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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458009/the-lim-only-protein-fhl2-supports-influenza-a-virus-induced-lung-inflammation-by-restricting-the-host-adaptive-immune-response
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Dörthe Masemann, Rafael Leite Dantas, Siarhei Sitnik, Tanja Schied, Carolin Nordhoff, Stephan Ludwig, Viktor Wixler
FHL2 is a multifunctional adaptor protein with fine-tuning adjustment properties. It acts as a regulator of signaling cascades but also as a cofactor of transcription and controls several anti-inflammatory immune responses. Recently, we described FHL2 as a novel regulator of influenza A virus propagation. We have shown that in vitro FHL2 restricts viral replication by accelerating the IRF-3-dependent transcription of the Ifnb1 gene. In this work, we unraveled an ambiguous role of FHL2 during influenza A virus infection in vivo...
February 16, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456874/a-novel-approach-to-data-collection-for-difficult-structures-data-management-for-large-numbers-of-crystals-with-the-blend-software
#2
Anastasia Mylona, Stephen Carr, Pierre Aller, Isabel Moraes, Richard Treisman, Gwyndaf Evans, James Foadi
The present article describes how to use the computer program BLEND to help assemble complete datasets for the solution of macromolecular structures, starting from partial or complete datasets, derived from data collection from multiple crystals. The program is demonstrated on more than two hundred X-ray diffraction datasets obtained from 50 crystals of a complex formed between the SRF transcription factor, its cognate DNA, and a peptide from the SRF cofactor MRTF-A. This structure is currently in the process of being fully solved...
August 4, 2017: Crystals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455419/further-aspects-of-toxoplasma-gondii-elimination-in-the-presence-of-metals
#3
Laís Pessanha de Carvalho, Edésio José Tenório de Melo
Toxoplasma gondii, the etiological agent of toxoplasmosis, infects nucleated cells and then resides and multiplies within a parasitophorous vacuole. For this purpose, the parasite secretes many virulence factors for the purpose of invading and subverting the host microbicidal defenses in order to facilitate its survival in the intracellular milieu. Essential metals are structural components of proteins and enzymes or cofactors of enzymatic reactions responsible for these parasitic survival mechanisms. However, an excess of non-essential or essential metals can lead to parasite death...
February 18, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454221/-13-c-phenylalanine-breath-test-and-serum-biopterin-in-schizophrenia-bipolar-disorder-and-major-depressive-disorder
#4
Toshiya Teraishi, Masahiro Kajiwara, Hiroaki Hori, Daimei Sasayama, Shinsuke Hidese, Junko Matsuo, Ikki Ishida, Yasuhiro Kajiwara, Yuji Ozeki, Miho Ota, Kotaro Hattori, Teruhiko Higuchi, Hiroshi Kunugi
Phenylalanine is required for the synthesis of the neurotransmitters dopamine, noradrenaline, and adrenaline. The rate-limiting step for phenylalanine metabolism is catalyzed by phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) and its cofactor tetrahydrobiopterin. We aimed to detect altered phenylalanine metabolism in major psychiatric disorders using the l-[1-13 C]phenylalanine breath test (13 C-PBT) and serum biopterin levels. We also investigated association of PAH mutations with schizophrenia and phenylalanine metabolism...
February 3, 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454149/study-of-manganese-binding-to-the-ferroxidase-centre-of-human-h-type-ferritin
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Matteo Ardini, Barry D Howes, Annarita Fiorillo, Elisabetta Falvo, Silvia Sottini, Donella Rovai, Marco Lantieri, Andrea Ilari, Dante Gatteschi, Gabriele Spina, Emilia Chiancone, Simonetta Stefanini, Maria Fittipaldi
Ferritins are ubiquitous and conserved proteins endowed with enzymatic ferroxidase activity, that oxidize Fe(II) ions at the dimetal ferroxidase centre to form a mineralized Fe(III) oxide core deposited within the apo-protein shell. Herein, the in vitro formation of a heterodimetal cofactor constituted by Fe and Mn ions has been investigated in human H ferritin (hHFt). Namely, Mn and Fe binding at the hHFt ferroxidase centre and its effects on Fe(II) oxidation have been investigated by UV-Vis ferroxidation kinetics, fluorimetric titrations, multifrequency EPR, and preliminary Mössbauer spectroscopy...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454044/the-expression-patterns-of-vestigial-like-family-member-4-genes-in-zebrafish-embryogenesis
#6
Chang Xue, Hai Hong Wang, Jun Zhu, Jun Zhou
Transcriptional cofactor Vestigial-like 4 (VGLL4) was considered to take part in the early stage of development. Different from human, three paralogs of vgll4 were found in zebrafish, which were vgll4a, vgll4b and vgll4l. However, the expression patterns of the three paralogs during zebrafish development remains unknown. In this study, we used in situ hybridization to elucidate the temporal and spatial expression of zebrafish vgll4 paralogs during normal embryonic and larval development. Similar expression was shown in certain areas at similar stages for the three paralogs...
February 14, 2018: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453450/insights-into-the-inhibitory-mechanisms-of-nadh-on-the-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-heterodimer-of-human-nad-dependent-isocitrate-dehydrogenase
#7
Yabing Liu, Lejia Hu, Tengfei Ma, Jun Yang, Jianping Ding
Human NAD-dependent isocitrate dehydrogenase (NAD-IDH) catalyzes the oxidative decarboxylation of isocitrate in the citric acid cycle. In the α 2 βγ heterotetramer of NAD-IDH, the γ subunit plays the regulatory role and the β subunit the structural role. Previous biochemical data have shown that mammalian NAD-IDHs can be inhibited by NADH; however, the molecular mechanism is unclear. In this work, we show that the αβ, αγ and α 2 βγ enzymes of human NAD-IDH can be inhibited by NADH, and further determine the crystal structure of the αγ heterodimer bound with an Mg 2+ and an NADH at the active site and an NADH at the allosteric site, which resembles that of the inactive α Mg γ heterodimer...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453252/ecology-and-biotechnological-potential-of-bacteria-belonging-to-the-pseudovibrio-genus
#8
Stefano Romano
Bacteria belonging to the genus Pseudovibrio have been isolated worldwide from a great variety of marines sources as both free living and host associated. So far, the available data depict a group of Alphaproteobacteria characterized by a versatile metabolism, which allows them to use a variety of substrates to meet their carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, and phosphorous requirements. Additionally, Pseudovibrio -related bacteria have been shown to proliferate under extreme oligotrophic conditions, tolerate high heavy metal concentrations, and metabolize potentially toxic compounds...
February 16, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452640/serine-catabolism-by-shmt2-is-required-for-proper-mitochondrial-translation-initiation-and-maintenance-of-formylmethionyl-trnas
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Denise R Minton, Minwoo Nam, Daniel J McLaughlin, Jong Shin, Erol C Bayraktar, Samantha W Alvarez, Vladislav O Sviderskiy, Thales Papagiannakopoulos, David M Sabatini, Kıvanç Birsoy, Richard Possemato
Upon glucose restriction, eukaryotic cells upregulate oxidative metabolism to maintain homeostasis. Using genetic screens, we find that the mitochondrial serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT2) is required for robust mitochondrial oxygen consumption and low glucose proliferation. SHMT2 catalyzes the first step in mitochondrial one-carbon metabolism, which, particularly in proliferating cells, produces tetrahydrofolate (THF)-conjugated one-carbon units used in cytoplasmic reactions despite the presence of a parallel cytoplasmic pathway...
February 15, 2018: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452350/extra-virgin-olive-oil-contains-a-metabolo-epigenetic-inhibitor-of-cancer-stem-cells
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Bruna Corominas-Faja, Elisabet Cuyàs, Jesús Lozano-Sánchez, Sílvia Cufí, Sara Verdura, Salvador Fernández-Arroyo, Isabel Borrás-Linares, Begoña Martin-Castillo, Ángel G Martin, Ruth Lupu, Alfons Nonell-Canals, Melchor Sanchez-Martinez, Vicente Micol, Jorge Joven, Antonio Segura-Carretero, Javier A Menendez
Targeting tumor-initiating, drug-resistant populations of cancer stem cells (CSC) with phytochemicals is a novel paradigm for cancer prevention and treatment. We herein employed a phenotypic drug discovery approach coupled to mechanism-of-action profiling and target deconvolution to identify phenolic components of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) capable of suppressing the functional traits of CSC in breast cancer (BC). In vitro screening revealed that the secoiridoid decarboxymethyl oleuropein aglycone (DOA) could selectively target sub-populations of epithelial-like, aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH)-positive and mesenchymal-like, CD44+CD24-/low CSC...
February 14, 2018: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452130/magnetic-combined-cross-linked-enzyme-aggregates-combi-cleas-for-cofactor-regeneration-in-the-synthesis-of-chiral-alcohol
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Erzheng Su, Yang Meng, Chenxi Ning, Xiaoqiang Ma, Senwen Deng
Magnetic Fe 3 O 4 nanoparticles were prepared and embedded into the Combi-CLEAs to produce the magnetic Combi-CLEAs in this work. The process for magnetic Combi-CLEAs preparation was optimized, and its properties were investigated. The optimum temperature, thermal stability and optimum pH of magnetic Combi-CLEAs were similar to those of Combi-CLEAs. The catalytic performance of magnetic Combi-CLEAs was tested with the biosynthesis of (S)-ethyl 4-chloro-3-hydroxybutyrate ((S)-CHBE). Magnetic Combi-CLEAs could tolerate higher substrate concentration in the biphasic system...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450759/gene-expression-and-population-polymorphism-of-maize-iranian-mosaic-virus-in-zea-mays-and-intracellular-localization-and-interactions-of-viral-n-p-and-m-proteins-in-nicotiana-benthamiana
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Abozar Ghorbani, Keramatollah Izadpanah, Ralf G Dietzgen
Maize Iranian mosaic virus (MIMV; Mononegavirales, Rhabdoviridae, Nucleorhabdovirus) infects maize and several other poaceous plants. MIMV encodes six proteins, i.e., nucleocapsid protein (N), polymerase cofactor phosphoprotein (P), putative movement protein (P3), matrix protein (M), glycoprotein (G), and large RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (L). In the present study, MIMV gene expression and genetic polymorphism of an MIMV population in maize were determined. N, P, P3, and M protein genes were more highly expressed than the 5' terminal G and L genes...
February 15, 2018: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447443/inhibitor-bound-dengue-ns2b-ns3pro-reveals-multiple-dynamic-binding-modes
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Alan C Gibbs, Ruth Steele, Gaohua Liu, Brett A Tounge, Gaetano Montelione
Dengue virus poses a significant global health threat as the source of increasingly deleterious dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever, and dengue shock syndrome. As no specific antiviral treatment exists for dengue infection, considerable effort is being applied to discover therapies and drugs for maintenance and prevention of these afflictions. The virus is primarily transmitted by mosquitoes, and infection occurs following viral endocytosis by host cells. Upon entering the cell, viral RNA is translated into a large multi-subunit polyprotein which is post-translationally cleaved into mature, structural and non-structural (NS) proteins...
February 15, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447059/therapeutic-potential-of-mucuna-pruriens-linn-on-ageing-induced-damage-in-dorsal-nerve-of-the-penis-and-its-implication-on-erectile-function-an-experimental-study-using-albino-rats
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Prakash Seppan, Ibrahim Muhammed, Karthik Ganesh Mohanraj, Ganesh Lakshmanan, Dinesh Premavathy, Sakthi Jothi Muthu, Khayinmi Wungmarong Shimray, Sathya Bharathy Sathyanathan
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of ethanolic seed extract of Mucuna pruriens on damaged dorsal nerve of the penis (DNP) in aged rat in relation to penile erection. METHODS: The rats were divided into four groups Young (3 months), Aged (24 - 28 months), Aged + M. pruriens, and Young + M. pruriens (200 mg/kg b.w/60 days) and were subjected to the hypophysial - gonadal axis, nerve conduction velocity (NCV), and penile reflex. DNP sections were stained with nitric oxide synthase (nNOS), nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NaDPH) diaphorase, androgen receptor (AR), and osmium tetroxide...
February 15, 2018: Aging Male: the Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446717/activators-of-sirtuin-1-and-their-involvement-in-cardioprotection
#15
Carlotta Granchi, Filippo Minutolo
SIRT1 is a nicotinamide adenosine dinucleotide (NAD+)-dependent deacetylase, which removes acetyl groups from many target proteins, such as histone proteins, transcription factors and cofactors. SIRT1-catalyzed deacetylation of these factors modulates the activity of downstream proteins, thus influencing many biological processes. SIRT1 is involved in the regulation of metabolism, inflammation, and tumor growth. The activity of this enzyme is related to the beneficial health effects of calorie restriction, such as lifespan extension and, in particular, the activation of SIRT1 has a positive impact on the cardiovascular system...
February 13, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446254/heart-failure-a-weak-link-in-cha-2-ds-2-vasc
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Leif Friberg, Lars H Lund
AIMS: In atrial fibrillation, stroke risk is assessed by the CHA 2 DS 2 -VASc score. Heart failure is included in CHA 2 DS 2 -VASc, but the rationale is uncertain. Our objective was to test if heart failure is a risk factor for stroke, independent of other risk factors in CHA 2 DS 2 -VASc. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 300 839 patients with atrial fibrillation in the Swedish Patient Register 2005-11. Three definitions of heart failure were used in order to assess the robustness of the results...
February 15, 2018: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445781/membrane-bound-comt-isoform-is-an-interfacial-enzyme-general-mechanism-and-new-drug-design-paradigm
#17
Aniket Magarkar, Petteri Parkkila, Tapani Viitala, Tatu Lajunen, Edouard Mobarak, Giuseppe Licari, Oana Cramariuc, Eric Vauthey, Tomasz Róg, Alex Bunker
The enzyme catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) has water soluble (S-COMT) and membrane associated (MB-COMT), bitopic, isoforms. Of these MB-COMT is a drug target in relation to the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Using a combination of computational and experimental protocols, we have determined the substrate selection mechanism specific to MB-COMT. We show: (1) substrates with preferred affinity for MB-COMT over S-COMT orient in the membrane in a fashion conducive to catalysis from the membrane surface and (2) binding of COMT to its cofactor ADOMET induces conformational change that drives the catalytic surface of the protein to the membrane surface, where the substrates and Mg 2+ ions, required for catalysis, are found...
February 15, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444896/regulation-of-hed1-and-rad54-binding-during-maturation-of-the-meiosis-specific-presynaptic-complex
#18
J Brooks Crickard, Kyle Kaniecki, YoungHo Kwon, Patrick Sung, Michael Lisby, Eric C Greene
Most eukaryotes have two Rad51/RecA family recombinases, Rad51, which promotes recombination during mitotic double-strand break (DSB) repair, and the meiosis-specific recombinase Dmc1. During meiosis, the strand exchange activity of Rad51 is downregulated through interactions with the meiosis-specific protein Hed1, which helps ensure that strand exchange is driven by Dmc1 instead of Rad51. Hed1 acts by preventing Rad51 from interacting with Rad54, a cofactor required for promoting strand exchange during homologous recombination...
February 14, 2018: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442983/formaldehyde-treatment-using-overexpressed-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-6-from-recombinant-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#19
Seyoung Lee, Dong Jun Park, Jihee Yoon, Seung Hyuck Bang, Yang-Hoon Kim, Jiho Min
Formaldehyde is a toxic compound due to its ability to react with proteins, nucleic acids and lipids and is the primary cause of nasopharyngeal cancer and sick building syndrome (SBS). Aldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDHs) are able to oxidize aldehyde substrates and maintain cellular homeostasis by metabolic reactions in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. ALDHs catalyze the conversions of various aldehydes to carboxylic acids using NAD or NADP as a cofactor. In this study, we designed a method for using aldehyde dehydrogenase 6 (ALD6) from recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae to reduce formaldehyde...
April 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442329/deregulation-of-zic-family-members-in-oncogenesis
#20
Rob Houtmeyers, Jabob Souopgui, Sabine Tejpar
In the last decade, the amount of investigations on the involvement of ZIC genes in the cancer field have exponentially expanded. In most cancer types, promoter methylation leads to silenced ZIC family members, but specific subsets of patients clearly show increased expression of one or head-to-head located ZIC genes in the respective tumor tissue. It is unclear at this stage how these transcription factors contribute to tumorigenesis, but the potential implications in pathways that are most frequently mutated in cancer such as the canonical Wnt, TGF-beta, and STAT-3 pathway are evident...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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