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Haijun Xiao, Yanghong Xu, Chenzi Ni, Qiannan Zhang, Feiya Zhong, Jishuai Huang, Wei Liu, Leilei Peng, Yingguo Zhu, Jun Hu
In flowering plants, various RNA editing events occur in the mitochondria and chloroplasts as part of post-transcriptional processes. Although several PPRs and MORFs have been identified as RNA editing factors, the underlying mechanism of PPRs and the cooperation among these proteins are still obscure. Here, we identified a rice dual-localized PPR protein, OsPGL1. The loss of function of OsPGL1 resulted in defects in both chloroplast RNA editing of ndhD-878 and mitochondrial RNA editing of ccmFc-543, both of which could be restored via complementary validation...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
Damir Klepac, Hana Kostková, Svetlana Petrova, Petr Chytil, Tomáš Etrych, Sami Kereïche, Ivan Raška, David A Weitz, Sergey K Filippov
In this paper, we revised the current understanding of the protein corona that is created on the surface of nanoparticles in blood plasma after an intravenous injection. We have focused on nanoparticles that have a proven therapeutic outcome. These nanoparticles are based on two types of biocompatible amphiphilic copolymers based on N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide (HPMA): a block copolymer, poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL)-b-poly(HPMA), and a statistical HPMA copolymer bearing cholesterol moieties, which have been tested both in vitro and in vivo...
March 21, 2018: Nanoscale
Johaiber Fuchslocher Chico, Maren Falk-Paulsen, Anne Luzius, Carina Saggau, Barbara Ruder, Julia Bolik, Dirk Schmidt-Arras, Andreas Linkermann, Christoph Becker, Philip Rosenstiel, Stefan Rose-John, Dieter Adam
The disintegrin metalloprotease ADAM17 has a critical role in intestinal inflammation and regeneration in mice, as illustrated by the dramatically increased susceptibility of ADAM17 hypomorphic (ADAM17ex/ex ) mice to dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis. Similarly, necroptosis has been implicated in inflammatory responses in the intestine. In this study, we have investigated the contribution of necroptosis to ADAM17-regulated intestinal inflammation in vivo by crossing ADAM17ex/ex mice with mice that lack the necroptotic core protein RIPK3...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Guo Nan Yin, Hai-Rong Jin, Min-Ji Choi, Anita Limanjaya, Kalyan Ghatak, Nguyen Nhat Minh, Jiyeon Ock, Mi-Hye Kwon, Kang-Moon Song, Heon Joo Park, Ho Min Kim, Young-Guen Kwon, Ji-Kan Ryu, Jun-Kyu Suh
Penile erection requires well-coordinated interactions between vascular and nervous system. Penile neurovascular dysfunction is a major cause of erectile dysfunction (ED) in patients with diabetes, which causes poor response to oral phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors. Dickkopf2 (DKK2), a Wnt antagonist, is known to promote angiogenesis. Here, using DKK2-Tg mice or DKK2 protein administration, we demonstrate that overexpression of DKK2 in diabetic mice enhances penile angiogenesis and neural regeneration and restores erectile function...
March 20, 2018: Diabetes
Wei Zhang, Sheng Qian, Guowei Yang, Liang Zhu, Bo Zhou, Jianhua Wang, Rong Liu, Zhiping Yan, Xudong Qu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common primary tumor of the liver, has a poor prognosis and shows rapid progression. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play important roles in carcinogenesis and tumor progression. Regulators of G-protein signaling (RGS) are critical for defining G-protein-dependent signal fidelity. RGS17 plays an important role in the regulation of cancer cell proliferation, migration and invasion. Here, we showed that miR-199 was downregulated in a hepatocarcinoma cell line. Overexpression of miR-199 significantly suppressed HCC cell proliferation, migration, and invasion in vitro...
March 17, 2018: Gene
Seyedmehdi Hossaini Nasr, Anne Tonson, Mohammad El-Dakdouki, David C Zhu, Dalen Agnew, Robert Wiseman, Chunqi Qian, Xuefei Huang
Atherosclerosis is an inflammatory disease of arterial walls and the rupturing of atherosclerotic plaques is a major cause of heart attack and stroke. Imaging techniques that can enable the detection of atherosclerosis plaques before clinical manifestation are urgently needed. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a powerful technique to image the morphology of atherosclerotic plaques. In order to better analyze molecular processes in plaques, contrast agents that can selectively bind to plaque receptors will prove invaluable...
March 20, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
A M Vaira, H S Lim, G Bauchan, C J Gulbronson, L Miozzi, N Vinals, A Natilla, J Hammond
The Lolium latent virus (LoLV) major coat protein sequence contains a typical chloroplast transit peptide (cTP) domain. In infected Nicotiana benthamiana leaf tissue, LoLV coat proteins can be detected at the chloroplast. In transient expression, several N-terminal deletions of the CP sequence, increasing in length, result in disruption of the domain functionality, markedly affecting intracellular localization. A yeast two-hybrid-based study using LoLV CP as bait identified several potentially interacting Arabidopsis host proteins, most of them with chloroplast-linked pathways...
March 20, 2018: Journal of General Virology
Daichi Inoue, Takeshi Fujino, Paul Sheridan, Yao-Zhong Zhang, Reina Nagase, Sayuri Horikawa, Zaomin Li, Hirotaka Matsui, Akinori Kanai, Makoto Saika, Rui Yamaguchi, Hiroko Kozuka-Hata, Kimihito Cojin Kawabata, Akihiko Yokoyama, Susumu Goyama, Toshiya Inaba, Seiya Imoto, Satoru Miyano, Mingjiang Xu, Feng-Chun Yang, Masaaki Oyama, Toshio Kitamura
ASXL1 plays key roles in epigenetic regulation of gene expression through methylation of histone H3K27, and disruption of ASXL1 drives myeloid malignancies, at least in part, via derepression of posterior HOXA loci. However, little is known about the identity of proteins that interact with ASXL1 and about the functions of ASXL1 in modulation of the active histone mark, such as H3K4 methylation. In this study, we demonstrate that ASXL1 is a part of a protein complex containing HCFC1 and OGT; OGT directly stabilizes ASXL1 by O-GlcNAcylation...
March 3, 2018: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Teresa C Assumpção, Daniella M Mizurini, Dongying Ma, Robson Q Monteiro, Sydney Ahlstedt, Morayma Reyes, Michail Kotsyfakis, Thomas N Mather, John F Andersen, Jan Lukszo, José M C Ribeiro, Ivo M B Francischetti
Tick saliva is a rich source of modulators of vascular biology. We have characterized Ixonnexin, a member of the "Basic-tail" family of salivary proteins from the tick Ixodes scapularis. Ixonnexin is a 104 residues (11.8 KDa), non-enzymatic basic protein which contains 3 disulfide bonds and a C-terminal rich in lysine. It is homologous to SALP14, a tick salivary FXa anticoagulant. Ixonnexin was produced by ligation of synthesized fragments (51-104) and (1-50) followed by folding. Ixonnexin, like SALP14, interacts with FXa...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Mohamed Salla, Rodrigo Aguayo-Ortiz, Danmaliki Gaddafi Ibrahim, Alaa Zare, Ahmed Said, Jack Moore, Vrajeshkumar Pandya, Robin Manaloor, Sunny Fong, Anna R Blankstein, Spencer Gibson, Laura Ramos Garcia, Pascal Meier, Khushwant S Bhullar, Basil P Hubbard, Yahya Fiteh, Harissios Vliagoftis, Ing Swie Goping, Dion Brocks, Peter Hwang, Jose Carlos A Martinez Velazquez, Shairaz Baksh
Receptor interacting protein kinase 2 (RIP2 or RICK herein referred to as RIPK2) is linked to the pathogen pathway that activates NFkB and autophagic activation. Using molecular modeling (docking) and chemoinformatics analyses we utilized the RIPK2/ponatinib crystal structure and searched in chemical databases for small molecules exerting binding interactions similar to those exerted by ponatinib. The identified RIPK2 inhibitors potently inhibited the proliferation of cancer cells by > 70% as well as inhibition of NFkB activity...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Min Zhang, Guo-Jun Zhao, Feng Yao, Xiao-Dan Xia, Duo Gong, Zhen-Wang Zhao, Ling-Yan Chen, Xi-Long Zheng, Xiao-Er Tang, Chao-Ke Tang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: ApoA-1 binding protein (AIBP) is a secreted protein that interacts with apoA-I and accelerates cholesterol efflux from cells. We have recently reported that AIBP promotes apoA-1 binding to ABCA1 in the macrophage cell membrane, partially through 115-123 amino acids. However, the effects of AIBP on the development of atherosclerosis in vivo remain unknown. METHODS: ApoE-/- mice with established atherosclerotic plaques were infected with rAAV-AIBP or rAAV-AIBP(Δ115-123), respectively...
March 10, 2018: Atherosclerosis
Arash Ahmadivand, Burak Gerislioglu, Asahi Tomitaka, Pandiaraj Manickam, Ajeet Kaushik, Shekhar Bhansali, Madhavan Nair, Nezih Pala
Engineered terahertz (THz) plasmonic metamaterials have emerged as promising platforms for quick infection diagnosis, cost-effective and real-time pharmacology applications owing to their non-destructive and harmless interaction with biological tissues in both in vivo and in vitro assays. As a recent member of THz metamaterials family, toroidal metamaterials have been demonstrated to be supporting high-quality sharp resonance modes. Here we introduce a THz metasensor based on a plasmonic surface consisting of metamolecules that support ultra-narrow toroidal resonances excited by the incident radiation and demonstrate detection of an ultralow concertation targeted biomarker...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Zhenlei Li, Xiaoping Zou, Hao Zhu, Min Chen, Yan Zhao
Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive disease with a particularly poor prognosis contributing to a substantial percentage of cancer-associated mortality rates. In the present study, the combination treatment of baicalein (BAI) and gemcitabine (GEM) was investigated to examine whether it inhibited the growth of the human CFPAC-1 pancreatic cancer cell line in vitro and in vivo . The cytotoxic interactions between BAI and GEM in human pancreatic cancer cell lines were determined using MTT assays, and the effect of the two agents on apoptosis was detected using Hoechst 33258 staining and annexin V/7-AAD...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Chao Shi, Bei-Qing Pan, Feng Shi, Zhi-Hui Xie, Yan-Yi Jiang, Li Shang, Yu Zhang, Xin Xu, Yan Cai, Jia-Jie Hao, Ming-Rong Wang
Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is one of the malignancies in digestive system, with a low 5-year survival rate. We previously revealed that Sequestosome 1 (SQSTM1/p62) protein levels were upregulated in ESCC tissues. However, it is unclear about the function of p62 and the underlying mechanism. Here, we used immunofluorescence and immunohistochemistry to investigate the expression of p62 in ESCC. Western blotting, quantitative RT-PCR, colony formation assay, flow cytometry, immunoprecipitation and xenograft tumor assay were used to analyze the role of p62 in vitro and vivo...
March 19, 2018: Oncogene
Yong-Eun Kim, Chungoo Park, Kyoon Eon Kim, Kee K Kim
Alternative splicing is an essential process in eukaryotes, as it increases the complexity of gene expression by generating multiple proteins from a single pre-mRNA. However, information on the regulatory mechanisms for alternative splicing is lacking, because splicing occurs over a short period via the transient interactions of proteins within functional complexes of the spliceosome. Here, we investigated in detail the molecular mechanisms connecting alternative splicing with epigenetic mechanisms. We identified interactions between histone proteins and splicing factors such as Rbfox2, Rbfox3, and splicing factor proline and glutamine rich protein (SFPQ) by in vivo crosslinking and immunoprecipitation...
March 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Chengliang Zhang, Yanfeng Zhang, Hong Zhu, Jiajia Hu, Zhongshang Xie
Cardiac fibrosis is associated with diverse heart diseases. In response to different pathological irritants, cardiac fibroblasts may be induced to proliferate and differentiate into cardiac myofibroblasts, thus contributing to cardiac fibrosis. TGF-β signaling is implicated in the development of heart failure through the induction of cardiac fibrosis. C-Ski, an inhibitory regulator of TGF-β signaling, has been reported to suppress TGF-β1-induced human cardiac fibroblasts' proliferation and ECM protein increase; however, the underlying molecular mechanism needs further investigation...
March 15, 2018: Cellular Signalling
Yingying Qian, Xiangjiang Guo, Lin Che, Xuejing Guan, Bei Wu, Renhua Lu, Mingli Zhu, Huihua Pang, Yucheng Yan, Zhaohui Ni, Leyi Gu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Klotho is a multifunctional protein expressed predominantly in kidney tubular epithelium. Here, we investigated the protective effects of Klotho on necroptosis in renal ischemic-reperfusion injury (IRI) and the role of oxidative stress in this process. METHODS: Mice were subjected to bilateral renal pedicle clamping. Mouse renal tubular epithelial (TCMK-1) cells were exposed to hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) or H2O2. Kidney samples from acute kidney injury (AKI) patients and controls were examined by immunofluorescence...
March 10, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Ruru Guo, Yang Tu, Shaowei Xie, Xue Song Liu, Yang Song, Suli Wang, Xiaoxiang Chen, Liangjing Lu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are known to play an important role in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) by triggering innate and adaptive immune responses. The molecular mechanisms responsible for their formation in SLE are still unclear. In this study, we aim to characterize the role of the receptor-interacting protein kinase-1 (RIPK1), a homologous serine/threonine kinase previously implicated in the regulation of necroptosis and tissue injury, in decreasing neutrophil death and formation of NETs, and to investigate the clinical implications of RIPK1 in SLE...
March 13, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Kerstin Nowotny, José Pedro Castro, Martín Hugo, Sabine Braune, Daniela Weber, Marc Pignitter, Veronika Somoza, Julia Bornhorst, Tanja Schwerdtle, Tilman Grune
Methylglyoxal (MG), a highly reactive dicarbonyl, interacts with proteins to form advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs include a variety of compounds which were shown to have damaging potential and to accumulate in the course of different conditions such as diabetes mellitus and aging. After confirming collagen as a main target for MG modifications in vivo within the extracellular matrix, we show here that MG-collagen disrupts fibroblast redox homeostasis and induces endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and apoptosis...
March 14, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Hoku West-Foyle, Priyanka Kothari, Jonathan Osborne, Douglas N Robinson
The 14-3-3 family comprises a group of small proteins that are essential, ubiquitous, and highly conserved across eukaryotes. Overexpression of the 14-3-3s sigma, epsilon, zeta, and eta correlates with high metastatic potential in multiple cancer types. In Dictyostelium , 14-3-3 promotes myosin II turnover in the cell cortex and modulates cortical tension, cell shape, and cytokinesis. In light of the important roles of 14-3-3 proteins across a broad range of eukaryotic species, we sought to determine how 14-3-3 proteins interact with myosin II...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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