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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936205/homologous-recombination-in-protozoan-parasites-and-recombinase-inhibitors
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Andrew A Kelso, Sarah M Waldvogel, Adam J Luthman, Michael G Sehorn
Homologous recombination (HR) is a DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair pathway that utilizes a homologous template to fully repair the damaged DNA. HR is critical to maintain genome stability and to ensure genetic diversity during meiosis. A specialized class of enzymes known as recombinases facilitate the exchange of genetic information between sister chromatids or homologous chromosomes with the help of numerous protein accessory factors. The majority of the HR machinery is highly conserved among eukaryotes...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933128/-effects-of-processing-on-toxic-components-of-pinellia-rhizoma-and-its-detoxification-mechanism
#2
Hai-Jian Yuan, Xiao-Bin Jia, Wen-Jing Yin, Hui Wang, Hong-Juan Wang, Wei Li
Pinellia Rhizoma is one of the most commonly used medicinal herbs in clinic, but its toxicity couldn't be ignored. Processing is a detoxification method before the toxic traditional Chinese medicine were given to the patients, and mainly impacted the amount of relevant components in Chinese medicinal herbs (increase or decrease). Although there were still some disputes about the toxic components in Pinelliae Rhizoma (mainly referring to the alkaloid substances), more literatures reported that needle-like calcium oxalate crystals and lectin protein in Pinelliae Rhizoma were the main toxic components, and had a significant effect on inflammation and irritation caused by Pinellia Rhizoma...
December 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930661/il-1-family-cytokines-use-distinct-molecular-mechanisms-to-signal-through-their-shared-co-receptor
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Sebastian Günther, Daniel Deredge, Amanda L Bowers, Alessandra Luchini, Daniel A Bonsor, Robert Beadenkopf, Lance Liotta, Patrick L Wintrode, Eric J Sundberg
Within the interleukin 1 (IL-1) cytokine family, IL-1 receptor accessory protein (IL-1RAcP) is the co-receptor for eight receptor-cytokine pairs, including those involving cytokines IL-1β and IL-33. Unlike IL-1β, IL-33 does not have a signaling complex that includes both its cognate receptor, ST2, and the shared co-receptor IL-1RAcP, which we now present here. Although the IL-1β and IL-33 complexes shared structural features and engaged identical molecular surfaces of IL-1RAcP, these cytokines had starkly different strategies for co-receptor engagement and signal activation...
September 19, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927993/voltage-gated-sodium-channel-%C3%AE-subunits-the-power-outside-the-pore-in-brain-development-and-disease
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Jacob M Hull, Lori L Isom
Voltage gated sodium channels (VGSCs) were first identified in terms of their role in the upstroke of the action potential. The underlying proteins were later identified as saxitoxin and scorpion toxin receptors consisting of α and β subunits. We now know that VGSCs are heterotrimeric complexes consisting of a single pore forming α subunit joined by two β subunits; a noncovalently linked β1 or β3 and a covalently linked β2 or β4 subunit. VGSC α subunits contain all the machinery necessary for channel cell surface expression, ion conduction, voltage sensing, gating, and inactivation, in one central, polytopic, transmembrane protein...
September 16, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924551/identification-and-characterization-of-loop7-motif-and-its-role-in-regulating-biological-function-of-human-apobec3g-through-molecular-modeling-and-biological-assay
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Congjie Zhai, Ling Ma, Zhixin Zhang, Jiwei Ding, Jing Wang, Yongxin Zhang, Xiaoyu Li, Fei Guo, Liyan Yu, Jinming Zhou, Shan Cen
Human APOBEC3G (hA3G) is a cytidine deaminase which inhibits HIV-1 replication. The HIV-1 accessory protein viral infectivity factor (Vif) counteracts with hA3G by targeting it for proteasomal degradation. In this work, we constructed and optimized molecular models of the hA3G dimer and the hA3G-Vif complex. The molecular modeling study revealed that the loop7 motif of hA3G appears on the interfaces of both the hA3G-Vif complex and the hA3G dimer. Biochemical analysis provided evidence suggesting that binding of Vif to hA3G results in steric blocking of hA3G dimerization, implying that monomeric hA3G serves as a substrate for Vif-mediated degradation...
September 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919175/slow-ampar-synaptic-transmission-is-determined-by-stargazin-and-glutamate-transporters
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Hsin-Wei Lu, Timothy S Balmer, Gabriel E Romero, Laurence O Trussell
AMPARs mediate the briefest synaptic currents in the brain by virtue of their rapid gating kinetics. However, at the mossy fiber-to-unipolar brush cell synapse in the cerebellum, AMPAR-mediated EPSCs last for hundreds of milliseconds, and it has been proposed that this time course reflects slow diffusion from a complex synaptic space. We show that upon release of glutamate, synaptic AMPARs were desensitized by transmitter by >90%. As glutamate levels subsequently fell, recovery of transmission occurred due to the presence of the AMPAR accessory protein stargazin that enhances the AMPAR response to low levels of transmitter...
September 8, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917309/toxic-action-of-acmella-oleracea-extract-on-the-male-reproductive-system-of-amblyomma-cajennense-ticks
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Luís Adriano Anholeto, Patrícia Rosa de Oliveira, Rodney Alexandre Ferreira Rodrigues, Lais Thiemi Yamane, Karina Neoob de Carvalho Castro, Allan Roberto Fernandes Ferreira, Maria Izabel Camargo-Mathias
The present study evaluated through morphohistological and histochemical techniques the effects of different concentrations of crude ethanolic extract of A. oleracea (EEAO) (Jambu) on the male reproductive system of Amblyomma cajennense sensu stricto (s.s.) ticks. The toxicity of this natural chemical was stablished, signalizing the promising potential of the compound as a strategy to control ectoparasites in the near future. For the experiment, 100 males fed on host rabbits with homogeneous weight (p>0...
September 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915040/elucidating-the-interdependence-of-drug-resistance-from-combinations-of-mutations
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Debra A Ragland, Troy W Whitfield, Sook-Kyung Lee, Ronald Swanstrom, Konstantin B Zeldovich, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Celia A Schiffer
HIV-1 protease is responsible for the cleavage of 12 non-homologous sites within the Gag and Gag-Pro-Pol polyproteins in the viral genome. Under the selective pressure of protease inhibition, the virus evolves mutations within (primary) and outside of (secondary) the active site allowing the protease to process substrates while simultaneously countering inhibition. The primary protease mutations impede inhibitor binding directly, while the secondary mutations are considered accessory mutations that compensate for a loss in fitness...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914606/nanoscale-architecture-of-the-schizosaccharomyces-pombe-contractile-ring
#9
Nathan A McDonald, Abigail L Lind, Sarah E Smith, Rong Li, Kathleen Gould
The contractile ring is a complex molecular apparatus important for dividing many eukaryotic cells. Despite knowledge of its composition, the molecular architecture of the ring is not known. Here we applied super-resolution microscopy and FRET to determine the nanoscale spatial organization of Schizosaccharomyces pombe contractile ring components relative to the plasma membrane. As in other membrane-tethered actin structures, contractile ring proteins are stratified relative to the membrane. The lowest layer (0-80 nm) contains membrane-binding scaffolds, formin, and the myosin-II tail...
September 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912695/region-and-cell-specific-expression-of-transmembrane-collagens-in-mouse-brain
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Aboozar Monavarfeshani, Courtney N Knill, Ubadah Sabbagh, Jianmin Su, Michael A Fox
Unconventional collagens are nonfribrillar proteins that not only contribute to the structure of extracellular matrices but exhibit unique bio-activities. Although roles for unconventional collagens have been well-established in the development and function of non-neural tissues, only recently have studies identified roles for these proteins in brain development, and more specifically, in the formation and refinement of synaptic connections between neurons. Still, our understanding of the full cohort of unconventional collagens that are generated in the mammalian brain remains unclear...
2017: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912601/phf7-a-novel-male-gene-influences-female-fecundity-and-population-growth-in-nilaparvata-lugens-st%C3%A3-l-hemiptera-delphacidae
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Lin-Quan Ge, Ting Xia, Bo Huang, Hao-Tian Gu, Qi-Sheng Song, Guo-Qing Yang, Fang Liu, Jin-Cai Wu
PHF7 exhibits male-specific expression in early germ cells, germline stem cells and spermatogonia in insects, and its expression promotes spermatogenesis in germ cells when they are present in a male soma. However, the influence of male-specific PHF7 on female reproductive biology via mating remains unclear. Thus, we investigated the potential impacts of male PHF7, existed in seminal fluid of Nilaparvata lugens (NlPHF7), on fecundity and population growth via mating. Our results revealed that suppressing male NlPHF7 expression by RNAi led to decreases in body weight, soluble accessory gland protein content, arginine content, and reproductive organ development in males, resulting in significant reduction of oviposition periods and fecundity in females, and significant decrease in body weight, fat body and ovarian protein content, yeast-like symbionts abundance, ovarian development and vitellogenin gene expression in their female mating partners...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910086/inter-cluster-redox-coupling-influences-protonation-at-the-h-cluster-in-fefe-hydrogenases
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Patricia Rodríguez-Maciá, Krzysztof Pawlak, Olaf Rüdiger, Edward J Reijerse, Wolfgang Lubitz, James A Birrell
[FeFe] hydrogenases catalyze proton reduction and hydrogen oxidation displaying high rates at low overpotential. Their active site is a complex cofactor consisting of a unique [2Fe] sub-cluster ([2Fe]H) covalently bound to a canonical [4Fe-4S] cluster ([4Fe-4S]H). The [FeFe] hydrogenase from Desulfovibrio desulfuricans is exceptionally active and bidirectional. This enzyme features two accessory [4Fe-4S]F clusters for exchanging electrons with the protein surface. A thorough understanding of the mechanism of this efficient enzyme will facilitate the development of synthetic molecular catalysts for hydrogen conversion...
September 14, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904206/a-disease-associated-frameshift-mutation-in-caveolin-1-disrupts-caveolae-formation-and-function-through-introduction-of-a-de-novo-er-retention-signal
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Courtney A Copeland, Bing Han, Ajit Tiwari, Eric D Austin, James E Loyd, James D West, Anne K Kenworthy
Caveolin-1 (CAV1) is an essential component of caveolae and is implicated in numerous physiological processes. Recent studies have identified heterozygous mutations in the CAV1 gene in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), but the mechanisms by which these mutations impact caveolae assembly and contribute to disease remain unclear. To address this question, we examined the consequences of a familial PAH-associated frameshift mutation in CAV1, P158PfsX22, on caveolae assembly and function. We show that C-terminus of the CAV1 P158 protein contains a functional ER-retention signal that inhibits ER exit and caveolae formation and accelerates CAV1 turnover in Cav1(-/-) MEFs...
September 13, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902444/genomewide-association-studies-of-suicide-attempts-in-us-soldiers
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Murray B Stein, Erin B Ware, Colter Mitchell, Chia-Yen Chen, Susan Borja, Tianxi Cai, Catherine L Dempsey, Carol S Fullerton, Joel Gelernter, Steven G Heeringa, Sonia Jain, Ronald C Kessler, James A Naifeh, Matthew K Nock, Stephan Ripke, Xiaoying Sun, Jean C Beckham, Nathan A Kimbrel, Robert J Ursano, Jordan W Smoller
Suicide is a global public health problem with particular resonance for the US military. Genetic risk factors for suicidality are of interest as indicators of susceptibility and potential targets for intervention. We utilized population-based nonclinical cohorts of US military personnel (discovery: N = 473 cases and N = 9778 control subjects; replication: N = 135 cases and N = 6879 control subjects) and a clinical case-control sample of recent suicide attempters (N = 51 cases and N = 112 control subjects) to conduct GWAS of suicide attempts (SA)...
September 13, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894250/identification-of-endoxylanase-xyne-from-clostridium-thermocellum-as-the-first-xylanase-of-glycoside-hydrolase-family-gh141
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Simon Heinze, Matthias Mechelke, Petra Kornberger, Wolfgang Liebl, Wolfgang H Schwarz, Vladimir V Zverlov
Enzymes that cleave polysaccharides in lignocellulose, i. e., cellulases, xylanases, and accessory enzymes, play crucial roles in the natural decomposition of plant-derived biomass and its efficient and sustainable processing into biofuels or other bulk chemicals. The analysis of open reading frame cthe_2195 from the thermophilic, cellulolytic anaerobe Clostridium thermocellum (also known as 'Ruminiclostridium thermocellum') suggested that it encoded a cellulosomal protein comprising a dockerin-I module, a carbohydrate-binding module, and a module of previously unknown function...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893294/hiv-i-nef-inhibitors-a-novel-class-of-hiv-specific-immune-adjuvants-in-support-of-a-cure
#16
REVIEW
Gregory A Dekaban, Jimmy D Dikeakos
The success of many current vaccines relies on a formulation that incorporates an immune activating adjuvant. This will hold true for the design of a successful therapeutic HIV vaccine targeted at controlling reactivated virus following cessation of combined antiretroviral therapy (cART). The HIV accessory protein Nef functions by interfering with HIV antigen presentation through the major histocompatibility complex I (MHC-I) pathway thereby suppressing CD8(+) cytotoxic T cell (CTL)-mediated killing of HIV infected cells...
September 12, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888694/analyzing-the-effects-of-co-expression-of-chick-gallus-gallus-melanocortin-receptors-with-either-chick-mrap1-or-mrap2-in-cho-cells-on-sensitivity-to-acth-1-24-or-acth-1-13-nh2-implications-for-the-avian-hpa-axis-and-avian-melanocortin-circuits-in-the-hypothalamus
#17
Alexa L Thomas, Fumihiko Maekawa, Takaharu Kawashima, Hirotaka Sakamoto, Tatsuya Sakamoto, Perry Davis, Robert M Dores
In order to better understand the roles that melanocortin receptors (cMCRs) and melanocortin-2 receptor accessory proteins (cMRAP1 and cMRAP2) play in the HPA axis and hypothalamus, adrenal gland and hypothalamus mRNA from 1day-old white leghorn chicks (Gallus gallus), were analyzed by real-time PCR. mRNA was also made for kidney, ovary, and liver. Mrap1 mRNA could be detected in adrenal tissue, but not in any of the other tissues, and mrap2 mRNA was also detected in the adrenal gland. Finally, all five melanocortin receptors mRNAs could be detected in the adrenal gland; mc2r and mc5r mRNAs were the most abundant...
September 6, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887593/v-snare-function-in-chromaffin-cells
#18
REVIEW
Madhurima Dhara, Ralf Mohrmann, Dieter Bruns
Vesicle fusion is elementary for intracellular trafficking and release of signal molecules, thus providing the basis for diverse forms of intercellular communication like hormonal regulation or synaptic transmission. A detailed characterization of the mechanisms underlying exocytosis is key to understand how the nervous system integrates information and generates appropriate responses to stimuli. The machinery for vesicular release employs common molecular players in different model systems including neuronal and neuroendocrine cells, in particular members of the SNARE (soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptors) protein family, Sec1/Munc18-like proteins, and other accessory factors...
September 8, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881136/coordination-and-substitution-of-dna-polymerases-in-response-to-genomic-obstacles
#19
Michael A Trakselis, Matthew T Cranford, Aurea M Chu
The ability for DNA polymerases (Pols) to overcome a variety of obstacles in its path to maintain genomic stability during replication is a complex endeavor. It requires the coordination of multiple Pols with differing specificities through molecular control and access to the replisome. Although a number of contacts directly between Pols and accessory proteins have been identified, forming the basis of a variety of holoenzyme complexes, the dynamics of Pol active site substitutions remain uncharacterized. Substitutions can occur externally by recruiting new Pols to replisome complexes through an "exchange" of enzyme binding or internally through a "switch" in the engagement of DNA from preformed associated enzymes contained within supraholoenzyme complexes...
September 22, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878750/identification-of-the-tolfenamic-acid-binding-pocket-in-prbp-from-liberibacter-asiaticus
#20
Lei Pan, Christopher L Gardner, Fernando A Pagliai, Claudio F Gonzalez, Graciela L Lorca
In Liberibacter asiaticus, PrbP is an important transcriptional accessory protein that was found to regulate gene expression through interactions with the RNA polymerase β-subunit and a specific sequence on the promoter region. It was found that inactivation of PrbP, using the inhibitor tolfenamic acid, resulted in a significant decrease in the overall transcriptional activity of L. asiaticus, and the suppression of L. asiaticus infection in HLB symptomatic citrus seedlings. The molecular interactions between PrbP and tolfenamic acid, however, were yet to be elucidated...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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