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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236273/developmental-processes-and-responses-to-hormonal-stimuli-in-tea-plant-camellia-sinensis-leaves-are-controlled-by-grf-and-gif-gene-families
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Zhi-Jun Wu, Wen-Li Wang, Jing Zhuang
Tea plant (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze) is an important leaf-type woody crop used for producing of non-alcoholic beverages worldwide. The GROWTH-REGULATING FACTOR (GRF) transcription factors cooperated with GRF-INTERACTING FACTOR (GIF) transcriptional coactivators positively regulate leaf development. In the present study, six GRF and two GIF genes were identified and characterized in the leaf transcriptome of C. sinensis, respectively. The alignment results showed that the feature structures of the predicted homologous GRF and GIF proteins of C...
February 24, 2017: Functional & Integrative Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236232/template-based-prediction-of-protein-peptide-interactions-by-using-galaxypepdock
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Hasup Lee, Chaok Seok
We introduce a web server called GalaxyPepDock that predicts protein-peptide interactions based on templates. With the continuously increasing size of the protein structure database, the probability of finding related proteins for templates is increasing. GalaxyPepDock takes a protein structure and a peptide sequence as input and returns protein-peptide complex structures as output. Templates for protein-peptide complex structures are selected from the structure database considering similarity to the target protein structure and to putative protein-peptide interactions as estimated by protein structure alignment and peptide sequence alignment...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235827/genomic-data-quality-impacts-automated-detection-of-lateral-gene-transfer-in-fungi
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Pierre-Yves Dupont, Murray P Cox
Lateral gene transfer (or horizontal gene transfer), an atypical mechanism of transferring genes between species, has almost become the default explanation for genes that display an unexpected composition or phylogeny. Numerous methods of detecting lateral gene transfer events all rely on two fundamental strategies: primary structure composition or gene tree/species tree comparisons. Discouragingly, the results of these different approaches rarely coincide. With the wealth of genome data now available, detection of laterally transferred genes is increasingly being attempted in large uncurated eukaryotic datasets...
February 24, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231302/bioinformatic-prediction-of-g-protein-coupled-receptor-encoding-sequences-from-the-transcriptome-of-the-foreleg-including-the-haller-s-organ-of-the-cattle-tick-rhipicephalus-australis
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Sergio Munoz, Felix D Guerrero, Anastasia Kellogg, Andrew M Heekin, Ming-Ying Leung
The cattle tick of Australia, Rhipicephalus australis, is a vector for microbial parasites that cause serious bovine diseases. The Haller's organ, located in the tick's forelegs, is crucial for host detection and mating. To facilitate the development of new technologies for better control of this agricultural pest, we aimed to sequence and annotate the transcriptome of the R. australis forelegs and associated tissues, including the Haller's organ. As G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are an important family of eukaryotic proteins studied as pharmaceutical targets in humans, we prioritized the identification and classification of the GPCRs expressed in the foreleg tissues...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228524/structural-insights-into-the-activation-mechanism-of-dynamin-like-ehd-atpases
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Arthur Alves Melo, Balachandra G Hegde, Claudio Shah, Elin Larsson, J Mario Isas, Séverine Kunz, Richard Lundmark, Ralf Langen, Oliver Daumke
Eps15 (epidermal growth factor receptor pathway substrate 15)-homology domain containing proteins (EHDs) comprise a family of dynamin-related mechano-chemical ATPases involved in cellular membrane trafficking. Previous studies have revealed the structure of the EHD2 dimer, but the molecular mechanisms of membrane recruitment and assembly have remained obscure. Here, we determined the crystal structure of an amino-terminally truncated EHD4 dimer. Compared with the EHD2 structure, the helical domains are 50° rotated relative to the GTPase domain...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225828/systematic-analysis-of-non-structural-protein-features-for-the-prediction-of-ptm-function-potential-by-artificial-neural-networks
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Henry M Dewhurst, Matthew P Torres
Post-translational modifications (PTMs) provide an extensible framework for regulation of protein behavior beyond the diversity represented within the genome alone. While the rate of identification of PTMs has rapidly increased in recent years, our knowledge of PTM functionality encompasses less than 5% of this data. We previously developed SAPH-ire (Structural Analysis of PTM Hotspots) for the prioritization of eukaryotic PTMs based on function potential of discrete modified alignment positions (MAPs) in a set of 8 protein families...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223183/four-distinct-types-of-e-c-1-2-1-30-enzymes-can-catalyze-the-reduction-of-carboxylic-acids-to-aldehydes
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Holly Stolterfoht, Daniel Schwendenwein, Christoph W Sensen, Florian Rudroff, Margit Winkler
Increasing demand for chemicals from renewable resources calls for the development of new biotechnological methods for the reduction of oxidized bio-based compounds. Enzymatic carboxylate reduction is highly selective, both in terms of chemo- and product selectivity, but not many carboxylate reductase enzymes (CARs) have been identified on the sequence level to date. Thus far, their phylogeny is unexplored and very little is known about their structure-function-relationship. CARs minimally contain an adenylation domain, a phosphopantetheinylation domain and a reductase domain...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223024/construction-of-a-library-of-structurally-diverse-ribonucleopeptides-with-catalytic-groups
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Tomoki Tamura, Shun Nakano, Eiji Nakata, Takashi Morii
Functional screening of structurally diverse libraries consisting of proteins or nucleic acids is an effective method to obtain receptors or aptamers with unique molecular recognition characteristics. However, further modification of these selected receptors to exert a newly desired function is still a challenging task. We have constructed a library of structurally diverse ribonucleopeptides (RNPs) that are modified with a catalytic group, in which the catalytic group aligns with various orientations against the ATP binding pocket of RNA subunit...
February 10, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222786/post-translational-modification-of-parkin
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Joy Chakraborty, Valentina Basso, Elena Ziviani
: Mutations in the gene encoding for the E3 ubiquitin ligase Parkin are associated to a rare form of familiar autosomal recessive Parkinsonism. Despite decades of research on the Parkin protein, whose structure has been recently solved, little is known about the specific signalling pathways that lead to Parkin activation. Parkin activity spans from mitochondria quality control to tumor suppression and stress protection; it is thus tempting to hypothesize that the broad impact of Parkin on cellular physiology might be the result of different post translational modifications that can be controlled by balanced opposing events...
February 21, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222763/the-discovery-of-novel-lpmo-families-with-a-new-hidden-markov-model
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Gerben P Voshol, Erik Vijgenboom, Peter J Punt
BACKGROUND: Renewable biopolymers, such as cellulose, starch and chitin are highly resistance to enzymatic degradation. Therefore, there is a need to upgrade current degradation processes by including novel enzymes. Lytic polysaccharide mono-oxygenases (LPMOs) can disrupt recalcitrant biopolymers, thereby enhancing hydrolysis by conventional enzymes. However, novel LPMO families are difficult to identify using existing methods. Therefore, we developed a novel profile Hidden Markov model (HMM) and used it to mine genomes of ascomycetous fungi for novel LPMOs...
February 21, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216008/computational-tools-for-exploring-sequence-databases-as-a-resource-for-antimicrobial-peptides
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REVIEW
W F Porto, A S Pires, O L Franco
Data mining has been recognized by many researchers as a hot topic in different areas. In the post-genomic era, the growing number of sequences deposited in databases has been the reason why these databases have become a resource for novel biological information. In recent years, the identification of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in databases has gained attention. The identification of unannotated AMPs has shed some light on the distribution and evolution of AMPs and, in some cases, indicated suitable candidates for developing novel antimicrobial agents...
February 12, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212855/depth-dependent-amino-acid-substitution-matrices-and-their-use-in-predicting-deleterious-mutations
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REVIEW
Nida Farheen, Neeladri Sen, Sanjana Nair, Kuan Pern Tan, M S Madhusudhan
The 20 naturally occurring amino acids have different environmental preferences of where they are likely to occur in protein structures. Environments in a protein can be classified by their proximity to solvent by the residue depth measure. Since the frequencies of amino acids are different at various depth levels, the substitution frequencies should vary according to depth. To quantify these substitution frequencies, we built depth dependent substitution matrices. The dataset used for creation of the matrices consisted of 3696 high quality, non redundant pairwise protein structural alignments...
February 15, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211492/the-propensity-of-the-bacterial-rodlin-protein-rdlb-to-form-amyloid-fibrils-determines-its-function-in-streptomyces-coelicolor
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Wen Yang, Joost Willemse, Elizabeth B Sawyer, Fei Lou, Weibin Gong, Hong Zhang, Sally L Gras, Dennis Claessen, Sarah Perrett
Streptomyces bacteria form reproductive aerial hyphae that are covered with a pattern of pairwise aligned fibrils called rodlets. The presence of the rodlet layer requires two homologous rodlin proteins, RdlA and RdlB, and the functional amyloid chaplin proteins, ChpA-H. In contrast to the redundancy shared among the eight chaplins, both RdlA and RdlB are indispensable for the establishment of this rodlet structure. By using a comprehensive biophysical approach combined with in vivo characterization we found that RdlB, but not RdlA, readily assembles into amyloid fibrils...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210761/the-evolutionary-loss-of-rnai-key-determinants-in-kinetoplastids-as-a-multiple-sporadic-phenomenon
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Andrey V Matveyev, João M P Alves, Myrna G Serrano, Vladimir Lee, Ana M Lara, William A Barton, André G Costa-Martins, Stephen M Beverley, Erney P Camargo, Marta M G Teixeira, Gregory A Buck
We screened the genomes of a broad panel of kinetoplastid protists for genes encoding proteins associated with the RNA interference (RNAi) system using probes from the Argonaute (AGO1), Dicer1 (DCL1), and Dicer2 (DCL2) genes of Leishmania brasiliensis and Crithidia fasciculata. We identified homologs for all the three of these genes in the genomes of a subset of these organisms. However, several of these organisms lacked evidence for any of these genes, while others lacked only DCL2. The open reading frames encoding these putative proteins were structurally analyzed in silico...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205016/sensitivity-enhancement-for-membrane-proteins-reconstituted-in-parallel-and-perpendicular-oriented-bicelles-obtained-by-using-repetitive-cross-polarization-and-membrane-incorporated-free-radicals
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Sophie N Koroloff, Deanna M Tesch, Emmanuel O Awosanya, Alexander A Nevzorov
Multidimensional separated local-field and spin-exchange experiments employed by oriented-sample solid-state NMR are essential for structure determination and spectroscopic assignment of membrane proteins reconstituted in macroscopically aligned lipid bilayers. However, these experiments typically require a large number of scans in order to establish interspin correlations. Here we have shown that a combination of optimized repetitive cross polarization (REP-CP) and membrane-embedded free radicals allows one to enhance the signal-to-noise ratio by factors 2...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198469/garp2-accelerates-retinal-degeneration-in-rod-cgmp-gated-cation-channel-%C3%AE-subunit-knockout-mice
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Marci L DeRamus, Delores A Stacks, Youwen Zhang, Carrie E Huisingh, Gerald McGwin, Steven J Pittler
The Cngb1 locus-encoded β-subunit of rod cGMP-gated cation channel and associated glutamic acid rich proteins (GARPs) are required for phototransduction, disk morphogenesis, and rod structural integrity. To probe individual protein structure/function of the GARPs, we have characterized several transgenic mouse lines selectively restoring GARPs on a Cngb1 knockout (X1(-/-)) mouse background. Optical coherence tomography (OCT), light and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and electroretinography (ERG) were used to analyze 6 genotypes including WT at three and ten weeks postnatal...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197404/using-global-analysis-to-extend-the-accuracy-and-precision-of-binding-measurements-with-t-cell-receptors-and-their-peptide-mhc-ligands
#17
Sydney J Blevins, Brian M Baker
In cellular immunity, clonally distributed T cell receptors (TCRs) engage complexes of peptides bound to major histocompatibility complex proteins (pMHCs). In the interactions of TCRs with pMHCs, regions of restricted and variable diversity align in a structurally complex fashion. Many studies have used mutagenesis to attempt to understand the "roles" played by various interface components in determining TCR recognition properties such as specificity and cross-reactivity. However, these measurements are often complicated or even compromised by the weak affinities TCRs maintain toward pMHC...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192428/a-comparative-study-of-cold-and-warm-adapted-endonucleases-a-using-sequence-analyses-and-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#18
Davide Michetti, Bjørn Olav Brandsdal, Davide Bon, Geir Villy Isaksen, Matteo Tiberti, Elena Papaleo
The psychrophilic and mesophilic endonucleases A (EndA) from Aliivibrio salmonicida (VsEndA) and Vibrio cholera (VcEndA) have been studied experimentally in terms of the biophysical properties related to thermal adaptation. The analyses of their static X-ray structures was no sufficient to rationalize the determinants of their adaptive traits at the molecular level. Thus, we used Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations to compare the two proteins and unveil their structural and dynamical differences. Our simulations did not show a substantial increase in flexibility in the cold-adapted variant on the nanosecond time scale...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192411/the-glcn6p-cofactor-plays-multiple-catalytic-roles-in-the-glms-ribozyme
#19
Jamie L Bingaman, Sixue Zhang, David R Stevens, Neela H Yennawar, Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Philip C Bevilacqua
RNA enzymes (ribozymes) have remarkably diverse biological roles despite having limited chemical diversity. Protein enzymes enhance their reactivity through recruitment of cofactors; likewise, the naturally occurring glmS ribozyme uses the glucosamine-6-phosphate (GlcN6P) organic cofactor for phosphodiester bond cleavage. Prior structural and biochemical studies have implicated GlcN6P as the general acid. Here we describe new catalytic roles of GlcN6P through experiments and calculations. Large stereospecific normal thio effects and a lack of metal-ion rescue in the holoribozyme indicate that nucleobases and the cofactor play direct chemical roles and align the active site for self-cleavage...
February 13, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192301/dynamic-interaction-between-actin-and-nesprin2-maintain-the-cell-nucleus-in-a-prestressed-state
#20
Abhishek Kumar, G V Shivashankar
Mechanical coupling between the nucleus and the cytoskeleton is indispensable for direct force transduction from the extra cellular matrix (ECM) to the chromatin. Although this physical coupling has been shown to be crucial for nuclear positioning and its function, the quantification of nuclear-cytoskeleton interaction has been lacking. In this paper, using various quantitative fluorescence spectroscopy techniques, we investigate the nature of this connection. High-resolution 3D imaging shows that nesprin2G forms short linear structures along actin stress fibers (ASFs) in the apical region of the nucleus...
November 11, 2016: Methods and Applications in Fluorescence
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