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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718762/sec17-sec18-act-twice-enhancing-membrane-fusion-and-then-disassembling-cis-snare-complexes
#1
Hongki Song, Amy S Orr, Mengtong Duan, Alexey J Merz, William T Wickner
At physiological protein levels, the slow HOPS- and SNARE-dependent fusion which occurs upon complete SNARE zippering is stimulated by Sec17 and Sec18:ATP without requiring ATP hydrolysis. To stimulate, Sec17 needs its central residues which bind the 0-layer of the SNARE complex and its N-terminal apolar loop. Adding a transmembrane anchor to the N-terminus of Sec17 bypasses this requirement for apolarity of the Sec17 loop, suggesting that the loop functions for membrane binding rather than to trigger bilayer rearrangement...
July 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711733/expression-and-purification-of-tat-ndrg2-recombinant-protein-and-evaluation-of-its-anti-proliferative-effect-on-lncap-cell-line
#2
Fahimeh Farokhinejad, Abbas Behzad Behbahani, Gholam Reza Rafiei Dehbidi, Mohammad Ali Takhshid
N-myc downstream regulated gene2 (NDRG2) belongs to tumor suppressor protein family of NDRG. Anti-proliferative and anti-metastasis of NDRG2 overexpression has been demonstrated in a number of tumors. The aim of this study was to fuse the gene of Trans Activator of Transcription (TAT) protein transduction domain with NDRG2 gene and express and purify TAT-NDRG2 fusion protein in order to investigate the effects of TAT-NDRG2 protein on proliferation and apoptosis of LNCaP prostate carcinoma cell line. pET28a-TAT-NDRG2 and pET28a-NDRG2 plasmids were constructed and transformed into E...
July 12, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698658/intercellular-adhesion-molecule-1-augments-myoblast-adhesion-and-fusion-through-homophilic-trans-interactions
#3
Francis X Pizza, Ryan A Martin, Evan M Springer, Maxwell S Leffler, Bryce R Woelmer, Isaac J Recker, Douglas W Leaman
The overall objective of the study was to identify mechanisms through which intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) augments the adhesive and fusogenic properties of myogenic cells. Hypotheses were tested using cultured myoblasts and fibroblasts, which do not constitutively express ICAM-1, and myoblasts and fibroblasts forced to express full length ICAM-1 or a truncated form lacking the cytoplasmic domain of ICAM-1. ICAM-1 mediated myoblast adhesion and fusion were quantified using novel assays and cell mixing experiments...
July 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696354/a-case-of-aml-characterized-by-a-novel-t-4-15-q31-q22-translocation-that-confers-a-growth-stimulatory-response-to-retinoid-based-therapy
#4
Justin M Watts, Aymee Perez, Lutecia Pereira, Yao-Shan Fan, Geoffrey Brown, Francisco Vega, Kevin Petrie, Ronan T Swords, Arthur Zelent
Here we report the case of a 30-year-old woman with relapsed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who was treated with all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) as part of investigational therapy (NCT02273102). The patient died from rapid disease progression following eight days of continuous treatment with ATRA. Karyotype analysis and RNA-Seq revealed the presence of a novel t(4;15)(q31;q22) reciprocal translocation involving the TMEM154 and RASGRF1 genes. Analysis of primary cells from the patient revealed the expression of TMEM154-RASGRF1 mRNA and the resulting fusion protein, but no expression of the reciprocal RASGRF1-TMEM154 fusion...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696118/fusion-of-ultraviolet-visible-and-infrared-transient-absorption-spectroscopy-data-to-model-ultrafast-photo-isomerization
#5
Bruno Debus, Maylis Orio, Julien Réhault, Gotard Burdzinski, Cyril Ruckebusch, Michel Sliwa
Ultrafast photo-isomerization reactions generally start at higher excited state with excess of internal vibrational energy and occur via conical intersections. This leads to ultrafast dynamics which are difficult to investigate with a single transient absorption spectroscopy technique, be it in the UV-vis or IR domain. On one hand, the information available in the UV-vis is limited as only slight spectral changes are observed for different isomers. On the other hand, the interpretation of vibrational spectra is strongly hindered by intramolecular relaxation and vibrational cooling...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688485/continuous-detection-of-human-fall-using-multimodal-features-from-kinect-sensors-in-scalable-environment
#6
Thanh-Hai Tran, Thi-Lan Le, Van-Nam Hoang, Hai Vu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Automatic detection of human fall is a key problem in video surveillance and home monitoring. Existing methods using unimodal data (RGB / depth / skeleton) may suffer from the drawbacks of inadequate lighting condition or unreliability. Besides, most of proposed methods are constrained to a small space with off-line video stream. METHODS: In this study, we overcome these encountered issues by combining multi-modal features (skeleton and RGB) from Kinect sensor to take benefits of each data characteristic...
July 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687976/annexin-a2-s100a10-heterotetramer-is-upregulated-by-pml-rar%C3%AE-fusion-protein-and-promotes-plasminogen-dependent-fibrinolysis-and-matrix-invasion-in-acute-promyelocytic-leukemia
#7
Dan Huang, Yan Yang, Jian Sun, Xiaorong Dong, Jiao Wang, Hongchen Liu, Chengquan Lu, Xueyu Chen, Jing Shao, Jinsong Yan
Aberrant expression of annexin A2-S100A10 heterotetramer (AIIt) associated with PML/RARα fusion protein causes lethal hyperfibrinolysis in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), but the mechanism is unclear. To facilitate the investigation of regulatory association between ANXA2 and promyelocytic leukemia/retinoic acid receptor α (PML/RARα) fusion protein, this work was performed to determine the transcription start site of ANXA2 promoter with rapid amplification of 5'-cDNA ends analysis. Zinc-induced U937/PR9 cells expressed PML/RARα fusion protein, and resultant increases in ANXA2 transcripts and translational expressions of both ANXA2 and S100A10, while S100A10 transcripts remained constitutive...
July 8, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637767/a-short-region-upstream-of-the-yeast-vacuolar-qa-snare-heptad-repeats-promotes-membrane-fusion-through-enhanced-snare-complex-assembly
#8
Hongki Song, William Wickner
While SNARE heptad-repeats are well studied, SNAREs also have upstream N-domains of indeterminate function. The assembly of yeast vacuolar SNAREs into complexes for fusion can be studied in chemically-defined reactions. Complementary proteoliposomes bearing a Rab:GTP and either the vacuolar R-SNARE or one of the 3 integrally-anchored Q-SNAREs were incubated with the tethering/SM protein complex HOPS and the two other soluble SNAREs (lacking a trans-membrane anchor) or their SNARE heptad-repeat domains. Fusion required a trans-membrane anchored R-SNARE on one membrane and an anchored Q-SNARE on the other...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635660/diverse-regulation-of-vitamin-d-receptor-gene-expression-by-1-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d-and-atra-in-murine-and-human-blood-cells-at-early-stages-of-their-differentiation
#9
Sylwia Janik, Urszula Nowak, Agnieszka Łaszkiewicz, Anastasiia Satyr, Michał Majkowski, Aleksandra Marchwicka, Łukasz Śnieżewski, Klaudia Berkowska, Marian Gabryś, Małgorzata Cebrat, Ewa Marcinkowska
Vitamin D receptor (VDR) is present in multiple blood cells, and the hormonal form of vitamin D, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25D) is essential for the proper functioning of the immune system. The role of retinoic acid receptor α (RARα) in hematopoiesis is very important, as the fusion of RARα gene with PML gene initiates acute promyelocytic leukemia where differentiation of the myeloid lineage is blocked, followed by an uncontrolled proliferation of leukemic blasts. RARα takes part in regulation of VDR transcription, and unliganded RARα acts as a transcriptional repressor to VDR gene in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632593/functional-and-radiographic-outcomes-following-growth-sparing-management-of-early-onset-scoliosis
#10
Charles E Johnston, Dong-Phuong Tran, Anna McClung
BACKGROUND: In this study, we sought to evaluate radiographic, functional, and quality-of-life outcomes of patients who have completed growth-sparing management of early-onset scoliosis. METHODS: This prospective study involved patients with early-onset scoliosis who underwent growth-sparing treatment and either "final" fusion or observation for ≥2 years since the last lengthening procedure. Demographics, radiographic parameters, pulmonary function test (PFT) values, and scores of patient-reported assessments (Early-Onset Scoliosis Questionnaire [EOSQ] and Scoliosis Research Society [SRS]-30) were obtained...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628083/molecular-basis-of-selective-mitochondrial-fusion-by-heterotypic-action-between-opa1-and-cardiolipin
#11
Tadato Ban, Takaya Ishihara, Hiroto Kohno, Shotaro Saita, Ayaka Ichimura, Katsumi Maenaka, Toshihiko Oka, Katsuyoshi Mihara, Naotada Ishihara
Mitochondria are highly dynamic organelles that undergo frequent fusion and fission. Optic atrophy 1 (OPA1) is an essential GTPase protein for both mitochondrial inner membrane (IM) fusion and cristae morphology. Under mitochondria-stress conditions, membrane-anchored L-OPA1 is proteolytically cleaved to form peripheral S-OPA1, leading to the selection of damaged mitochondria for mitophagy. However, molecular details of the selective mitochondrial fusion are less well understood. Here, we showed that L-OPA1 and cardiolipin (CL) cooperate in heterotypic mitochondrial IM fusion...
July 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626000/baiap3-a-c2-domain-containing-munc13-protein-controls-the-fate-of-dense-core-vesicles-in-neuroendocrine-cells
#12
Xingmin Zhang, Shan Jiang, Kelly A Mitok, Lingjun Li, Alan D Attie, Thomas F J Martin
Dense-core vesicle (DCV) exocytosis is a SNARE (soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive fusion attachment protein receptor)-dependent anterograde trafficking pathway that requires multiple proteins for regulation. Several C2 domain-containing proteins are known to regulate Ca(2+)-dependent DCV exocytosis in neuroendocrine cells. In this study, we identified others by screening all (∼139) human C2 domain-containing proteins by RNA interference in neuroendocrine cells. 40 genes were identified, including several encoding proteins with known roles (CAPS [calcium-dependent activator protein for secretion 1], Munc13-2, RIM1, and SYT10) and many with unknown roles...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624190/expression-of-herpes-simplex-virus-thymidine-kinase-ganciclovir-by-rna-trans-splicing-induces-selective-killing-of-hiv-producing-cells
#13
Carin K Ingemarsdotter, Sushmita Poddar, Sarah Mercier, Volker Patzel, Andrew M L Lever
Antiviral strategies targeting hijacked cellular processes are less easily evaded by the virus than viral targets. If selective for viral functions, they can have a high therapeutic index. We used RNA trans-splicing to deliver the herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase-ganciclovir (HSV-tk/GCV) cell suicide system into HIV-producing cells. Using an extensive in silico bioinformatics and RNA structural analysis approach, ten HIV RNA trans-splicing constructs were designed targeting eight different HIV splice donor or acceptor sites and were tested in cells expressing HIV...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607368/nmr-structure-of-the-bacillus-cereus-hemolysin-ii-c-terminal-domain-reveals-a-novel-fold
#14
Anne R Kaplan, Katherine Kaus, Swastik De, Rich Olson, Andrei T Alexandrescu
In addition to multiple virulence factors, Bacillus cereus a pathogen that causes food poisoning and life-threatening wound infections, secretes the pore-forming toxin hemolysin II (HlyII). The HlyII toxin has a unique 94 amino acid C-terminal domain (HlyIIC). HlyIIC exhibits splitting of NMR resonances due to cis/trans isomerization of a single proline near the C-terminus. To overcome heterogeneity, we solved the structure of P405M-HlyIIC, a mutant that exclusively stabilizes the trans state. The NMR structure of HlyIIC reveals a novel fold, consisting of two subdomains αA-β1-β2 and β3-β4-αB-β5, that come together in a barrel-like structure...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603209/molecular-mechanisms-and-physiological-roles-of-atg5-atg7-independent-alternative-autophagy
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REVIEW
Satoko Arakawa, Shinya Honda, Hirofumi Yamaguchi, Shigeomi Shimizu
ATG5 and ATG7 are considered to be essential molecules for the induction of autophagy. However, we found that cells lacking ATG5 or ATG7 can still form autophagosomes/autolysosomes and perform autophagic protein degradation when subjected to certain types of stress. Although the lipidation of LC3 is accepted as a good indicator of autophagy, this did not occur during ATG5/ATG7-independent alternative autophagy. Unlike conventional autophagy, autophagosomes appeared to be generated in a Rab9-dependent manner by the fusion of the phagophores with vesicles derived from the trans-Golgi and late endosomes...
2017: Proceedings of the Japan Academy. Series B, Physical and Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594551/pressure-enabled-synthesis-of-hetero-dimers-and-hetero-rods-through-intraparticle-coalescence-and-interparticle-fusion-of-quantum-dot-au-satellite-nanocrystals
#16
Hua Zhu, Yasutaka Nagaoka, Katie Hills-Kimball, Rui Tan, Long Yu, Yin Fang, Kelly Wang, Ruipeng Li, Zhongwu Wang, Ou Chen
This report presents the fabrication and pressure-driven processing of heterostructural nanocrystal superlattices (HNC-SLs) self-assembled from quantum-dot-Au (QD-Au) satellite-type HNCs. In situ small/wide-angle X-ray scattering and electron microscopic measurements showed that the HNC-SLs underwent structural transformation at both atomic- and mesoscales during the pressure processing. Upon deviatoric stress-driven orientational migration, the intraparticle coalescence of Au satellites at QD surfaces transforms individual HNCs into heterodimers, whereas the interparticle fusion drives assembled HNCs into ordered heterorod arrays...
June 15, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589520/role-of-mitochondria-in-methamphetamine-induced-dopaminergic-neurotoxicity-involvement-in-oxidative-stress-neuroinflammation-and-pro-apoptosis-a-review
#17
Eun-Joo Shin, Hai-Quyen Tran, Phuong-Tram Nguyen, Ji Hoon Jeong, Seung-Yeol Nah, Choon-Gon Jang, Toshitaka Nabeshima, Hyoung-Chun Kim
Methamphetamine (MA), an amphetamine-type psychostimulant, is associated with dopaminergic toxicity and has a high abuse potential. Numerous in vivo and in vitro studies have suggested that impaired mitochondria are critical in dopaminergic toxicity induced by MA. Mitochondria are important energy-producing organelles with dynamic nature. Evidence indicated that exposure to MA can disturb mitochondrial energetic metabolism by inhibiting the Krebs cycle and electron transport chain. Alterations in mitochondrial dynamic processes, including mitochondrial biogenesis, mitophagy, and fusion/fission, have recently been shown to contribute to dopaminergic toxicity induced by MA...
June 7, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587993/superoxide-responsive-gene-expression-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-and-zea-mays
#18
Junhuan Xu, Thu Tran, Carmen S Padilla Marcia, David M Braun, Fiona L Goggin
Superoxide (O2(-)) and other reactive oxygen species (ROS) are generated in response to numerous biotic and abiotic stresses. Different ROS have been reported to elicit different transcriptional responses in plants, and so ROS-responsive marker genes and promoter::reporter gene fusions have been proposed as indirect means of detecting ROS and discriminating among different species. However, further information about the specificity of transcriptional responses to O2(-) is needed in order to assess potential markers for this critical stress-responsive signaling molecule...
May 29, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580283/foxa2-and-pdx1-cooperatively-regulate-postnatal-maturation-of-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells
#19
Aimée Bastidas-Ponce, Sara S Roscioni, Ingo Burtscher, Erik Bader, Michael Sterr, Mostafa Bakhti, Heiko Lickert
OBJECTIVE: The transcription factors (TF) Foxa2 and Pdx1 are key regulators of beta-cell (β-cell) development and function. Mutations of these TFs or their respective cis-regulatory consensus binding sites have been linked to maturity diabetes of the young (MODY), pancreas agenesis, or diabetes susceptibility in human. Although Foxa2 has been shown to directly regulate Pdx1 expression during mouse embryonic development, the impact of this gene regulatory interaction on postnatal β-cell maturation remains obscure...
June 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575848/identification-of-srf-e2f1-fusion-transcript-in-ewsr-negative-myoepithelioma-of-the-soft-tissue
#20
Milena Urbini, Annalisa Astolfi, Valentina Indio, Giuseppe Tarantino, Salvatore Serravalle, Maristella Saponara, Margherita Nannini, Alessandro Gronchi, Marco Fiore, Roberta Maestro, Monica Brenca, Angelo Paolo Dei Tos, Gian Paolo Dagrada, Tiziana Negri, Silvana Pilotti, Paolo Giovanni Casali, Guido Biasco, Andrea Pession, Silvia Stacchiotti, Maria Abbondanza Pantaleo
Myoepithelial neoplasms (MN) are rare and not well-circumstanced entities displaying a heterogeneous spectrum of genetic abnormalities, including EWSR1, FUS and PLAG1 rearrangements. However, in the remaining MN no other fusion gene has been described and knowledge concerning secondary acquired molecular alterations is still poor. Therefore, we screened 5 cases of MN of the soft tissue by RNA sequencing with the aim of identifying novel fusion transcripts.A novel SRF-E2F1 fusion was detected in two cases: one was negative for other fusions while the other showed also the presence of FUS-KLF17...
May 17, 2017: Oncotarget
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