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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340510/the-diverse-family-of-mmpl-transporters-in-mycobacteria-from-regulation-to-antimicrobial-developments
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Albertus Viljoen, Violaine Dubois, Fabienne Girard-Misguich, Mickael Blaise, Jean-Louis Herrmann, Laurent Kremer
Mycobacterial genomes contain large sets of loci encoding membrane proteins that belong to a family of multidrug resistance pumps designated Resistance-Nodulation-Cell Division (RND) permeases. Mycobacterial membrane protein Large (MmpL) transporters represent a subclass of RND transporters known to participate in the export of lipid components across the cell envelope. These surface-exposed lipids with unusual structures play key roles in the physiology of mycobacteria and/or can act as virulence factors and immunomodulators...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340400/pharmacoinformatics-exploration-of-polyphenol-oxidases-leading-to-novel-inhibitors-by-virtual-screening-and-molecular-dynamic-simulation-study
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Mubashir Hassan, Qamar Abbas, Zaman Ashraf, Ahmed A Moustafa, Sung-Yum Seo
Polyphenol oxidases (PPOs)/tyrosinases are metal-dependent enzymes and known as important targets for melanogenesis. Although considerable attempts have been conducted to control the melanin-associated diseases by using various inhibitors. However, the exploration of the best anti-melanin inhibitor without side effect still remains a challenge in drug discovery. In present study, protein structure prediction, ligand-based pharmacophore modeling, virtual screening, molecular docking and dynamic simulation study were used to screen the strong novel inhibitor to cure melanogenesis...
March 15, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340089/how-embryophytic-is-the-biosynthesis-of-phenylpropanoids-and-their-derivatives-in-streptophyte-algae
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Jan de Vries, Sophie de Vries, Claudio H Slamovits, Laura E Rose, John M Archibald
The origin of land plants from algae is a long-standing question in evolutionary biology. It is becoming increasingly clear that many characters that were once assumed to be "embryophyte-specific" can in fact be found in their closest algal relatives, the streptophyte algae. One such case is the phenylpropanoid pathway. While biochemical data indicate that streptophyte algae harbor lignin-like components, the phenylpropanoid core pathway, which serves as the backbone of lignin biosynthesis, has been proposed to have arisen at the base of the land plants...
March 13, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339599/a-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-in-coq9-affects-mitochondrial-and-ovarian-function-and-fertility-in-holstein-cows%C3%A2
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M Sofia Ortega, Stephanie Wohlgemuth, Paula Tribulo, Luiz G B Siqueira, Daniel J Null, John B Cole, Marcus V Da Silva, Peter J Hansen
A single missense mutation at position 159 of coenzyme Q9 (COQ9) (G→A; rs109301586) has been associated with genetic variation in fertility in Holstein cattle, with the A allele associated with higher fertility. COQ9 is involved in the synthesis of coenzyme COQ10, a component of the electron transport system of the mitochondria. Here we tested whether reproductive phenotype is associated with the mutation and evaluated functional consequences for cellular oxygen metabolism, body weight changes, and ovarian function...
February 3, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339482/a-genome-wide-identification-and-analysis-of-the-dyw-deaminase-genes-in-the-pentatricopeptide-repeat-gene-family-in-cotton-gossypium-spp
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Bingbing Zhang, Guoyuan Liu, Xue Li, Liping Guo, Xuexian Zhang, Tingxiang Qi, Hailin Wang, Huini Tang, Xiuqin Qiao, Jinfa Zhang, Chaozhu Xing, Jianyong Wu
The RNA editing occurring in plant organellar genomes mainly involves the change of cytidine to uridine. This process involves a deamination reaction, with cytidine deaminase as the catalyst. Pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) proteins with a C-terminal DYW domain are reportedly associated with cytidine deamination, similar to members of the deaminase superfamily. PPR genes are involved in many cellular functions and biological processes including fertility restoration to cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) in plants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335001/fastkd1-and-fastkd4-have-opposite-effects-on-expression-of-specific-mitochondrial-rnas-depending-upon-their-endonuclease-like-rap-domain
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Erik Boehm, Sofia Zaganelli, Kinsey Maundrell, Alexis A Jourdain, Stéphane Thore, Jean-Claude Martinou
FASTK family proteins have been identified as regulators of mitochondrial RNA homeostasis linked to mitochondrial diseases, but much remains unknown about these proteins. We show that CRISPR-mediated disruption of FASTKD1 increases ND3 mRNA level, while disruption of FASTKD4 reduces the level of ND3 and of other mature mRNAs including ND5 and CYB, and causes accumulation of ND5-CYB precursor RNA. Disrupting both FASTKD1 and FASTKD4 in the same cell results in decreased ND3 mRNA similar to the effect of depleting FASTKD4 alone, indicating that FASTKD4 loss is epistatic...
March 10, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334877/iron-mediates-catalysis-of-nucleic-acid-processing-enzymes-support-for-fe-ii-as-a-cofactor-before-the-great-oxidation-event
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C Denise Okafor, Kathryn A Lanier, Anton S Petrov, Shreyas S Athavale, Jessica C Bowman, Nicholas V Hud, Loren Dean Williams
Life originated in an anoxic, Fe2+-rich environment. We hypothesize that on early Earth, Fe2+ was a ubiquitous cofactor for nucleic acids, with roles in RNA folding and catalysis as well as in processing of nucleic acids by protein enzymes. In this model, Mg2+ replaced Fe2+ as the primary cofactor for nucleic acids in parallel with known metal substitutions of metalloproteins, driven by the Great Oxidation Event. To test predictions of this model, we assay the ability of nucleic acid processing enzymes, including a DNA polymerase, an RNA polymerase and a DNA ligase, to use Fe2+ in place of Mg2+ as a cofactor during catalysis...
March 15, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334861/defective-signaling-through-plexin-a1-compromises-the-development-of-the-peripheral-olfactory-system-and-neuroendocrine-reproductive-axis-in-mice
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Séverine Marcos, Carine Monnier, Xavier Rovira Algans, Corinne Fouveaut, Nelly Pitteloud, Fabrice Ango, Catherine Dodé, Jean-Pierre Hardelin
The olfacto-genital syndrome (Kallmann syndrome) associates congenital hypogonadism due to gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) deficiency and anosmia. This is a genetically heterogeneous developmental disease with various modes of transmission, including oligogenic inheritance. Previous reports have involved defective cell signaling by semaphorin-3A in the disease pathogenesis. Here, we report that the embryonic phenotype of Plxna1-/- mutant mice lacking plexin-A1 (a major receptor of class 3 semaphorins), though not fully penetrant, resembles that of Kallmann syndrome fetuses...
March 2, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334818/chromosomal-dynamics-predicted-by-an-elastic-network-model-explains-genome-wide-accessibility-and-long-range-couplings
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Natalie Sauerwald, She Zhang, Carl Kingsford, Ivet Bahar
Understanding the three-dimensional (3D) architecture of chromatin and its relation to gene expression and regulation is fundamental to understanding how the genome functions. Advances in Hi-C technology now permit us to study 3D genome organization, but we still lack an understanding of the structural dynamics of chromosomes. The dynamic couplings between regions separated by large genomic distances (>50 Mb) have yet to be characterized. We adapted a well-established protein-modeling framework, the Gaussian Network Model (GNM), to model chromatin dynamics using Hi-C data...
March 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334762/missense-uros-mutations-causing-congenital-erythropoietic-porphyria-reduce-uros-homeostasis-that-can-be-rescued-by-proteasome-inhibition
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Jean-Marc Blouin, Ganeko Bernardo-Seisdedos, Emma Sasso, Julie Esteve, Cécile Ged, Magalie Lalanne, Arantza Sanz-Parra, Pedro Urquiza, Hubert de Verneuil, Oscar Millet, Emmanuel Richard
Congenital erythropoietic porphyria (CEP) is an inborn error of heme biosynthesis characterized by uroporphyrinogen III synthase (UROS) deficiency resulting in deleterious porphyrin accumulation in blood cells responsible for hemolytic anemia and cutaneous photosensitivity. We analyzed here the molecular basis of UROS impairment associated with twenty nine UROS missense mutations actually described in CEP patients. Using a computational and biophysical joint approach we predicted that most disease-causing mutations would affect UROS folding and stability...
February 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334219/a-network-model-predicts-the-intensity-of-residue-protein-thermal-coupling
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Luciano Censoni, Heloisa Dos Santos Muniz, Leandro Martínez
Motivation: The flow of vibrational energy in proteins has been shown not to obey expectations for isotropic media. The existence of preferential pathways for energy transport, with probable connections to allostery mechanisms, has been repeatedly demonstrated. Here, we investigate whether, by representing a set of protein structures as networks of interacting amino acid residues, we are able to model heat diffusion and predict residue-protein vibrational couplings, as measured by the Anisotropic Thermal Diffusion (ATD) computational protocol of modified molecular dynamics simulations...
March 7, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334201/critical-evaluation-of-bioinformatics-tools-for-the-prediction-of-protein-crystallization-propensity
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Huilin Wang, Liubin Feng, Geoffrey I Webb, Lukasz Kurgan, Jiangning Song, Donghai Lin
X-ray crystallography is the main tool for structural determination of proteins. Yet, the underlying crystallization process is costly, has a high attrition rate and involves a series of trial-and-error attempts to obtain diffraction-quality crystals. The Structural Genomics Consortium aims to systematically solve representative structures of major protein-fold classes using primarily high-throughput X-ray crystallography. The attrition rate of these efforts can be improved by selection of proteins that are potentially easier to be crystallized...
February 27, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333205/convergence-of-domain-architecture-structure-and-ligand-affinity-in-animal-and-plant-rna-binding-proteins
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Raquel Dias, Austin Manny, Oralia Kolaczkowski, Bryan Kolaczkowski
Reconstruction of ancestral protein sequences using phylogenetic methods is a powerful technique for directly examining the evolution of molecular function. Although ancestral sequence reconstruction (ASR) is itself very efficient, downstream functional and structural studies necessary to characterize when and how changes in molecular function occurred are often costly and time-consuming, currently limiting ASR studies to examining a relatively small number of discrete functional shifts. As a result, we have very little direct information about how molecular function evolves across large protein families...
February 25, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331193/transcription-factors-of-schizophyllum-commune-involved-in-mushroom-formation-and-modulation-of-vegetative-growth
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Jordi F Pelkmans, Mohini B Patil, Thies Gehrmann, Marcel J T Reinders, Han A B Wösten, Luis G Lugones
Mushrooms are the most conspicuous fungal structures. Transcription factors (TFs) Bri1 and Hom1 of the model fungus Schizophyllum commune are involved in late stages of mushroom development, while Wc-2, Hom2, and Fst4 function early in development. Here, it is shown that Bri1 and Hom1 also stimulate vegetative growth, while biomass formation is repressed by Wc-2, Hom2, and Fst4. The Δbri1Δbri1 and the Δhom1Δhom1 strains formed up to 0.6 fold less biomass when compared to wild-type, while Δwc-2Δwc-2, Δhom2Δhom2, and Δfst4Δfst4 strains formed up to 2...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330163/probing-an-optimal-class-distribution-for-enhancing-prediction-and-feature-characterization-of-plant-virus-encoded-rna-silencing-suppressors
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Abhigyan Nath, Karthikeyan Subbiah
To counter the host RNA silencing defense mechanism, many plant viruses encode RNA silencing suppressor proteins. These groups of proteins share very low sequence and structural similarities among them, which consequently hamper their annotation using sequence similarity-based search methods. Alternatively the machine learning-based methods can become a suitable choice, but the optimal performance through machine learning-based methods is being affected by various factors such as class imbalance, incomplete learning, selection of inappropriate features, etc...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327793/insights-into-cytochrome-bc1-complex-binding-mode-of-antimalarial-2-hydroxy-1-4-naphthoquinones-through-molecular-modelling
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Ana Carolina Rennó Sodero, Bárbara Abrahim-Vieira, Pedro Henrique Monteiro Torres, Pedro Geraldo Pascutti, Célia Rs Garcia, Vitor Francisco Ferreira, David Rodrigues da Rocha, Sabrina Baptista Ferreira, Floriano Paes Silva
BACKGROUND: Malaria persists as a major public health problem. Atovaquone is a drug that inhibits the respiratory chain of Plasmodium falciparum, but with serious limitations like known resistance, low bioavailability and high plasma protein binding. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this work was to perform molecular modelling studies of 2-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinones analogues of atovaquone on the Qo site of P. falciparum cytochrome bc1 complex (Pfbc1) to suggest structural modifications that could improve their antimalarial activity...
April 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325944/synergistic-antibacterial-mechanism-of-the-lactobacillus-crispatus-surface-layer-protein-and-nisin-on-staphylococcus-saprophyticus
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Zhilan Sun, Pengpeng Li, Fang Liu, Huan Bian, Daoying Wang, Xiaomeng Wang, Ye Zou, Chong Sun, Weimin Xu
SlpB, a surface layer protein isolated from Lactobacillus crispatus, has the potential to enhance the antimicrobial activity of nisin. Previous research indicated that, when combined with nisin, SlpB acted synergistically to inhibit Staphylococcus saprophyticus growth, thus extending the shelf life of chicken meat. In order to understand how SlpB enhances the antibacterial activity of nisin, electron microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy, flow cytometry and transmembrane electrical potential analysis were used to study cell wall organization and cell membrane integrity...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325877/dual-utility-nls-drives-rnf169-dependent-dna-damage-responses
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Liwei An, Yiyang Jiang, Howin H W Ng, Ellen P S Man, Jie Chen, Ui-Soon Khoo, Qingguo Gong, Michael S Y Huen
Loading of p53-binding protein 1 (53BP1) and receptor-associated protein 80 (RAP80) at DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) drives cell cycle checkpoint activation but is counterproductive to high-fidelity DNA repair. ring finger protein 169 (RNF169) maintains the balance by limiting the deposition of DNA damage mediator proteins at the damaged chromatin. We report here that this attribute is accomplished, in part, by a predicted nuclear localization signal (NLS) that not only shuttles RNF169 into the nucleus but also promotes its stability by mediating a direct interaction with the ubiquitin-specific protease USP7...
March 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325875/ab-initio-solution-of-macromolecular-crystal-structures-without-direct-methods
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Airlie J McCoy, Robert D Oeffner, Antoni G Wrobel, Juha R M Ojala, Karl Tryggvason, Bernhard Lohkamp, Randy J Read
The majority of macromolecular crystal structures are determined using the method of molecular replacement, in which known related structures are rotated and translated to provide an initial atomic model for the new structure. A theoretical understanding of the signal-to-noise ratio in likelihood-based molecular replacement searches has been developed to account for the influence of model quality and completeness, as well as the resolution of the diffraction data. Here we show that, contrary to current belief, molecular replacement need not be restricted to the use of models comprising a substantial fraction of the unknown structure...
March 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324651/line-activity-of-ganglioside-gm1-regulates-raft-size-distribution-in-a-cholesterol-dependent-manner
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Timur R Galimzyanov, Anna S Lyushnyak, Veronika V Aleksandrova, Liudmila A Shilova, Ilya I Mikhalyov, Irina M Molotkovskaya, Sergey A Akimov, Oleg V Batishchev
Liquid-ordered lipid domains, also called rafts, are assumed to be important players in different cellular processes, mainly signal transduction and membrane trafficking. They are thicker than the disordered part of the membrane and are thought to form for compensating the hydrophobic mismatch between transmembrane proteins and lipid environment. Despite the existence of such structures in vivo is still an open question, they are observed in model systems of multicomponent lipid bilayers. Moreover, the predictions obtained from model experiments allow explaining different physiological processes possibly involving rafts...
March 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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