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Non-structural protein 1

Nicole Groh, Christian Seutter von Loetzen, Brinda Subbarayal, Christian Möbs, Lothar Vogel, Andreas Hoffmann, Kay Fötisch, Anna Koutsouridou, Stefanie Randow, Elke Völker, Andreas Reuter, Paul Rösch, Stefan Vieths, Wolfgang Pfützner, Barbara Bohle, Dirk Schiller
BACKGROUND: Allergen-specific immunotherapy (AIT) with birch pollen generates Bet v 1-specific immunoglobulin (Ig)G4 which blocks IgE-mediated hypersensitivity mechanisms. Whether IgG4 specific for Bet v1a competes with IgE for identical epitopes or whether novel epitope specificities of IgG4 antibodies are developed is under debate. OBJECTIVE: We sought to analyze the epitope specificities of IgE and IgG4 antibodies from sera of patients who received AIT. METHODS: 15 sera of patients (13/15 received AIT) with Bet v 1a-specific IgE and IgG4 were analyzed...
October 22, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Ramu Guda, Sirassu Narsimha, Ramavath Babu, Srujana Muthadi, Harikiran Lingabathula, Rambabu Palabindela, Narsimha Reddy Yellu, Girijesh Kumar, Mamatha Kasula
A series of novel substituted hydrazono indolo[2,1-b]quinazoline-6,12-dione analogues have been synthesized and screened for their in vitro cytotoxic and antimicrobial activities. Among all the target compounds, 3c exhibited the most potent inhibitory activity against three cancer cell lines MCF-7, A549, HeLa with IC50 values 07.14±1.285μM, 09.18±0.968μM and 10.57±0.581μM respectively, while maintaining low toxicity towards non-cancer originated cell line, HEK-293. The detailed studies about molecular interactions with probable target protein indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO1) were done by using docking simulations...
October 5, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Woon Yong Sohn, Valérie Brenner, Eric Gloaguen, Michel Mons
Conformer-selective IR gas phase spectroscopy and high level quantum chemistry methods have been used to characterise the diversity of local NH-π interactions between the π ring of a phenylalanine aromatic residue and the nearby main chain amide groups. The study of model systems shows how the amide NH stretch vibrational features, in the 3410-3460 cm(-1) frequency range, can be used to monitor the strength of these local π H-bonds, which is found to depend on both the backbone conformation and the aromatic side chain orientation...
October 20, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Juan Rodriguez-Paris, Jörg Waldhaus, Jeenal A Gordhandas, Lynn Pique, Iris Schrijver
We characterized a novel GJB2 missense variant, c.133G>A, p.Gly45Arg, and compared it with the only other variant at the same amino acid position of the connexin 26 protein (Cx26) reported to date: c.134G>A, p.Gly45Glu. Whereas both variants are associated with hearing loss and are dominantly inherited, p.Gly45Glu has been implicated in the rare fatal keratitis-ichthyosis-deafness (KID) syndrome, which results in cutaneous infections and septicemia with premature demise in the first year of life. In contrast, p...
2016: PeerJ
Jason Gien, Nancy Tseng, Gregory J Seedorf, Katherine Kuhn, Steven H Abman
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is the chronic lung disease associated with premature birth, characterized by impaired vascular and alveolar growth. In neonatal rats bleomycin decreases lung growth and causes pulmonary hypertension (PH), which is poorly responsive to nitric oxide. In the developing lung, through rho-kinase (ROCK) activation, ET-1 impairs endothelial cell function, however, whether ET-1-ROCK interactions contribute to impaired vascular and alveolar growth in experimental BPD is unknown. Neonatal rats were treated daily with intra-peritoneal bleomycin with and without selective ETA (BQ123/BQ610) and ETB (BQ788) receptor blockers, non-selective ET receptor blocker (ETRB) (bosentan) or fasudil (ROCK inhibitor)...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Yann Desfougères, Jean-Michel Poitou, Henri Wróblewski, Laure Béven
Spiralin is the most abundant protein of several species of spiroplasmas, helical, motile bacteria pathogenic for arthropods and plants. This amphiphilic protein is anchored to the outer face of the plasma membrane by a lipoylated N-terminal cysteine. Although spiroplasma pathogenicity in mammals is controversial, it was shown that spiralin is highly immunogenic and endowed with immunomodulatory activity. In this paper, we describe a high performance method for the purification of Spiroplasma melliferum spiralin under non-denaturing conditions...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Martin Sztacho, Sandra Segeletz, Maria Arantzazu Sanchez-Fernandez, Cornelia Czupalla, Christian Niehage, Bernard Hoflack
Bone resorption in vertebrates relies on the ability of osteoclasts to assemble F-actin-rich podosomes that condense into podosomal belts, forming sealing zones. Sealing zones segregate bone-facing ruffled membranes from other membrane domains, and disassemble when osteoclasts migrate to new areas. How podosome/sealing zone dynamics is regulated remains unknown. We illustrate the essential role of the membrane scaffolding F-BAR-Proline-Serine-Threonine Phosphatase Interacting Proteins (PSTPIP) 1 and 2 in this process...
2016: PloS One
Stefan Hofbauer, Georg Mlynek, Lisa Milazzo, Dominic Pühringer, Daniel Maresch, Irene Schaffner, Paul G Furtmüller, Giulietta Smulevich, Kristina Djinović-Carugo, Christian Obinger
Heme biosynthesis in Gram positive bacteria follows a recently described coproporphyrin-dependent pathway with HemQ catalyzing the decarboxylation of coproheme to heme b. Here we present the first crystal structure of a HemQ (homopentameric coproproheme-HemQ from Listeria monocytogenes) at 1.69 Å resolution and the conversion of coproheme to heme b followed by UV-vis and resonance Raman spectroscopy as well as mass spectrometry. The ferric 5-coordinated coproheme iron of HemQ is weakly bound by a neutral proximal histidine H174...
October 18, 2016: FEBS Journal
Toshinori Omi, Shota Nakazawa, Chihiro Udagawa, Naomi Tada, Kazuhiko Ochiai, Yong Hwa Chong, Yuiko Kato, Hiroko Mitsui, Azusa Gin, Hitomi Oda, Daigo Azakami, Kyoichi Tamura, Toshinori Sako, Takeshi Inagaki, Atsushi Sakamoto, Toshihiko Tsutsui, Makoto Bonkobara, Shuichi Tsuchida, Shigenori Ikemoto
Cat's AB blood group system (blood types A, B, and AB) is of major importance in feline transfusion medicine. Type A and type B antigens are Neu5Gc and Neu5Ac, respectively, and the enzyme CMAH participating in the synthesis of Neu5Gc from Neu5Ac is associated with this cat blood group system. Rare type AB erythrocytes express both Neu5Gc and Neu5Ac. Cat serum contains naturally occurring antibodies against antigens occurring in the other blood types. To understand the molecular genetic basis of this blood group system, we investigated the distribution of AB blood group antigens, CMAH gene structure, mutation, diplotypes, and haplotypes of the cat CMAH genes...
2016: PloS One
Stephen Harrap
Genetic discovery in blood pressure is generally referenced in relation to protein-coding genes, despite the fact that genes less than 2% of the genome. Recent exploration of the DNA sequences between genes, once called "junk" DNA, has revealed a wealth of transcripts for RNA species that do not encode protein. These non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) have emerged as dynamic managers of the business of the genome, able to coordinate the expression of genes in time and space to achieve the complexities of normal development and growth...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Karan Kapoor, Michael R Duff, Amit Upadhyay, Joel C Bucci, Arnold M Saxton, Robert J Hinde, Elizabeth E Howell, Jerome Yves Baudry
The dynamics of anion-quadrupole (or anion-) interactions formed between negatively charged (Asp/Glu) and aromatic (Phe) side chains are for the first time computationally characterized in RmlC (PDB: 1EP0), a homodimeric epimerase. Empirical force field-based molecular dynamics simulations predict anion-quadrupole pairs and triplets (anion-anion-anion--) are formed by the protein during the simulated trajectory which suggests that the anion-quadrupole interactions may provide a significant contribution to the overall stability of the protein, with an average of -1...
October 18, 2016: Biochemistry
Christopher J Benjamin, Kyle J Wright, Scott C Bolton, Seok-Hee Hyun, Kyle Krynski, Mahima Grover, Guimei Yu, Fei Guo, Tamara L Kinzer-Ursem, Wen Jiang, David H Thompson
We report the fabrication of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) grids bearing graphene oxide (GO) sheets that have been modified with N(α), N(α)-dicarboxymethyllysine (NTA) and deactivating agents to block non-selective binding between GO-NTA sheets and non-target proteins. The resulting GO-NTA-coated grids with these improved antifouling properties were then used to isolate His6-T7 bacteriophage and His6-GroEL directly from cell lysates. To demonstrate the utility and simplified workflow enabled by these grids, we performed cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) of His6-GroEL obtained from clarified E...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Takahiro Yamamoto, Wakaba Endo, Hidenori Ohnishi, Kazuo Kubota, Norio Kawamoto, Takehiko Inui, Atsushi Imamura, Jun-Ichi Takanashi, Masaaki Shiina, Hirotomo Saitsu, Kazuhiro Ogata, Naomichi Matsumoto, Kazuhiro Haginoya, Toshiyuki Fukao
BACKGROUND: Asparagine synthetase (ASNS) deficiency was recently discovered as a metabolic disorder of non-essential amino acids, and presents as severe progressive microcephaly, intellectual disorder, dyskinetic quadriplegia, and intractable seizures. METHODS: Two Japanese children with progressive microcephaly born to unrelated patients were analyzed by whole exome sequencing and novel ASNS mutations were identified. The effects of the ASNS mutations were analyzed by structural evaluation and in silico predictions...
October 12, 2016: Brain & Development
Moritz Flick, Martin Albrecht, Gezina T M L Oei, Renske Steenstra, Raphaela P Kerindongo, Coert J Zuurbier, Hemal H Patel, Markus W Hollmann, Benedikt Preckel, Nina C Weber
Caveolae, lipid enriched invaginations of the plasma membrane, are epicentres of cellular signal transduction. The structural proteins of caveolae, caveolins, regulate effector pathways in anaesthetic-induced cardioprotection, including the RISK pathway. Helium (He) postconditioning (HePoc) is known to mimic anaesthetic conditioning and to prevent damage from myocardial infarction. We hypothesize that HePoc regulates caveolin-1 and caveolin-3 (Cav-1 and Cav-3) expression in the rat heart and activates the RISK pathway...
October 11, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Gwen E dePolo, Danil S Kaliakin, Sergey A Varganov
Rubredoxin is a small iron-sulfur protein involved in biological electron transfer, which is accomplished by changing the oxidation state of the iron atom in the active site. We investigate the possibility of spin-forbidden transitions between the lowest energy electronic states with different spin multiplicities in the rubredoxin active site models [Fe(SCH3)4](n) (n=2-, 1-, 0) using nonadiabatic transition state theory (NA-TST). The equilibrium structures, minimum energy crossing point structures and Hessians were obtained with density functional theory...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Youchun Wang, Chenyan Zhao, Ying Qi, Yansheng Geng
Since the sequence of hepatitis E virus (HEV) was determined from a patient with enterically transmitted non-A, non-B hepatitis in 1989, similar sequences have been isolated from many different animals, including pigs, wild boars, deer, rabbits, bats, rats, chicken, and trout. All of these sequences have the same genomic organization, which contains open reading frames (ORFs) 1, 2, and 3, although their genomic sequences are variable. Some have proposed that they be classified as new family, Hepeviridae, which would be further divided into different genera and species according to their sequence variability...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Hossam M Abdallah, Hany M El-Bassossy, Gamal A Mohamed, Ali M El-Halawany, Khalid Z Alshali, Zainy M Banjar
Advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) are associated with a non-enzymatic reaction between the amino group of a protein and the carbonyl group of a sugar during hyperglycemia. The precipitation of AGEs in different tissues leads to many complications, such as endothelial dysfunction, cardiovascular complications, atherosclerosis, retinopathy, neuropathy, and Alzheimer's disease. Garcinia mangostana L. (Clusiaceae) (GM) was selected owing to the ability of its polar and non-polar fractions to inhibit AGE formation...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Natural Medicines
Sophie Braga-Lagache, Natasha Buchs, Mircea-Ioan Iacovache, Benoit Zuber, Christopher Benjamin Jackson, Manfred Heller
BACKGROUND: Cells of the vascular system release spherical vesicles, called microparticles, in the size range of 0.1-1μm induced by a variety of stress factors resulting in variable concentrations between health and disease. Furthermore, microparticles have intercellular communication/signaling properties and interfere with inflammation and coagulation pathways. Today's most used analytical technology for mecroparticle characterization, flow cytometry, is lacking sensitivity and specificity, which might have led to the publication of contradicting results in the past...
October 12, 2016: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
Miyeon Cho, Seok Won Jung, Soomin Lee, Kuwon Son, Gyu Hwan Park, Jong-Wha Jung, Yu Su Shin, Taegun Seo, Hyosun Cho, Hyojeung Kang
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is a Gammaherpesvirus that causes acute infection and establishes life-long latency. KSHV causes several human cancers, including Kaposi's sarcoma, an acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)-related form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Genipin, an aglycone derived from geniposide found in Gardenia jasminoides, is known to be an excellent natural cross-linker, strong apoptosis inducer, and antiviral agent. Although evidence suggests antiviral activity of genipin in several in vitro viral infection systems, no inhibitory effect of genipin on KSHV infection has been reported...
2016: PloS One
Karen Stanic, Natalia Saldivia, Benjamín Förstera, Marcela Torrejón, Hernán Montecinos, Teresa Caprile
Extracellular matrix (ECM) molecules are pivotal for central nervous system (CNS) development, facilitating cell migration, axonal growth, myelination, dendritic spine formation, and synaptic plasticity, among other processes. During axon guidance, the ECM not only acts as a permissive or non-permissive substrate for navigating axons, but also modulates the effects of classical guidance cues, such as netrin or Eph/ephrin family members. Despite being highly important, little is known about the expression of ECM molecules during CNS development...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
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