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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214588/the-experiences-of-a-biochemist-in-the-evolving-world-of-g-protein-dependent-signaling
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REVIEW
Richard A Cerione
This review describes how a biochemist and basic researcher (i.e. myself) came to make a career in the area of receptor-coupled signal transduction and the roles cellular signaling activities play both in normal physiology and in disease. Much of what has been the best part of this research life is due to the time I spent with Bob Lefkowitz (1982-1985), during an extraordinary period in the emerging field of G-protein-coupled receptors. Among my laboratory colleagues were some truly outstanding scientists including Marc Caron, the late Jeffrey Stadel, Berta Strulovici, Jeff Benovic, Brian Kobilka, and Henrik Dohlman, as well as many more...
February 15, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214524/bile-acid-control-of-metabolism-and-inflammation-in-obesity-type-2-diabetes-dyslipidemia-and-nafld
#2
Oscar Chávez-Talavera, Anne Tailleux, Philippe Lefebvre, Bart Staels
Bile acids are signaling molecules, which coordinately regulate metabolism and inflammation via the nuclear farnesoid X receptor (FXR) and the Takeda G protein-coupled receptor 5 (TGR5). These receptors activate transcriptional networks and signaling cascades controlling the expression and activity of genes involved in bile acid, lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, energy expenditure, and inflammation by acting predominantly in entero-hepatic tissues, but also in peripheral organs. In this review, we discuss the most recent findings on the inter-organ signaling and interplay with the gut microbiota of bile acids and their receptors in meta-inflammation, with a focus on their pathophysiological roles in obesity, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and their potential therapeutic applications...
February 15, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214331/pomc-maintains-tumor-initiating-properties-of-tumor-tissue-derived-long-term-cultured-breast-cancer-stem-cells
#3
Xiaoti Lin, Weiyu Chen, Fengqin Wei, Binhua P Zhou, Mien-Chie Hung, Xiaoming Xie
The identification and understanding of the molecular network of cancer stem cells (CSCs) have had a profound impact on our view of carcinogenesis and treatment strategy. Unfortunately, a major problem is that serial passages of CSCs from clinical solid tumor specimens currently are not available in any lab, and thus, reported data are difficult to confirm and intensively interrogated. Here, we have generated two tumor tissue-derived breast CSC (BCSC) lines that showed prolonged maintenance over 20 serial passages in vitro, while retaining their tumor-initiating biological properties...
February 18, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213942/pge2-ep4-attenuated-mucosal-injury-via-%C3%AE-arr1-src-egfr-mediated-proliferation-in-portal-hypertensive-gastropathy
#4
Siwei Tan, Xiaoliang Chen, Minyi Xu, Xiaoli Huang, Huiling Liu, Jie Jiang, Yu Lu, Xiaojie Peng, Bin Wu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Portal hypertensive gastropathy (PHG) is a serious complication of liver cirrhosis and a potential cause of bleeding in patients associated with cirrhosis. Suppressed mucosal epithelial proliferation is a crucial pathological characteristic of PHG. Our studies demonstrated an important role of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2 ) and its E-type prostanoid 4 (EP4 ) receptor in the promotion of mucosal proliferation. However, whether β-arrestin1 (β-arr1), a well-established mediator of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), is involved in the PGE2 /EP4 -mediated mucosal proliferation complex in PHG remains unclear...
February 18, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213525/conformational-profiling-of-the-at1-angiotensin-ii-receptor-reflects-biased-agonism-g-protein-coupling-and-cellular-context
#5
Dominic Devost, Rory Sleno, Darlaine Petrin, Alice Zhang, Yuji Shinjo, Rakan Okde, Junken Aoki, Asuka Inoue, Terence E Hebert
Here, we report the design and use of GPCR-based biosensors to monitor ligand-mediated conformational changes in receptors in intact cells. These biosensors use Bioluminescence Resonance Energy Transfer (BRET) with Renilla luciferase (RlucII) as an energy donor, placed at the distal end of the receptor C-tail and the small fluorescent molecule FlAsH, as an energy acceptor, its binding site inserted at different positions throughout the intracellular loops and carboxy-terminal tail of the angiotensin II type I receptor (AT1R)...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213524/g-protein-coupled-receptor-kinase-2-grk-2-regulates-serotonin-metabolism-through-the-monoamine-oxidase-amx-2-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Jianjun Wang, Jiansong Luo, Dipendra K Aryal, William C Wetzel, Richard Nass, Jeffrey L Benovic
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) regulate many animal behaviors. GPCR signaling is mediated by agonist-promoted interactions of GPCRs with heterotrimeric G proteins, GPCR kinases (GRKs) and arrestins. To further elucidate the role of GRKs in regulating GPCR-mediated behaviors, we utilized the genetic model system Caenorhabditis elegans. Our studies demonstrate that grk-2 loss-of-function strains are egg-laying defective and contain low levels of serotonin (5-HT) and high levels of the 5-HT metabolite 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid (5-HIAA)...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213518/deficits-in-the-activity-of-presynaptic-%C3%AE-aminobutyric-acid-type-b-receptors-contribute-to-altered-neuronal-excitability-in-fragile-x-syndrome
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Ji-Yong Kang, Jayashree Chadchankar, Thuy N Vien, Michelle I Mighdoll, Thomas M Hyde, Robert J Mather, Tarek Z Deeb, Menelas N Pangalos, Nicholas J Brandon, John Dunlop, Stephen J Moss
The behavioral and anatomical deficits seen in Fragile X syndrome (FXS) are widely believed to result from imbalances in the relative strengths of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission. While modified neuronal excitability is thought to be of significance, the contribution that alterations in GABAergic inhibition play in the pathophysiology of FXS are ill-defined. Slow sustained neuronal inhibition is mediated by γ-aminobutyric acid type B (GABAB) receptors, which are heterodimeric G-protein coupled receptors constructed from R1a and R2 or R1b and R2 subunits...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212859/docosahexaenoic-acid-phospholipid-differentially-modulates-the-conformation-of-g90v-and-n55k-rhodopsin-mutants-associated-with-retinitis-pigmentosa
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Xiaoyun Dong, María Guadalupe Herrera-Hernández, Eva Ramon, Pere Garriga
Rhodopsin is the visual photoreceptor of the retinal rod cells that mediates dim light vision and a prototypical member of the G protein-coupled receptor superfamily. The structural stability and functional performance of rhodopsin are modulated by membrane lipids. Docosahexaenoic acid has been shown to interact with native rhodopsin but no direct evidence has been established on the effect of such lipid on the stability and regeneration of rhodopsin mutants associated with retinal diseases. The stability and regeneration of two thermosensitive mutants G90V and N55K, associated with the retinal degenerative disease retinitis pigmentosa, have been analyzed in docosohexaenoic phospholipid (1,2-didocosa-hexaenoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine; DDHA-PC) liposomes...
February 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212842/pathophysiological-consequences-of-receptor-mistraffic-tales-from-the-platelet-p2y12-receptor
#9
Margaret R Cunningham, Riyaad Aungraheeta, Stuart J Mundell
Genetic variations in G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) genes can disrupt receptor function in a wide variety of human genetic diseases, including platelet bleeding disorders. Platelets are critical for haemostasis with inappropriate platelet activation leading to the development of arterial thrombosis, which can result in heart attack and stroke whilst decreased platelet activity is associated with an increased risk of bleeding. GPCRs expressed on the surface of platelets play key roles in regulating platelet activity and therefore function...
February 14, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212604/high-expression-of-claudin-2-in-esophageal-carcinoma-and-precancerous-lesions-is-significantly-associated-with-the-bile-salt-receptors-vdr-and-tgr5
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Sohaib Abu-Farsakh, Tongtong Wu, Amy Lalonde, Jun Sun, Zhongren Zhou
BACKGROUND: Claudins are a family of integral membrane proteins and are components of tight junctions (TJs). Many TJ proteins are known to tighten the cell structure and maintain a barrier. Claudin-2 forms gated paracellular channels and allows sodium ions and other small positively charged ions to cross between adjacent cells. Recently, we found that vitamin D receptor (VDR) enhanced Claudin-2 expression in colon and that bile salt receptors VDR and Takeda G-protein coupled receptor5 (TGR5) were highly expressed in esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) and precancerous lesions...
February 17, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212352/rta-occupancy-of-the-origin-of-lytic-replication-during-murine-gammaherpesvirus-68-reactivation-from-b-cell-latency
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Alexis L Santana, Darby G Oldenburg, Varvara Kirillov, Laraib Malik, Qiwen Dong, Roman Sinayev, Kenneth B Marcu, Douglas W White, Laurie T Krug
RTA, the viral Replication and Transcription Activator, is essential for rhadinovirus lytic gene expression upon de novo infection and reactivation from latency. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)/toll-like receptor (TLR)4 engagement enhances rhadinovirus reactivation. We developed two new systems to examine the interaction of RTA with host NF-kappaB (NF-κB) signaling during murine gammaherpesvirus 68 (MHV68) infection: a latent B cell line (HE-RIT) inducible for RTA-Flag expression and virus reactivation; and a recombinant virus (MHV68-RTA-Bio) that enabled in vivo biotinylation of RTA in BirA transgenic mice...
February 16, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212175/advances-in-epilepsy-gene-discovery-and-implications-for-epilepsy-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Joseph D Symonds, Sameer M Zuberi, Michael R Johnson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Epilepsy genetics is shifting from the academic pursuit of gene discovery to a clinical discipline based on molecular diagnosis and stratified medicine. We consider the latest developments in epilepsy genetics and review how gene discovery in epilepsy is influencing the clinical classification of epilepsy and informing new therapeutic approaches and drug discovery. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies highlighting the importance of mutation in GABA receptors, NMDA receptors, potassium channels, G-protein coupled receptors, mammalian target of rapamycin pathway and chromatin remodeling are discussed...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211458/molecular-genetic-and-clinical-evaluation-of-three-chinese-families-with-x-linked-ocular-albinism
#13
Xuan Zou, Hui Li, Lizhu Yang, Zixi Sun, Zhisheng Yuan, Huajin Li, Ruifang Sui
X-linked ocular albinism (OA1) is an X-linked inherited disease characterized by hypopigmentation of the fundus and nystagmus. Our study performed mutation analysis of the G protein-coupled receptor 143 gene (GPR143) and assessed the clinical characteristics of OA1 in three Chinese families. Three novel mutations, c.333_360+14del42insCTT, c.276G>A (p.W92X), and c.793C>T (p.R265X), were identified in GPR143 by PCR followed by Sanger sequencing in these families. All affected individuals presented with nystagmus, photophobia, poor visual acuity, foveal hypoplasia and varying degrees of hypopigmentation of the fundus...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209987/targeting-phospholipase-d-in-cancer-infection-and-neurodegenerative-disorders
#14
REVIEW
H Alex Brown, Paul G Thomas, Craig W Lindsley
Lipid second messengers have essential roles in cellular function and contribute to the molecular mechanisms that underlie inflammation, malignant transformation, invasiveness, neurodegenerative disorders, and infectious and other pathophysiological processes. The phospholipase D (PLD) isoenzymes PLD1 and PLD2 are one of the major sources of signal-activated phosphatidic acid (PtdOH) generation downstream of a variety of cell-surface receptors, including G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) and integrins...
February 17, 2017: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209621/prominent-oncogenic-roles-of-evi1-in-breast-carcinoma
#15
Hui Wang, Thorsten Schaefer, Martina Konantz, Martin Braun, Zsuzsanna Varga, Anna M Paczulla, Selina Reich, Francis Jacob, Sven Perner, Holger Moch, Tanja Fehm, Lothar Kanz, Klaus Schulze-Osthoff, Claudia Lengerke
Overexpression of the EVI1 oncogene is associated typically with aggressive myeloid leukemia, but is also detectable in breast carcinoma (BC) where its contributions are unexplored. Analyzing a tissue microarray of 608 BC patient specimens, we documented EVI1 overexpression in both estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) and estrogen receptor-negative (ER-) BC. Here we report prognostic relevance of EVI1 overexpression in triple-negative BC (TNBC) but not in the HER2-positive BC subset. In human breast cancer cells, EVI1 silencing reduced proliferation, apoptosis resistance and tumorigenicity, effects rescued by estrogen supplementation in ER+ BC cells...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209512/n-glycan-dependent-cell-surface-expression-of-the-p2y2-receptor-and-n-glycan-independent-distribution-to-lipid-rafts
#16
Tetsuto Nakagawa, Chihiro Takahashi, Hitomi Matsuzaki, Shohei Takeyama, Shinpei Sato, Ayaka Sato, Yoshiyuki Kuroda, Hideyoshi Higashi
P2Y2 receptor (P2Y2R) is a G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) couples with Gαq/11 and is stimulated by ATP and UTP. P2Y2R is involved in pain, proinflammatory changes, and blood pressure control. Some GPCRs are localized in lipid rafts for interaction with other signaling molecules. In this study, we prepared N-glycan-deficient mutants by mutating the two consensus Asn residues for N-glycosylation to Gln to examine intracellular localization and association with lipid rafts. Western blotting of the wild type (WT) protein and mutants (N9Q, N13Q, N9Q/N13Q) in COS-7 cells showed that both Asn residues were glycosylated in the WT...
February 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208754/gypenoside-xvii-prevents-atherosclerosis-by-attenuating-endothelial-apoptosis-and-oxidative-stress-insight-into-the-er%C3%AE-mediated-pi3k-akt-pathway
#17
Ke Yang, Haijing Zhang, Yun Luo, Jingyi Zhang, Min Wang, Ping Liao, Li Cao, Peng Guo, Guibo Sun, Xiaobo Sun
Phytoestrogens are estrogen-like compounds of plant origin. The pharmacological activities of phytoestrogens are predominantly due to their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and lipid-lowering properties, which are mediated via the estrogen receptors (ERs): estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) and estrogen receptor beta (ERβ) and possibly G protein-coupled estrogen receptor 1 (GPER). Gypenoside XVII (GP-17) is a phytoestrogen that is widely used to prevent cardiovascular disease, including atherosclerosis, but the mechanism underlying these therapeutic effects is largely unclear...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207860/effect-of-human-cytomegalovirus-hcmv-us27-on-cxcr4-receptor-internalization-measured-by-fluorogen-activating-protein-fap-biosensors
#18
Jordan M Boeck, Juliet V Spencer
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a widespread pathogen and a member of the Herpesviridae family. HCMV has a large genome that encodes many genes that are non-essential for virus replication but instead play roles in manipulation of the host immune environment. One of these is the US27 gene, which encodes a protein with homology to the chemokine receptor family of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). The US27 protein has no known chemokine ligands but can modulate the signaling activity of host receptor CXCR4...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205164/structural-stringency-of-cholesterol-for-membrane-protein-function-utilizing-stereoisomers-as-novel-tools-a-review
#19
Md Jafurulla, Amitabha Chattopadhyay
Cholesterol is an important lipid in the context of membrane protein function. The function of a number of membrane proteins, including G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and ion channels, has been shown to be dependent on membrane cholesterol. However, the molecular mechanism underlying such regulation is still being explored. In some cases, specific interaction between cholesterol and the protein has been implicated. In other cases, the effect of cholesterol on the membrane properties has been attributed for the regulation of protein function...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205098/enhanced-cellular-functions-through-induction-of-lpa2-by-cisplatin-in-fibrosarcoma-ht1080-cells
#20
Kaede Takahashi, Kaori Fukushima, Nobuyuki Fukushima, Kanya Honoki, Toshifumi Tsujiuchi
Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) is a simple biophysical lipid which interacts with at least six subtypes of G protein-coupled LPA receptors (LPA1-LPA6). In cancer cells, LPA signaling via LPA receptors is involved in the regulation of malignant properties, such as cell growth, motility, and invasion. The aim of this study was to assess whether LPA receptors regulate cellular functions of fibrosarcoma cells treated with anticancer drug. HT1080 cells were maintained by the stepwise treatment of cisplatin (CDDP) at a range of 0...
February 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
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