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Inner membrane protein

Benjamin Gottschalk, Christinae Klec, Markus Waldeck-Weiermair, Roland Malli, Wolfgang F Graier
Mitochondria are multifunctional organelles that essentially contribute to cell signaling by sophisticated mechanisms of communications. Live cell imaging studies showed that mitochondria are dynamic and complex structures that form ramified networks by directed movements, fission, and fusion events. There is emerging evidence that the morphology of mitochondria determines cellular functions and vice versa. Several intracellular signaling pathways and messengers including Ca2+ dynamically influence the architecture of mitochondria...
March 12, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Mario Mardirossian, Natacha Pérébaskine, Monica Benincasa, Stefano Gambato, Sven Hofmann, Paul Huter, Claudia Müller, Kai Hilpert, C Axel Innis, Alessandro Tossi, Daniel N Wilson
Proline-rich antimicrobial peptides (PrAMPs) internalize into susceptible bacteria using specific transporters and interfere with protein synthesis and folding. To date, mammalian PrAMPs have so far been identified only in artiodactyls. Since cetaceans are co-phyletic with artiodactyls, we mined the genome of the bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus, leading to the identification of two PrAMPs, Tur1A and Tur1B. Tur1A, which is orthologous to the bovine PrAMP Bac7, is internalized into Escherichia coli, without damaging the membranes, using the inner membrane transporters SbmA and YjiL/MdM...
February 22, 2018: Cell Chemical Biology
Tong Liu, Jian Zhao, Cristian Ibarra, Maxime U Garcia, Per Uhlén, Monica Nistér
The Na+ /Ca2+ exchanger (NCX) is a membrane antiporter that has been identified in the plasma membrane, the inner membrane of the nuclear envelope and in the membrane of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). In humans, three genes have been identified, encoding unique NCX proteins. Although extensively studied, the NCX's sub-cellular localization and mechanisms regulating the activity of different subtypes are still ambiguous. Here we investigated the subcellular localization of the NCX subtype 3 (NCX3) and its impact on the cell cycle...
February 28, 2018: European Journal of Cell Biology
Maozhi Hu, Weixin Zhao, Hongying Li, Jie Gu, Qiuxiang Yan, Xiaohui Zhou, Zhiming Pan, Guiyou Cui, Xinan Jiao
BACKGROUND: Enhancing caspase-1 activation in macrophages is helpful for the clearance of intracellular bacteria in mice. Our previous studies have shown that EscI, an inner rod protein of type III system in E. coli can enhance caspase-1 activation. The purpose of this study was to further analyze the prospect of EscI in the vaccine design. RESULTS: A recombinant Salmonella expressing SspH2-EscI fusion protein using the promotor of Salmonella effector SspH2, X4550(pYA3334-P-SspH2-EscI), was constructed...
March 9, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Donglin Yang, Lixia Pan, Zhongzhu Chen, Huihui Du, Bo Luo, Jie Luo, Guoqing Pan
Microsporidia are highly specialized obligate intracellular, spore forming divergent fungi with a wide variety host range that includes most vertebrates and invertebrates. The resistant spores are surrounded by a rigid cell wall which consists of three layers: the electron-lucent chitin and protein inner endospore, the outer-electron-dense and mainly proteinaceous exospore and plasma membrane. Interestingly, microsporidia owns a special invasion organelle, called polar tube, coiled within the interior of the spore wall and attached to anchoring disk at the anterior end of spore...
March 6, 2018: Experimental Parasitology
Cátia F Gonçalves, Catarina C Pacheco, Paula Tamagnini, Paulo Oliveira
Cyanobacteria were the first organisms ever to perform oxygenic photosynthesis and still significantly contribute to primary production on a global scale. To assure the proper functioning of their primary metabolism and cell homeostasis, cyanobacteria must rely on efficient transport systems to cross their multilayered cell envelope. However, cyanobacterial secretion mechanisms remain largely unknown. Here, we report on the identification of 11 putative inner membrane translocase components of TolC-mediated secretion in the unicellular cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp...
March 9, 2018: Environmental Microbiology
I De, N Dogra, S Singh
Mitochondria are the sole semiautonomous organelle of human cell and plays very important role in not only energy production but also in apoptosis, metabolism and cell signaling. It is also known to be major producer of ROS and RNS free radicals during ATP production. These free radicals in excessive amounts may damage the mitochondrial DNA as well as proteome resulting in accumulation of misfolded proteins which may prove deleterious to its functioning and is known to be involved in disease pathology. To maintain healthy proteome, mitochondria has developed as quality control machinery in semiautonomous manner, where cellular proteins such as proteases and heat shock proteins are used for quality control...
March 7, 2018: Current Molecular Medicine
A R Ramirez, O L Acosta, M B Maya, M El-Hafidi
In metabolic diseases such as obesity, metabolic syndrome and type II diabetes, the over-expression of uncoupling proteins (UCPs) in a response to increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation by mitochondrial respiratory complexes, and to the excess of free fatty acid (FFA) supply from adipose tissue, may protect cells from oxidative stress, lipotoxicity and in turn from death. UCPs by reducing superoxide anion and H2O2 generation trigger several signals to cell for their adaptation to the lipotoxic microenvironment...
March 7, 2018: Current Molecular Medicine
Leah Schwiesow, Erin Mettert, Yahan Wei, Halie K Miller, Natalia G Herrera, David Balderas, Patricia J Kiley, Victoria Auerbuch
Despite the mammalian host actively sequestering iron to limit pathogenicity, heme (or hemin when oxidized) and hemoproteins serve as important sources of iron for many bloodborne pathogens. The HmuRSTUV hemin uptake system allows Yersinia species to uptake and utilize hemin and hemoproteins as iron sources. HmuR is a TonB-dependent outer membrane receptor for hemin and hemoproteins. HmuTUV comprise a inner membrane ABC transporter that transports hemin and hemoproteins from the periplasmic space into the bacterial cytoplasm, where it is degraded by HmuS...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Karen M Davies, Thorsten B Blum, Werner Kühlbrandt
We used electron cryo-tomography and subtomogram averaging to investigate the structure of complex I and its supramolecular assemblies in the inner mitochondrial membrane of mammals, fungi, and plants. Tomographic volumes containing complex I were averaged at ∼4 nm resolution. Principal component analysis indicated that ∼60% of complex I formed a supercomplex with dimeric complex III, while ∼40% were not associated with other respiratory chain complexes. The mutual arrangement of complex I and III2 was essentially conserved in all supercomplexes investigated...
March 8, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Jared Hennen, Cosmo A Saunders, Joachim D Mueller, G W Gant Luxton
Linker of nucleoskeleton and cytoskeleton (LINC) complexes are conserved molecular bridges within the nuclear envelope that mediate mechanical force transmission into the nucleoplasm. The core of the LINC complex is formed by a transluminal interaction between the outer and inner nuclear membrane KASH and SUN proteins, respectively. Mammals encode six KASH proteins and five SUN proteins. Recently, KASH proteins were shown to bind to the domain interfaces of trimeric SUN2 proteins in vitro However neither the existence of SUN2 trimers in living cells nor the extent to which other SUN proteins conform to this assembly state have been tested experimentally...
March 7, 2018: Molecular Biology of the Cell
Veronica J Larsson, Mohammed Hakim Jafferali, Balaje Vijayaraghavan, Ricardo A Figueroa, Einar Hallberg
We have investigated a possible role of the inner nuclear membrane protein, Samp1, in the mitotic machinery. Live cell imaging showed that Samp1aYFP distributed as filamentous structures in the mitotic spindle, partially co-localising with ß-tubulin. Samp1 depletion resulted in an increased frequency of cells with signs of chromosomal mis-segregation and prolonged metaphase, indicating problems with spindle assembly and/or chromosomal alignment. Consistently, mitotic spindles in Samp1 depleted cells contained significantly lower levels of ß-tubulin and γ-tubulin, phenotypes which were rescued by overexpression of Samp1aYFP...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cell Science
Rui Zeng, Erin Smith, Antoni Barrientos
Mitoribosomes are specialized for the synthesis of hydrophobic membrane proteins encoded by mtDNA, all essential for oxidative phosphorylation. Despite their linkage to human mitochondrial diseases and the recent cryoelectron microscopy reconstruction of yeast and mammalian mitoribosomes, how they are assembled remains obscure. Here, we dissected the yeast mitoribosome large subunit (mtLSU) assembly process by systematic genomic deletion of 44 mtLSU proteins (MRPs). Analysis of the strain collection unveiled 37 proteins essential for functional mtLSU assembly, three of which are critical for mtLSU 21S rRNA stability...
March 6, 2018: Cell Metabolism
Erkan Gumus, Ismail Sari, Meral Yilmaz, Ali Cetin
Improving the success of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and infertility treatment depend on understanding basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of human preimplantation development. Pre-implantation mouse embryo model is an ideal empiric system to understand these mechanisms. This study was aimed to investigate the gene and protein expressions of LAMTOR1 in mouse oocytes and pre-implantation embryos at different developmental stages. The findings demonstrate that LAMTOR1 was detected in the oocytes and in subsequent all stages of embryo development...
March 3, 2018: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
Balaje Vijayaraghavan, Ricardo A Figueroa, Cecilia Bergqvist, Amit J Gupta, Paulo Sousa, Einar Hallberg
Samp1, spindle associated membrane protein 1, is a type II integral membrane protein localized in the inner nuclear membrane. Recent studies have shown that the inner nuclear membrane protein, Emerin and the small monomeric GTPase, Ran are direct binding partners of Samp1. Here we addressed the question whether Ran could regulate the interaction between Samp1 and Emerin in the inner nuclear membrane. To investigate the interaction between Samp1 and Emerin in live cells, we performed FRAP experiments in cells overexpressing YFP-Emerin...
March 3, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Shu Zhou, Pontus Pettersson, Jingjing Huang, Johannes Sjöholm, Dan Sjöstrand, Régis Pomès, Martin Högbom, Peter Brzezinski, Lena Mäler, Pia Ädelroth
The Saccharomyces cerevisiae respiratory supercomplex factor 1 (Rcf1) protein is located in the mitochondrial inner membrane where it is involved in formation of supercomplexes composed of respiratory complexes III and IV. We report the solution structure of Rcf1, which forms a dimer in dodecylphosphocholine (DPC) micelles, where each monomer consists of a bundle of five transmembrane (TM) helices and a short flexible soluble helix (SH). Three TM helices are unusually charged and provide the dimerization interface consisting of 10 putative salt bridges, defining a "charge zipper" motif...
March 5, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Xu-Xu Liu, Wei-Dong Liu, Lei Wang, Bin Zhu, Xiao Shi, Zi-Xuan Peng, He-Cheng Zhu, Xing-Dong Liu, Mei-Zuo Zhong, Dan Xie, Mu-Sheng Zeng, Cai-Ping Ren
The identification and use of molecular biomarkers have greatly improved the diagnosis and treatment of malignant tumors. However, a much deeper understanding of oncogenic proteins is needed for the benefit to cancer patients. The lipid raft marker proteins, flotillin-1 and flotillin-2, were first found in goldfish retinal ganglion cells during axon regeneration. They have since been found in a variety of cells, mainly on the inner surface of cell membranes, and not only act as a skeleton to provide a platform for protein-protein interactions, but also are involved in signal transduction, nerve regeneration, endocytosis, and lymphocyte activation...
2018: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
Marinalva Cardoso Dos Santos, Thais Kroetz, Cristiana Lima Dora, Fernando Carlos Giacomelli, Tiago Elias Allievi Frizon, Claus Tröger Pich, Luciano da Silva Pinto, Amanda Sigal Soares, Fabiano Severo Rodembusch, Vânia Rodrigues de Lima, Alexandre Gonçalves Dal-Bó
Investigations focused on the interactions of nanoparticles with lectins are relevant since it is well accepted that such proteins can be recognized by carbohydrates as parts of cell membranes. This can ultimately enhance the cellular uptake of the produced assemblies. In this framework, the physical interactions of phosphatidylcholine (PC) liposomes and the Bauhinia variegate lectin (BVL) are reported here. BVL-liposome interactions were characterized by a variety of techniques to understand the influence of BVL in the structural features, thermodynamic and spectroscopic properties of the hybrid material...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Natanael Mansilla, Sofia Racca, Diana E Gras, Daniel H Gonzalez, Elina Welchen
Mitochondrial respiration is an energy producing process that involves the coordinated action of several protein complexes embedded in the inner membrane to finally produce ATP. Complex IV or Cytochrome c Oxidase (COX) is the last electron acceptor of the respiratory chain, involved in the reduction of O₂ to H₂O. COX is a multimeric complex formed by multiple structural subunits encoded in two different genomes, prosthetic groups (heme a and heme a ₃), and metallic centers (CuA and CuB ). Tens of accessory proteins are required for mitochondrial RNA processing, synthesis and delivery of prosthetic groups and metallic centers, and for the final assembly of subunits to build a functional complex...
February 27, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Renuka Kolli, Jürgen Soll, Chris Carrie
During the biogenesis of the mitochondrial inner membrane, most nuclear-encoded inner membrane proteins are laterally released into the membrane by the TIM23 and the TIM22 machinery during their import into mitochondria. A subset of nuclear-encoded mitochondrial inner membrane proteins and all the mitochondrial-encoded inner membrane proteins use the Oxa machinery-which is evolutionarily conserved from the endosymbiotic bacterial ancestor of mitochondria-for membrane insertion. Compared to the mitochondria from other eukaryotes, plant mitochondria have several unique features, such as a larger genome and a branched electron transport pathway, and are also involved in additional cellular functions such as photorespiration and stress perception...
February 24, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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