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Vasanthanathan Poongavanam, Jacob Kongsted
The high rate of drug resistance as well as the complex biochemical process of the parasite reproduction cycle makes development of new drugs for malaria a very important but challenging task. Falcipain 2 (FL2) and Falcipain 3 (FL3) are the major cysteine protease enzymes that play a central role in providing essential amino acids for the parasite's protein biosynthesis through the hemoglobin hydrolysis process. Selective inhibition of these enzymes is considered as a promising chemotherapeutic target. In the present investigation, the highly efficient linear interaction energy (LIE) method has been parameterized for binding affinity predictions and assessed with a set of 244 compounds for FL2 and FL3 inhibition...
June 26, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
L C Perkin, E N Elpidina, B Oppert
Tribolium castaneum is a major agriculture pest damaging stored grains and cereal products. The T. castaneum genome contains 26 cysteine peptidase genes, mostly cathepsins L and B, and seven have a major role in digestion. We targeted the expression of the most highly expressed cathepsin L gene on chromosome 10, TC011001, by RNA interference (RNAi), using double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) constructs of different regions of the gene (3', middle, 5' and entire coding regions). RNA sequencing and quantitation (RNA-seq) was used to evaluate knockdown and specificity amongst the treatments...
October 22, 2016: Insect Molecular Biology
Hung-Yi Liu, Tanja Greene, Tsai-Yu Lin, Camron S Dawes, Murray Korc, Chien-Chi Lin
: The complex network of biochemical and biophysical cues in the pancreatic desmoplasia not only presents challenges to the fundamental understanding of tumor progression, but also hinders the development of therapeutic strategies against pancreatic cancer. Residing in the desmoplasia, pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) are the major stromal cells affecting the growth and metastasis of pancreatic cancer cells by means of paracrine effects and extracellular matrix protein deposition. PSCs remain in a quiescent/dormant state until they are 'activated' by various environmental cues...
October 18, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Satomi Igawa, Mari Kishibe, Masako Minami-Hori, Masaru Honma, Hisashi Tsujimura, Junko Ishikawa, Tsutomu Fujimura, Masamoto Murakami, Akemi Ishida-Yamamoto
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common inflammatory skin disorder. Chronic AD lesions present hyperkeratosis, indicating a disturbed desquamation process. Kallikrein-related peptidase (KLK) 7 is a serine protease involved in the proteolysis of extracellular corneodesmosome (CD) components, including desmocollin1 and corneodesmosin (Cdsn), which leads to desquamation. KLK7 is secreted by lamellar granules, and upregulated in AD lesional skin. However, despite increased KLK7 protein levels, immunostaining and electron microscopy indicated numerous CDs remaining in the uppermost layer of the stratum corneum (SC) from AD lesions...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Ron Bochner, Liat Samuelov, Ofer Sarig, Qiaoli Li, Christopher A Adase, Ofer Isakov, Natalia Malchin, Dan Vodo, Ronna Shayevitch, Alon Peled, Benjamin D Yu, Gilad Fainberg, Emily Warshauer, Noam Adir, Noam Erez, Andrea Gat, Yehonatan Gottlieb, Tova Rogers, Mor Pavlovsky, Ilan Goldberg, Noam Shomron, Aileen Sandilands, Linda E Campbell, Stephanie MacCallum, W H Irwin McLean, Gil Ast, Richard L Gallo, Jouni Uitto, Eli Sprecher
Congenital erythroderma is a rare and often life-threatening condition, which has been shown to result from mutations in several genes encoding important components of the epidermal differentiation program. Using whole exome sequencing, we identified in a child with congenital exfoliative erythroderma, hypotrichosis, severe nail dystrophy and failure to thrive, two heterozygous mutations in ABCA12 (c.2956C>T, p.R986W; c.5778+2T>C, p. G1900Mfs*16), a gene known to be associated with 2 forms of ichthyosis, autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis and harlequin ichthyosis...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Liqing Wang, Suresh Kumar, Satinder Dahiya, Feng Wang, Jian Wu, Kheng Newick, Rongxiang Han, Arabinda Samanta, Ulf H Beier, Tatiana Akimova, Tricia R Bhatti, Benjamin Nicholson, Mathew P Kodrasov, Saket Agarwal, David E Sterner, Wei Gu, Joseph Weinstock, Tauseef R Butt, Steven M Albelda, Wayne W Hancock
Foxp3+ T-regulatory (Treg) cells are known to suppress protective host immune responses to a wide variety of solid tumors, but their therapeutic targeting is largely restricted to their transient depletion or "secondary" modulation, e.g. using anti-CTLA-4 monoclonal antibody. Our ongoing studies of the post-translational modifications that regulate Foxp3 demonstrated that the histone/protein acetyltransferase, Tip60, plays a dominant role in promoting acetylation, dimerization and function in Treg cells. We now show that the ubiquitin-specific protease, Usp7, controls Treg function largely by stabilizing the expression and promoting the multimerization of Tip60 and Foxp3...
October 15, 2016: EBioMedicine
Xiangrong Chen, Yijie Luo, Benkun Qi, Jianquan Luo, Yinhua Wan
Ultrasonic probe-assisted enzymolysis technology was developed to improve the hydrolysis efficiency of soy sauce residue (SSR). The effects of enzyme type and enzymatic hydrolysis parameters on the hydrolysis degree of SSR were studied firstly to obtain the optimal enzymatic hydrolysis conditions. Then the effects of ultrasound on protease activity and structure of SSR were investigated to elucidate the acting mechanism of ultrasound. Finally, the ultrasonic-assisted enzymatic hydrolysis modes were designed and compared, and the hydrolysates from SSR were characterized to evaluate their further application...
October 15, 2016: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Lufeng Zhang, Haiyan Qin, Wanwan Cui, Yang Zhou, Jianxiu Du
The development of new detection methods for proteases activity assay is important in clinical diagnostics and drug development. In this work, a simple, label-free, and turn-on fluorescent sensor was fabricated for trypsin, a protease produced in the pancreas. Cytochrome c, a natural substance of trypsin, could be selectively cleaved by trypsin into heme-peptide fragment. The produced heme-peptide fragment exhibited an intensive catalytic role on the H2O2-mediated the oxidation of thiamine to form strong fluorescent thiochrome...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Julia M Fraile, Diana Campos-Iglesias, Francisco Rodríguez, Yaiza Español, José M P Freije
Ubiquitin-Specific Proteases (USPs) are deubiquitinating enzymes frequently deregulated in human malignancies. Here, we show that USP54 is overexpressed in intestinal stem cells and demonstrate that its downregulation in colorectal carcinoma cells impedes tumorigenesis. We have generated mutant mice deficient for this deubiquitinase, which are viable and fertile, and protected against chemically-induced colorectal carcinoma. Furthermore, we show that USP54 is upregulated in human colon cancer and associates with poor prognosis...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Blake T Riley, Olga Ilyichova, Mauricio G S Costa, Benjamin T Porebski, Simon J de Veer, Joakim E Swedberg, Itamar Kass, Jonathan M Harris, David E Hoke, Ashley M Buckle
The kallikrein-related peptidase (KLK) family of proteases is involved in many aspects of human health and disease. One member of this family, KLK4, has been implicated in cancer development and metastasis. Understanding mechanisms of inactivation are critical to developing selective KLK4 inhibitors. We have determined the X-ray crystal structures of KLK4 in complex with both sunflower trypsin inhibitor-1 (SFTI-1) and a rationally designed SFTI-1 derivative to atomic (~1 Å) resolution, as well as with bound nickel...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jan Arends, Nikolas Thomanek, Katja Kuhlmann, Katrin Marcus, Franz Narberhaus
FtsH is the only membrane-bound and essential protease in Escherichia coli. It is responsible for the degradation of regulatory proteins and enzymes like the heat-shock sigma factor RpoH or LpxC, the key enzyme of lipopolysaccharide biosynthesis. To find new FtsH targets, we trapped substrates in E. coli cells from exponential and stationary growth phase using a proteolytically inactive FtsH variant. Subsequent analysis of the isolated FtsH-substrate complexes by label-free nanoLC-MS/MS revealed more than 50 putative FtsH substrates, among them five already known substrates...
October 21, 2016: Proteomics
Jinxin Xie, Huancheng Guo, Wenjie Gong, Daliang Jiang, Li Zhang, Junjie Jia, Changchun Tu
NS5A is a multifunctional non-structural protein of classical swine fever virus (CSFV) that plays an important role in viral replication, but how it exerts its functions is unknown. Here, we report the cleavage of NS5A of the vaccine C-strain, resulting in two truncated forms (b and c). Further experiments using calpain- and caspase-family-specific inhibitors, followed by a caspase-6-specific shRNAs and inhibitor, showed that the cleavage of C-strain NS5A to produce truncated form c is mediated by caspase-6, mapping to (272)DTTD(275), while the cleavage producing truncated form b is probably mediated by another unknown protease...
October 20, 2016: Archives of Virology
Yi Ma, Jieying Yu, Jinglian Lin, Shaomin Wu, Shan Li, Jufang Wang
Human epidermal growth factor (hEGF) is a small, mitotic growth polypeptide that promotes the proliferation of various cells and is widely applied in clinical practices. However, high efficient expression of native hEGF in Escherichia coli has not been successful, since three disulfide bonds in monomer hEGF made it unable to fold into correct 3D structure using in vivo system. To tackle this problem, we fused Mxe GyrA intein (Mxe) at the C-terminal of hEGF followed by small ubiquitin-related modifier (SUMO) and 10x His-tag to construct a chimeric protein hEGF-Mxe-SUMO-H10...
2016: BioMed Research International
Visweshwar Regode, Sreeramulu Kuruba, Akbar S Mohammad, Hari C Sharma
Bacillus thuringiensis toxin proteins are deployed in transgenic plants for pest management. The present studies were aimed at characterization of gut bacterial proteases involved in activation of inactive Cry1Ac protoxin (pro-Cry1Ac) to active toxin in Helicoverpa armigera. Bacterial strains were isolated from H. armigera midgut and screened for their proteolytic activation toward pro-Cry1Ac. Among 12 gut bacterial isolates seven isolates showed proteolytic activity, and proteases from three isolates (IVS1, IVS2, and IVS3) were found to be involved in the proteolytic conversion of pro-Cry1Ac into active toxin...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Muriel Meiring, W Allers, E Le Roux
Inflammation and dysfunction of endothelial cells are thought to be triggers for the secretion of Von Willebrand factor. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of the inflammatory cytokines interleukin-6 (IL-6), interleukin-8 (IL-8) and tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) and the coagulation factors, tissue factor and thrombin on the release and cleavage potential of ultra-large von Willebrand factor (ULVWF) and its cleavage protease by cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC). HUVEC were treated with IL-6, IL-8, and TNF-α, tissue factor (TF) and thrombin, and combinations thereof for 24 hours under static conditions...
2016: International Journal of Medical Sciences
Intidhar Bkhairia, Rabeb Ben Slama Ben Salem, Rim Nasri, Mourad Jridi, Sofiane Ghorbel, Moncef Nasri
Bioactive Liza aurata protein hydrolysates (LAPHs) were prepared by treatment with Trypsine (PH-TR), Esperase (PH-ES), enzyme preparations from Pseudomonas aeruginosa A2 (PH-A2), Bacillus subtilis A26 (PH-A26) and Liza aurata (PH-LA). Their functional properties and antioxidant activities were evaluated. The hydrolysates had degree of hydrolysis (DH) values ranging from 8.15 % to 13.05 %. Reverse-phase HPLC analyses of the LAPHs showed considerable variation in peptide composition. All hydrolysates had high protein content (83...
July 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
M R Williams, T Nakatsuji, J A Sanford, A F Vrbanac, R L Gallo
Bacteria that reside on the skin can influence the behavior of the cutaneous immune system, but the mechanisms responsible for these effects are incompletely understood. Colonization of the skin by Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is increased in atopic dermatitis (AD) and can result in increased severity of the disease. In this study we show that S. aureus stimulates human keratinocytes to increase their endogenous protease activity, including specific increases in trypsin activity. This increased protease activity coincided with increased expression of mRNA for kallikreins (KLKs), with KLK6, 13, and 14 showing the greatest induction after exposure to S...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Khaldoun Almhanna, Gopi K Prithviraj, Petter Veiby, Thea Kalebic
Antibody-directed cancer chemotherapy in the form of antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) may improve the therapeutic index with the potential to enhance efficacy and decrease systemic toxicity. ADCs consist of three key components including an antibody that specifically binds to the target, a toxic agent and a linker which releases the toxic agent inside tumor cells. A novel ADC, MLN0264 (TAK-264) was recently investigated in patients with gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies. TAK-264 is an anti- guanylyl cyclase C (GCC) antibody conjugated via a protease-cleavable linker to the potent anti-microtubule agent monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE) (linker and toxin licensed from Seattle Genetics)...
October 17, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Samiha Mhamdi, Naourez Ktari, Sawssen Hajji, Moncef Nasri, Alya Sellami Kamoun
The present study was undertaken to characterize the extracellular thermostable serine alkaline proteases from newly actinomycete strain Micromonospora chaiyaphumensis S103 and to describe their evaluation in commercial detergents and shrimp waste deproteinization. This proteolytic crude extract was active and stable in alkaline solution. It was extremely stable in the pH range of 5.0-12.0. The optimum pH and temperature were 8.0 and 70°C, respectively, using casein as a substrate. The thermoactivity and thermostability of proteases were enhanced by the addition of 5mM Ca(2+)...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Monalize Salete Mota, Cesar Bauer Gomes, Ismail Teodoro Souza Júnior, Andréa Bittencourt Moura
This study aimed to evaluate the biocontrol potential of bacteria isolated from different plant species and soils. The production of compounds related to phytopathogen biocontrol and/or promotion of plant growth in bacterial isolates was evaluated by measuring the production of antimicrobial compounds (ammonia and antibiosis) and hydrolytic enzymes (amylases, lipases, proteases, and chitinases) and phosphate solubilization. Of the 1219 bacterial isolates, 92% produced one or more of the eight compounds evaluated, but only 1% of the isolates produced all the compounds...
October 4, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
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