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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793032/phosphorylated-and-non-phosphorylated-hck-kinase-domains-produced-by-cell-free-protein-expression
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Kazushige Katsura, Yuri Tomabechi, Takayoshi Matsuda, Mayumi Yonemochi, Junko Mikuni, Noboru Ohsawa, Takaho Terada, Shigeyuki Yokoyama, Mutsuko Kukimoto-Niino, Chie Takemoto, Mikako Shirouzu
Since phosphorylation is involved in various physiological events, kinases and interacting factors can be potential targets for drug discovery. For the development and improvement of inhibitors from the point of view of mechanistic enzymology, a cell-free protein synthesis system would be advantageous, since it could prepare mutant proteins easily. However, especially in the case of protein kinase, product solubility remains one of the major challenges. To overcome this problem, we prepared a chaperone-supplemented extract from Escherichia coli BL21 cells harboring a plasmid encoding a set of chaperone genes, dnaK, dnaJ, and grpE...
May 21, 2018: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791841/functional-genomic-screening-reveals-core-modulators-of-echinocandin-stress-responses-in-candida-albicans
#2
Tavia Caplan, Elizabeth J Polvi, Jinglin L Xie, Shoshana Buckhalter, Michelle D Leach, Nicole Robbins, Leah E Cowen
Candida albicans is a leading cause of death due to fungal infection. Treatment of systemic candidiasis often relies on echinocandins, which disrupt cell wall synthesis. Resistance is readily acquired via mutations in the drug target gene, FKS1. Both basal tolerance and resistance to echinocandins require cellular stress responses. We performed a systematic analysis of 3,030 C. albicans mutants to define circuitry governing cellular responses to echinocandins. We identified 16 genes for which deletion or transcriptional repression enhanced echinocandin susceptibility, including components of the Pkc1-MAPK signaling cascade...
May 22, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791798/non-natural-linker-configuration-in-2-6-dipeptidyl-anthraquinones-enhances-the-inhibition-of-tar-rna-binding-annealing-activities-by-hiv-1-nc-and-tat-proteins
#3
Alice Sosic, Irene Saccone, Caterina Carraro, Thomas Kenderdine, Elia Gamba, Giuseppe Caliendo, Angela Corvino, Ferdinando Fiorino, Paola DiVaio, Elisa Magli, Elisa Perissutti, Vincenzo Santagada, Beatrice Severino, Valentina Spada, Daniele Fabris, Francesco Frecentese, Barbara Gatto
The HIV-1 nucleocapsid (NC) protein represents an excellent molecular target for the development of antiretrovirals by virtue of its well-characterized chaperone activities, which play pivotal roles in essential steps of the viral life cycle. Our ongoing search for candidates able to impair NC binding/annealing activities led to the identification of peptidyl-anthraquinones as a promising class of nucleic acid ligands. Seeking to elucidate the inhibition determinants and increase the potency of this class of compounds, we have now explored the effects of chirality in the linker connecting the planar nucleus to the basic side chains...
May 23, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790985/the-way-is-the-goal-how-seca-transports-proteins-across-the-cytoplasmic-membrane-in-bacteria
#4
Tamar Cranford-Smith, Damon Huber
In bacteria, translocation of most soluble secreted proteins (and outer membrane proteins in Gram-negative bacteria) across the cytoplasmic membrane by the Sec machinery is mediated by the essential ATPase SecA. At its core, this machinery consists of SecA and the integral membrane proteins SecYEG, which form a protein conducting channel in the membrane. Proteins are recognised by the Sec machinery by virtue of an internally encoded targeting signal, which usually takes the form of an N-terminal signal sequence...
June 1, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787765/using-single-molecule-approaches-to-understand-the-molecular-mechanisms-of-heat-shock-protein-chaperone-function
#5
REVIEW
Caitlin L Johnston, Nicholas R Marzano, Antoine M van Oijen, Heath Ecroyd
The heat-shock proteins (Hsp) are a family of molecular chaperones, which collectively form a network that is critical for the maintenance of protein homeostasis. Traditional ensemble-based measurements have provided a wealth of knowledge on the function of individual Hsps and the Hsp network; however, such techniques are limited in their ability to resolve the heterogeneous, dynamic and transient interactions that molecular chaperones make with their client proteins. Single-molecule techniques have emerged as a powerful tool to study dynamic biological systems, as they enable rare and transient populations to be identified that would usually be masked in ensemble measurements...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783951/the-transcriptomic-and-proteomic-responses-of-daphnia-pulex-to-changes-in-temperature-and-food-supply-comprise-environment-specific-and-clone-specific-elements
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Dörthe Becker, Yann Reydelet, Jacqueline A Lopez, Craig Jackson, John K Colbourne, Susan Hawat, Michael Hippler, Bettina Zeis, Rüdiger J Paul
BACKGROUND: Regulatory adjustments to acute and chronic temperature changes are highly important for aquatic ectotherms because temperature affects their metabolic rate as well as the already low oxygen concentration in water, which can upset their energy balance. This also applies to severe changes in food supply. Thus, we studied on a molecular level (transcriptomics and/or proteomics) the immediate responses to heat stress and starvation and the acclimation to different temperatures in two clonal isolates of the model microcrustacean Daphnia pulex from more or less stressful environments, which showed a higher (clone M) or lower (clone G) tolerance to heat and starvation...
May 21, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782836/dancing-with-the-diva-hsp90-client-interactions
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REVIEW
Martina Radli, Stefan G D Rüdiger
The molecular chaperone Hsp90 is involved in the folding, maturation and degradation of a large number structurally and sequentially unrelated clients, often connected to serious diseases. Elucidating the principles of how Hsp90 recognises this large variety of substrates is essential for comprehending the mechanism of this chaperone machinery, as well as it is a prerequisite for the design of client specific drugs targeting Hsp90. Here, we discuss the recent progress in understanding the substrate recognition principles of Hsp90 and its implications for the role of Hsp90 in the lifecycle of (signalling) molecules...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774376/roles-of-heat-shock-factor-1-beyond-the-heat-shock-response
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REVIEW
János Barna, Péter Csermely, Tibor Vellai
Various stress factors leading to protein damage induce the activation of an evolutionarily conserved cell protective mechanism, the heat shock response (HSR), to maintain protein homeostasis in virtually all eukaryotic cells. Heat shock factor 1 (HSF1) plays a central role in the HSR. HSF1 was initially known as a transcription factor that upregulates genes encoding heat shock proteins (HSPs), also called molecular chaperones, which assist in refolding or degrading injured intracellular proteins. However, recent accumulating evidence indicates multiple additional functions for HSF1 beyond the activation of HSPs...
May 17, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774133/sporadic-renal-angiomyolipoma-in-a-patient-with-birt-hogg-dub%C3%A3-chaperones-in-pathogenesis
#9
Rebecca A Sager, Mark R Woodford, Oleg Shapiro, Mehdi Mollapour, Gennady Bratslavsky
Birt-Hogg-Dubé (BHD) is an autosomal dominant genetic syndrome caused by germline mutations in the FLCN gene that predisposes patients to develop renal tumors. Renal angiomyolipoma (AML) is not a renal tumor sub-type associated with BHD. AML is, however, a common phenotypic manifestation of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) syndrome caused by mutations in either the TSC1 or TSC2 tumor suppressor genes. Previous case reports of renal AML in patients with BHD have speculated on the molecular and clinical overlap of these two syndromes as a result of described involvement of the gene products in the mTOR pathway...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769092/mineralization-of-alpha-1-antitrypsin-inclusion-bodies-in-mmalton-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency
#10
Francesco Callea, Isabella Giovannoni, Paola Francalanci, Renata Boldrini, Gavino Faa, Daniela Medicina, Valerio Nobili, Valeer J Desmet, Kamal Ishak, Kuniaki Seyama, Emanuele Bellacchio
BACKGROUND: Alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency (AATD) of Z, Mmalton, Siiyama type is associated with liver storage of the mutant proteins and liver disease. The Z variant can be diagnosed on isoelectric focusing (IEF) while Mmalton and Siiyama may be missed or misdiagnosed with this technique. Therefore, molecular analysis is mandatory for their characterization. In particular, that holds true for the Mmalton variant as on IEF profile it resembles the wild M2 subtype. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis involving review of medical records and of liver biopsy specimens from a series of Mmalton, Z and Siiyama Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency patients...
May 16, 2018: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766408/association-between-circulating-levels-of-heat-shock-protein-27-and-aggressive-periodontitis
#11
Frank Kaiser, Nikos Donos, Brian Henderson, Rajesh Alagarswamy, George Pelekos, David Boniface, Luigi Nibali
Heat-shock protein (Hsp) 27 is a major intracellular molecular chaperone and controller of intracellular responses to inflammatory signals. In the extracellular space, recombinant Hsp27 has been described to exert anti-inflammatory activities. The aim of this study was to assess the association between circulating levels of Hsp27 and different types of periodontitis. Pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines and the stress proteins Hsp27 and Hsp60 with proposed anti- and pro-inflammatory properties, respectively, were measured by two-site ELISA in the serum of patients with aggressive periodontitis (AgP, n = 30), chronic periodontitis (CP, n = 29) and periodontally healthy controls (H, n = 28)...
May 15, 2018: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764864/targeting-the-hsp40-hsp70-chaperone-axis-as-a-novel-strategy-to-treat-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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Michael A Moses, Yeong Sang Kim, Genesis M Rivera-Marquez, Nobu Oshima, Matthew J Watson, Kristin Beebe, Catherine Wells, Sunmin Lee, Abbey D Zuehlke, Hao Shao, William E Bingman, Vineet Kumar, Sanjay Malhotra, Nancy L Weigel, Jason E Gestwicki, Jane Trepel, Leonard M Neckers
Castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) is characterized by reactivation of androgen receptor (AR) signaling in part by elevated expression of AR splice variants (ARv) including ARv7, a constitutively active, ligand binding domain (LBD)-deficient variant whose expression has been correlated with therapeutic resistance and poor prognosis. In a screen to identify small molecule dual inhibitors of both androgen-dependent and androgen-independent AR gene signatures, we identified the chalcone C86. Binding studies using purified proteins and CRPC cell lysates revealed C86 to interact with heat shock protein 40 (Hsp40)...
May 15, 2018: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763943/limonoids-from-aphanamixis-polystachya-leaves-and-their-interaction-with-hsp90
#13
César Muñoz Camero, Antonio Vassallo, Marinella De Leo, Abeer Temraz, Nunziatina De Tommasi, Alessandra Braca
A phytochemical study of n -hexane, CHCl3 , and CHCl3 -MeOH extracts of Aphanamixis polystachya leaves led to the isolation of 10 compounds. Five of them turned out to be new natural compounds, including two mexicanolide-type (1, 2: ) and three polyoxyphragmalin-type (3: -5: ) limonoids, together with two known andirobin-type limonoids (6, 7: ) and three phenolic derivatives. The structures of the new compounds were established on the basis of spectroscopic methods to be 8-hydro-14,15-en-cabralin (1: ), 3-deacetyl-8-hydro-cabralin-14,15-en-3-one (2: ), 20,22-dihydroxy-21,23-dimethoxytetrahydrofuran khayanolide A (3: ), 1-deacetyl-3-dehydroxy-3-oxokhaysenelide E (4: ), and meliaphanamixin A (5: )...
May 15, 2018: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763298/cooperative-assembly-of-hsp70-subdomain-clusters
#14
Maya A Wright, Francesco Antonio Aprile, Mathias Mj Bellaiche, Thomas C T Michaels, Thomas Müller, Paolo Arosio, Michele Vendruscolo, Christopher M Dobson, Tuomas P J Knowles
Many molecular chaperones exist as oligomeric complexes in their functional states, yet the physical determinants underlying such self-assembly behaviour, as well as the role of oligomerisation in the activity of molecular chaperones in inhibiting protein aggregation, have proved difficult to define. Here, we demonstrate direct measurements under native conditions of the changes in the average oligomer populations of a chaperone system as a function of concentration and time, and thus determine the thermodynamic and kinetic parameters governing the self-assembly process...
May 15, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761862/cellular-stress-and-apoptosis-contribute-to-the-pathogenesis-of-autism-spectrum-disorder
#15
Daoyin Dong, Horst Ronald Zielke, David Yeh, Peixin Yang
The molecular pathogenesis of autism spectrum disorder, a neurodevelopmental disorder, is still elusive. In this study, we investigated the possible roles of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, oxidative stress, and apoptosis as molecular mechanisms underlying autism. This study compared the activation of ER stress signals (protein kinase R-like endoplasmic reticulum kinase [PERK], activating transcription factor 6 [ATF6], inositol-requiring enzyme 1 alpha [IRE1α]) in different brain regions (prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, cerebellum) in subjects with autism and in age-matched controls...
May 15, 2018: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757200/a-rationally-designed-hsp70-variant-rescues-the-aggregation-associated-toxicity-of-human-iapp-in-cultured-pancreatic-islet-%C3%AE-cells
#16
Marie Nicole Bongiovanni, Francesco Antonio Aprile, Pietro Sormanni, Michele Vendruscolo
Molecular chaperones are key components of the protein homeostasis system against protein misfolding and aggregation. It has been recently shown that these molecules can be rationally modified to have an enhanced activity against specific amyloidogenic substrates. The resulting molecular chaperone variants can be effective inhibitors of protein aggregation in vitro, thus suggesting that they may provide novel opportunities in biomedical and biotechnological applications. Before such opportunities can be exploited, however, their effects on cell viability should be better characterised...
May 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755410/mitochondrial-chaperones-in-the-brain-safeguarding-brain-health-and-metabolism
#17
José Pedro Castro, Kristina Wardelmann, Tilman Grune, André Kleinridders
The brain orchestrates organ function and regulates whole body metabolism by the concerted action of neurons and glia cells in the central nervous system. To do so, the brain has tremendously high energy consumption and relies mainly on glucose utilization and mitochondrial function in order to exert its function. As a consequence of high rate metabolism, mitochondria in the brain accumulate errors over time, such as mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations, reactive oxygen species, and misfolded and aggregated proteins...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753779/ecology-and-biogenesis-of-functional-amyloids-in-pseudomonas
#18
REVIEW
Sarah L Rouse, Stephen J Matthews, Morten S Dueholm
Functional amyloids can be found in the extracellular matrix produced by many bacteria during biofilm growth. They mediate the initial attachment of bacteria to surfaces and provide stability and functionality to mature biofilms. Efficient amyloid biogenesis requires a highly coordinated system of amyloid subunits, molecular chaperones and transport systems. The functional amyloid of Pseudomonas (Fap) represents such a system. Here, we review the phylogenetic diversification of the Fap system, its potential ecological role and the dedicated machinery required for Fap biogenesis, with a particular focus on the amyloid exporter FapF, the structure of which has been recently resolved...
May 10, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753190/what-makes-a-guillouiae-sfc-500-1a-able-to-co-metabolize-phenol-and-cr-vi-a-proteomic-approach
#19
Ornella Mailén Ontañon, Claudia Landi, Alfonso Carleo, Assunta Gagliardi, Laura Bianchi, Paola Solange González, Elizabeth Agostini, Luca Bini
Acinetobacter guillouiae SFC 500-1A is an environmental bacterium able to efficiently co-remediate phenol and Cr(VI). To further understand the molecular mechanisms triggered in this strain during the bioremediation process, variations in the proteomic profile after treatment with phenol and phenol plus Cr(VI) were evaluated. The proteomic analysis revealed the induction of the β-ketoadipate pathway for phenol oxidation and the assimilation of degradation products through TCA cycle and glyoxylate shunt. Phenol exposure increased the abundance of proteins associated to energetic processes and ATP synthesis, but it also triggered cellular stress...
April 27, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750876/evaluation-of-molecular-changes-of-distal-organs-after-small-bowel-transplantation-experimental-study
#20
P Urban, M Rabajdová, Š Feterik, G Bódy, T Granda, M Mareková, J Veselá
The ischemia and reperfusion of a jejunal graft during transplantation triggers the stress of endoplasmic reticulum; thus inducing the synthesis of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Spreading of these signals stimulate immunological reactions in distal tissues i.e. lung, liver and spleen. The aim of this study was to detect the molecular changes in liver and spleen induced by transplanted jejunal graft with one or six hours of reperfusion (group Tx1 and Tx6). Analysis of gene expression changes of inflammatory mediators (TNFalpha, IL-10) and specific chaperones (Gadd153, Grp78) derived from endoplasmic reticulum (ER) was done and compared to control group...
May 10, 2018: Physiological Research
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