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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636932/ubiquitination-linked-phosphorylation-of-the-fanci-s-tq-cluster-contributes-to-activation-of-the-fanconi-anemia-i-d2-complex
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Ronald S Cheung, Maria Castella, Antonio Abeyta, Philip R Gafken, Nyka Tucker, Toshiyasu Taniguchi
Repair of interstrand crosslinks by the Fanconi anemia (FA) pathway requires both monoubiquitination and de-ubiquitination of the FANCI/FANCD2 (FANCI/D2) complex. In the standing model, the phosphorylation of six sites in the FANCI S/TQ cluster domain occurs upstream of, and promotes, FANCI/D2 monoubiquitination. We generated phospho-specific antibodies against three different S/TQ cluster sites (serines 556, 559, and 565) on human FANCI and found that, in contrast to the standing model, distinct FANCI sites were phosphorylated either predominantly upstream (ubiquitination independent; serine 556) or downstream (ubiquitination-linked; serines 559 and 565) of FANCI/D2 monoubiquitination...
June 20, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636671/different-residues-in-the-sars-cov-spike-protein-determine-cleavage-and-activation-by-the-host-cell-protease-tmprss2
#2
Lennart Michel Reinke, Martin Spiegel, Teresa Plegge, Anika Hartleib, Inga Nehlmeier, Stefanie Gierer, Markus Hoffmann, Heike Hofmann-Winkler, Michael Winkler, Stefan Pöhlmann
The spike (S) protein of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) mediates viral entry into target cells. Cleavage and activation of SARS S by a host cell protease is essential for infectious viral entry and the responsible enzymes are potential targets for antiviral intervention. The type II transmembrane serine protease TMPRSS2 cleaves and activates SARS S in cell culture and potentially also in the infected host. Here, we investigated which determinants in SARS S control cleavage and activation by TMPRSS2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636603/trans-kingdom-mimicry-underlies-ribosome-customization-by-a-poxvirus-kinase
#3
Sujata Jha, Madeline G Rollins, Gabriele Fuchs, Dean J Procter, Elizabeth A Hall, Kira Cozzolino, Peter Sarnow, Jeffrey N Savas, Derek Walsh
Ribosomes have the capacity to selectively control translation through changes in their composition that enable recognition of specific RNA elements. However, beyond differential subunit expression during development, evidence for regulated ribosome specification within individual cells has remained elusive. Here we report that a poxvirus kinase phosphorylates serine/threonine residues in the human small ribosomal subunit protein, receptor for activated C kinase (RACK1), that are not phosphorylated in uninfected cells or cells infected by other viruses...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635647/virulence-genes-of-s-aureus-from-dairy-cow-mastitis-and-contagiousness-risk
#4
Giada Magro, Stefano Biffani, Giulietta Minozzi, Ralf Ehricht, Stefan Monecke, Mario Luini, Renata Piccinini
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a major agent of dairy cow intramammary infections: the different prevalences of mastitis reported might be related to a combination of S. aureus virulence factors beyond host factors. The present study considered 169 isolates from different Italian dairy herds that were classified into four groups based on the prevalence of S. aureus infection at the first testing: low prevalence (LP), medium-low (MLP), medium-high (MHP) and high (HP). We aimed to correlate the presence of virulence genes with the prevalence of intramammary infections in order to develop new strategies for the control of S...
June 21, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634071/the-novel-yap-target-gene-sgk1-upregulates-taz-activity-by-blocking-gsk3%C3%AE-mediated-taz-destabilization
#5
Geon Yoo, Tackhoon Kim, Chaeuk Chung, Deog-Su Hwang, Dae-Sik Lim
YAP (Yes-associated protein) and TAZ (transcription activator with PDZ binding motif) are important in tissue regeneration and cancer development, highlighting the importance of discovering partners that regulate their oncogenicity. SGK1 (serum/glucocorticoid regulated kinase 1), initially identified as a homolog of Akt in phosphoinositide 3-kinase signaling, acts as a serine/threonine protein kinase in multiple oncogenic pathways. However, possible links between SGK1 and Hippo-YAP/TAZ signaling remain unexplored...
June 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632992/targeting-the-rhogtpase-rock-pathway-for-the-treatment-of-vhl-hif-pathway-driven-cancers
#6
Jordan M Thompson, Jaime Landman, Olga V Razorenova
The loss of the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) tumor-suppressor is a major driver of Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma (CC-RCC) resulting in the stabilization and overactivation of hypoxia inducible factors (HIFs). ROCK 1 is a well-known protein serine/threonine kinase which is recognized as having a role in cancer including alterations in cell motility, metastasis and angiogenesis. As a function of the later effect, we recently investigated and identified a synthetic lethal interaction between VHL loss and ROCK1 inhibition in CC-RCC that is dependent on HIF overactivation...
June 20, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632925/a-kallikrein-targeting-rna-aptamer-inhibits-the-intrinsic-pathway-of-coagulation-and-reduces-bradykinin-release
#7
K-A Steen-Burrell, J Layzer, B A Sullenger
BACKGROUND: Plasma kallikrein is a serine protease that plays an integral role in many biological processes including coagulation, inflammation, and fibrinolysis. The main function of kallikrein in coagulation is the amplification of activated factor XIIa (FXIIa) generation which ultimately leads to thrombin generation and fibrin clot formation. Kallikrein is generated by FXIIa-mediated cleavage of the zymogen, prekallikrein which is usually complexed with the nonenzymatic cofactor, high-molecular-weight kininogen (HK)...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632502/targeting-activated-protein-c-to-treat-hemophilia
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Stéphanie G I Polderdijk, Trevor P Baglin, James A Huntington
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hemophilia is a debilitating disease, marked by frequent, painful bleeding events, joint deterioration and early death. All current treatments consist of i.v. infusions of replacement factor or other procoagulant factors, and are incompletely effective, due in part to the short half-lives of the proteins. An alternative approach is to rebalance hemostasis by inhibiting natural anticoagulant mechanisms. In this article, we explain why activated protein C (APC) is an appropriate and safe target for the treatment of hemophilia...
June 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631947/predominant-contribution-of-l-type-cav1-2-channel-stimulation-to-impaired-intracellular-calcium-and-cerebral-artery-vasoconstriction-in-diabetic-hyperglycemia
#9
Stefano Morotti, Madeline Nieves-Cintrón, Matthew A Nystoriak, Manuel F Navedo, Eleonora Grandi
Enhanced L-type Ca(2+) channel (LTCC) activity in arterial myocytes contributes to vascular dysfunction during diabetes. Modulation of LTCC activity under hyperglycemic conditions could result from membrane potential-dependent and independent mechanisms. We have demonstrated that elevations in extracellular glucose (HG), similar to hyperglycemic conditions during diabetes, stimulate LTCC activity through phosphorylation of CaV1.2 at serine 1928. Prior studies have also shown that HG can suppress the activity of K(+) channels in arterial myocytes, which may contribute to vasoconstriction via membrane depolarization...
February 10, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631721/disc1-in-astrocytes-influences-adult-neurogenesis-and-hippocampus-dependent-behaviors-in-mice
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Chantelle E Terrillion, Bagrat Abazyan, Zhongxi Yang, Joshua Crawford, Alexey V Shevelkin, Yan Jouroukhin, Ki Hyun Yoo, Chang Hoon Cho, Robin Roychaudhuri, Solomon H Snyder, Mi-Hyeon Jang, Mikhail V Pletnikov
The functional role of genetic variants in glia in the pathogenesis of psychiatric disorders remains poorly studied. Disrupted-In-Schizophrenia 1 (DISC1), a genetic risk factor implicated in major mental disorders, has been implicated in regulation of astrocyte functions. As both astrocytes and DISC1 influence adult neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus (DG) of the hippocampus, we hypothesized that selective expression of dominant-negative C-terminus truncated human DISC1 (mutant DISC1) in astrocytes would affect adult hippocampal neurogenesis and hippocampus-dependent behaviors...
June 20, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631500/pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-survival-and-proliferation-are-promoted-by-protein-kinase-g-type-i%C3%AE-and-downstream-regulation-of-akt-foxo1
#11
Janica C Wong, Van Vo, Priyatham Gorjala, Ronald R Fiscus
Early studies showed nitric oxide as a pro-inflammatory-cytokine-induced toxin involved in pancreatic β-cell destruction during pathogenesis of type-1 diabetes. However, nitric oxide has both cytotoxic and cytoprotective effects on mammalian cells, depending on concentration and micro-environmental surroundings. Our studies have shown that low/physiological-level nitric oxide selectively activates protein kinase G type Iα isoform, promoting cytoprotective/pro-cell-survival effects in many cell types. In bone marrow-derived stromal/mesenchymal stem cells, protein kinase G type Iα mediates autocrine effects of nitric oxide and atrial natriuretic peptide, promoting DNA-synthesis/proliferation and cell survival...
June 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631187/serine-peptidase-inhibitor-kazal-type-1-spink1-as-novel-downstream-effector-of-the-cadherin-17-%C3%AE-catenin-axis-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Felix H Shek, Ruibang Luo, Brian Y H Lam, Wing Kin Sung, Tak-Wah Lam, John M Luk, Ming Sum Leung, Kin Tak Chan, Hector K Wang, Chung Man Chan, Ronnie T Poon, Nikki P Lee
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common type of liver cancer worldwide. Previously, we reported that cadherin-17 (CDH17) and its related CDH17/β-catenin axis may be responsible for inducing HCC in a subset of patients exhibiting CDH17 over-expression. Here we aimed at obtaining a better understanding of the CDH17-related HCC biology and to obtain further indications for the design of targeted therapies in CDH17 over-expressing HCC patients. RESULTS: We found that SPINK1 acts as a downstream effector of the CDH17/β-catenin axis in HCC...
June 19, 2017: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630369/alpk3-gene-mutation-in-a-patient-with-congenital-cardiomyopathy-and-dysmorphic-features
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Ahmet Okay Cağlayan, Rabia Gonul Sezer, Hande Kaymakcalan, Ege Ulgen, Taner Yavuz, Jacob F Baranoski, Abdulkadir Bozaykut, Akdes Serin Harmanci, Yalim Yalcin, Mark W Youngblood, Katsuhito Yasuno, Kaya Bilguvar, Murat Gunel
Primary cardiomyopathy is one of the most common inherited cardiac diseases and harbors significant phenotypic and genetic heterogeneity. Because of this, genetic testing has become standard in treatment of this disease group. Indeed, in recent years, next-generation DNA sequencing has found broad applications in medicine, both as a routine diagnostic tool for genetic disorders and also as a high-throughput discovery tool for identifying novel disease causing genes. We describe a male infant with primary dilated cardiomyopathy that was diagnosed using intrauterine echocardiography, and found to progress to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy after birth...
June 19, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630289/green-mamba-peptide-targets-type-2-vasopressin-receptor-against-polycystic-kidney-disease
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Justyna Ciolek, Helen Reinfrank, Loïc Quinton, Say Viengchareun, Enrico A Stura, Laura Vera, Sabrina Sigismeau, Bernard Mouillac, Hélène Orcel, Steve Peigneur, Jan Tytgat, Laura Droctové, Fabrice Beau, Jerome Nevoux, Marc Lombès, Gilles Mourier, Edwin De Pauw, Denis Servent, Christiane Mendre, Ralph Witzgall, Nicolas Gilles
Polycystic kidney diseases (PKDs) are genetic disorders that can cause renal failure and death in children and adults. Lowering cAMP in cystic tissues through the inhibition of the type-2 vasopressin receptor (V2R) constitutes a validated strategy to reduce disease progression. We identified a peptide from green mamba venom that exhibits nanomolar affinity for the V2R without any activity on 155 other G-protein-coupled receptors or on 15 ionic channels. Mambaquaretin-1 is a full antagonist of the V2R activation pathways studied: cAMP production, beta-arrestin interaction, and MAP kinase activity...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630087/paucimannose-rich-n-glycosylation-of-spatiotemporally-regulated-human-neutrophil-elastase-modulates-its-immune-functions
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Ian Loke, Ole Østergaard, Niels H H Heegaard, Nicolle H Packer, Morten Thaysen-Andersen
Human neutrophil elastase (HNE) is an important N-glycosylated serine protease in the innate immune system, but the structure and immune-modulating functions of HNE N-glycosylation remain undescribed. Herein, LC-MS/MS-based glycan, glycopeptide and glycoprotein profiling were utilised to first determine the heterogeneous N-glycosylation of HNE purified from neutrophil lysates and then from isolated neutrophil granules of healthy individuals. The spatiotemporal expression of HNE during neutrophil activation and the biological importance of its N-glycosylation were also investigated using immunoblotting, cell surface capture, native MS, receptor interaction, protease inhibition, and bacteria growth assays...
June 19, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630053/glucose-catabolism-in-liver-tumors-induced-by-c-myc-can-be-sustained-by-various-pkm1-pkm2-ratios-and-pyruvate-kinase-activities
#16
Andrés Méndez-Lucas, Xiaolei Li, Junjie Hu, Li Che, Xinhua Song, Jiaoyuan Jia, Jingxiao Wang, Chencheng Xie, Paul C Driscoll, Darjus F Tschaharganeh, Diego F Calvisi, Mariia Yuneva, Xin Chen
Different pyruvate kinase isoforms are expressed in a tissue-specific manner, with pyruvate kinase M2 (PKM2) suggested to be the predominant isoform in proliferating cells and cancer cells. Due to differential regulation of enzymatic activities, PKM2 but not PKM1 has been thought to favor cell proliferation. However, the role of PKM2 in tumorigenesis has been recently challenged. Here we report that increased glucose catabolism through glycolysis and increased pyruvate kinase activity in c-MYC-driven liver tumors are associated with increased expression of both PKM1 and PKM2 isoforms and decreased expression of the liver-specific isoform of pyruvate kinase, PKL...
June 19, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629901/identification-of-the-adenovirus-type-2-c-168-protein
#17
Arina Gromova, Hongxing Zhao, Anne Konzer, Alexander Falk, Ulf Pettersson, Sara Bergström Lind
A hitherto predicted but undetected protein, C-168, in adenovirus type 2 (Ad2) has been identified using mass spectrometry (MS) based proteomics. The gene of this 17.7kDa protein is located on the forward strand in the major late transcription unit between base pairs 9294 and 9797. A tryptic peptide, derived from the C-terminal part of the protein, was identified with high amino acid sequence coverage. A candidate splice site for the corresponding mRNA is also presented. The protein sequence is unusual with repeats of serine, glycine and arginine...
June 16, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629492/calidifontibacter-terrae-sp-nov-an-actinomycete-isolated-from-soil-with-potential-applications-in-cosmetics
#18
Ram Hari Dahal, Dong Seop Shim, Joon Young Kim, Jaisoo Kim
An aerobic, Gram-stain-positive, oxidase- and catalase-positive, non-motile, non-spore-forming, coccoid, creamish-white-coloured bacterium, designated strain R161T, was isolated from soil in Hwaseong, South Korea. The cell-wall peptidoglycan contained glycine, glutamic acid, alanine, aspartic acid, serine and lysine, and whole-cell sugars were galactose, rhamnose, glucose and ribose. Strain R161T showed antibacterial and enzyme inhibitory activities. Phylogenetic analysis based on the 16S rRNA gene sequence revealed that strain R161T formed a lineage within the family Dermacoccaceae, and showed highest sequence similarity with type strains of Calidifontibacter indicus PC IW02T (97...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628911/a-carasil-patient-from-americas-with-novel-mutation-and-atypical-features-case-presentation-and-literature-review
#19
Muhammad Ibrahimi, Hiroaki Nozaki, Angelica Lee, Osamu Onodera, Raymond Reichwein, Matthew Wicklund, Mohammad El-Ghanem
OBJECTIVE: Reporting a novel mutation in the HTRA1 gene in a CARASIL patient from Americas. METHODS: Clinical presentation and neuroimaging were consistent with CARASIL. HTRA1 DNA sequencing was performed using advanced ("next generation") sequencing technology. The results revealed a homozygous missense mutation as c.616G>A (p.Gly206Arg) in the HTRA1 gene. RESULTS: A 24-year-old man with a history of chronic back pain presented with recurrent ischemic strokes...
June 21, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628306/lysine-deacetylation-by-hdac6-regulates-the-kinase-activity-of-akt-in-human-neural-progenitor-cells
#20
Jonathan Iaconelli, Jasmin Lalonde, Bradley Watmuff, Bangyan Liu, Ralph Mazitschek, Stephen J Haggarty, Rakesh Karmacharya
AKT family of serine-threonine kinases functions downstream of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) to transmit signals by direct phosphorylation of a number of targets, including the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β) and β-catenin. AKT binds to phosphatidylinositol (3,4,5)-triphosphate (PIP3) generated by PI3K activation, which results in its membrane localization and subsequent activation through phosphorylation by phosphoinositide-dependent protein kinase 1 (PDK1)...
June 19, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
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