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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166667/flotillin-scaffold-activity-contributes-to-type-vii-secretion-system-assembly-in-staphylococcus-aureus
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Benjamin Mielich-Süss, Rabea M Wagner, Nicole Mietrach, Tobias Hertlein, Gabriella Marincola, Knut Ohlsen, Sebastian Geibel, Daniel Lopez
Scaffold proteins are ubiquitous chaperones that promote efficient interactions between partners of multi-enzymatic protein complexes; although they are well studied in eukaryotes, their role in prokaryotic systems is poorly understood. Bacterial membranes have functional membrane microdomains (FMM), a structure homologous to eukaryotic lipid rafts. Similar to their eukaryotic counterparts, bacterial FMM harbor a scaffold protein termed flotillin that is thought to promote interactions between proteins spatially confined to the FMM...
November 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166573/interaction-of-hsp90-with-phospholipid-model-membranes
#2
Muhan Zhang, Daoying Wang, Pengpeng Li, Chong Sun, Rong Xu, Zhiming Geng, Weimin Xu, Zhaoqi Dai
Heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) is an essential molecular chaperone with versatile functions in cell homeostatic control under both normal and stress conditions. Hsp90 has been found to be expressed on the cell surface, but the mechanism of Hsp90 association to the membrane remains obscure. In this study, the direct interaction of Hsp90 and phospholipid vesicles was characterized, and the role of Hsp90 on membrane physical state was explored. Using surface plasmon resonance (SPR), we observed a strong interaction between Hsp90 and different compositions of lipid...
November 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166560/analytical-challenges-and-recent-advances-in-mass-spectrometry-based-lipidomics
#3
Yepy Hardi Rustam, Gavin Edmund Reid
Although no internationally accepted consensus definition exists, lipids can be broadly defined as "fatty acids and their derivatives, and substances related biosynthetically or functionally to these compounds". Lipids play critical roles as (i) the major structural components of biological membranes, and as functional and regulatory components of membrane protein signaling, (ii) bioactive intra- and inter-cellular signaling molecules, and (iii) energy storage molecules for the maintenance of energy homeostasis...
November 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166558/understanding-the-cellular-uptake-of-ph-responsive-zwitterionic-gold-nanoparticles-a-computer-simulation-study
#4
Xuebo Quan, Daohui Zhao, Libo Li, Jian Zhou
Surface functionalization of nanoparticles (NPs) with stealth polymers (e.g., hydrophilic and zwitterionic polymers) has become a common strategy to resist non-specific protein adsorption recently. Understanding the role of surface decoration on NP-biomembrane interactions is of great significance to promote the application of NPs in biomedical fields. Herein, using coarse-grained molecular dynamics (CGMD) simulations, we investigate the interactions between stealth polymer-coated gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and lipid membranes...
November 22, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166098/pulling-force-and-surface-tension-drive-membrane-fusion
#5
Xuejuan Liu, Falin Tian, Tongtao Yue, Xianren Zhang, Chongli Zhong
Despite catalyzed by fusion proteins of quite different molecular architectures, intracellular, viral, and cell-to-cell fusions are found to have the essential common features and the nearly same nature of transition states. The similarity inspires us to find a more general catalysis mechanism for membrane fusion that minimally depends on the specific structures of fusion proteins. In this work, we built a minimal model for membrane fusion, and by using dissipative particle dynamics simulations, we propose a mechanism that the pulling force generated by fusion proteins initiates the fusion process and the membrane tension regulates the subsequent fusion stages...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166022/dynamics-of-ompf-trimer-formation-in-the-bacterial-outer-membrane-of-escherichia-coli
#6
Huilin Ma, Aliza Khan, Shikha Nangia
The self-assembly of outer membrane protein F (OmpF) in the outer membrane of Escherichia coli Gram-negative bacteria was studied using multiscale molecular dynamics simulations. To facilitate the long timescale required for protein assembly, coarse-grained parameterization of E. coli outer membrane lipids was first developed. The OmpF monomers formed stable dimers at specific protein-protein interactions sites irrespective of the lipid membrane environment. The dimer intermediate was asymmetric but provided a template to form a symmetric trimer...
November 22, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166021/differences-in-the-aspect-ratio-of-gold-nanorods-that-induce-defects-in-cell-membrane-models
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Paula M P Lins, Valeria Spolon Marangoni, Thiers M Uehara, Paulo Barbeitas Miranda, Valtencir Zucolotto, Juliana Cancino Bernardi
Understanding the interactions between biomolecules and nanomaterials is of great importance for many areas of nanomedicine and bioapplications. Although studies in this area have been performed, the interactions between cell membranes and nanoparticles are not fully understood. Here, we investigate the interactions that occur between the Langmuir monolayers of dipalmitoylphosphatidyl glycerol (DPPG) and dipalmitoylphosphatidyl choline (DPPC) with gold nanorods (NR) - with three aspect ratios - and gold nanoparticles...
November 22, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165906/noninvasive-high-speed-near-infrared-imaging-of-the-biomolecular-distribution-and-molecular-mechanism-of-embryonic-development-in-fertilized-fish-eggs
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Mika Ishigaki, Takashi Nishii, Paralee Puangchit, Yui Yasui, Christian W Huck, Yukihiro Ozaki
In the present study, the distribution of biomaterials and its molecular mechanism of embryonic development in Japanese medaka fish were analyzed nondestructively and noninvasively without staining using near-infrared (NIR) imaging. The microscope NIR imaging system used in this research was a device capable of ultra-high-speed imaging; using this system, one can acquire microscopic imaging data in a few seconds. Therefore, the medaka eggs remained alive throughout measurements and were successfully monitored in vivo...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165364/the-rosiglitazone-like-effects-of-vitexilactone-a-constituent-from-vitex-trifolia-l-in-3t3-l1-preadipocytes
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Atsuyoshi Nishina, Masaya Itagaki, Daisuke Sato, Hirokazu Kimura, Yasuaki Hirai, Nyunt Phay, Makoto Makishima
The increased number of patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) has become a worldwide problem, and insulin sensitizers such as thiazolidinediones (TZDs) are used as therapeutic agents. We found that extracts of Vitex trifolia L. (V. trifolia), a medicinal plant from Myanmar, induced adipogenesis similar to rosiglitazone (ROS), which is a TZD, in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes. In the present study, we attempted to isolate from V. trifolia those compounds that showed ROS-like effects. Among the extracts of hexane, ethyl acetate, and methanol obtained from V...
November 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165233/the-sec-system-protein-export-in-escherichia-coli
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Jennine M Crane, Linda L Randall
In Escherichia coli, proteins found in the periplasm or the outer membrane are exported from the cytoplasm by the general secretory, Sec, system before they acquire stably folded structure. This dynamic process involves intricate interactions among cytoplasmic and membrane proteins, both peripheral and integral, as well as lipids. In vivo, both ATP hydrolysis and proton motive force are required. Here, we review the Sec system from the inception of the field through early 2016, including biochemical, genetic, and structural data...
November 2017: EcoSal Plus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165073/recent-progress-in-delivery-of-therapeutic-and-imaging-agents-utilizing-organic-inorganic-hybrid-nanoparticles
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Haque Sheikh Tanzina, Ezharul Chowdhury
Delivery of conventional small molecule drugs and currently evolving nucleic acid-based therapeutics, such as small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) and genes, and contrast agents for high resolution imaging, to the target site of action is highly demanding to increase the therapeutic and imaging efficacy while minimizing the off-target effects of the delivered molecules, as well as develop novel therapeutic and imaging approaches. Organic-inorganic hybrid nanoparticles offer a number of advantages by combining the unique properties of the organic and inorganic counterparts, thus improving the pharmacokinetic behavior and targetability of drugs and contrast agents, and conferring the exclusive optical and magnetic properties for both therapeutic and imaging purposes...
November 19, 2017: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164875/insights-into-the-mechanism-of-action-of-the-two-peptide-lantibiotic-lacticin-3147
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Alireza Bakhtiary, Stephen A Cochrane, Pascal Mercier, Ryan T McKay, Mark Miskolzie, Clarissa S Sit, John C Vederas
Lacticin 3147 is a two peptide lantibiotc (LtnA1 and LtnA2) that displays nanomolar activity against many Gram-positive bacteria. Lacticin 3147 may exert its antimicrobial effect by several mechanisms. Isothermal titration calorimetry experiments show that only LtnA1 binds to the peptidoglycan precursor lipid II, which could inhibit peptidoglycan biosynthesis. An experimentally supported model of the resulting complex suggests that the key binding partners are the C-terminus of LtnA1 and pyrophosphate of lipid II...
November 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164866/electrochemical-analysis-of-enzyme-based-on-the-self-assembly-of-lipid-bilayer-on-an-electrode-surface-mediated-by-hydrazone-chemistry
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Juan Zhang, Xiaonan Wang, Tingjun Chen, Chang Feng, Genxi Li
In this work, a new strategy for electrochemical analysis of enzyme has been proposed based on a self-assembled lipid bilayer on an electrode surface mediated by hydrazone chemistry. Taking aldolase as an example, the enzyme can catalyze the formation of products containing carbonyl groups. These groups can react with hydrazine groups of the functional lipid derivative, resulting in the self-assembly of lipid bilayer on a guanidinium modified electrode surface. The lipid bilayer will then prevent the movement of hydrophilic electrochemical probes...
November 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164634/testing-the-limits-of-model-membrane-simulations-bilayer-composition-and-pressure-scaling
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Nikoleta Ivanova, Anela Ivanova
Studying transfer of bioactive compounds across cell membranes by simulations attracts growing attention. To perform such calculations accurately, it is necessary to verify the validity of computational protocols established for description of unperturbed lipid bilayers also with translocating substances present. The current work reports the results from 1 μs long atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of two types of model plasma membranes-one built of a single phospholipid (DPPC) and one constructed of four types of phospholipids-in the presence of a drug-peptide complex experimentally known to cross cell membranes...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164103/the-human-antimicrobial-peptides-dermcidin-and-ll-37-show-novel-distinct-pathways-in-membrane-interactions
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REVIEW
Kornelius Zeth, Enea Sancho-Vaello
Mammals protect themselves from inflammation triggered by microorganisms through secretion of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). One mechanism by which AMPs kill bacterial cells is perforating their membranes. Membrane interactions and pore formation were investigated for α-helical AMPs leading to the formulation of three basic mechanistic models: the barrel stave, toroidal, and carpet model. One major drawback of these models is their simplicity. They do not reflect the real in vitro and in vivo conditions. To challenge and refine these models using a structure-based approach we set out to investigate how human cathelicidin (LL-37) and dermcidin (DCD) interact with membranes...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163910/cholesterol-directed-nanoparticle-assemblies-based-on-single-amino-acid-peptide-mutations-activate-cellular-uptake-and-decrease-tumor-volume
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Shang Li, Rongfeng Zou, Yaoquan Tu, Junchen Wu, Markita P Landry
Peptide drugs have been difficult to translate into effective therapies due to their low in vivo stability. Here, we report a strategy to develop peptide-based therapeutic nanoparticles by screening a peptide library differing by single-site amino acid mutations of lysine-modified cholesterol. Certain cholesterol-modified peptides are found to promote and stabilize peptide α-helix formation, resulting in selectively cell-permeable peptides. One cholesterol-modified peptide self-assembles into stable nanoparticles with considerable α-helix propensity stabilized by intermolecular van der Waals interactions between inter-peptide cholesterol molecules, and shows 68...
November 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163899/design-crystal-structure-and-atomic-force-microscopy-study-of-thioether-ligated-d-l-cyclic-antimicrobial-peptides-against-multidrug-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Runze He, Ivan Di Bonaventura, Ricardo Visini, Bee-Ha Gan, Yongchun Fu, Daniel Probst, Alexandre Lüscher, Thilo Köhler, Christian van Delden, Achim Stocker, Wenjing Hong, Tamis Darbre, Jean-Louis Reymond
Here we report a new family of cyclic antimicrobial peptides (CAMPs) targeting MDR strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These CAMPs are cyclized via a xylene double thioether bridge connecting two cysteines placed at the ends of a linear amphiphilic alternating d,l-sequence composed of lysines and tryptophans. Investigations by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dynamic light scattering and atomic force microscopy (AFM) suggest that these peptide macrocycles interact with the membrane to form lipid-peptide aggregates...
November 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163606/transgenic-peanut-arachis-hypogaea-l-overexpressing-mtld-gene-showed-improved-photosynthetic-physio-biochemical-and-yield-parameters-under-soil-moisture-deficit-stress-in-lysimeter-system
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Kirankumar G Patel, Radhakrishnan Thankappan, Gyan P Mishra, Viralkumar B Mandaliya, Abhay Kumar, Jentibhai R Dobaria
Peanut, an important oilseed crop, frequently encounters drought stress (DS) during its life cycle. In this study, four previously developed mtlD transgenic (T) peanut lines were used for detailed characterization under DS, at the reproductive stage using lysimeter system under controlled greenhouse conditions. In dry-down experiments, T lines maintained better photosynthetic machinery, such as, photosynthesis rate, stomatal conductance, transpiration rate, and SPAD (Soil-Plant Analyses Development) values, and had lower oxidative damage, including lipid membrane peroxidation and hydrogen peroxide and superoxide radical accumulation than WT, when exposed to 24 days of DS...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163579/arabidopsis-phosphatidic-acid-phosphohydrolases-are-essential-for-growth-under-nitrogen-depleted-conditions
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Yushi Yoshitake, Ryoichi Sato, Yuka Madoka, Keiko Ikeda, Masato Murakawa, Ko Suruga, Daisuke Sugiura, Ko Noguchi, Hiroyuki Ohta, Mie Shimojima
The Arabidopsis homologs of mammalian lipin, PAH1 and PAH2, are cytosolic phosphatidic acid phosphohydrolases that are involved in phospholipid biosynthesis and are essential for growth under phosphate starvation. Here, pah1 pah2 double-knockout mutants were found to be hypersensitive to nitrogen (N) starvation, whereas transgenic plants overexpressing PAH1 or PAH2 in the pah1 pah2 mutant background showed a similar growth phenotype as compared with wild type (WT) under N starvation. The chlorophyll content of pah1 pah2 was significantly lower than that of WT, whereas the chlorophyll content and photosynthetic activity of the transgenic plants were significantly higher than those of WT under N-depleted conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163385/synergistic-response-of-rifampicin-with-hydroperoxides-on-mycobacterium-a-mechanistic-study
#20
Yesha S Patel, Sarika Mehra
Prolonged chemotherapy as well as rapid development of antimicrobial resistance are two of the major concerns for treatment of mycobacterial infections. To enhance the effectiveness of current drug regimens, search for compounds having synergistic interaction with anti-mycobacterial drugs has become indispensable. Here, we have investigated the intervention by oxidative stress, a major factor in mycobacterial pathogenesis, in combination with rifampicin (RIF), a first-line drug used against Mycobacterium tuberculosis...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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