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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921211/helix-o-modulates-voltage-dependency-of-clc-1
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Ju Yong Seong, Kotdaji Ha, Chansik Hong, Jongyun Myeong, Hyun-Ho Lim, Dongki Yang, Insuk So
The chloride channel (CLC) family of proteins consists of channels and transporters that share similarities in architecture and play essential roles in physiological functions. Among the CLC family, CLC-1 channels have the representative homodimeric double-barreled structure carrying two gating processes. One is protopore gating that acts on each pore independently by glutamate residue (Eext). The other is common gating that closes both pores simultaneously in association with large conformational changes across each subunit...
December 5, 2016: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921095/journey-from-the-center-of-the-cell-the-intra-and-intercellular-transport-of-mrna
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Anna Kasprowicz-Maluśki, Wojciech Kwiatkowski, Alicja Starosta, Przemysław Wojtaszek
Transport and localized translation of mRNA is crucial for the proper spatiotemporal organization of proteins within cells. Distribution of RNAs to subcellular domains has recently emerged as a major mechanism for establishing functionally distinct compartments and structures in the cells. There is an emerging evidence that active transport of mRNA involves cytoskeleton and membrane trafficking pathways in fungi, plants and animals, suggesting that it is a common phenomenon among eukaryotes. The important highlights are that the RNA-binding proteins recognize the cargo mRNA and that RNPs are actively transported on the cytoskeletal tracks or co-transported with membranous compartments, such as the endoplasmic reticulum and endosomes...
December 6, 2016: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920818/exposition-of-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-hbsag-on-the-surface-of-hek293t-cell-and-evaluation-of-its-expression
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Mina Mirian, Razieh Taghizadeh, Hossein Khanahmad, Mansour Salehi, Ali Jahanian-Najafabadi, Hojjat Sadeghi-Aliabadi, Shirin Kouhpayeh
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is considered as a global health concern and hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) is the most immunogenic protein of HBV. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the expression of HBsAg on the cell surface of human embryonic kidney cell line (HEK293T). After transformation of expression vector pcDNA/HBsAg to E.coli TOP10F', plasmid was extracted and digested with BglII. Afterwards, the linearized vector was transfected to cells and treated with hygromycin B for 5 weeks to expand the resulted clonies...
October 2016: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920125/structures-of-human-mitofusin-1-provide-insight-into-mitochondrial-tethering
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Yuanbo Qi, Liming Yan, Caiting Yu, Xiangyang Guo, Xin Zhou, Xiaoyu Hu, Xiaofang Huang, Zihe Rao, Zhiyong Lou, Junjie Hu
Mitochondria undergo fusion and fission. The merging of outer mitochondrial membranes requires mitofusin (MFN), a dynamin-like GTPase. How exactly MFN mediates membrane fusion is poorly understood. Here, we determined crystal structures of a minimal GTPase domain (MGD) of human MFN1, including the predicted GTPase and the distal part of the C-terminal tail (CT). The structures revealed that a helix bundle (HB) formed by three helices extending from the GTPase and one extending from the CT closely attaches to the GTPase domain, resembling the configuration of bacterial dynamin-like protein...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920034/domestication-of-a-housekeeping-transglycosylase-for-assembly-of-a-type-vi-secretion-system
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Yoann G Santin, Eric Cascales
The type VI secretion system (T6SS) is an anti-bacterial weapon comprising a contractile tail anchored to the cell envelope by a membrane complex. The TssJ, TssL, and TssM proteins assemble a 1.7-MDa channel complex that spans the cell envelope, including the peptidoglycan layer. The electron microscopy structure of the TssJLM complex revealed that it has a diameter of ~18 nm in the periplasm, which is larger than the size of peptidoglycan pores (~2 nm), hence questioning how the T6SS membrane complex crosses the peptidoglycan layer...
December 5, 2016: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919808/attenuation-of-amyloid-fibrillation-in-presence-of-warfarin-a-biophysical-investigation
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Mohammad Khursheed Siddiqi, Parvez Alam, Sumit Kumar Chaturvedi, Saima Nusrat, Yasser E Shahein, Rizwan Hasan Khan
Protein misfolding and aggregation are associated with more than twenty diseases, such as neurodegenerative diseases. The amyloid oligomers and fibrils may induce cell membrane disruption and lead to cell apoptosis. A great number of studies have focused on discovery of amyloid inhibitors which may prevent or treat amyloidosis. In this study, we used human serum albumin (HSA) as an amyloid model to test the anti-amyloid effects of warfarin (WFN), a very well-known drug for treatment of thrombosis and also used by biophysicists to characterize the specific binding site on HSA (site I of subdomain IIA)...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919712/extracts-from-two-ubiquitous-mediterranean-plants-ameliorate-cellular-and-animal-models-of-neurodegenerative-proteinopathies
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Michelle Briffa, Stephanie Ghio, Johanna Neuner, Alison J Gauci, Rebecca Cacciottolo, Christelle Marchal, Mario Caruana, Christophe Cullin, Neville Vassallo, Ruben J Cauchi
A signature feature of age-related neurodegenerative proteinopathies is the misfolding and aggregation of proteins, typically amyloid-β (Aβ) in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and α-synuclein (α-syn) in Parkinson's disease (PD), into soluble oligomeric structures that are highly neurotoxic. Cellular and animal models that faithfully replicate the hallmark features of these disorders are being increasing exploited to identify disease-modifying compounds. Natural compounds have been identified as a useful source of bioactive molecules with promising neuroprotective capabilities...
December 2, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919066/designed-proteins-induce-the-formation-of-nanocage-containing-extracellular-vesicles
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Jörg Votteler, Cassandra Ogohara, Sue Yi, Yang Hsia, Una Nattermann, David M Belnap, Neil P King, Wesley I Sundquist
Complex biological processes are often performed by self-organizing nanostructures comprising multiple classes of macromolecules, such as ribosomes (proteins and RNA) or enveloped viruses (proteins, nucleic acids and lipids). Approaches have been developed for designing self-assembling structures consisting of either nucleic acids or proteins, but strategies for engineering hybrid biological materials are only beginning to emerge. Here we describe the design of self-assembling protein nanocages that direct their own release from human cells inside small vesicles in a manner that resembles some viruses...
November 30, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917857/relocation-of-active-site-carboxylates-in-major-facilitator-superfamily-multidrug-transporter-lmrp-reveals-plasticity-in-proton-interactions
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Asha V Nair, Himansha Singh, Sagar Raturi, Arthur Neuberger, Zhen Tong, Ning Ding, Kelvin Agboh, Hendrik W van Veen
The expression of polyspecific membrane transporters is one important mechanism by which cells can obtain resistance to structurally different antibiotics and cytotoxic agents. These transporters reduce intracellular drug concentrations to subtoxic levels by mediating drug efflux across the cell envelope. The major facilitator superfamily multidrug transporter LmrP from Lactococcus lactis catalyses drug efflux in a membrane potential and chemical proton gradient-dependent fashion. To enable the interaction with protons and cationic substrates, LmrP contains catalytic carboxyl residues on the surface of a large interior chamber that is formed by transmembrane helices...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917837/purification-crystallization-and-characterization-of-the-pseudomonas-outer-membrane-protein-fapf-a-functional-amyloid-transporter
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Sarah L Rouse, Wlliam J Hawthorne, Sebastian Lambert, Marc L Morgan, Stephen A Hare, Stephen Matthews
Bacteria often produce extracellular amyloid fibres via a multi-component secretion system. Aggregation-prone, unstructured subunits cross the periplasm and are secreted through the outer membrane, after which they self-assemble. Here, significant progress is presented towards solving the high-resolution crystal structure of the novel amyloid transporter FapF from Pseudomonas, which facilitates the secretion of the amyloid-forming polypeptide FapC across the bacterial outer membrane. This represents the first step towards obtaining structural insight into the products of the Pseudomonas fap operon...
December 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917825/molecular-symmetry-constrained-systematic-search-approach-to-structure-solution-of-the-coiled-coil-srgap2-f-barx-domain
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Michael Sporny, Julia Guez-Haddad, David G Waterman, Michail N Isupov, Yarden Opatowsky
SRGAP2 (Slit-Robo GTPase-activating protein 2) is a cytoplasmic protein found to be involved in neuronal branching, restriction of neuronal migration and restriction of the length and density of dendritic postsynaptic spines. The extended F-BAR (F-BARx) domain of SRGAP2 generates membrane protrusions when expressed in COS-7 cells, while most F-BARs induce the opposite effect: membrane invaginations. As a first step to understand this discrepancy, the F-BARx domain of SRGAP2 was isolated and crystallized after co-expression with the carboxy domains of the protein...
December 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section D, Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917501/a-highly-resistant-structure-between-cuticle-and-cortex-of-human-hair
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T Takahashi, S Yoshida
OBJECTIVE: To clarify the presence and properties of a unique structure which is located between the cuticle and cortex of human hair. METHODS: Whole hair fibre and longitudinally split hair were used. Treated with a mixture of urea, reductant and alkaline, hair was split at the interface between cuticle and cortex. The residues in the solution were observed by microscope, and the distribution of lipids and protein was determined. RESULTS: From the treated longitudinally split hair, a membrane-like structure which was located at the interface between cuticle and cortex was obtained...
November 7, 2016: International Journal of Cosmetic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917399/retinoids-and-retinal-diseases
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Philip D Kiser, Krzysztof Palczewski
Recent progress in molecular understanding of the retinoid cycle in mammalian retina stems from painstaking biochemical reconstitution studies supported by natural or engineered animal models with known genetic lesions and studies of humans with specific genetic blinding diseases. Structural and membrane biology have been used to detect critical retinal enzymes and proteins and their substrates and ligands, placing them in a cellular context. These studies have been supplemented by analytical chemistry methods that have identified small molecules by their spectral characteristics, often in conjunction with the evaluation of models of animal retinal disease...
October 2016: Annual Review of Vision Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917381/arachidonoyl-specific-diacylglycerol-kinase-%C3%AE%C2%B5-and-the-endoplasmic-reticulum
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Tomoyuki Nakano, Hirooki Matsui, Toshiaki Tanaka, Yasukazu Hozumi, Ken Iseki, Kaneyuki Kawamae, Kaoru Goto
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) comprises an interconnected membrane network, which is made up of lipid bilayer and associated proteins. This organelle plays a central role in the protein synthesis and sorting. In addition, it represents the synthetic machinery of phospholipids, the major constituents of the biological membrane. In this process, phosphatidic acid (PA) serves as a precursor of all phospholipids, suggesting that PA synthetic activity is closely associated with the ER function. One enzyme responsible for PA synthesis is diacylglycerol kinase (DGK) that phosphorylates diacylglycerol (DG) to PA...
2016: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916692/the-effects-of-bacteria-nanoparticles-interface-on-the-antibacterial-activity-of-green-synthesized-silver-nanoparticles
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Aftab Ahmad, Yun Wei, Fatima Syed, Kamran Tahir, Aziz Ur Rehman, Arifullah Khan, Sadeeq Ullah, Qipeng Yuan
Neutralization of bacterial cell surface potential using nanoscale materials is an effective strategy to alter membrane permeability, cytoplasmic leakage, and ultimate cell death. In the present study, an attempt was made to prepare biogenic silver nanoparticles using biomolecules from the aqueous rhizome extract of Coptis Chinensis. The biosynthesized silver nanoparticles were surface modified with chitosan biopolymer. The prepared silver nanoparticles and chitosan modified silver nanoparticles were cubic crystalline structures (XRD) with an average particle size of 15 and 20 nm respectively (TEM, DLS)...
December 1, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915045/in-vivo-selection-of-heterotypically-interacting-transmembrane-helices-complementary-helix-surfaces-rather-than-conserved-interaction-motifs-drive-formation-of-transmembrane-hetero-dimers
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Dominik Steindorf, Dirk Schneider
Single pass transmembrane proteins make up almost half of the whole transmembrane proteome. Contacts between such bitopic transmembrane proteins are common, and oligomerization of their single transmembrane helix is involved in triggering and regulation of signal transduction across cell membranes. In several recent analyses the distribution of amino acids at helix-helix contact sides has been analyzed, and e.g. a preference of amino acids with small side chains has been identified. Here we select amino acids, amino acid pairings and amino acid motifs, which mediate strong interactions of single-span transmembrane α-helices...
November 30, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914980/cloning-and-characterization-of-adipogenin-and-its-overexpression-enhances-fat-accumulation-of-bovine-myosatellite-cells
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Yang Liu, Bijie Jiang, Changzhen Fu, Ruijie Hao
Adipogenin (ADIG) is an adipocyte-specific membrane protein highly expressed in adipose tissues and is increased during the adipocyte differentiation. However, the roles and mechanisms of ADIG on fat accumulation and adipocyte differentiation in ex vivo still largely unknown. In this study, we isolated bovine myosatellite cells based on adhesion characteristics to investigate whether ADIG overexpression could promote trans-differentiation and increase fat accumulation in myosatellite cells. Immunofluorescence labeling was then used for the phenotypic characteristics of myosatellite...
November 30, 2016: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914200/assembling-the-tat-protein-translocase
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Felicity Alcock, Phillip J Stansfeld, Hajra Basit, Johann Habersetzer, Matthew Ab Baker, Tracy Palmer, Mark I Wallace, Ben C Berks
The twin-arginine protein translocation system (Tat) transports folded proteins across the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane and the thylakoid membranes of plant chloroplasts. The Tat transporter is assembled from multiple copies of the membrane proteins TatA, TatB, and TatC. We combine sequence co-evolution analysis, molecular simulations, and experimentation to define the interactions between the Tat proteins of Escherichia coli at molecular-level resolution. In the TatBC receptor complex the transmembrane helix of each TatB molecule is sandwiched between two TatC molecules, with one of the inter-subunit interfaces incorporating a functionally important cluster of interacting polar residues...
December 3, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914072/identifying-bacterial-immune-evasion-proteins-using-phage-display
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Cindy Fevre, Lisette Scheepmaker, Pieter-Jan Haas
Methods aimed at identification of immune evasion proteins are mainly rely on in silico prediction of sequence, structural homology to known evasion proteins or use a proteomics driven approach. Although proven successful these methods are limited by a low efficiency and or lack of functional identification. Here we describe a high-throughput genomic strategy to functionally identify bacterial immune evasion proteins using phage display technology. Genomic bacterial DNA is randomly fragmented and ligated into a phage display vector that is used to create a phage display library expressing bacterial secreted and membrane bound proteins...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914061/probing-oligomerized-conformations-of-defensin-in-the-membrane
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Wenxun Gan, Dina Schneidman, Ning Zhang, Buyong Ma, Ruth Nussinov
Computational prediction and design of membrane protein-protein interactions facilitate biomedical engineering and biotechnological applications. Due to their antimicrobial activity, human defensins play an important role in the innate immune system. Human defensins are attractive pharmaceutical targets due to their small size, broad activity spectrum, reduced immunogenicity, and resistance to proteolysis. Protein engineering based modification of defensins can improve their pharmaceutical properties. Here we present an approach to computationally probe defensins' oligomerization states in the membrane...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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