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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811263/the-role-of-escrt-during-development-and-functioning-of-the-nervous-system
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REVIEW
Rémy Sadoul, Marine H Laporte, Romain Chassefeyre, Yves Goldberg, Christine Chatellard, Fiona J Hemming, Sandrine Fraboulet
The endosomal sorting complex required for transport (ESCRT) is made of subcomplexes (ESCRT I-III), crucial to membrane remodelling at endosomes, nuclear envelope and cell surface. ESCRT-III shapes membranes and in most cases cooperates with the ATPase VPS4 to mediate fission of membrane necks from the inside. The first ESCRT complexes mainly serve to catalyse the formation of ESCRT-III but can be bypassed by accessory proteins like the Alg-2 interacting protein-X (ALIX). In the nervous system, ALIX/ESCRT controls the survival of embryonic neural progenitors and later on the outgrowth and pruning of axons and dendrites, all necessary steps to establish a functional brain...
August 12, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809946/structure-function-analyses-of-metal-binding-sites-of-hypa-reveal-residues-important-for-hydrogenase-maturation-in-helicobacter-pylori
#2
Faith C Blum, Heidi Q Hu, Stephanie L Servetas, Stéphane L Benoit, Robert J Maier, Michael J Maroney, D Scott Merrell
The nickel-containing enzymes of Helicobacter pylori, urease and hydrogenase, are essential for efficient colonization in the human stomach. The insertion of nickel into urease and hydrogenase is mediated by the accessory protein HypA. HypA contains an N-terminal nickel-binding site and a dynamic structural zinc-binding site. The coordination of nickel and zinc within HypA is known to be critical for urease maturation and activity. Herein, we test the hydrogenase activity of a panel of H. pylori mutant strains containing point mutations within the nickel- and zinc-binding sites...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808155/roca-is-an-accessory-protein-to-the-virulence-regulating-covr-s-two-component-system-in-the-group-a-streptococcus
#3
Ira Jain, Eric W Miller, Jessica L Danger, Kathryn J Pflughoeft, Paul Sumby
Regulating gene expression during infection is critical to the ability of pathogens to circumvent the immune response and cause disease. This is true for the group A Streptococcus (GAS), a pathogen that causes both invasive (e.g. necrotizing fasciitis) and non-invasive (e.g. pharyngitis) diseases. The control of virulence (CovR/S) two-component system has a major role in regulating GAS virulence factor expression. The regulator of cov (RocA) protein, which is a predicted kinase, functions in an undetermined manner through CovR/S to alter gene expression and reduce invasive disease virulence...
August 14, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803951/monocytes-inhibit-hepatitis-c-virus-induced-trail-expression-on-cd56-bright-nk-cells
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Dalila Mele, Stefania Mantovani, Barbara Oliviero, Giulia Grossi, Andrea Lombardi, Mario U Mondelli, Stefania Varchetta
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Natural killer (NK) cells play an important role in the pathogenesis of HCV infection. We have previously shown that culture-derived HCV (HCVcc) enhance tumor necrosis-factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) expression on healthy but not on HCV-infected patient-derived NK cells, which was likely dependent on accessory cells. Here we sought mechanistic insights involved in altered TRAIL upregulation in this setting. METHODS: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from controls and HCV-infected patients were exposed to HCVcc...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803141/the-poly-proline-tail-of-sivmac-vpx-provides-gain-of-function-for-resistance-to-a-cryptic-proteasome-dependent-degradation-pathway
#5
Nannan Zhang, Haoran Guo, Jiaxin Yang, Guanchen Liu, Shuang Li, Siying Li, Dongyin Wang, Rui Li, Chang Shu, Hongmei Xu, Zhentong Wei, Honglan Huang, Songling Zhang, Pujun Gao, Shan Cen, Richard Markham, Yongsheng Wang, Xiao-Fang Yu, Wei Wei
The lentiviral accessory protein Vpx is critical for viral infection of myeloid cells and acts by hijacking CRL4(DCAF1) E3 ubiquitin ligase to induce the degradation of the host restriction factor SAMHD1. It has been observed that the sequences from HIV-2 and SIVsmm/SIVmac Vpx contain a poly-proline tail which is distinct from other SIV Vpx proteins. However, the role of this region in Vpx function is controversial. Herein, we found proteasome-dependent degradation of a Vpx mutant lacking the poly-proline tail in the nucleus in a CRL4(DCAF1) E3 ligase-independent fashion...
August 10, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802308/vitreous-amyloidosis-with-autonomic-neuropathy-of-the-digestive-tract-associated-with-a-novel-transthyretin-p-gly87arg-variant-in-a-bangladeshi-patient-a-case-report
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Benjamin Terrier, Magali Colombat, Caroline Beugnet, Astrid Quéant, Jonathan London, Jean-Baptiste Daudin, Claire Le Jeunne, Luc Mouthon, Dominique Monnet, Cécile Cauquil, Catherine Lacroix, David Adams, Antoine Brézin, Sophie Valleix
BACKGROUND: Hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis is an autosomal dominant inherited disorder, first described in families with sensorimotor and autonomic neuropathy. Since its first description, more than 120 amyloidogenic transthyretin mutations have been reported with various geographic distributions and associated with a wide range of phenotypes involving the peripheral nerve, the heart, the gastrointestinal tract, the eyes, the central nervous system, or the kidneys. In some cases of transthyretin amyloidosis, the first clinical manifestation is vitreous opacity...
August 13, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802272/transcriptional-analysis-of-an-ammonium-excreting-strain-of-azotobacter-vinelandii-deregulated-for-nitrogen-fixation
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Brett M Barney, Mary H Plunkett, Velmurugan Natarajan, Florence Mus, Carolann M Knutson, John W Peters
Biological nitrogen fixation is accomplished by a diverse group of organisms known as diazotrophs, and requires the function of the complex metalloenzyme nitrogenase. Nitrogenase and many of the accessory proteins required for proper cofactor biosynthesis and incorporation into the enzyme have been characterized, but a complete picture of the reaction mechanism and key cellular changes that accompany biological nitrogen fixation remain to be fully elucidated. Studies have revealed that specific disruptions to the anti-activator encoding gene nifL result in the deregulation of the nif transcriptional activator NifA in the nitrogen-fixing bacterium Azotobacter vinelandii, triggering the production of extracellular ammonium levels approaching 30 mM during the stationary phase of growth...
August 11, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801534/cgas-is-activated-by-dna-in-a-length-dependent-manner
#8
Stefanie Luecke, Andreas Holleufer, Maria H Christensen, Kasper L Jønsson, Gerardo A Boni, Lambert K Sørensen, Mogens Johannsen, Martin R Jakobsen, Rune Hartmann, Søren R Paludan
Cytosolic DNA stimulates innate immune responses, including type I interferons (IFN), which have antiviral and immunomodulatory activities. Cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) recognizes cytoplasmic DNA and signals via STING to induce IFN production. Despite the importance of DNA in innate immunity, the nature of the DNA that stimulates IFN production is not well described. Using low DNA concentrations, we show that dsDNA induces IFN in a length-dependent manner. This is observed over a wide length-span of DNA, ranging from the minimal stimulatory length to several kilobases, and is fully dependent on cGAS irrespective of DNA length...
August 10, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798075/cytokines-of-the-il-1-family-recognized-targets-in-chronic-inflammation-underrated-in-organ-transplantations
#9
REVIEW
Ilja Striz
Interleukin 1 (IL-1) family is a group of cytokines with multiple local and systemic effects, which regulates both innate and adaptive immune responses. Generally, most IL-1 family cytokines express prevailing pro-inflammatory activities (IL-1α, IL-1β, IL-18, IL-33, IL-36 α, β, γ), whereas others are anti-inflammatory (IL-1Ra (IL-1 receptor antagonist), IL-36Ra, IL-38, IL-37). In addition to their immunomodulatory roles, some of them are also involved in the physiological modulation of homeostatic processes and directly affect mRNA transcription...
September 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793253/non-classical-protein-excretion-is-boosted-by-psm%C3%AE-induced-cell-leakage
#10
Patrick Ebner, Arif Luqman, Sebastian Reichert, Ksenia Hauf, Peter Popella, Karl Forchhammer, Michael Otto, Friedrich Götz
Release of cytoplasmic proteins into the supernatant occurs both in bacteria and eukaryotes. Because the underlying mechanism remains unclear, the excretion of cytoplasmic proteins (ECP) has been referred to as "non-classical protein secretion." We show that none of the known specific protein transport systems of Gram-positive bacteria are involved in ECP. However, the expression of the cationic and amphipathic α-type phenol-soluble modulins (PSMs), particularly of PSMα2, significantly increase ECP, while PSMβ peptides or δ-toxin have no effect on ECP...
August 8, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771515/the-role-of-core-and-accessory-type-iv-pilus-genes-in-natural-transformation-and-twitching-motility-in-the-bacterium-acinetobacter-baylyi
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Colleen G Leong, Rebecca A Bloomfield, Caroline A Boyd, Amber J Dornbusch, Leah Lieber, Flora Liu, Amie Owen, Erin Slay, Kristine M Lang, C Phoebe Lostroh
Here we present an examination of type IV pilus genes associated with competence and twitching in the bacterium Acinetobacter baylyi (strain ADP1, BD413). We used bioinformatics to identify potential competence and twitching genes and their operons. We measured the competence and twitching phenotypes of the bioinformatically-identified genes. These results demonstrate that competence and twitching in A. baylyi both rely upon a core of the same type IV pilus proteins. The core includes the inner membrane assembly platform (PilC), a periplasmic assemblage connecting the inner membrane assembly platform to the secretin (ComM), a secretin (ComQ) and its associated pilotin (PilF) that assists with secretin assembly and localization, both cytoplasmic pilus retraction ATPases (PilU, PilT), and pilins (ComP, ComB, PilX)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768476/pan-genome-and-phylogeny-of-bacillus-cereus-sensu-lato
#12
Adam L Bazinet
BACKGROUND: Bacillus cereus sensu lato (s. l.) is an ecologically diverse bacterial group of medical and agricultural significance. In this study, I use publicly available genomes and novel bioinformatic workflows to characterize the B. cereus s. l. pan-genome and perform the largest phylogenetic and population genetic analyses of this group to date in terms of the number of genes and taxa included. With these fundamental data in hand, I identify genes associated with particular phenotypic traits (i...
August 2, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767641/iswi-chromatin-remodellers-sense-nucleosome-modifications-to-determine-substrate-preference
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Geoffrey P Dann, Glen Liszczak, John D Bagert, Manuel M Müller, Uyen T T Nguyen, Felix Wojcik, Zachary Z Brown, Jeffrey Bos, Tatyana Panchenko, Rasmus Pihl, Samuel B Pollock, Katharine L Diehl, C David Allis, Tom W Muir
ATP-dependent chromatin remodelers regulate access to genetic information by controlling nucleosome positions in vivo(1). However, the mechanism by which remodelers discriminate between different nucleosome substrates is poorly understood. Considering that many chromatin remodeling proteins possess conserved protein domains that interact with nucleosomal features(2), we employed a quantitative high-throughput approach, based on the use of a DNA-barcoded mononucleosome library, to profile the biochemical activity of human ISWI remodelers in response to a diverse set of nucleosome modifications...
August 2, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760339/crystal-structure-of-importin-%C3%AE-3-bound-to-the-nuclear-localization-signal-of-ran-binding-protein-3
#14
Masako Koyama, Yoshiyuki Matsuura
Ran-binding protein 3 (RanBP3) is a primarily nuclear Ran-binding protein that functions as an accessory factor in the Ran GTPase system. RanBP3 associates with Ran-specific nucleotide exchange factor RCC1 and enhances its catalytic activity towards Ran. RanBP3 also promotes CRM1-mediated nuclear export as well as CRM1-independent nuclear export of β-catenin, Smad2, and Smad3. Nuclear import of RanBP3 is dependent on the nuclear import adaptor protein importin-α and, RanBP3 is imported more efficiently by importin-α3 than by other members of the importin-α family...
July 29, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758629/identification-and-characterization-of-a-golgi-retention-signal-in-feline-coronavirus-accessory-protein-7b
#15
Dominik Florek, Rosina Ehmann, Claudia Kristen-Burmann, Tanja Lemmermeyer, Günter Lochnit, John Ziebuhr, Heinz-Jürgen Thiel, Gergely Tekes
Feline coronaviruses encode five accessory proteins with largely elusive functions. Here, one of these proteins, called 7b (206 residues), was investigated using a reverse genetic approach established for feline infectious peritonitis virus (FIPV) strain 79-1146. Recombinant FIPVs (rFPIVs) expressing mutant and/or FLAG-tagged forms of 7b were generated and used to investigate the expression, processing, glycosylation, localization and trafficking of the 7b protein in rFIPV-infected cells, focusing on a previously predicted ER retention signal, KTEL, at the C-terminus of 7b...
July 31, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749073/arranging-eukaryotic-nuclear-dna-polymerases-for-replication-specific-interactions-with-accessory-proteins-arrange-pols-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AF%C2%B5-in-the-replisome-for-leading-strand-and-lagging-strand-dna-replication
#16
REVIEW
Thomas A Kunkel, Peter M J Burgers
Biochemical and cryo-electron microscopy studies have just been published revealing interactions among proteins of the yeast replisome that are important for highly coordinated synthesis of the two DNA strands of the nuclear genome. These studies reveal key interactions important for arranging DNA polymerases α, δ, and ϵ for leading and lagging strand replication. The CMG (Mcm2-7, Cdc45, GINS) helicase is central to this interaction network. These are but the latest examples of elegant studies performed in the recent past that lead to a much better understanding of how the eukaryotic replication fork achieves efficient DNA replication that is accurate enough to prevent diseases yet allows evolution...
August 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747815/identification-of-very-small-open-reading-frames-in-the-genomes-of-holmes-jungle-virus-ord-river-virus-and-wongabel-virus-of-the-genus-hapavirus-family-rhabdoviridae
#17
REVIEW
Aneta Gubala, Susan Walsh, Jane McAllister, Richard Weir, Steven Davis, Lorna Melville, Ian Mitchell, Dieter Bulach, Penny Gauci, Alex Skvortsov, David Boyle
Viruses of the family Rhabdoviridae infect a broad range of hosts from a variety of ecological and geographical niches, including vertebrates, arthropods, and plants. The arthropod-transmitted members of this family display considerable genetic diversity and remarkable genomic flexibility that enable coding for various accessory proteins in different locations of the genome. Here, we describe the genome of Holmes Jungle virus, isolated from Culex annulirostris mosquitoes collected in northern Australia, and make detailed comparisons with the closely related Ord River and Wongabel viruses, with a focus on identifying very small open reading frames (smORFs) in their genomes...
2017: Evolutionary Bioinformatics Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743749/sumoylation-determines-the-voltage-required-to-activate-cardiac-iks-channels
#18
Dazhi Xiong, Tian Li, Hui Dai, Anthony F Arena, Leigh D Plant, Steve A N Goldstein
IKs channels open in response to depolarization of the membrane voltage during the cardiac action potential, passing potassium ions outward to repolarize ventricular myocytes and end each beat. Here, we show that the voltage required to activate IKs channels depends on their covalent modification by small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) proteins. IKs channels are comprised of four KCNQ1 pore-forming subunits, two KCNE1 accessory subunits, and up to four SUMOs, one on Lys424 of each KCNQ1 subunit. Each SUMO shifts the half-maximal activation voltage (V1/2) of IKs ∼ +8 mV, producing a maximal +34-mV shift in neonatal mouse cardiac myocytes or Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells expressing the mouse or human subunits...
July 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742481/the-interplay-between-dna-topology-and-accessory-factors-in-site-specific-recombination-in-bacteria-and-their-bacteriophages
#19
Charles J Dorman, Marina M Bogue
Site-specific recombination is employed widely in bacteria and bacteriophage as a basis for genetic switching events that control phenotypic variation. It plays a vital role in the life cycles of phages and in the replication cycles of chromosomes and plasmids in bacteria. Site-specific recombinases drive these processes using very short segments of identical (or nearly identical) DNA sequences. In some cases, the efficiencies of the recombination reactions are modulated by the topological state of the participating DNA sequences and by the availability of accessory proteins that shape the DNA...
December 1, 2016: Science Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739599/evolutionary-dynamics-of-male-reproductive-genes-in-the-drosophila-virilis-subgroup
#20
Yasir H Ahmed-Braimah, Robert L Unckless, Andrew G Clark
Postcopulatory sexual selection (PCSS) is a potent evolutionary force that can drive rapid changes of reproductive genes within species, and thus has the potential to generate reproductive incompatibilities between species. Male seminal fluid proteins (SFPs) are major players in postmating interactions, and are important targets of PCSS in males. The virilis subgroup of Drosophila exhibits strong interspecific gametic incompatibilities, and can serve as a model to study the genetic basis of PCSS and gametic isolation...
July 24, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
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