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Jonathan J Knowlton, Isabel Fernández de Castro, Alison W Ashbrook, Daniel R Gestaut, Paula F Zamora, Joshua A Bauer, J Craig Forrest, Judith Frydman, Cristina Risco, Terence S Dermody
Viruses are molecular machines sustained through a life cycle that requires replication within host cells. Throughout the infectious cycle, viral and cellular components interact to advance the multistep process required to produce progeny virions. Despite progress made in understanding the virus-host protein interactome, much remains to be discovered about the cellular factors that function during infection, especially those operating at terminal steps in replication. In an RNA interference screen, we identified the eukaryotic chaperonin T-complex protein-1 (TCP-1) ring complex (TRiC; also called CCT for chaperonin containing TCP-1) as a cellular factor required for late events in the replication of mammalian reovirus...
March 12, 2018: Nature Microbiology
Alex Pines, Madelon Dijk, Matthew Makowski, Elisabeth M Meulenbroek, Mischa G Vrouwe, Yana van der Weegen, Marijke Baltissen, Pim J French, Martin E van Royen, Martijn S Luijsterburg, Leon H Mullenders, Michiel Vermeulen, Wim Vermeulen, Navraj S Pannu, Haico van Attikum
Transcription-blocking DNA lesions are removed by transcription-coupled nucleotide excision repair (TC-NER) to preserve cell viability. TC-NER is triggered by the stalling of RNA polymerase II at DNA lesions, leading to the recruitment of TC-NER-specific factors such as the CSA-DDB1-CUL4A-RBX1 cullin-RING ubiquitin ligase complex (CRLCSA ). Despite its vital role in TC-NER, little is known about the regulation of the CRLCSA complex during TC-NER. Using conventional and cross-linking immunoprecipitations coupled to mass spectrometry, we uncover a stable interaction between CSA and the TRiC chaperonin...
March 12, 2018: Nature Communications
Brian Shen, Beth L Armstrong, Mathieu Doucet, Luke Heroux, James F Browning, Michael Agamalian, Wyatt E Tenhaeff, Gabriel M Veith
We present a method to prepare shear-thickening electrolytes consisting of silica nanoparticles in conventional liquid electrolytes with limited flocculation. These electrolytes rapidly and reversibly stiffen to solid-like behaviors in the presence of external shear or high impact, which is promising for improved lithium ion battery safety, especially in elec-tric vehicles. However, in initial chemistries the silica nanoparticles aggregate and/or sediment in solution over time. Here, we demonstrate steric stabilization of silica colloids in conventional liquid electrolyte via surface-tethered PMMA brushes, synthesized via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization...
March 2, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Samuel DeMaria, Elliott Bennett-Guerrero
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February 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Yunxiang Zang, Huping Wang, Zhicheng Cui, Mingliang Jin, Caixuan Liu, Wenyu Han, Yanxing Wang, Yao Cong
Unambiguous subunit assignment in a multicomponent complex is critical for thorough understanding of the machinery and its functionality. The eukaryotic group II chaperonin TRiC/CCT folds approximately 10% of cytosolic proteins and is important for the maintenance of cellular homeostasis. TRiC consists of two rings and each ring has eight homologous but distinct subunits. Unambiguous subunit identification of a macromolecular machine such as TRiC through intermediate or low-resolution cryo-EM map remains challenging...
February 5, 2018: Scientific Reports
Vilmos Zsolnay, Michael Fill, Dirk Gillespie
In muscle, Ca2+ release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) into the cytosol is mediated through the ryanodine receptors (RyRs) and sustained by countercurrents that keep the SR membrane potential near 0 mV. Likewise, Ca2+ reuptake by the sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ ATPase pump requires countercurrent. Although evidence has suggested that TRIC K+ channels and/or RyR K+ influx provide these countercurrents, the exact sources have not yet been determined. We used an equivalent circuit compartment model of a cardiac SR, the surrounding cytosol, and the dyadic cleft to probe the sources of countercurrent during a complete cardiac cycle...
January 23, 2018: Biophysical Journal
Amit X Garg, Nadine Shehata, Shay McGuinness, Richard Whitlock, Dean Fergusson, Ron Wald, Chirag Parikh, Sean M Bagshaw, Boris Khanykin, Alex Gregory, Summer Syed, Gregory M T Hare, Meaghan S Cuerden, Kevin E Thorpe, Judith Hall, Subodh Verma, Pavel S Roshanov, Jessica M Sontrop, C David Mazer
Background: When safe to do so, avoiding blood transfusions in cardiac surgery can avoid the risk of transfusion-related infections and other complications while protecting a scarce resource and reducing costs. This protocol describes a kidney substudy of the Transfusion Requirements in Cardiac Surgery III (TRICS-III) trial, a multinational noninferiority randomized controlled trial to determine whether the risk of major clinical outcomes in patients undergoing planned cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass is no greater with a restrictive versus liberal approach to red blood cell transfusion...
2018: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
Joachim Berger, Silke Berger, Mei Li, Arie S Jacoby, Anders Arner, Navid Bavi, Alastair G Stewart, Peter D Currie
The TCP-1 ring complex (TRiC) is a multi-subunit group II chaperonin that assists nascent or misfolded proteins to attain their native conformation in an ATP-dependent manner. Functional studies in yeast have suggested that TRiC is an essential and generalized component of the protein-folding machinery of eukaryotic cells. However, TRiC's involvement in specific cellular processes within multicellular organisms is largely unknown because little validation of TRiC function exists in animals. Our in vivo analysis reveals a surprisingly specific role of TRiC in the biogenesis of skeletal muscle α-actin during sarcomere assembly in myofibers...
January 9, 2018: Cell Reports
Kevin Diao, Shelly X Bian, David M Routman, Cheng Yu, Paul E Kim, Naveed A Wagle, Michael K Wong, Gabriel Zada, Eric L Chang
OBJECTIVE Tumor and edema volume changes of brain metastases after stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and ipilimumab are not well described, and there is concern regarding the safety of combination treatment. The authors evaluated tumor, edema, and adverse radiation-induced changes after SRS with and without ipilimumab and identified associated risk factors. METHODS This single-institution retrospective study included 72 patients with melanoma brain metastases treated consecutively with upfront SRS from 2006 to 2015...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Ye I Stepanova, I Ye Kolpakov, V M Zygalo, V Yu Vdovenko, V H Kondrashova, O S Leonovich, V V Kryzhanivska
OBJECTIVE: to determine the effectiveness of citrulline use for correcting endothelial dysfunction in children resi dents of radioactively contaminated areas. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A group of children residents of radioactively contaminated areas with the presence of clinical and paraclinical signs of endothelial dysfunction was selected to assess the effectiveness of correcting endothelial dysfunction by the usage of NO potential donator - citrulline according to the data of selective screen ing...
December 2017: Problemy Radiat︠s︡iĭnoï Medyt︠s︡yny Ta Radiobiolohiï
O D Bazyka, D O Belyi
OBJECTIVE: To study the dynamics of circulatory system diseases during the 30 year period after irradiation, changes in the status of systolic function of heart left ventricle (LV) and the features of its remodeling in clean up workers (CW) of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (ChNPP). MATERIAL AND METHODS: It was examined 144 CW at ChNPP, including 52 patients, who survived acute radiation sick ness (ARS) grade of severity 1-3, and 105 non irradiated persons (control group - CG)...
December 2017: Problemy Radiat︠s︡iĭnoï Medyt︠s︡yny Ta Radiobiolohiï
Mohamed Lamine Hafirassou, Laurent Meertens, Claudia Umaña-Diaz, Athena Labeau, Ophelie Dejarnac, Lucie Bonnet-Madin, Beate M Kümmerer, Constance Delaugerre, Philippe Roingeard, Pierre-Olivier Vidalain, Ali Amara
Dengue virus (DENV) infections cause the most prevalent mosquito-borne viral disease worldwide, for which no therapies are available. DENV encodes seven non-structural (NS) proteins that co-assemble and recruit poorly characterized host factors to form the DENV replication complex essential for viral infection. Here, we provide a global proteomic analysis of the human host factors that interact with the DENV NS1 protein. Combined with a functional RNAi screen, this study reveals a comprehensive network of host cellular processes involved in DENV infection and identifies DENV host restriction and dependency factors...
December 26, 2017: Cell Reports
Nadine Shehata, Richard Whitlock, Dean A Fergusson, Kevin E Thorpe, Charlie MacAdams, Hilary P Grocott, Fraser Rubens, Stephen Fremes, Francois Lellouche, Sean Bagshaw, Alistair Royse, Peter M Rosseel, Greg Hare, Etienne De Medicis, Christopher Hudson, Emilie Belley-Cote, Daniel Bainbridge, Blaine Kent, Andrew Shaw, Kelly Byrne, Summer Syed, Colin F Royse, Shay McGuiness, Judith Hall, C David Mazer
OBJECTIVES: To determine if a restrictive transfusion threshold is noninferior to a higher threshold as measured by a composite outcome of mortality and serious morbidity. DESIGN: Transfusion Requirements in Cardiac Surgery (TRICS) III was a multicenter, international, open-label randomized controlled trial of two commonly used transfusion strategies in patients having cardiac surgery using a noninferiority trial design ( number, NCT02042898). SETTING: Eligible patients were randomized prior to surgery in a 1:1 ratio...
February 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Jun Harada, Naho Yoneyama, Seiya Yokokura, Yukihiro Takahashi, Atsushi Miura, Noboru Kitamura, Tamotsu Inabe
Plastic crystals represent a unique compound class that is often encountered in molecules with globular structures. The highly symmetric cubic crystal structure of plastic crystals endows these materials with multiaxial ferroelectricity that allows a three-dimensional realignment of the polarization axes of the crystals, which cannot be achieved using conventional molecular ferroelectric crystals with low crystal symmetry. In this work, we focused our attention on malleability as another characteristic feature of plastic crystals...
January 10, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Hiroshi Shimada, Seiro Satohisa, Takayuki Kohno, Takumi Konno, Ken-Ichi Takano, Syunta Takahashi, Tsubasa Hatakeyama, Chihiro Arimoto, Tsuyoshi Saito, Takashi Kojima
Lipolysis-stimulated lipoprotein receptor (LSR) is a novel molecule present at tricellular contacts which recruits tricellulin (TRIC), a molecular component of tricellular tight junctions (tTJs). LSR and TRIC are colocalized with the bicellular tight junction (bTJ) protein claudin (CLDN)-1-based tight junction strands at tricellular corners. Knockdown of LSR in normal epithelial cells affects tTJ formation and the epithelial barrier function. In cancer cells knockdown of LSR has been demonstrated to increase cell invasion...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
C David Mazer, Richard P Whitlock, Dean A Fergusson, Judith Hall, Emilie Belley-Cote, Katherine Connolly, Boris Khanykin, Alexander J Gregory, Étienne de Médicis, Shay McGuinness, Alistair Royse, François M Carrier, Paul J Young, Juan C Villar, Hilary P Grocott, Manfred D Seeberger, Stephen Fremes, François Lellouche, Summer Syed, Kelly Byrne, Sean M Bagshaw, Nian C Hwang, Chirag Mehta, Thomas W Painter, Colin Royse, Subodh Verma, Gregory M T Hare, Ashley Cohen, Kevin E Thorpe, Peter Jüni, Nadine Shehata
BACKGROUND: The effect of a restrictive versus liberal red-cell transfusion strategy on clinical outcomes in patients undergoing cardiac surgery remains unclear. METHODS: In this multicenter, open-label, noninferiority trial, we randomly assigned 5243 adults undergoing cardiac surgery who had a European System for Cardiac Operative Risk Evaluation (EuroSCORE) I of 6 or more (on a scale from 0 to 47, with higher scores indicating a higher risk of death after cardiac surgery) to a restrictive red-cell transfusion threshold (transfuse if hemoglobin level was <7...
November 30, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
Jenna T Counts, Tasha M Hester, Labib Rouhana
Chaperonin-containing Tail-less complex polypeptide 1 (CCT) is a highly conserved, hetero-oligomeric complex that ensures proper folding of actin, tubulin, and regulators of mitosis. Eight subunits (CCT1-8) make up this complex, and every subunit has a homolog expressed in the testes and somatic tissue of the planarian flatworm Schmidtea mediterranea. Gene duplications of four subunits in the genomes of S. mediterranea and other planarian flatworms created paralogs to CCT1, CCT3, CCT4, and CCT8 that are expressed exclusively in the testes...
November 2, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
Andrei A Gurinov, Gleb S Denisov, Alexandra O Borissova, Alexander S Goloveshkin, Julian Greindl, Hans-Heinrich Limbach, Ilya G Shenderovich
Hydrogen bond geometries in the proton-bound homodimers of quinoline and acridine derivatives in an aprotic polar solution have been experimentally studied using (1)H NMR at 120 K. The reported results show that an increase of the dielectric permittivity of the medium results in contraction of the N···N distance. The degree of contraction depends on the homodimer's size and its substituent-specific solvation features. Neither of these effects can be reproduced using conventional implicit solvent models employed in computational studies...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Fang Guo, Xiao Chen, Michael Rosbash
There are no general methods for reliably assessing the firing properties or even calcium profiles of specific neurons in freely moving flies. To this end, we adapted a GFP-based calcium reporter to luciferase that was expressed in small subsets of circadian neurons. This Tric-LUC reporter allowed a direct comparison of luciferase activity with locomotor activity, which was assayed in the same flies with video recording. The LUC profile from activity-promoting E cells paralleled evening locomotor activity, and the LUC profile from sleep-promoting glutamatergic DN1s (gDN1s) paralleled daytime sleep...
October 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Dennis Kolosov, Phuong Bui, Andrew Donini, Mike P Wilkie, Scott P Kelly
This study reports on tight junction-associated MARVEL proteins of larval sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) and their potential role in ammocoete osmoregulation. Two occludin isoforms (designated Ocln and Ocln-a) and a tricellulin (Tric) were identified. Transcripts encoding ocln, ocln-a and tric were broadly expressed in larval lamprey, with the greatest abundance of ocln in the gut, liver and kidney, ocln-a in the gill and skin, and tric in the kidney. Ocln and Ocln-a resolved as ∼63 kDa and ∼35 kDa MW proteins, respectively, while Tric resolved as a ∼50 kDa protein...
October 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
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