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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806138/lipid-droplets-and-lipotoxicity-during-autophagy
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Truc B Nguyen, James A Olzmann
Lipid droplets (LDs) are neutral lipid storage organelles that provide a rapidly accessible source of fatty acids (FAs) for energy during periods of nutrient deprivation. Surprisingly, lipids released by the macroautophagic/autophagic breakdown of membranous organelles are packaged and stored in new LDs during periods of prolonged starvation. Why cells would store FAs during an energy crisis was unknown. In our recent study, we demonstrated that FAs released during MTORC1-regulated autophagy are selectively channeled by DGAT1 (diacylglycerol O-acyltransferase 1) into triacylglycerol (TAG)-rich LDs...
August 14, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805832/encapsulation-of-flavonoids-in-liposomal-delivery-systems-the-case-of-quercetin-kaempferol-and-luteolin
#2
Meigui Huang, Erzheng Su, Fuping Zheng, Chen Tan
The instability of dietary flavonoids is currently a challenge for their incorporation in functional foods. This study investigated the protective effects of liposome encapsulation on a variety of flavonoids and their interaction mechanisms. It was found that the incorporation of flavonoids into the liposomal membrane was strongly dependent on their structure and loading concentration. Liposomes loading quercetin and luteolin exhibited a relatively small size and homogeneous suspension compared to those loading kaempferol...
August 14, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805811/caveolin-1-dependent-nanoscale-organization-of-the-bcr-regulates-b-cell-tolerance
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Susana Minguet, Kathrin Kläsener, Anna-Maria Schaffer, Gina J Fiala, Teresa Osteso-Ibánez, Katrin Raute, Inmaculada Navarro-Lérida, Frederike A Hartl, Maximilian Seidl, Michael Reth, Miguel A Del Pozo
Caveolin-1 (Cav1) regulates the nanoscale organization and compartmentalization of the plasma membrane. Here we found that Cav1 controlled the distribution of nanoclusters of isotype-specific B cell antigen receptors (BCRs) on the surface of B cells. In mature B cells stimulated with antigen, the immunoglobulin M BCR (IgM-BCR) gained access to lipid domains enriched for GM1 glycolipids, by a process that was dependent on the phosphorylation of Cav1 by the Src family of kinases. Antigen-induced reorganization of nanoclusters of IgM-BCRs and IgD-BCRs regulated BCR signaling in vivo...
August 14, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805387/polymyxin-binding-to-the-bacterial-outer-membrane-reveals-cation-displacement-and-increasing-membrane-curvature-in-susceptible-but-not-in-resistant-lps-chemotypes
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Denys Ewerton da Silva Santos, Laércio Pol-Fachin, Roberto D Lins, Thereza A Soares
Lipid-A is the causative agent of Gram-negative sepsis and responsible for increasingly high mortality rate among hospitalized patients. Compounds that bind Lipid-A can limit this inflammatory process. The cationic antimicrobial peptide polymyxin B (Pmx-B) is one of the simplest molecules capable of selectively bind to Lipid-A, and may serve as a model for further development of Lipid-A binding agents. Gram-negative bacteria resistance to Pmx-B relies on the upregulation of a number of regulatory systems, which promote chemical modifications of the LPS structure, and leads to major changes in the physical-chemical properties of the outer membrane...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805117/fungal-fatal-attraction-a-mechanistic-review-on-targeting-liposomal-amphotericin-b-ambisome-%C3%A2-to-the-fungal-membrane
#5
Linda Soo Hoo
Liposomal amphotericin B (AmBisome(®)) is a lipid-based nanotherapeutic that is used successfully worldwide to treat a broad range of life-threatening invasive fungal infections. In subtropical regions, AmBisome is emerging as the treatment of choice for human parasitic protozoan pathogens such as those from the genus Leishmania. The key to the remarkable efficacy of AmBisome is attributed to its liposome based formulation to deliver a potent drug at high dosage with significantly reduced toxicity in patients with immunocompromised systems...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Liposome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804718/cd36-gene-polymorphisms-are-associated-with-intracerebral-hemorrhage-susceptibility-in-a-han-chinese-population
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Qiu-Wen Gong, Mao-Fan Liao, Liang Liu, Xiao-Yi Xiong, Qin Zhang, Qi Zhong, Kai Zhou, Yuan-Rui Yang, Zhao-You Meng, Chang-Xiong Gong, Rui Xu, Qing-Wu Yang
The CD36 gene encodes a membrane glycoprotein (type B scavenger receptor, SR-B2) that plays a crucial role in lipid sensing, innate immunity, atherogenesis, and glycolipid metabolism. In this study, we aimed to investigate the association between CD36 gene polymorphisms and intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) in a Han Chinese population. We performed genotype and allele analyses for eleven single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of CD36 in a case-controlled study involving 292 ICH patients and 298 control participants...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804520/fast-simulation-of-lipid-vesicle-deformation-using-spherical-harmonic-approximation
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Michael Mikucki, Yongcheng Zhou
Lipid vesicles appear ubiquitously in biological systems. Understanding how the mechanical and intermolecular interactions deform vesicle membranes is a fundamental question in biophysics. In this article we develop a fast algorithm to compute the surface configurations of lipid vesicles by introducing surface harmonic functions to approximate the membrane surface. This parameterization allows an analytical computation of the membrane curvature energy and its gradient for the efficient minimization of the curvature energy using a nonlinear conjugate gradient method...
January 2017: Communications in Computational Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803731/purification-and-characterization-of-the-colicin-a-immunity-protein-in-detergent-micelles
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Ane Metola, Ana M Bouchet, Marian Alonso-Mariño, Tammo Diercks, Lena Mäler, Félix M Goñi, Ana R Viguera
The immunity proteins against pore-forming colicins represent a family of integral membrane proteins that reside in the inner membrane of producing cells. Cai, the colicin A immunity protein, was characterized here in detergent micelles by circular dichroism (CD), size exclusion chromatography, chemical cross-linking, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, cysteine accessibility, and colicin A binding in detergent micelles. Bile-salt derivatives induced extensive protein polymerization that precluded further investigation...
August 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803692/a-janus-faced-im30-ring-involved-in-thylakoid-membrane-fusion-is-assembled-from-im30-tetramers
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Michael Saur, Raoul Hennig, Phoebe Young, Kristiane Rusitzka, Nadja Hellmann, Jennifer Heidrich, Nina Morgner, Jürgen Markl, Dirk Schneider
Biogenesis and dynamics of thylakoid membranes likely involves membrane fusion events. Membrane attachment of the inner membrane-associated protein of 30 kDa (IM30) affects the structure of the lipid bilayer, finally resulting in membrane fusion. Yet, how IM30 triggers membrane fusion is largely unclear. IM30 monomers pre-assemble into stable tetrameric building blocks, which further align to form oligomeric ring structures, and differently sized IM30 rings bind to membranes. Based on a 3D reconstruction of IM30 rings, we locate the IM30 loop 2 region at the bottom of the ring and show intact membrane binding but missing fusogenic activity of loop 2 mutants...
August 2, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802999/primordial-membranes-more-than-simple-container-boundaries
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REVIEW
Martin M Hanczyc, Pierre-Alain Monnard
Cellular membranes, which are self-assembled bilayer structures mainly composed of lipids, proteins and conjugated polysaccharides, are the defining feature of cell physiology. It is likely that the complexity of contemporary cells was preceded by simpler chemical systems or protocells during the various evolutionary stages that led from inanimate to living matter. It is also likely that primitive membranes played a similar role in protocell 'physiology'. The composition of such ancestral membranes has been proposed as mixtures of single hydrocarbon chain amphiphiles, which are simpler versions of modern lipids...
August 10, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802697/the-insertion-of-polybia-mp1-into-phospholipid-monolayers-is-regulated-by-its-anionic-nature-and-phase-state
#11
Dayane S Alvares, Natalia Wilke, João Ruggiero Neto, Maria Laura Fanani
Polybia-MP1 or simply MP1 (IDWKKLLDAAKQIL-NH2) is a peptide with broad-spectrum bactericidal activity and a strong inhibitory effect against cancer cells. The aim of this work was to evaluate the effect of biophysical properties such as membrane texture and film thickness on MP1 interaction with neutral and anionic lipid membranes. For this purpose, we first explored the peptide's surface behavior. MP1 showed high surface activity, adsorbing onto bare air/aqueous interfaces up to higher surface pressures than the collapse pressure of MP1 Langmuir films...
August 9, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802158/lipidation-increases-antiviral-activities-of-coronavirus-fusion-inhibiting-peptides
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Jung-Eun Park, Tom Gallagher
Coronaviruses (CoVs) can cause life-threatening respiratory diseases. Their infectious entry requires viral spike (S) proteins, which attach to cell receptors, undergo proteolytic cleavage, and then refold in a process that catalyzes virus-cell membrane fusion. Fusion-inhibiting peptides bind to S proteins, interfere with refolding, and prevent infection. Here we conjugated fusion-inhibiting peptides to various lipids, expecting this to secure peptides onto cell membranes and thereby increase antiviral potencies...
August 9, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801835/fabrication-of-acyclovir-loaded-flexible-membrane-vesicles-fmvs-evidence-of-preclinical-efficacy-of-antiviral-activity-in-murine-model-of-cutaneous-hsv-1-infection
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Gajanand Sharma, Kanika Thakur, Arvind Setia, Basant Amarji, Mini P Singh, Kaisar Raza, Om Prakash Katare
The present investigation focuses on the development and evaluation of acyclovir-loaded flexible membrane vesicles (ACY-FMVs) and evaluates their targeting potential to localize the drug into skin layers. The drug-loaded FMVs were prepared by thin-film hydration method and characterized for various attributes including micromeritics, entrapment efficiency, vesicle shape, size, and degree of deformability. The values of particle size and zeta potential of the developed carrier system were found to be 453.7 nm and - 11...
August 11, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801789/multimodal-laser-ablation-desorption-imaging-analysis-of-zn-and-mmp-11-in-breast-tissues
#14
Raquel González de Vega, María Luisa Fernández Sanchez, Noemí Eiro, Francisco J Vizoso, Michael Sperling, Uwe Karst, Alfredo Sanz Medel
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a family of zinc-dependent endopeptidases. The main functions of these metalloproteinases are the degradation of the stromal connective tissue and basement membrane components. Recent data from model systems suggest that MMPs are involved in breast cancer (BC) initiation, invasion, and metastasis. Particularly, MMP-11 (stromelysin-3) is expressed in stromal fibroblasts adjacent to epithelial tumor cells, and high levels of this metalloproteinase were associated with tumor progression and poor prognosis of BC...
August 12, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801719/the-phospholipid-composition-of-kangaroo-spermatozoa-verified-by-mass-spectrometric-lipid-analysis
#15
Kathrin M Engel, Jürgen Schiller, Karin Müller, Dirk Dannenberger, Ulrike Jakop
Cryopreservation of kangaroo sperm has not been successful so far, and yet there is no promising cryopreservation protocol for these cells available. However, conservation of gametes is extremely important, particularly in the context of preserving endangered species. As spermatozoa are comprised of different membrane systems, the composition of these membranes might account for difficulties in cryopreservation. Lipids, as the main components, affect the physical properties of biological membranes and play a major role in sperm maturation...
August 11, 2017: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801673/photosensitizer-in-lipid-nanoparticle-a-nano-scaled-approach-to-antibacterial-function
#16
Bishakh Rout, Chi-Hsien Liu, Wei-Chi Wu
Photosensitization-based antimicrobial therapy (PAT) is an alternative therapy aimed at achieving bacterial inactivation. Researchers use various photosensitizers to achieve bacterial inactivation. However, the most widely used approach involves the use of photosensitizers dispersed in aqueous solution, which could limit the effectiveness of photodynamic inactivation. Therefore, the approaches to encapsulate the photosensitizer in appropriate vehicles can enhance the delivery of the photosensitizer. Herein, Toluidine Blue O (TBO) was the photosensitizer, and lipid nanoparticles were used for its encapsulation...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801553/dead-end-complex-lipid-interactions-and-catalytic-mechanism-of-microsomal-glutathione-transferase-1-an-electron-crystallography-and-mutagenesis-investigation
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Qie Kuang, Pasi Purhonen, Johan Ålander, Richard Svensson, Veronika Hoogland, Jens Winerdal, Linda Spahiu, Astrid Ottosson-Wadlund, Caroline Jegerschöld, Ralf Morgenstern, Hans Hebert
Microsomal glutathione transferase 1 (MGST1) is a detoxification enzyme belonging to the Membrane Associated Proteins in Eicosanoid and Glutathione Metabolism (MAPEG) superfamily. Here we have used electron crystallography of two-dimensional crystals in order to determine an atomic model of rat MGST1 in a lipid environment. The model comprises 123 of the 155 amino acid residues, two structured phospholipid molecules, two aliphatic chains and one glutathione (GSH) molecule. The functional unit is a homotrimer centered on the crystallographic three-fold axes of the unit cell...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801460/multiplexed-silicon-photonic-sensor-arrays-enable-facile-characterization-of-coagulation-protein-binding-to-nanodiscs-with-variable-lipid-content
#18
Ellen M Muehl, Joshua M Gajsiewicz, Sara M Medfisch, Zachary S B Wiersma, James H Morrissey, Ryan C Bailey
Interactions of soluble proteins with the cell membrane are critical within the blood coagulation cascade. Of particular interest are the interactions of γ-carboxyglutamic acid-rich (GLA) domain-containing clotting proteins with lipids. Variability among conventional analytical methods presents challenges for comparing clotting protein-lipid interactions. Most previous studies have investigated only a single clotting protein and lipid composition and have yielded widely different binding constants. Herein, we demonstrate that a combination of lipid bilayer Nanodiscs and a multiplexed silicon photonic analysis technology enables high-throughput probing of many protein-lipid interactions among blood-clotting proteins...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801111/luminescence-resonance-energy-transfer-spectroscopy-of-atp-binding-cassette-proteins
#19
REVIEW
Maria E Zoghbi, Guillermo A Altenberg
The ATP-binding cassette (ABC) superfamily includes regulatory and transport proteins. Most human ABC exporters pump substrates out of cells using energy from ATP hydrolysis. Although major advances have been made toward understanding the molecular mechanism of ABC exporters, there are still many issues unresolved. During the last few years, luminescence resonance energy transfer has been used to detect conformational changes in real time, with atomic resolution, in isolated ABC nucleotide binding domains (NBDs) and full-length ABC exporters...
August 8, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801104/n-alcohol-length-governs-shift-in-lo-ld-mixing-temperatures-in-synthetic-and-cell-derived-membranes
#20
Caitlin E Cornell, Nicola L C McCarthy, Kandice R Levental, Ilya Levental, Nicholas J Brooks, Sarah L Keller
A persistent challenge in membrane biophysics has been to quantitatively predict how membrane physical properties change upon addition of new amphiphiles (e.g., lipids, alcohols, peptides, or proteins) in order to assess whether the changes are large enough to plausibly result in biological ramifications. Because of their roles as general anesthetics, n-alcohols are perhaps the best-studied amphiphiles of this class. When n-alcohols are added to model and cell membranes, changes in membrane parameters tend to be modest...
August 9, 2017: Biophysical Journal
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