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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934608/chemical-free-fabrication-of-n-p-dual-doped-honeycomb-like-carbon-as-an-efficient-electrocatalyst-for-oxygen-reduction
#1
Lianwen Zhu, Jun Wu, Qiao Zhang, Xiangkui Li, Yiming Li, Xuebo Cao
Heteroatom-doped nanoporous carbons are now emerging as alternatives to platinum and its alloys as electrocatalysts to facilitate oxygen reduction reaction in metal-air batteries and fuel cells. However, the synthesis of nanoporous carbons usually involve in complicated procedures and intensive chemicals, which may dramatically raise their manufacture cost that even surpasses that of precious platinum. Herein, we demonstrate the single-step, chemical-free fabrication of N, P dualdoped honeycomb carbon that has hierarchically porous structure and oxygen electrocatalysis activity close to the benchmark Pt/C...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934499/co-produced-natural-ketolides-methymycin-and-pikromycin-inhibit-bacterial-growth-by-preventing-synthesis-of-a-limited-number-of-proteins
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Mashal M Almutairi, Maxim S Svetlov, Douglas A Hansen, Nelli F Khabibullina, Dorota Klepacki, Han-Young Kang, David H Sherman, Nora Vázquez-Laslop, Yury S Polikanov, Alexander S Mankin
Antibiotics methymycin (MTM) and pikromycin (PKM), co-produced by Streptomyces venezuelae, represent minimalist macrolide protein synthesis inhibitors. Unlike other macrolides, which carry several side chains, a single desosamine sugar is attached to the macrolactone ring of MTM and PKM. In addition, the macrolactone scaffold of MTM is smaller than in other macrolides. The unusual structure of MTM and PKM and their simultaneous secretion by S. venezuelae bring about the possibility that two compounds would bind to distinct ribosomal sites...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934368/a-single-danio-rerio-hars-gene-encodes-both-cytoplasmic-and-mitochondrial-histidyl-trna-synthetases
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Ashley L Waldron, Sara Helms Cahan, Christopher S Franklyn, Alicia M Ebert
Histidyl tRNA Synthetase (HARS) is a member of the aminoacyl tRNA synthetase (ARS) family of enzymes. This family of 20 enzymes is responsible for attaching specific amino acids to their cognate tRNA molecules, a critical step in protein synthesis. However, recent work highlighting a growing number of associations between ARS genes and diverse human diseases raises the possibility of new and unexpected functions in this ancient enzyme family. For example, mutations in HARS have been linked to two different neurological disorders, Usher Syndrome Type IIIB and Charcot Marie Tooth peripheral neuropathy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933821/compartmentalized-assembly-of-motor-protein-reconstituted-on-protocell-membrane-toward-highly-efficient-photophosphorylation
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Youqian Xu, Jinbo Fei, Guangle Li, Tingting Yuan, Junbai Li
Molecule assembly and functionalization of protocells have achieved a great success. However, the yield efficiency of photophosphorylation in the present cell-like systems is limited. Herein, inspired by natural photobacteria, we construct a protocell membrane reconstituting motor protein for highly-efficient light-mediated adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthesis through layer-by-layer technique. The assembled membrane, compartmentally integrating photoacid generator, proton conductor and ATP synthase, possesses excellent transparence, fast proton production and quick proton transportation...
September 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933767/hemin-improves-insulin-sensitivity-and-lipid-metabolism-in-cultured-hepatocytes-and-mice-fed-a-high-fat-diet
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Yi Luan, Fang Zhang, Yalan Cheng, Jun Liu, Rui Huang, Menghong Yan, Yuangao Wang, Zhishui He, Hejin Lai, Hui Wang, Hao Ying, Feifan Guo, Qiwei Zhai
Hemin is a breakdown product of hemoglobin. It has been reported that the injection of hemin improves lipid metabolism and insulin sensitivity in various genetic models. However, the effect of hemin supplementation in food on lipid metabolism and insulin sensitivity is still unclear, and whether hemin directly affects cellular insulin sensitivity is yet to be elucidated. Here we show that hemin enhances insulin-induced phosphorylation of insulin receptors, Akt, Gsk3β, FoxO1 and cytoplasmic translocation of FoxO1 in cultured primary hepatocytes under insulin-resistant conditions...
July 26, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933694/ubiquilin1-promotes-antigen-receptor-mediated-proliferation-by-eliminating-mislocalized-mitochondrial-proteins
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Alexandra M Whiteley, Miguel A Prado, Ivan Peng, Alexander R Abbas, Benjamin Haley, Joao A Paulo, Mike Reichelt, Anand Katakam, Meredith Sagolla, Zora Modrusan, Dong Yun Lee, Merone Roose-Girma, Donald S Kirkpatrick, Brent S McKenzie, Steven P Gygi, Daniel Finley, Eric J Brown
Ubiquilins (Ubqlns) are a family of ubiquitin receptors that promote the delivery of hydrophobic and aggregated ubiquitinated proteins to the proteasome for degradation. We carried out a proteomic analysis of a B cell lymphoma-derived cell line, BJAB, that requires UBQLN1 for survival to identify UBQLN1 client proteins. When UBQLN1 expression was acutely inhibited, 120 mitochondrial proteins were enriched in the cytoplasm, suggesting that the accumulation of mitochondrial client proteins in the absence of UBQLN1 is cytostatic...
September 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932911/a-review-of-the-relationship-between-the-gut-microbiota-and-amino-acid-metabolism
#7
REVIEW
Rui Lin, Wentian Liu, Meiyu Piao, Hong Zhu
New evidence has emerged in recent years to suggest a strong link between the human gut microbiota, its metabolites, and various physiological aspects of hosts along with important pathophysiological dimensions of diseases. The research indicates that the gut microbiota can facilitate metabolite production in two ways: first, the resident species of the gut microbiota use the amino acids produced from food or the host as elements for protein synthesis, and second, conversion or fermentation are used to drive nutrient metabolism...
September 20, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932884/facile-and-easily-popularized-synthesis-of-l-cysteine-functionalized-magnetic-nanoparticles-based-on-one-step-functionalization-for-highly-efficient-enrichment-of-glycopeptides
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Xiaoyan Feng, Chunhui Deng, Mingxia Gao, Xiangmin Zhang
Protein glycosylation is one of the most important post-translational modifications. Also, efficient enrichment and separation of glycopeptides from complex samples are crucial for the thorough analysis of glycosylation. Developing novel hydrophilic materials with facile and easily popularized synthesis is an urgent need in large-scale glycoproteomics research. Herein, for the first time, a one-step functionalization strategy based on metal-organic coordination was proposed and Fe3O4 nanoparticles were directly functionalized with zwitterionic hydrophilic L-cysteine (L-Cys), greatly simplifying the synthetic procedure...
September 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932871/crystal-structures-of-eukaryote-glycosyltransferases-reveal-biologically-relevant-enzyme-homooligomers
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REVIEW
Deborah Harrus, Sakari Kellokumpu, Tuomo Glumoff
Glycosyltransferases (GTases) transfer sugar moieties to proteins, lipids or existing glycan or polysaccharide molecules. GTases form an important group of enzymes in the Golgi, where the synthesis and modification of glycoproteins and glycolipids take place. Golgi GTases are almost invariably type II integral membrane proteins, with the C-terminal globular catalytic domain residing in the Golgi lumen. The enzymes themselves are divided into 103 families based on their sequence homology. There is an abundance of published crystal structures of GTase catalytic domains deposited in the Protein Data Bank (PDB)...
September 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932199/bacillus-a-biological-tool-for-crop-improvement-through-bio-molecular-changes-in-adverse-environments
#10
REVIEW
Ramalingam Radhakrishnan, Abeer Hashem, Elsayed F Abd Allah
Crop productivity is affected by environmental and genetic factors. Microbes that are beneficial to plants are used to enhance the crop yield and are alternatives to chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Pseudomonas and Bacillus species are the predominant plant growth-promoting bacteria. The spore-forming ability of Bacillus is distinguished from that of Pseudomonas. Members of this genus also survive for a long time under unfavorable environmental conditions. Bacillus spp. secrete several metabolites that trigger plant growth and prevent pathogen infection...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932107/bioinformatics-study-of-m-9053g-a-mutation-at-the-atp6-gene-in-relation-to-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-and-cataract-diseases
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Iman Permana Maksum, Sandy Risfi Saputra, Nenden Indrayati, Muhammad Yusuf, Toto Subroto
The mitochondrial disease often associated with various illnesses in relation to the activity of cells metabolites and the synthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), including alteration in the mitochondrial DNA. The mutation of m.9053G>A at the ATP6 gene was found in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM type 2) and cataract. Therefore, this mutation is predicted to be clinical features of the 2 diseases. ATP6 gene encodes protein subunit of ATPase6, a part of ATP synthase, which is important in the electron transfer and proton translocation in intracellular respiration system...
2017: Bioinformatics and Biology Insights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931940/brd4-regulates-adiponectin-gene-induction-by-recruiting-the-p-tefb-complex-to-the-transcribed-region-of-the-gene
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Naoko Sakurai, Yuko Inamochi, Takuya Inoue, Natsuyo Hariya, Musashi Kawamura, Masami Yamada, Anup Dey, Akira Nishiyama, Takeo Kubota, Keiko Ozato, Toshinao Goda, Kazuki Mochizuki
We previously reported that induction of the adipocyte-specific gene adiponectin (Adipoq) during 3T3-L1 adipocyte differentiation is closely associated with epigenetic memory histone H3 acetylation on the transcribed region of the gene. We used 3T3-L1 adipocytes and Brd4 heterozygous mice to investigate whether the induction of Adipoq during adipocyte differentiation is regulated by histone acetylation and the binding protein bromodomain containing 4 (BRD4) on the transcribed region. Depletion of BRD4 by shRNA and inhibition by (+)-JQ1, an inhibitor of BET family proteins including BRD4, reduced Adipoq expression and lipid droplet accumulation in 3T3-L1 adipocytes...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931913/cell-free-synthesis-of-functional-antibodies-using-a-coupled-in-vitro-transcription-translation-system-based-on-cho-cell-lysates
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M Stech, O Nikolaeva, L Thoring, W F M Stöcklein, D A Wüstenhagen, M Hust, S Dübel, S Kubick
Antibodies are indispensable tools for basic research as well as diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Consequently, the development of alternative manufacturing strategies which circumvent the hurdles connected to conventional antibody production technologies is of enormous interest. To address this issue, we demonstrate the synthesis of complex antibody formats, in particular immunoglobulin G (IgG) and single-chain variable fragment Fc fusion (scFv-Fc), in a microsome-containing cell-free system based on translationally active chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell lysates...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931864/lymphoblastoid-cell-lines-from-diamond-blackfan-anaemia-patients-exhibit-a-full-ribosomal-stress-phenotype-that-is-rescued-by-gene-therapy
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Anna Aspesi, Valentina Monteleone, Marta Betti, Chiara Actis, Giulia Morleo, Marika Sculco, Simonetta Guarrera, Marcin W Wlodarski, Ugo Ramenghi, Claudio Santoro, Steven R Ellis, Fabrizio Loreni, Antonia Follenzi, Irma Dianzani
Diamond Blackfan anaemia (DBA) is a congenital bone marrow failure syndrome characterised by selective red cell hypoplasia. DBA is most often due to heterozygous mutations in ribosomal protein (RP) genes that lead to defects in ribosome biogenesis and function and result in ribosomal stress and p53 activation. The molecular mechanisms underlying this pathology are still poorly understood and studies on patient erythroid cells are hampered by their paucity. Here we report that RP-mutated lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) established from DBA patients show defective rRNA processing and ribosomal stress features such as reduced proliferation, decreased protein synthesis, and activation of p53 and its target p21...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931599/mrpl35-a-mitospecific-component-of-mitoribosomes-plays-a-key-role-in-cytochrome-c-oxidase-assembly
#15
Jodie M Box, Jasvinder Kaur, Rosemary A Stuart
Mitoribosomes perform the synthesis of the core components of the oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system encoded by the mitochondrial genome. We provide evidence that MrpL35 (mL38), a mitospecific component of the yeast mitoribosomal central protuberance, assembles into a subcomplex with MrpL7 (uL5), Mrp7 (bL27) and MrpL36 (bL31) and mitospecific proteins MrpL17 (mL46) and MrpL28 (mL40). We isolated respiratory defective mrpL35 mutant yeast strains, which do not display an overall inhibition in mitochondrial protein synthesis, but rather have a problem in cytochrome c oxidase complex (COX) assembly...
September 20, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931545/regulation-of-genes-related-to-cholesterol-metabolism-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-fed-plant-based-diet
#16
Tengfei Zhu, Genevieve Corraze, Elisabeth Plagnes-Juan, Edwige Quillet, Mathilde Dupont-Nivet, Sandrine Skiba-Cassy
Compared to fishmeal and fish oil, plant ingredients differ not only in the protein content, amino acid and fatty acid profiles but are also devoid of cholesterol, the major component of cell membrane and precursor of several bioactive compounds. Based on these nutritional characteristics, plant-based diets can affect fish physiology and cholesterol metabolism. In order to investigate the mechanisms underlying cholesterol homeostasis, rainbow trout were fed from 1g body weight during six months with a totally plant-based diet (V), a marine diet (M) and a marine restricted diet (MR) with feed intake adjusted to that of the V group...
September 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931470/free-light-chains-eclectic-multipurpose-biomarker
#17
REVIEW
Umberto Basile, Francesca Gulli, Laura Gragnani, Cecilia Napodano, Krizia Pocino, Gian Ludovico Rapaccini, Michele Mussap, Anna Linda Zignego
The production of antibodies is accompanied by a slight excess of synthesis of κ and λ immunoglobulin light chains; small amounts of them are released in the peripheral blood and can also be found in various body fluids, such as synovial fluid, cerebrospinal fluid, urine and saliva. They are rapidly filtered by the glomerulus and >99% are reabsorbed from the cells of the proximal convoluted tubule, making them present in the urine in only trace amounts. The production of an excess of protein without a reason or a specific function in a biological system is rare...
September 17, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931412/molecular-characterization-of-the-duck-enteritis-virus-us10-protein
#18
Daixi Zhang, Maoyin Lai, Anchun Cheng, Mingshu Wang, Ying Wu, Qiao Yang, Mafeng Liu, Dekang Zhu, Renyong Jia, Shun Chen, Kunfeng Sun, Xinxin Zhao, Xiaoyue Chen
BACKGROUND: There is little information regarding the duck enteritis virus (DEV) US10 gene and its molecular characterization. METHODS: Duck enteritis virus US10 was amplified and cloned into the recombinant vector pET32a(+). The recombinant US10 protein was expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 cells and used to immunize rabbits for the preparation of polyclonal antibodies. The harvested rabbit antiserum against DEV US10 was detected and analyzed by agar immunodiffusion...
September 20, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931396/il-4-induced-caveolin-1-containing-lipid-rafts-aggregation-contributes-to-muc5ac-synthesis-in-bronchial-epithelial-cells
#19
Yu Xia, Peng-Cheng Cai, Fan Yu, Liang Xiong, Xin-Liang He, Shan-Shan Rao, Feng Chen, Xiang-Ping Yang, Wan-Li Ma, Hong Ye
BACKGROUND: Mucus overproduction is an important feature of asthma. Interleukin (IL)-4 is required for allergen-induced airway inflammation and mucus production. MUC5AC gene expression is regulated by transcript factors NF-κB. The intracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i) signal is required for activation of NF-κB. The transient receptor potential canonical 1 (TRPC1) channel has been shown to contribute for agonist-stimulated Ca(2+) influx in some types of cells. However, the relationships among IL-4, TRPC1 and mucus overproduction in bronchial epithelial cells (BECs) in asthma are poorly understood...
September 20, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931380/leaves-play-a-central-role-in-the-adaptation-of-nitrogen-and-sulfur-metabolism-to-ammonium-nutrition-in-oilseed-rape-brassica-napus
#20
Inmaculada Coleto, Marlon de la Peña, Jon Rodríguez-Escalante, Iraide Bejarano, Gaëtan Glauser, Pedro M Aparicio-Tejo, M Begoña González-Moro, Daniel Marino
BACKGROUND: The coordination between nitrogen (N) and sulfur (S) assimilation is required to suitably provide plants with organic compounds essential for their development and growth. The N source induces the adaptation of many metabolic processes in plants; however, there is scarce information about the influence that it may exert on the functioning of S metabolism. The aim of this work was to provide an overview of N and S metabolism in oilseed rape (Brassica napus) when exposed to different N sources...
September 20, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
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