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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934144/the-recognition-of-calmodulin-to-the-target-sequence-of-calcineurin-a-novel-binding-mode
#1
Chia-Lin Chyan, Deli Irene, Sin-Mao Lin
Calcineurin (CaN) is a Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent Ser/Thr protein phosphatase, which plays essential roles in many cellular and developmental processes. CaN comprises two subunits, a catalytic subunit (CaN-A, 60 kDa) and a regulatory subunit (CaN-B, 19 kDa). CaN-A tightly binds to CaN-B in the presence of minimal levels of Ca(2+), but the enzyme is inactive until activated by CaM. Upon binding to CaM, CaN then undergoes a conformational rearrangement, the auto inhibitory domain is displaced and thus allows for full activity...
September 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933630/going-native-direct-high-throughput-screening-of-secreted-full-length-igg-antibodies-against-cell-membrane-proteins
#2
Yongliang Fang, Thach H Chu, Margaret E Ackerman, Karl E Griswold
Gel microdroplet - fluorescence activated cell sorting (GMD-FACS) is an innovative high throughput screening platform for recombinant protein libraries, and we show here that GMD-FACS can overcome many of the limitations associated with conventional screening methods for antibody libraries. For example, phage and cell surface display benefit from exceptionally high throughput, but generally require high quality, soluble antigen target and necessitate the use of anchored antibody fragments. In contrast, the GMD-FACS assay can screen for soluble, secreted, full-length IgGs at rates of several thousand clones per second, and the technique enables direct screening against membrane protein targets in their native cellular context...
September 21, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933316/photo-activatable-akt-probe-a-new-tool-to-study-the-akt-dependent-physiopathology-of-cancer-cells
#3
Sanae Haga, Takeaki Ozawa, Naoki Morita, Mami Asano, Shigeki Jin, Michitaka Ozakia
Akt is commonly overexpressed and activated in cancer cells, and plays a pivotal role in cell survival, protection andchemo-resistance. Therefore, Akt is one of the target molecules in understanding characters of cancer cells and developing anti-cancer drugs. Here, we examined whether a newly developed photo-activatable Akt (PA-Akt) probe, based on a light-inducible protein interaction module of plant cryptochrome2 (CRY2) and cryptochrome-interacting basic-helix-loop-helix (CIB1), can regulate Akt-associated cell functions...
August 30, 2017: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932220/chalcone-attenuates-staphylococcus-aureus-virulence-by-targeting-sortase-a-and-alpha-hemolysin
#4
Bing Zhang, Zihao Teng, Xianhe Li, Gejin Lu, Xuming Deng, Xiaodi Niu, Jianfeng Wang
Staphylococcus aureus (S.aureus) resistance, considered a dilemma for the clinical treatment of this bacterial infection, is becoming increasingly intractable. Novel anti-virulence strategies will undoubtedly provide a path forward in combating these resistant bacterial infections. Sortase A (SrtA), an enzyme responsible for anchoring virulence-related surface proteins, and alpha-hemolysin (Hla), a pore-forming cytotoxin, have aroused great scientific interest, as they have been regarded as targets for promising agents against S...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928959/cell-polarity-cell-adhesion-and-spermatogenesis-role-of-cytoskeletons
#5
REVIEW
Linxi Li, Ying Gao, Haiqi Chen, Tito Jesus, Elizabeth Tang, Nan Li, Qingquan Lian, Ren-Shan Ge, C Yan Cheng
In the rat testis, studies have shown that cell polarity, in particular spermatid polarity, to support spermatogenesis is conferred by the coordinated efforts of the Par-, Crumbs-, and Scribble-based polarity complexes in the seminiferous epithelium. Furthermore, planar cell polarity (PCP) is conferred by PCP proteins such as Van Gogh-like 2 (Vangl2) in the testis. On the other hand, cell junctions at the Sertoli cell-spermatid (steps 8-19) interface are exclusively supported by adhesion protein complexes (for example, α6β1-integrin-laminin-α3,β3,γ3 and nectin-3-afadin) at the actin-rich apical ectoplasmic specialization (ES) since the apical ES is the only anchoring device in step 8-19 spermatids...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927666/the-role-of-a-kinase-anchoring-proteins-in-cancer-development
#6
REVIEW
Erica Reggi, Dario Diviani
Cancer development is a multifactorial process resulting from the aberrant activation of multiple signaling pathways. It has become increasingly clear that the coordination of the signaling events leading to cancer formation and progression is under the control of macromolecular transduction complexes organized by scaffolding proteins. A-kinase anchoring proteins (AKAPs) constitute a family of scaffolding proteins involved in the spatio-temporal activation of pathways controlling cancer cell proliferation, cell survival, and invasion...
September 16, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926625/defining-the-molecular-basis-of-interaction-between-r3-receptor-type-protein-tyrosine-phosphatases-and-ve-cadherin
#7
Olga Dorofejeva, Alastair J Barr
Receptor-type protein tyrosine phosphatases (RPTPs) of the R3 subgroup play key roles in the immune, vascular and nervous systems. They are characterised by a large ectodomain comprising multiple FNIII-like repeats, a transmembrane domain, and a single intracellular phosphatase domain. The functional role of the extracellular region has not been clearly defined and potential roles in ligand interaction, dimerization, and regulation of cell-cell contacts have been reported. Here bimolecular fluorescence complementation (BiFC) in live cells was used to examine the molecular basis for the interaction of VE-PTP with VE-cadherin, two proteins involved in endothelial cell contact and maintenance of vascular integrity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924047/endothelial-rab7-gtpase-mediates-tumor-growth-and-metastasis-in-lysosomal-acid-lipase-deficient-mice
#8
Ting Zhao, Xinchun Ding, Cong Yan, Hong Du
Tumors depend on their microenvironment for sustained growth, invasion and metastasis. In this environment, endothelial cells (ECs) are an important stromal cell type interacting with malignant cells to facilitate tumor angiogenesis and cancer cell extravasation. Of note, lysosomal acid lipase (LAL) deficiency facilitates melanoma growth and metastasis. ECs from LAL-deficient (lal-/-) mice possess enhanced proliferation, migration, and permeability of inflammatory cells by activating the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923964/repeat-e-anchors-xist-rna-to-the-inactive-x-chromosomal-compartment-through-cdkn1a-interacting-protein-ciz1
#9
Hongjae Sunwoo, David Colognori, John E Froberg, Yesu Jeon, Jeannie T Lee
X chromosome inactivation is an epigenetic dosage compensation mechanism in female mammals driven by the long noncoding RNA, Xist. Although recent genomic and proteomic approaches have provided a more global view of Xist's function, how Xist RNA localizes to the inactive X chromosome (Xi) and spreads in cis remains unclear. Here, we report that the CDKN1-interacting zinc finger protein CIZ1 is critical for localization of Xist RNA to the Xi chromosome territory. Stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM) shows a tight association of CIZ1 with Xist RNA at the single-molecule level...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923249/akap-lbc-mediates-protection-against-doxorubicin-induced-cardiomyocyte-toxicity
#10
Stefania Caso, Darko Maric, Miroslav Arambasic, Susanna Cotecchia, Dario Diviani
Doxorubicin (DOX) is a chemotherapic agent that is widely used to treat hematological and solid tumors. Despite its efficacy, DOX displays significant cardiac toxicity associated with cardiomyocytes death and heart failure. Cardiac toxicity is mainly associated with the ability of DOX to alter mitochondrial function. The current lack of treatments to efficiently prevent DOX cardiotoxicity underscores the need of new therapeutic approaches. Our current findings show that stimulation of cardiomyocytes with the α1-adrenergic receptor (AR) agonist phenylephrine (PE) significantly inhibits the apoptotic effect of DOX...
September 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921842/anchorquery-rapid-online-virtual-screening-for-small-molecule-protein-protein-interaction-inhibitors
#11
David R Koes, Alexander Dömling, Carlos J Camacho
AnchorQuery ( http://anchorquery.csb.pitt.edu) is a web application for rational structure-based design of protein-protein interaction (PPI) inhibitors. A specialized variant of pharmacophore search is used to rapidly screen libraries consisting of more than 31 million synthesizable compounds biased by design to preferentially target PPIs. Every library compound is accessible through one-step multi-component reaction (MCR) chemistry and contains an anchor motif that is bioisosteric to an amino acid residue...
September 16, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919939/sequence-and-biochemical-analysis-of-arabidopsis-sp1-protein-a-regulator-of-organelle-biogenesis
#12
Ronghui Pan, Jianping Hu
Peroxisomes, chloroplasts, and mitochondria are essential eukaryotic organelles that host a suite of metabolic processes crucial to energy metabolism and development. Regulatory mechanisms of the dynamics and biogenesis of these important organelles have begun to be discovered in plants. We recently showed that, aside from its previously reported role in targeting chloroplast protein import proteins, the Arabidopsis ubiquitin E3 ligase SP1 (suppressor of ppi1 locus1) negatively regulates peroxisome matrix protein import by promoting the ubiquitination and destabilization of PEX13 and possibly PEX14 and other components of the peroxisome protein import apparatus...
2017: Communicative & Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916831/the-melanocortin-signaling-camp-axis-accelerates-repair-and-reduces-mutagenesis-of-platinum-induced-dna-damage
#13
Stuart G Jarrett, Katharine M Carter, Brent J Shelton, John A D'Orazio
Using primary melanocytes and HEK293 cells, we found that cAMP signaling accelerates repair of bi- and mono-functional platinum-induced DNA damage. Elevating cAMP signaling either by the agonistic MC1R ligand melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH) or by pharmacologic cAMP induction by forskolin enhanced clearance of intrastrand cisplatin-adducts in melanocytes or MC1R-transfected HEK293 cells. MC1R antagonists human beta-defensin 3 and agouti signaling protein blocked MSH- but not forskolin-mediated enhancement of platinum-induced DNA damage...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916764/rapid-and-reversible-epigenome-editing-by-endogenous-chromatin-regulators
#14
Simon M G Braun, Jacob G Kirkland, Emma J Chory, Dylan Husmann, Joseph P Calarco, Gerald R Crabtree
Understanding the causal link between epigenetic marks and gene regulation remains a central question in chromatin biology. To edit the epigenome we developed the FIRE-Cas9 system for rapid and reversible recruitment of endogenous chromatin regulators to specific genomic loci. We enhanced the dCas9-MS2 anchor for genome targeting with Fkbp/Frb dimerizing fusion proteins to allow chemical-induced proximity of a desired chromatin regulator. We find that mSWI/SNF (BAF) complex recruitment is sufficient to oppose Polycomb within minutes, leading to activation of bivalent gene transcription in mouse embryonic stem cells...
September 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916265/glycans-function-as-anchors-for-antibodies-and-help-drive-hiv-broadly-neutralizing-antibody-development
#15
Raiees Andrabi, Ching-Yao Su, Chi-Hui Liang, Sachin S Shivatare, Bryan Briney, James E Voss, Salar Khan Nawazi, Chung-Yi Wu, Chi-Huey Wong, Dennis R Burton
Apex broadly neutralizing HIV antibodies (bnAbs) recognize glycans and protein surface close to the 3-fold axis of the envelope (Env) trimer and are among the most potent and broad Abs described. The evolution of apex bnAbs from one donor (CAP256) has been studied in detail and many Abs at different stages of maturation have been described. Using diverse engineering tools, we investigated the involvement of glycan recognition in the development of the CAP256.VRC26 Ab lineage. We found that sialic acid-bearing glycans were recognized by germline-encoded and somatically mutated residues on the Ab heavy chain...
September 19, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915673/prognositic-value-of-cd73-adenosinergic-pathway-in-solid-tumor-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review
#16
Rong Wang, Yingying Zhang, Xia Lin, Yalin Gao, Ying Zhu
CD73 is a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchored cell surface protein that is encoded by NT5E gene, plays multiple roles in tumor processes. Previous studies have presented a potential value of CD73 served as a detectable biomarker for prognosis of several solid tumors, but the results were more controversially. A comprehensive meta-analysis was conducted to precisely evaluate the prognostic role of CD73 in solid tumors. The included studies were searched in PubMed, Web of Science and EBSCO from Jan 1990 to Jan 2016...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915252/expression-and-regulation-of-the-neutral-amino-acid-transporter-b0at1-in-rat-small-intestine
#17
Julia Jando, Simone M R Camargo, Brigitte Herzog, François Verrey
Absorption of neutral amino acids across the luminal membrane of intestinal enterocytes is mediated by the broad neutral amino acid transporter B0AT1 (SLC6A19). Its intestinal expression depends on co-expression of the membrane-anchored peptidase angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) and is additionally enhanced by aminopeptidase N (CD13). We investigated in this study the expression of B0AT1 and its auxiliary peptidases as well as its transport function along the rat small intestine. Additionally, we tested its possible short- and long-term regulation by dietary proteins and amino acids...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912275/nmr-reveals-the-intrinsically-disordered-domain-2-of-ns5a-protein-as-an-allosteric-regulator-of-the-hepatitis-c-virus-rna-polymerase-ns5b
#18
Luiza M Bessa, Hélène Launay, Marie Dujardin, François-Xavier Cantrelle, Guy Lippens, Isabelle Landrieu, Robert Schneider, Xavier Hanoulle
Non-structural protein 5B (NS5B) is the RNAdependent RNA polymerase that catalyses replication of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA genome, and so is central for its life cycle. NS5B interacts with the intrinsically disordered domain 2 of NS5A (NS5A-D2), another essential multifunctional HCV protein that is required for RNA replication. As a result, these two proteins represent important targets for anti-HCV chemotherapies. Despite this importance and the existence of NS5B crystal structures, our understanding of the conformational and dynamic behaviour of NS5B in solution and its relationship with NS5A-D2 remain incomplete...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912108/leptospira-borgpetersenii-hybrid-leucine-rich-repeat-protein-cloning-and-expression-immunogenic-identification-and-molecular-docking-evaluation
#19
Tepyuda Sritrakul, Supachai Nitipan, Worawidh Wajjwalku, Anchalee La-Ard, Chattip Suphatpahirapol, Wimol Petkarnjanapong, Boonsong Ongphiphadhanakul, Siriwan Prapong
Leptospirosis is an important zoonotic disease, and the major outbreak of this disease in Thailand in 1999 was due largely to the Leptospira borgpetersenii serovar Sejroe. Identification of the leucine-rich repeat (LRR) LBJ_2271 protein containing immunogenic epitopes and the discovery of the LBJ_2271 ortholog in Leptospira serovar Sejroe, KU_Sej_R21_2271, led to further studies of the antigenic immune properties of KU_Sej_LRR_2271. The recombinant hybrid (rh) protein was created and expressed from a hybrid PCR fragment of KU_Sej_R21_2271 fused with DNA encoding the LBJ_2271 signal sequence for targeting protein as a membrane-anchoring protein...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906250/the-aaa-protein-msp1-mediates-clearance-of-excess-tail-anchored-proteins-from-the-peroxisomal-membrane
#20
Nicholas R Weir, Roarke A Kamber, James S Martenson, Vladimir Denic
Msp1 is a conserved AAA ATPase in budding yeast localized to mitochondria where it prevents accumulation of mistargeted tail-anchored (TA) proteins, including the peroxisomal TA protein Pex15. Msp1 also resides on peroxisomes but it remains unknown how native TA proteins on mitochondria and peroxisomes evade Msp1 surveillance. We used live-cell quantitative cell microscopy tools and drug-inducible gene expression to dissect Msp1 function. We found that a small fraction of peroxisomal Pex15, exaggerated by overexpression, is turned over by Msp1...
September 14, 2017: ELife
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