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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092832/sampling-conformational-space-of-intrinsically-disordered-proteins-in-explicit-solvent-comparison-between-well-tempered-ensemble-approach-and-solute-tempering-method
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Mengzhi Han, Ji Xu, Ying Ren
Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) are a class of proteins that expected to be largely unstructured under physiological conditions. Due to their heterogeneous nature, experimental characterization of IDP is challenging. Temperature replica exchange molecular dynamics (T-REMD) is a widely used enhanced sampling method to probe structural characteristics of these proteins. However, its application has been hindered due to its tremendous computational cost, especially when simulating large systems in explicit solvent...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092656/influence-of-node-abundance-on-signaling-network-state-and-dynamics-analyzed-by-mass-cytometry
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Xiao-Kang Lun, Vito R T Zanotelli, James D Wade, Denis Schapiro, Marco Tognetti, Nadine Dobberstein, Bernd Bodenmiller
Signaling networks are key regulators of cellular function. Although the concentrations of signaling proteins are perturbed in disease states, such as cancer, and are modulated by drug therapies, our understanding of how such changes shape the properties of signaling networks is limited. Here we couple mass-cytometry-based single-cell analysis with overexpression of tagged signaling proteins to study the dependence of signaling relationships and dynamics on protein node abundance. Focusing on the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling network in HEK293T cells, we analyze 20 signaling proteins during a 1-h EGF stimulation time course using a panel of 35 antibodies...
January 16, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092440/molecular-interactions-between-graphene-and-biological-molecules
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Xingquan Zou, Shuai Wei, Joshua Jasensky, Minyu Xiao, Qiuming Wang, Charles L Brooks, Zhan Chen
Applications of graphene have extended into areas of nanobio-technology such as nanobio-medicine, nanobio-sensing, as well as nanoelectronics with biomolecules. These applications involve interactions between proteins, peptides, DNA, RNA etc. and graphene, therefore understanding such molecular interactions is essential. For example, many applications based on using graphene and peptides require peptides to interact with (e.g., noncovalently bind to) graphene at one end, while simultaneously exposing the other end to the surrounding medium (e...
January 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092439/molecular-details-of-the-ph-domain-of-acap1-bar-ph-protein-binding-to-pip-containing-membrane
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Chun Chan, Lanyuan Lu, Fei Sun, Jun Fan
ACAP1 proteins were previously reported to specifically bind PIP2-containing cell membranes and form well-structured protein lattices in order to conduct membrane tubulation. We carried out molecular dynamics simulations to characterize orientation of the PH domains with respect to the BAR domains inside the protein dimer. Followed by molecular dynamics simulations, we present a comprehensive orientation analysis of PH domain under different states including unbound and bound with lipids. We have examined two binding pockets on the PH domain and present PMF profiles of the two pockets to account for their preference to PIP2 lipids...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092391/correlation-of-focal-adhesion-assembly-and-disassembly-with-cell-migration-on-nanotopography
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Elena I Liang, Emma J Mah, Albert F Yee, Michelle A Digman
Selective cell adhesion is desirable to control cell growth and migration on biomedical implants. Mesenchymal cell migration is regulated through focal adhesions (FAs) and can be modulated by their microenvironment, including changes in surface topography. We use the Number and Molecular Brightness (N&B) imaging analysis to provide a unique perspective on FA assembly and disassembly. This imaging analysis generates a map of real-time fluctuations of protein monomers, dimers, and higher order aggregates of FA proteins, such as paxillin during assembly and disassembly...
January 16, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092367/molecular-architecture-and-dynamics-of-ash1-mrna-recognition-by-its-mrna-transport-complex
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Franziska Theresia Edelmann, Andreas Schlundt, Roland Gerhard Heym, Andreas Jenner, Annika Niedner-Boblenz, Muhammad Ibrahim Syed, Jean-Christophe Paillart, Ralf Stehle, Robert Janowski, Michael Sattler, Ralf-Peter Jansen, Dierk Niessing
mRNA localization is an essential mechanism of gene regulation and is required for processes such as stem-cell division, embryogenesis and neuronal plasticity. It is not known which features in the cis-acting mRNA localization elements (LEs) are specifically recognized by motor-containing transport complexes. To the best of our knowledge, no high-resolution structure is available for any LE in complex with its cognate protein complex. Using X-ray crystallography and complementary techniques, we carried out a detailed assessment of an LE of the ASH1 mRNA from yeast, its complex with its shuttling RNA-binding protein She2p, and its highly specific, cytoplasmic complex with She3p...
January 16, 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092269/analysis-of-microtubule-growth-dynamics-arising-from-altered-actin-network-structure-and-contractility-in-breast-tumor-cells
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Eleanor Ory, Lekhana Bhandary, Amanda Boggs, Kristi Chakrabarti, Joshua Parker, Wolfgang Losert, Stuart S Martin
The periphery of epithelial cells is shaped by opposing cytoskeletal physical forces generated predominately by two dynamic force generating systems - growing microtubule ends push against the boundary from the cell center, and the actin cortex contracts the attached plasma membrane. Here we investigate how changes to the structure and dynamics of the actin cortex alter the dynamics of microtubules. Current drugs target actin polymerization and contraction to reduce cell division and invasiveness; however, the impacts on microtubule dynamics remain incompletely understood...
January 16, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092121/hox-functional-diversity-novel-insights-from-flexible-motif-folding-and-plastic-protein-interaction
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Miguel Ortiz-Lombardia, Nicolas Foos, Corinne Maurel-Zaffran, Andrew J Saurin, Yacine Graba
How the formidable diversity of forms emerges from developmental and evolutionary processes is one of the most fascinating questions in biology. The homeodomain-containing Hox proteins were recognized early on as major actors in diversifying animal body plans. The molecular mechanisms underlying how this transcription factor family controls a large array of context- and cell-specific biological functions is, however, still poorly understood. Clues to functional diversity have emerged from studies exploring how Hox protein activity is controlled through interactions with PBC class proteins, also evolutionary conserved HD-containing proteins...
January 16, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092045/sh2-domains-as-affinity-reagents-for-phosphotyrosine-protein-enrichment-and-proteomic-analysis
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Mi Ke, Bizhu Chu, Lin Lin, Ruijun Tian
Dynamic tyrosine phosphorylation is a key molecular modulation for many signal transduction events. Because of their low abundance and dynamic nature in cells, the detection and enrichment of phosphotyrosine proteins has long relied on specific antibodies, such as 4G10 and P-Tyr-100. Another well-established approach for phosphotyrosine proteins recognition and enrichment is by their specific binding domains, such as Src homology 2 (SH2) domains. In this chapter, we describe a typical analytical approach for purifying specific SH2 domains, enriching specific phosphotyrosine proteins from activated cells, mass spectrometry analysis, and related data analysis...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091961/-1-h-13-c-and-15-n-backbone-and-side-chain-resonance-assignments-of-the-znf-ubp-domain-of-usp20-vdu2
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Yuanyuan Yang, Yi Wen, Naixia Zhang
Deubiquitinase USP20/VDU2 has been identified as a regulator of multiple proteins including hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α, β2-adrenergic receptor, and tumor necrosis factor receptor associated factor 6 etc. It contains four structural domains, including an N-terminal zinc-finger ubiquitin binding domain (ZnF-UBP) that potentially helps USP20 to recruit its ubiquitin substrates. Here we report the (1)H, (13)C and (15)N backbone and side-chain resonance assignments of the ZnF-UBP domain of USP20/VDU2. The BMRB accession number is 26901...
January 13, 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091933/flagellar-regulation-and-virulence-in-the-entomopathogenic-bacteria-xenorhabdus-nematophila-and-photorhabdus-luminescens
#11
Alain Givaudan, Anne Lanois
There is a complex interplay between the regulation of flagellar motility and the expression of virulence factors in many bacterial pathogens. Here, we review the literature on the direct and indirect roles of flagellar motility in mediating the tripartite interaction between entomopathogenic bacteria (Photorhabdus and Xenorhabdus), their nematode hosts, and their insect targets. First, we describe the swimming and swarming motility of insect pathogenic bacteria and its impact on insect colonization. Then, we describe the coupling between the expression of flagellar and virulence genes and the dynamic of expression of the flagellar regulon during invertebrate infection...
December 28, 2016: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091629/mapping-the-sequence-structure-relationships-of-simple-cyclic-hexapeptides
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Sean M McHugh, Hongtao Yu, Diana P Slough, Yu-Shan Lin
Cyclic peptides are promising protein-protein interaction modulators with high binding affinities and specificities, as well as enhanced stabilities and oral availabilities over linear analogs. Despite their relatively small size and cyclic architecture, it is currently difficult to predict the favored conformation(s) of most classes of cyclic peptides. An improved understanding of the sequence-structure relationships for cyclic peptides will offer an avenue for the rational design of cyclic peptides as possible therapeutics...
January 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091588/high-molecular-weight-hyaluronic-acid-attenuated-matrix-metalloproteinase-1-and-3-expression-via-cd44-in-tendinopathy
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Po-Ting Wu, Li-Chieh Kuo, Fong-Chin Su, Shih-Yao Chen, Tai-I Hsu, Chung-Yi Li, Kuen-Jer Tsai, I-Ming Jou
Evidence indicates that hyaluronic acid (HA) mitigates tendinopathy, but the effect of molecular weight is unclear. We investigated the effects of different concentrations and different molecular weights of HA (350 kDa, 1500 kDa, and 3000 kDa) on matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1 and -3 expression in IL-1β-stimulated rat tenocytes, and on their dynamic expression in peritendinous effusion from patients with long head of biceps (LHB) tendinopathy after high-molecular-weight (HMW)-HA treatments. Reverse transcription PCR, real-time PCR, and ELISA were used to determine MMP-1 and -3expression...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091541/apelin-receptor-homodimer-oligomers-revealed-by-single-molecule-imaging-and-novel-g-protein-dependent-signaling
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Xin Cai, Bo Bai, Rumin Zhang, Chunmei Wang, Jing Chen
The apelin receptor (APJ) belongs to family A of the G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and is a potential pharmacotherapeutic target for heart failure, hypertension, and other cardiovascular diseases. There is evidence APJ heterodimerizes with other GPCRs; however, the existence of APJ homodimers and oligomers remains to be investigated. Here, we measured APJ monomer-homodimer-oligomer interconversion by monitoring APJ dynamically on cells and compared their proportions, spatial arrangement, and mobility using total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy, resonance energy transfer, and proximity biotinylation...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091537/spatio-temporal-coordination-among-functional-residues-in-protein
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Sutapa Dutta, Mahua Ghosh, J Chakrabarti
The microscopic basis of communication among the functional sites in bio-macromolecules is a fundamental challenge in uncovering their functions. We study the communication through temporal cross-correlation among the binding sites. We illustrate via Molecular Dynamics simulations the properties of the temporal cross-correlation between the dihedrals of a small protein, ubiquitin which participates in protein degradation in eukaryotes. We show that the dihedral angles of the residues possess non-trivial temporal cross-correlations with asymmetry with respect to exchange of the dihedrals, having peaks at low frequencies with time scales in nano-seconds and an algebraic tail with a universal exponent for large frequencies...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090786/inorganic-nitrite-modulates-mirna-signatures-in-acute-myocardial-in-vivo-ischemia-reperfusion
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Ulrike B Hendgen-Cotta, Daniel Messiha, Sonja Esfeld, René Deenen, Tienush Rassaf, Matthias Totzeck
Acute myocardial infarction is the leading cause of mortality in the industrialized world. While it is essential to attempt an early reperfusion of ischemic myocardial territories, reperfusion itself adds damage to the heart, the ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury. Particularly the injury resulting from the very first minutes of reperfusion remains incompletely understood. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are dynamic regulators in I/R injury. Nitric oxide (•NO) signaling, in turn, interacts with miRNA signaling. Our previous investigations showed that •NO signaling in I/R could be modulated by nitrite...
January 16, 2017: Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090783/probing-the-druggability-of-membrane-bound-rab5-by-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#17
Eileen Edler, Matthias Stein
Rab5 is a small GTPase and a key regulator in early endosomal trafficking. Rab5 and its effectors are involved in a large number of infectious diseases and certain types of cancer. We performed µs atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of inactive and active full-length Rab5 anchored to a complex model bilayer with composition of the early endosome membrane. Direct interactions between the Rab5 G domain and the bilayer were observed. We found two dominant nucleotide-dependent orientations characterised by a different accessibility of the switch regions...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089989/rhoa-regulates-actin-network-dynamics-during-apical-surface-emergence-in-multiciliated-epithelial-cells
#18
Jakub Sedzinski, Edouard Hannezo, Fan Tu, Maté Biro, John B Wallingford
Homeostatic replacement of epithelial cells from basal precursors is a multistep process involving progenitor cell specification, radial intercalation and, finally, apical surface emergence. Recent data demonstrate that actin-based pushing under the control of the formin protein Fmn1 drives apical emergence in nascent multiciliated epithelial cells (MCCs), but little else is known about this actin network or the control of Fmn1. Here, we explore the role of the small GTPase RhoA in MCC apical emergence. Disruption of RhoA function reduced the rate of apical surface expansion and decreased the final size of the apical domain...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089880/a-combined-approach-for-enhancing-the-stability-of-recombinant-cis-dihydrodiol-naphthalene-dehydrogenase-from-pseudomonas-putida-g7-allowed-for-the-structural-and-kinetic-characterization-of-the-enzyme
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Débora Maria Abrantes Costa, Mariana Amalia Figueiredo Costa, Samuel Leite Guimarães, Juliana Barbosa Coitinho, Stefanya Velásquez Gómez, Tiago Antônio da Silva Brandão, Ronaldo Alves Pinto Nagem
The second enzyme of the naphthalene degradation pathway in Pseudomonas putida G7 is NahB, a dehydrogenase that converts cis-1,2-dihydroxy-1,2-dihydronaphthalene to 1,2-dihydroxynaphthalene. We report the cloning, optimization of expression, purification, kinetic studies and preliminary structural characterization of the recombinant NahB. The nahB gene was cloned into a T7 expression vector and the enzyme was overexpressed in Escherichia coli Rosetta (DE3) as an N-terminal hexa-histidine-tagged protein (6xHis-NahB)...
January 9, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089770/structural-pierce-into-molecular-mechanism-underlying-clostridium-perfringens-epsilon-toxin-function
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Saeed Khalili, Abolfazl Jahangiri, Zahra Sadat Hashemi, Bahman Khalesi, Meysam Mardsoltani, Jafar Amani
Epsilon toxin of the Clostridium perfringens garnered a lot of attention due to its potential for toxicity in humans, extreme potency for cytotoxicity in mice and lack of any approved therapeutics prescribed for human. However, the intricacies of the Epsilon toxin action mechanism are yet to be understood. In this regard, various in silico tools have been exploited to model and refine the 3D structure of the toxin and its two receptors. The receptor proteins were embedded into designed lipid membranes within an aqueous and ionized environment...
January 12, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
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