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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222349/aldo-keto-reductase-1-akr1-protect-cellular-enzymes-from-salt-stress-by-detoxifying-reactive-cytotoxic-compounds
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Ramu S Vemanna, K C Babitha, Jayant K Solanki, V Amarnatha Reddy, S K Sarangi, M Udayakumar
Cytotoxic compounds like reactive carbonyl compounds such as methylglyoxal (MG), melandialdehyde (MDA), besides the ROS accumulate significantly at higher levels under salinity stress conditions and affect lipids and proteins that inhibit plant growth and productivity. The detoxification of these cytotoxic compounds by overexpression of NADPH-dependent Aldo-ketoreductase (AKR1) enzyme enhances the salinity stress tolerance in tobacco. The PsAKR1 overexpression plants showed higher survival and chlorophyll content and reduced MDA, H2O2, and MG levels under NaCl stress...
February 13, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221789/raman-spectroscopy-reveals-selective-interactions-of-cytochrome-c-with-cardiolipin-that-correlate-with-membrane-permeability
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Jay P Kitt, David A Bryce, Shelley D Minteer, Joel M Harris
Permeabilization of the outer mitochondrial membrane is an integral step in apoptosis. The resulting release of pro-apoptotic signaling proteins leads to cell destruction through activation of the cysteine-aspartic protease (caspase) cascade. However, the mechanism of outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM) permeabilization remains unclear. It was recently shown that cytochrome c can induce pore formation in cardiolipin-containing phospholipid membranes leading to large dextran and protein permeability. In this work, the interaction of cytochrome c with cardiolpin-containing phospholipid vesicles, serving as models of the OMM, is investigated to probe cytochrome c-induced permeability...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221378/characterization-of-drug-encapsulation-and-retention-in-archaea-inspired-tetraether-liposomes
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Geoffray Leriche, Jessica L Cifelli, Kevin C Sibucao, Joseph P Patterson, Takaoki Koyanagi, Nathan C Gianneschi, Jerry Yang
The passive leakage of small molecules across membranes is a major limitation of liposomal drug formulations. Here, we evaluate the leakage of 3 clinically used chemotherapeutic agents (cytarabine, methotrexate and vincristine) encapsulated in liposomes comprised of a synthetic, archaea-inspired, membrane-spanning tetraether lipid. Liposomes comprised of the pure tetraether lipid exhibited superior retention of both a neutrally and positively charged drug (up to an ∼9-fold decrease in the rate of drug leakage) compared to liposomes formed from a commercial diacyl lipid, while exhibiting a similar retention of a negatively charged drug that did not appreciably leak from either type of liposome...
February 21, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220904/recent-advances-in-occupational-and-environmental-health-hazards-of-workers-exposed-to-gasoline-compounds
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REVIEW
Christopher E Ekpenyong, Asuquo E Asuquo
The impact of health and environmental hazards, associated with the constituents of gasoline, on occupationally exposed workers has been recorded over the past few decades. However, the scientific literature on their pathogenic potential remains incomplete, which could affect the current understanding of the associated health risks. This review provides current information based on recently improved research techniques to evaluate gasoline toxicity profiles for humans. Our current knowledge provides insight into the intricate mechanism of gasoline-induced adverse effects, including the formation of reactive metabolites via bio-activation and subsequent generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and oxidative stress, which are involved in multiple mechanisms that are central to the aetiology of gasoline-induced toxicity...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220900/membrane-cholesterol-access-into-a-g-protein-coupled-receptor
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Ramon Guixà-González, José L Albasanz, Ismael Rodriguez-Espigares, Manuel Pastor, Ferran Sanz, Maria Martí-Solano, Moutusi Manna, Hector Martinez-Seara, Peter W Hildebrand, Mairena Martín, Jana Selent
Cholesterol is a key component of cell membranes with a proven modulatory role on the function and ligand-binding properties of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Crystal structures of prototypical GPCRs such as the adenosine A2A receptor (A2AR) have confirmed that cholesterol finds stable binding sites at the receptor surface suggesting an allosteric role of this lipid. Here we combine experimental and computational approaches to show that cholesterol can spontaneously enter the A2AR-binding pocket from the membrane milieu using the same portal gate previously suggested for opsin ligands...
February 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220754/the-ap-2-complex-has-a-specialized-clathrin-independent-role-in-apical-endocytosis-and-polar-growth-in-fungi
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Olga Martzoukou, Sotiris Amillis, Amalia Zervakou, Savvas Christoforidis, George Diallinas
Filamentous fungi provide excellent systems for investigating the role of the AP-2 complex in polar growth. Using Aspergillus nidulans, we show that AP-2 has a clathrin-independent essential role in polarity maintenance and growth. This is in line with a sequence analysis showing that the AP-2 β subunit (β2) of higher fungi lacks a clathrin-binding domain, and experiments showing that AP-2 does not co-localize with clathrin. We provide genetic and cellular evidence that AP-2 interacts with endocytic markers SlaB(End4) and SagA(End3) and the lipid flippases DnfA and DnfB in the sub-apical collar region of hyphae...
February 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220208/abcb4-missense-mutations-d243a-k435t-g535d-i490t-r545c-and-s978p-significantly-impair-the-lipid-floppase-and-likely-predispose-to-secondary-pathologies-in-the-human-population
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Edward J Andress, Michael Nicolaou, Farrell McGeoghan, Kenneth J Linton
Bile salts are natural detergents required to solubilise dietary fat and lipid soluble vitamins. They are synthesised in hepatocytes and secreted into the luminal space of the biliary tree by the bile salt export pump (BSEP), an ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter in the canalicular membrane. BSEP deficiency causes cytotoxic accumulation of bile salts in the hepatocyte that results in mild-to-severe forms of cholestasis. The resulting inflammation can also progress to hepatocellular cancer via a novel mechanism involving upregulation of proliferative signalling pathways...
February 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219720/lipidomics-in-research-on-yeast-membrane-lipid-homeostasis
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Anton I P M de Kroon
Mass spectrometry is increasingly used in research on membrane lipid homeostasis, both in analyses of the steady state lipidome at the level of molecular lipid species, and in pulse-chase approaches employing stable isotope-labeled lipid precursors addressing the dynamics of lipid metabolism. Here my experience with, and view on mass spectrometry-based lipid analysis is presented, with emphasis on aspects of quantification of membrane lipid composition of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
February 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219343/computing-structure-based-lipid-accessibility-of-membrane-proteins-with-mp_lipid_acc-in-rosettamp
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Julia Koehler Leman, Sergey Lyskov, Richard Bonneau
BACKGROUND: Membrane proteins are underrepresented in structural databases, which has led to a lack of computational tools and the corresponding inappropriate use of tools designed for soluble proteins. For membrane proteins, lipid accessibility is an essential property. Although programs are available for sequence-based prediction of lipid accessibility and structure-based identification of solvent-accessible surface area, the latter does not distinguish between water accessible and lipid accessible residues in membrane proteins...
February 20, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219008/nanoroughness-strongly-impacts-lipid-mobility-in-supported-membranes
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Florence Sarah Blachon, Frederic F Harb, Bogdan Munteanu, Agnès Piednoir, Remy Fulcrand, Thierry Charitat, Giovanna Fragneto, Olivier Pierre-Louis, Bernard Tinland, Jean-Paul Rieu
In vivo lipid membranes interact with rough supramolecular structures such as protein clusters and fibrils. How these features whose size ranges from a few nanometers to a few tens of nanometers impact lipid and protein mobility is still investigated. Here, we study supported phospholipid bilayers, a unique biomimetic model, deposited on etched surfaces bearing nanometric corrugations. Surface roughness and mean curvature are carefully characterized by AFM imaging using ultrasharp tips. Neutron specular reflectivity supplements this surface characterization, and indicates that the bilayers follow the large scale corrugations of the substrate...
February 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218992/differently-localized-lysophosphatidic-acid-acyltransferases-crucial-for-triacylglycerol-biosynthesis-in-the-oleaginous-alga-nannochloropsis
#11
Takashi Nobusawa, Koichi Hori, Hiroshi Mori, Ken Kurokawa, Hiroyuki Ohta
Production of renewable bioenergy will be necessary to meet rising global fossil fuel demands. Members of the marine microalgae genus Nannochloropsis produce large amounts of oils (triacylglycerols; TAGs), and this genus is regarded as one of the most promising for biodiesel production. Recent genome sequencing and transcriptomic studies on Nannochloropsis have provided a foundation for understanding its oleaginous trait, but the mechanism underlying oil accumulation remains to be clarified. Here we report Nannochloropsis knockout strains of four extraplastidic lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferases (LPAT1-4), which catalyze a major de novo biosynthetic step of TAGs and membrane lipids...
February 20, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218648/expression-purification-and-monitoring-of-conformational-changes-of-hcb2-tmh67h8-in-different-membrane-mimetic-lipid-mixtures-using-circular-dichroism-and-nmr-techniques
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Elvis K Tiburu, Jianqin Zhuang, Heidimarie N A Fleischer, Patrick K Arthur, Gordon A Awandare
This work was intended to develop self-assembly lipids for incorporating G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) in order to improve the success rate for nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) structural elucidation. We hereby report the expression and purification of uniformly (15)N-labeled human cannabinoid receptor-2 domain in insect cell media. The domain was refolded by screening several membrane mimetic environments. Different q ratios of isotropic bicelles were screened for solubilizing transmembrane helix 6, 7 and 8 (TMH67H8)...
February 17, 2017: Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218425/the-role-of-lipid-raft-translocation-of-prohibitin-in-regulation-of-akt-and-raf-protected-apoptosis-of-hacat-cells-upon-ultraviolet-b-irradiation
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Qiong Wu, Shiyong Wu
Prohibitin (PHB) plays a role in regulation of ultraviolet B light (UVB)-induced apoptosis of human keratinocytes, HaCaT cells. The regulatory function of PHB appears to be associated with its lipid raft translocation. However, the detailed mechanism for PHB-mediated apoptosis of these keratinocytes upon UVB irradiation is not clear. In this report, we determined the role of lipid raft translocation of PHB in regulation of UVB-induced apoptosis. Our data show that upon UVB irradiation PHB is translocated from the non-raft membrane to the lipid rafts, which is correlated with a release of both Akt and Raf from membrane...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218295/graphene-induced-pore-formation-on-cell-membranes
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Guangxin Duan, Yuanzhao Zhang, Binquan Luan, Jeffrey K Weber, Royce W Zhou, Zaixing Yang, Lin Zhao, Jiaying Xu, Judong Luo, Ruhong Zhou
Examining interactions between nanomaterials and cell membranes can expose underlying mechanisms of nanomaterial cytotoxicity and guide the design of safer nanomedical technologies. Recently, graphene has been shown to exhibit potential toxicity to cells; however, the molecular processes driving its lethal properties have yet to be fully characterized. We here demonstrate that graphene nanosheets (both pristine and oxidized) can produce holes (pores) in the membranes of A549 and Raw264.7 cells, substantially reducing cell viability...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217940/dietary-omega-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-induce-plasminogen-activator-activity-and-dna-damage-in-rabbit-spermatozoa
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A N Kokoli, S N Lavrentiadou, I A Zervos, M P Tsantarliotou, M P Georgiadis, E A Nikolaidis, N Botsoglou, C M Boscos, I A Taitzoglou
The aim of this study was to determine the effect(s) of dietary omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (ω-3 PUFA) on rabbit semen. Adult rabbit bucks were assigned to two groups that were given two diets, a standard diet (control) and a diet supplemented with ω-3 PUFA. Sperm samples were collected from all bucks with the use of an artificial vagina in 20-day intervals, for a total period of 120 days. The enrichment of membranes in ω-3 PUFA was manifested by the elevation of the 22:5 ω-3 (docosapentaenoic acid [DPA]) levels within 40 days...
February 20, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217890/cerebellar-hemangioblastoma-with-perivascular-pseudorosette-formation-and-glial-differentiation-a-case-report
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Jian Wang, Xu-Yong Lin, Xue-Shan Qiu, En-Hua Wang, Lian-He Yang, Juan-Han Yu
Hemangioblastoma is a well-circumscribed, highly vascular, lipid-rich and low-grade tumor of uncertain histogenesis. Its histopathological features have been well established. Herein, we present a case of cerebellar hemangioblastoma in a 43-year-old woman. Histologically, the tumor was predominantly composed of cellular areas showing eosinophilic or vacuolated stromal cells arranged in nests and sheets. Focally, conventional reticular areas could be seen. Additionally, in some areas, the stromal cells were arranged radially around blood vessels, exhibiting perivascular pseudorosette structures, which were similar mostly to those of ependymomas...
August 24, 2016: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216467/nmr-and-esr-study-of-amphotericin-b-interactions-with-various-binary-phosphatidylcholine-phosphatidylglycerol-membranes
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J C Debouzy, L Mehenni, D Crouzier, M Lahiani-Skiba, G Nugue, M Skiba
Several biologically relevant phospholipids are considered as potential excipients for IV administration liposome's formulation of AMB (Biopharmaceututics Classification System Class IV). On the basis of in vivo bioavaibility studies, DMPC and DMPG were ranked as the first potent encapsulation enhancers for this model drug, especially if one expects to target DMPG rich systems as pulmonary surfactant. Subsequently, dispersions (multilayers) of DMPC, DMPG or in binary systems with various molar ratios were prepared with or without AMB (molar ratios AMB/lipid) and further investigated using the (1)H-,(31)P-NMR methods...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216409/structure-and-activity-of-contryphan-vc2-importance-of-the-d-amino-acid-residue
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Stephen B Drane, Samuel D Robinson, Christopher A MacRaild, Sandeep Chhabra, Balasubramanyam Chittoor, Rodrigo A V Morales, Eleanor W W Leung, Alessia Belgi, Samuel S Espino, Baldomero M Olivera, Andrea J Robinson, David K Chalmers, Raymond S Norton
In natural proteins and peptides, amino acids exist almost invariably as L-isomers. There are, however, several examples of naturally-occurring peptides containing D-amino acids. In this study we investigated the role of a naturally-occurring D-amino acid in a small peptide identified in the transcriptome of a marine cone snail. This peptide belongs to a family of peptides known as contryphans, all of which contain a single D-amino acid residue. The solution structure of this peptide was solved by NMR, but further investigations with molecular dynamics simulations suggest that its solution behaviour may be more dynamic than suggested by the NMR ensemble...
February 16, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216010/uptake-of-benzo-a-pyrene-but-not-of-phenanthrene-is-inhibited-by-fatty-acids-in-intestinal-brush-border-membrane-vesicles-of-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss
#19
Stefan de Gelder, Liselot van Och, Jan Zethof, Thamar N M Pelgrim, Josef D Rasinger, Gert Flik, Marc H G Berntssen, Peter H M Klaren
Partial replacement of fish ingredients with vegetable ingredients has elevated levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Atlantic salmon reared on these feeds. PAH uptake in the intestinal tract is postulated to occur in association with lipid absorption and could well be affected by fatty acid composition. We therefore investigated the effects of a fish oil and vegetable oil fatty acid, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA; 20:5n-3) and oleic acid (18:1n-9) respectively, on the uptake of benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) and phenanthrene (PHE) across the intestinal brush border membrane in the salmonid species rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)...
February 12, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215994/safe-recombinant-outer-membrane-vesicles-that-display-m2e-elicit-heterologous-influenza-protection
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Hannah C Watkins, C Garrett Rappazzo, Jaclyn S Higgins, Xiangjie Sun, Nicole Brock, Annie Chau, Aditya Misra, Joseph P B Cannizzo, Michael R King, Taronna R Maines, Cynthia A Leifer, Gary R Whittaker, Matthew P DeLisa, David Putnam
Recombinant, Escherichia coli-derived outer membrane vesicles (rOMVs), which display heterologous protein subunits, have potential as a vaccine adjuvant platform. One drawback to rOMVs is their lipopolysaccharide (LPS) content, limiting their translatability to the clinic due to potential adverse effects. Here, we explore a unique rOMV construct with structurally remodeled lipids containing only the lipid IVa portion of LPS, which does not stimulate human TLR4. The rOMVs are derived from a genetically engineered B strain of E...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
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