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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913589/integrin-linked-kinase-ilk-deletion-disrupts-oligodendrocyte-development-by-altering-cell-cycle
#1
Rashad Hussain, Wendy B Macklin
: During development, oligodendrocytes are initially specified, after which oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) migrate and proliferate before differentiating into myelinating cells. Lineage specific programming of oligodendrocytes results from sensing environmental cues through membrane-bound receptors and related intracellular signaling molecules. Integrin linked kinase (ILK) is an important protein expressed at the inner margins of the plasma membrane, which can mediate some of these signals...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912054/inner-secrets-of-the-respirasome
#2
Andrew Melber, Dennis R Winge
Structure determination by cryo-electron microscopy has approached atomic resolution and helped solve structures of large membrane-protein complexes that resisted crystallography. The 4.0 Å cryo-EM structure of one of the most intricate enzyme systems, the respirasome, in the mitochondrial inner membrane is reported in this issue of Cell.
December 1, 2016: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911910/molecular-markers-of-radiation-induced-attenuation-in-intrahepatic-plasmodium-falciparum-parasites
#3
Miranda S Oakley, Nitin Verma, Hong Zheng, Vivek Anantharaman, Kazuyo Takeda, Yamei Gao, Timothy G Myers, Phuong Thao Pham, Babita Mahajan, Nirbhay Kumar, Davison Sangweme, Abhai K Tripathi, Godfree Mlambo, L Aravind, Sanjai Kumar
Experimental immunization with radiation attenuated sporozoites (RAS) and genetically attenuated sporozoites has proved to be a promising approach for malaria vaccine development. However, parasite biomarkers of growth attenuation and enhanced immune protection in response to radiation remain poorly understood. Here, we report on the effect of an attenuating dose of γ-irradiation (15 krad) on the Plasmodium falciparum sporozoite (PfSPZ) ultrastructure by electron microscopy, growth rate of liver stage P. falciparum in liver cell cultures, and genome-wide transcriptional profile of liver stage parasites by microarray...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908230/dna-import-into-mitochondria
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REVIEW
Yu M Konstantinov, A Dietrich, F Weber-Lotfi, N Ibrahim, E S Klimenko, V I Tarasenko, T A Bolotova, M V Koulintchenko
In recent decades, it has become evident that the condition for normal functioning of mitochondria in higher eukaryotes is the presence of membrane transport systems of macromolecules (proteins and nucleic acids). Natural competence of the mitochondria in plants, animals, and yeasts to actively uptake DNA may be directly related to horizontal gene transfer into these organelles occurring at much higher rate compared to the nuclear and chloroplast genomes. However, in contrast with import of proteins and tRNAs, little is known about the biological role and molecular mechanism underlying import of DNA into eukaryotic mitochondria...
October 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906127/malaria-parasite-celtos-targets-the-inner-leaflet-of-cell-membranes-for-pore-dependent-disruption
#5
John R Jimah, Nichole D Salinas, Monica Sala-Rabanal, Nathaniel G Jones, L David Sibley, Colin G Nichols, Paul H Schlesinger, Niraj H Tolia
Apicomplexan parasites contain a conserved protein CelTOS that, in malaria parasites, is essential for traversal of cells within the mammalian host and arthropod vector. However, the molecular role of CelTOS is unknown because it lacks sequence similarity to proteins of known function. Here, we determined the crystal structure of CelTOS and discovered CelTOS resembles proteins that bind to and disrupt membranes. In contrast to known membrane disruptors, CelTOS has a distinct architecture, specifically binds phosphatidic acid commonly present within the inner leaflet of plasma membranes, and potently disrupts liposomes composed of phosphatidic acid by forming pores...
December 1, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899122/endocytosed-nanoparticles-hold-endosomes-and-stimulate-binucleated-cells-formation
#6
Lin Xia, Weihong Gu, Mingyi Zhang, Ya-Nan Chang, Kui Chen, Xue Bai, Lai Yu, Juan Li, Shan Li, Gengmei Xing
BACKGROUND: Nanotechnology developed rapidly in cellular diagnosis and treatment, the endocytic system was an important pathway for targeting cell. In the research of developing macrophages as drug carriers or important therapeutic targets, an interesting phenomenon, internalized nanoparticles induced to form binucleated macrophages, was found although the particles dose did not cause obvious cytotoxicity. RESULTS: Under 25 μg/ml, internalized 30 nm polystyrene beads(30 nm Ps nanoparticles) induced the formation of binucleated macrophages when they entered into endosomes via the endocytic pathway...
November 29, 2016: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896951/hydrogen-peroxide-modulates-energy-metabolism-and-oxidative-stress-in-cultures-of-permanent-human-m%C3%A3-ller-cells-mio-m1
#7
Sven Peters, Max Griebsch, Matthias Klemm, Jens Haueisen, Martin Hammer
In this study the influence of hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ) on the redox state, NADH protein binding, and mitochondrial membrane potential in Müller cells is investigated. Cultures of permanent human Müller cells MIO-M1 were exposed to H2 O2 in 75 µM and 150 µM concentration for two hours. Fluorescence emission spectra and lifetimes were measured by two-photon microscopy (excitation wavelength: 740 nm) at the mitochondria which were identified in the microscopic images by their fluorescence properties (spectra and intensity)...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895484/the-effect-of-dexamethasone-cell-penetrating-peptide-nanoparticles-on-gene-delivery-for-inner-ear-therapy
#8
Ji Young Yoon, Keum-Jin Yang, Shi-Nae Park, Dong-Kee Kim, Jong-Duk Kim
Dexamethasone (Dex)-loaded PHEA-g-C18-Arg8 (PCA) nanoparticles (PCA/Dex) were developed for the delivery of genes to determine the synergistic effect of Dex on gene expression. The cationic PCA nanoparticles were self-assembled to create cationic micelles containing an octadecylamine (C18) core with Dex and an arginine 8 (Arg8) peptide shell for electrostatic complexation with nucleic acids (connexin 26 [Cx26] siRNA, green fluorescent protein [GFP] DNA or brain-derived neurotrophic factor [BDNF] pDNA). The PCA/Dex nanoparticles conjugated with Arg8, a cell-penetrating peptide that enhances permeability through a round window membrane in the inner ear for gene delivery, exhibited high uptake efficiency in HEI-OC1 cells...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895129/the-predicted-lytic-transglycosylase-hpah-from-xanthomonas-campestris-pv-vesicatoria-associates-with-the-type-iii-secretion-system-and-promotes-effector-protein-translocation
#9
Jens Hausner, Nadine Hartmann, Michael Jordan, Daniela Büttner
Pathogenicity of the Gram-negative plant-pathogenic bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria depends on a type III secretion (T3S) system, which spans both bacterial membranes and translocates effector proteins into plant cells. The assembly of the T3S system presumably involves the predicted lytic transglycosylase (LT) HpaH, which is encoded adjacent to the T3S gene cluster. Bacterial LTs degrade peptidoglycan and often promote the formation of membrane-spanning macromolecular protein complexes. In the present study, we show that HpaH localizes to the bacterial periplasm and binds to peptidoglycan as well as to components of the T3S system including the predicted periplasmic inner rod proteins HrpB1 and HrpB2 as well as the pilus protein HrpE...
November 28, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890618/tracking-protons-from-respiratory-chain-complexes-to-atp-synthase-c-subunit-the-critical-role-of-serine-and-threonine-residues
#10
Isabella Panfoli, Marco Ponassi, Silvia Ravera, Daniela Calzia, Maider Beitia, Alessandro Morelli, Camillo Rosano
F1Fo-ATP synthase is a multisubunit enzyme responsible for the synthesis of ATP. Among its multiple subunits (8 in E. coli, 17 in yeast S. cerevisiae, 16 in vertebrates), two subunits a and c are known to play a central role controlling the H(+) flow through the inner mitochondrial membrane which allows the subsequent synthesis of ATP, but the pathway followed by H(+) within the two proteins is still a matter of debate. In fact, even though the structure of ATP synthase is now well defined, the molecular mechanisms determining the function of both F1 and FO domains are still largely unknown...
November 25, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888074/toxoplasma-gondii-immune-mapped-protein-1-is-anchored-to-the-inner-leaflet-of-the-plasma-membrane-and-adopts-a-novel-protein-fold
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Yonggen Jia, Stefi Benjamin, Qun Liu, Yingqi Xu, Sunil Kumar Dogga, Jing Liu, Stephen Matthews, Dominique Soldati-Favre
The immune mapped protein 1 (IMP1) was first identified as a protective antigen in Eimeria maxima and described as vaccine candidate and invasion factor in Toxoplasma gondii. We show here that TgIMP1 localizes to the inner leaflet of plasma membrane (PM) via dual acylation. Mutations either in the N-terminal myristoylation or palmitoylation sites (G2 and C5) cause relocalization of TgIMP1 to the cytosol. The first 11 amino acids are sufficient for PM targeting and the presence of lysine (K7) is critical. Disruption of TgIMP1 gene by double homologous recombination revealed no invasion defect or any measurable alteration in the lytic cycle of tachyzoites...
November 22, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885029/the-atg-conjugation-systems-are-important-for-degradation-of-the-inner-autophagosomal-membrane
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Kotaro Tsuboyama, Ikuko Koyama-Honda, Yuriko Sakamaki, Masato Koike, Hideaki Morishita, Noboru Mizushima
In macroautophagy, cytoplasmic contents are sequestered into the double-membrane autophagosome, which fuses with the lysosome to become the autolysosome. It has been thought that the autophagy-related (ATG) conjugation systems are required for autophagosome formation. Here, we found that autophagosomal soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor (SNARE) syntaxin 17-positive autophagosome-like structures could be generated even in the absence of the ATG conjugation systems, although at a reduced rate...
November 25, 2016: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881302/crystal-structure-of-a-full-length-human-tetraspanin-reveals-a-cholesterol-binding-pocket
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Brandon Zimmerman, Brendan Kelly, Brian J McMillan, Tom C M Seegar, Ron O Dror, Andrew C Kruse, Stephen C Blacklow
Tetraspanins comprise a diverse family of four-pass transmembrane proteins that play critical roles in the immune, reproductive, genitourinary, and auditory systems. Despite their pervasive roles in human physiology, little is known about the structure of tetraspanins or the molecular mechanisms underlying their various functions. Here, we report the crystal structure of human CD81, a full-length tetraspanin. The transmembrane segments of CD81 pack as two largely separated pairs of helices, capped by the large extracellular loop (EC2) at the outer membrane leaflet...
November 3, 2016: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878870/epidermolysis-bullosa-simplex-in-sibling-eurasier-dogs-is-caused-by-a-plec-non-sense-variant
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Elizabeth A Mauldin, Ping Wang, Thierry Olivry, Paula S Henthorn, Margret L Casal
BACKGROUND: Plectin, a large linker protein found in many tissues, acts to connect components of the cytoskeleton to each other. In the epidermis, plectin binds keratin intermediate filaments to hemidesmosomes. A deficiency of plectin in the skin leads to blister formation in the basal layer and the disease epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS). HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: To describe a novel blistering disease that arose spontaneously in a litter of puppies. ANIMALS: Two female and one male 20-day-old Eurasier puppies, from a litter of six, were presented for evaluation of failure to thrive and then euthanized due to poor prognosis...
November 7, 2016: Veterinary Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872256/the-endosomal-transcriptional-regulator-rnf11-integrates-degradation-and-transport-of-egfr
#15
Sandra Scharaw, Murat Iskar, Alessandro Ori, Gaelle Boncompain, Vibor Laketa, Ina Poser, Emma Lundberg, Franck Perez, Martin Beck, Peer Bork, Rainer Pepperkok
Stimulation of cells with epidermal growth factor (EGF) induces internalization and partial degradation of the EGF receptor (EGFR) by the endo-lysosomal pathway. For continuous cell functioning, EGFR plasma membrane levels are maintained by transporting newly synthesized EGFRs to the cell surface. The regulation of this process is largely unknown. In this study, we find that EGF stimulation specifically increases the transport efficiency of newly synthesized EGFRs from the endoplasmic reticulum to the plasma membrane...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871940/bacterial-lipoproteins-biogenesis-sorting-and-quality-control
#16
REVIEW
Shin-Ichiro Narita, Hajime Tokuda
Bacterial lipoproteins are a subset of membrane proteins localized on either leaflet of the lipid bilayer. These proteins are anchored to membranes through their N-terminal lipid moiety attached to a conserved Cys. Since the protein moiety of most lipoproteins is hydrophilic, they are expected to play various roles in a hydrophilic environment outside the cytoplasmic membrane. Gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli possess an outer membrane, to which most lipoproteins are sorted. The Lol pathway plays a central role in the sorting of lipoproteins to the outer membrane after lipoprotein precursors are processed to mature forms in the cytoplasmic membrane...
November 19, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871795/reaction-of-s-cerevisiae-mitochondria-with-ligands-kinetics-of-co-and-o2-binding-to-flavohemoglobin-and-cytochrome-c-oxidase
#17
Markus Björck, Shu Zhou, Camilla Rydström Lundin, Martin Ott, Pia Ädelroth, Peter Brzezinski
Kinetic methods used to investigate electron and proton transfer within cytochrome c oxidase (CytcO) are often based on the use of light to dissociate small ligands such as CO thereby initiating the reaction. Studies of intact mitochondria using these methods require identification of proteins that may bind CO and determination of the ligand-binding kinetics. Here, we have studied the kinetics of CO-ligand binding to S. cerevisiae mitochondria and cellular extracts. The data indicate that CO binds to two proteins, CytcO and a (yeast) flavohemoglobin (yHb)...
November 18, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867666/plasma-membrane-targeting-of-protocadherin-15-is-regulated-by-the-golgi-associated-chaperone-protein-pist
#18
Hongyun Nie, Yueyue Liu, Xiaolei Yin, Huiren Cao, Yanfei Wang, Wei Xiong, Yushuang Lin, Zhigang Xu
Protocadherin 15 (PCDH15) is a core component of hair cell tip-links and crucial for proper function of inner ear hair cells. Mutations of PCDH15 gene cause syndromic and nonsyndromic hearing loss. At present, the regulatory mechanisms responsible for the intracellular transportation of PCDH15 largely remain unknown. Here we show that PIST, a Golgi-associated, PDZ domain-containing protein, interacts with PCDH15. The interaction is mediated by the PDZ domain of PIST and the C-terminal PDZ domain-binding interface (PBI) of PCDH15...
2016: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866852/ompa-a-flexible-clamp-for-bacterial-cell-wall-attachment
#19
Firdaus Samsudin, Maite L Ortiz-Suarez, Thomas J Piggot, Peter J Bond, Syma Khalid
The envelope of Gram-negative bacteria is highly complex, containing separate outer and inner membranes and an intervening periplasmic space encompassing a peptidoglycan (PGN) cell wall. The PGN scaffold is anchored non-covalently to the outer membrane via globular OmpA-like domains of various proteins. We report atomically detailed simulations of PGN bound to OmpA in three different states, including the isolated C-terminal domain (CTD), the full-length monomer, or the complete full-length dimeric form. Comparative analysis of dynamics of OmpA CTD from different bacteria helped to identify a conserved PGN-binding mode...
November 8, 2016: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865926/emerin-suppresses-notch-signaling-by-restricting-the-notch-intracellular-domain-to-the-nuclear-membrane
#20
Byongsun Lee, Tae-Hee Lee, Jaekyung Shim
Emerin is an inner nuclear membrane protein that is involved in maintaining the mechanical integrity of the nuclear membrane. Increasing evidence supports the involvement of emerin in the regulation of gene expression; however, its precise function remains to be elucidated. Here, we show that emerin downregulated genes downstream of Notch signaling, which are activated exclusively by the Notch intracellular domain (NICD). Deletion mutant experiments revealed that the transmembrane domain of emerin is important for the inhibition of Notch signaling...
November 16, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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