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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738155/engineering-aromatic-aromatic-interactions-to-nucleate-folding-in-intrinsically-disordered-regions-of-proteins
#1
Swati Balakrishnan, Siddhartha Peddibhotla Sarma
Aromatic interactions are known to be an important force in protein folding as they combine the stability of a hydrophobic interaction with the selectivity of a hydrogen bond. Much of our understanding of aromatic interactions comes from analyses of protein structures and from the contribution of these interactions to stabilizing secondary structure motifs in model peptides. In this study the structural consequences of aromatic interactions on protein folding have been explored in engineered mutants of the molten globule protein apo - cytochrome b5...
July 24, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736196/serological-and-molecular-epidemiological-outcomes-after-two-decades-of-universal-infant-hepatitis-b-virus-hbv-vaccination-in-nunavut-canada
#2
Chris Huynh, Gerald Y Minuk, Julia Uhanova, Maureen Baikie, Thomas Wong, Carla Osiowy
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection within the Canadian Arctic is considered endemic (>2% prevalence). Within the Arctic region of Nunavut, a vaccination program targeted at newborn infants was initiated approximately 20years ago, along with interim grade school catch-up programs, with the result that individuals born after 1980 are presumed vaccinated. This study investigates the effectiveness of these programs and is the first seroepidemiological survey to determine HBV prevalence in Nunavut in the post-vaccination era...
July 20, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724375/bilateral-idiopathic-retinal-vasculitis-following-coxsackievirus-a4-infection-a-case-report
#3
Izumi Mine, Manzo Taguchi, Yutaka Sakurai, Masaru Takeuchi
BACKGROUND: Coxsackieviruses are members of a group of viruses called the enteroviruses, which may cause respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms, erythema, meningoencephalitis, myocarditis, pericarditis, and myositis. Unilateral acute idiopathic maculopathy caused by coxsackievirus A16 has been associated with hand, foot, and mouth disease, but only a few reports describe retinitis associated with coxsackievirus serotype B3 or B4. We report a case of bilateral multifocal obstructive retinal vasculitis that developed after coxsackievirus A4 infection...
July 19, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719027/marker-of-coxsackievirus-b4-infection-in-saliva-of-patients-with-type-1-diabetes
#4
F Badia-Boungou, F Sane, E K Alidjinou, M Ternois, P A Opoko, J Haddad, C Stukens, C Lefevre, I Gueorguieva, M Hamze, M Ismail, J Weill, H G Monabéka, E Bouenizabila, D Moukassa, A A Abena, D Hober
BACKGROUND: Coxsackieviruses B (CV-B) are enteroviruses that have been reported to play a role in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes. Enteroviral RNA was detected in the gut mucosa of patients. The mucosal immunity is an interconnected network, therefore the response to enteroviruses possibly present in the gastrointestinal mucosa can be reflected by specific antibodies in the saliva. In the present study the anti-CV-B neutralizing activity of saliva samples from patients with type 1 diabetes was investigated...
July 18, 2017: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714000/circulating-levels-of-angiogenesis-related-growth-factors-in-breast-cancer-a-study-to-profile-proteins-responsible-for-tubule-formation
#5
Gemma A Barron, Marie Goua, Klaus W J Wahle, Giovanna Bermano
The present study exploited a versatile in vitro endothelial cell/fibroblast co-culture cell system to investigate the association between angiogenesis and breast cancer by comparing the capacity of plasma from women with breast cancer and age-matched controls, to influence tubule formation and modulate angiogenesis in vitro, and to identify plasma circulating factors which might be responsible. Plasma from women with breast cancer (n=8) (added on day 7 after co-culture establishment) significantly increased tubule formation by 57% (P<0...
July 11, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713351/a-genome-wide-association-study-to-identify-diagnostic-markers-for-human-pathogenic-campylobacter-jejuni-strains
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Cody J Buchanan, Andrew L Webb, Steven K Mutschall, Peter Kruczkiewicz, Dillon O R Barker, Benjamin M Hetman, Victor P J Gannon, D Wade Abbott, James E Thomas, G Douglas Inglis, Eduardo N Taboada
Campylobacter jejuni is a leading human enteric pathogen worldwide and despite an improved understanding of its biology, ecology, and epidemiology, limited tools exist for identifying strains that are likely to cause disease. In the current study, we used subtyping data in a database representing over 24,000 isolates collected through various surveillance projects in Canada to identify 166 representative genomes from prevalent C. jejuni subtypes for whole genome sequencing. The sequence data was used in a genome-wide association study (GWAS) aimed at identifying accessory gene markers associated with clinically related C...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704776/structural-dynamics-of-wild-type-and-mutated-forms-of-human-l1-endonuclease-and-insights-into-its-sequence-specific-nucleic-acid-binding-mechanism-a-molecular-dynamics-study
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Muthukumaran Rajagopalan, Sangeetha Balasubramanian, Amutha Ramaswamy
Biomolecular recognition of proteins and nucleic acids is mainly mediated by their structural features and the molecular dynamics simulations approach has been used to explore this recognition processes at the atomic level. L1-Endonuclease, an enzyme involved in L1 retrotransposition, cleaves the TA junction DNA (5'-TTTT/AA-3') and expresses high specificity for target site recognition. The present study highlights the structural features of L1-endonuclease as well as DNA responsible for such specific recognition...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691862/simplifying-breast-imaging-reporting-and-data-system-classification-of-mammograms-with-pure-suspicious-calcifications
#8
Gisela Lg Menezes, Gonneke Ao Winter-Warnars, Eva L Koekenbier, Emma J Groen, Helena M Verkooijen, Ruud M Pijnappel
Objectives To investigate the risk of malignancy following stereotactic breast biopsy of calcifications classified as Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) 3, 4, and 5. Methods The study included women with pure calcifications (not associated with masses or architectural distortions) who underwent stereotactic breast biopsy at the Dutch Cancer Institute between January 2011 and October 2013. Suspicious calcifications (Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System 3, 4, or 5) detected on mammography were biopsied...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Medical Screening
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684414/kinetic-processivity-of-the-two-step-oxidations-of-progesterone-and-pregnenolone-to-androgens-by-human-cytochrome-p450-17a1
#9
Eric Gonzalez, F Peter Guengerich
Cytochrome P450 (P450, CYP) 17A1 plays a critical role in steroid metabolism, catalyzing both the 17α-hydroxylation of pregnenolone and progesterone and the subsequent 17α,20-lyase reactions to form dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and androstenedione (Andro), respectively, critical for generating glucocorticoids and androgens. Human P450 17A1 reaction rates examined are enhanced by the accessory protein cytochrome b5 (b5), but the exact role of b5 in P450 17A1-catalyzed reactions is unclear as are several details of these reactions...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676844/genetic-characterization-of-coenzyme-a-biosynthesis-reveals-essential-distinctive-functions-during-malaria-parasite-development-in-blood-and-mosquito
#10
Robert J Hart, Amanah Abraham, Ahmed S I Aly
Coenzyme A (CoA) is an essential universal cofactor for all prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. In nearly all non-photosynthetic cells, CoA biosynthesis depends on the uptake and phosphorylation of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid or pantothenate). Recently, putative pantothenate transporter (PAT) and pantothenate kinases (PanKs) were functionally characterized in P. yoelii. PAT and PanKs were shown to be dispensable for blood stage development, but they were essential for mosquito stages development. Yet, little is known about the cellular functions of the other enzymes of the CoA biosynthesis pathway in malaria parasite life cycle stages...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671819/efficient-reduction-of-vertebrate-cytoglobins-by-the-cytochrome-b5-cytochrome-b5-reductase-nadh-system
#11
Matthew B Amdahl, Courtney E Sparacino-Watkins, Paola Corti, Mark T Gladwin, Jesús Tejero
Cytoglobin is a heme-containing protein ubiquitous in mammalian tissues. Unlike the evolutionarily related proteins hemoglobin and myoglobin, cytoglobin shows a six-coordinated heme binding, with the heme iron coordinated by two histidine side chains. Cytoglobin is involved in cytoprotection pathways through yet undefined mechanisms, and it has recently been demonstrated that cytoglobin has redox signaling properties via nitric oxide (NO) and nitrite metabolism. The reduced, ferrous cytoglobin can bind oxygen and will react with NO in a dioxygenation reaction to form nitrate, which dampens NO signaling...
July 19, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657495/in-silico-structural-studies-and-molecular-docking-analysis-of-delta6-desaturase-in-hufa-biosynthetic-pathway
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Suvra Roy, Hirak Jyoti Chakraborty, Vikash Kumar, B K Behera, R S Rana, Gireesh Babu
Fish are an important source of highly unsaturated fatty acids (HUFA) such as eicosapentaenoic acid EPA (20:5 n-3) and docosahexaenoic acid DHA (22:6 n-3) and play a significant role in human nutrition. The fatty acyl delta6-desaturase (Δ6 desaturase) is a rate-limiting enzyme in the biosynthetic pathway of highly unsaturated fatty acids (HUFA) that converts polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) such as linoleic (18:2n-6) and α-linolenic (18:3n-3) acids into HUFA. In this study, fatty acyl Δ6 desaturase was identified from pangasius (Pangasianodon hypophthalmus) and further analyzed for sequenced-based characterization and 3D structural conformation...
June 28, 2017: Animal Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657434/quick-elucidation-of-cyclodepsipeptide-sequence-from-sacoglossan-elysia-grandifolia-using-electrospray-ionisation-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#13
Supriya Tilvi, Prabha Devi, Mahesh S Majik
Butanol fraction of sacoglossan Elysia grandifolia was investigated for identifying peptides using electrospray ionisation-tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS). Without prior isolation, the structural determination is achieved on the basis of mass fragmentation pattern and comparison with the previously established data. The ESI-MS of the fraction in the positive ion mode gave clusters of singly and doubly charged molecular ion peaks. The ESI-MS spectrum showed peaks for the presence of the peptides kahalalides F, G, R and S reported earlier...
June 2017: European Journal of Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648781/pp2a-controls-genome-integrity-by-integrating-nutrient-sensing-and-metabolic-pathways-with-the-dna-damage-response
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Elisa Ferrari, Christopher Bruhn, Marta Peretti, Corinne Cassani, Walter Vincenzo Carotenuto, Mohamed Elgendy, Ghadeer Shubassi, Chiara Lucca, Rodrigo Bermejo, Mario Varasi, Saverio Minucci, Maria Pia Longhese, Marco Foiani
Mec1(ATR) mediates the DNA damage response (DDR), integrating chromosomal signals and mechanical stimuli. We show that the PP2A phosphatases, ceramide-activated enzymes, couple cell metabolism with the DDR. Using genomic screens, metabolic analysis, and genetic and pharmacological studies, we found that PP2A attenuates the DDR and that three metabolic circuits influence the DDR by modulating PP2A activity. Irc21, a putative cytochrome b5 reductase that promotes the condensation reaction generating dihydroceramides (DHCs), and Ppm1, a PP2A methyltransferase, counteract the DDR by activating PP2A; conversely, the nutrient-sensing TORC1-Tap42 axis sustains DDR activation by inhibiting PP2A...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646173/transmembrane-interactions-of-full-length-mammalian-bitopic-cytochrome-p450-cytochrome-b5-complex-in-lipid-bilayers-revealed-by-sensitivity-enhanced-dynamic-nuclear-polarization-solid-state-nmr-spectroscopy
#15
Kazutoshi Yamamoto, Marc A Caporini, Sang-Choul Im, Lucy Waskell, Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy
The dynamic protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions of integral bitopic membrane proteins with a single membrane-spanning helix play a plethora of vital roles in the cellular processes associated with human health and diseases, including signaling and enzymatic catalysis. While an increasing number of high-resolution structural studies of membrane proteins have successfully manifested an in-depth understanding of their biological functions, intact membrane-bound bitopic protein-protein complexes pose tremendous challenges for structural studies by crystallography or solution NMR spectroscopy...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642677/a-novel-workflow-combining-plaque-imaging-plaque-and-plasma-proteomics-identifies-biomarkers-of-human-coronary-atherosclerotic-plaque-disruption
#16
Regent Lee, Roman Fischer, Philip D Charles, David Adlam, Alessandro Valli, Katalin Di Gleria, Rajesh K Kharbanda, Robin P Choudhury, Charalambos Antoniades, Benedikt M Kessler, Keith M Channon
BACKGROUND: Atherosclerotic plaque rupture is the culprit event which underpins most acute vascular syndromes such as acute myocardial infarction. Novel biomarkers of plaque rupture could improve biological understanding and clinical management of patients presenting with possible acute vascular syndromes but such biomarker(s) remain elusive. Investigation of biomarkers in the context of de novo plaque rupture in humans is confounded by the inability to attribute the plaque rupture as the source of biomarker release, as plaque ruptures are typically associated with prompt down-stream events of myocardial necrosis and systemic inflammation...
2017: Clinical Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638761/peroxidase-activity-of-a-c-type-cytochrome%C3%A2-b5-in-the-non-native-state-is-comparable-to-that-of-native-peroxidases
#17
Shan Hu, Bo He, Ke-Jie Du, Xiao-Juan Wang, Shu-Qin Gao, Ying-Wu Lin
The design of artificial metalloenzymes has achieved tremendous progress, although few designs can achieve catalytic performances comparable to that of native enzymes. Moreover, the structure and function of artificial metalloenzymes in non-native states has rarely been explored. Herein, we found that a c-type cytochrome b5 (Cyt b5), N57C/S71C Cyt b5, with heme covalently attached to the protein matrix through two Cys-heme linkages, adopts a non-native state with an open heme site after guanidine hydrochloride (Gdn⋅HCl)-induced unfolding, which facilitates H2O2 activation and substrate binding...
June 2017: ChemistryOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627806/improving-the-quantum-yields-of-perylene-diimide-aggregates-by-increasing-molecular-hydrophobicity-in-polar-media
#18
Jodi Szarko, Jürgen Plenge, Xiaoyu Xu, Ashli Austin, Steven Mylon
Here we report the quantum yield of four aggregated perylene diimide (PDI) species that vary by the length of the branched side chains attached at the N,N' imide positions. The PDI molecules were dissolved in binary water:methanol solvents as a means to vary the solvent polarity and control the degree of aggregation in solution. By performing spectroscopy, kinetics, and light scattering experiments, the nature of the molecular interactions in the solutions was determined. The maximum quantum yield of the aggregated molecules increased from 0...
June 19, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609197/the-glu331del-mutation-in-the-cyp17a1-gene-causes-atypical-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-in-a-46-xx-female
#19
Giulia Lanzolla, Giuseppe Vancieri, Silvia Lanciotti, Federica Sangiuolo, Elisa Menegatti, Luca Federici, Costanzo Moretti, Francesco Brancati
17α-Hydroxylase deficiency is an uncommon type of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) caused by mutations in the CYP17A1 gene encoding both 17α-hydroxylase and 17,20-lyase, essential for sex steroids production. Main clinical features include lack of pubertal development, hypertension, and hypokalemia. We report the first case of a 46,XX female homozygote for the p.Glu331del mutation in the CYP17A1 gene showing an atypical clinical presentation. She was evaluated the first time for primary amenorrhea and delayed puberty in the presence of low levels of androgens, 17β-estradiol, serum cortisol, and high levels of progesterone and gonadotropins...
June 13, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605979/phytochemical-investigation-of-rumex-thyrsiflorus-fingerh
#20
Orsolya Orbán-Gyapai, Peter Forgo, Judit Hohmann, Andrea Vasas
In the course of our pharmacological screening of Polygonaceae species occurring in the Carpathian Basin the extracts prepared from the roots of Rumex thyrsiflorus showed promising antiproliferative, xanthine oxidase inhibitory and antibacterial activities. The present work deals with the isolation of compounds from the root of the plant. After multistep separation process, four compounds were obtained from the n-hexane, chloroform and ethyl acetate soluble fractions of the methanol extract of the root. The structures of the isolated compounds were determined as 1-palmitoylglycerol, β-sitosterol, (-)-epicatechin, and procyanidin B5...
June 2017: Acta Biologica Hungarica
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