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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538145/nmr-analysis-of-amide-hydrogen-exchange-rates-in-a-pentapeptide-repeat-protein-from-a-%C3%A2-thaliana
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Shenyuan Xu, Shuisong Ni, Michael A Kennedy
At2g44920 from Arabidopsis thaliana is a pentapeptide-repeat protein (PRP) composed of 25 repeats capped by N- and C-terminal α-helices. PRP structures are dominated by four-sided right-handed β-helices typically consisting of mixtures of type II and type IV β-turns. PRPs adopt repeated five-residue (Rfr) folds with an Rfr consensus sequence (STAV)(D/N)(L/F)(S/T/R)(X). Unlike other PRPs, At2g44920 consists exclusively of type II β-turns. At2g44920 is predicted to be located in the thylakoid lumen although its biochemical function remains unknown...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537749/water-microsolvation-can-switch-the-binding-mode-of-ni-ii-with-small-peptides
#2
Robert C Dunbar, Jonathan Martens, Giel Berden, Jos Oomens
Ni(II) ions can be caged by surrounding peptide ligands in two basic binding patterns: the "iminol" (IM) binding pattern, where chelation occurs by deprotonated amide nitrogens, or the charge-solvated (CS) binding pattern, where chelation occurs by amide carbonyl oxygens. Gas-phase observation may clarify the factors affecting this choice in solution and in peptide and protein matrices. Infrared-spectroscopic determination of gas-phase structures shows here how microsolvation by just one water molecule switches the balance of this choice from IM to CS for the Ni2+Gly3 complex, in contrast to the always-CS structure of the Ni2+Gly4 complex...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537726/hot-spotting-with-thermal-scanning-a-ligand-and-structure-independent-assessment-of-target-ligandability
#3
Molly Chilton, Ben Clennell, Fredrik Edfeldt, Stefan Geschwindner
Evaluating the ligandability of a protein target is a key component when defining hit-finding strategies or to prioritize amongst drug targets. Computational as well as biophysical approaches based on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) fragment screening are powerful approaches, but suffer from specific constraints that limit their usage. Here, we demonstrate the applicability of high-throughput thermal scanning (HTTS) as a simple and generic biophysical fragment screening method to reproduce assessments from NMR-based screening...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535199/genotype-phenotype-correlation-in-patients-with-isovaleric-acidemia-comparative-structural-modelling-and-computational-analysis-of-novel-variants
#4
Osama K Zaki, George Priya Doss C, Salsabil A Ali, Ghadeer G Murad, Shaima A Elashi, Maryam Sa Ebnou, D Thirumal Kumar, Ola Khalifa, Radwa Gamal, Heba S A El Abd, Bilal N Nasr, Hatem Zayed
Isovaleric acidemia (IVA) is an autosomal recessive inborn error of leucine metabolism. It is caused by a deficiency in the mitochondrial isovaleryl-CoA dehydrogenase (IVD) enzyme. In this study, we investigated eight patients with IVA. The patients diagnoses were confirmed by urinary organic acid analysis and the blood C5-Carnitine value. A molecular genetic analysis of the IVD gene revealed nine different variants: five were missense variants (c.1193G>A; p. R398Q, c.1207T>A; p. Y403N, c.872C>T; p...
May 23, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535189/predicting-accurate-contacts-in-thousands-of-pfam-domain-families-using-pconsc3
#5
Mirco Michel, Marcin J Skwark, David Menéndez Hurtado, Magnus Ekeberg, Arne Elofsson
Motivation: A fewyears ago it was shown that by using amaximumentropy approach to describe couplings between columns in a multiple sequence alignment it is possible to significantly increase the accuracy of residue contact predictions. For very large protein families with more than 1000 effective sequences the accuracy is sufficient to produce accurate models of proteins as well as complexes. Today, for about half of all Pfam domain families no structure is known, but unfortunately most of these families have at most a few hundred members, i...
May 23, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534784/incorporation-of-solvent-effect-into-multi-objective-evolutionary-algorithm-for-improved-protein-structure-prediction
#6
Shangce Gao, Jiujun Cheng, Yuki Todo, Mengchu Zhou
The problem of predicting the three-dimensional structure of a protein from its one-dimensional sequence has been called the "holy grail of molecular biology", and it has become an important part of structural genomics projects. Despite the rapid developments in computer technology and computational intelligence, it remains challenging and fascinating. In this paper, to solve it we propose a multi-objective evolutionary algorithm. We decompose the protein energy function Chemistry at HARvard Macromolecular Mechanics force fields into bond and non-bond energies as the first and second objectives...
May 17, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533339/structure-based-prediction-of-wnt-binding-affinities-for-frizzled-type-cysteine-rich-domain
#7
Mark Agostino, Sebastian Öther-Gee Pohl, Arunasalam Dharmarajan
Wnt signaling pathways are of significant interest in development and oncogenesis. The first step in these pathways typically involves the binding of a Wnt protein to the cysteine-rich domain (CRD) of a Frizzled receptor; Wnt-Frizzled interactions can be antagonized by secreted Frizzled-related proteins (sFRPs), which also contain a Frizzled-like CRD. The large number of Wnts, Frizzleds and sFRPs, as well as the hydrophobic nature of Wnt, pose challenges to laboratory-based investigations of interactions involving Wnt...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532215/matrix-mechanosensing-from-scaling-concepts-in-omics-data-to-mechanisms-in-the-nucleus-regeneration-and-cancer
#8
Dennis E Discher, Lucas Smith, Sangkyun Cho, Mark Colasurdo, Andrés J García, Sam Safran
Many of the most important molecules of life are polymers. In animals, the most abundant of the proteinaceous polymers are the collagens, which constitute the fibrous matrix outside cells and which can also self-assemble into gels. The physically measurable stiffness of gels, as well as tissues, increases with the amount of collagen, and cells seem to sense this stiffness. An understanding of this mechanosensing process in complex tissues, including fibrotic disease states with high collagen, is now utilizing 'omics data sets and is revealing polymer physics-type, nonlinear scaling relationships between concentrations of seemingly unrelated biopolymers...
May 22, 2017: Annual Review of Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531818/pharmacophore-searching-a-potential-solution-for-correcting-unknown-ligands-unk-labelling-errors-in-protein-data-bank-pdb-s
#9
Musadiq Ibrahim, Adrian Jonathan Lapthorn, Mohammad Ibrahim
The Protein Data Bank (PDB) is the single most important repository of structural data for proteins and other biologically relevant molecules. Therefore, it is critically important to keep the PDB data, error-free as much as possible. In this study, we have critically examined PDB structures of 292 protein molecules which have been deposited in the repository along with potentially incorrect ligands labelled as Unknown ligands (UNK). Pharmacophores were generated for all the protein structures by using Discovery Studio Visualizer (DSV) and Accelrys, Catalyst(®)...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530831/blue-shifted-green-fluorescent-protein-homologs-are-brighter-than-enhanced-green-fluorescent-protein-under-two-photon-excitation
#10
Rosana S Molina, Tam M Tran, Robert E Campbell, Gerard Glenn Lambert, Anya Salih, Nathan C Shaner, Thomas E Hughes, Mikhail Drobizhev
Fluorescent proteins (FPs) are indispensable markers for two-photon imaging of live tissue, especially in the brains of small model organisms. The quantity of physiologically relevant data collected, however, is limited by heat-induced damage of the tissue due to the high intensities of the excitation laser. We seek to minimize this damage by developing FPs with improved brightness. Among FPs with the same chromophore structure, the spectral properties can vary widely due to differences in the local protein environment...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530547/application-of-machine-learning-approaches-for-protein-protein-interactions-prediction
#11
Mengying Zhang, Qiang Su, Yi Lu, Manman Zhao, Bing Niu
BACKGROUND: Proteomics endeavors to study the structures, functions and interactions of proteins. Information of the protein-protein interactions (PPIs) helps to improve our knowledge of the functions and the 3D structures of proteins. Thus determining the PPIs is essential for the study of the proteomics. OBJECTIVE: In this review, in order to study the application of machine learning in predicting PPI, some machine learning approaches such as support vector machine (SVM), artificial neural networks (ANNs) and random forest (RF) were selected, and the examples of its applications in PPIs were listed...
May 22, 2017: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530269/a-critical-comparison-of-coarse-grained-structure-based-approaches-and-atomic-models-of-protein-folding
#12
Jie Hu, Tao Chen, Moye Wang, Hue Sun Chan, Zhuqing Zhang
Structure-based coarse-grained Gō-like models have been used extensively in deciphering protein folding mechanisms because of their simplicity and tractability. Meanwhile, explicit-solvent molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with physics-based all-atom force fields have been applied successfully to simulate folding/unfolding transitions for several small, fast-folding proteins. To explore the degree to which coarse-grained Gō-like models and their extensions to incorporate nonnative interactions are capable of producing folding processes similar to those in all-atom MD simulations, here we systematically compare the computed unfolded states, transition states, and transition paths obtained using coarse-grained models and all-atom explicit-solvent MD simulations...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528876/modeling-covalent-modifier-drugs
#13
REVIEW
Ernest Awoonor-Williams, Andrew G Walsh, Christopher N Rowley
In this review, we present a summary of how computer modeling has been used in the development of covalent modifier drugs. Covalent modifier drugs bind by forming a chemical bond with their target. This covalent binding can improve the selectivity of the drug for a target with complementary reactivity and result in increased binding affinities due to the strength of the covalent bond formed. In some cases, this results in irreversible inhibition of the target, but some targeted covalent inhibitor (TCI) drugs bind covalently but reversibly...
May 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528867/a-pan-cancer-proteogenomic-atlas-of-pi3k-akt-mtor-pathway-alterations
#14
Yiqun Zhang, Patrick Kwok-Shing Ng, Melanie Kucherlapati, Fengju Chen, Yuexin Liu, Yiu Huen Tsang, Guillermo de Velasco, Kang Jin Jeong, Rehan Akbani, Angela Hadjipanayis, Angeliki Pantazi, Christopher A Bristow, Eunjung Lee, Harshad S Mahadeshwar, Jiabin Tang, Jianhua Zhang, Lixing Yang, Sahil Seth, Semin Lee, Xiaojia Ren, Xingzhi Song, Huandong Sun, Jonathan Seidman, Lovelace J Luquette, Ruibin Xi, Lynda Chin, Alexei Protopopov, Thomas F Westbrook, Carl Simon Shelley, Toni K Choueiri, Michael Ittmann, Carter Van Waes, John N Weinstein, Han Liang, Elizabeth P Henske, Andrew K Godwin, Peter J Park, Raju Kucherlapati, Kenneth L Scott, Gordon B Mills, David J Kwiatkowski, Chad J Creighton
Molecular alterations involving the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway (including mutation, copy number, protein, or RNA) were examined across 11,219 human cancers representing 32 major types. Within specific mutated genes, frequency, mutation hotspot residues, in silico predictions, and functional assays were all informative in distinguishing the subset of genetic variants more likely to have functional relevance. Multiple oncogenic pathways including PI3K/AKT/mTOR converged on similar sets of downstream transcriptional targets...
May 8, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528673/acid-sensing-ion-channel-pharmacology-past-present-and-future-%C3%A2
#15
Lachlan D Rash
pH is one of the most strictly controlled parameters in mammalian physiology. An extracellular pH of ~7.4 is crucial for normal physiological processes, and perturbations to this have profound effects on cell function. Acidic microenvironments occur in many physiological and pathological conditions, including inflammation, bone remodeling, ischemia, trauma, and intense synaptic activity. Cells exposed to these conditions respond in different ways, from tumor cells that thrive to neurons that are either suppressed or hyperactivated, often fatally...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527154/structure-based-classification-for-bile-salt-export-pump-bsep-inhibitors-using-comparative-structural-modeling-of-human-bsep
#16
Sankalp Jain, Melanie Grandits, Lars Richter, Gerhard F Ecker
The bile salt export pump (BSEP) actively transports conjugated monovalent bile acids from the hepatocytes into the bile. This facilitates the formation of micelles and promotes digestion and absorption of dietary fat. Inhibition of BSEP leads to decreased bile flow and accumulation of cytotoxic bile salts in the liver. A number of compounds have been identified to interact with BSEP, which results in drug-induced cholestasis or liver injury. Therefore, in silico approaches for flagging compounds as potential BSEP inhibitors would be of high value in the early stage of the drug discovery pipeline...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526816/delineation-of-b-cell-epitopes-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhi-hemolysin-e-potential-antibody-therapeutic-target
#17
Chai Fung Chin, Jing Yi Lai, Yee Siew Choong, Amy Amilda Anthony, Asma Ismail, Theam Soon Lim
Hemolysin E (HlyE) is an immunogenic novel pore-forming toxin involved in the pathogenesis of typhoid fever. Thus, mapping of B-cell epitopes of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi (S. Typhi) is critical to identify key immunogenic regions of HlyE. A random 20-mer peptide library was used for biopanning with enriched anti-HlyE polyclonal antibodies from typhoid patient sera. Bioinformatic tools were used to refine, analyze and map the enriched peptide sequences against the protein to identify the epitopes. The analysis identified both linear and conformational epitopes on the HlyE protein...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526475/identification-and-preliminary-structure-activity-relationships-of-1-indanone-derivatives-as-novel-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-1-ido1-inhibitors
#18
Dingding Gao, Yingxia Li
Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) plays a vital role in the catabolism of tryptophan along with the kynurenine pathway which is involved in many human diseases including cancer, Alzheimer's disease, etc. In this study, compound 1 bearing a 1-Indanone scaffold was identified as a novel IDO1 inhibitor by structure-based virtual screening, with moderate to good enzymatic and cellular inhibitory activities. Also, surface plasmon resonance analysis validated the direct interaction between compound 1 and IDO1 protein...
May 10, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525989/determination-of-genetic-effects-of-atf3-and-cdkn1a-genes-on-milk-yield-and-compositions-in-chinese-holstein-population
#19
REVIEW
Bo Han, Weijun Liang, Lin Liu, Yanhua Li, Dongxiao Sun
BACKGROUND: Our previous RNA-sequencing study revealed that the ATF3 and CDKN1A genes were remarkably differentially expressed between the mammary glands of lactating Holstein cows with extremely high and low milk protein and fat percentage so that both of them were considered as candidates for milk composition. Herein, we further verified whether these genes have genetic effects on milk production traits in a Chinese Holstein cow population. RESULTS: By re-sequencing the entire coding and regulatory regions, we identified four SNPs in 5'promoter region, two in exons, seven in 3' un-translated region (UTR), and six in 3'flanking region of ATF3 gene, and one SNP in exon 5, two in 3'UTR, and two in 3'flanking region of CDKN1A gene...
May 19, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525590/sdm-a-server-for-predicting-effects-of-mutations-on-protein-stability
#20
Arun Prasad Pandurangan, Bernardo Ochoa-Montaño, David B Ascher, Tom L Blundell
Here, we report a webserver for the improved SDM, used for predicting the effects of mutations on protein stability. As a pioneering knowledge-based approach, SDM has been highlighted as the most appropriate method to use in combination with many other approaches. We have updated the environment-specific amino-acid substitution tables based on the current expanded PDB (a 5-fold increase in information), and introduced new residue-conformation and interaction parameters, including packing density and residue depth...
May 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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