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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219841/experimental-and-computational-surface-hydrophobicity-analysis-of-a-non-enveloped-virus-and-proteins
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Caryn L Heldt, Amna Zahid, K Saagar Vijayaragavan, Xue Mi
The physical characteristics of viruses needs to be understood in order to manipulate the interaction of viruses with host cells, as well as to create specific molecular recognition techniques to detect, purify, and remove viruses. Viruses are generally believed to be positively charged at physiological pH, but there are few other defining characteristics. Here, we have experimentally and computationally demonstrated that a non-enveloped virus is more hydrophobic than a panel of model proteins. Reverse-phase and hydrophobic interaction chromatography and ANS fluorescence determined the experimental hydrophobic strength of each entity...
February 13, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212107/rheb-in-neuronal-degeneration-regeneration-and-connectivity
#2
Veena Nambiar Potheraveedu, Miriam Schöpel, Raphael Stoll, Rolf Heumann
The small GTPase Rheb was originally detected as an immediate early response protein whose expression was induced by NMDA-dependent synaptic activity in the brain. Rheb's activity is highly regulated by its GTPase activating protein (GAP), the tuberous sclerosis complex protein, which stimulates the conversion from the active, GTP-loaded into the inactive, GDP-loaded conformation. Rheb has been established as an evolutionarily conserved molecular switch protein regulating cellular growth, cell volume, cell cycle, autophagy, and amino acid uptake...
February 17, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208729/altered-intracellular-milieu-of-adar2-deficient-motor-neurons-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Takenari Yamashita, Megumi Akamatsu, Shin Kwak
Transactive response DNA-binding protein (TDP-43) pathology, and failure of A-to-I conversion (RNA editing) at the glutamine/arginine (Q/R) site of α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionic acid (AMPA) receptor subunit GluA2, are etiology-linked molecular abnormalities that concomitantly occur in the motor neurons of most patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Adenosine deaminase acting on RNA 2 (ADAR2) specifically catalyzes GluA2 Q/R site-RNA editing. Furthermore, conditional ADAR2 knockout mice (AR2) exhibit a progressive ALS phenotype with TDP-43 pathology in the motor neurons, which is the most reliable pathological marker of ALS...
February 8, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208022/protein-requirements-for-critically-ill-patients-with-renal-and-liver-failure
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Jayshil J Patel, Craig J McClain, Menaka Sarav, Jill Hamilton-Reeves, Ryan T Hurt
Diseases leading to critical illness induce proteolysis resulting in muscle wasting and negative nitrogen balance. Muscle wasting has been associated with poor intensive care unit (ICU)-related outcomes, including an increased risk for mortality. Acute kidney injury (AKI) represents a common organ dysfunction associated with ICU-related disorders, such as sepsis, trauma, and respiratory failure. AKI and renal replacement therapy lead to amino acid loss. Decompensated liver cirrhosis (DLC) and acute liver failure (ALF) represent more severe forms of liver dysfunction leading to ICU admission...
February 1, 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202762/maternal-binding-and-neutralizing-igg-responses-targeting-the-c-terminal-region-of-the-v3-loop-are-predictive-of-reduced-peripartum-hiv-1-transmission-risk
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David R Martinez, Nathan Vandergrift, Ayooluwa O Douglas, Erin McGuire, John Bainbridge, Nathan I Nicely, David C Montefiori, Georgia D Tomaras, Genevieve G Fouda, Sallie R Permar
The development of an effective maternal HIV-1 vaccine that could synergize with antiretroviral therapy (ART) to eliminate pediatric HIV-1 infection will require the characterization of maternal immune responses capable of blocking transmission of autologous HIV viruses to the infant. We previously identified that maternal plasma antibody binding to linear epitopes within the variable loop 3 (V3) region of HIV envelope (Env) and neutralizing responses against easy to neutralize tier 1 viruses were associated with reduced risk of peripartum HIV infection in the historic U...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202377/characterization-of-a-new-fungal-immunomodulatory-protein-fip-dsq2-from-dichomitus-squalens
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Shuying Li, Zhonghao Jiang, Lichao Sun, Xin Liu, Ying Huang, Fengzhong Wang, Fengjiao Xin
FIP-dsq2, a new immunomodulatory protein, was identified in Basidiomycota Dichomitus squalens by gene mining. FIP-dsq2 contained 111 amino acids with a molecular weight of 12.51kDa. FIP-dsq2 had a homology range of 51-65% to the reported FIPs. The predicted 3-dimensional model had more similar identical folding patterns in LZ-8 than for FIP-fve. Evolutionary analysis indicated substantial phylogenetic differences were existed with the other FIPs. Overexpression of a 14.07kDa soluble rFIP-dsq2 was achieved in Rosetta (pGEX-6T-1) and the purified recombinant protein was homodimer verified by gel filtration chromatography analysis...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198397/cystinosis-ctns-zebrafish-mutant-shows-pronephric-glomerular-and-tubular-dysfunction
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Mohamed A Elmonem, Ramzi Khalil, Ladan Khodaparast, Laleh Khodaparast, Fanny O Arcolino, Joseph Morgan, Anna Pastore, Przemko Tylzanowski, Annelii Ny, Martin Lowe, Peter A de Witte, Hans J Baelde, Lambertus P van den Heuvel, Elena Levtchenko
The human ubiquitous protein cystinosin is responsible for transporting the disulphide amino acid cystine from the lysosomal compartment into the cytosol. In humans, Pathogenic mutations of CTNS lead to defective cystinosin function, intralysosomal cystine accumulation and the development of cystinosis. Kidneys are initially affected with generalized proximal tubular dysfunction (renal Fanconi syndrome), then the disease rapidly affects glomeruli and progresses towards end stage renal failure and multiple organ dysfunction...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196793/specific-factor-ix-mrna-and-protein-features-favor-drug-induced-readthrough-over-recurrent-nonsense-mutations
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Alessio Branchini, Mattia Ferrarese, Matteo Campioni, Giancarlo Castaman, Rosella Mari, Francesco Bernardi, Mirko Pinotti
Drug-induced readthrough over premature stop codons (PTCs) is a potentially attractive therapy for genetic disorders but a wide outcome variability has been observed. Through expression studies we investigated the responsiveness to the readthrough-inducing drug geneticin of eleven rationally-selected factor IX (FIX) nonsense mutations, present in 70% (324/469) of Hemophilia B (HB) patients with PTCs. Among the predicted readthrough-permissive TGA variants, only two (p.W240X, p.R384X) responded with a remarkable rescue of FIX activity...
February 14, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196510/partial-hiv-c2v3-envelope-sequence-analysis-reveals-association-of-coreceptor-tropism-envelope-glycosylation-and-viral-genotypic-variability-among-kenyan-patients-on-haart
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Rose C Kitawi, Carol W Hunja, Rashid Aman, Bernhards R Ogutu, Anne W T Muigai, Gilbert O Kokwaro, Washingtone Ochieng
BACKGROUND: HIV-1 is highly variable genetically and at protein level, a property it uses to subvert antiviral immunity and treatment. The aim of this study was to assess if HIV subtype differences were associated with variations in glycosylation patterns and co-receptor tropism among HAART patients experiencing different virologic treatment outcomes. METHODS: A total of 118 HIV env C2V3 sequence isolates generated previously from 59 Kenyan patients receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) were examined for tropism and glycosylation patterns...
February 14, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190454/somatic-map2k1-mutations-are-associated-with-extracranial-arteriovenous-malformation
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Javier A Couto, August Y Huang, Dennis J Konczyk, Jeremy A Goss, Steven J Fishman, John B Mulliken, Matthew L Warman, Arin K Greene
Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a fast-flow, congenital vascular anomaly that may arise anywhere in the body. AVMs typically progress, causing destruction of surrounding tissue and, sometimes, cardiac overload. AVMs are difficult to control; they often re-expand after embolization or resection, and pharmacologic therapy is unavailable. We studied extracranial AVMs in order to identify their biological basis. We performed whole-exome sequencing (WES) and whole-genome sequencing (WGS) on AVM tissue from affected individuals...
January 30, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186720/cuprizone-intoxication-induces-cell-intrinsic-alterations-in-oligodendrocyte-metabolism-independent-of-copper-chelation
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Alexandra Taraboletti, Tia Louise Walker, Robin Avila, He Huang, Joel Caporoso, Erendra Manandhar, Thomas C Leeper, David A Modarelli, Satish Medicetty, Leah P Shriver
Cuprizone intoxication is a common animal model used to test myelin regenerative therapies to treat diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Mice fed this copper chelator develop reversible, region-specific oligodendrocyte loss and demyelination. While the cellular changes influencing the demyelinating process have been explored in this model, there is no consensus on the biochemical mechanisms of toxicity in oligodendrocytes and if this damage arises from the chelation of copper in vivo. Here we have identified an oligodendroglial cell line that displays sensitivity to cuprizone toxicity and performed global metabolomic profiling to determine biochemical pathways altered by this treatment...
February 10, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186502/stat1-mediates-transmembrane-tnf-alpha-induced-formation-of-death-inducing-signaling-complex-and-apoptotic-signaling-via-tnfr1
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Yaping Jiang, Min Yu, Xuena Hu, Lu Han, Kun Yang, Hongping Ba, Zunyue Zhang, Bingjiao Yin, Xiang-Ping Yang, Zhuoya Li, Jing Wang
Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) exists in two forms: secretory TNF-α (sTNF-α) and transmembrane TNF-α (tmTNF-α). Although both forms of TNF-α induce tumor cell apoptosis, tmTNF-α is able to kill tumor cells that are resistant to sTNF-α-mediated cytotoxicity, indicating their differences in signal transduction. Here, we demonstrate that internalization of TNFR1 is crucial for sTNF-α- but not for tmTNF-α-induced apoptosis. sTNF-α induces binding of tumor necrosis factor receptor type 1-associated death domain protein (TRADD) to the death domain (DD) of TNFR1 and subsequent activation of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), and the formation of death-inducing signaling complexes (DISCs) in the cytoplasm after internalization...
February 10, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178321/ampa-glua1-flip-targeted-oligonucleotide-therapy-reduces-neonatal-seizures-and-hyperexcitability
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Nicole M Lykens, David J Coughlin, Jyoti M Reddi, Gordon J Lutz, Melanie K Tallent
Glutamate-activated α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptors (AMPA-Rs) mediate the majority of excitatory neurotransmission in brain and thus are major drug targets for diseases associated with hyperexcitability or neurotoxicity. Due to the critical nature of AMPA-Rs in normal brain function, typical AMPA-R antagonists have deleterious effects on cognition and motor function, highlighting the need for more precise modulators. A dramatic increase in the flip isoform of alternatively spliced AMPA-R GluA1 subunits occurs post-seizure in humans and animal models...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174209/oncoprotein-cip2a-is-stabilized-via-interaction-with-tumor-suppressor-pp2a-b56
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Jiao Wang, Juha Okkeri, Karolina Pavic, Zhizhi Wang, Otto Kauko, Tuuli Halonen, Grzegorz Sarek, Päivi M Ojala, Zihe Rao, Wenqing Xu, Jukka Westermarck
Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) is a critical human tumor suppressor. Cancerous inhibitor of PP2A (CIP2A) supports the activity of several critical cancer drivers (Akt, MYC, E2F1) and promotes malignancy in most cancer types via PP2A inhibition. However, the 3D structure of CIP2A has not been solved, and it remains enigmatic how it interacts with PP2A. Here, we show by yeast two-hybrid assays, and subsequent validation experiments, that CIP2A forms homodimers. The homodimerization of CIP2A is confirmed by solving the crystal structure of an N-terminal CIP2A fragment (amino acids 1-560) at 3...
February 7, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173821/identification-of-influenza-a-nucleoprotein-body-domain-residues-essential-for-viral-rna-expression-expose-antiviral-target
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Alicia M Davis, Jose Ramirez, Laura L Newcomb
BACKGROUND: Influenza A virus is controlled with yearly vaccination while emerging global pandemics are kept at bay with antiviral medications. Unfortunately, influenza A viruses have emerged resistance to approved influenza antivirals. Accordingly, there is an urgent need for novel antivirals to combat emerging influenza A viruses resistant to current treatments. Conserved viral proteins are ideal targets because conserved protein domains are present in most, if not all, influenza subtypes, and are presumed less prone to evolve viable resistant versions...
February 7, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169560/bovine-lactoferrin-and-lactoferricin-exert-antitumor-activities-on-human-colorectal-cancer-cells-ht-29-by-activating-various-signaling-pathways
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Rulan Jiang, Bo Lönnerdal
Lactoferrin (Lf) is an iron-binding glycoprotein that is present at high concentrations in milk. Bovine lactoferricin (LfcinB) is a peptide fragment generated by pepsin proteolysis of bovine lactoferrin (bLf). LfcinB consists of amino acid residues 17-41 proximal to the N-terminus of bLf and a disulfide bond between residues 19 and 36, forming a loop. Both bLf and LfcinB have been demonstrated to have antitumor activities. Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in developed countries...
February 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166239/depletion-of-aadc-activity-in-caudate-nucleus-and-putamen-of-parkinson-s-disease-patients-implications-for-ongoing-aav2-aadc-gene-therapy-trial
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Agnieszka Ciesielska, Lluis Samaranch, Waldy San Sebastian, Dennis W Dickson, Samuel Goldman, John Forsayeth, Krystof S Bankiewicz
In Parkinson's disease (PD), aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) is the rate-limiting enzyme in the conversion of L-DOPA (Sinemet) to dopamine (DA). Previous studies in PD animal models demonstrated that lesion of dopaminergic neurons is associated with profound loss of AADC activity in the striatum, blocking efficient conversion of L-DOPA to DA. Relatively few studies have directly analyzed AADC in PD brains. Thus, the aim of this study was to gain a better understanding of regional changes in AADC activity, DA, serotonin and their monoamine metabolites in the striatum of PD patients and experimentally lesioned animals (rat and MPTP-treated nonhuman primate, NHP)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164169/adeno-associated-virus-serotype-9-driven-expression-of-bag3-improves-left-ventricular-function-in-murine-hearts-with-left-ventricular-dysfunction-secondary-to-a-myocardial-infarction
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Tijana Knezevic, Valerie D Myers, Feifei Su, JuFang Wang, Jianliang Song, Xue-Qian Zhang, Erhe Gao, Guofeng Gao, Madesh Muniswamy, Manish K Gupta, Jennifer Gordon, Kristen N Weiner, Joseph Rabinowitz, Frederick V Ramsey, Douglas G Tilley, Kamel Khalili, Joseph Y Cheung, Arthur M Feldman
OBJECTIVES: The present study was undertaken to test the hypothesis that gene delivery of BCL2-Associated Athanogene 3 (BAG3) to the heart of mice with left ventricular dysfunction secondary to a myocardial infarction could enhance cardiac performance. BACKGROUND: BAG3 is a 575 amino acid protein that has pleotropic functions in the cell including pro-autophagy and anti-apoptosis. Mutations in BAG3 have been associated with both skeletal muscle dysfunction and familial dilated cardiomyopathy and BAG3 levels are diminished in non-familial heart failure...
December 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154562/indian-long-term-non-progressors-show-broad-adcc-responses-with-preferential-recognition-of-v3-region-of-envelope-and-a-region-from-tat-protein
#19
Archana Kulkarni, Swarali Kurle, Ashwini Shete, Manisha Ghate, Sheela Godbole, Vijaya Madhavi, Stephen J Kent, Ramesh Paranjape, Madhuri Thakar
HIV-specific antibody-dependent cell cytotoxicity (ADCC) is likely to be important in governing protection from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and slowing disease progression. Little is known about the ADCC responses to HIV-1 subtype C. We characterized ADCC responses in HIV-1 subtype C-infected Indian subjects with slow disease progression and identified the dominant antigenic regions recognized by these antibodies. ADCC responses were measured in plasma from 34 long-term non-progressors (LTNPs), who were asymptomatic and maintained CD4 count above 500 cells/mm(3) for the last 7 years in the absence of antiretroviral therapy (ART), and 58 ART naïve progressors with CD4 count <500 cells/mm(3) against overlapping HIV-1 peptides using a flow cytometry-based antibody-dependent natural killer (NK) cell activation assay...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154144/gene-polymorphism-linked-to-increased-asthma-and-ibd-risk-alters-gasdermin-b-structure-a-sulfatide-and-phosphoinositide-binding-protein
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Kinlin L Chao, Liudmila Kulakova, Osnat Herzberg
The exact function of human gasdermin-B (GSDMB), which regulates differentiation and growth of epithelial cells, is yet to be elucidated. In human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive breast cancer, GSDMB gene amplification and protein overexpression indicate a poor response to HER2-targeted therapy. Genome-wide association studies revealed a correlation between GSDMB SNPs and an increased susceptibility to Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and asthma. The N- and C-terminal domains of all gasdermins possess lipid-binding and regulatory activities, respectively...
February 1, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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