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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088018/antibacterial-serine-protease-from-wrightia-tinctoria-purification-and-characterization
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Sakthivel Muthu, Venkatesh Babu Gopal, Selvakumar Soundararajan, Karthikeyan Nattarayan, Karthik S Narayan, Mythileeswari Lakshmikanthan, Sathuvan Malairaj, Palani Perumal
A serine protease was purified from the leaves of Wrightia tinctoria by sequential flow through method comprising screening, optimization, ammonium sulfate precipitation, gel filtration and ion exchange column chromatography. The yield and purification fold obtained were 11.58% and 9.56 respectively. A single band of serine protease was visualized on SDS-PAGE and 2-D gel electrophoretic analyses were revealed with the molecular mass of 38.5 kDa. Serine protease had an optimum pH of 8.0 and was stable at 45°C with high relative protease activity...
January 3, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087398/interaction-of-mal-de-r%C3%A3-o-cuarto-virus-fijivirus-genus-proteins-and-identification-of-putative-factors-determining-viroplasm-formation-and-decay
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Gabriela Llauger, Luis Alejandro de Haro, Victoria Alfonso, Mariana Del Vas
Mal de Río Cuarto virus (MRCV) is a member of the Fijivirus genus, within the Reoviridae family, that replicates and assembles in cytoplasmic inclusion bodies called viroplasms. In this study, we investigated interactions between ten MRCV proteins by yeast two-hybrid (Y2H) assays and identified interactions of non-structural proteins P6/P6, P9-2/P9-2 and P6/P9-1. P9-1 and P6 are the major and minor components of the viroplasms respectively, whereas P9-2 is an N-glycosylated membrane protein of unknown function...
January 10, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087168/synthesis-structure-activity-relationships-studies-of-benzoxazinone-derivatives-as-%C3%AE-chymotrypsin-inhibitors
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Bishnu P Marasini, Fazal Rahim, Shahnaz Perveen, Aneela Karim, Khalid Mohammed Khan, Atta-Ur-Rahman, M Iqbal Choudhary
A series of benzoxazinones 1-28 were synthesized via reaction of anthranilic acid with various substituted benzoyl chlorides in the presence of triethylamine in chloroform. Compounds 1-18 showed a good inhibition of α-chymotrypsin with IC50±SEM values between 6.5 and 341.1μM. Preliminary structure-activity relationships studies indicated that the presence of substituents on benzene ring reduces the inhibitory potential of benzoxazinone. Also the increased inhibitory potential due to fluoro group at phenyl substituent was observed followed by chloro and bromo substituents...
January 4, 2017: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086981/does-antiretroviral-treatment-change-hiv-1-codon-usage-patterns-in-its-genes-a-preliminary-bioinformatics-study
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Navaneethan Palanisamy, Nathan Osman, Frédéric Ohnona, Hong-Tao Xu, Bluma Brenner, Thibault Mesplède, Mark A Wainberg
BACKGROUND: Codon usage bias has been described for various organisms and is thought to contribute to the regulation of numerous biological processes including viral infections. HIV-1 codon usage has been previously shown to be different from that of other viruses and man. It is evident that the antiretroviral drugs used to restrict HIV-1 replication also select for resistance variants. We wanted to test whether codon frequencies in HIV-1 sequences from treatment-experienced patients differ from those of treatment-naive individuals due to drug pressure affecting codon usage bias...
January 7, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086948/is-there-still-a-role-for-cytotoxic-chemotherapy-after-targeted-therapy-and-immunotherapy-in-metastatic-melanoma-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Aurélien Simon, Hampig Raphael Kourie, Joseph Kerger
Metastatic melanoma has long been considered to have a very poor prognosis and to be chemo-resistant. However, a subgroup of patients with metastatic melanoma presents remarkable responses to chemotherapeutic agents, even in the absence of a response to modern targeted therapies and immunotherapies; accordingly, determining predictive biomarkers of the response to chemotherapies for metastatic melanoma remains a priority to guide treatment in these patients. We report a case study of a patient with B-Raf proto-oncogene serine/threonine kinase-mutated metastatic melanoma harbouring many genetic mutations...
January 13, 2017: Chinese Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086930/mannose-binding-lectin-associated-serine-protease-2-masp-2-contributes-to-poor-disease-outcome-in-humans-and-mice-with-pneumococcal-meningitis
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E Soemirien Kasanmoentalib, Mercedes Valls Seron, Bart Ferwerda, Michael W Tanck, Aeilko H Zwinderman, Frank Baas, Arie van der Ende, Matthijs C Brouwer, Diederik van de Beek
BACKGROUND: Pneumococcal meningitis is the most common and severe form of bacterial meningitis. Fatality rates are substantial, and long-term sequelae develop in about half of survivors. Disease outcome has been related to the severity of the pro-inflammatory response in the subarachnoid space. The complement system, which mediates key inflammatory processes, has been implicated as a modulator of pneumococcal meningitis disease severity in animal studies. METHODS: We investigated mannose-binding lectin-associated serine protease (MASP-2) levels in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples derived from the diagnostic lumbar puncture, which was available for 307 of 792 pneumococcal meningitis episodes included in our prospective nationwide cohort study (39%), and the association between these levels and clinical outcome...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081265/the-plasmin-sensitive-protein-pls-in-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-is-a-glycoprotein
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Isabelle Bleiziffer, Julian Eikmeier, Gottfried Pohlentz, Kathryn McAulay, Guoqing Xia, Muzaffar Hussain, Andreas Peschel, Simon Foster, Georg Peters, Christine Heilmann
Most bacterial glycoproteins identified to date are virulence factors of pathogenic bacteria, i.e. adhesins and invasins. However, the impact of protein glycosylation on the major human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus remains incompletely understood. To study protein glycosylation in staphylococci, we analyzed lysostaphin lysates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains by SDS-PAGE and subsequent periodic acid-Schiff's staining. We detected four (>300, ∼250, ∼165, and ∼120 kDa) and two (>300 and ∼175 kDa) glycosylated surface proteins with strain COL and strain 1061, respectively...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080219/adipose-tissue-insulin-resistance-in-gestational-diabetes
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Batbayar Tumurbaatar, Aaron T Poole, Gayle Olson, Michel Makhlouf, Hanaa S Sallam, Shwetha Thukuntla, Sucharitha Kankanala, Obos Ekhaese, Guillermo Gomez, Manisha Chandalia, Nicola Abate
BACKGROUND: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a metabolic disorder characterized by insulin resistance (IR) and altered glucose-lipid metabolism. We propose that ectonucleotide pyrophosphate phosphodiesterase-1 (ENPP1), a protein known to induce adipocyte IR, is a determinant of GDM. Our objective was to study ENPP1 expression in adipose tissue (AT) of obese pregnant women with or without GDM, as well as glucose tolerance in pregnant transgenic (Tg) mice with AT-specific overexpression of human ENPP1...
January 12, 2017: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079404/free-amino-acids-in-fibromyalgia-syndrome-relationship-with-clinical-picture
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Valeria Ruggiero, Massimiliano Mura, Enrico Cacace, Benedetta Era, Marcella Peri, Giuseppina Sanna, Antonella Fais
The objectives of our study were to evaluate free amino acid (FAA) concentrations in the serum of patients affected by fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and to determine the relationships between FAA levels and FMS clinical parameters. Thus, serum amino acid concentrations were quantified (HPLC analysis) in 23 females with fibromyalgia (according to the American College of Rheumatology classification criteria) and 20 healthy females. The results showed significantly higher serum concentrations of aspartate, cysteine, glutamate, glycine, isoleucine, leucine, methionine, ornithine, phenylalanine, sarcosine, serine, taurine, tyrosine and valine in FMS patients vs...
January 12, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077789/biological-functions-of-cdk5-and-potential-cdk5-targeted-clinical-treatments
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Alison Shupp, Mathew C Casimiro, Richard G Pestell
Cyclin dependent kinases are proline-directed serine/threonine protein kinases that are traditionally activated upon association with a regulatory subunit. For most CDKs, activation by a cyclin occurs through association and phosphorylation of the CDK's T-loop. CDK5 is unusual because it is not typically activated upon binding with a cyclin and does not require T-loop phosphorylation for activation, even though it has high amino acid sequence homology with other CDKs. While it was previously thought that CDK5 only interacted with p35 or p39 and their cleaved counterparts, Recent evidence suggests that CDK5 can interact with certain cylins, amongst other proteins, which modulate CDK5 activity levels...
January 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077763/a-simplified-mathematical-model-of-directional-dna-site-specific-recombination-by-serine-integrases
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Alexandra Pokhilko, Jia Zhao, W Marshall Stark, Sean D Colloms, Oliver Ebenhöh
Serine integrases catalyse site-specific recombination to integrate and excise bacteriophage genomes into and out of their host's genome. These enzymes exhibit remarkable directionality; in the presence of the integrase alone, recombination between attP and attB DNA sites is efficient and irreversible, giving attL and attR products which do not recombine further. However, in the presence of the bacteriophage-encoded recombination directionality factor (RDF), integrase efficiently promotes recombination between attL and attR to re-form attP and attB The DNA substrates and products of both reactions are approximately isoenergetic, and no cofactors (such as adenosine triphosphate) are required for recombination...
January 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077638/a-conserved-glycine-residue-is-required-for-proper-functioning-of-a-baculovirus-vp39-protein
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Susumu Katsuma, Ryuhei Kokusho
: The baculovirus VP39 is a major nucleocapsid protein essential for viral propagation. However, the critical domains or residues of the VP39 protein have not yet been identified. Here, we performed mutagenesis experiments of Bombyx mori nucleopolyhedrovirus (BmNPV) using 5-bromo-2' -deoxyuridine and isolated a BmNPV mutant that produced fewer occlusion bodies than the wild-type virus. This mutant also produced fewer infectious budded viruses (BVs), when compared with the wild-type virus in both cultured cells and B...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077620/mitogen-induced-distinct-epi-alleles-are-phosphorylated-at-either-h3s10-or-h3s28-depending-on-h3k27-acetylation
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Dilshad H Khan, Shannon Healy, Shihua He, Daniel Lichtensztejn, Ludger Klewes, Kiran L Sharma, Veronica Lau, Sabine Mai, Geneviève P Delcuve, James R Davie
Stimulation of the MAPK pathway results in mitogen- and stress-activated protein kinase 1/2 (MSK1/2)-catalyzed phosphorylation of histone H3 at serine 10 or 28 and expression of immediate-early (IE) genes. In 10T1/2 mouse fibroblasts, phosphorylation of H3S10 and H3S28 occurs on different H3 molecules and in different nuclear regions. Likewise, we show that mitogen-induced H3S10 and H3S28 phosphorylation occurs in separate pools in human primary fibroblasts. High-resolution imaging studies on both cell types have revealed that H3S10 and H3S28 phosphorylation events can be induced in a single cell but on different alleles, giving rise to H3S10ph and H3S28ph epi-alleles...
January 11, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077578/novel-serine-176-phosphorylation-of-ybx1-activates-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-in-colon-cancer
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Matthew Martin, Laiqing Hua, Benlian Wang, Han Wei, Lakshmi Prabhu, Antja-Voy Hartley, Guanglong Jiang, Yunlong Liu, Tao Lu
The Y box protein 1 (YBX1) is a well-known oncoprotein which has tumor promoting functions. YBX1 is widely considered to be an attractive therapeutic target in cancer. In order to develop novel therapeutics to target YBX1, it is of great importance to understand how YBX1 is finely regulated in cancer. Previously, we have shown that YBX1 could function as a tumor promoter through phosphorylation of its serine 165 (S165) residue, leading to the activation of the NF-[kappa]B signaling pathway (1). In this study, using mass spectrometry analysis, we discovered a quite distinct phosphorylation site, S176, on YBX1...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077320/serine-threonine-phosphatases-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Jordi Heijman, Shokoufeh Ghezelbash, Xander H T Wehrens, Dobromir Dobrev
Serine/threonine protein phosphatases control dephosphorylation of numerous cardiac proteins, including a variety of ion channels and calcium-handling proteins, thereby providing precise post-translational regulation of cardiac electrophysiology and function. Accordingly, dysfunction of this regulation can contribute to the initiation, maintenance and progression of cardiac arrhythmias. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disorder and is characterized by electrical, autonomic, calcium-handling, contractile, and structural remodeling, which include, among other things, changes in the phosphorylation status of a wide range of proteins...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076955/post-translational-modifications-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-canonical-and-variant-histones
#16
Gisele F A Picchi, Vanessa Zulkievicz, Marco Aurelio Krieger, Nilson T Zanchin, Samuel Goldenberg, Lyris M F de Godoy
Chagas disease, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, still affects millions of people around the world. No vaccines neither treatment for chronic Chagas disease are available, and chemotherapy for the acute phase is hindered by limited efficacy and severe side effects. The processes by which the parasite acquires infectivity and survives in different hosts involve tight regulation of gene expression, mainly post-transcriptionally. Nevertheless, chromatin structure/organization of trypanosomatids is similar to other eukaryotes, including histone variants and post-translational modifications...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076779/transcription-dynamics-prevent-rna-mediated-genomic-instability-through-srpk2-dependent-ddx23-phosphorylation
#17
Sreerama Chaitanya Sridhara, Sílvia Carvalho, Ana Rita Grosso, Lina Marcela Gallego-Paez, Maria Carmo-Fonseca, Sérgio Fernandes de Almeida
Genomic instability is frequently caused by nucleic acid structures termed R-loops that are formed during transcription. Despite their harmful potential, mechanisms that sense, signal, and suppress these structures remain elusive. Here, we report that oscillations in transcription dynamics are a major sensor of R-loops. We show that pausing of RNA polymerase II (RNA Pol II) initiates a signaling cascade whereby the serine/arginine protein kinase 2 (SRPK2) phosphorylates the DDX23 helicase, culminating in the suppression of R-loops...
January 10, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076395/mapping-and-genetic-structure-analysis-of-the-anthracnose-resistance-locus-co-1hy-in-the-common-bean-phaseolus-vulgaris-l
#18
Mingli Chen, Jing Wu, Lanfen Wang, Nitin Mantri, Xiaoyan Zhang, Zhendong Zhu, Shumin Wang
Anthracnose is a destructive disease of the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). The Andean cultivar Hongyundou has been demonstrated to possess strong resistance to anthracnose race 81. To study the genetics of this resistance, the Hongyundou cultivar was crossed with a susceptible genotype Jingdou. Segregation of resistance for race 81 was assessed in the F2 population and F2:3 lines under controlled conditions. Results indicate that Hongyundou carries a single dominant gene for anthracnose resistance. An allele test by crossing Hongyundou with another resistant cultivar revealed that the resistance gene is in the Co-1 locus (therefore named Co-1HY)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076288/transfer-rnas-with-novel-cloverleaf-structures
#19
Takahito Mukai, Oscar Vargas-Rodriguez, Markus Englert, H James Tripp, Natalia N Ivanova, Edward M Rubin, Nikos C Kyrpides, Dieter Söll
We report the identification of novel tRNA species with 12-base pair amino-acid acceptor branches composed of longer acceptor stem and shorter T-stem. While canonical tRNAs have a 7/5 configuration of the branch, the novel tRNAs have either 8/4 or 9/3 structure. They were found during the search for selenocysteine tRNAs in terabytes of genome, metagenome and metatranscriptome sequences. Certain bacteria and their phages employ the 8/4 structure for serine and histidine tRNAs, while minor cysteine and selenocysteine tRNA species may have a modified 8/4 structure with one bulge nucleotide...
October 5, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075463/expression-of-the-promyelocytic-leukemia-protein-without-the-nuclear-localization-signal-as-a-novel-diagnostic-marker-for-acute-promyelocytic-leukemia
#20
Ting Xu, Xiao-Qun Yang, Kai-Ling Jiang, Hui Wang, Peng-Peng Ma, Liang Zhong, Bei-Zhong Liu
Promyelocytic leukemia-retinoic acid receptor α (PML-RARα) is a fusion protein generated by the t(15;17)(q22;q12) translocation associated with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). PML-RARα is cleaved by neutrophil elastase, an early myeloid-specific serine protease, leading to translocation of the nuclear localization signal (NLS) of the PML protein to the N-terminal of RARα, and the mutational product PML(NLS-). The present study was designed to analyze the role of the NLS in mediating PML transport into the nucleus and to evaluate the value of measuring NLS translocation in the early diagnosis of APL...
January 9, 2017: Oncology Reports
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