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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932089/clinical-and-neuroimaging-findings-in-two-brothers-with-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-due-to-lama2-mutations
#1
Elizabeth Harris, Meriel McEntagart, Ana Topf, Hanns Lochmüller, Kate Bushby, Caroline Sewry, Volker Straub
Recessive mutations in LAMA2 commonly cause congenital muscular dystrophy (MDC1A) and, rarely, limb girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD). We report 2 brothers who presented in adulthood with LGMD due to novel mutations in LAMA2 identified by whole exome sequencing (WES). Muscle biopsy more than 30 years ago demonstrated dystrophic changes but was not available for immunoanalysis. Muscle MRI demonstrated involvement of peripheral muscle with internal sparing classically seen in collagen-VI related disorders. Extensive genetic testing, including COL6A1/2/3, was performed prior to WES...
November 3, 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932023/molecular-cloning-and-expression-analysis-of-a-fish-specific-interferon-regulatory-factor-irf11-in-orange-spotted-grouper-epinephelus-coioides
#2
Wen Shu Huang, Mei Hua Zhu, Shan Chen, Zhi Xuan Wang, Ying Liang, Bei Huang, P Nie
Interferon regulatory factors (IRFs) are transcription mediators which play vital roles in multiple biological processes, such as antiviral defense, immune response, cell growth regulation and apoptosis. A fish specific IRF, termed IRF11, has been identified in previous study through searching fish genome databases. Herein, a transcript of IRF11, EcIRF11 was cloned from orange-spotted grouper, Epinephelus coioides. The EcIRF11 cDNA sequence has 1573 bp in length, encoding a putative protein of 261 amino acids, with a high degree of similarity found between EcIRF11 and its teleost counterparts...
December 5, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928938/sequence-and-structure-based-analysis-of-proteins-involved-in-mirna-biogenesis
#3
Chhaya Sharma, Debasisa Mohanty
miRNA biogenesis is a multistage process for generation of a mature miRNA and involves several different proteins. In this work, we have carried out sequence as well as structure based analysis for crucial proteins involved in miRNA biogenesis, namely, Dicer, Drosha, Argonaute (Ago) and Exportin-5 to understand evolution of these proteins in animal kingdom and also to identify key sequence and structural features which are determinants of their function. Our analysis reveals that in animals the miRNA biogenesis pathway first originated in molluscs...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926995/frozen-but-no-accident-why-the-20-standard-amino-acids-were-selected
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Andrew J Doig
The 20 standard amino acids encoded by the Genetic Code were adopted during the RNA World, around 4 billion years ago. This amino acid set could be regarded as a frozen accident, implying that other possible structures could equally well have been chosen to use in proteins. Amino acids were not primarily selected for their ability to support catalysis, since the RNA World already had highly effective cofactors to perform reactions, such as oxidation, reduction and transfer of small molecules. Rather, they were selected to enable the formation of soluble structures with close-packed cores, allowing the presence of ordered binding pockets...
December 7, 2016: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924488/elucidating-mechanisms-of-molecular-recognition-between-human-argonaute-and-mirna-using-computational-approaches
#5
Hanlun Jiang, Lizhe Zhu, Amélie Héliou, Xin Gao, Julie Bernauer, Xuhui Huang
MicroRNA (miRNA) and Argonaute (AGO) protein together form the RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC) that plays an essential role in the regulation of gene expression. Elucidating the underlying mechanism of AGO-miRNA recognition is thus of great importance not only for the in-depth understanding of miRNA function but also for inspiring new drugs targeting miRNAs. In this chapter we introduce a combined computational approach of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, Markov state models (MSMs), and protein-RNA docking to investigate AGO-miRNA recognition...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924487/antagonists-of-the-mirna-argonaute-2-protein-complex-anti-mir-agos
#6
Marco F Schmidt, Oliver Korb, Chris Abell
microRNAs (miRNAs) have been identified as high-value drug targets. A widely applied strategy in miRNA inhibition is the use of antisense agents. However, it has been shown that oligonucleotides are poorly cell permeable because of their complex chemical structure and due to their negatively charged backbone. Consequently, the general application of oligonucleotides in therapy is limited. Since miRNAs' functions are executed exclusively by the Argonaute 2 protein, we therefore describe a protocol for the design of a novel miRNA inhibitor class: antagonists of the miRNA-Argonaute 2 protein complex, so-called anti-miR-AGOs, that not only block the crucial binding site of the target miRNA but also bind to the protein's active site...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924484/peptide-based-inhibition-of-mirna-guided-gene-silencing
#7
Johannes Danner, Balagopal Pai, Ludwig Wankerl, Gunter Meister
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a large class of small noncoding RNAs that regulate the expression of distinct target mRNAs. miRNAs are incorporated into Argonaute (AGO) proteins and guide them to their target mRNAs. Subsequently, AGO proteins recruit a member of the glycine-tryptophan-rich (GW) protein family by direct protein-protein interaction. GW proteins coordinate all downstream processes leading to robust and efficient gene silencing. A short peptide of GW proteins comprising the AGO interaction motif can be used to biochemically isolate endogenous AGO protein complexes...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918527/induction-and-suppression-of-antiviral-rna-interference-by-influenza-a-virus-in-mammalian-cells
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Yang Li, Megha Basavappa, Jinfeng Lu, Shuwei Dong, D Alexander Cronkite, John T Prior, Hans-Christian Reinecker, Paul Hertzog, Yanhong Han, Wan-Xiang Li, Sihem Cheloufi, Fedor V Karginov, Shou-Wei Ding, Kate L Jeffrey
Influenza A virus (IAV) causes annual epidemics and occasional pandemics, and is one of the best-characterized human RNA viral pathogens(1). However, a physiologically relevant role for the RNA interference (RNAi) suppressor activity of the IAV non-structural protein 1 (NS1), reported over a decade ago(2), remains unknown(3). Plant and insect viruses have evolved diverse virulence proteins to suppress RNAi as their hosts produce virus-derived small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) that direct specific antiviral defence(4-7) by an RNAi mechanism dependent on the slicing activity of Argonaute proteins (AGOs)(8,9)...
December 5, 2016: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917750/cowpox-in-a-human-russia-2015
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A Y Popova, R A Maksyutov, O S Taranov, T V Tregubchak, A V Zaikovskaya, A A Sergeev, I V Vlashchenko, S A Bodnev, V A Ternovoi, N S Alexandrova, A L Tarasov, N V Konovalova, A A Koroleva, L E Bulychev, O V Pyankov, Y V Demina, A P Agafonov, S N Shchelkunov, V N Miheev
We investigated the first laboratory-confirmed human case of cowpox virus infection in Russia since 1991. Phylogenetic studies of haemagglutinin, TNF-α receptor-like protein and thymidine kinase regions showed significant differences with known orthopoxviruses, including unique amino-acid substitutions and deletions. The described cowpox virus strain, taking into account differences, is genetically closely related to strains isolated years ago in the same geographical region (European part of Russia and Finland), which suggests circulation of viral strains with common origin in wild rodents without spread over long distances and appearance in other parts of the world...
December 5, 2016: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917537/reproductive-biology-for-the-assessment-of-hunting-sustainability-of-rainforest-mammal-populations-through-the-participation-of-local-communities
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Pedro Mayor, Hani El Bizri, Richard E Bodmer, Mark Bowler
Wildlife subsistence hunting is a major source of protein for tropical rural populations and a prominent conservation issue. The intrinsic rate of natural increase (rmax ) of populations is a key reproductive parameter in the most-used assessments of hunting sustainability. However, since researchers face severe difficulties in obtaining reproductive data in the wild, these assessments often use 'classic' reproductive rates calculated mostly from captive studies conducted 30 years ago, resulting in flaws in almost 50% of studies and hampering decision-makings on wildlife management...
December 5, 2016: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914463/study-of-immunomodulatory-effects-of-extracellular-hsp70-in-a-mouse-model-of-allergic-airway-inflammation
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M A Shevchenko, N I Troyanova, E A Servuli, E L Bolkhovitina, A S Fedorina, A M Sapozhnikov
Immunostimulatory properties of extracellular heat shock proteins 70 kDa (HSP70) became interesting for investigators a long time ago. However, in recent years a series of works showing a significant relation of the immunostimulating effects of recombinant HSP70 to contamination of the protein samples with bacterial endotoxins (lipopolysaccharide, LPS) has been published. The authors showed that intensive elimination of LPS from the protein samples resulted in inversion of immunostimulating effects of HSP70 to immunosuppressive activity of the protein...
November 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913681/the-borg-family-of-cdc42-effector-proteins-cdc42ep1-5
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Aaron J Farrugia, Fernando Calvo
Despite being discovered more than 15 years ago, the Borg (binder of Rho GTPases) family of Cdc42 effector proteins (Cdc42EP1-5) remains largely uncharacterised and relatively little is known about their structure, regulation and role in development and disease. Recent studies are starting to unravel some of the key functional and mechanistic aspects of the Borg proteins, including their role in cytoskeletal remodelling and signalling. In addition, the participation of Borg proteins in important cellular processes such as cell shape, directed migration and differentiation is slowly emerging, directly linking Borgs with important physiological and pathological processes such as angiogenesis, neurotransmission and cancer-associated desmoplasia...
December 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913667/molecular-basis-for-specificity-of-the-met1-linked-polyubiquitin-signal
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REVIEW
Paul R Elliott
The post-translational modification of proteins provides a rapid and versatile system for regulating all signalling pathways. Protein ubiquitination is one such type of post-translational modification involved in controlling numerous cellular processes. The unique ability of ubiquitin to form polyubiquitin chains creates a highly complex code responsible for different subsequent signalling outcomes. Specialised enzymes ('writers') generate the ubiquitin code, whereas other enzymes ('erasers') disassemble it...
December 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911818/planar-cell-polarity-signaling-in-the-uterus-directs-appropriate-positioning-of-the-crypt-for-embryo-implantation
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Jia Yuan, Jeeyeon Cha, Wenbo Deng, Amanda Bartos, Xiaofei Sun, Hsin-Yi Henry Ho, Jean-Paul Borg, Terry P Yamaguchi, Yingzi Yang, Sudhansu K Dey
Blastocyst implantation is a complex process requiring coordination of a dynamic sequence of embryo-uterine interactions. Blood vessels enter the uterus from the mesometrium, demarcating the uterus into mesometrial (M) and antimesometrial (AM) domains. Implantation occurs along the uterine longitudinal axis within specialized implantation chambers (crypts) that originate within the evaginations directed from the primary lumen toward the AM domain. The morphological orientation of crypts in rodent uteri was recognized more than a century ago, but the mechanism remained unknown...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911784/%C3%AE-arrestin-mediates-the-frank-starling-mechanism-of-cardiac-contractility
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Dennis M Abraham, Robert T Davis, Chad M Warren, Lan Mao, Beata M Wolska, R John Solaro, Howard A Rockman
The Frank-Starling law of the heart is a physiological phenomenon that describes an intrinsic property of heart muscle in which increased cardiac filling leads to enhanced cardiac contractility. Identified more than a century ago, the Frank-Starling relationship is currently known to involve length-dependent enhancement of cardiac myofilament Ca(2+) sensitivity. However, the upstream molecular events that link cellular stretch to the length-dependent myofilament Ca(2+) sensitivity are poorly understood. Because the angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R) and the multifunctional transducer protein β-arrestin have been shown to mediate mechanosensitive cellular signaling, we tested the hypothesis that these two proteins are involved in the Frank-Starling mechanism of the heart...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911721/nucleotide-modifications-in-messenger-rna-and-their-role-in-development-and-disease
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REVIEW
Veronica Dezi, Chavdar Ivanov, Irmgard U Haussmann, Matthias Soller
Modified nucleotides in messenger RNA (mRNA) have been discovered over 40 years ago, but until recently little was known about which transcripts contain them and what their function is. High-throughput sequencing approaches revealed a dynamic landscape of the 'Epitranscriptome' for many mRNA modifications in various organisms from yeast to humans. Meanwhile, also many genes encoding mRNA-modifying enzymes and auxiliary proteins have been identified yielding functional insights by reverse genetics into their role in development and disease...
October 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911715/the-control-of-inflammation-via-the-phosphorylation-and-dephosphorylation-of-tristetraprolin-a-tale-of-two-phosphatases
#17
REVIEW
Andrew R Clark, Jonathan L E Dean
Twenty years ago, the first description of a tristetraprolin (TTP) knockout mouse highlighted the fundamental role of TTP in the restraint of inflammation. Since then, work from several groups has generated a detailed picture of the expression and function of TTP. It is a sequence-specific RNA-binding protein that orchestrates the deadenylation and degradation of several mRNAs encoding inflammatory mediators. It is very extensively post-translationally modified, with more than 30 phosphorylations that are supported by at least two independent lines of evidence...
October 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910767/immunostimulatory-effects-of-melphalan-and-usefulness-in-adoptive-cell-therapy-with-antitumor-cd4-t-cells
#18
Michal Kuczma, Zhi-Chun Ding, Gang Zhou
The alkylating agent melphalan is used in the treatment of hematological malignancies, especially multiple myeloma. In the past, the usefulness of melphalan has been solely attributed to its cytotoxicity on fastgrowing cancerous cells. Although the immunomodulatory effects of melphalan were suggested many years ago, only recently has this aspect of melphalan's activity begun to be elucidated at the molecular level. Emerging evidence indicates that melphalan can foster an immunogenic microenvironment by inducing immunogenic cell death (ICD) as characterized by membrane translocation of endoplasmic reticulum protein calreticulin (CRT) and by release of chromatin-binding protein high-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1)...
2016: Critical Reviews in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906649/a-common-bacterial-metabolite-elicits-prion-based-bypass-of-glucose-repression
#19
David M Garcia, David Dietrich, Jon Clardy, Daniel F Jarosz
Robust preference for fermentative glucose metabolism has motivated domestication of the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This program can be circumvented by a protein-based genetic element, the [GAR(+)] prion, permitting simultaneous metabolism of glucose and other carbon sources. Diverse bacteria can elicit yeast cells to acquire [GAR(+)], although the molecular details of this interaction remain unknown. Here we identify the common bacterial metabolite lactic acid as a strong [GAR(+)] inducer. Transient exposure to lactic acid caused yeast cells to heritably circumvent glucose repression...
November 29, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903606/epha2-is-a-functional-receptor-for-the-growth-factor-progranulin
#20
Thomas Neill, Simone Buraschi, Atul Goyal, Catherine Sharpe, Elizabeth Natkanski, Liliana Schaefer, Andrea Morrione, Renato V Iozzo
Although the growth factor progranulin was discovered more than two decades ago, the functional receptor remains elusive. Here, we discovered that EphA2, a member of the large family of Ephrin receptor tyrosine kinases, is a functional signaling receptor for progranulin. Recombinant progranulin bound with high affinity to EphA2 in both solid phase and solution. Interaction of progranulin with EphA2 caused prolonged activation of the receptor, downstream stimulation of mitogen-activated protein kinase and Akt, and promotion of capillary morphogenesis...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
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