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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802576/atorvastatin-and-lovastatin-but-not-pravastatin-increased-cellular-complex-formation-between-pcsk9-and-the-ldl-receptor-in-human-hepatocyte-like-c3a-cells
#1
Quantil M Melendez, Catherine J Wooten, Dayami Lopez
Statins are the first-line treatment for hypercholesterolemic patients. Herein, the effects of three statins on complex formation between proprotein convertase subtilisin-kexin 9 (PCSK9) and the low density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR), a critical step for the PCSK9-dependent degradation of LDLR in the lysosome, were examined. Human hepatocyte-like C3A cells grown in control (containing 10% fetal bovine serum) or MITO+ (supplemented with BD™ MITO + serum extender) medium were also treated with atorvastatin (Atorv), lovastatin (Lov), or pravastatin (Prav) for 24 h...
August 9, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797596/an-update-on-aureochromes-phylogeny-mechanism-function
#2
REVIEW
Peter G Kroth, Christian Wilhelm, Tilman Kottke
Light is important for algae, as it warrants metabolic independence via photosynthesis. In addition to the absorption of light by the photosystems, algae possess a variety of specific photoreceptors that allow the quantification of the light fluxes as well as the assessment of light qualities. About a decade ago, aureochromes have been described in the xanthophyte alga Vaucheria frigida. These proteins represent a new type of blue light photoreceptor as they possess both a light-oxygen-voltage (LOV) domain for light reception as well as a basic region leucine zipper (bZIP) domain for DNA binding, indicating that they represent light-driven transcription factors...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680190/a-labview-%C3%A2-based-software-for-the-control-of-the-autorad-platform-a-fully-automated-multisequential-flow-injection-analysis-lab-on-valve-msfia-lov-system-for-radiochemical-analysis
#3
Donato Barbesi, Víctor Vicente Vilas, Sylvain Millet, Miguel Sandow, Jean-Yves Colle, Laura Aldave de Las Heras
A LabVIEW(®)-based software for the control of the fully automated multi-sequential flow injection analysis Lab-on-Valve (MSFIA-LOV) platform AutoRAD performing radiochemical analysis is described. The analytical platform interfaces an Arduino(®)-based device triggering multiple detectors providing a flexible and fit for purpose choice of detection systems. The different analytical devices are interfaced to the PC running LabVIEW(®)VI software using USB and RS232 interfaces, both for sending commands and receiving confirmation or error responses...
2017: Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663371/functional-characterization-of-a-constitutively-active-kinase-variant-of-arabidopsis-phototropin-1
#4
Jan Petersen, Shin-Ichiro Inoue, Sharon M Kelly, Stuart Sullivan, Toshinori Kinoshita, John Mackie Christie
Phototropins (phots) are plasma membrane-associated serine/threonine kinases that coordinate a range of processes linked to optimizing photosynthetic efficiency in plants. These photoreceptors contain two light-, oxygen- or voltage-sensing (LOV) domains within their N-terminus, with each binding one molecule of flavin mononucleotide (FMN) as a UV/blue light absorbing chromophore. Although phots contain two LOV domains, light-induced activation of the C-terminal kinase domain and subsequent receptor autophosphorylation is controlled primarily by the A'α-LOV2-Jα photosensory module...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632317/quantum-mechanics-molecular-mechanics-study-on-the-photoreactions-of-dark-and-light-adapted-states-of-a-blue-light-ytva-lov-photoreceptor
#5
Xue-Ping Chang, Yuan-Jun Gao, Wei-Hai Fang, Ganglong Cui, Walter Thiel
The dark- and light-adapted states of YtvA LOV domains exhibit distinct excited-state behavior. We have employed high-level QM(MS-CASPT2)/MM calculations to study the photochemical reactions of the dark- and light-adapted states. The photoreaction from the dark-adapted state starts with an S1 →T1 intersystem crossing followed by a triplet-state hydrogen transfer from the thiol to the flavin moiety that produces a diradical intermediate, and a subsequent internal conversion that triggers a barrierless C-S bond formation in the S0 state...
August 1, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576317/a-miniature-optical-emission-spectrometric-system-in-a-lab-on-valve-for-sensitive-determination-of-cadmium
#6
Ya-Jie Zhang, Yi Cai, Yong-Liang Yu, Jian-Hua Wang
A miniature optical emission spectrometric (OES) system is developed by incorporating dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) microplasma as excitation source in a lab-on-valve (LOV) configuration for trace cadmium analysis. The entire system integrates bead injection (BI) sample pretreatment, post-column derivatization, in-situ nebulization and OES detection. Trace cadmium in sample solution is separated and preconcentrated by flowing through a 2-(5-Br-2-pyridylazo)-5-dethylaminophenol (5-Br-PADAP) loaded microcolumn in LOV, followed by elution with 20 μL of 0...
July 11, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543056/cloning-and-analysis-of-the-glwc-1-and-glwc-2-genes-encoding-putative-blue-light-photoreceptor-from-ganoderma-lucidum
#7
Xinran Xu, Xiangdong Chen, Wumengxiao Yu, Yu Liu, Weiwei Zhang, Jin Lan
Blue light plays an important role during the growth of Ganoderma lucidum, one of the best-known medicinal macrofungi in China. In the present study, we cloned Glwc-1 and Glwc-2, the homologue of the blue light photoreceptors Ncwc-1 and Ncwc-2 of Neurospora crassa, from G. lucidum. The deduced amino acid sequence of Glwc-1 contained the similar function domains as NcWC-1 including LOV, PAS B, PAS C, and PAC domains. The deduced amino acid sequence of Glwc-2 contained PAS domain and GATA-type zinc finger (Znf) domain as well as NcWC-2...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530801/hydrogen-bonding-environment-of-the-n3-h-group-of-flavin-mononucleotide-in-the-light-oxygen-voltage-domains-of-phototropins
#8
Tatsuya Iwata, Dai Nozaki, Atsushi Yamamoto, Takayuki Koyama, Yasuzo Nishina, Kiyoshi Shiga, Satoru Tokutomi, Masashi Unno, Hideki Kandori
The light oxygen voltage (LOV) domain is a flavin-binding blue-light receptor domain, originally found in a plant photoreceptor phototropin (phot). Recently, LOV domains have been used in optogenetics as the photosensory domain of fusion proteins. Therefore, it is important to understand how LOV domains exhibit light-induced structural changes for the kinase domain regulation, which enables the design of LOV-containing optogenetics tools with higher photoactivation efficiency. In this study, the hydrogen bonding environment of the N3-H group of flavin mononucleotide (FMN) of the LOV2 domain from Adiantum neochrome (neo) 1 was investigated by low-temperature Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy...
June 5, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502782/time-resolved-x-ray-solution-scattering-reveals-the-structural-photoactivation-of-a-light-oxygen-voltage-photoreceptor
#9
Oskar Berntsson, Ralph P Diensthuber, Matthijs R Panman, Alexander Björling, Ashley J Hughes, Léocadie Henry, Stephan Niebling, Gemma Newby, Marianne Liebi, Andreas Menzel, Robert Henning, Irina Kosheleva, Andreas Möglich, Sebastian Westenhoff
Light-oxygen-voltage (LOV) receptors are sensory proteins controlling a wide range of organismal adaptations in multiple kingdoms of life. Because of their modular nature, LOV domains are also attractive for use as optogenetic actuators. A flavin chromophore absorbs blue light, forms a bond with a proximal cysteine residue, and induces changes in the surroundings. There is a gap of knowledge on how this initial signal is relayed further through the sensor to the effector module. To characterize these conformational changes, we apply time-resolved X-ray scattering to the homodimeric LOV domain from Bacillus subtilis YtvA...
June 6, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501154/new-approach-to-h-point-standard-addition-method-for-detection-and-elimination-of-unspecific-interferences-in-samples-with-unknown-matrix
#10
Marcin Wieczorek, Silvia Rengevicova, Paweł Świt, Aneta Woźniakiewicz, Joanna Kozak, Paweł Kościelniak
A novel method for correction of unknown unspecific (additive) interferences was developed in sequential injection analysis (SIA) using a Lab on Valve module (LOV) with spectrophotometric detection. The method implements a novel idea to calibrate by the standard addition method in several different chemical conditions created in such a way to measure different signal for an analyte and unchanged signal for interferents causing additive effect. This approach, being an enhancement of the H-point standard addition method (HPSAM), enables to quantify unbiased concentration of an analyte in the presence of unknown interferences...
August 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500719/novel-thermostable-flavin-binding-fluorescent-proteins-from-thermophilic-organisms
#11
Marcus Wingen, Karl-Erich Jaeger, Thomas Gensch, Thomas Drepper
Flavin-binding fluorescent proteins (FbFPs) are small, oxygen-independent in vivo reporters, derived from Light Oxygen Voltage (LOV) domains of photoreceptors. Here, we investigated the thermostability of existing, as well as novel FbFPs, whose genes were identified in genome sequences of various thermophilic bacteria as well as metagenomic libraries from hot springs in the Yellowstone National Park. Detailed in vitro analyses revealed that two of those fluorescent reporter proteins were highly thermostable, exhibiting melting temperatures above 75°C...
May 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500710/characterization-of-the-blue-light-activated-adenylyl-cyclase-mpac-by-flash-photolysis-and-ftir-spectroscopy
#12
Silke Kerruth, Pit Langner, Sarah Raffelberg, Wolfgang Gärtner, Joachim Heberle
The recently discovered photo-activated adenylyl cyclase (mPAC from Microcoleus chthonoplastes) is the first PAC that owes a light-, oxygen- and voltage-sensitive (LOV) domain for blue-light sensing. The photoreaction of the mPAC receptor was studied by time-resolved UV/vis and light-induced Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) absorption difference spectroscopy. The photocycle comprises of the typical triplet state LOV715 and the thio-adduct state LOV390 . While the adduct state decays with a time constant of 8 s, the lifetime of the triplet state is with 656 ns significantly shorter than in all other reported LOV domains...
May 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478682/fully-automated-system-for-99-tc-monitoring-in-hospital-and-urban-residues-a-simple-approach-to-waste-management
#13
Marina Villar, Antoni Borràs, Jessica Avivar, Fernando Vega, Víctor Cerdà, Laura Ferrer
(99)Tc is an artificial beta emitter widely used in nuclear medicine for diagnostic tests. A fully automated and rapid system for (99)Tc monitoring is introduced with the aim to improve hospital residues management. This system can also be helpful for controlling urban wastewater. Figures of merit similar to those obtained with liquid scintillation counting were achieved by exploiting a simple, economic, and portable system with spectrophotometric detection. The combination of flow analysis techniques, i.e...
June 6, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469162/blue-light-reception-through-quaternary-transitions
#14
Christopher Engelhard, Ralph P Diensthuber, Andreas Möglich, Robert Bittl
Sensory photoreceptors absorb light via their photosensor modules and trigger downstream physiological adaptations via their effector modules. Light reception accordingly depends on precisely orchestrated interactions between these modules, the molecular details of which often remain elusive. Using electron-electron double resonance (ELDOR) spectroscopy and site-directed spin labelling, we chart the structural transitions facilitating blue-light reception in the engineered light-oxygen-voltage (LOV) histidine kinase YF1 which represents a paradigm for numerous natural signal receptors...
May 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431041/bidirectional-approaches-for-optogenetic-regulation-of-gene-expression-in-mammalian-cells-using-arabidopsis-cryptochrome-2
#15
Gopal P Pathak, Jessica I Spiltoir, Camilla Höglund, Lauren R Polstein, Sari Heine-Koskinen, Charles A Gersbach, Jari Rossi, Chandra L Tucker
Optogenetic tools allow regulation of cellular processes with light, which can be delivered with spatiotemporal resolution. In previous work, we used cryptochrome 2 (CRY2) and CIB1, Arabidopsis proteins that interact upon light illumination, to regulate transcription with light in yeast. While adopting this approach to regulate transcription in mammalian cells, we observed light-dependent redistribution and clearing of CRY2-tethered proteins within the nucleus. The nuclear clearing phenotype was dependent on the presence of a dimerization domain contained within the CRY2-fused transcriptional activators...
April 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425502/revealing-hidden-conformational-space-of-lov-protein-vivid-through-rigid-residue-scan-simulations
#16
Hongyu Zhou, Brian D Zoltowski, Peng Tao
VIVID(VVD) protein is a Light-Oxygen-Voltage(LOV) domain in circadian clock system. Upon blue light activation, a covalent bond is formed between VVD residue Cys108 and its cofactor flavin adenine dinucleotide(FAD), and prompts VVD switching from Dark state to Light state with significant conformational deviation. However, the mechanism of this local environment initiated global protein conformational change remains elusive. We employed a recently developed computational approach, rigid residue scan(RRS), to systematically probe the impact of the internal degrees of freedom in each amino acid residue of VVD on its overall dynamics by applying rigid body constraint on each residue in molecular dynamics simulations...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412349/light-induced-protein-degradation-in-human-derived-cells
#17
Wansheng Sun, Wenyao Zhang, Chao Zhang, Miaowei Mao, Yuzheng Zhao, Xianjun Chen, Yi Yang
Controlling protein degradation can be a valuable tool for posttranslational regulation of protein abundance to study complex biological systems. In the present study, we designed a light-switchable degron consisting of a light oxygen voltage (LOV) domain of Avena sativa phototropin 1 (AsLOV2) and a C-terminal degron. Our results showed that the light-switchable degron could be used for rapid and specific induction of protein degradation in HEK293 cells by light in a proteasome-dependent manner. Further studies showed that the light-switchable degron could also be utilized to mediate the degradation of secreted Gaussia princeps luciferase (GLuc), demonstrating the adaptability of the light-switchable degron in different types of protein...
May 27, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387114/light-induced-conformational-changes-of-lov2-kinase-and-the-linker-region-in-arabidopsis-phototropin2
#18
Akira Takakado, Yusuke Nakasone, Koji Okajima, Satoru Tokutomi, Masahide Terazima
Phototropins (phots) are blue light sensors found in a variety of higher plants and algae. The photochemical reactions of this family of proteins have attracted much attention since their discovery. Phots have two light sensor domains called light-oxygen-voltage 1 (LOV1) and LOV2. After the formation of the characteristic adduct of the LOV domain, a conformational change of the C-terminal region of the LOV2 domain occurs, and characterizing this change is important for understanding biological function, that is, kinase activation...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378460/chlorosis-caused-by-two-recessively-interacting-genes-reveals-a-role-of-rna-helicase-in-hybrid-breakdown-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#19
Björn Plötner, Markus Nurmi, Axel Fischer, Mutsumi Watanabe, Korbinian Schneeberger, Svante Holm, Neha Vaid, Mark Aurel Schöttler, Dirk Walther, Rainer Hoefgen, Detlef Weigel, Roosa A E Laitinen
Hybrids often differ in fitness from their parents. They may be superior, translating into hybrid vigour or heterosis, but they may also be markedly inferior, because of hybrid weakness or incompatibility. The underlying genetic causes for the latter can often be traced back to genes that evolve rapidly because of sexual or host-pathogen conflicts. Hybrid weakness may manifest itself only in later generations, in a phenomenon called hybrid breakdown. We have characterized a case of hybrid breakdown among two Arabidopsis thaliana accessions, Shahdara (Sha, Tajikistan) and Lövvik-5 (Lov-5, Northern Sweden)...
April 4, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369414/the-european-lead-extraction-controlled-electra-study-a-european-heart-rhythm-association-ehra-registry-of-transvenous-lead-extraction-outcomes
#20
Maria Grazia Bongiorni, Charles Kennergren, Christian Butter, Jean Claude Deharo, Andrzej Kutarski, Christopher A Rinaldi, Simone L Romano, Aldo P Maggioni, Maryna Andarala, Angelo Auricchio, Karl-Heinz Kuck, Carina Blomström-Lundqvist
Aims: The European Lead Extraction ConTRolled Registry (ELECTRa), is a prospective registry of consecutive transvenous lead extraction (TLE) procedures conducted by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) in order to identify the safety and efficacy of the current practice of TLE. Methods and results: European centres performing TLE, invited by the organizing committee on behalf of EHRA, prospectively recruited all consecutive patients undergoing TLE at their institution...
March 23, 2017: European Heart Journal
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