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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819434/identification-of-transcription-factor-yy1-as-a-regulator-of-a-prostate-cancer-specific-pathway-using-proteomic-analysis
#1
Arum Park, Jiyeong Lee, Sora Mun, Doo Jin Kim, Byung Heun Cha, Kyong Tae Moon, Tag Keun Yoo, Hee-Gyoo Kang
Prostate-specific antigen, a biomarker used to diagnose prostate cancer, exhibits poor sensitivity. Although previous studies have focused on identifying a new diagnostic biomarker, the molecules or networks identified in these studies are also present in other cancers, making it difficult to detect prostate cancer specifically. A unique characteristic of the prostate gland is the increased mitochondrial energy metabolism when normal prostate cells progress to cancer cells. Thus, we attempted to find a prostate cancer-specific signature present in this unique environment...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817256/tailorable-exciton-transport-in-doped-peptide-amphiphile-assemblies
#2
Lee A Solomon, Matthew E Sykes, Yimin A Wu, Richard D Schaller, Gary P Wiederrecht, Harry Christopher Fry
Light-harvesting biomaterials are an attractive target in photovoltaics, photocatalysis, and artificial photosynthesis. Through peptide self-assembly, complex nanostructures can be engineered to study the role of chromophore organization during light absorption and energy transport. To this end, we demonstrate the one-dimensional transport of excitons along naturally occurring, light-harvesting, Zn-protoporphyrin IX chromophores within self-assembled peptide-amphiphile nanofibers. The internal structure of the nanofibers induces packing of the porphyrins into linear chains...
August 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809078/profiling-protein-s-sulfination-with-maleimide-linked-probes
#3
Yu-Hsuan Kuo, Aaron M Konopko, Nicholas B Borotto, Jaimeen D Majmudar, Sarah E Haynes, Brent R Martin
Cysteine residues are susceptible to oxidation to form S-sulfinyl (R-SO2H) and S-sulfonyl (R-SO3H) post-translational modifications. Here we present a simple bioconjugation strategy to label S-sulfinated proteins using reporter-linked maleimides. After alkylation of free thiols with iodoacetamide, S-sulfinated cysteines react with maleimide to form a sulfone Michael adduct that remains stable under acidic conditions. Using this sequential alkylation strategy, we demonstrate differential S-sulfination across mouse tissue homogenates, as well as enhanced S-sulfination following pharmacological induction of ER stress, lipopolysaccharide stimulation, and inhibitors of the electron transport chain...
August 14, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808102/recruitment-of-pre-existing-networks-during-the-evolution-of-c4-photosynthesis
#4
REVIEW
Ivan Reyna-Llorens, Julian M Hibberd
During C4 photosynthesis, CO2 is concentrated around the enzyme RuBisCO. The net effect is to reduce photorespiration while increasing water and nitrogen use efficiencies. Species that use C4 photosynthesis have evolved independently from their C3 ancestors on more than 60 occasions. Along with mimicry and the camera-like eye, the C4 pathway therefore represents a remarkable example of the repeated evolution of a highly complex trait. In this review, we provide evidence that the polyphyletic evolution of C4 photosynthesis is built upon pre-existing metabolic and genetic networks...
September 26, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807773/influence-of-oxidative-stress-on-the-antibacterial-activity-of-betulin-betulinic-acid-and-ursolic-acid
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H O B Oloyede, H O Ajiboye, M O Salawu, T O Ajiboye
Contribution of reactive oxygen species and oxidative stress in the antibacterial activities of betulin, betulinic acid and ursolic acid against Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus was investigated. The minimum inhibitory concentrations of betulin, betulinic acid and ursolic acid against E. coli, P. aeruginosa and S. aureus are 1024-, 256- and 1024-μg/mL; 512-, 256- and 256 μg/mL; 256-, 256- and 64 μg/mL respectively. Cell viability of betulin-, betulinic acid- and ursolic acid-treated bacteria decrease in time dependent manner...
August 11, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807772/streptococcus-agalactiae-impairs-cerebral-bioenergetics-in-experimentally-infected-silver-catfish
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Matheus D Baldissera, Carine F Souza, Belisa S Parmeggiani, Roberto C V Santos, Guilhian Leipnitz, Karen L S Moreira, Maria Izabel U M da Rocha, Marcelo L da Veiga, Bernardo Baldisserotto
It is becoming evident that bacterial infectious diseases affect brain energy metabolism, where alterations of enzymatic complexes of the mitochondrial respiratory chain and creatine kinase (CK) lead to an impairment of cerebral bioenergetics which contribute to disease pathogenesis in the central nervous system (CNS). Based on this evidence, the aim of this study was to evaluate whether alterations in the activity of complex IV of the respiratory chain and CK contribute to impairment of cerebral bioenergetics during Streptococcus agalactiae infection in silver catfish (Rhamdia quelen)...
August 11, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797839/building-a-complex-complex-assembly-of-mitochondrial-respiratory-chain-complex-i
#7
REVIEW
Luke E Formosa, Marris G Dibley, David A Stroud, Michael T Ryan
Mitochondrial complex I is the primary entry point for electrons into the electron transport chain, required for the bulk of cellular ATP production via oxidative phosphorylation. Complex I consists of 45 subunits, which are encoded by both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA. Currently, at least 15 assembly factors are known to be required for the complete maturation of complex I. Mutations in the genes encoding subunits and assembly factors leads to complex I deficiency, which can manifest as mitochondrial disease...
August 7, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795265/the-stress-induced-scp-hlip-family-of-small-light-harvesting-like-proteins-scpabcde-protects-photosystem-ii-from-photoinhibitory-damages-in-the-cyanobacterium-synechocystis-sp-pcc-6803
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Tania Tibiletti, Ateeq Ur Rehman, Imre Vass, Christiane Funk
Small CAB-like proteins (SCPs) are single-helix light-harvesting-like proteins found in all organisms performing oxygenic photosynthesis. We investigated the effect of growth in moderate salt stress on these stress-induced proteins in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 depleted of Photosystem I (PSI), which expresses SCPs constitutively, and compared these cells with a PSI-less/ScpABCDE(-) mutant. SCPs, by stabilizing chlorophyll-binding proteins and Photosystem II (PSII) assembly, protect PSII from photoinhibitory damages, and in their absence electrons accumulate and will lead to ROS formation...
August 9, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794154/both-brown-adipose-tissue-and-skeletal-muscle-thermogenesis-processes-are-activated-during-mild-to-severe-cold-adaptation-in-mice
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Naresh C Bal, Sushant Singh, Felipe C G Reis, Santosh K Maurya, Sunil Pani, Leslie A Rowland, Muthu Periasamy
Thermogenesis is an important homeostatic mechanism, essential for survival and normal physiological functions in mammals. Both brown adipose tissue (BAT) (i.e. uncoupling protein 1 [UCP1]-based) and skeletal muscle (i.e. sarcolipin [SLN]-based) thermogenesis processes play important roles in temperature homeostasis, but their relative contributions differ from small to large mammals. In this study, we investigated the functional interplay between skeletal muscle and BAT-based thermogenesis under mild versus severe cold adaptation employing UCP1-/- and SLN-/- mice...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792751/transformation-of-structure-electrical-conductivity-and-magnetism-in-aa-fe2o6-%C3%AE-a-sr-ca-and-a-sr
#10
Ram Krishna Hona, Ashfia Huq, Suresh Mulmi, Farshid Ramezanipour
The ability to control electrical properties and magnetism by varying the crystal structure using the effect of the A-site cation in oxygen-deficient perovskites has been studied in AA'Fe2O6-δ, where A = Sr, Ca and A' = Sr. The structure of Sr2Fe2O6-δ, synthesized at 1250 °C in air, contains dimeric units of FeO5 square pyramids separated by FeO6 octahedra. Here we show that this ordering scheme can be transformed by changing the A-site cations from Sr to Ca. This leads to a structure where layers of corner-sharing FeO6 octahedra are separated by chains of FeO4 tetrahedra...
August 9, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792470/differential-mechanisms-of-photosynthetic-acclimation-to-light-and-low-temperature-in-arabidopsis-and-the-extremophile-eutrema-salsugineum
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Nityananda Khanal, Geoffrey E Bray, Anna Grisnich, Barbara A Moffatt, Gordon R Gray
Photosynthetic organisms are able to sense energy imbalances brought about by the overexcitation of photosystem II (PSII) through the redox state of the photosynthetic electron transport chain, estimated as the chlorophyll fluorescence parameter 1-qL, also known as PSII excitation pressure. Plants employ a wide array of photoprotective processes that modulate photosynthesis to correct these energy imbalances. Low temperature and light are well established in their ability to modulate PSII excitation pressure...
August 9, 2017: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791446/key-role-of-alternative-oxidase-in-lovastatin-solid-state-fermentation
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Ailed Pérez-Sánchez, Salvador Uribe-Carvajal, Alfredo Cabrera-Orefice, Javier Barrios-González
Lovastatin is a commercially important secondary metabolite produced by Aspergillus terreus, either by solid-state fermentation or by submerged fermentation. In a previous work, we showed that reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation in idiophase positively regulates lovastatin biosynthetic genes. In addition, it has been found that lovastatin-specific production decreases with aeration in solid-state fermentation (SSF). To study this phenomenon, we determined ROS accumulation during lovastatin SSF, under high and low aeration conditions...
August 8, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790927/the-role-of-sulfide-oxidation-impairment-in-the-pathogenesis-of-primary-coq-deficiency
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REVIEW
Catarina M Quinzii, Marta Luna-Sanchez, Marcello Ziosi, Agustin Hidalgo-Gutierrez, Giulio Kleiner, Luis C Lopez
Coenzyme Q (CoQ) is a lipid present in all cell membranes. One of the multiple metabolic functions of CoQ is to transport electrons in the reaction catalyzed by sulfide:quinone oxidoreductase (SQOR), the first enzyme of the oxidation pathway of sulfides (hydrogen sulfide, H2S). Early evidence of a defect in the metabolism of H2S in primary CoQ deficiency came from yeast studies in Schizosaccharomyces pombe strains defective for dps1 and ppt1 (homologs of PDSS1 and COQ2, respectively), which have H2S accumulation...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790886/molecular-bases-of-brain-preconditioning
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Oleg G Deryagin, Svetlana A Gavrilova, Khalil L Gainutdinov, Anna V Golubeva, Vyatcheslav V Andrianov, Guzel G Yafarova, Sergey V Buravkov, Vladimir B Koshelev
Preconditioning of the brain induces tolerance to the damaging effects of ischemia and prevents cell death in ischemic penumbra. The development of this phenomenon is mediated by mitochondrial adenosine triphosphate-sensitive potassium ([Formula: see text]) channels and nitric oxide signaling (NO). The aim of this study was to investigate the dynamics of molecular changes in mitochondria after ischemic preconditioning (IP) and the effect of pharmacological preconditioning (PhP) with the [Formula: see text]-channels opener diazoxide on NO levels after ischemic stroke in rats...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789544/the-low-bias-conducting-mechanism-of-single-molecule-junctions-constructed-with-methylsulfide-linker-groups-and-gold-electrodes
#15
Minglang Wang, Yongfeng Wang, Stefano Sanvito, Shimin Hou
The atomic structure and electronic transport properties of two types of molecular junctions, in which a series of saturated and conjugated molecules are symmetrically connected to gold electrodes through methylsulfide groups, are investigated using the non-equilibrium Green's function formalism combined with density functional theory. Our calculations show that the low-bias junction conductance is determined by the electronic tunneling between the two Au-S donor-acceptor bonds formed at the molecule-electrode interfaces...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780873/control-of-rectification-in-molecular-junctions-contact-effects-and-molecular-signature
#16
Quyen Van Nguyen, Pascal Martin, Denis Frath, Maria Luisa Della Rocca, Frederic Lafolet, Clément Barraud, Philippe Lafarge, Vineetha Mukundan, David James, Richard L McCreery, Jean-Christophe Lacroix
Thin layers of oligomers with thickness between 7 and 9 nm were deposited on flat gold electrode surfaces by electrochemical reduction of diazonium reagents, then a Ti(2 nm)/Au top contact was applied to complete a solid-state molecular junction. The molecular layers investigated included donor molecules with relatively high energy HOMO, molecules with high HOMO-LUMO gaps and acceptor molecules with low energy LUMO and terminal alkyl chain. Using an oligo(bisthienylbenzene) based layer, a molecule whose HOMO energy level in vacuum is close to the fermi level of the gold bottom electrode, the devices exhibit robust and highly reproducible rectification ratios above 1000 at low voltage (2...
August 6, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780297/respiration-disruption-and-detoxification-at-the-protein-expression-levels-in-the-pacific-oyster-crassostrea-gigas-under-zinc-exposure
#17
Jie Meng, Wen-Xiong Wang, Li Li, Guofan Zhang
The Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) can accumulate high levels of zinc (Zn) without obvious toxicity, but the related molecular mechanisms are largely unknown. In the present study, C. gigas were exposed to excess Zn for 9days and the differentially expressed proteins (DEPs) were examined using the isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ) method. In total, 2667 proteins containing at least two peptides and detected in both replicates were used for proteomic analysis. Among these DEPs, 332 were up-regulated and 282 were down-regulated...
July 26, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774815/antioxidant-defense-in-quiescent-cells-determines-selectivity-of-electron-transport-chain-inhibition-induced-cell-death
#18
Jan Blecha, Silvia Magalhaes Novais, Katerina Rohlenova, Eliska Novotna, Sandra Lettlova, Sabine Schmitt, Hans Zischka, Jiri Neuzil, Jakub Rohlena
Mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC) targeting shows a great promise in cancer therapy. It is particularly effective in tumors with high ETC activity where ETC-derived reactive oxygen species (ROS) are efficiently induced. Why modern ETC-targeted compounds are tolerated on the organismal level remains unclear. As most somatic cells are in non-proliferative state, the features associated with the ETC in quiescence could account for some of the specificity observed. Here we report that quiescent cells, despite increased utilization of the ETC and enhanced supercomplex assembly, are less susceptible to cell death induced by ETC disruption when glucose is not limiting...
July 31, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771736/characterization-of-primary-rat-nasal-epithelial-cultures-in-cftr-knockout-rats-as-a-model-for-cf-sinus-disease
#19
Kiranya E Tipirneni, Do-Yeon Cho, Daniel F Skinner, Shaoyan Zhang, Calvin Mackey, Dong-Jin Lim, Bradford A Woodworth
OBJECTIVE: The objectives of the current experiments were to develop and characterize primary rat nasal epithelial cultures and evaluate their usefulness as a model of cystic fibrosis (CF) sinonasal transepithelial transport and CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) function. STUDY DESIGN: Laboratory in vitro and animal studies. METHODS: CFTR(+/+) and CFTR(-/-) rat nasal septal epithelia (RNSE) were cultured on semipermeable supports at an air-liquid interface to confluence and full differentiation...
August 3, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770261/synthesis-and-organogelating-behaviour-of-amino-acid-functionalised-triphenylenes
#20
Jonathan E Meegan, Xiaofei Yang, Ratana Rungsirisakun, Sebastian C Cosgrove, Richard J Bushby, Amin Sadeghpour, Michael Rappolt, Rik Brydson, Richard J Ansell
Four novel amino acid-functionalised triphenylenes have been prepared with glycine, l-alanine, l-phenylalanine and l-tryptophan ethyl ester side-chains. The glycine derivative is a good gelator of chloroform, the alanine derivative gels ethanol and toluene, and the phenylalanine derivative gels benzene and toluene. The tryptophan derivative does not gel any of the solvents tested, most probably due to its more bulky structure, but forms microspheres by evaporation-induced self-assembly. The self-assembly properties of the π-gelators have been investigated using infrared, UV-absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, concentration- and temperature-dependent NMR, and X-ray scattering experiments on dried xerogel as well as the wet organogel...
August 3, 2017: Soft Matter
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