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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150515/loop-of-streptomyces-feruloyl-esterase-plays-an-important-role-in-its-activity-of-releasing-ferulic-acid-from-biomass
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Misugi Uraji, Haruka Tamura, Eiichi Mizohata, Jiro Arima, Kun Wan, Ken'ichi Ogawa, Tsuyoshi Inoue, Tadashi Hatanaka
Feruloyl esterases (FAEs) are key enzymes required for the production of ferulic acid from agricultural biomass. Previously, we identified and characterized R18, an FAE from Streptomyces cinnamoneus NBRC 12852, which showed no sequence similarity with the known FAEs. To determine the region involved in its catalytic activity, we constructed chimeric enzymes using R18 and its homolog (TH2-18) from S. cinnamoneus strain TH-2. Although R18 and TH2-18 showed 74% identity in their primary sequence, the recombinant proteins of these two FAEs (rR18 and rTH2-18) showed very different specific activities toward ethyl ferulate...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149630/age-related-vulnerability-of-pattern-separation-in-c57bl-6j-mice
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Aurélia Cès, Thibaut Burg, Karine Herbeaux, Céline Héraud, Jean-Bastien Bott, Ayikoe Guy Mensah-Nyagan, Chantal Mathis
Aging is associated with impaired performance in behavioral pattern separation (PS) tasks based on similarities in object features and in object location. These deficits have been attributed to functional alterations in the dentate gyrus (DG)-CA3 region. Animal studies suggested a role of adult-born DG neurons in PS performance. The present study investigated the effect of aging in C57BL/6J mice performing PS tasks based on either object features or object location. At the age of 18 months or more, performance was severely impaired in both tasks...
October 25, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149282/structure-related-differences-between-cytochrome-oxidase-i-proteins-in-a-stable-heteroplasmic-mitochondrial-system
#3
David O F Skibinski, Fabrizio Ghiselli, Angel P Diz, Liliana Milani, Jonathan G L Mullins
Many bivalve species have two types of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) passed independently through the female line (F genome) and male line (M genome). Here we study the Cytochrome oxidase I (COI) protein in such bivalve species and provide evidence for differences between the F and M proteins in amino acid property values, particularly relating to hydrophobicity and helicity. The magnitude of these differences varies between different regions of the protein and the change from the ancestor is most marked in the M protein...
November 14, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148915/the-frequency-of-mutations-in-quinolone-resistance-determining-regions-and-plasmid-mediated-quinolone-resistance-in-shigella-isolates-recovered-from-pediatric-patients-in-tehran-iran-an-overlooked-problem
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Sajad Yaghoubi, Reza Ranjbar, Mohammad Mehdi Soltan Dallal, Mohammad Hasan Shirazi, Mohammad Kazem Sharifi-Yazdi
Fluoroquinolone (FQ) resistance in clinical isolates of Shigella species has been increasing reported in recent years. This study was carried out to find the mutations within the quinolone resistance-determining regions (QRDRs) and the prevalence of plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance (PMQR) determinants among the clinical isolates of Shigella sp. in Tehran, Iran. A total of 50 Shigella isolates were collected from five teaching therapeutic centers in Tehran, Iran and analyzed for antibiotic susceptibility over a period of 20 months from July 2015 to January 2017...
November 17, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147452/the-effect-of-aurora-kinase-inhibitor-on-adhesion-and-migration-in-human-breast-cancer-cells-and-clinical-implications
#5
Huishan Zhao, Sioned Owen, Eleri L Davies, Wen G Jiang, Tracey A Martin
Background: The Aurora kinase family is comprised of highly conserved serine/threonine protein kinases that are known to be crucial in the regulation of the cell cycle. Aberrant expression of Aurora kinases has been demonstrated in certain malignancies. We aimed to examine the expression of Aurora kinases in human breast cancer tissues and to investigate the cellular impact of Aurora kinases inhibitor on breast cancer cells. Methods: The expression of Aurora kinase A/B/C was individually examined in tumor specimens (n = 106) and normal tissues (n = 29) from breast cancer patients using quantitative real-time PCR (Q-PCR) and immunohistochemistry...
October 2017: World Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147019/identification-and-characterization-of-serine-protease-inhibitors-in-a-parasitic-wasp-pteromalus-puparum
#6
Lei Yang, Yaotian Mei, Qi Fang, Jiale Wang, Zhichao Yan, Qisheng Song, Zhe Lin, Gongyin Ye
Serine protease inhibitors (SPIs) regulate protease-mediated activities by inactivating their cognate proteinases, and are involved in multiple physiological processes. SPIs have been extensively studied in vertebrates and invertebrates; however, little SPI information is available in parasitoids. Herein, we identified 57 SPI genes in total through the genome of a parasitoid wasp, Pteromalus puparum. Gene structure analyses revealed that these SPIs contain 7 SPI domains. Depending on their mode of action, these SPIs can be categorized into serpins, canonical inhibitors and alpha-2-macroglobulins (A2Ms)...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146927/preparation-and-functional-evaluation-of-collagen-oligopeptide-rich-hydrolysate-from-fish-skin-with-the-serine-collagenolytic-protease-from-pseudoalteromonas-sp-sm9913
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Xiu-Lan Chen, Ming Peng, Jing Li, Bai-Lu Tang, Xuan Shao, Fang Zhao, Chang Liu, Xi-Ying Zhang, Ping-Yi Li, Mei Shi, Yu-Zhong Zhang, Xiao-Yan Song
Although several serine collagenolytic proteases from bacteria were reported, none has been used to prepare bioactive collagen peptides. MCP-01 is the most abundant extracellular protease of deep-sea Pseudoalteromonas sp. SM9913 and is a serine collagenolytic protease with high efficiency on fish collagen hydrolysis. Here, we set up a pilot scale process to ferment SM9913 for extracellular protease production. With SM9913 extracellular protease as a tool, a process to prepare collagen oligopeptide-rich hydrolysate from codfish skin was set up, which was further scaled up to pilot (100 L) and plant (2000 L) levels with yields >66%...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146750/trpm7-transient-receptor-potential-melastatin-like-7-channel-kinase-controls-calcium-responses-in-arterial-thrombosis-and-stroke-in-mice
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Sanjeev K Gotru, Wenchun Chen, Peter Kraft, Isabelle C Becker, Karen Wolf, Simon Stritt, Susanna Zierler, Heike M Hermanns, Deviyani Rao, Anne-Laure Perraud, Carsten Schmitz, René P Zahedi, Peter J Noy, Michael G Tomlinson, Thomas Dandekar, Masayuki Matsushita, Vladimir Chubanov, Thomas Gudermann, Guido Stoll, Bernhard Nieswandt, Attila Braun
OBJECTIVE: TRPM7 (transient receptor potential melastatin-like 7 channel) is a ubiquitously expressed bifunctional protein comprising a transient receptor potential channel segment linked to a cytosolic α-type serine/threonine protein kinase domain. TRPM7 forms a constitutively active Mg(2+) and Ca(2+) permeable channel, which regulates diverse cellular processes in both healthy and diseased conditions, but the physiological role of TRPM7 kinase remains largely unknown. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Here we show that point mutation in TRPM7 kinase domain deleting the kinase activity in mice (Trpm7(R/R) ) causes a marked signaling defect in platelets...
November 16, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146594/heterologous-phosphorylation-induced-formation-of-a-stability-lock-permits-regulation-of-inactive-receptors-by-%C3%AE-arrestins
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András D Tóth, Susanne Prokop, Pál Gyombolai, Péter Várnai, András Balla, Vsevolod V Gurevich, László Hunyady, Gábor Turu
β-arrestins are key regulators and signal transducers of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). The interaction between receptors and β-arrestins is generally believed to require both receptor activity and phosphorylation by GPCR kinases. In this study, we investigated whether β-arrestins are able to bind second messenger kinase-phosphorylated, but inactive receptors as well. Since heterologous phosphorylation is a common phenomenon among GPCRs, this mode of β-arrestin activation may represent a novel mechanism of signal transduction and receptor cross-talk...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146056/comparison-of-her2-status-determination-methods-in-her2-2-patients-manual-fluorescent-in-situ-hybridization-fish-vs-dual-silver-enhanced-in-situ-hybridization-sish
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Burcin Pehlivanoglu, Gurdeniz Serin, Levent Yeniay, Osman Zekioglu, Erhan Gokmen, Necmettin Ozdemir
HER2 amplification has been demonstrated in 15-25% of invasive breast carcinomas and can be assessed using immunohistochemical and in situ hybridization methods. Here, we compared the accuracy of dual SISH to manual FISH in HER2 (2+) breast carcinoma and evaluated the feasibility of dual SISH method in routine practice. Sixty HER2 (2+) consecutive tumor samples diagnosed between January 2009 and February 2013 were selected. Demographic, histological and immunohistochemical features and FISH results were recruited from patient records and compared to dual SISH results...
December 2017: Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145973/tak-ing-aim-at-chemoresistance-the-emerging-role-of-map3k7-as-a-target-for-cancer-therapy
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Raffaela Santoro, Carmine Carbone, Geny Piro, Paul J Chiao, Davide Melisi
Cellular drug resistance remains the main obstacle to the clinical efficacy of cancer chemotherapy. Alterations in key pathways regulating cell cycle checkpoints, apoptosis and Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition (EMT), such as the Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway, appear to be closely associated to cancer chemoresistance. Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)- activated kinase 1 (TAK1, also known as MAP3K7) is a serine/threonine kinase in the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAP3K) family...
November 2017: Drug Resistance Updates: Reviews and Commentaries in Antimicrobial and Anticancer Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145610/transition-to-an-aquatic-habitat-permitted-the-repeated-loss-of-the-pleiotropic-klk8-gene-in-mammals
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Nikolai Hecker, Virag Sharma, Michael Hiller
KLK8 (also called neuropsin) is a serine protease that plays distinct roles in the skin and hippocampus. In the skin, KLK8 influences keratinocyte proliferation and desquamation, and activates antimicrobial peptides in sweat. In the hippocampus, KLK8 affects memory acquisition. Here, we examined the evolution of KLK8 in mammals and discovered that, out of 70 placental mammals, KLK8 is exclusively lost in three independent fully-aquatic lineages, comprising dolphin, killer whale, minke whale and manatee. In addition, while the sperm whale has an intact KLK8 reading frame, the gene evolves neutrally in this species...
November 14, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144823/the-relationship-of-braf-v600e-mutation-status-to-fdg-pet-ct-avidity-in-thyroid-cancer-a-review-and-meta-analysis
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Prasanna Santhanam, Rodhan Khthir, Lilja B Solnes, Paul W Ladenson
OBJECTIVES: Papillary thyroid cancers harboring BRAF (V600E) gene mutation have been shown to exhibit aggressive tumor behaviors and higher risks of recurrence and disease-specific death. In this systematic review and meta-analysis, we examine and report published evidence related to the accuracy of FDG-PET-CT in detection of residual disease in patients' with BRAF (V600E) mutated thyroid cancer. METHODS: We extracted data from PUBMED/MEDLINE and EMBASE from January, 1995 to March, 2017...
November 16, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143554/the-octanoylated-energy-regulating-hormone-ghrelin-an-expanded-view-of-ghrelin-s-biological-interactions-and-avenues-for-controlling-ghrelin-signaling
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Elizabeth R Cleverdon, Kayleigh R McGovern-Gooch, James L Hougland
Ghrelin is a small peptide hormone that requires a unique post-translational modification, serine octanoylation, to bind and activate the GHS-R1a receptor. Initially demonstrated to stimulate hunger and appetite, ghrelin-dependent signaling is implicated in a variety of neurological and physiological processes influencing diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and Prader-Willi syndrome. In addition to its cognate receptor, recent studies have revealed ghrelin interacts with a range of binding partners within the bloodstream...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143380/polo-like-kinase-1-inhibition-results-in-misaligned-chromosomes-and-aberrant-spindles-in-porcine-oocytes-during-the-first-meiotic-division
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Y Liao, D Lin, P Cui, B Abbasi, C Chen, Z Zhang, Y Zhang, Y Dong, R Rui, S Ju
Polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1), a type of serine/threonine protein kinase, has been implicated in various functions in the regulation of mitotic processes. However, these kinase's roles in meiotic division are not fully understood, particularly in the meiotic maturation of porcine oocytes. In this study, the expression and spatiotemporal localization of Plk1 were initially assessed in the meiotic process of pig oocytes by utilizing Western blotting with immunofluorescent staining combined with confocal microscopy imaging technique...
November 16, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142388/analysis-of-free-amino-acids-in-different-extracts-of-orthosiphon-stamineus-leaves-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-combined-with-solid-phase-extraction
#16
Armaghan Shafaei, Nor Hidayah Ab Halim, Norhidayah Zakaria, Zhari Ismail
Background: Orthosiphon stamineus (OS) Benth is a medicinal plant and native in Southeast Asia. Previous studies have shown that OS leaves possess antioxidant, cytotoxic, diuretic, antihypertensive, and uricosuric effects. These beneficial effects have been attributed to the presence of primary and secondary metabolites such as polyphenols, amino acids, and flavonoids. Objective: To develop and validate an high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)-diode array detector (DAD) method combined with solid-phase extraction that involves precolumn derivatization with O-phthaladehyde for simultaneous analysis of free amino acids in OS leaves extracts...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142277/genetic-metabolomic-and-transcriptomic-analyses-of-the-de-novo-l-cysteine-biosynthetic-pathway-in-the-enteric-protozoan-parasite-entamoeba-histolytica
#17
Ghulam Jeelani, Dan Sato, Tomoyoshi Soga, Tomoyoshi Nozaki
The de novo L-cysteine biosynthetic pathway is critical for the growth, antioxidative stress defenses, and pathogenesis of bacterial and protozoan pathogens, such as Salmonella typhimurium and Entamoeba histolytica. This pathway involves two key enzymes, serine acetyltransferase (SAT) and cysteine synthase (CS), which are absent in mammals and therefore represent rational drug targets. The human parasite E. histolytica possesses three SAT and CS isozymes; however, the specific roles of individual isoforms and significance of such apparent redundancy remains unclear...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142109/the-ndc80-complex-targets-bod1-to-human-mitotic-kinetochores
#18
Katharina Schleicher, Michael Porter, Sara Ten Have, Ramasubramanian Sundaramoorthy, Iain M Porter, Jason R Swedlow
Regulation of protein phosphatase activity by endogenous protein inhibitors is an important mechanism to control protein phosphorylation in cells. We recently identified Biorientation defective 1 (Bod1) as a small protein inhibitor of protein phosphatase 2A containing the B56 regulatory subunit (PP2A-B56). This phosphatase controls the amount of phosphorylation of several kinetochore proteins and thus the establishment of load-bearing chromosome-spindle attachments in time for accurate separation of sister chromatids in mitosis...
November 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142062/the-serine-protease-inhibitor-neuroserpin-is-required-for-normal-synaptic-plasticity-and-regulates-learning-and-social-behavior
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Rebecca Reumann, Ricardo Vierk, Lepu Zhou, Frederice Gries, Vanessa Kraus, Julia Mienert, Eva Romswinkel, Fabio Morellini, Isidre Ferrer, Chiara Nicolini, Margaret Fahnestock, Gabriele Rune, Markus Glatzel, Giovanna Galliciotti
The serine protease inhibitor neuroserpin regulates the activity of tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) in the nervous system. Neuroserpin expression is particularly prominent at late stages of neuronal development in most regions of the central nervous system (CNS), whereas it is restricted to regions related to learning and memory in the adult brain. The physiological expression pattern of neuroserpin, its high degree of colocalization with tPA within the CNS, together with its dysregulation in neuropsychiatric disorders, suggest a role in formation and refinement of synapses...
December 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141230/sub-minute-phosphoregulation-of-cell-cycle-systems-during-plasmodium-gamete-formation
#20
Brandon M Invergo, Mathieu Brochet, Lu Yu, Jyoti Choudhary, Pedro Beltrao, Oliver Billker
The transmission of malaria parasites to mosquitoes relies on the rapid induction of sexual reproduction upon their ingestion into a blood meal. Haploid female and male gametocytes become activated and emerge from their host cells, and the males enter the cell cycle to produce eight microgametes. The synchronized nature of gametogenesis allowed us to investigate phosphorylation signaling during its first minute in Plasmodium berghei via a high-resolution time course of the phosphoproteome. This revealed an unexpectedly broad response, with proteins related to distinct cell cycle events undergoing simultaneous phosphoregulation...
November 14, 2017: Cell Reports
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