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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821839/circadian-clock-dependent-increase-in-salivary-iga-secretion-modulated-by-sympathetic-receptor-activation-in-mice
#1
Misaki Wada, Kanami Orihara, Mayo Kamagata, Koki Hama, Hiroyuki Sasaki, Atsushi Haraguchi, Hiroki Miyakawa, Atsuhito Nakao, Shigenobu Shibata
The salivary gland is rhythmically controlled by sympathetic nerve activation from the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), which functions as the main oscillator of circadian rhythms. In humans, salivary IgA concentrations reflect circadian rhythmicity, which peak during sleep. However, the mechanisms controlling this rhythmicity are not well understood. Therefore, we examined whether the timing of parasympathetic (pilocarpine) or sympathetic (norepinephrine; NE) activation affects IgA secretion in the saliva. The concentrations of saliva IgA modulated by pilocarpine activation or by a combination of pilocarpine and NE activation were the highest in the middle of the light period, independent of saliva flow rate...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821622/the-replication-and-transcription-activator-of-murine-gammaherpesvirus-68-cooperatively-enhances-cytokine-activated-stat3-mediated-gene-expression
#2
Hui-Chen Chang Foreman, Julie Armstrong, Alexis L Santana, Laurie T Krug, Nancy C Reich
Gammaherpesviruses (γΗVs) have a dynamic strategy for life-time persistence, involving productive infection, latency, and intermittent reactivation. In latency reservoirs, such as B lymphocytes, γΗV exists as a viral episome and expresses few viral genes. Although the ability of γHV to reactivate from latency and re-enter the lytic phase is challenging to investigate and control, it is known that the γΗV replication and transcription activator, RTA, can promote lytic reactivation. In this study, we provide first evidence that RTA of murine γΗV 68 (MHV68) selectively binds and enhances the activity of tyrosine-phosphorylated host STAT3...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821550/crystal-structure-of-the-tetr-family-repressor-alkx-from-dietzia-sp-dq12-45-1b-implicated-in-biodegradation-of-n-alkanes
#3
Jie-Liang Liang, Yuan Gao, Zheng He, Yong Nie, Meng Wang, Jing-Hong JiangYang, Xuejun C Zhang, Wen-Sheng Shu, Xiao-Lei Wu
n-Alkanes are ubiquitous in nature and are widely used by microorganisms as carbon sources. Alkane hydroxylation by alkane monooxygenases is a critical step in the aerobic biodegradation of n-alkanes, which plays important roles in natural alkane attenuation and is used in industrial and environmental applications. The alkane oxidation operon, alkW1-alkX, in an alkane-degrading strain Dietzia sp. DQ12-45-1b, is negatively auto-regulated by the TetR family repressor, AlkX, via a product positive feedback mechanism...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821545/heterologous-production-of-thermophile-thermochromatium-tepidum-photosynthetic-reaction-centre-and-light-harvesting-1-complexes-in-the-mesophile-rhodobacter-sphaeroides-and-thermal-stabilities-of-a-hybrid-core-complex
#4
D Jun, V Huang, J T Beatty
The photosynthetic complexes of the thermophile Thermochromatium tepidum are of considerable interest in biohybrid solar cell applications because of the capability of thermophilic proteins to tolerate elevated temperatures. Synthetic operons encoding reaction centre (RC) and light harvesting 1 (LH1) pigment-protein complexes of T. tepidum were expressed in the mesophile Rhodobacter sphaeroides The T. tepidum RC (TRC) was assembled, and functional with the addition of menadione to populate the QA pocket. The production of the T...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820975/features-of-proteolytic-properties-of-tetraphenylporphyrin-complex-with-lanthanide-group-metals
#5
Elena A Tobolkina, Tatiana A Skripnikova, Anna A Starikova, Galina I Shumilova, Andrey A Pendin
Demetallation of metalloporphyrin molecules is one of the essential degradation reactions in photosynthesis. The effect of metalloporphyrin nature on removal of central metals from tetraphenylporphyrin complexes based on lanthanide group metals (Dy, Er, Lu, Ho) has been studied. pH values, at which the metal ions leave the metalloporphyrin complex were established using two-phase spectrophotometric titration with potentiometric pH-control. The pH values decrease with the increase of atomic numbers of lanthanide groups, as well as with increase of 4f-electrons...
August 12, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820943/the-active-site-flexibility-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-isocitrate-lyase-in-dimer-form
#6
Yie-Vern Lee, Sybing Choi, Habibah Wahab, Yee Siew Choong
Tuberculosis (TB) still remains as global threat due to the emerging of drug resistant strain. Instead of focus on drug target of active stage TB, we are highlighting the isocitrate lyase (ICL) at the dormant stage TB. ICL is one of the persistent factors for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) to survive during dormant phase. In addition, the absent of ICL in human has made ICL a potential drug target for TB therapy. However, the dynamics details of ICL which could give insights to the ICL-ligand interaction is yet to be solved...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820593/structure-of-dynamic-taxol-stabilized-and-gmppcp-stabilized-microtubule
#7
Avi Ginsburg, Asaf Shemesh, Abigail Millgram, Raviv Dharan, Yael Levi-Kalisman, Israel Ringel, Uri Raviv
Microtubule (MT) is made of αβ-tubulin heterodimers that dynamically assemble into a hollow nanotube composed of straight protofilaments. MT dynamics is facilitated by hydrolysis of guanosine-5'-triphosphate (GTP) and can be inhibited by either anticancer agents like taxol or by the non-hydrolyzable GTP analogues like GMPPCP. Using high-resolution synchrotron X-ray scattering, we have measured and analyzed the scattering curves from solutions of dynamic MT (in other words, in the presence of excess GTP and free of dynamic-inhibiting agents) and examined the effect of two MT stabilizers: taxol and GMPPCP...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820218/photophysical-characterization-and-time-resolved-spectroscopy-of-a-anthradithiophene-dimer-exploring-the-role-of-conformation-in-singlet-fission
#8
Jacob C Dean, Ruomeng Zhang, Rawad K Hallani, Ryan D Pensack, Samuel N Sanders, Daniel G Oblinsky, Sean R Parkin, Luis M Campos, John E Anthony, Gregory D Scholes
Quantitative singlet fission has been observed for a variety of acene derivatives such as tetracene and pentacene, and efforts to extend the library of singlet fission compounds is of current interest. Preliminary calculations suggest anthradithiophenes exhibit significant exothermicity between the first optically-allowed singlet state, S1, and 2 × T1 with an energy difference of >5000 cm(-1). Given the fulfillment of this ingredient for singlet fission, here we investigate the singlet fission capability of a difluorinated anthradithiophene dimer (2ADT) covalently linked by a (dimethylsilyl)ethane bridge and derivatized by triisobutylsilylethynyl (TIBS) groups...
August 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819979/the-influence-of-a-novel-dimeric-ceramide-molecule-on-the-nanostructure-and-the-thermotropic-phase-behavior-of-a-stratum-corneum-model-mixture
#9
Sören Stahlberg, Adina Eichner, Stefan Sonnenberger, Andrej Kovacik, Stefan Lange, Thomas Schmitt, Bruno Demé, Thomas Hauss, Bodo Dobner, Reinhard H H Neubert, Daniel Huster
The stratum corneum (SC) is the outermost layer of the skin and composed of a multilayered assembly of mostly ceramids (Cer), free fatty acids, cholesterol (Chol), and cholesterol sulphate (Chol-S). Due to the tight packing of these lipids, the SC features unique barrier properties defending the skin from environmental influences. Under pathological conditions, where the skin barrier function is compromised, topical application of molecules that rigidify the SC may lead to a restored barrier function. To this end, molecules are required that incorporate into the SC and bring back the original rigidity of the skin barrier...
August 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819229/cryo-em-analysis-of-homodimeric-full-length-lrrk2-and-lrrk1-protein-complexes
#10
Kushal Sejwal, Mohamed Chami, Hervé Rémigy, Renée Vancraenenbroeck, William Sibran, Rosmarie Sütterlin, Paul Baumgartner, Robert McLeod, Marie-Christine Chartier-Harlin, Veerle Baekelandt, Henning Stahlberg, Jean-Marc Taymans
Leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) is a large multidomain protein implicated in the pathogenesis of both familial and sporadic Parkinson's disease (PD), and currently one of the most promising therapeutic targets for drug design in Parkinson's disease. In contrast, LRRK1, the closest homologue to LRRK2, does not play any role in PD. Here, we use cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) and single particle analysis to gain structural insight into the full-length dimeric structures of LRRK2 and LRRK1. Differential scanning fluorimetry-based screening of purification buffers showed that elution of the purified LRRK2 protein in a high pH buffer is beneficial in obtaining high quality cryo-EM images...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819198/regulation-of-ccr7-dependent-cell-migration-through%C3%A2-ccr7-homodimer-formation
#11
Daichi Kobayashi, Masataka Endo, Hirotaka Ochi, Hironobu Hojo, Masayuki Miyasaka, Haruko Hayasaka
The chemokine receptor CCR7 contributes to various physiological and pathological processes including T cell maturation, T cell migration from the blood into secondary lymphoid tissues, and tumor cell metastasis to lymph nodes. Although a previous study suggested that the efficacy of CCR7 ligand-dependent T cell migration correlates with CCR7 homo- and heterodimer formation, the exact extent of contribution of the CCR7 dimerization remains unclear. Here, by inducing or disrupting CCR7 dimers, we demonstrated a direct contribution of CCR7 homodimerization to CCR7-dependent cell migration and signaling...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819159/identification-of-boric-acid-as-a-novel-chemoattractant-and-elucidation-of-its-chemoreceptor-in-ralstonia-pseudosolanacearum-ps29
#12
Akiko Hida, Shota Oku, Yutaka Nakashimada, Takahisa Tajima, Junichi Kato
Chemotaxis enables bacteria to move toward more favorable environmental conditions. We observed chemotaxis toward boric acid by Ralstonia pseudosolanacearum Ps29. At higher concentrations, the chemotactic response of R. pseudosolanacearum toward boric acid was comparable to or higher than that toward L-malate, indicating that boric acid is a strong attractant for R. pseudosolanacearum. Chemotaxis assays under different pH conditions suggested that R. pseudosolanacearum recognizes B(OH)3 (or B(OH3) + B(OH)4(-)) but not B(OH)4(-) alone...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819027/combination-therapy-with-bispecific-antibodies-and-pd-1-blockade-enhances-the-antitumor-potency-of-t-cells
#13
Chien-Hsing Chang, Yang Wang, Rongxiu Li, Diane L Rossi, Donglin Liu, Edmund A Rossi, Thomas M Cardillo, David M Goldenberg
The DOCK-AND-LOCK (DNL®) method is a platform technology that combines recombinant engineering and site-specific conjugation to create multispecific, multivalent antibodies of defined composition with retained bioactivity. We have applied DNL® to generate a novel class of trivalent bispecific antibodies (bsAbs), each comprising an anti-CD3 scFv covalently conjugated to a stabilized dimer of different anti-tumor Fabs. Here we report the further characterization of two such constructs, (E1)-3s and (14)-3s, which activate T cells and target Trop-2- and CEACAM5-expressing cancer cells, respectively...
August 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819010/new-insight-on-the-s100a1-stip1-complex-highlights-the-important-relationship-between-allostery-and-entropy-in-protein-function
#14
Nathaniel V Nucci
Calcium signaling serves as a nexus of many vital cellular processes. Of particular importance is the role the calcium signaling plays in the prevention of protein misfolding, and the S100 family of calcium-binding proteins is a key player in this pathway. While the S100 proteins carry out a range of roles, the interaction of S100A1 and the stress-inducible phosphoprotein 1 (STIP1) has been shown to be particularly important. A recent study by Maciejewski et al. in Biochemical Journal (Biochemical Journal (2017) 474, 1853-1866) revealed new insights into the nature of the S100A1-STIP1 interaction...
August 17, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818599/a-new-cost-and-time-effective-method-for-multilocus-microsatellite-typing-mlmt-studies-application-of-leishmania-tropica-isolates-and-clinical-samples-from-turkey
#15
Mehmet Karakuş, Bahtiyar Yılmaz, Yusuf Özbel, Seray Töz
Molecular techniques are widely used in the field of parasitology to identify the genetic profile of the microbiological agents. Microsatellite typing studies are comprised of the amplification of polymorphic markers to analyze the fragment sizes using bioinformatics tools. Current methods need fluorescently labeled primers and size markers to obtain fragment peaks in ABI PRISM® systems and due to low discrimination power of gel-electrophoresis, it is not possible to differentiate primer-dimers from small fragments In the present study, we designed a new method for fragment analysis studies, which reduce the time by eliminating the classical PCR, the gel-electrophoresis and the preparation steps of fragment analysis...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818570/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-deep-vein-thrombosis-in-patients-undergoing-lumbar-spine-surgery
#16
Koji Yamasaki, Masahiro Hoshino, Keita Omori, Hidetoshi Igarashi, Takashi Tsuruta, Hiroyuki Miyakata, Yasuhiro Nemoto, Hiromi Matsuzaki, Takanori Iriuchishima
BACKGROUND: Spinal surgery is classified as a moderate risk for DVT. The occurrence of DVT after various spinal surgical procedures was reviewed retrospectively, and the perioperative risk factors in the high-risk group were identified. In addition, the administration of the factor Xa inhibitor to DVT subjects with unstable thrombosis was evaluated to reveal its effectiveness in the prevention of PTE and postoperative complications. METHODS: This study included 588 subjects who underwent lumbar spine surgery...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818314/comparison-of-disaggregative-effect-of-a-type-egcg-dimer-and-egcg-monomer-on-the-preformed-bovine-insulin-amyloid-fibrils
#17
Rong-Zu Nie, Wei Zhu, Jin-Ming Peng, Zhen-Zhen Ge, Chun-Mei Li
In the present study, the disruptive effects of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and A-type dimeric epigallocatechin-3-gallate (A-type EGCG dimer) on the preformed bovine insulin amyloid fibrils were studied by several biophysical methods including thioflavin-T (ThT) fluorescence assay, 1-anilinonaphthalene-8-sulfonic (ANS) fluorescence assay, Congo red (CR) binding assay, dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and Bradford assay. Our results demonstrated that A-type EGCG dimer showed significantly more potential disaggregative effects on the bovine insulin amyloid fibrils than EGCG...
July 31, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818091/non-canonical-soluble-amyloid-beta-aggregates-and-plaque-buffering-controversies-and-future-directions-for-target-discovery-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#18
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David L Brody, Hao Jiang, Norelle Wildburger, Thomas J Esparza
The specific amyloid-beta (Aβ) species or other amyloid-precursor protein cleavage products that are most directly related to human neurodegeneration and clinical dementia of the Alzheimer's type have not yet been directly identified. Without a clear understanding of the most relevant species, it is difficult to determine whether therapeutic candidates successfully engaged the correct target(s). Here, we review some of the controversies regarding soluble Aβ aggregates (also termed oligomers, dimers, trimers, Aβ*56, amylospheroids, etc...
August 17, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817988/interferon-dimers-ifn-peg-ifn
#19
Annabelle Herrington-Symes, Ji-Won Choi, Steve Brocchini
Increasingly complex proteins can be made by a recombinant chemical approach where proteins that can be made easily can be combined by site-specific chemical conjugation to form multifunctional or more active protein therapeutics. Protein dimers may display increased avidity for cell surface receptors. The increased size of protein dimers may also increase circulation times. Cytokines bind to cell surface receptors that dimerise, so much of the solvent accessible surface of a cytokine is involved in binding to its target...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817804/structural-mechanism-for-modulation-of-synaptic-neuroligin-neurexin-signaling-by-mdga-proteins
#20
Jonathan Elegheert, Vedrana Cvetkovska, Amber J Clayton, Christina Heroven, Kristel M Vennekens, Samuel N Smukowski, Michael C Regan, Wanyi Jia, Alexandra C Smith, Hiro Furukawa, Jeffrey N Savas, Joris de Wit, Jo Begbie, Ann Marie Craig, A Radu Aricescu
Neuroligin-neurexin (NL-NRX) complexes are fundamental synaptic organizers in the central nervous system. An accurate spatial and temporal control of NL-NRX signaling is crucial to balance excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission, and perturbations are linked with neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. MDGA proteins bind NLs and control their function and interaction with NRXs via unknown mechanisms. Here, we report crystal structures of MDGA1, the NL1-MDGA1 complex, and a spliced NL1 isoform. Two large, multi-domain MDGA molecules fold into rigid triangular structures, cradling a dimeric NL to prevent NRX binding...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
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