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Intrinsically disordered protein

Christoph Göbl, Moritz Resch, Madeleine Strickland, Christoph Hartlmüller, Martin Viertler, Nico Tjandra, Tobias Madl
The study of intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) by NMR often suffers from highly overlapped resonances that prevent unambiguous chemical-shift assignments, and data analysis that relies on well-separated resonances. We present a covalent paramagnetic lanthanide-binding tag (LBT) for increasing the chemical-shift dispersion and facilitating the chemical-shift assignment of challenging, repeat-containing IDPs. Linkage of the DOTA-based LBT to a cysteine residue induces pseudo-contact shifts (PCS) for resonances more than 20 residues from the spin-labeling site...
October 20, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Shengwei Hou, Ulrike Pfreundt, Dan Miller, Ilana Berman-Frank, Wolfgang R Hess
Metatranscriptomic differential RNA-Seq (mdRNA-Seq) identifies the suite of active transcriptional start sites at single-nucleotide resolution through enrichment of primary transcript 5' ends. Here we analyzed the microbial community at 45 m depth at Station A in the northern Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea, during 500 m deep mixing in February 2012 using mdRNA-Seq and a parallel classical RNA-Seq approach. We identified promoters active in situ for five different pico-planktonic genera (the SAR11 clade of Alphaproteobacteria, Synechococcus of Cyanobacteria, Euryarchaeota, Thaumarchaeota, and Micromonas as an example for picoeukaryotic algae), showing the applicability of this approach to highly diverse microbial communities...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Alberto Baggioli, Carlo A Cavallotti, Antonino Famulari
From proteins and peptides to semiconducting polymers, aliphatic chains on aromatic groups are recurring motifs in macromolecules from very diverse application fields. Fields in which molecular folding and packing determine the macroscopic physical properties that make such advanced materials appealing in the first place. Within each macromolecule, the intrinsic structure of each unit defines how it interacts with its neighbours, ultimately opening up or denying certain backbone conformations. This eventually also determines how macromolecules interact with each other...
October 18, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Amanda L Mansouri, Laura N Grese, Erica L Rowe, James C Pino, S Chakra Chennubhotla, Arvind Ramanathan, Hugh M O'Neill, Valerie Berthelier, Christopher B Stanley
Proteins imparted with intrinsic disorder conduct a range of essential cellular functions. To better understand the folding and hydration properties of intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), we used osmotic stress to induce conformational changes in nuclear co-activator binding domain (NCBD) and activator for thyroid hormone and retinoid receptor (ACTR) separate from their mutual binding. Osmotic stress was applied by the addition of small and polymeric osmolytes, where we discovered that water contributions to NCBD folding always exceeded those for ACTR...
October 18, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
Mike Reppert, Anish R Roy, Jeremy O B Tempkin, Aaron R Dinner, Andrei Tokmakoff
The characterization of intrinsically disordered protein (IDP) ensembles is complicated both by inherent heterogeneity and by the fact that many common experimental techniques function poorly when applied to IDPs. For this reason, the development of alternative structural tools for probing IDP ensembles has attracted considerable attention. Here we describe our recent work in developing experimental and computational tools for characterizing IDP ensembles using Amide I (backbone carbonyl stretch) vibrational spectroscopy...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Shinji Iida, Tadaaki Mashimo, Takashi Kurosawa, Hironobu Hojo, Hiroya Muta, Yuji Goto, Yoshifumi Fukunishi, Haruki Nakamura, Junichi Higo
The C-terminal domain (CTD) of tumor suppressor protein p53 is an intrinsically disordered region that binds to various partner proteins, where lysine of CTD is acetylated/nonacetylated and histidine neutralized/non-neutralized. Because of the flexibility of the unbound CTD, a free-energy landscape (FEL) is a useful quantity for determining its statistical properties. We conducted enhanced conformational sampling of CTD in the unbound state via virtual system coupled multicanonical molecular dynamics, in which the lysine was acetylated or nonacetylated and histidine was charged or neutralized...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Computational Chemistry
Antonino Natalello, Carlo Santambrogio, Rita Grandori
Native mass spectrometry (MS) has become a central tool of structural proteomics, but its applicability to the peculiar class of intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) is still object of debate. IDPs lack an ordered tridimensional structure and are characterized by high conformational plasticity. Since they represent valuable targets for cancer and neurodegeneration research, there is an urgent need of methodological advances for description of the conformational ensembles populated by these proteins in solution...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Martín Carballo-Pacheco, Birgit Strodel
Intrinsically disordered proteins are essential for biological processes such as cell signalling, but are also associated to devastating diseases including Alzheimers disease, Parkinsons disease or type II diabetes. Because of their lack of a stable threedimensional structure, molecular dynamics simulations are often used to obtain atomistic details that cannot be observed experimentally. The applicability of molecular dynamics simulations depends on the accuracy of the force field chosen to represent the underlying free energy surface of the system...
October 11, 2016: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
Indulekha P Sudhakaran, Mani Ramaswami
Long-term and short-term memories differ primarily in the duration of their retention. At a molecular level, long-term memory (LTM) is distinguished from short-term memory (STM) by its requirement for new gene expression. In addition to transcription (nuclear gene expression) the translation of stored mRNAs is necessary for LTM formation. The mechanisms and functions for temporal and spatial regulation of mRNAs required for LTM is a major contemporary problem, of interest from molecular, cell biological, neurobiological and clinical perspectives...
October 11, 2016: RNA Biology
Leena Kovanen, Kati Donner, Mari Kaunisto, Timo Partonen
BACKGROUND: Dysfunctions in the intrinsic clocks are suggested in patients with depressive disorders. The cryptochrome circadian clocks 1 and 2 (CRY1 and CRY2) proteins modulate circadian rhythms in a cell and influence emotional reactions and mood in an individual. The protein kinase C delta binding protein (PRKCDBP, or CAVIN3), similar to the serum deprivation response protein (SDPR, or CAVIN2), reduces metabolic stability of the PER2-CRY2 transcription factor complex that plays a role in the circadian rhythm synchronization...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Jaymin J Kathiriya, Ravi Ramesh Pathak, Alexandr Bezginov, Bin Xue, Vladimir N Uversky, Elisabeth R M Tillier, Vrushank Davé
Therapeutic protein kinase inhibitors are designed on the basis of kinase structures. Here, we define intrinsically disordered regions (IDRs) in structurally hybrid kinases. We reveal that 65% of kinases have an IDR adjacent to their kinase domain (KD). These IDRs are evolutionarily more conserved than IDRs distant to KDs. Strikingly, 36 kinases have adjacent IDRs extending into their KDs, defining a unique structural and functional subset of the kinome. Functional network analysis of this subset of the kinome uncovered FAK1 as topologically the most connected hub kinase...
October 5, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Michelle A Carmell, Gregoriy A Dokshin, Helen Skaletsky, Yueh-Chiang Hu, Josien C von Wolfswinkel, Kyomi J Igarashi, Daniel W Bellott, Michael Nefedov, Peter W Reddien, George C Enders, Vladimir N Uversky, Craig C Mello, David C Page
The advent of sexual reproduction and the evolution of a dedicated germline in multicellular organisms are critical landmarks in eukaryotic evolution. We report an ancient family of GCNA (germ cell nuclear antigen) proteins that arose in the earliest eukaryotes, and feature a rapidly evolving intrinsically disordered region (IDR). Phylogenetic analysis reveals that GCNA proteins emerged before the major eukaryotic lineages diverged; GCNA predates the origin of a dedicated germline by a billion years. Gcna gene expression is enriched in reproductive cells across eukarya - either just prior to or during meiosis in single-celled eukaryotes, and in stem cells and germ cells of diverse multicellular animals...
October 8, 2016: ELife
Flurin Cathomas, Hannes Sigrist, Luca Schmid, Erich Seifritz, Martin Gassmann, Bernhard Bettler, Christopher R Pryce
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain and is implicated in the pathophysiology of a number of neuropsychiatric disorders. The GABAB receptors are G-protein coupled receptors consisting of principle subunits and auxiliary potassium channel tetramerization domain (KCTD) subunits. The KCTD subunits 8, 12, 12b and 16 are cytosolic proteins that determine the kinetics of the GABAB receptor response. Previously, we demonstrated that Kctd12 null mutant mice (Kctd12(-/-)) exhibit increased auditory fear learning and that Kctd12(+/-) mice show altered circadian activity, as well as increased intrinsic excitability in hippocampal pyramidal neurons...
October 4, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
Bartosz Różycki, Marek Cieplak
Cellulosomes are complex multi-enzyme machineries which efficiently degrade plant cell-wall polysaccharides. The multiple domains of the cellulosome proteins are often tethered together by intrinsically disordered regions. The properties and functions of these disordered linkers are not well understood. In this work, we study endoglucanase Cel8A, which is a relevant enzymatic component of the cellulosomes of Clostridium thermocellum. We use both all-atom and coarse-grained simulations to investigate how the conformations of the catalytic domain of Cel8A are affected by the disordered linker at its C terminus...
September 29, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
Anna Villar-Piqué, Tomás Lopes da Fonseca, Ricardo Sant'Anna, Éva Mónika Szegö, Luis Fonseca-Ornelas, Raquel Pinho, Anita Carija, Ellen Gerhardt, Caterina Masaracchia, Enrique Abad Gonzalez, Giulia Rossetti, Paolo Carloni, Claudio O Fernández, Debora Foguel, Ira Milosevic, Markus Zweckstetter, Salvador Ventura, Tiago Fleming Outeiro
Synucleinopathies are a group of progressive disorders characterized by the abnormal aggregation and accumulation of α-synuclein (aSyn), an abundant neuronal protein that can adopt different conformations and biological properties. Recently, aSyn pathology was shown to spread between neurons in a prion-like manner. Proteins like aSyn that exhibit self-propagating capacity appear to be able to adopt different stable conformational states, known as protein strains, which can be modulated both by environmental and by protein-intrinsic factors...
October 5, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Shambhunath Bose, Jungsook Cho
Protein misfolding, which is known to cause several serious diseases, is an emerging field that addresses multiple therapeutic areas. Misfolding of a disease-specific protein in the central nervous system ultimately results in the formation of toxic aggregates that may accumulate in the brain, leading to neuronal cell death and dysfunction, and associated clinical manifestations. A large number of neurodegenerative diseases in humans, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's, and prion diseases, are primarily caused by protein misfolding and aggregation...
October 1, 2016: Ageing Research Reviews
B Stubbe, S Schipf, C Schäper, S B Felix, A Steveling, M Nauck, H Völzke, H Wallaschofski, N Friedrich, R Ewert, T Ittermann, S Gläser
Background: Diabetes mellitus Type 1 (T1DM) is associated with metabolic and microvascular diseases as part of a multi-organ and multi-systemic disorder. The dense network of capillary vessels in the lungs may change during the course of the development of microangiopathy. The connective tissue as well as alveoli may be subjected to non-enzymatic glycosylation of proteins which may in turn affect pulmonary function. Previous studies investigating lung function in patients with type 1 diabetes have only been performed on small numbers of patients...
October 4, 2016: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
Edlyn Wu, Ajay A Vashisht, Clément Chapat, Mathieu N Flamand, Emiliano Cohen, Mihail Sarov, Yuval Tabach, Nahum Sonenberg, James Wohlschlegel, Thomas F Duchaine
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) impinge on the translation and stability of their target mRNAs, and play key roles in development, homeostasis and disease. The gene regulation mechanisms they instigate are largely mediated through the CCR4-NOT deadenylase complex, but the molecular events that occur on target mRNAs are poorly resolved. We observed a broad convergence of interactions of germ granule and P body mRNP components on AIN-1/GW182 and NTL-1/CNOT1 in Caenorhabditis elegans embryos. We show that the miRISC progressively matures on the target mRNA from a scanning form into an effector mRNP particle by sequentially recruiting the CCR4-NOT complex, decapping and decay, or germ granule proteins...
October 3, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Peter Haberz, Munehito Arai, Maria A Martinez-Yamout, H Jane Dyson, Peter E Wright
Many viruses deregulate the cell and force transcription of viral genes by competing with cellular proteins for binding to the transcriptional co-activators CREB-binding protein (CBP) and p300. Through its interactions with CBP/p300 and the retinoblastoma protein, the adenovirus (AdV) early region 1A (E1A) oncoprotein hijacks the cell cycle and, in rodents, transforms the cell; the mechanistic and structural basis for these effects remain unclear. In this study we compare the affinity of protein constructs from the E1A proteins from two adenovirus serotypes, non-oncogenic AdV5 and highly oncogenic AdV12, for binding to the nuclear receptor coactivator binding domain (NCBD) of CBP...
October 4, 2016: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
Dominika T Gruszka, Carolina A T F Mendonça, Emanuele Paci, Fiona Whelan, Judith Hawkhead, Jennifer R Potts, Jane Clarke
Many human proteins contain intrinsically disordered regions, and disorder in these proteins can be fundamental to their function-for example, facilitating transient but specific binding, promoting allostery, or allowing efficient posttranslational modification. SasG, a multidomain protein implicated in host colonization and biofilm formation in Staphylococcus aureus, provides another example of how disorder can play an important role. Approximately one-half of the domains in the extracellular repetitive region of SasG are intrinsically unfolded in isolation, but these E domains fold in the context of their neighboring folded G5 domains...
October 3, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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