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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150981/systematic-proteomic-analysis-of-protein-methylation-in-prokaryotes-and-eukaryotes-revealed-distinct-substrate-specificity
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Min Zhang, Jun-Yu Xu, Hao Hu, Bang-Ce Ye, Minjia Tan
The studies of protein methylation mainly focus on lysine and arginine residues due to their diverse roles in essential cellular processes from gene expression to signal transduction. Nevertheless, atypical protein methylation occurring on amino acid residues, such as glutamine and glutamic acid, was largely neglected until recently. In addition, the systematic analysis for the distribution of methylation on different amino acids in various species is still lacking, which hinders our understanding of its functional roles...
November 18, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150961/modulation-of-igg1-immunoeffector-function-by-glycoengineering-of-the-gdp-fucose-biosynthesis-pathway
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Ronan M Kelly, Ronald L Kowle, Zhirui Lian, Beth A Strifler, Derrick R Witcher, Bhavin S Parekh, Tongtong Wang, Christopher C Frye
Cross-linking of the Fcγ receptors expressed on the surface of hematopoietic cells by IgG immune complexes triggers the activation of key immune effector mechanisms, including antibody-dependent cell mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC). A conserved N-glycan positioned at the N-terminal region of the IgG CH 2 domain is critical in maintaining the quaternary structure of the molecule for Fcγ receptor engagement. The removal of a single core fucose residue from the N-glycan results in a considerable increase in affinity for FcγRIIIa leading to an enhanced receptor-mediated immunoeffector function...
November 18, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150959/nono-ubiquitination-is-mediated-by-fbw7-and-gsk3-%C3%AE-via-a-degron-lost-upon-chromosomal-rearrangement-in-cancer
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Luigi Alfano, Antonella Caporaso, Angela Altieri, Caterina Costa, Iris M Forte, Carmelina A Iannuzzi, Daniela Barone, Luca Esposito, Antonio Giordano, Francesca Pentimalli
NONO is an RNA-binding protein involved in transcription, mRNA splicing, DNA repair and checkpoint activation in response to UV radiation. NONO expression has been found altered in several tumour types, including prostate, colon, breast, melanoma and in papillary renal carcinoma, in which an X chromosome inversion generates a NONO-TFE3 fusion protein. Upon such rearrangement, NONO loses its C-terminal domain. Through bioinformatics analysis, we identified a putative degron motif, known to be recognized by the Skp1-Cul1-F-box-protein (SCF) complex...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150943/muscle-regeneration-potential-and-satellite-cell-activation-profile-during-recovery-following-hindlimb-immobilization-in-mice
#4
Maria Guitart, Josep Lloreta, Laura Mañas-Garcia, Esther Barreiro
Reduced muscle activity leads to muscle atrophy and function loss in patients and animal models. Satellite cells (SCs) are postnatal muscle stem cells that play a pivotal role in skeletal muscle regeneration following injury. The regenerative potential, satellite cell numbers, and markers during recovery following immobilization of the hindlimb for seven days were explored. In mice exposed to seven days of hindlimb immobilization, in those exposed to recovery (seven days, splint removal), and in contralateral control muscles, muscle precursor cells were isolated from all hindlimb muscles (fluorescence-activated cell sorting, FACS), and SCs and muscle regeneration were identified using immunofluorescence (gastrocnemius and soleus) and electron microscopy (EM, gastrocnemius)...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150942/a-novel-epididymal-quiescence-factor-inhibits-sperm-motility-by-modulating-nos-activity-and-intracellular-no-cgmp-pathway
#5
Prasanta Ghosh, Sandipan Mukherjee, Arpita Bhoumik, Sandhya Rekha Dungdung
Mature and potentially motile spermatozoa stored in cauda epididymis in an inactive state for approximately 30 days; however during ejaculation they regain motility. To understand the actual molecular mechanism of the sperm quiescence during caudal stay, a proteinaceous quiescence factor (QF) has been purified from caprine epididymal plasma to apparent homogeneity. In the present study complete purification, detailed characterization as well as mechanistic pathway of QF has been described. QF was purified to 215 fold with 45% activity recovery...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150896/stereospecific-control-of-peptide-gas-phase-ion-chemistry-with-cis-and-trans-cyclo-ornithine-residues
#6
Aleš Marek, Huong T H Nguyen, Břetislav Brož, František Tureček
We report non-chiral amino acid residues cis- and trans-1,4-diaminocyclohexane-1-carboxylic acid (cyclo-ornithine, cO) that exhibit unprecedented stereospecific control of backbone dissociations of singly charged peptide cations and hydrogen-rich cation radicals produced by electron-transfer dissociation (ETD). Upon collision-induced dissociation (CID) in the slow heating regime, peptide cations containing trans-cO residues undergo facile backbone cleavages of amide bonds C-terminal to trans-cO. In contrast, peptides with cis-cO residues undergo dissociations at several amide bonds along the peptide ion backbone...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150644/therapeutic-effects-of-hepatocyte-growth-factor-overexpressing-dental-pulp-stem-cells-on-liver-cirrhosis-in-a-rat-model
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Xiao-Fang Cao, Shi-Zhu Jin, Liang Sun, Yuan-Bo Zhan, Feng Lin, Ying Li, Ying-Lian Zhou, Xiu-Mei Wang, Li Gao, Bin Zhang
Cirrhosis is the terminal stage of hepatic diseases and is prone to develop into hepatocyte carcinoma. Increasing evidence suggests that the transplantation of dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) may promote recovery from cirrhosis, but the key regulatory mechanisms involved remain to be determined. In this study, we overexpressed human hepatocyte growth factor (hHGF) in primary rat DPSCs and evaluated the effects of HGF overexpression on the biological behaviors and therapeutic efficacy of grafted DPSCs in cirrhosis...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150637/ml-proteins-from-mesorhizobium-loti-and-mucr-from-brucella-abortus-an-at-rich-core-dna-target-site-and-oligomerization-ability
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Ilaria Baglivo, Luciano Pirone, Emilia Maria Pedone, Joshua Edison Pitzer, Lidia Muscariello, Maria Michela Marino, Gaetano Malgieri, Andrea Freschi, Angela Chambery, Roy-Martin Roop Ii, Paolo Vincenzo Pedone
Mesorhizobium loti contains ten genes coding for proteins sharing high amino acid sequence identity with members of the Ros/MucR transcription factor family. Five of these Ros/MucR family members from Mesorhizobium loti (Ml proteins) have been recently structurally and functionally characterized demonstrating that Ml proteins are DNA-binding proteins. However, the DNA-binding studies were performed using the Ros DNA-binding site with the Ml proteins. Currently, there is no evidence as to when the Ml proteins are expressed during the Mesorhizobium lo ti life cycle as well as no information concerning their natural DNA-binding site...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150543/toxicokinetics-and-physiologically-based-pharmacokinetic-modeling-of-the-shellfish-toxin-domoic-acid-in-nonhuman-primates
#9
Jing Jing, Rebekah Petroff, Sara Shum, Brenda Crouthamel, Ariel R Topletz, Kimberly S Grant, Thomas M Burbacher, Nina Isoherranen
Domoic acid (DA), a neurotoxin, is produced by marine algae and has caused toxications worldwide in animals and humans. However, the toxicokinetics of DA has not been fully evaluated, and information is missing on the disposition of DA following oral exposures at doses that are considered safe for human consumption. In this study, toxicokinetics of DA were investigated in cynomolgus monkeys, following single doses of 5 µg/kg DA iv, 0.075 mg/kg DA po and 0.15 mg/kg DA po. Following iv dosing, DA had a systemic clearance of 124 ± 71 ml/hr/kg, volume of distribution at steady state of 131±71 ml/kg and elimination half-life of 1...
November 17, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150513/high-prevalence-and-genetic-diversity-of-large-phicd211-phicdif1296t-like-prophages-in-clostridioides-difficile
#10
Julian R Garneau, Ognjen Sekulovic, Bruno Dupuy, Olga Soutourina, Marc Monot, Louis-Charles Fortier
Clostridioides difficile (formerly Clostridium difficile) is a pathogenic bacterium displaying great genetic diversity. A significant proportion of this diversity is due to the presence of integrated prophages. Here, we provide an in-depth analysis of phiCD211, also known as phiCDIF1296T, the largest phage identified in C. difficile so far, with a genome of 131-kbp. It shares morphological and genomic similarity with other large siphophages like phage 949 infecting Lactococcus lactis and phage c-st infecting Clostridium botulinum...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150498/identification-of-a-chez-like-gene-in-azorhizobium-caulinodans-a-key-gene-in-the-control-of-chemotaxis-and-colonization-of-the-host-plant
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Xiaolin Liu, Wei Liu, Yu Sun, Chunlei Xia, Claudine Elmerich, Zhihong Xie
Chemotaxis can provide bacteria with competitive advantages for survival in complex environments. The CheZ chemotaxis protein is a phosphatase, affecting the flagellar motor in Escherichia coli, by dephosphorylating the response regulator CheY-P protein responsible for clockwise rotation. A cheZ gene has been found in Azorhizobium caulinodans ORS571, in contrast to other rhizobial species studied so far. The CheZ protein in ORS571 has a conserved motif similar to that corresponding to the phosphatase active site in E...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150488/membrane-binding-of-and-a-self-inhibitory-interaction-within-nup155-are-required-for-nuclear-pore-complex-formation
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Paola De Magistris, Marianna Tatarek-Nossol, Manfred Dewor, Wolfram Antonin
Nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) are the gateways through the nuclear envelope. How they form into a structure containing three rings and integrate into the nuclear envelope remains a challenging paradigm for coordinated assembly of macro-complexes. In vertebrates, the cytoplasmic and nucleoplasmic rings of NPCs are mostly formed by multiple copies of the Nup107-Nup160 complex, whereas the central, or inner ring is composed of Nup53, Nup93, Nup155 and the two paralogues Nup188 and Nup205. Inner ring assembly is only partially understood...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150442/functional-analyses-of-a-human-vascular-tumor-fos-variant-identify-a-novel-degradation-mechanism-and-a-link-to-tumorigenesis
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David G P van Ijzendoorn, Zary Forghany, Frauke Liebelt, Alfred C Vertegaal, Aart G Jochemsen, Judith V M G Bovée, Karoly Szuhai, David A Baker
Epithelioid hemangioma is a locally aggressive vascular neoplasm, found in bones and soft tissue, whose cause is currently unknown, but may involve oncogene activation. FOS was one of the earliest viral oncogenes to be characterized and normal cellular FOS forms part of the activator protein 1 (AP-1) transcription factor complex which plays a pivotal role in cell growth, differentiation and survival as well as the DNA damage response. Despite this, to date, a causal link between aberrant FOS function and naturally occurring tumors has not been established...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150024/decreased-uchl1-expression-as-a-cytologic-biomarker-for-aggressive-behavior-in-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors
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Maureen D Moore, Brendan Finnerty, Katherine D Gray, Rana Hoda, Yi-Fan Liu, Lauren Soong, Toni Beninato, Rema Rao, Rasa Zarnegar, Thomas J Fahey
BACKGROUND: There are currently no reliable markers associated with aggressive behavior in well-differentiated and moderately differentiated pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. We aimed to determine whether expression of ubiquitin carboxyl-terminal hydrolase L1 in conjunction with Ki67 can identify metastatic potential of well-differentiated and moderately differentiated pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors from fine-needle aspiration samples obtained by endoscopic ultrasound. METHODS: Retrospective review of 48 patients with well-differentiated and moderately differentiated pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors diagnosed by endoscopic ultrasound fine-needle aspiration at a single center identified 35 biopsy samples with adequate material for analysis...
November 14, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150011/optimization-of-crispr-cas9-genome-editing-for-loss-of-function-in-the-early-chick-embryo
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Shashank Gandhi, Michael L Piacentino, Felipe M Vieceli, Marianne E Bronner
The advent of CRISPR/Cas9 has made genome editing possible in virtually any organism, including those not previously amenable to genetic manipulations. Here, we present an optimization of CRISPR/Cas9 for application to early avian embryos with improved efficiency via a three-fold strategy. First, we employed Cas9 protein flanked with two nuclear localization signal sequences for improved nuclear localization. Second, we used a modified guide RNA (gRNA) scaffold that obviates premature termination of transcription and unstable Cas9-gRNA interactions...
December 1, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149987/inhibition-of-porcine-endogenous-retrovirus-by-multi-targeting-micro-rna-against-long-terminal-region
#16
H-C Chung, V-G Nguyen, W-T Oh, T-M-L Huynh, H-J Moon, J-H Lee, H-K Kim, S-J Park, B-K Park
BACKGROUND: There might be much benefit in xenotransplantation, however, the risk of infections across species barriers remains, especially porcine endogenous retrovirus (PERV). To date, many attempts have been made to knock down active PERVs by inhibitory RNA (RNAi) and micro RNA (miRNA), which target different genes of PERV. There are a few studies that have explored whether targeting promoter regions of PERV could exert an inhibition effect. METHODS: miRNAs were automatically selected based on an online program BLOCK-iT RNAi Designer...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149753/identifying-relapse-prevention-elements-during-psychological-treatment-of-depression-development-of-an-observer-based-rating-instrument
#17
Katja Machmutow, Martin Grosse Holtforth, Tobias Krieger, Birgit Watzke
BACKGROUND: Although observer-rated instruments assessing therapist's adherence to relapse-preventive treatments are available, they do not adequately cover specific relapse-preventive elements that focus on implementation of strategies after terminating treatment. This study describes the development of the KERI-D (Kodierbogen zur Erfassung Rückfallprophylaktischer Interventionen bei Depression/Coding System to Assess Interventions of Relapse Prevention in Depression). The KERI-D is a new observer-based rating tool for acute or continuation/maintenance-phase sessions and assesses relapse-prevention elements including implementation into patient's daily routines...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149729/functionalized-gold-nanoparticles-as-affinity-nanoprobes-for-multiple-lectins
#18
Karuppuchamy Selvaprakash, Yu-Chie Chen
Glycan-lectin interactions are commonly observed in nature. Analytical methods, which are used to detect lectins that rely on the use of glycan ligand-modified nanoprobes as affinity probes, have been developed. Most of the existing methods are focused on the use of synthetic glycan ligands. Nevertheless, naturally available glycoproteins, such as ovalbumin in chicken egg whites, are good sources for fabricating glycan-immobilized nanoprobes. In this study, we generated functionalized gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) from a one-pot reaction by reacting chicken egg white (cew) proteins with aqueous tetrachloroaurate...
November 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149702/an-hplc-tandem-mass-spectrometry-for-quantification-of-et-26-hcl-and-its-major-metabolite-in-plasma-and-application-to-a-pharmacokinetic-study-in-rats
#19
Xu Chen, Wensheng Zhang, Sandy Rios, Miriam B Morkos, Xiaoli Ye, Gen Li, Xuehua Jiang, Zhijun Wang, Ling Wang
ET-26-HCl is a new analog of etomidate, a short-acting anesthetic drug, with less adrenal cortex inhibition. The pharmacokinetics of ET-26-HCl in rats needs to be determined for future clinical trials in human subjects. In order to facilitate the pharmacokinetic study, a liquid chromatography based tandem mass spectrometric (HPLC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for quantification of ET-26-HCl and its major metabolite, ET-26-acid. These two compounds and gabapentin (internal standard) were extracted using a protein precipitation method with methanol and detected by Multiple Reaction Monitoring of m/z transition of 275...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149695/rheo-optical-near-infrared-nir-spectroscopy-study-of-partially-miscible-polymer-blend-of-polymethyl-methacrylate-pmma-and-polyethylene-glycol-peg
#20
Hideyuki Shinzawa, Junji Mizukado
Tensile deformations of a partially miscible blend of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) is studied by a rheo-optical characterization near-infrared (NIR) technique to probe deformation behavior during tensile deformation. Sets of NIR spectra of the polymer samples were collected by using an acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) NIR spectrometer coupled with a tensile testing machine as an excitation device. While deformations of the samples were readily captured as strain-dependent NIR spectra, the entire feature of the spectra was overwhelmed with the baseline fluctuation induced by the decrease in the sample thickness and subsequent change in the light scattering...
November 11, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
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