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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806784/structural-analysis-of-p-falciparum-kahrp-and-pfemp1-complexes-with-host-erythrocyte-spectrin-suggests-a-model-for-cytoadherent-knob-protrusions
#1
Erin E Cutts, Niklas Laasch, Dirk M Reiter, Raphael Trenker, Leanne M Slater, Phillip J Stansfeld, Ioannis Vakonakis
Plasmodium falciparum Erythrocyte Membrane Protein 1 (PfEMP1) and Knob-associated Histidine-rich Protein (KAHRP) are directly linked to malaria pathology. PfEMP1 and KAHRP cluster on protrusions (knobs) on the P. falciparum-infected erythrocyte surface and enable pathogenic cytoadherence of infected erythrocytes to the host microvasculature, leading to restricted blood flow, oxygen deprivation and damage of tissues. Here we characterize the interactions of PfEMP1 and KAHRP with host erythrocyte spectrin using biophysical, structural and computational approaches...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754692/an-in-vitro-tag-and-modify-protein-sample-generation-method-for-singlemolecule-fret
#2
Kambiz M Hamadani, Jesse Howe, Madeleine K Jensen, Peng Wu, Jamie H D Cate, Susan Marqusee
Biomolecular systems exhibit many dynamic and biologically relevant properties, such as conformational fluctuations, multistep catalysis, transient interactions, folding, and allosteric structural transitions. These properties are challenging to detect and engineer using standard ensemble-based techniques. To address this drawback, single-molecule methods offer a way to access conformational distributions, transient states, and asynchronous dynamics inaccessible to these standard techniques. Fluorescence-based single molecule approaches are parallelizable and compatible with multiplexed detection; to date, however, they have remained limited to serial screens of small protein libraries...
July 28, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753013/protein-protein-interaction-probed-by-label-free-second-harmonic-light-scattering-hemoglobin-adsorption-on-spectrin-surface-as-a-case-study
#3
Kamini Mishra, Abhijit Chakrabarti, Puspendu Kumar Das
In this article, we have studied the binding of different naturally occurring hemoglobin (Hb) variants on erythrocyte skeletal protein, spectrin surface using the label free non-destructive second harmonic light scattering (SHLS) technique in aqueous buffer. Hemoglobin variants like sickle hemoglobin (HbS) and hemoglobin E (HbE) were chosen as they associate with sickle cell disease and HbEβ-thalassemia, respectively and their interaction with spectrin is compared with normal adult hemoglobin (HbA). The concentration dependent change in the second harmonic light intensity from nanomolar spectrin solution has been measured after addition of small aliquots of hemoglobins...
July 28, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730955/itraq-based-proteomic-analysis-of-appsw-ind-mice-provides-insights-into-the-early-changes-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#4
Nan Li, Pinghong Hu, Tiantian Xu, Huan Chen, Xiaoying Chen, Jianwen Hu, Xifei Yang, Lei Shi, Jian-Hong Luo, Junyu Xu
BACKGROUND: Several proteins have been identified as potential diagnostic biomarkers in imaging, genetic, or proteomic studies in Alzheimer disease (AD) patients and mouse models. However, biomarkers for presymptom diagnosis of AD are still under investigation, as are the presymptom molecular changes in AD pathogenesis. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we aim to analyzed the early proteomic changes in APPSw,Ind mice and to conduct further functional studies on interesting proteins...
July 19, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704937/attenuation-of-red-blood-cell-storage-lesions-with-vitamin-c
#5
Kimberly Sanford, Bernard J Fisher, Evan Fowler, Alpha A Fowler, Ramesh Natarajan
Stored red blood cells (RBCs) undergo oxidative stress that induces deleterious metabolic, structural, biochemical, and molecular changes collectively referred to as "storage lesions". We hypothesized that vitamin C (VitC, reduced or oxidized) would reduce red cell storage lesions, thus prolonging their storage duration. Whole-blood-derived, leuko-reduced, SAGM (saline-adenine-glucose-mannitol)-preserved RBC concentrates were equally divided into four pediatric storage bags and the following additions made: (1) saline (saline); (2) 0...
July 12, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701737/circulating-primitive-erythroblasts-establish-a-functional-protein-4-1r-dependent-cytoskeletal-network-prior-to-enucleating
#6
Yu-Shan Huang, Luis F Delgadillo, Kathryn H Cyr, Paul D Kingsley, Xiuli An, Kathleen E McGrath, Narla Mohandas, John G Conboy, Richard E Waugh, Jiandi Wan, James Palis
Hematopoietic ontogeny is characterized by distinct primitive and definitive erythroid lineages. Definitive erythroblasts mature and enucleate extravascularly and form a unique membrane skeleton, composed of spectrin, 4.1R-complex, and ankyrinR-complex components, to survive the vicissitudes of the adult circulation. However, little is known about the formation and composition of the membrane skeleton in primitive erythroblasts, which progressively mature while circulating in the embryonic bloodstream. We found that primary primitive erythroblasts express the major membrane skeleton genes present in similarly staged definitive erythroblasts, suggesting that the composition and formation of this membrane network is conserved in maturing primitive and definitive erythroblasts despite their respective intravascular and extravascular locations...
July 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694468/interactome-and-reciprocal-activation-of-pathways-in-topical-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-the-recipient-cerebral-cortex-following-traumatic-brain-injury
#7
Ping K Lam, Kevin K W Wang, Anthony W I Lo, Cindy S W Tong, Don W C Ching, Kenneth Wong, Zhihui Yang, Themis Kong, Kin K Y Lo, Richard K W Choy, Paul B S Lai, George K C Wong, Wai S Poon
In this study, GFP-MSCs were topically applied to the surface of cerebral cortex within 1 hour of experimental TBI. No treatment was given to the control group. Three days after topical application, the MSCs homed to the injured parenchyma and improved the neurological function. Topical MSCs triggered earlier astrocytosis and reactive microglia. TBI penumbra and hippocampus had higher cellular proliferation. Apoptosis was suppressed at hippocampus at 1 week and reduced neuronal damaged was found in the penumbral at day 14 apoptosis...
July 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692740/switching-of-%C3%AE-catenin-from-epithelial-to-neuronal-type-during-lens-epithelial-cell-differentiation
#8
Rupalatha Maddala, Ponugoti Vasantha Rao
Purpose: Ocular lens fiber cell elongation, differentiation, and compaction are associated with extensive reorganization of cell adhesive interactions and cytoskeleton; however, our knowledge of proteins critical to these events is still evolving. This study characterizes the distribution pattern of neuronal-specific α-catenin (αN-catenin) and its interaction with the N-cadherin-associated adherens junctions (AJs) and their stability in the mouse lens fibers. Methods: Expression and distribution of αN-catenin in developing mouse and adult human lenses was determined by RT-PCR, immunoblot, and immunofluorescence analyses...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679697/spectraplakin-family-proteins-cytoskeletal-crosslinkers-with-versatile-roles
#9
REVIEW
Jamie Zhang, Jiping Yue, Xiaoyang Wu
The different cytoskeletal networks in a cell are responsible for many fundamental cellular processes. Current studies have shown that spectraplakins, cytoskeletal crosslinkers that combine features of both the spectrin and plakin families of crosslinkers, have a critical role in integrating these different cytoskeletal networks. Spectraplakin genes give rise to a variety of isoforms that have distinct functions. Importantly, all spectraplakin isoforms are uniquely able to associate with all three elements of the cytoskeleton, namely, F-actin, microtubules and intermediate filaments...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668965/membrane-remodelling-and-vesicle-formation-during-ageing-of-human-red-blood-cells
#10
Annarita Ciana, Cesare Achilli, Anjali Gaur, Giampaolo Minetti
BACKGROUND/AIMS: A high surface-to-volume ratio and a spectrin membrane-skeleton (MS) confer to the mammalian red blood cells (RBCs) their characteristic deformability, mechanical strength and structural stability. During their 120 days of circulatory life in humans, RBCs decrease in size, while remaining biconcave disks, owing to a coordinated decrease in membrane surface area and cell water. It is generally believed that part of the membrane is lost with the shedding of spectrin-free vesicles of the same type that can be obtained in vitro by different treatments...
June 30, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668958/spectrin-and-other-membrane-skeletal-components-in-human-red-blood-cells-of-different-age
#11
Annarita Ciana, Cesare Achilli, Giampaolo Minetti
BACKGROUND: Old human red blood cells (RBCs) have a reduced surface area with respect to young RBCs. If this decrease occurred through the release of vesicles similar to the spectrin-free vesicles that are shed in vitro under different experimental conditions or during storage, there would be no decrease of membrane-skeleton, but only of lipid bilayer surface area, during RBC ageing in vivo. However, we observed a decrease in spectrin and other membrane-skeletal proteins in old RBCs. Because RBCs contain components of the ubiquitin-proteasome system and other hydrolytic systems for protein degradation, we asked whether increased membrane-skeleton fragments could be detected in older RBCs...
June 30, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640691/the-nesprin-cytoskeleton-interface-probed-directly-on-single-nuclei-is-a-mechanically-rich-system
#12
Daniel A Balikov, Sonia K Brady, Ung Hyun Ko, Jennifer H Shin, Jose M de Pereda, Arnoud Sonnenberg, Hak-Joon Sung, Matthew J Lang
The cytoskeleton provides structure and plays an important role in cellular function such as migration, resisting compression forces, and transport. The cytoskeleton also reacts to physical cues such as fluid shear stress or extracellular matrix remodeling by reorganizing filament associations, most commonly focal adhesions and cell-cell cadherin junctions. These mechanical stimuli can result in genome-level changes, and the physical connection of the cytoskeleton to the nucleus provides an optimal conduit for signal transduction by interfacing with nuclear envelope proteins, called nesprins, within the LINC (linker of the nucleus to the cytoskeleton) complex...
June 22, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636205/progressive-scar14-with-unclear-speech-developmental-delay-tremor-and-behavioral-problems-caused-by-a-homozygous-deletion-of-the-sptbn2-pleckstrin-homology-domain
#13
Esra Yıldız Bölükbaşı, Muhammad Afzal, Sara Mumtaz, Nafees Ahmad, Sajid Malik, Aslıhan Tolun
We report on nine members of a consanguineous Pakistani family with primary presentation of intellectual disability, developmental delay, limb and gait ataxia, behavioral and speech problems, and tremor. By linkage mapping and exome sequencing we identified novel homozygous splicing variant c.6375-1G>C in SPTBN2. To date, only two other SPTBN2 mutations with recessive pattern of inheritance causing SCAR14 (spinocerebellar ataxia, autosomal recessive 14) that manifest with developmental ataxia and cognitive impairment, or cerebellar ataxia, mental retardation, and pyramidal signs have been reported...
September 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634183/syk-inhibitors-interfere-with-erythrocyte-membrane-modification-during-p-falciparum-growth-and-suppress-parasite-egress
#14
Antonella Pantaleo, Kristina R Kesely, Maria Carmina Pau, Ioannis Tsamesidis, Evelin Schwarzer, Oleksii A Skorokhod, Huynh D Chien, Marta Ponzi, Lucia Bertuccini, Philip S Low, Francesco M Turrini
Band 3 (a.k.a. the anion exchanger, SLCA1, AE1) constitutes the major attachment site of the spectrin-based cytoskeleton to the erythrocyte's lipid bilayer and thereby contributes critically to the stability of the red cell membrane. During the intra-erythrocytic stage of Plasmodium falciparum's life cycle, band 3 becomes tyrosine phosphorylated in response to oxidative stress, leading to a decrease in its affinity for the spectrin/actin cytoskeleton and causing global membrane destabilization. Because this membrane weakening is hypothesized to facilitate parasite egress and the consequent dissemination of released merozoites throughout the bloodstream, we decided to explore which tyrosine kinase inhibitors might block the kinase-induced membrane destabilization...
June 20, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630467/computational-method-allowing-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange-mass-spectrometry-at-single-amide-resolution
#15
Chris Gessner, Wieland Steinchen, Sabrina Bédard, John J Skinner, Virgil L Woods, Thomas J Walsh, Gert Bange, Dionysios P Pantazatos
Hydrogen-deuterium exchange (HDX) coupled with mass spectrometry (HDXMS) is a rapid and effective method for localizing and determining protein stability and dynamics. Localization is routinely limited to a peptide resolution of 5 to 20 amino acid residues. HDXMS data can contain information beyond that needed for defining protein stability at single amide resolution. Here we present a method for extracting this information from an HDX dataset to generate a HDXMS protein stability fingerprint. High resolution (HR)-HDXMS was applied to the analysis of a model protein of a spectrin tandem repeat that exemplified an intuitive stability profile based on the linkage of two triple helical repeats connected by a helical linker...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625779/multiple-isoforms-of-nesprin1-are-integral-components-of-ciliary-rootlets
#16
Chloe Potter, Wanqiu Zhu, David Razafsky, Philip Ruzycki, Alexander V Kolesnikov, Teresa Doggett, Vladimir J Kefalov, Ewelina Betleja, Moe R Mahjoub, Didier Hodzic
SYNE1 (synaptic nuclear envelope 1) encodes multiple isoforms of Nesprin1 (nuclear envelope spectrin 1) that associate with the nuclear envelope (NE) through a C-terminal KASH (Klarsicht/Anc1/Syne homology) domain (Figure 1A) [1-4]. This domain interacts directly with the SUN (Sad1/Unc84) domain of Sun proteins [5-7], a family of transmembrane proteins of the inner nuclear membrane (INM) [8, 9], to form the so-called LINC complexes (linkers of the nucleoskeleton and cytoskeleton) that span the entire NE and mediate nuclear positioning [10-12]...
July 10, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619622/the-spectraplakins-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-cytoskeletal-crosslinkers-and-beyond
#17
REVIEW
Rong Fu, Xiaowan Jiang, Zhaohui Huang, Huimin Zhang
Spectraplakins are evolutionary conserved cytolinkers with characteristics of both the spectrin and the plakin family proteins. Caenorhabditis elegans possesses two categories of spectraplakin isoforms encoded by a single locus termed vab-10. Here we summarize the structure, homology, expression and functions of these spectraplakin family proteins in the nematode. We particularly focus on the diverse roles of VAB-10 isoforms in a number of organs and tissue types, as well as the similarities and distinctions of the underlying mechanisms...
June 12, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615691/human-myogenic-reserve-cells-are-quiescent-stem-cells-that-contribute-to-muscle-regeneration-after-intramuscular-transplantation-in-immunodeficient-mice
#18
Thomas Laumonier, Flavien Bermont, Pierre Hoffmeyer, Vincent Kindler, Jacques Menetrey
Satellite cells, localized within muscles in vivo, are Pax7(+) muscle stem cells supporting skeletal muscle growth and regeneration. Unfortunately, their amplification in vitro, required for their therapeutic use, is associated with reduced regenerative potential. In the present study, we investigated if human myogenic reserve cells (MRC) obtained in vitro, represented a reliable cell source for muscle repair. For this purpose, primary human myoblasts were freshly isolated and expanded. After 2 days of differentiation, 62 ± 2...
June 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611576/maternal-different-degrees-of-iodine-deficiency-during-pregnant-and-lactation-impair-the-development-of-cerebellar-pinceau-in-offspring
#19
Jing Dong, Heling Song, Yuan Wang, Min Li, Ye Yu, Yi Wang, Jie Chen
Aims: Iodine is critical for synthesis of thyroid hormones (TH). And iodine deficiency (ID) is one of the most significant reasons of intellectual disability and motor memory impairment, although the potential mechanisms are still under investigation. Presently, mild ID and marginal ID are largely ignored problems for women of child bearing age. Mild ID is a subtle form of TH deficiency, which shows low levels of free thyroxine (FT4) and relatively normal free triiodothyronine (FT3) or thyroid stimulation hormone (TSH)...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582869/postnatal-development-of-spasticity-following-transgene-insertion-in-the-mouse-%C3%AE-iv-spectrin-gene-sptbn4
#20
Eva Kichkin, Archunan Visvanathan, Frank J Lovicu, Daisy Y Shu, Shannon J Das, Stephen W Reddel, Emily P McCann, Katharine Y Zhang, Kelly L Williams, Ian P Blair, William D Phillips
BACKGROUND: The L25 mouse line was generated by random genomic insertion of a lens-specific transgene. Inbreeding of L25 hemizygotes revealed an unanticipated spastic phenotype in the hind limbs. OBJECTIVE: The goals were to characterize the motor phenotype in the L25 mice and to map the transgene insert site within the mouse genome. METHODS: Six pairs of L25+/- mice were repeatedly mated. Beginning at weaning, all progeny were inspected for body weight and motor signs twice weekly until they displayed predefined ethical criteria for termination...
2017: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
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