digestion of lipid droplets (LDs) through lipophagy is an essential process by which most cells catabolize lipids as an energy source. However, the cellular machinery used for the envelopment of LDs during autophagy is poorly understood. We report a novel function for a small Rab guanosine triphosphatase (GTPase) in the recruitment of adaptors required for the engulfment of LDs by the growing autophagosome. In hepatocytes stimulated to undergo autophagy, Rab10 activity is amplified significantly, concomitant with its increased recruitment to nascent autophagic membranes at the LD surface...
December 2016: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018439/phelan-mcdermid-syndrome-presenting-with-developmental-delays-and-facial-dysmorphisms
#18
Yoon-Myung Kim, In-Hee Choi, Jun Suk Kim, Ja Hye Kim, Ja Hyang Cho, Beom Hee Lee, Gu-Hwan Kim, Jin-Ho Choi, Eul-Ju Seo, Han-Wook Yoo
Phelan-McDermid syndrome is a rare genetic disorder caused by the terminal or interstitial deletion of the chromosome 22q13.3. Patients with this syndrome usually have global developmental delay, hypotonia, and speech delays. Several putative genes such as the SHANK3, RAB, RABL2B, and IB2 are responsible for the neurological features. This study describes the clinical features and outcomes of Korean patients with Phelan-McDermid syndrome. Two patients showing global developmental delay, hypotonia, and speech delay were diagnosed with Phelan-McDermid syndrome via chromosome analysis, fluorescent in situ hybridization, and multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification analysis...
November 2016: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017832/autosomal-recessive-keratoderma-ichthyosis-deafness-arkid-syndrome-is-caused-by-vps33b-mutations-affecting-rab-protein-interaction-and-collagen-modification
#19
Robert Gruber, Clare Rogerson, Christian Windpassinger, Blerida Banushi, Anna Straatman-Iwanowska, Joanna Hanley, Federico Forneris, Robert Strohal, Peter Ulz, Debra Crumrine, Gopinathan K Menon, Stefan Blunder, Matthias Schmuth, Thomas Müller, Holly Smith, Kevin Mills, Peter Kroisel, Andreas R Janecke, Paul Gissen
Here we report three patients with severe palmoplantar keratoderma associated with ichthyosis and sensorineural deafness. Bi-allelic mutations were found in VPS33B, encoding VPS33B, a Sec1/Munc18 family protein which interacts with Rab11a and Rab25 proteins and is involved in trafficking of the collagen modifying enzyme LH3. Two patients were homozygous for the missense variant p.Gly131Glu, whilst one patient was compound heterozygous for p.Gly131Glu and the splice site mutation c.240-1G>C, previously reported in patients with Arthrogryposis Renal dysfunction and Cholestasis syndrome...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005455/small-gtpases-controlling-autophagy-related-membrane-traffic-in-yeast-and-metazoans
#20
Szabolcs Takáts, Attila Boda, Tamás Csizmadia, Gábor Juhász
During macroautophagy, the phagophore-mediated formation of autophagosomes and their subsequent fusion with lysosomes requires extensive transformation of the endomembrane system. Membrane dynamics in eukaryotic cells is regulated by small GTPase proteins including Arfs and Rabs. The small GTPase proteins that regulate autophagic membrane traffic are mostly conserved in yeast and metazoans, but there are also several differences. In this mini-review, we compare the small GTPase network of yeast and metazoan cells that regulates autophagy, and point out the similarities and differences in these organisms...
December 22, 2016: Small GTPases
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