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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637336/identification-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-upstream-open-reading-frames-encoding-peptide-sequences-that-cause-ribosomal-arrest
#1
Noriya Hayashi, Shun Sasaki, Hiro Takahashi, Yui Yamashita, Satoshi Naito, Hitoshi Onouchi
Specific sequences of certain nascent peptides cause programmed ribosomal arrest during mRNA translation to control gene expression. In eukaryotes, most known regulatory arrest peptides are encoded by upstream open reading frames (uORFs) present in the 5΄-untranslated region of mRNAs. However, to date, a limited number of eukaryotic uORFs encoding arrest peptides have been reported. Here, we searched for arrest peptide-encoding uORFs among Arabidopsis thaliana uORFs with evolutionarily conserved peptide sequences...
June 14, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637321/amino-acid-substrates-impose-polyamine-eif5a-or-hypusine-requirement-for-peptide-synthesis
#2
Byung-Sik Shin, Takayuki Katoh, Erik Gutierrez, Joo-Ran Kim, Hiroaki Suga, Thomas E Dever
Whereas ribosomes efficiently catalyze peptide bond synthesis by most amino acids, the imino acid proline is a poor substrate for protein synthesis. Previous studies have shown that the translation factor eIF5A and its bacterial ortholog EF-P bind in the E site of the ribosome where they contact the peptidyl-tRNA in the P site and play a critical role in promoting the synthesis of polyproline peptides. Using misacylated Pro-tRNAPhe and Phe-tRNAPro, we show that the imino acid proline and not tRNAPro imposes the primary eIF5A requirement for polyproline synthesis...
June 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636973/amide-to-triazole-switch-vs-in-vivo-nep-inhibition-approaches-to-promote-radiopeptide-targeting-of-grpr-positive-tumors
#3
Theodosia Maina, Aikaterini Kaloudi, Ibai E Valverde, Thomas L Mindt, Berthold A Nock
INTRODUCTION: Radiolabeled bombesin (BBN)-analogs have been proposed for diagnosis and therapy of gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR)-expressing tumors, such as prostate, breast and lung cancer. Metabolic stability represents a crucial factor for the success of this approach by ensuring sufficient delivery of circulating radioligand to tumor sites. The amide-to-triazole switch on the backbone of DOTA-PEG4-[Nle(14)]BBN(7-14) (1) was reported to improve the in vitro stability of resulting (177)Lu-radioligands...
June 10, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636965/hla-f-a-new-kid-licensed-for-peptide-presentation
#4
Malcolm J W Sim, Peter D Sun
HLA-F, a non-classical MHC molecule, is not known to present peptides. Dulberger et al. (2017) show that HLA-F contains a distinct peptide-binding groove and can present a diverse array of peptides. LIR1, however, recognized HLA-F away from bound peptide, leaving open whether peptide-HLA-F-specific T and NK receptors exist.
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636952/human-leukocyte-antigen-f-presents-peptides-and-regulates-immunity-through-interactions-with-nk-cell-receptors
#5
Charles L Dulberger, Curtis P McMurtrey, Angelique Hölzemer, Karlynn E Neu, Victor Liu, Adriana M Steinbach, Wilfredo F Garcia-Beltran, Michael Sulak, Bana Jabri, Vincent J Lynch, Marcus Altfeld, William H Hildebrand, Erin J Adams
Evidence is mounting that the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecule HLA-F (human leukocyte antigen F) regulates the immune system in pregnancy, infection, and autoimmunity by signaling through NK cell receptors (NKRs). We present structural, biochemical, and evolutionary analyses demonstrating that HLA-F presents peptides of unconventional length dictated by a newly arisen mutation (R62W) that has produced an open-ended groove accommodating particularly long peptides. Compared to empty HLA-F open conformers (OCs), HLA-F tetramers bound with human-derived peptides differentially stained leukocytes, suggesting peptide-dependent engagement...
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636916/structural-behavior-of-the-peptaibol-harzianin-hk-vi-in-a-dmpc-bilayer-insights-from-md-simulations
#6
Marina Putzu, Sezgin Kara, Sergii Afonin, Stephan L Grage, Andrea Bordessa, Grégory Chaume, Thierry Brigaud, Anne S Ulrich, Tomáš Kubař
Microsecond molecular dynamics simulations of harzianin HK VI (HZ) interacting with a dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine bilayer were performed at the condition of low peptide-to-lipid ratio. Two orientations of HZ molecule in the bilayer were found and characterized. In the orientation perpendicular to the bilayer surface, HZ induces a local thinning of the bilayer. When inserted into the bilayer parallel to its surface, HZ is located nearly completely within the hydrophobic region of the bilayer. A combination of solid-state NMR and circular dichroism experiments found the latter orientation to be dominant...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636914/peptide-protein-binding-investigated-by-far-ir-spectroscopy-and-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#7
Yoann Cote, Yves Nominé, Juan Ramirez, Petra Hellwig, Roland H Stote
Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and far-infrared (far-IR) spectroscopy were combined to study peptide binding by the second PDZ domain (PDZ1) of MAGI1, which has been identified as an important target for the Human Papilloma Virus. PDZ1 recognizes and binds to the C-terminal end of the E6 protein from high-risk Human Papilloma Virus. The far-IR spectra of two forms of the protein, an unbound APO form and a HOLO form (where the PDZ1 is bound to an 11-residue peptide derived from the C terminus of HPV16 E6), were obtained...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636910/prp40-homolog-a-is-a-novel-centrin-target
#8
Adalberto Díaz Casas, Walter J Chazin, Belinda Pastrana-Ríos
Pre-mRNA processing protein 40 (Prp40) is a nuclear protein that has a role in pre-mRNA splicing. Prp40 possesses two leucine-rich nuclear export signals, but little is known about the function of Prp40 in the export process. Another protein that has a role in protein export is centrin, a member of the EF-hand superfamily of Ca(2+)-binding proteins. Prp40 was found to be a centrin target by yeast-two-hybrid screening using both Homo sapiens centrin 2 (Hscen2) and Chlamydomonas reinhardtii centrin (Crcen). We identified a centrin-binding site within H...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636888/responsiveness-of-pituitary-to-galanin-throughout-the-reproductive-cycle-of-male-european-sea-bass-dicentrarchus-labrax
#9
P Pinto, Z Velez, C Sousa, S Santos, A Andrade, M V Alvarado, A Felip, S Zanuy, A V M Canário
The neuropeptide galanin (Gal) is a putative factor regulating puberty onset and reproduction through its actions on the pituitary. The present study investigated the pituitary responsiveness to galanin and the patterns of galanin receptors (Galrs) expression throughout the reproductive cycle of two years old male European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax), an important aquaculture species. Quantitative analysis of pituitary and hypothalamus transcript expression of four galr subtypes revealed differential regulation according to the testicular developmental stage, with an overall decrease in expression from the immature stage to the mid-recrudescence stage...
June 18, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636874/next-generation-matrix-metalloproteinase-inhibitors-novel-strategies-bring-new-prospects
#10
REVIEW
Maxim Levin, Yael Udi, Inna Solomonov, Irit Sagi
Enzymatic proteolysis of cell surface proteins and extracellular matrix (ECM) is critical for tissue homeostasis and cell signaling. These proteolytic activities are mediated predominantly by a family of proteases termed matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). The growing evidence in recent years that ECM and non-ECM bioactive molecules (e.g., growth factors, cytokines, chemokines, on top of matrikines and matricryptins) have versatile functions redefines our view on the roles matrix remodeling enzymes play in many physiological and pathological processes, and underscores the notion that ECM proteolytic reaction mechanisms represent master switches in the regulation of critical biological processes and govern cell behavior...
June 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636871/pregnane-glycosides-from-cynanchum-menarandrense
#11
Michail Tsoukalas, Arianna Psichas, Frank Reimann, Fiona M Gribble, Annelise Lobstein, Aurélie Urbain
Five new pregnane-type steroidal glycosides, named menarandrosides A-E (1-2, 5-7) were isolated from the aerial parts of Cynanchum menarandrense, together with three known compounds, carumbelloside I (3), carumbelloside II (4), and pregnenolone-3-O-gentiobioside (8). Their structures were determined on the basis of spectroscopic analyses including NMR and mass spectrometry, reporting C-21 steroids glycosylated only by one or two glucose moieties. Compounds were then investigated for their potential to stimulate glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) secretion in intestinal cells; although none of the pure compounds had any influence, the fraction enriched in pregnanes exhibited a significant activity, suggesting a possible synergistic effect...
June 18, 2017: Steroids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636825/a-new-mixed-all-atom-coarse-grained-model-application-to-melittin-aggregation-in-aqueous-solution
#12
Mee Y Shelley, Myvizhi Esai Selvan, Jun Zhao, Volodymyr Babin, Chenyi Liao, Jianing Li, John Clarence Shelley
We introduce a new mixed resolution, all-atom/coarse-grained approach (AACG) for modeling peptides in aqueous solution and apply it to characterizing the aggregation of melittin. All of the atoms in peptidic components are represented while a single site is used for each water molecule. With the full flexibility of the peptide retained, our AACG method achieves speedups by a factor of 3-4 for CPU time reduction and another factor of roughly 7 for diffusion. An Ewald treatment permits the inclusion of long-range electrostatic interactions...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636788/role-of-positively-charged-residues-on-the-polar-and-non-polar-faces-of-amphipathic-%C3%AE-helical-antimicrobial-peptides-amps-on-specificity-and-selectivity-for-gram-negative-pathogens
#13
Ziqing Jiang, Colin T Mant, Michael Vasil, Robert S Hodges
We have designed de novo and synthesized eight 26-residue all D-conformation amphipathic α-helical cationic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), four with "specificity determinants" which provide specificity for prokaryotic cells over eukaryotic cells and four AMPs without specificity determinants. The eight AMPs contain six positively charged Lys residues on the polar face in four different arrangements to understand the role of these residues have on antimicrobial activity against 14 Acinetobacter baumannii strains, 7 of which were resistant to polymyxin B and colistin; 6 diverse Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains and 17 Staphylococcus aureus strains, 9 of which were Methicillin-sensitive (MSSA) and 8 of which were Methicillin-resistant (MRSA)...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636781/discovery-of-two-bombinin-peptides-with-antimicrobial-and-anticancer-activities-from-the-skin-secretion-of-oriental-fire-bellied-toad-bombina-orientalis
#14
Chang Zhou, Zhengming Wang, Xin Peng, Yao Liu, Yangjun Lin, Zhe Zhang, Yuling Qiu, Meihua Jin, Ran Wang, Dexin Kong
Amphibian skin secretions are known to contain numerous peptides with a large array of biological activities. Bombinins are a group of amphibian derived peptides with broad spectrum antimicrobial activities that have been only identified from the ancient toad species, Bombina. In this study, we described the identification and characterization of a novel bombinin precursor which encoded a bombinin like peptide (BLP-7) and a novel bombinin H type peptide (named as Bombinin H-BO) from the skin secretion of Oriental fire-bellied toad, Bombina orientalis...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636680/unifying-the-microscopic-picture-of-his-containing-turns-from-gas-phase-model-peptides-to-crystallized-proteins
#15
Woon Yong Sohn, Sana Habka, Eric Gloaguen, Michel Mons
The presence in crystallized proteins of a local anchoring between the side chain of a His residue, located in the central position of a γ- or β-turn, and its local main chain environment, was assessed by the comparison of protein structures with relevant isolated model peptides. Gas phase laser spectroscopy, combined with relevant quantum chemistry methods, was used to characterize the γ- and β-turn structures in these model peptides. A conformer-selective NH stretch infrared study provided evidence for the formation in vacuo of two types of short-range H-bonded motifs, labelled ε-6(δ) and δ-(δ)7/π(H), bridging the His side chain (in its gauche+ rotamer) to the neighbouring NH(i) and CO(i) sites of the backbone; each side chain-backbone motif was found to be specific of the tautomer (ε or δ) adopted by the His side chain in its neutral form...
June 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636593/t-cells-from-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-recognize-%C3%AE-synuclein-peptides
#16
David Sulzer, Roy N Alcalay, Francesca Garretti, Lucien Cote, Ellen Kanter, Julian Agin-Liebes, Christopher Liong, Curtis McMurtrey, William H Hildebrand, Xiaobo Mao, Valina L Dawson, Ted M Dawson, Carla Oseroff, John Pham, John Sidney, Myles B Dillon, Chelsea Carpenter, Daniela Weiskopf, Elizabeth Phillips, Simon Mallal, Bjoern Peters, April Frazier, Cecilia S Lindestam Arlehamn, Alessandro Sette
Genetic studies have shown the association of Parkinson's disease with alleles of the major histocompatibility complex. Here we show that a defined set of peptides that are derived from α-synuclein, a protein aggregated in Parkinson's disease, act as antigenic epitopes displayed by these alleles and drive helper and cytotoxic T cell responses in patients with Parkinson's disease. These responses may explain the association of Parkinson's disease with specific major histocompatibility complex alleles.
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636592/quantifiable-predictive-features-define-epitope-specific-t-cell-receptor-repertoires
#17
Pradyot Dash, Andrew J Fiore-Gartland, Tomer Hertz, George C Wang, Shalini Sharma, Aisha Souquette, Jeremy Chase Crawford, E Bridie Clemens, Thi H O Nguyen, Katherine Kedzierska, Nicole L La Gruta, Philip Bradley, Paul G Thomas
T cells are defined by a heterodimeric surface receptor, the T cell receptor (TCR), that mediates recognition of pathogen-associated epitopes through interactions with peptide and major histocompatibility complexes (pMHCs). TCRs are generated by genomic rearrangement of the germline TCR locus, a process termed V(D)J recombination, that has the potential to generate marked diversity of TCRs (estimated to range from 10(15) (ref. 1) to as high as 10(61) (ref. 2) possible receptors). Despite this potential diversity, TCRs from T cells that recognize the same pMHC epitope often share conserved sequence features, suggesting that it may be possible to predictively model epitope specificity...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636589/identifying-specificity-groups-in-the-t-cell-receptor-repertoire
#18
Jacob Glanville, Huang Huang, Allison Nau, Olivia Hatton, Lisa E Wagar, Florian Rubelt, Xuhuai Ji, Arnold Han, Sheri M Krams, Christina Pettus, Nikhil Haas, Cecilia S Lindestam Arlehamn, Alessandro Sette, Scott D Boyd, Thomas J Scriba, Olivia M Martinez, Mark M Davis
T cell receptor (TCR) sequences are very diverse, with many more possible sequence combinations than T cells in any one individual. Here we define the minimal requirements for TCR antigen specificity, through an analysis of TCR sequences using a panel of peptide and major histocompatibility complex (pMHC)-tetramer-sorted cells and structural data. From this analysis we developed an algorithm that we term GLIPH (grouping of lymphocyte interactions by paratope hotspots) to cluster TCRs with a high probability of sharing specificity owing to both conserved motifs and global similarity of complementarity-determining region 3 (CDR3) sequences...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636389/tumor-microenvironment-responsive-multistaged-nanoplatform-for-systemic-rnai-and-cancer-therapy
#19
Xiaoding Xu, Phei Er Saw, Wei Tao, Yujing Li, Xiaoyuan Ji, Mikyung Yu, Morteza Mahmoudi, Jonathan Rasmussen, Dana Ayyash, Yuxiao Zhou, Omid C Farokhzad, Jinjun Shi
While RNA interference (RNAi) therapy has demonstrated significant potential for cancer treatment, effective and safe systemic delivery of RNAi agents such as small interfering RNA (siRNA) into tumor cells in vivo remains challenging. We herein reported a unique multistaged siRNA delivery nanoparticle (NP) platform, which is comprised of (i) a polyethylene glycol (PEG) surface shell, (ii) a sharp tumor microenvironment (TME) pH-responsive polymer that forms the NP core, and (iii) charge-mediated complexes of siRNA and tumor cell-targeting- and penetrating-peptide-amphiphile (TCPA) that are encapsulated in the NP core...
June 21, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636386/msviz-a-graphical-software-tool-for-in-depth-manual-validation-and-quantitation-of-post-translational-modifications
#20
Trinidad Martin Campos, Roman Mylonas, Alexandre Masselot, Patrice Waridel, Tanja Petricevic, Ioannis Xenarios, Manfredo Quadroni
Mass spectrometry (MS) has become the tool of choice for the large scale identification and quantitation of proteins and their post-translational modifications (PTMs). This development has been enabled by powerful software packages for the automated analysis of MS data. While data on PTM's of thousands of proteins can nowadays be readily obtained, fully deciphering the complexity and combinatorics of modification patterns even on a single protein often remains challenging. Moreover, functional investigation of PTMs on a protein of interest requires validation of the localization and the accurate quantitation of its changes across several conditions, tasks that often still require human evaluation...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
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