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Na Li, Yunhuan Yan, Angke Zhang, Jiming Gao, Chong Zhang, Xue Wang, Gaopeng Hou, Gaiping Zhang, Jinbu Jia, En-Min Zhou, Shuqi Xiao
Many viruses encode microRNAs (miRNAs) that are small non-coding single-stranded RNAs which play critical roles in virus-host interactions. Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is one of the most economically impactful viruses in the swine industry. The present study sought to determine whether PRRSV encodes miRNAs that could regulate PRRSV replication. Four viral small RNAs (vsRNAs) were mapped to the stem-loop structures in the ORF1a, ORF1b and GP2a regions of the PRRSV genome by bioinformatics prediction and experimental verification...
October 17, 2016: Oncotarget
Nina Holland
Environmental research and public health in the 21st century face serious challenges such as increased air pollution and global warming, widespread use of potentially harmful chemicals including pesticides, plasticizers, and other endocrine disruptors, and radical changes in nutrition and lifestyle typical of modern societies. In particular, exposure to environmental and occupational toxicants may contribute to the occurrence of adverse birth outcomes, neurodevelopmental deficits, and increased risk of cancer and other multifactorial diseases such as diabetes and asthma...
October 21, 2016: Reviews on Environmental Health
Purva P Bhojane, Michael R Duff, Khushboo Bafna, Gabriella P Rimmer, Pratul K Agarwal, Elizabeth E Howell
Folate, or vitamin B9, is an important compound in one carbon metabolism. Previous studies have found weaker binding of dihydrofolate to dihydrofolate reductase in the presence of osmolytes. In other words, osmolytes are more difficult to remove from the dihydrofolate solvation shell than water; this shifts the equilibrium towards the free ligand and protein species. This study uses vapor pressure osmometry to explore the interaction of folate with the model osmolyte, glycine betaine. This method yields a preferential interaction potential (μ23/RT value)...
October 21, 2016: Biochemistry
Najla Kharrat, Sabrine Belmabrouk, Rania Abdelhedi, Riadh Benmarzoug, Mourad Assidi, Mohammed H Al Qahtani, Ahmed Rebai
BACKGROUND: The identification of charge clusters (runs of charged residues) in proteins and their mapping within the protein structure sequence is an important step toward a comprehensive analysis of how these particular motifs mediate, via electrostatic interactions, various molecular processes such as protein sorting, translocation, docking, orientation and binding to DNA and to other proteins. Few algorithms that specifically identify these charge clusters have been designed and described in the literature...
October 17, 2016: BMC Genomics
Hahnbeom Park, Philip Bradley, Per Greisen, Yuan Liu, Vikram Khipple Mulligan, David E Kim, David Baker, Frank DiMaio
Most biomolecular modeling energy functions for structure prediction, sequence design, and molecular docking, have been parameterized using existing macromolecular structural data; this contrasts molecular mechanics force fields which are largely optimized using small-molecule data. In this study, we describe an integrated method that enables optimization of a biomolecular modeling energy function simultaneously against small-molecule thermodynamic data and high-resolution macromolecular structural data. We use this approach to develop a next-generation Rosetta energy function that utilizes a new anisotropic implicit solvation model, and an improved electrostatics and Lennard-Jones model, illustrating how energy functions can be considerably improved in their ability to describe large-scale energy landscapes by incorporating both small-molecule and macromolecule data...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
N C N Perera, G I Godahewa, Jehee Lee
Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) is involved in the regulation of cellular events by mediating signal transduction pathways. MAPK1 is a member of the extracellular-signal regulated kinases (ERKs), playing roles in cell proliferation, differentiation, and development. This is mainly in response to growth factors, mitogens, and many environmental stresses. In the current study, we have characterized the structural features of a homolog of MAPK1 from disk abalone (AbMAPK1). Further, we have unraveled its expressional kinetics against different experimental pathogenic infections or related chemical stimulants...
October 17, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Suman Kumar Nandy, Alpana Seal
Cystatin superfamily is a large group of evolutionarily related proteins involved in numerous physiological activities through their inhibitory activity towards cysteine proteases. Despite sharing the same cystatin fold, and inhibiting cysteine proteases through the same tripartite edge involving highly conserved N-terminal region, L1 and L2 loop; cystatins differ widely in their inhibitory affinity towards C1 family of cysteine proteases and molecular details of these interactions are still elusive. In this study, inhibitory interactions of human family 1 & 2 cystatins with cathepsin L1 are predicted and their stability and viability are verified through protein docking & comparative molecular dynamics...
2016: PloS One
Jiangming Sun, Yang De Marinis, Peter Osmark, Pratibha Singh, Annika Bagge, Bérengère Valtat, Petter Vikman, Peter Spégel, Hindrik Mulder
RNA editing is a post-transcriptional alteration of RNA sequences that, via insertions, deletions or base substitutions, can affect protein structure as well as RNA and protein expression. Recently, it has been suggested that RNA editing may be more frequent than previously thought. A great impediment, however, to a deeper understanding of this process is the paramount sequencing effort that needs to be undertaken to identify RNA editing events. Here, we describe an in silico approach, based on machine learning, that ameliorates this problem...
2016: PloS One
Woon Yong Sohn, Valérie Brenner, Eric Gloaguen, Michel Mons
Conformer-selective IR gas phase spectroscopy and high level quantum chemistry methods have been used to characterise the diversity of local NH-π interactions between the π ring of a phenylalanine aromatic residue and the nearby main chain amide groups. The study of model systems shows how the amide NH stretch vibrational features, in the 3410-3460 cm(-1) frequency range, can be used to monitor the strength of these local π H-bonds, which is found to depend on both the backbone conformation and the aromatic side chain orientation...
October 20, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Y Liu, L Huang, H Ye, X Lv
Interferon regulatory factor-7 (IRF-7) is involved in pulmonary infection and pneumonia. Here, a synthetic strategy that combined quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR)-based virtual screening and in vitro binding assay was described to identify new and potent mediator ligands of IRF-7 from natural products. In the procedure, a QSAR scoring function was developed and validated using Gaussian process (GP) regression and a structure-based set of protein-ligand affinity data. By integrating hotspot pocket prediction, pharmacokinetics profile analysis and molecular docking calculations, the scoring function was successfully applied to virtual screening against a large library of structurally diverse, drug-like natural products...
October 20, 2016: SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research
K M Saravanan, S Suvaithenamudhan, S Parthasarathy, S Selvaraj
To adopt a particular fold, a protein requires several interactions between its amino acid residues. The energetic contribution of these residue-residue interactions can be approximated by extracting statistical potentials from known high resolution structures. Several methods based on statistical potentials extracted from unrelated proteins are found to make a better prediction of probability of point mutations. We postulate that the statistical potentials extracted from known structures of similar folds with varying sequence identity can be a powerful tool to examine probability of point mutation...
October 19, 2016: Proteins
Haifang Zhang, Yunxia Zhu, Xiaofang Xie, Min Wang, Hong Du, Shungao Xu, Ying Zhang, Mingyu Gong, Bin Ni, Huaxi Xu, Xinxiang Huang
The linear plasmid pBSSB1 mediates the flagellar phase variation in H:z66 positive Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi (S. Typhi). The gene named stp17 (S. Typhi plasmid number 17 gene) is located on pBSSB1 and encodes the protein STP17. The expression pattern at the protein-level and function of STP17 remains unknown. In this study, the recombinant protein STP17His6 was expressed, purified and used to prepare the polyclonal anti-STP17 antibody. We detected protein-level expression of stp17 in S. Typhi and further investigated the protein expression characteristics of stp17 in different growth phases by western blot analysis...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Maite L Ortiz-Suarez, Firdaus Samsudin, Thomas J Piggot, Peter J Bond, Syma Khalid
OmpA is a multidomain protein found in the outer membranes of most Gram-negative bacteria. Despite a wealth of reported structural and biophysical studies, the structure-function relationships of this protein remain unclear. For example, it is still debated whether it functions as a pore, and the precise molecular role it plays in attachment to the peptidoglycan of the periplasm is unknown. The absence of a consensus view is partly due to the lack of a complete structure of the full-length protein. To address this issue, we performed molecular-dynamics simulations of the full-length model of the OmpA dimer proposed by Robinson and co-workers...
October 18, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Béla Voß, Reinhard Seifert, U Benjamin Kaupp, Helmut Grubmüller
Ligand-protein binding processes are essential in biological systems. A well-studied system is the binding of cyclic adenosine monophosphate to the cyclic nucleotide binding domain of the bacterial potassium channel MloK1. Strikingly, the measured on-rate for cyclic adenosine monophosphate binding is two orders of magnitude slower than a simple Smoluchowski diffusion model would suggest. To resolve this discrepancy and to characterize the ligand-binding path in structural and energetic terms, we calculated 1100 ligand-binding molecular dynamics trajectories and tested two scenarios: In the first scenario, the ligand transiently binds to the protein surface and then diffuses along the surface into the binding site...
October 18, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Alexandre Guillot, Manuel Dauchez, Nicolas Belloy, Jessica Jonquet, Laurent Duca, Beatrice Romier, Pascal Maurice, Laurent Debelle, Laurent Martiny, Vincent Durlach, Stephanie Baud, Sebastien Blaise
Sialic acids (SA) are monosaccharides that can be located at the terminal position of glycan chains on a wide range of proteins. The post-translational modifications, such as N-glycan chains, are fundamental to protein functions. Indeed, the hydrolysis of SA by specific enzymes such as neuraminidases can lead to drastic modifications of protein behavior. However, the relationship between desialylation of N-glycan chains and possible alterations of receptor function remains unexplored. Thus, the aim of the present study is to establish the impact of SA removal from N-glycan chains on their conformational behavior...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Lothar Esser, Fei Zhou, Yihui Zhou, Yumei Xiao, Wai-Kwan Tang, Chang-An Yu, Zhaohai Qin, Di Xia
The Complex III or cytochrome bc1 (cyt bc1) complex constitutes an integral part of the respiratory chain of most aerobic organisms and of the photosynthetic apparatus of anoxygenic purple bacteria. The function of cyt bc1 is to couple the reaction of electron transfer (ET) from ubiquinol to cytochrome c to proton pumping across the membrane. Mechanistically, the ET reaction requires docking of its Rieske iron-sulfur protein (ISP) subunit to the quinol oxidation (QP) site of the complex. Formation of an H-bond between the ISP and the bound substrate was proposed to mediate the docking...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Ivan Anishchenko, Petras J Kundrotas, Ilya A Vakser
Structural characterization of protein-protein interactions is essential for understanding life processes at the molecular level. However, only a fraction of protein interactions have experimentally resolved structures. Thus reliable computational methods for structural modeling of protein interactions (protein docking) are important for generating such structures and understanding the principles of protein recognition. Template-based docking techniques that utilize structural similarity between target protein-protein interaction and co-crystallized protein-protein complexes (templates) are gaining popularity due to generally higher reliability than that of the template-free docking...
October 18, 2016: Proteins
Susan Z Lever, Kuo-Hsien Fan, John R Lever
INTRODUCTION: Aspects of radiopharmaceutical development are illustrated through preclinical studies of [(125)I]-(E)-1-(2-(2,3-dihydrobenzofuran-5-yl)ethyl)-4-(iodoallyl)piperazine ([(125)I]-E-IA-BF-PE-PIPZE), a radioligand for sigma-1 (σ1) receptors, coupled with examples from the recent literature. Findings are compared to those previously observed for [(125)I]-(E)-1-(2-(2,3-dimethoxy-5-yl)ethyl)-4-(iodoallyl)piperazine ([(125)I]-E-IA-DM-PE-PIPZE). METHODS: Syntheses of E-IA-BF-PE-PIPZE and [(125)I]-E-IA-BF-PE-PIPZE were accomplished by standard methods...
September 3, 2016: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
Agnieszka Rybarczyk, Paulina Jackowiak, Marek Figlerowicz, Jacek Blazewicz
Since the beginning of the 21st century, an increasing interest in the research of ribonucleic acids has been observed in response to a surprising discovery of the role that RNA molecules play in the biological systems. It was demonstrated that they do not only take part in the protein synthesis (mRNA, rRNA, tRNA) but also are involved in the regulation of gene expression. Several classes of small regulatory RNAs have been discovered (e.g. microRNA, small interfering RNA, piwiRNA). Most of them are excised from specific double-stranded RNA precursors by enzymes that belong to the RNaseIII family (Drosha, Dicer or Dicer-like proteins)...
October 19, 2016: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Gary A Clawson, Thomas Abraham, Weihua Pan, Xiaomeng Tang, Samuel S Linton, Christopher O McGovern, Welley S Loc, Jill P Smith, Peter J Butler, Mark Kester, James H Adair, Gail L Matters
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas (PDACs) constitutively express the G-protein-coupled cholecystokinin B receptor (CCKBR). In this study, we identified DNA aptamers (APs) that bind to the CCKBR and describe their characterization and targeting efficacy. Using dual SELEX selection against "exposed" CCKBR peptides and CCKBR-expressing PDAC cells, a pool of DNA APs was identified. Further downselection was based on predicted structures and properties, and we selected eight APs for initial characterizations. The APs bound specifically to the CCKBR, and we showed not only that they did not stimulate proliferation of PDAC cell lines but rather inhibited their proliferation...
October 18, 2016: Nucleic Acid Therapeutics
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