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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915333/prss8-is-downregulated-and-suppresses-tumour-growth-and-metastases-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Li Zhang, Guozhan Jia, Binya Shi, Guanqun Ge, Hongbin Duan, Yunsheng Yang
BACKGROUND: Protease serine 8 (PRSS8), a trypsin-like serine peptidase, has been shown to function as a tumour suppressor in various malignancies. The present study aimed to investigate the expression pattern, prognostic value and the biological role of PRSS8 in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: PRSS8 expression in 106 HCC surgical specimens was examined by Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and immunohistochemistry, and its clinical significance was analysed...
December 5, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915171/progress-in-the-development-of-%C3%AE-lactams-as-n-acylethanolamine-acid-amidase-naaa-inhibitors-synthesis-and-sar-study-of-new-potent-n-o-substituted-derivatives
#2
R Petracca, S Ponzano, S M Bertozzi, O Sasso, D Piomelli, T Bandiera, F Bertozzi
The anti-inflammatory effects resulting from raising the levels of palmitoylethanolamide (PEA), an endogenous bioactive lipid, led to envisage N-Acylethanolamine Acid Amidase (NAAA), the cysteine hydrolase mainly responsible for PEA degradation, as an attractive target for small molecule inhibitors. Previous work in our group identified serine-derived β-lactams as potent and systemically active inhibitors of NAAA activity. Aiming to expand the SAR study around this class of compounds, we investigated the effect of the substitution on the endocyclic nitrogen by designing and synthesizing a series of N-substituted β-lactams...
November 23, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914955/molecular-cloning-expression-and-functional-analysis-of-three-subunits-of-protein-phosphatase-2a-pp2a-from-black-tiger-shrimps-penaeus-monodon
#3
Chao Zhao, Yan Wang, Mingjun Fu, Lihua Qiu
Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) is a cellular serine-threonine (Ser/Thr) phosphatase that plays a crucial role in regulating most cellular functions. In the present study, the full-length cDNAs of three subunits of PmPP2A (PmPP2A-A, PP2A-B and PP2A-C) were cloned from Penaeus monodon, which are the first available for shrimps. Sequence analysis showed that PmPP2A-A, PmPP2A-B and PmPP2A-C encoded polypeptides of 591, 443, and 324 amino acids, respectively. The mRNAs of three subunits of PmPP2A were expressed constitutively in all tissues examined, and predominantly in the ovaries...
November 30, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914705/pigment-epithelium-derived-factor-a-noninhibitory-serine-protease-inhibitor-is-renoprotective-by-inhibiting-the-wnt-pathway
#4
Xuemin He, Rui Cheng, Kyoungmin Park, Siribhinya Benyajati, Gennadiy Moiseyev, Chengyi Sun, Lorin E Olson, Yanhui Yang, Bonnie K Eby, Kai Lau, Jian-Xing Ma
Pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) expression is downregulated in the kidneys of diabetic rats, and delivery of PEDF suppressed renal fibrotic factors in these animals. PEDF has multiple functions including anti-angiogenic, anti-inflammatory and antifibrotic activities. Since the mechanism underlying its antifibrotic effect remains unclear, we studied this in several murine models of renal disease. Renal PEDF levels were significantly reduced in genetic models of type 1 and type 2 diabetes (Akita and db/db, respectively), negatively correlating with Wnt signaling activity in the kidneys...
November 30, 2016: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914086/killing-bacteria-with-cytotoxic-effector-proteins-of-human-killer-immune-cells-granzymes-granulysin-and-perforin
#5
Diego López León, Isabelle Fellay, Pierre-Yves Mantel, Michael Walch
Bacterial pathogens represent a constant threat to human health that was exacerbated in recent years by a dramatic increase of strains resistant to last resort antibiotics. The immune system of higher vertebrates generally evolved several efficient innate and adaptive mechanisms to fight ubiquitous bacterial pathogens. Among those mechanisms, immune proteases were recognized to contribute essentially to antibacterial immune defense. The effector serine proteases of the adaptive immune system, the granzymes, exert potent antimicrobial activity when they are delivered into the bacterial cytosol by prokaryotic membrane disrupting proteins, such as granulysin...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913960/neuroimaging-abnormalities-in-clade-c-hiv-are-independent-of-tat-genetic-diversity
#6
Robert H Paul, Sarah Phillips, Jacqueline Hoare, David H Laidlaw, Ryan Cabeen, Gayla R Olbricht, Yuqing Su, Dan J Stein, Susan Engelbrecht, Soraya Seedat, Lauren E Salminen, Laurie M Baker, Jodi Heaps, John Joska
Controversy remains regarding the neurotoxicity of clade C human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-C). When examined in preclinical studies, a cysteine to serine substitution in the C31 dicysteine motif of the HIV-C Tat protein (C31S) results in less severe brain injury compared to other viral clades. By contrast, patient cohort studies identify significant neuropsychological impairment among HIV-C individuals independent of Tat variability. The present study clarified this discrepancy by examining neuroimaging markers of brain integrity among HIV-C individuals with and without the Tat substitution...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913622/a-venom-serpin-splicing-isoform-of-the-endoparasitoid-wasp-pteromalus-puparum-suppresses-host-prophenoloxidase-cascade-by-forming-complexes-with-host-hemolymph-proteinases
#7
Zhichao Yan, Qi Fang, Yang Liu, Shan Xiao, Lei Yang, Fei Wang, Chunju An, John H Werren, Gongyin Ye
To ensure successful parasitism, parasitoid wasps inject venom along with their eggs into their hosts. The venom serves to suppress host immune responses, including melanization. Venom from Pteromalus puparum, a pupal endoparasitoid, inhibits melanization of host hemolymph in vitro in a dose-dependent manner. Using assay guided fractionation, a serpin splicing isoform with phenoloxidase (PO) inhibitory activity was identified as P. puparum serpin-1, venom isoform (PpS1V). This serpin gene has 16 predicted splicing isoforms that differ only in the C-terminal region...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913581/a-proteomic-approach-to-analyse-the-aspirin-mediated-lysine-acetylome
#8
Michael H Tatham, Christian Cole, Paul Scullion, Ross Wilkie, Nicholas J Westwood, Lesley A Stark, Ronald T Hay
Aspirin, or acetylsalicylic acid is widely used to control pain, inflammation and fever. Important to this function is its ability to irreversibly acetylate cyclooxygenases at active site serines. Aspirin has the potential to acetylate other amino-acid side-chains, leading to the possibility that aspirin-mediated lysine acetylation could explain some of its as-yet unexplained drug actions or side-effects. Using isotopically labeled aspirin-d3, in combination with acetylated lysine purification and LC-MS/MS, we identified over 12000 sites of lysine acetylation from cultured human cells...
December 2, 2016: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913408/neurophysiological-mechanisms-of-cortical-plasticity-impairments-in-schizophrenia-and-modulation-by-the-nmda-receptor-agonist-d-serine
#9
Joshua T Kantrowitz, Michael L Epstein, Odeta Beggel, Stephanie Rohrig, Jonathan M Lehrfeld, Nadine Revheim, Nayla P Lehrfeld, Jacob Reep, Emily Parker, Gail Silipo, Merav Ahissar, Daniel C Javitt
Schizophrenia is associated with deficits in cortical plasticity that affect sensory brain regions and lead to impaired cognitive performance. Here we examined underlying neural mechanisms of auditory plasticity deficits using combined behavioural and neurophysiological assessment, along with neuropharmacological manipulation targeted at the N-methyl-D-aspartate type glutamate receptor (NMDAR). Cortical plasticity was assessed in a cohort of 40 schizophrenia/schizoaffective patients relative to 42 healthy control subjects using a fixed reference tone auditory plasticity task...
December 2016: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913303/an-mtorc1-akt1-cathepsin-h-axis-controls-filaggrin-expression-and-processing-in-skin-a-novel-mechanism-for-skin-barrier-disruption-in-atopic-dermatitis
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Aishath S Naeem, Cristina Tommasi, Christian Cole, Stuart J Brown, Yanan Zhu, Benjamin Way, Saffron Ag Willis Owen, Miriam Moffatt, William O Cookson, John I Harper, Di Wl, Sara J Brown, Thomas Reinheckel, Ryan F L O'Shaughnessy
BACKGROUND: Filaggrin, encoded by the FLG gene, is an important component of the skin's barrier to the external environment and genetic defects in FLG strongly associate with Atopic Dermatitis (AD). However, not all AD patients have FLG mutations. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesised that these patients may possess other defects in filaggrin expression and processing, contributing to barrier disruption and AD, and therefore present novel therapeutic targets for this disease...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913218/methylotrophic-yeast-pichia-pastoris-as-a-chassis-organism-for-polyketide-synthesis-via-the-full-citrinin-biosynthetic-pathway
#11
Ying Xue, Chuixing Kong, Wei Shen, Chenxiao Bai, Yanna Ren, Xiangshan Zhou, Yuanxing Zhang, Menghao Cai
With the rapid development of synthetic biology, exploring various chassis organisms has become necessary to improve the heterologous biosynthesis of natural products and pharmaceuticals. In this study, we tested the potential of the industrial methylotrophic yeast strain Pichia pastoris for the heterologous synthesis of polyketides. A recombinant P. pastoris GS-pksCT-npgA carrying the Monascus purpureus citrinin polyketide synthase gene pksCT and the Aspergillus nidulans phosphopantetheinyl transferase gene npgA was constructed...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913144/effect-of-o-glcnacylation-on-hnrnp-a1-translocation-and-interaction-with-transportin1
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Shira Roth, Isam Khalaila
The heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein A1 (hnRNP A1) is a major pre-mRNA binding protein involved in transcription and translation. Although predominantly nuclear, hnRNP A1 shuttles rapidly between the nucleus and the cytosol, delivering its anchored pre-mRNA for further processing. Translocation is important for hnRNP A1 to accomplish its transcriptional and translational roles. Transportin1 (Trn1), a translocation protein, facilitates the translocation of hnRNP A1 back to the nucleus. Moreover, phosphorylation of serine residues at hnRNP A1 C-terminal domain affects its translocation...
November 29, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912065/phosphoribosylation-of-ubiquitin-promotes-serine-ubiquitination-and-impairs-conventional-ubiquitination
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Sagar Bhogaraju, Sissy Kalayil, Yaobin Liu, Florian Bonn, Thomas Colby, Ivan Matic, Ivan Dikic
Conventional ubiquitination involves the ATP-dependent formation of amide bonds between the ubiquitin C terminus and primary amines in substrate proteins. Recently, SdeA, an effector protein of pathogenic Legionella pneumophila, was shown to mediate NAD-dependent and ATP-independent ubiquitin transfer to host proteins. Here, we identify a phosphodiesterase domain in SdeA that efficiently catalyzes phosphoribosylation of ubiquitin on a specific arginine via an ADP-ribose-ubiquitin intermediate. SdeA also catalyzes a chemically and structurally distinct type of substrate ubiquitination by conjugating phosphoribosylated ubiquitin to serine residues of protein substrates via a phosphodiester bond...
December 1, 2016: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911715/the-control-of-inflammation-via-the-phosphorylation-and-dephosphorylation-of-tristetraprolin-a-tale-of-two-phosphatases
#14
REVIEW
Andrew R Clark, Jonathan L E Dean
Twenty years ago, the first description of a tristetraprolin (TTP) knockout mouse highlighted the fundamental role of TTP in the restraint of inflammation. Since then, work from several groups has generated a detailed picture of the expression and function of TTP. It is a sequence-specific RNA-binding protein that orchestrates the deadenylation and degradation of several mRNAs encoding inflammatory mediators. It is very extensively post-translationally modified, with more than 30 phosphorylations that are supported by at least two independent lines of evidence...
October 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911714/regulation-of-the-phosphatase-pp2b-by-protein-protein-interactions
#15
REVIEW
Patrick J Nygren, John D Scott
Protein dephosphorylation is important for regulating cellular signaling in a variety of contexts. Protein phosphatase-2B (PP2B), or calcineurin, is a widely expressed serine/threonine phosphatase that acts on a large cross section of potential protein substrates when activated by increased levels of intracellular calcium in concert with calmodulin. PxIxIT and LxVP targeting motifs are important for maintaining specificity in response to elevated calcium. In the present study, we describe the mechanism of PP2B activation, discuss its targeting by conserved binding motifs and review recent advances in the understanding of an A-kinase anchoring protein 79/PP2B/protein kinase A complex's role in synaptic long-term depression...
October 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911006/lrrk2-levels-and-phosphorylation-in-parkinson-s-disease-brain-and-cases-with-restricted-lewy-bodies
#16
Nicolas Dzamko, Amanda M Gysbers, Rina Bandopadhyay, Marc F Bolliger, Akiko Uchino, Ye Zhao, Masaki Takao, Sandrine Wauters, Wilma D J van de Berg, Junko Takahashi-Fujigasaki, R Jeremy Nichols, Janice L Holton, Shigeo Murayama, Glenda M Halliday
BACKGROUND: Leucine rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) is a promising target for the treatment of Parkinson's disease; however, little is known about the expression of LRRK2 in human brain and if/how LRRK2 protein levels are altered in Parkinson's disease. OBJECTIVES: We measured the protein levels of LRRK2 as well as its phosphorylation on serines 910, 935, and 973 in the postmortem brain tissue of Parkinson's disease patients and aged controls with and without Lewy bodies...
December 2, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910803/the-prognostic-and-predictive-value-of-tmprss2-erg-gene-fusion-and-erg-protein-expression-in-prostate-cancer-biopsies
#17
Kasper Drimer Berg
BACKGROUND: The clinical course of prostate carcinoma (PCa) is very heterogeneous. Consequently, a personalised approach for risk stratification and treatment planning is important. Recently, it has become evident that PCa, also at the genomic level, is heterogeneous. An early and common alteration is the gene fusion between the transmembrane protease serine 2 (TMPRSS2) gene and the v-ets avian erythroblastosis virus E26 oncogene homolog (ERG) gene resulting in expression of the oncoprotein ERG...
December 2016: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910234/luminal-contents-from-the-gut-of-colicky-infants-induce-visceral-hypersensitivity-in-mice
#18
H Eutamène, C L Garcia-Rodenas, S Yvon, E d'Aldebert, F Foata, B Berger, J Sauser, V Theodorou, G Bergonzelli, E Mas
BACKGROUND: The pathophysiology of infantile colic is poorly understood, though various studies report gut microbiota dysbiosis in colicky infants. We aimed to test the hypothesis that colic-related dysbiosis is associated with visceral hypersensitivity triggered by an altered luminal milieu. METHODS: Fecal samples from seven colicky and seven non-colicky infants were studied. Fecal supernatants (FS) were infused into the colons of C57/Bl6 mice (n=10/specimen). Visceral sensitivity was subsequently assessed in the animals by recording their abdominal muscle response to colorectal distension (CRD) by electromyography (EMG)...
December 1, 2016: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909617/diagnostic-value-of-micrornas-in-prostate-cancer-patients-with-prostate-specific-antigen-psa-levels-between-2-and-10-ng-ml
#19
Serin Akbayır, Necati Muşlu, Sema Erden, Murat Bozlu
OBJECTIVE: Prostate specific antigen (PSA), used for the early diagnosis of prostate cancer (PCa), is one of the best tumour markers known so far. However, in situations when PSA is between 2-10 ng/mL, which is named as grey zone, PSA falls short of distinguishing benign prostate diseases from PCa. On the other hand, it was demonstrated in many previous studies that microRNA (miRNA) could be a marker for cancer. Therefore, in this study, it was aimed to enhance the diagnostic power of PSA, especially with grey zone patients, by the use of miRNA...
December 2016: Turkish Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909397/novel-non-phosphorylated-serine-9-21-gsk3%C3%AE-%C3%AE-antibodies-expanding-the-tools-for-studying-gsk3-regulation
#20
Tessa Grabinski, Nicholas M Kanaan
Glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK3) β and α are serine/threonine kinases involved in many biological processes. A primary mechanism of GSK3 activity regulation is phosphorylation of N-terminal serine (S) residues (S9 in GSK3β, S21 in GSK3α). Phosphorylation is inhibitory to GSK3 kinase activity because the phosphorylated N-terminus acts as a competitive inhibitor for primed substrates. Despite widespread interest in GSK3 across most fields of biology, the research community does not have reagents that specifically react with nonphosphoS9/21 GSK3β/α (the so-called "active" form)...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
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