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Accessory proteins

Gang Li, Mengyu Shen, Shuai Le, Yinling Tan, Ming Li, Xia Zhao, Wei Shen, Yuhui Yang, Jing Wang, Hongbin Zhu, Shu Li, Xiancai Rao, Fuquan Hu, Shuguang Lu
As a third-generation sequencing method, single-molecule real-time (SMRT) technology provides long read length, and it is well suited for re-sequencing projects and de novo assembly. In this study, Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA1 was characterized and re-sequenced using SMRT technology. PA1 was also subjected to genomic, comparative, and pan-genomic analyses. The multi-drug resistant strain PA1 possesses a 6,498,072 bp genome and a sequence type of ST-782. The genome of PA1 was also visualized, and the results revealed the details of general genome annotations, virulence factors, regulatory proteins, secretion system proteins, type II toxin-antitoxin pairs, and genomic islands...
October 20, 2016: Bioscience Reports
Robyn T Rebbeck, Maram M Essawy, Florentin R Nitu, Benjamin D Grant, Gregory D Gillispie, David D Thomas, Donald M Bers, Razvan L Cornea
Using time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), we have developed and validated the first high-throughput screening (HTS) method to discover compounds that modulate an intracellular Ca(2+) channel, the ryanodine receptor (RyR), for therapeutic applications. Intracellular Ca(2+) regulation is critical for striated muscle function, and RyR is a central player. At resting [Ca(2+)], an increased propensity of channel opening due to RyR dysregulation is associated with severe cardiac and skeletal myopathies, diabetes, and neurological disorders...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Screening
Ashis K Basu, Paritosh Pande, Arindam Bose
With the discovery of translesion synthesis DNA polymerases, great strides have been made in the last two decades in understanding the mode of replication of various DNA lesions in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. A database search indicated that approximately 2000 articles on this topic have been published in this period. This includes research involving genetic and structural studies as well as in vitro experiments using purified DNA polymerases and accessory proteins. It is a daunting task to comprehend this exciting and rapidly emerging area of research...
October 19, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Yusuke Matsui, Keisuke Shindo, Kayoko Nagata, Noriyoshi Yoshinaga, Kotaro Shirakawa, Masayuki Kobayashi, Akifumi Takaori-Kondo
HIV type 1 overcomes the host restriction factor apolipoprotein B mRNA editing enzyme, catalytic polypeptide-like 3 (APOBEC3) proteins by organizing an E3 ubiquitin ligase complex together with viral infectivity factor (Vif) and a host transcription cofactor core binding factor β (CBFβ ). CBFβ is essential for Vif to counteract APOBEC3 by enabling the recruitment of cullin 5 to the complex and increasing steady-state level of Vif protein, however, the mechanisms by which CBFβ up-regulates Vif protein remains unclear...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Fei Ling, Dan-Dan He, Wei Wang, Ya-Bin Jin, Hui-Ling Zhang
Background-Sterile alpha motif and histidine aspartate domain containing deoxynucleoside triphosphate triphosphohydrolase 1 (SAMHD1) is one of the novel restriction factors that potently supresses HIV-1 infection in myeloid cells at an early stage in the viral replication cycle. SAMHD1 activity is blocked by the action of viral accessory protein x (Vpx), which targets and recruits SAMHD1 for proteasomal degradation, in the SIVsm/HIV-2 lineage. Objective-The impact of SAMHD1 polymorphisms on viral replication in Chinese-origin rhesus macaques (CR) and cynomolgus macaques of Vietnamese origin (CM) have not been reported until now...
October 18, 2016: Current HIV Research
Katerina Economou, Elena Kotsiliti, Anastassios C Mintzas
The cell-specific expression and intracellular distribution of the small heat protein Hsp27 was investigated in the ovaries and testes of the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (medfly), under both normal and heat shock conditions. For this study, a gfp-hsp27 strain was used to detect the chimeric protein by confocal microscopy. In unstressed ovaries, the protein was expressed throughout egg development in a stage and cell-specific pattern. In germarium, the protein was detected in the cytoplasm of the somatic cells in both unstressed and heat-shocked ovaries...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Insect Physiology
Yancheng Yang, Zhen Hu, Weilong Shang, Qiwen Hu, Junmin Zhu, Jie Yang, Huagang Peng, Xiaopeng Zhang, Hui Liu, Yanguang Cong, Shu Li, Xiaomei Hu, Renjie Zhou, Xiancai Rao
Methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) accounts for ∼40% of staphylococcal infections in China. However, the molecular characterization of MSSA is not well described. In this study, 124 MSSA strains collected in 2013 from a comprehensive teaching hospital in Chongqing, Southwestern China, were subjected to antibiotics susceptibility testing and molecular typing, including multilocus sequence typing, staphylococcal protein A (spa) gene typing, accessory gene regulator (agr) typing, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) typing, Panton-Valentine leukocidin (pvl) gene detection, and antibiotic-resistant gene detection...
October 18, 2016: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
Diego Forni, Rachele Cagliani, Mario Clerici, Manuela Sironi
Human coronaviruses (HCoVs), including SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, are zoonotic pathogens that originated in wild animals. HCoVs have large genomes that encode a fixed array of structural and nonstructural components, as well as a variety of accessory proteins that differ in number and sequence even among closely related CoVs. Thus, in addition to recombination and mutation, HCoV genomes evolve through gene gains and losses. In this review we summarize recent findings on the molecular evolution of HCoV genomes, with special attention to recombination and adaptive events that generated new viral species and contributed to host shifts and to HCoV emergence...
September 30, 2016: Trends in Microbiology
Tamotsu Kanai, Ayako Yasukochi, Jan-Robert Simons, Joseph Walker Scott, Wakao Fukuda, Tadayuki Imanaka, Haruyuki Atomi
The maturation of [NiFe]-hydrogenases requires a number of accessory proteins, which include hydrogenase-specific endopeptidases. The endopeptidases carry out the final cleavage reaction of the C-terminal regions of [NiFe]-hydrogenase large subunit precursors. The hyperthermophilic archaeon Thermococcus kodakarensis harbors two [NiFe]-hydrogenases, a cytoplasmic Hyh and a membrane-bound Mbh, along with two putative hydrogenase-specific endopeptidase genes. In this study, we carried out a genetic examination on the two endopeptidase genes, TK2004 and TK2066...
October 13, 2016: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
Stephen P Dzul, Agostinho G Rocha, Swati Rawat, Ashoka Kandegedara, April Kusowski, Jayashree Pain, Anjaneyulu Murari, Debkumar Pain, Andrew Dancis, Timothy L Stemmler
FeS-clusters are utilized by numerous proteins within several biological pathways that are essential for life. In eukaryotes, the primary FeS-cluster production pathway is the mitochondrial iron-sulfur cluster (ISC) pathway. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, de novo FeS-cluster formation is accomplished through coordinated assembly with the substrates iron and sulfur by the scaffold assembly protein "Isu1". Sulfur for cluster assembly is provided by cysteine desulfurase "Nfs1", a protein that works in union with its accessory protein "Isd11"...
October 14, 2016: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
Aditya Stanam, Katherine N Gibson-Corley, Laurie Love-Homan, Nnamdi Ihejirika, Andrean L Simons
Erlotinib has demonstrated poor clinical response rates for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) to date and the majority of respondents acquire resistance to erlotinib relatively quickly. To elucidate novel pathways involved in erlotinib resistance, we compared the gene expression profiles of erlotinib-resistant (ER) vs. erlotinib-sensitive (ES) HNSCC cell lines. Enrichment analysis of microarray data revealed a deregulation of the IL-1 signaling pathway in ER versus ES-HNSCC cells. Gene expression of interleukin-1 alpha (IL1A) and interleukin-1 beta (IL1B) were significantly upregulated by > 2 fold in ER-SQ20B and ER-CAL 27 cells compared to their respective ES-cells...
October 12, 2016: Oncotarget
M Balasubramanian, H Lord, S Levesque, H Guturu, F Thuriot, G Sillon, A M Wenger, D L Sureka, T Lester, D S Johnson, J Bowen, A R Calhoun, D H Viskochil, G Bejerano, J A Bernstein, D Chitayat
BACKGROUND: In 1993, Chitayat et al., reported a newborn with hyperphalangism, facial anomalies, and bronchomalacia. We identified three additional families with similar findings. Features include bilateral accessory phalanx resulting in shortened index fingers; hallux valgus; distinctive face; respiratory compromise. OBJECTIVES: To identify the genetic aetiology of Chitayat syndrome and identify a unifying cause for this specific form of hyperphalangism. METHODS: Through ongoing collaboration, we had collected patients with strikingly-similar phenotype...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Medical Genetics
Siamak Redhai, Josephine E E U Hellberg, Mark Wainwright, Sumeth W Perera, Felix Castellanos, Benjamin Kroeger, Carina Gandy, Aaron Leiblich, Laura Corrigan, Thomas Hilton, Benjamin Patel, Shih-Jung Fan, Freddie Hamdy, Deborah C I Goberdhan, Clive Wilson
Regulated secretion by glands and neurons involves release of signalling molecules and enzymes selectively concentrated in dense-core granules (DCGs). Although we understand how many secretagogues stimulate DCG release, how DCG biogenesis is then accelerated to replenish the DCG pool remains poorly characterised. Here we demonstrate that each prostate-like secondary cell (SC) in the paired adult Drosophila melanogaster male accessory glands contains approximately ten large DCGs, which are loaded with the Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) ligand Decapentaplegic (Dpp)...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Dariusz M Niedzwiedzki, Christopher Neil Hunter, Robert E Blankenship
Carotenoids are a class of natural pigments present in all phototrophic organisms, mainly in their light-harvesting proteins in which they play roles of accessory light absorbers and photoprotectors. Extensive time-resolved spectroscopic studies of these pigments have revealed unexpectedly complex photophysical properties, particularly for carotenoids in light-harvesting LH2 complexes from purple bacteria. An ambiguous, optically forbidden electronic excited state designated as S* has been postulated to be involved in carotenoid excitation relaxation and in an alternative carotenoid-to-bacteriochlorophyll energy transfer pathway, as well as being a precursor of the carotenoid triplet state...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Manmeet K Mamik, Elizabeth Hui, William G Branton, Brienne A McKenzie, Jesse Chisholm, Eric A Cohen, Christopher Power
Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) enters the brain soon after seroconversion and induces chronic neuroinflammation by infecting and activating brain macrophages. Inflammasomes are cytosolic protein complexes that mediate caspase-1 activation and ensuing cleavage and release of IL-1β and -18 by macrophages. Our group recently showed that HIV-1 infection of human microglia induced inflammasome activation in NLRP3-dependent manner. The HIV-1 viral protein R (Vpr) is an accessory protein that is released from HIV-infected cells, although its effects on neuroinflammation are undefined...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
Zhenping Cao, M Guillermina Casabona, Holger Kneuper, James D Chalmers, Tracy Palmer
The type VII protein secretion system (T7SS) plays a critical role in the virulence of human pathogens including Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Staphylococcus aureus. Here, we report that the S. aureus T7SS secretes a large nuclease toxin, EsaD. The toxic activity of EsaD is neutralized during its biosynthesis through complex formation with an antitoxin, EsaG, which binds to its C-terminal nuclease domain. The secretion of EsaD is dependent on a further accessory protein, EsaE, that does not interact with the nuclease domain, but instead binds to the EsaD N-terminal region...
October 10, 2016: Nature Microbiology
Tando Maduna, Vincent Lelievre
Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) and vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) are neuropeptides with wide, complementary, and overlapping distributions in the central and peripheral nervous systems, where they exert important regulatory roles in many physiological processes. VIP and PACAP display a large range of biological cellular targets and functions in the adult nervous system including regulation of neurotransmission and neuroendocrine secretion and neuroprotective and neuroimmune responses...
December 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Anika Sahr, Carmen Wolke, Jonas Maczewsky, Peter Krippeit-Drews, Anja Tetzner, Gisela Drews, Simone Venz, Sarah Gürtler, Jens van den Brandt, Sabine Berg, Paula Döring, Frank Dombrowski, Thomas Walther, Uwe Lendeckel
The ACE2/angiotensin (Ang)-(1-7)/Mas axis of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) often opposes the detrimental effects of the ACE/AngII/AT1 axis and has been associated with beneficial effects on glucose homeostasis, while underlying mechanisms are mostly unknown. Here, we investigate the effects of Ang-(1-7) and its receptor Mas on β-cell function. Isolated islets from Mas-deficient and wild-type mice were stimulated with Ang-(1-7) or its antagonists and effects on insulin secretion determined. Islets' cytoplasmic calcium and cAMP concentrations, mRNA amounts of Ins1, Ins2, Pdx1, and Mafa, and effects of inhibitors of cAMP downstream signaling were determined...
October 7, 2016: Endocrinology
G Tekes, H-J Thiel
Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) belongs to the few animal virus diseases in which, in the course of a generally harmless persistent infection, a virus acquires a small number of mutations that fundamentally change its pathogenicity, invariably resulting in a fatal outcome. The causative agent of this deadly disease, feline infectious peritonitis virus (FIPV), arises from feline enteric coronavirus (FECV). The review summarizes our current knowledge of the genome and proteome of feline coronaviruses (FCoVs), focusing on the viral surface (spike) protein S and the five accessory proteins...
2016: Advances in Virus Research
K Nakagawa, K G Lokugamage, S Makino
Coronaviruses have large positive-strand RNA genomes that are 5' capped and 3' polyadenylated. The 5'-terminal two-thirds of the genome contain two open reading frames (ORFs), 1a and 1b, that together make up the viral replicase gene and encode two large polyproteins that are processed by viral proteases into 15-16 nonstructural proteins, most of them being involved in viral RNA synthesis. ORFs located in the 3'-terminal one-third of the genome encode structural and accessory proteins and are expressed from a set of 5' leader-containing subgenomic mRNAs that are synthesized by a process called discontinuous transcription...
2016: Advances in Virus Research
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