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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107480/drosophila-vps13-is-required-for-protein-homeostasis-in-the-brain
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Jan J Vonk, Wondwossen M Yeshaw, Francesco Pinto, Anita I E Faber, Liza L Lahaye, Bart Kanon, Marianne van der Zwaag, Antonio Velayos-Baeza, Raimundo Freire, Sven C van IJzendoorn, Nicola A Grzeschik, Ody C M Sibon
Chorea-Acanthocytosis is a rare, neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive loss of locomotor and cognitive function. It is caused by loss of function mutations in the Vacuolar Protein Sorting 13A (VPS13A) gene, which is conserved from yeast to human. The consequences of VPS13A dysfunction in the nervous system are still largely unspecified. In order to study the consequences of VPS13A protein dysfunction in the ageing central nervous system we characterized a Drosophila melanogaster Vps13 mutant line...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106854/the-effect-of-polyphenols-on-protein-degradation-pathways-implications-for-neuroprotection
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REVIEW
Parvana Hajieva
Human neurodegenerative diseases are accompanied by accumulation of heavily oxidized and aggregated proteins. However, the exact molecular reason is not fully elucidated yet. Insufficient cellular protein quality control is thought to play an important role in accumulating covalently oxidized misfolded proteins. Pharmacologically active polyphenols and their derivatives exhibit potential for preventive and therapeutic purposes against protein aggregation during neurodegeneration. Although these compounds act on various biochemical pathways, their role in stabilizing the protein degradation machinery at different stages may be an attractive therapeutical strategy to halt the accumulation of misfolded proteins...
January 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106831/ablation-of-protein-kinase-ck2%C3%AE-in-skeletal-muscle-fibers-interferes-with-their-oxidative-capacity
#3
Nane Eiber, Luca Simeone, Said Hashemolhosseini
The tetrameric protein kinase CK2 was identified playing a role at neuromuscular junctions by studying CK2β-deficient muscle fibers in mice, and in cultured immortalized C2C12 muscle cells after individual knockdown of CK2α and CK2β subunits. In muscle cells, CK2 activity appeared to be at least required for regular aggregation of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, which serves as a hallmark for the presence of a postsynaptic apparatus. Here, we set out to determine whether any other feature accompanies CK2β-deficient muscle fibers...
January 19, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106549/the-multimerization-state-of%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-amyloid-%C3%AE-42-amyloid-peptide-governs-its-interaction-network-with%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-extracellular-matrix
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Romain Salza, Claire Lethias, Sylvie Ricard-Blum
The goals of this work were i) to identify the interactions of amyloid-β (Aβ)42 under monomeric, oligomeric, and fibrillar forms with the extracellular matrix (ECM) and receptors, ii) to determine the influence of Aβ42 supramolecular organization on these interactions, and iii) to identify the molecular functions, biological processes, and pathways targeted by Aβ42 in the ECM. The ECM and cell surface partners of Aβ42 and its supramolecular forms were identified with protein and glycosaminoglycan (GAG) arrays (81 molecules in triplicate) probed by surface plasmon resonance imaging...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106202/a-colorimetric-sensing-platform-based-upon-recognizing-hybridization-chain-reaction-products-with-oligonucleotide-modified-gold-nanoparticles-through-triplex-formation
#5
Li Zou, Ruimin Li, Manjun Zhang, Yanwei Luo, Nian Zhou, Jing Wang, Liansheng Ling
A novel colorimetric sensing strategy for biomolecule assay has been developed, which integrates the signal amplification of the hybridization chain reaction (HCR) with the assembly of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) through triplex formation. In the presence of targets, the HCR process can be triggered, the HCR products are specifically recognized by triplex-forming oligonucleotide (TFO) functionalized AuNPs, accompanying the aggregation of AuNPs and a dramatic absorbance change at 522 nm. In addition, the DNA hairpin probes can form rigid triplex structures with TFO-functionalized AuNPs in the absence of targets, resulting in a negligible background signal...
January 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106117/norovirus-p-particle-based-active-a%C3%AE-immunotherapy-elicits-sufficient-immunogenicity-and-improves-cognitive-capacity-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Lu Fu, Yingnan Li, Yue Hu, Yayuan Zheng, Bin Yu, Haihong Zhang, Jiaxin Wu, Hui Wu, Xianghui Yu, Wei Kong
Disease-modifying immunotherapies focusing on reducing amyloid-beta (Aβ) deposition are the main treatment for Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, none of the Aβ immunotherapies has produced clinically meaningful results to date. The main reason for this lack of efficacy is that the vaccine induces insufficiently high antibody titers, as it contains small B-cell epitope of Aβ to avoid Aβ42-specific T-cell activation. With the aim of generating a potent AD vaccine, we designed the protein PP-3copy-Aβ1-6-loop123, comprising three copies of Aβ1-6 inserted into three loops of a novel vaccine platform, the norovirus P particle, which could present Aβ at its surface and remarkably enhance the immunogenicity of the vaccine...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106075/phosphatidylinositol-3-4-bisphosphate-regulates-neurite-initiation-and-dendrite-morphogenesis-via-actin-aggregation
#7
Shu-Xin Zhang, Li-Hui Duan, Shun-Ji He, Gui-Feng Zhuang, Xiang Yu
Neurite initiation is critical for neuronal morphogenesis and early neural circuit development. Recent studies showed that local actin aggregation underneath the cell membrane determined the site of neurite initiation. An immediately arising question is what signaling mechanism initiated actin aggregation. Here we demonstrate that local clustering of phosphatidylinositol 3,4-bisphosphate (PI(3,4)P2), a phospholipid with relatively few known signaling functions, is necessary and sufficient for aggregating actin and promoting neuritogenesis...
January 20, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105210/mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-inhibitor-rad001-sensitizes-endometrial-cancer-cells-to-paclitaxel-induced-apoptosis-via-the-induction-of-autophagy
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Huan Wang, Dandan Li, Xiaomao Li, Xueling Ou, Suiling Liu, Yu Zhang, Jie Ding, Bo Xie
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor, RAD001, on the growth of human endometrial cancer cells. The effects of RAD001 on human endometrial cancer Ishikawa and HEC-1A cell proliferation were determined by MTT assay. Green fluorescent protein microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3α (GFP-LC3) protein aggregates were observed under a confocal microscope, and Ishikawa and HEC-1A cell apoptosis was detected using flow cytometry. The expression levels of LC3-I, LC3-II and mTOR proteins were detected by western blot analysis...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104914/docosahexaenoic-acid-mediated-protein-aggregates-may-reduce-proteasome-activity-and-delay-myotube-degradation-during-muscle-atrophy-in-vitro
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Seung Kyun Shin, Ji Hyeon Kim, Jung Hoon Lee, Young Hoon Son, Min Wook Lee, Hak Joong Kim, Sue Ah Noh, Kwang Pyo Kim, In-Gyu Kim, Min Jae Lee
Proteasomes are the primary degradation machinery for oxidatively damaged proteins that compose a class of misfolded protein substrates. Cellular levels of reactive oxygen species increase with age and this cellular propensity is particularly harmful when combined with the age-associated development of various human disorders including cancer, neurodegenerative disease and muscle atrophy. Proteasome activity is reportedly downregulated in these disease conditions. Herein, we report that docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a major dietary omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid, mediates intermolecular protein cross-linkages through oxidation, and the resulting protein aggregates potently reduce proteasomal activity both in vitro and in cultured cells...
January 20, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104909/selective-neuronal-vulnerability-in-parkinson-disease
#10
D James Surmeier, José A Obeso, Glenda M Halliday
Intracellular α-synuclein (α-syn)-rich protein aggregates called Lewy pathology (LP) and neuronal death are commonly found in the brains of patients with clinical Parkinson disease (cPD). It is widely believed that LP appears early in the disease and spreads in synaptically coupled brain networks, driving neuronal dysfunction and death. However, post-mortem analysis of human brains and connectome-mapping studies show that the pattern of LP in cPD is not consistent with this simple model, arguing that, if LP propagates in cPD, it must be gated by cell- or region-autonomous mechanisms...
January 20, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104746/origin-and-evolution-of-the-sponge-aggregation-factor-gene-family
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Laura F Grice, Marie E A Gauthier, Kathrein E Roper, Xavier Fernàndez-Busquets, Sandie M Degnan, Bernard M Degnan
Although discriminating self from nonself is a cardinal animal trait, metazoan allorecognition genes do not appear to be homologous. Here we characterise the Aggregation Factor (AF) gene family, which encodes putative allorecognition factors in the demosponge Amphimedon queenslandica, and trace its evolution across 24 sponge (Porifera) species. The AF locus in Amphimedon is comprised of a cluster of five similar genes that encode Calx-beta and Von Willebrand domains and a newly defined Wreath domain, and are highly polymorphic...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104575/modulation-of-proteostasis-by-transcription-factor-nrf2-and-impact-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Marta Pajares, Antonio Cuadrado, Ana I Rojo
Neurodegenerative diseases are linked to the accumulation of specific protein aggregates, suggesting an intimate connection between injured brain and loss of proteostasis. Proteostasis refers to all the processes by which cells control the abundance and folding of the proteome thanks to a wide network that integrates the regulation of signaling pathways, gene expression and protein degradation systems. This review attempts to summarize the most relevant findings about the transcriptional modulation of proteostasis exerted by the transcription factor NRF2 (nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2)...
January 10, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103906/thermodynamic-and-kinetic-stability-of-the-josephin-domain-closed-arrangement-evidences-from-replica-exchange-molecular-dynamics
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Gianvito Grasso, Jack A Tuszynski, Umberto Morbiducci, Ginevra Licandro, Andrea Danani, Marco A Deriu
BACKGROUND: Molecular phenomena driving pathological aggregation in neurodegenerative diseases are not completely understood yet. Peculiar is the case of Spinocerebellar Ataxia 3 (SCA3) where the conformational properties of the AT-3 N-terminal region, also called Josephin Domain (JD), play a key role in the first step of aggregation, having the JD an amyloidogenic propensity itself. For this reason, unraveling the intimate relationship between JD structural features and aggregation tendency may lead to a step forward in understanding the pathology and rationally design a cure...
January 19, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102471/yorkie-regulates-neurodegeneration-through-canonical-pathway-and-innate-immune-response
#14
Sandeep Kumar Dubey, Madhu G Tapadia
Expansion of CAG repeats in certain genes has long been known to be associated with neurodegenerastion, but the quest to identity the underlying mechanisms is still on. Here, we analyzed the role of Yorkie, the coactivator of the Hippo pathway, and provide evidence to state that it is a robust genetic modifier of polyglutamine (PolyQ)-mediated neurodegeneration. Yorkie reduces the pathogenicity of inclusion bodies in the cell by activating cyclin E and bantam, rather than by preventing apoptosis through DIAP1...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102469/lanosterol-suppresses-the-aggregation-and-cytotoxicity-of-misfolded-proteins-linked-with-neurodegenerative-diseases
#15
Arun Upadhyay, Ayeman Amanullah, Ribhav Mishra, Amit Kumar, Amit Mishra
Accumulation of misfolded or aberrant proteins in neuronal cells is linked with neurodegeneration and other pathologies. Which molecular mechanisms fail and cause inappropriate folding of proteins and what is their relationship to cellular toxicity is not well known. How does it happen and what are the probable therapeutic or molecular approaches to counter them are also not clear. Here, we demonstrate that treatment of lanosterol diminishes aberrant proteotoxic aggregation and mitigates their cytotoxicity via induced expression of co-chaperone CHIP and elevated autophagy...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101211/receptor-fgfrl1-acts-as-a-tumor-suppressor-in-nude-mice-when-overexpressed-in-hek-293-tet-on-cells
#16
Lei Zhuang, Florian Steinberg, Beat Trueb
Fibroblast growth factor receptor-like 1 (FGFRL1) is a transmembrane receptor that interacts with heparin and FGF ligands. In contrast to the classical FGF receptors, FGFR1 to FGFR4, it does not appear to affect cell growth and proliferation. In the present study, an inducible gene expression system was utilized in combination with a xenograft tumor model to investigate the effects of FGFRL1 on cell adhesion and tumor formation. It was determined that recombinant FGFRL1 promotes the adhesion of HEK 293 Tet-On(®) cells in vitro...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100787/polymorphic-variants-of-human-protein-l-isoaspartyl-methyltransferase-affect-catalytic-activity-aggregation-and-thermal-stability-implications-for-the-etiology-of-neurological-disorders-and-cognitive-aging
#17
Charity Juang, Baihe Chen, Jean-Louis Bru, Katherine Nguyen, Eric Huynh, Mahsa Momen, Jeungjin Kim, Dana W Aswad
Protein L-isoaspartyl methyltransferase (PIMT/PCMT1), a product of the human pcmt1 gene, catalyzes repair of abnormal L-isoaspartyl linkages in age-damaged proteins. Pcmt1 knockout mice exhibit a profound neuropathology and die 30-60 days postnatal from an epileptic seizure. Here we express 15 reported variants of human PIMT and characterize them with regard to their enzymatic activity, thermal stability, and propensity to aggregation. One mutation, R36C, renders PIMT completely inactive, while two others, A7P and I58V, exhibit activity that is 80-100% higher than wild type...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100651/stabilization-of-bacillus-circulans-xylanase-by-combinatorial-insertional-fusion-to-a-thermophilic-host-protein
#18
Vandan Shah, Brennal Pierre, Tamari Kirtadze, Seung Shin, Jin Ryoun Kim
High thermostability of an enzyme is critical for its industrial application. While many engineering approaches such as mutagenesis have enhanced enzyme thermostability, they often suffer from reduced enzymatic activity. A thermally stabilized enzyme with unchanged amino acids is preferable for subsequent functional evolution necessary to address other important industrial needs. In the research presented here, we applied insertional fusion to a thermophilic maltodextrin-binding protein from Pyrococcus furiosus (PfMBP) in order to improve the thermal stability of Bacillus circulans xylanase (BCX)...
January 17, 2017: Protein Engineering, Design & Selection: PEDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100106/systemic-lupus-erythematosus-in-the-light-of-the-regulatory-effects-of-galectin-1-on-t-cell-function
#19
Á Hornung, É Monostori, L Kovács
Galectin-1 is an endogenous immunoregulatory lectin-type protein. Its most important effects are the inhibition of the differentiation and cytokine production of Th1 and Th17 cells, and the induction of apoptosis of activated T-cells. Galectin-1 has been identified as a key molecule in antitumor immune surveillance, and data are accumulating about the pathogenic role of its deficiency, and the beneficial effects of its administration in various autoimmune disease models. Initial animal and human studies strongly suggest deficiencies in both galectin-1 production and responsiveness in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) T-cells...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100023/frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-pathogenesis-pathology-and-pathways-to-phenotype
#20
REVIEW
David Ma Mann, Julie S Snowden
Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD) is a clinically, pathologically and genetically heterogeneous group of disorders that affect principally the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. There are three major associated clinical syndromes, behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), semantic dementia (SD) and progressive non-fluent aphasia (PNFA); three principal histologies, involving tau, TDP-43 and FUS proteins; and mutations in three major genes, MAPT, GRN and C9orf72, along with several other less common gene mutations...
January 18, 2017: Brain Pathology
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