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Alba Di Pardo, Enrico Amico, Vittorio Maglione
Huntington Disease (HD) is a genetic neurodegenerative disorder characterized by broad types of cellular and molecular dysfunctions that may affect both neuronal and non-neuronal cell populations. Among all the molecular mechanisms underlying the complex pathogenesis of the disease, alteration of sphingolipids has been identified as one of the most important determinants in the last years. In the present study, besides the purpose of further confirming the evidence of perturbed metabolism of gangliosides GM1, GD1a, and GT1b the most abundant cerebral glycosphingolipids, in the striatal and cortical tissues of HD transgenic mice, we aimed to test the hypothesis that abnormal levels of these lipids may be found also in the corpus callosum white matter, a ganglioside-enriched brain region described being dysfunctional early in the disease...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Sophie Front, Anna Biela-Banaś, Patricie Burda, Diana Ballhausen, Katsumi Higaki, Anna Caciotti, Amelia Morrone, Julie Charollais-Thoenig, Estelle Gallienne, Stéphane Demotz, Olivier R Martin
This report is about the identification, synthesis and initial biological characterization of derivatives of 4-epi-isofagomine as pharmacological chaperones (PC) for human lysosomal β-galactosidase. The two epimers of 4-epi-isofagomine carrying a pentyl group at C-5a, namely (5aR)- and (5aS)-5a-C-pentyl-4-epi-isofagomine, were prepared by an innovative procedure involving in the key step the addition of nitrohexane to a keto-pentopyranoside. Both epimers were evaluated as inhibitors of the human β-galactosidase: the (5aR)-stereoisomer (compound 1) was found to be a very potent inhibitor of the enzyme (IC50 = 8 nM, 30× more potent than 4-epi-isofagomine at pH 7...
September 29, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Seyed-Mohammad Gheibi Hayat, Seyed-Latif Mousavi Gargari, Shahram Nazarian
ETEC (Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli) is a major cause of diarrhea in developing countries and children. ETEC has two virulence factors including colonization factors antigen (CFA) and labile enterotoxins (LTs). CFA/I consists the major pilin subunit CfaB and a minor adhesive subunit, CfaE. In this study a tripartite fusion protein containing CfaB, CfaE and LTB was designed. In silico analysis of the tertiary structure of the chimeric protein showed a protein with three main domains linked together with linkers...
October 9, 2016: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
Masaya Takehara, Teruhisa Takagishi, Soshi Seike, Kyohei Oishi, Yoshino Fujihara, Kazuaki Miyamoto, Keiko Kobayashi, Masahiro Nagahama
Clostridium perfringens type A, a Gram-positive, anaerobic bacterium, causes gas gangrene. Recently, we reported that C. perfringens α-toxin blocked neutrophil differentiation in an enzyme activity-dependent manner to impair host innate immunity, which should be crucial for the pathogenesis of C. perfringens. However, the detailed mechanism remains unclear. Lipid rafts have been reported to be platforms for signaling molecules involved in the regulation of cell differentiation in many different cell types...
2016: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Tokiaki Yamaguchi, Yoshio Yamauchi, Keiko Furukawa, Yuhsuke Ohmi, Yuki Ohkawa, Qing Zhang, Tetsuya Okajima, Koichi Furukawa
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most prevalent form of dementia characterized by the extracellular accumulation of amyloid β (Aβ) peptides, which are produced by proteolytic cleavages of amyloid precursor protein (APP). Gangliosides are involved in AD pathophysiology including Aβ deposition and APP processing, yet the detailed mechanisms are not fully understood. Here we examined how changes in the carbohydrate moiety of gangliosides alter APP processing in human melanoma cells, neuroectoderm-derived cells...
September 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
Dongpei Li, Seigo Usuki, Brandy Quarles, Michael H Rivner, Toshio Ariga, Robert K Yu
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive degeneration of upper and lower motor neurons. Although the etiology of ALS is obscure, genetic studies of familiar ALS suggest a multifactorial etiology for this condition. Similarly, there probably are multiple causes for sporadic ALS. Autoimmune-mediated motor neuron dysfunction is one proposed etiology for sporadic ALS. In the present study, anti-glycolipid antibodies including GM1, GD1b, GD3, and sulfoglucuronosyl paragloboside (SGPG) were investigated in the sera of a large number of patient samples, including 113 ALS patients and 50 healthy controls, by means of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay with affinity parametric complex criterion evaluation and thin-layer chromatography immunooverlay (immuno-TLC)...
October 2016: ASN Neuro
Pablo H H Lopez, Susan Aja, Kazuhiro Aoki, Marcus M Seldin, Xia Lei, Gabriele V Ronnett, G William Wong, Ronald L Schnaar
Sialyltransferases are a family of 20 gene products in mice and humans that transfer sialic acid from its activated precursor, CMP-sialic acid, to the terminus of glycoprotein and glycolipid acceptors. ST3Gal-II (coded by the St3gal2 gene) transfers sialic acid preferentially to the 3-position of galactose on the Galβ1-3GalNAc terminus of gangliosides GM1 and GD1b to synthesize GD1a and GT1b respectively. Mice with a targeted disruption of St3gal2 unexpectedly displayed late-onset obesity and insulin resistance...
September 28, 2016: Glycobiology
Kishore R Kumar, G M Wali, Mahesh Kamate, Gautam Wali, André E Minoche, Clare Puttick, Mark Pinese, Velimir Gayevskiy, Marcel E Dinger, Tony Roscioli, Carolyn M Sue, Mark J Cowley
We performed whole genome sequencing (WGS) in nine families from India with early-onset hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP). We obtained a genetic diagnosis in 4/9 (44 %) families within known HSP genes (DDHD2 and CYP2U1), as well as perixosomal biogenesis disorders (PEX16) and GM1 gangliosidosis (GLB1). In the remaining patients, no candidate structural variants, copy number variants or predicted splice variants affecting an extended candidate gene list were identified. Our findings demonstrate the efficacy of using WGS for diagnosing early-onset HSP, particularly in consanguineous families (4/6 diagnosed), highlighting that two of the diagnoses would not have been made using a targeted approach...
October 2016: Neurogenetics
Shuting Ji, Kyohei Tokizane, Yuki Ohkawa, Yuhsuke Ohmi, Ryoichi Banno, Tetsuya Okajima, Hiroshi Kiyama, Koichi Furukawa, Keiko Furukawa
Gangliosides are widely involved in the regulation of cells and organs. However, little is known about their roles in adipose tissues and hypothalamus. In GD3 synthase-knockout (GD3S KO) mice, deletion of b-series gangliosides resulted in the reduction of serum leptin due to disturbed secretion from adipocytes. To examine whether leptin signals altered, leptin/leptin receptor (ObR)-mediated signaling in hypothalamus was analyzed. Hypothalamus of GD3S KO mouse showed increased expression of GM1 and GD1a, and increased activation of ObR-mediated signals such as pSTAT3 and c-Fos...
October 21, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
V Šmíd, T Petr, K Váňová, J Jašprová, J Šuk, L Vítek, F Šmíd, L Muchová
Bile acids have been implicated in cholestatic liver damage, primarily due to their detergent effect on membranes and induction of oxidative stress. Gangliosides can counteract these harmful effects by increasing the rigidity of the cytoplasmic membrane. Induction of haem oxygenase (HMOX) has been shown to protect the liver from increased oxidative stress. The aim of this study was to determine the changes in the synthesis and distribution of liver gangliosides following bile duct ligation (BDL), and to assess the effects of HMOX both on cholestatic liver injury and ganglioside metabolism...
2016: Folia Biologica (Praha)
Binzhi Tang, Dejian Wang, Maojun Li, Qing Wu, Qian Yang, Wei Shi, Changhui Chen
BACKGROUND: Hypoxia/ischemia (HI) brain injury is a common central nervous system insult in newborns. Studies have demonstrated bioactivity of ginsenoside Rg1 in increasing neural viability and promoting angiogenesis. However, there are few reports on roles of Rg1 in brain repair of neonatal HI, and the mechanisms involved are unclear. METHODS: a neonatal HI model was established by a modified Rice-Vannucci model (RVM) and pups received ginsenoside Rg1 or monosialotetrahexosyl ganglioside (GM1) treatment...
October 5, 2016: Pediatric Research
Suaad Abd-Elhadi, Misericordia Basora, Dolores Vilas, Eduardo Tolosa, Ronit Sharon
The validity of α-synuclein (α-Syn) as a biomarker for Parkinson's disease (PD) is still under investigation. Conventional methods for capture and quantitation of α-Syn protein in human samples are primarily based on anti-α-Syn antibodies. Specific and competent antibodies were raised against α-Syn. However, capture by anti-α-Syn antibodies may be limited to specific epitope recognition, attributed to protein structure or post-translational modifications. Hence, antibody-based methods for α-Syn capture raise a concern regarding their efficacy to detect the intracellular, unfolded α-Syn pool...
November 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Elisa Evangelisti, Roberta Cascella, Matteo Becatti, Giovanna Marrazza, Christopher M Dobson, Fabrizio Chiti, Massimo Stefani, Cristina Cecchi
The conversion of peptides or proteins from their soluble native states into intractable amyloid deposits is associated with a wide range of human disorders. Misfolded protein oligomers formed during the process of aggregation have been identified as the primary pathogenic agents in many such conditions. Here, we show the existence of a quantitative relationship between the degree of binding to neuronal cells of different types of oligomers formed from a model protein, HypF-N, and the GM1 content of the plasma membranes...
2016: Scientific Reports
Ruo-Xu Gu, Helgi I Ingólfsson, Alex H de Vries, Siewert J Marrink, D Peter Tieleman
Gangliosides are glycolipids in which an oligosaccharide headgroup containing one or more sialic acids is connected to a ceramide. Gangliosides reside in the outer leaflet of the plasma membrane and play a crucial role in various physiological processes such as cell signal transduction and neuronal differentiation by modulating structures and functions of membrane proteins. Because the detailed behavior of gangliosides and protein-ganglioside interactions are poorly known, we investigated the interactions between the gangliosides GM1 and GM3 and the proteins aquaporin (AQP1) and WALP23 using equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations and potential of mean force calculations at both coarse-grained (CG) and atomistic levels...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Daniela Couto, Tânia Melo, Elisabete Maciel, Ana Campos, Eliana Alves, Sofia Guedes, M Rosário M Domingues, Pedro Domingues
Gangliosides are acidic glycosphingolipids that are present in cell membranes and lipid raft domains, being particularly abundant in central nervous systems. They participate in modulating cell membrane properties, cell-cell recognition, cell regulation, and signaling. Disturbance in ganglioside metabolism has been correlated with the development of diseases, such as neurodegenerative diseases, and in inflammation. Both conditions are associated with an increased production of reactive oxidation species (ROS) that can induce changes in the structure of biomolecules, including lipids, leading to the loss or modification of their function...
August 30, 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Makoto Sudo, Kazuki Miyaji, Peter J Späth, Kana Morita-Matsumoto, Yoshiki Yamaguchi, Nobuhiro Yuki
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), consisting of IgG, is the first-line treatment for Guillain-Barré syndrome and multifocal motor neuropathy. IgG, but neither IgM nor IgA, has been demonstrated in vitro to inhibit complement deposition mediated by anti-ganglioside autoantibodies in sera from patients with both conditions. The objective of this study is to investigate the in vitro effectiveness of IgM and IgA in inhibiting complement deposition to ganglioside/anti-ganglioside antibody complexes. Serum samples were obtained from patients with multifocal motor neuropathy associated with anti-GM1 IgM antibodies, Guillain-Barré syndrome associated with anti-GM1 IgG antibodies and Miller Fisher syndrome associated with anti-GQ1b IgG antibodies...
August 24, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Dani Zalem, João P Ribeiro, Annabelle Varrot, Michael Lebens, Anne Imberty, Susann Teneberg
The structurally related AB5-type heat-labile enterotoxins of Escherichia coli and Vibrio cholerae are classified into two major types. The type I group includes cholera toxin and E. coli LT-I, while the type II subfamily comprises LT-IIa, LT-IIb and LT-IIc. The carbohydrate binding specificities of LT-IIa, LT-IIb and LT-IIc are distinctive from those of cholera toxin and E. coli LT-I. While CT and LT-I bind primarily to the GM1 ganglioside, LT-IIa binds to gangliosides GD1a, GD1b, and GM1, LT-IIb binds to the GD1a and GT1b gangliosides, and LT-IIc binds to GM1, GM2, GM3 and GD1a...
August 25, 2016: Biochemical Journal
Xavier Prasanna, Md Jafurulla, Durba Sengupta, Amitabha Chattopadhyay
Glycosphingolipids are minor yet essential components of eukaryotic cell membranes and are involved in a variety of cellular processes. Although glycosphingolipids such as GM1 have been previously reported to influence the function of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), the molecular mechanism remains elusive. In this paper, we have explored the interaction of GM1 with the serotonin1A receptor, an important neurotransmitter receptor that belongs to the GPCR family. To examine the molecular basis of the interaction of GM1 with the serotonin1A receptor, we performed a series of coarse-grain molecular dynamics simulations of the receptor embedded in membrane bilayers containing GM1...
August 20, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Michaela Golic, Nadine Haase, Florian Herse, Anika Wehner, Lisbeth Vercruysse, Robert Pijnenborg, Andras Balogh, Per Christian Saether, Erik Dissen, Friedrich C Luft, Lukasz Przybyl, Joon-Keun Park, Patji Alnaes-Katjavivi, Anne Cathrine Staff, Stefan Verlohren, Wolfgang Henrich, Dominik N Muller, Ralf Dechend
Uterine natural killer cells are important for uteroplacental development and pregnancy maintenance. Their role in pregnancy disorders, such as preeclampsia, is unknown. We reduced the number of natural killer cells by administering rabbit anti-asialo GM1 antiserum in an established rat preeclamptic model (female human angiotensinogen×male human renin) and evaluated the effects at the end of pregnancy (day 21), compared with preeclamptic control rats receiving normal rabbit serum. In 100% of the antiserum-treated, preeclamptic rats (7/7), we observed highly degenerated vessel cross sections in the mesometrial triangle at the end of pregnancy...
October 2016: Hypertension
Ling Han, Elena N Kitova, John S Klassen
This study reports on the use of the catch-and-release electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (CaR-ESI-MS) assay, combined with glycomicelles, as a method for detecting specific interactions between water-soluble proteins and glycolipids (GLs) in aqueous solution. The B subunit homopentamers of cholera toxin (CTB5) and Shiga toxin type 1 B (Stx1B5) and the gangliosides GM1, GM2, GM3, GD1a, GD1b, GT1b, and GD2 served as model systems for this study. The CTB5 exhibits broad specificity for gangliosides and binds to GM1, GM2, GM3, GD1a, GD1b, and GT1b; Stx1B5 does not recognize gangliosides...
November 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
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