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Marcin D Tomala, Katarzyna Magiera-Mularz, Katarzyna Kubica, Sylwia Krzanik, Bartosz Zieba, Bogdan Musielak, Marcin Pustula, Grzegorz M Popowicz, Michael Sattler, Grzegorz Dubin, Lukasz Skalniak, Tad A Holak
USP2a is a deubiquitinating protease that rescues its target proteins from destruction by the proteasome by reversing the process of protein ubiquitination. USP2a shows oncogenic properties in vivo and has been found to be a specific activator of cyclin D1. Many types of cancers are addicted to cyclin D1 expression. Targeting USP2a is a promising strategy for cancer therapy but little progress has been made in the field of inhibition of USP2a. Using NMR-based fragment screening and biophysical binding assays, we have discovered small molecules that bind to USP2a...
March 5, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Ana Valero-Jiménez, Joaquín Zúñiga, José Cisneros, Carina Becerril, Alfonso Salgado, Marco Checa, Ivette Buendía-Roldán, Criselda Mendoza-Milla, Miguel Gaxiola, Annie Pardo, Moisés Selman
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic and progressive lung disease characterized by epithelial cell activation, expansion of the fibroblast population and excessive extracellular matrix accumulation. The mechanisms are incompletely understood but evidence indicates that the deregulation of several proteases contributes to its pathogenesis. Transmembrane protease serine 4 (TMPRSS4) is a novel type II transmembrane serine protease that may promote migration and facilitate epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT), two critical processes in the pathogenesis of IPF...
2018: PloS One
Sabine Buhner, Hannes Hahne, Kerstin Hartwig, Qin Li, Sheila Vignali, Daniela Ostertag, Chen Meng, Gabriele Hörmannsperger, Breg Braak, Christian Pehl, Thomas Frieling, Giovanni Barbara, Roberto De Giorgio, Ihsan Ekin Demir, Güralp Onur Ceyhan, Florian Zeller, Guy Boeckxstaens, Dirk Haller, Bernhard Kuster, Michael Schemann
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The causes of gastrointestinal complaints in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) remain poorly understood. Altered nerve function has emerged as an important pathogenic factor as IBS mucosal biopsy supernatants consistently activate enteric and sensory neurons. We investigated the neurally active molecular components of such supernatants from patients with IBS and quiescent ulcerative colitis (UC). METHOD: Effects of supernatants from 7 healthy controls (HC), 20 IBS and 12 UC patients on human and guinea pig submucous neurons were studied with neuroimaging techniques...
2018: PloS One
Seyyedhassan Paylakhi, Cassandre Labelle-Dumais, Nicholas G Tolman, Michael A Sellarole, Yusef Seymens, Joseph Saunders, Hesham Lakosha, Wilhelmine N deVries, Andrew C Orr, Piotr Topilko, Simon Wm John, K Saidas Nair
A mismatch between optical power and ocular axial length results in refractive errors. Uncorrected refractive errors constitute the most common cause of vision loss and second leading cause of blindness worldwide. Although the retina is known to play a critical role in regulating ocular growth and refractive development, the precise factors and mechanisms involved are poorly defined. We have previously identified a role for the secreted serine protease PRSS56 in ocular size determination and PRSS56 variants have been implicated in the etiology of both hyperopia and myopia, highlighting its importance in refractive development...
March 12, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Muge Cevik, Chloe Orkin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In an era when virological efficacy approaches 100%, novel antiretroviral (ARV) therapies must deliver better tolerability, safety, and convenient coformulated regimens. We review the phase II and III clinical data on the fixed dose combination (FDC) darunavir (DRV) 800mg / cobicistat (COBI/C) 150 mg / emtricitabine (F/FTC) 200 mg / tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF) 10mg (D/C/F/TAF) for the treatment of HIV-1 infection. RECENT FINDINGS: In an exploratory phase II study, D/C/F/TAF FDC demonstrated similar virological efficacy to darunavir/cobicistat FDC + F /tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) FDC in treatment-naive HIV-1-infected individuals with favorable bone and renal outcomes...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
Yiqing Yang, Ruiqiong Guo, Kristen Gaffney, Miyeon Kim, Shaima Muhammednazaar, Wei Tian, Boshen Wang, Jie Liang, Heedeok Hong
ATP-dependent protein degradation mediated by AAA+ proteases is one of the major cellular pathways for protein quality control and regulation of functional networks. While a majority of studies of protein degradation have focused on water-soluble proteins, it is not well understood how membrane proteins with abnormal conformation are selectively degraded. The knowledge gap stems from the lack of an in vitro system in which detailed molecular mechanisms can be studied as well as difficulties in studying membrane protein folding in lipid bilayers...
March 12, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Nobuhiro Yamauchi, Yoichiro Taguchi, Hirohito Kato, Makoto Umeda
BACKGROUND: Light-emitting diode (LED) is attracting attention as a new light source for phototherapy. However, its effects on periodontal tissue regeneration remain unknown. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of high-power, red LED irradiation on human periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs), which play an important role in periodontal tissue regeneration. METHODS: PDLSCs were derived from adult human third molars. The light source was red LED (peak wavelength: 650 nm)...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Periodontology
Irina Kramerova, Jorge A Torres, Ascia Eskin, Stanley F Nelson, Melissa J Spencer
Mutations in CAPN3 cause autosomal recessive limb girdle muscular dystrophy 2A. Calpain 3 (CAPN3) is a calcium dependent protease residing in the myofibrillar, cytosolic and triad fractions of skeletal muscle. At the triad, it colocalizes with calcium calmodulin kinase IIβ (CaMKIIβ). CAPN3 knock out mice (C3KO) show reduced triad integrity and blunted CaMKIIβ signaling, which correlates with impaired transcriptional activation of myofibrillar and oxidative metabolism genes in response to running exercise...
March 8, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Munmun Nandi, Jacqueline MacDonald, Peng Liu, Brian Weselowski, Ze-Chun Yuan
Bacterial canker disease is considered one of the most destructive diseases of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), and is caused by the seed-borne gram-positive bacterium Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis (Cmm). This vascular pathogen generally invades and proliferates in the xylem through natural openings or wounds, causing wilt and canker symptoms. The incidence of symptomless latent infections and the invasion of tomato seeds by Cmm are widespread. Pathogenicity is mediated by virulence factors and transcriptional regulators encoded by the chromosome and two natural plasmids...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Plant Pathology
Rita B Santos, Balakumaran Chandrasekar, Manoj K Mandal, Farnusch Kaschani, Markus Kaiser, Leonard Both, Renier Al van der Hoorn, Andreas Schiermeyer, Rita Abranches
Medicago truncatula is an established model for studying legume biology. More recently, it has also been exploited as a Molecular Farming platform for the production of recombinant proteins, with the successful expression of fungal and human proteins in plants and cell suspension cultures of this species. One of the challenges that now must be overcome is the degradation of final products during production and downstream processing stages. In the Medicago truncatula genome, there are more than 400 putative protease-encoding genes, but to date, the proteolytic content of Medicago cell cultures has not been studied...
March 12, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
Helen A Thomason, Jodie M Lovett, Carla J Spina, Christian Stephenson, Andrew J McBain, Matthew J Hardman
Chronic wounds often exist in a heightened state of inflammation whereby excessive inflammatory cells release high levels of proteases and reactive oxygen species (ROS). While low levels of ROS play a fundamental role in the regulation of normal wound healing, their levels need to be tightly regulated to prevent a hostile wound environment resulting from excessive levels of ROS. Infection amplifies the inflammatory response, augmenting levels of ROS which creates additional tissue damage that supports microbial growth...
March 12, 2018: Wound Repair and Regeneration
Raghavendra Gowda, Rajesh Rajaiah, Nataraj Angaswamy, Sharath Krishna, Vishwanath Bannikuppe Sannanayak
Trimeresurus malabaricus is a venomous pit viper species endemic to southwestern part of India. In earlier reports, we have shown that envenomation by T. malabaricus venom leading to strong local tissue damage but the mechanism of action is not clearly revealed. Local tissue damage affected by T. malabaricus venom is of great importance since the poison has serious systemic effects including death in the case of multiple attacks. The present study details the major manifestations of T. malabaricus venom and the induction of local tissue damage, which suggests that most toxins are present in the form of hydrolytic enzymes...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Purushottam R Lomate, Bryony C Bonning
Management of the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), an invasive, agricultural pest in the United States, has presented significant challenges. This polyphagous insect uses both extra-oral and gut-based digestion thwarting protein- or nucleotide-based control strategies. The objective of this study was to biochemically characterize the digestive enzymes (proteases and nucleases) from the saliva, salivary gland and the gut of H. halys. Enzyme profiles for the two tissues and saliva radically differ: The pH optimum for proteases in the gut was six, with cysteine proteases predominant...
March 12, 2018: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
Della S Shin, Emi Y Tokuda, Jennifer L Leight, Connor E Miksch, Tobin E Brown, Kristi S Anseth
Proteases are involved in almost every important cellular activity, from embryonic morphogenesis to apoptosis. To study protease activity in situ , hydrogels provide a synthetic mimic of the extracellular matrix (ECM) and have utility as a platform to study activity, such as those related to cell migration, in three-dimensions. While 3-dimensional visualization of protease activity could prove quite useful to elucidate the proteolytic interaction at the interface between cells and their surrounding environment, there has been no versatile tool to visualize local proteolytic activity in real time...
2018: ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
Yanink Caro-Vega, Pablo F Belaunzarán-Zamudio, Brenda E Crabtree-Ramírez, Bryan E Shepherd, Beatriz Grinsztejn, Marcelo Wolff, Jean W Pape, Denis Padgett, Eduardo Gotuzzo, Catherine C McGowan, Juan G Sierra-Madero
Background: Efavirenz (EFV) and boosted protease inhibitors (bPIs) are still the preferred options for firstline antiretroviral regimens (firstline ART) in Latin America and have comparable short-term efficacy. We assessed the long-term durability and outcomes of patients receiving EFV or bPIs as firstline ART in the Caribbean, Central and South America network for HIV epidemiology (CCASAnet). Methods: We included ART-naïve, HIV-positive adults on EFV or bPIs as firstline ART in CCASAnet between 2000 and 2016...
March 2018: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Sunghark Kwon, Yuichi Nishitani, Yoshinori Hirao, Tamotsu Kanai, Haruyuki Atomi, Kunio Miki
The immature large subunit of [NiFe] hydrogenases undergoes C-terminal cleavage by a specific protease in the final step of the post-translational process before assembly with other subunits. It has been reported that the [NiFe] hydrogenase maturation protease HycI from Thermococcus kodakarensis (TkHycI) has the catalytic ability to target the membrane-bound hydrogenase large subunit MbhL from T. kodakarensis. However, the detailed mechanism of its substrate recognition remains elusive. We determined the crystal structure of TkHycI at 1...
March 8, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Miriam A Kael, Daniel K Weber, Frances Separovic, Marc-Antoine Sani
The cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein by β- and γ-secretases is a key event in Alzheimer's disease. A fusion protein was constructed to investigate the cleavage rate and aggregation kinetics of amyloid-beta (1-40) (Aβ(1-40)) peptides. The peptide was expressed with a Small Ubiquitin-Like Modifier (SUMO) on the N-terminus and cleaved by a SUMO protease Ulp1. The time course of the cleavage reaction was monitored by SDS-PAGE gel with 100:1 or 1000:1 SUMO-Aβ(1-40) to Ulp1 molar ratio and in the presence of brain total lipid extract unilamellar vesicles...
March 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Marta Consuegra-Fernández, Feng Lin, David A Fox, Francisco Lozano
CD6 is a cell surface glycoprotein expressed by most T cells and a subset of B cells that has incompletely-defined roles in regulation of lymphocyte development, selection, activation and differentiation. The two main known mammalian CD6 ligands, CD166/ALCAM and the very recently reported CD318, are widely expressed by both immune cells and a wide range of other cell types, including various epithelial and mesenchymal cell types, as well as many neoplasms. Moreover, CD6 is also a receptor for several pathogen- and damage-associated molecular patterns...
March 8, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
Trevor W Stone, Megan McPherson, L Gail Darlington
Existing explanations of obesity-associated cancer emphasise direct mutagenic effects of dietary components or hormonal imbalance. Some of these hypotheses are reviewed briefly, but recent evidence suggests a major role for chronic inflammation in cancer risk, possibly involving dietary content. These ideas include the inflammation-induced activation of the kynurenine pathway and its role in feeding and metabolism by activation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) and by modulating synaptic transmission in the brain...
February 27, 2018: EBioMedicine
Can Kayatekin, Audra Amasino, Giorgio Gaglia, Jason Flannick, Julia M Bonner, Saranna Fanning, Priyanka Narayan, M Inmaculada Barrasa, David Pincus, Dirk Landgraf, Justin Nelson, William R Hesse, Michael Costanzo, Chad L Myers, Charles Boone, Jose C Florez, Susan Lindquist
Aggregates of human islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP) in the pancreas of patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) are thought to contribute to β cell dysfunction and death. To understand how IAPP harms cells and how this might be overcome, we created a yeast model of IAPP toxicity. Ste24, an evolutionarily conserved protease that was recently reported to degrade peptides stuck within the translocon between the cytoplasm and the endoplasmic reticulum, was the strongest suppressor of IAPP toxicity. By testing variants of the human homolog, ZMPSTE24, with varying activity levels, the rescue of IAPP toxicity proved to be directly proportional to the declogging efficiency...
March 5, 2018: Cell
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