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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458191/a-novel-neuropilin-1-binding-sequence-in-the-human-t-cell-lymphotropic-virus-type-1-envelope-glycoprotein
#1
Hideki Kusunoki, Toshiyuki Tanaka, Toshiyuki Kohno, Kazuhiko Matsuhashi, Kazuo Hosoda, Kaori Wakamatsu, Isao Hamaguchi
Entry of human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) into host cells is mainly mediated by interactions between the viral envelope glycoprotein surface unit (SU) and three host receptors: glucose transporter type 1, heparin/heparan sulfate proteoglycan, and neuropilin-1 (Nrp1). Here, we analyzed the interaction between HTLV-1 SU and Nrp1 using nuclear magnetic resonance and isothermal titration calorimetry. We found that two SU peptides, residues 85-94 and residues 304-312, bound directly to the Nrp1 b1 domain with affinities of 7...
February 16, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458182/a-direct-gateway-into-the-extracellular-space-unconventional-secretion-of-fgf2-through-self-sustained-plasma-membrane-pores
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REVIEW
Julia P Steringer, Walter Nickel
As illustrated by a diverse set of examples in this special issue, multiple mechanisms of protein secretion have been identified in eukaryotes that do not involve the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and the Golgi apparatus. Here we focus on the type I pathway with Fibroblast Growth Factor 2 (FGF2) being the most prominent example. Unconventional secretion of FGF2 from cells is mediated by direct protein translocation across the plasma membrane. A unique feature of this process is the ability of FGF2 to form its own membrane translocation intermediate through oligomerization and membrane insertion...
February 16, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458160/gambogic-acid-sensitizes-breast-cancer-cells-to-trail-induced-apoptosis-by-promoting-the-crosstalk-of-extrinsic-and-intrinsic-apoptotic-signalings
#3
Shengpeng Wang, Yingqi Xu, Chenyang Li, Hongxun Tao, Anqi Wang, Chenyu Sun, Zhangfeng Zhong, Xu Wu, Peng Li, Yitao Wang
Due to the ability of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) to induce cancer cell apoptosis selectively, TRAIL has attracted significant interest in the treatment of cancer. However, although TRAIL triggers apoptosis in a broad range of cancer cells, most primary cancers are often intrinsically TRAIL-resistant, or acquire resistance after TRAIL treatment, evocating new strategies to overcome TRAIL resistance. Gambogic acid (GA), an active constituent of Garcinia Hanburyi (Teng Huang in Chinese), has been applied for thousands of years for medicinal uses, however, the potential effect of GA in combating cancer resistance remains poorly investigated...
February 16, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458148/untimely-oxidative-stress-in-%C3%AE-cells-leads-to-diabetes-role-of-circadian-clock-in-%C3%AE-cell-function
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REVIEW
J Lee, K Ma, M Moulik, V Yechoor
Diabetes results from a loss of β-cell function. With the number of people with diabetes reaching epidemic proportions globally, understanding mechanisms that are contributing to this increasing prevalence is critical. One such factor has been circadian disruption, with shift-work, light pollution, jet-lag, increased screen time, all acting as potential contributory factors. Though circadian disruption has been epidemiologically associated with diabetes and other metabolic disorders for many decades, it is only recently that there has been a better understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms...
February 16, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458141/long-non-coding-rnas-within-the-tumour-microenvironment-and-their-role-in-tumour-stroma-cross-talk
#5
Filippo Del Vecchio, Gui Han Lee, Joamir Hawezi, Rahul Bhome, Sian Pugh, Emre Sayan, Gareth Thomas, Graham Packham, John Primrose, Martin Pichler, Alexander Mirnezami, George Calin, Marc Bullock
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are a diverse class of RNA transcripts which have limited protein coding potential. They perform a variety of cellular functions in health, but have also been implicated during malignant transformation. A further theme in recent years is the critical role of the tumour microenvironment and the dynamic interactions between cancer and stromal cells in promoting invasion and disease progression. Whereas the contribution of deregulated lncRNAs within cancer cells has received considerable attention, their significance within the tumour microenvironment is less well understood...
February 16, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458128/aggregation-prone-regions-in-hypk-help-it-to-form-sequestration-complex-for-toxic-protein-aggregates
#6
Debasish Kumar Ghosh, Ajit Roy, Akash Ranjan
Protein aggregates result from altered structural conformations and they can perturb cellular homeostasis. Prevention mechanisms, which function against protein aggregation by modulatory processes, are diverse and redundant. In this study, we have characterized Huntingtin interacting protein K (HYPK) as a global aggregation-regulatory protein. We report the mechanistic details of how HYPK's aggregation-prone regions allow it to sense and prevent other toxic protein's aggregation by forming unique annular-shaped sequestration complexes...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458124/tryptophan-mediated-dimerization-of-the-tssl-transmembrane-anchor-is-required-for-type-vi-secretion-system-activity
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Abdelrahim Zoued, Jean-Pierre Duneau, Eric Durand, Alexandre P España, Laure Journet, Françoise Guerlesquin, Eric Cascales
The Type VI secretion system (T6SS) is a multiprotein complex used by bacteria to deliver effectors into target cells. The T6SS comprises a bacteriophage-like contractile tail structure anchored to the cell envelope by a membrane complex constituted of the TssJ outer membrane lipoprotein and the TssL and TssM inner membrane proteins. TssJ establishes contact with the periplasmic domain of TssM whereas the transmembrane segments of TssM and its cytoplasmic domain interact with TssL. TssL protrudes in the cytoplasm but is anchored by a C-terminal transmembrane helix (TMH)...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458110/investigation-of-adhesive-interactions-in-the-specific-targeting-of-triptorelin-conjugated-peg-coated-magnetite-nanoparticles-to-breast-cancer-cells
#8
Jingjie Hu, Sina Youssefian, John Obayemi, Karen Malatesta, Nima Rahbar, Winston Soboyejo
The understanding of adhesive interaction at the nanoscale between functionalized nanoparticles and biological cells is of great importance to develop effective theranostic nanocarriers for targeted cancer therapy. Here, we report a combination of experimental and computational approaches to evaluate the adhesion between Triptorelin (a Luteinizing Hormone-Releasing Hormone (LHRH) agonist)-conjugated poly-(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-coated magnetite nanoparticles (Triptorelin-MNPs) and breast cells. The adhesion forces between Triptorelin-MNPs and normal/cancerous breast cells are obtained using atomic force microscopy...
February 16, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458107/wnt-receptor-signalling-in-lung-physiology-and-pathology
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REVIEW
Wioletta Skronska-Wasek, Reinoud Gosens, Melanie Königshoff, Hoeke Abele Baarsma
The WNT signalling cascades have emerged as critical regulators of a wide variety of biological aspects involved in lung development as well as in physiological and pathophysiological processes in the adult lung. WNTs (secreted glycoproteins) interact with various transmembrane receptors and co-receptors to activate signalling pathways that regulate transcriptional as well as non-transcriptional responses within cells. In physiological conditions, the majority of WNT receptors and co-receptors can be detected in the adult lung...
February 16, 2018: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458102/%C3%AE-irradiated-chitosan-based-injectable-hydrogels-for-controlled-release-of-drug-montelukast-sodium
#10
Sadaf Hafeez, Atif Islam, Nafisa Gull, Abbas Ali, Shahzad Maqsood Khan, Saba Zia, Kalsoom Anwar, Saba Urooge Khan, Tahir Jamil
Novel pH-sensitive γ-irradiated low molecular weight chitosan (CS) (pre-irradiated) and poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) blended injectable hydrogels, crosslinked with varying concentrations of glycerol, were fabricated for drug delivery application. The effect of low molecular weight irradiated CS on controlled drug release was evaluated to address the problem of higher viscosity and lower solubility of high molecular weight CS. The FTIR spectra of hydrogels depicted the presence of all the incorporated functional groups and the developed interactions (physical and chemical)...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458097/topographical-memory-analyzed-in-mice-using-the-hamlet-test-a-novel-complex-maze
#11
Lucie Crouzier, Damien Gilabert, Mireille Rossel, Françoise Trousse, Tangui Maurice
The Hamlet test is an innovative device providing a complex environment for testing topographic memory in mice. Animals were trained in groups for weeks in a small village with a central agora, streets expanding from it towards five functionalized houses, where they can drink, eat, hide, run, interact with a stranger mouse. Memory was tested by depriving mice from water or food and analyzing their ability to locate the Drink/Eat house. Exploration and memory were analysed in different strains, gender, and after different training periods and delays...
February 16, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458094/a-conserved-interferon-regulation-factor-1-irf-1-from-pacific-oyster-crassostrea-gigas-functioned-as-an-activator-of-ifn-pathway
#12
Mengmeng Lu, Chuanyan Yang, Meijia Li, Qilin Yi, Guangxia Lu, Yichen Wu, Chen Qu, Lingling Wang, Linsheng Song
Interferon regulatory factors (IRFs), a family of transcription factors with a novel helix-turn-helix DNA-binding motif, play important roles in regulating the expression of interferons (IFNs) and IFN-stimulated genes. In the present study, an interferon regulation factor 1 was identified from oyster Crassostrea gigas (designated CgIRF-1), and its immune function was characterized to understand the regulatory mechanism of interferon system against viral infection in invertebrates. The open reading frame (ORF) of CgIRF-1 was 993 bp, encoding a polypeptide of 330 amino acids with a typical IRF domain (also known as DNA-binding domain)...
February 16, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458089/structural-and-biophysical-insight-into-dual-site-binding-of-the-protoberberine-alkaloid-palmatine-to-parallel-g-quadruplex-dna-using-nmr-fluorescence-and-circular-dichroism-spectroscopy
#13
Kumar Padmapriya, Ritu Barthwal
Plant derived small molecules, which interact with and stabilize G-quadruplex DNA, act as inhibitors of telomere elongation and oncogene expression in humans. The inhibition of telomerase enzyme has immense potential since it is over expressed in most cancer cells. Interaction of palmatine, an antitumor alkaloid, to parallel G-quadruplex DNA, [d(TTGGGGT)]4 and [d(TTAGGGT)]4 , has been investigated using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), fluorescence and Circular Dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. Titrations were monitored by1 H and31 P NMR spectra and solution structure of palmatine-[d(TTGGGGT)]4 complex was obtained by restrained Molecular Dynamics (rMD) simulations using distance restraints from 2D NOESY spectra...
February 16, 2018: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458085/the-effect-of-surface-charge-and-ph-on-the-physiological-behaviour-of-cobalt-copper-manganese-antimony-zinc-and-titanium-oxide-nanoparticles-in-vitro
#14
Tiina Titma
The precise knowledge on various interactions of metal nanoparticles (NP) in a living organism is scarce. It is expected that metals can bind to nucleic acids, peptides and proteins (e.g. enzymes), and modify the functioning of vital cellular compartments after entering the organism. The predictive factors for quantitative nanostructure-activity relationship (QNAR) analysis could enhance efficient and harmless usage of nanoparticles (NPs) in the industry as well in the medicine. The studies value the composition of the NP corona determined by time, temperature and source of protein which has been found to implicate the physiological behaviour of NPs...
February 16, 2018: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458023/structural-characterization-of-the-hcov-229e-fusion-core
#15
Wei Zhang, Qianqian Zheng, Mengrong Yan, Xiaobo Chen, Haitao Yang, Weihong Zhou, Zihe Rao
HCoV-229E spike (S) protein mediates virion attachment to cells and subsequent fusion of the viral and cellular membranes. This protein is composed of an N-terminal receptor-binding domain (S1) and a C-terminal trans-membrane fusion domain (S2). S2 contains a highly conserved heptad repeat 1 and 2 (HR1 and HR2). In this study, the HRs sequences were designed and connected with a flexible linker. The recombinant fusion core protein was crystallized and its structure was solved at a resolution of 2.45 Å. Then we characterized the binding of HR1s and HR2s via both sequence alignment and structural analysis...
February 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458013/ago2-rna-immunoprecipitation-reveals-distinct-mirna-targetomes-of-primary-burkitt-lymphoma-tumors-and-normal-b-cells
#16
Agnieszka Dzikiewicz-Krawczyk, Arjan Diepstra, Bea Rutgers, Gertrud Kortman, Debora de Jong, Jasper Koerts, Marian Bulthuis, Tineke van der Sluis, Annika Seitz, Lydia Visser, Klaas Kok, Joost Kluiver, Anke van den Berg
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small noncoding RNAs involved in the posttranscriptional regulation of gene expression. Deregulated miRNA levels have been linked to Burkitt lymphoma (BL) pathogenesis. To date, the number of known pathogenesis-related miRNA-target gene interactions is limited. Here, we determined for the first time the miRNA targetomes of primary BL tumors and normal B cells. AGO2-RNA immunoprecipitation (AGO2-RIP) of two frozen diagnostic BL tissue samples and three CD19+ B-cell samples isolated from routinely removed tonsils revealed distinct miRNA targetomes of BL and normal B cells...
February 16, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457925/controlled-release-of-mitomycin-c-from-phemah-cu-ii-cryogel-membranes
#17
Monireh Bakhshpour, Handan Yavuz, Adil Denizli
Molecular imprinting technique was used for the preparation of antibiotic and anti-neoplastic chemotherapy drug (mitomycin C) imprinted cryogel membranes (MMC-ICM). The membranes were synthezied by using metal ion coordination interactions with N-methacryloyl-(l)-histidine methyl ester (MAH) functional monomer and template molecules (i.e. MMC). The 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) monomer and methylene bisacrylamide (MBAAm) crosslinker were used for the preparation of mitomycin C imprinted cryogel membranes by radical suspension polymerization technique...
February 19, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457843/the-tumour-stroma-ratio-in-colon-cancer-the-biological-role-and-its-prognostic-impact
#18
REVIEW
Gabi W van Pelt, Tessa P Sandberg, Hans Morreau, Hans Gelderblom, J Han J M van Krieken, Rob A E M Tollenaar, Wilma E Mesker
The tumour microenvironment consists of a complex mixture of non-neoplastic cells including fibroblasts, immune cells and endothelial cells embedded in the proteins of the extracellular matrix. The tumour microenvironment plays an active role in tumour behaviour. By interacting with cancer cells, it influences disease progression and the metastatic capacity of the tumour. Tumours with a high amount of stroma correspond to poor patient prognosis. The tumour-stroma ratio (TSR) is a strong independent prognostic tool in colon cancer and provides additional value to the current clinically used TNM classification...
February 19, 2018: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457796/h3b-8800-an-orally-available-small-molecule-splicing-modulator-induces-lethality-in-spliceosome-mutant-cancers
#19
Michael Seiler, Akihide Yoshimi, Rachel Darman, Betty Chan, Gregg Keaney, Michael Thomas, Anant A Agrawal, Benjamin Caleb, Alfredo Csibi, Eckley Sean, Peter Fekkes, Craig Karr, Virginia Klimek, George Lai, Linda Lee, Pavan Kumar, Stanley Chun-Wei Lee, Xiang Liu, Crystal Mackenzie, Carol Meeske, Yoshiharu Mizui, Eric Padron, Eunice Park, Ermira Pazolli, Shouyong Peng, Sudeep Prajapati, Justin Taylor, Teng Teng, John Wang, Markus Warmuth, Huilan Yao, Lihua Yu, Ping Zhu, Omar Abdel-Wahab, Peter G Smith, Silvia Buonamici
Genomic analyses of cancer have identified recurrent point mutations in the RNA splicing factor-encoding genes SF3B1, U2AF1, and SRSF2 that confer an alteration of function. Cancer cells bearing these mutations are preferentially dependent on wild-type (WT) spliceosome function, but clinically relevant means to therapeutically target the spliceosome do not currently exist. Here we describe an orally available modulator of the SF3b complex, H3B-8800, which potently and preferentially kills spliceosome-mutant epithelial and hematologic tumor cells...
February 19, 2018: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457734/role-of-nutrient-limitation-in-the-competition-between-uropathogenic-strains-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae-and-escherichia-coli-in-mixed-biofilms
#20
Guillermo E Juarez, Estela M Galván
Klebsiella pneumoniae and Escherichia coli form mixed species biofilms in catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Recently, a detrimental effect of K. pneumoniae over E. coli was observed in mixed species biofilms grown in an artificial urine medium. The mechanism behind this competitive interaction was studied. K. pneumoniae partially outcompeted E. coli in early-stage batch-fed biofilms, whereas both microorganisms co-exist at longer times (K. pneumoniae:E. coli ratio, 55:1), as shown by cell counts and confocal microscopy...
February 19, 2018: Biofouling
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