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Tat peptide

Munish Kumar, Werner Tegge, Nishima Wangoo, Rahul Jain, Rohit K Sharma
Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) functionalized with different biomolecules find extensive application in therapy, clinical diagnosis and biomedical imaging. Herein, two derivatives of TAT peptide with sequences YGRKKRRQRRR and YGRKKRRQRRR-(β-ala)3 -Cys-amide were conjugated with tannic acid capped gold nanoparticles which acted as a carrier for cell penetrating peptides (CPPs) into the bacterial cells. The interaction of YGRKKRRQRRR peptide with AuNPs was non-covalent in nature whereas YGRKKRRQRRR-(β-ala)3 -Cys-amide interacted covalently with the AuNPs due to presence of thiol group in cysteine which bind strongly to gold nanoparticles surface...
March 31, 2018: Biophysical Chemistry
Zhenyu Hu, Guang Li, Jiong-Wei Wang, Suet Yen Chong, Dejie Yu, Xiaoyuan Wang, Jia Lin Soon, Mui Cheng Liang, Yuk Peng Wong, Na Huang, Henry M Colecraft, Ping Liao, Tuck Wah Soong
Background -L-type CaV 1.2 channels play crucial roles in regulation of blood pressure. Galectin-1 (Gal-1), has been reported to bind to the I-II loop of CaV 1.2 channels to reduce their current density. However, the mechanistic understanding for the down-regulation of CaV 1.2 channels by Gal-1, and whether Gal-1 plays a direct role in blood pressure regulation remain unclear. Methods - In vitro experiments involving co-IP, western blot, patch-clamp recordings, immunohistochemistry and pressure myography were used to evaluate the molecular mechanisms by which Gal-1 down-regulates CaV 1...
April 12, 2018: Circulation
Silvia Vega-Rubín-de-Celis, Zhongju Zou, Álvaro F Fernández, Bo Ci, Min Kim, Guanghua Xiao, Yang Xie, Beth Levine
Allelic loss of the autophagy gene, beclin 1/BECN1 , increases the risk of patients developing aggressive, including human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive, breast cancers; however, it is not known whether autophagy induction may be beneficial in preventing HER2-positive breast tumor growth. We explored the regulation of autophagy in breast cancer cells by HER2 in vitro and the effects of genetic and pharmacological strategies to increase autophagy on HER2-driven breast cancer growth in vivo...
April 2, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Takanori Kanazawa
 In general, the blood-brain barrier (BBB) poses a major challenge to drug development efforts targeting brain/central nervous system (CNS) diseases, since it limits the distribution of systemically administered therapeutics to the brain/ CNS. Therefore, the development of effective strategies for enhancing drug delivery to the brain has been a topic of great interest in both the clinical and pharmaceutical fields. Intranasal administration has been noted as a method for noninvasive delivery of a drug to the brain/CNS by bypassing the BBB via the "nose-to-brain" route...
2018: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
Roland Freudl
The secretion of biotechnologically or pharmaceutically relevant recombinant proteins into the culture supernatant of a bacterial expression host greatly facilitates their downstream processing and significantly reduces the production costs. The first step during the secretion of a desired target protein into the growth medium is its transport across the cytoplasmic membrane. In bacteria, two major export pathways, the general secretion or Sec pathway and the twin-arginine translocation or Tat pathway, exist for the transport of proteins across the plasma membrane...
March 29, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
Yaqin Zhu, Yu Jiang, Fenghua Meng, Chao Deng, Ru Cheng, Jian Zhang, Jan Feijen, Zhiyuan Zhong
Glioma is a highly challenging human malignancy as drugs typically exhibit a low blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability as well as poor glioma selectivity and penetration. Here, we report that tandem nanomicelles co-functionalized with brain tumor-targeting and cell-penetrating peptides, Angiopep-2 and TAT, enable a highly efficacious and specific anti-glioma chemotherapy. Interestingly, tandem nanomicelles with 20 mol% Angiopep-2 and 10 mol% TAT linked via long and short poly(ethylene glycol)s, respectively, while maintaining a high glioma cell selectivity display markedly enhanced BBB permeation, glioma accumulation and penetration, and glioma cell uptake...
March 26, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Agnes Ulfig, Roland Freudl
The twin-arginine translocation (Tat) pathway transports folded proteins across bacterial membranes. Tat precursor proteins possess a conserved twin-arginine (RR) motif in their signal peptides that is involved in the binding of the proteins to the membrane-associated TatBC receptor complex. In addition, the hydrophobic region in the Tat signal peptides also contributes to TatBC binding, but whether regions beyond the signal-peptide cleavage site are involved in this process is unknown. Here, we analyzed the contribution of the early mature protein part of the Escherichia coli TMAO reductase (TorA) to productive TatBC receptor binding...
March 28, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Dakota J Brock, Lauren Kustigian, Mengqiu Jiang, Kristin Graham, Ting-Yi Wang, Alfredo Erazo-Oliveras, Kristina Najjar, Junjie Zhang, Hays Rye, Jean-Philippe Pellois
Various densely charged polycationic species, whether of biological or synthetic origin, can penetrate human cells, albeit with variable efficiencies. The molecular underpinnings involved in such transport remain unclear. Herein, we assemble one, two, or three copies of the HIV peptide TAT on a synthetic scaffold to generate branched cell-permeable prototypes with increasing charge density. We establish that increasing TAT copies dramatically increases the cell penetration efficiency of the peptides while simultaneously enabling the efficient cytosolic delivery of macromolecular cargos...
March 26, 2018: Traffic
Qian Li, Xuefang Hao, Syed Saqib Ali Zaidi, Jintang Guo, Xiangkui Ren, Changcan Shi, Wencheng Zhang, Yakai Feng
BACKGROUND: Gene therapy has been developed and used in medical treatment for many years, especially for the enhancement of endothelialization and angiogenesis. But slow endosomal escape rate is still one of the major barriers to successful gene delivery. In order to evaluate whether introducing oligohistidine (Hn ) sequence into gene carriers can promote endosomal escape and gene transfection or not, we designed and synthesized Arg-Glu-Asp-Val (REDV) peptide functionalized TAT-NLS-Hn (TAT: typical cell-penetrating peptide, NLS: nuclear localization signals, Hn : oligohistidine sequence, n: 4, 8 and 12) peptides with different Hn sequence lengths...
March 26, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Dongni Wu, Yongnu Zhang, Xiaoting Xu, Ting Guo, Deming Xie, Rong Zhu, Shengfeng Chen, Seeram Ramakrishna, Liumin He
In this study, we prepared a multifunctional gene delivery nanovector containing a chitosan (CS) backbone and polyethylenimine (PEI) arms with arginine-glycine-aspartate (RGD)/twin-arginine translocation (TAT) conjugated via polyethylene glycol (PEG). Branched PEI, with a molecular weight of 2000 Da, was used to achieve a balance between biocompatibility and transfection efficiency, whereas RGD/TAT peptides were conjugated for enhanced targeting ability and cellular uptake. Synthesis of the copolymers was confirmed by characterizing the chemical structure with1 H nuclear magnetic resonance and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)...
March 22, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
George A Sutherland, Katie J Grayson, Nathan B P Adams, Daphne M J Mermans, Alexander S Jones, Angus J Robertson, Dirk B Auman, Amanda A Brindley, Fabio Sterpone, Pierre Tuffery, Philippe Derreumaux, P Leslie Dutton, Colin Robinson, Andrew Hitchcock, C Neil Hunter
Protein transport across the cytoplasmic membrane of bacterial cells is mediated by either the general secretion (Sec) system or the twin arginine translocase (Tat). The Tat machinery exports folded and cofactor containing proteins from the cytoplasm to the periplasm by using the transmembrane proton motive force as a source of energy. The Tat apparatus apparently senses the folded state of its protein substrates, a quality control mechanism that prevents premature export of nascent unfolded or misfolded polypeptides, but its mechanistic basis has not yet been determined...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Hai Xu, Xi Bao, Yiwei Wang, Yue Xu, Bihua Deng, Yu Lu, Jibo Hou
BACKGROUND: DNA delivery with bacteriophage by surface-displayed mammalian cell penetrating peptides has been reported. Although, various phages have been used to facilitate DNA transfer by surface displaying the protein transduction domain of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 Tat protein (Tat peptide), no similar study has been conducted using T7 phage. METHODS: In this study, we engineeredT7 phage as a DNA targeting delivery vector to facilitate cellular internalization...
March 20, 2018: Virology Journal
Nabab Khan, Gaurav Datta, Jonathan D Geiger, Xuesong Chen
BACKGROUND: Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) is the major carrier protein that mediates the transport and delivery of cholesterol and other lipids in the brain. Three isoforms of ApoE (ApoE2, ApoE3, ApoE4) exist in humans, and their relative expression levels impact HIV-1 infection, HIV-1/AIDS disease progression, and cognitive decline associated with HIV-1-associated neurocognitive disorder. Because HIV-1 Tat, a viral protein essential for HIV-1 replication, can bind to low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1) that controls ApoE uptake in the brain, we determined the extent to which different isoforms of ApoE affected Tat-mediated HIV-1 LTR transactivation...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Hongyun Zhao, Meng Wu, Leilei Zhu, Yi Tian, Mingxing Wu, Yizhen Li, Liming Deng, Wei Jiang, Wei Shen, Zhigang Wang, Zhechuan Mei, Pan Li, Haitao Ran, Zhiyi Zhou, Jianli Ren
Objective: Prepare a multifunctional ultrasound molecular probe, hyaluronic acid-mediated cell-penetrating peptide-modified 10-hydroxycamptothecin-loaded phase-transformation lipid nanoparticles (HA/CPPs-10-HCPT-NPs), and to combine HA/CPPs-10-HCPT-NPs with low-intensity focused ultrasound (LIFU) for precision theranostics against hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Methods: HA/CPPs-10-HCPT-NPs were prepared using thin-film dispersion, ultrasound emulsification, and electrostatic effects. HA/CPPs-10-HCPT-NPs were characterized for particle size, zeta potential, encapsulation efficiency and drug-loading efficiency...
2018: Theranostics
Rezvan Mobasseri, Lingling Tian, Masoud Soleimani, Seeram Ramakrishna, Hossein Naderi-Manesh
Long-term culture, passage and proliferation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) cause loss of their stemness properties including self-renewal and multipotency. By optimizing the MSCs environment in vitro, maintaining the stemness state and better controlling the cell fate might be possible. We have recently reported the significant effects of bioactive Tat protein-derived peptide named R-peptide on hMSC adhesion, morphology and proliferation, which has demonstrated R-peptide enhanced MSC early adhesion and proliferation in comparison to other bioactive molecules including RGD peptide, fibronectin and collagen...
March 1, 2018: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Ja-Hyun Koo, Heeseok Yoon, Won-Ju Kim, Donghun Cha, Je-Min Choi
Iduna is a poly(ADP-ribose) (PAR)-dependent E3 ubiquitin ligase that regulates cellular responses such as proteasomal degradation and DNA repair upon interaction with its substrate. We identified a highly cationic region within the PAR-binding motif of Iduna; the region was similar among various species and showed amino acid sequence similarity with that of known cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs). We hypothesized that this Iduna-derived cationic sequence-rich peptide (Iduna) could penetrate the cell membrane and deliver macromolecules into cells...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Xiaoling Xie, Weijun Zhou, Yuxing Hu, Yiran Chen, Honghao Zhang, Yuhua Li
The identification and characterization of tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) that generate specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) are vital to the development of cancer immunotherapy. The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) pathway substrate 8 gene (Eps8) is involved in regulating cancer progression and might be an ideal antigen. In this study, we searched for novel human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A*2402-restricted epitopes derived from the Eps8 protein via the HLA-binding prediction algorithm. Among four candidates, peptides 327 (EFLDCFQKF), 534 (KYAKSKYDF) and 755 (LFSLNKDEL) induced peptide-specific CTLs to secrete higher levels of interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) and showed enhanced cytotoxic activity against malignant cancer cells...
March 7, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Ignacio Hugo Castro, Alejandro Ferrari, María Georgina Herrera, Martín Ezequiel Noguera, Lorenzo Maso, Monica Benini, Alessandra Rufini, Roberto Testi, Paola Costantini, Javier Santos
Friedreich's ataxia is a disease caused by a decrease in the levels of expression or loss of functionality of the mitochondrial protein frataxin (FXN). The development of an active and stable recombinant variant of FXN is important for protein replacement therapy. Although valuable data about the mature form FXN81-210 has been collected, not enough information is available about the conformation of the frataxin precursor (FXN1-210). We investigated the conformation, stability and function of a recombinant precursor variant (His6-TAT-FXN1-210), which includes a TAT peptide in the N-terminal region to assist with transport across cell membranes...
March 2018: FEBS Open Bio
Olivia Monteiro, Changwei Chen, Ryan Bingham, Argyrides Argyrou, Rachel Buxton, Christina Pancevac Jönsson, Emma Jones, Angela Bridges, Kelly Gatfield, Sybille Krauß, Jeremy Lambert, Rosamund Langston, Susann Schweiger, Iain Uings
Expression of mutant Huntingtin (HTT) protein is central to the pathophysiology of Huntington's Disease (HD). The E3 ubiquitin ligase MID1 appears to have a key role in facilitating translation of the mutant HTT mRNA suggesting that interference with the function of this complex could be an attractive therapeutic approach. Here we describe a peptide that is able to disrupt the interaction between MID1 and the α4 protein, a regulatory subunit of protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A). By fusing this peptide to a sequence from the HIV-TAT protein we demonstrate that the peptide can disrupt the interaction within cells and show that this results in a decrease in levels of ribosomal S6 phosphorylation and HTT expression in cultures of cerebellar granule neurones derived from HdhQ111/Q7 mice...
February 27, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Jinghui Zhang, Nana Qiao, Xiufang Ding, Jiwen Wang
Excitotoxicity and neuronal death following epilepsy involve α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptors (AMPARs). It forms a protein complex with glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) and co-internalizes upon activation of AMPA receptors after epilepsy. Disruption of the GluA2/GAPDH complex with an interfering peptide, TAT-GluA2NT1-3-2, protects cells against AMPAR-mediated excitotoxicity, which have been identified in in-vitro and in-vivo models of brain ischemia. We postulated that disruption of the GluA2/GAPDH interaction with the TAT-GluA2NT1-3-2 peptide would also protect against AMPAR-induced neuronal injury in an in-vivo model of status epilepticus (SE)...
March 21, 2018: Neuroreport
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