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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821793/molecular-mechanisms-of-atlastin-mediated-er-membrane-fusion-revealed-by-a-fret-based-single-vesicle-fusion-assay
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Kyung Tae Kim, Yeojin Moon, Yunsu Jang, Kang Taek Lee, Changwook Lee, Youngsoo Jun, Sanghwa Lee
Homotypic fusion of endoplasmic reticulum membranes is driven by atlastin GTPases; however, the underlying mechanism remains largely unknown. Here, using a FRET-based single-vesicle fusion assay with liposomes bearing the yeast atlastin Sey1p, we investigated the molecular mechanisms of atlastin-mediated membrane tethering and fusion. Although Sey1p-bearing proteoliposomes frequently underwent membrane tethering in a GTP hydrolysis-dependent manner as reported in studies using bulk assays, only a small fraction of the tethered liposomes proceeded to fusion...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821723/structural-and-developmental-expression-of-ss-riok-2-an-rio-protein-kinase-encoding-gene-of-strongyloides-stercoralis
#2
Wei-Qiang Lei, James B Lok, Wang Yuan, Yue-Zhou Zhang, Jonathan D Stoltzfus, Robin B Gasser, Si-Yuan He, Huan Zhou, Rui Zhou, Jun-Long Zhao, Min Hu
RIO kinases are essential atypical protein kinases in diverse prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, playing significant roles in yeast and humans. However, little is known about their functions in parasitic nematodes. In the present study, we have isolated and characterized the full-length cDNA, gDNA and a putative promoter of a RIOK-2 protein kinase (Ss-RIOK-2) encoding gene (Ss-riok-2) from Strongyloides stercoralis, a medically important parasitic nematode (Order Rhabditida). A three-dimensional structure (3D) model of Ss-RIOK-2 was generated using the Chaetomium thermophilum RIOK-2 protein kinase (Ct-RIOK-2) crystal structure 4GYG as a template...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820389/hippo-pathway-brief-overview-of-its-relevance-in-cancer
#3
A L Zygulska, K Krzemieniecki, P Pierzchalski
The Hippo pathway is the major regulator of organ growth and proliferation. Described initially in Drosophila, it is now recognized as one of the most conserved molecular pathways in all metazoan. Recent studies have revealed the Hippo signalling pathway might contribute to tumorigenesis and cancer development. The core components of the Hippo pathway include the mammalian sterile 20-like kinases (MSTs), large tumour suppressor kinases (LATSs), the adaptor proteins Salvador homologue 1 (SAV1, also called WW45) and Mps One Binder kinase activator proteins...
June 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820312/architecture-of-the-atg2b-wdr45-complex-and-an-aromatic-y-hf-motif-crucial-for-complex-formation
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Jing-Xiang Zheng, Yan Li, Yue-He Ding, Jun-Jie Liu, Mei-Jun Zhang, Meng-Qiu Dong, Hong-Wei Wang, Li Yu
PtdIns3P signaling is critical for dynamic membrane remodeling during autophagosome formation. Proteins in the Atg18/WIPI family are PtdIns3P-binding effectors which can form complexes with proteins in the Atg2 family, and both families are essential for macroautophagy/autophagy. However, little is known about the biophysical properties and biological functions of the Atg2-Atg18/WIPI complex as a whole. Here, we demonstrate that an ortholog of yeast Atg18, mammalian WDR45/WIPI4 has a stronger binding capacity for mammalian ATG2A or ATG2B than the other 3 WIPIs...
August 18, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820289/recent-advances-in-quantitative-and-chemical-proteomics-for-autophagy-studies
#5
Yin-Kwan Wong, Jianbin Zhang, Zi-Chun Hua, Qingsong Lin, Han-Ming Shen, Jigang Wang
Macroautophagy/autophagy is an evolutionarily well-conserved cellular degradative process with important biological functions that is closely implicated in health and disease. In recent years, quantitative mass spectrometry-based proteomics and chemical proteomics have emerged as important tools for the study of autophagy, through large-scale unbiased analysis of the proteome or through highly specific and accurate analysis of individual proteins of interest. At present, a variety of approaches have been successfully applied, including (i) expression and interaction proteomics for the study of protein post-translational modifications, (ii) investigating spatio-temporal dynamics of protein synthesis and degradation, and (iii) direct determination of protein activity and profiling molecular targets in the autophagic process...
August 18, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819820/genome-wide-characterization-of-the-wrky-gene-family-in-radish-raphanus-sativus-l-reveals-its-critical-functions-under-different-abiotic-stresses
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Bernard Kinuthia Karanja, Lianxue Fan, Liang Xu, Yan Wang, Xianwen Zhu, Mingjia Tang, Ronghua Wang, Fei Zhang, Everlyne M'mbone Muleke, Liwang Liu
The radish WRKY gene family was genome-widely identified and played critical roles in response to multiple abiotic stresses. The WRKY is among the largest transcription factors (TFs) associated with multiple biological activities for plant survival, including control response mechanisms against abiotic stresses such as heat, salinity, and heavy metals. Radish is an important root vegetable crop and therefore characterization and expression pattern investigation of WRKY transcription factors in radish is imperative...
August 17, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819419/osteopontin-a-promising-biomarker-for-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Ran Wei, Janet Pik Ching Wong, Hang Fai Kwok
Osteopontin (OPN), a multifunctional protein, has emerged as a potentially valuable biomarker for diagnosing and treating cancers. Recent research focuses on its involvement in tumor biology including the cell proliferation, survival, angiogenesis, invasion, and metastasis. Understanding the molecular mechanisms and pharmacological effects of OPN in cancer development could lead to new targets for improving cancer diagnosis and treatment. This review explains how the structurally conserved domains of OPN are associated with OPN signaling mediators and CD44, and how the conserved OPN domains determine biological functions...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819320/genome-wide-identification-and-expression-analysis-of-e2-ubiquitin-conjugating-enzymes-in-tomato
#8
Bhaskar Sharma, Tarun Kumar Bhatt
The ubiquitin-proteasomal degradation mechanism has gained the attention over the past decade. The E2 ubiquitin conjugating enzymes are the crucial part of ubiquitination mechanism and they are believed to hold imperative association for plant development. It accepts ubiquitin from the E1 enzyme and interacts with the E3 ligase to transfer ubiquitin or directly transfers ubiquitin to the substrate. The functional aspects of E2 ubiquitin enzymes in plant systems are unclear. Tomato is being used as a model plant and rarely explored to study E2 ubiquitin enzyme...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818620/secrets-from-immortal-worms-what-can-we-learn-about-biological-ageing-from-the-planarian-model-system
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REVIEW
Sounak Sahu, Anish Dattani, A Aziz Aboobaker
Understanding how some animals are immortal and avoid the ageing process is important. We currently know very little about how they achieve this. While research in genetic model systems has revealed the existence of conserved genetic pathways and molecular processes that affect longevity. Most of these studies have been performed in established model organisms, amenable to both classical and molecular genetic approaches, with relatively short lifespans. Here we consider the use of planarians, with an immortal life-history that is able to entirely avoid the ageing process...
August 14, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818232/review-of-the-endothelial-pathogenic-mechanism-of-tie2-related-venous-malformation
#10
REVIEW
Zhong Du, JiaWei Zheng, ZhiYuan Zhang, YanAn Wang
BACKGROUND: Venous malformation (VM) is a type of disease involving vascular morphogenesis in humans. Clinically, VM can be sporadic or inherited. TIE2, also known as TEK or HYK, is a member of the receptor tyrosine kinase subfamily and is highly conserved among species. In 1996, an arginine-to-tryptophan substitution at position 849 (R849W) in TIE2 was found to induce hereditary VM. Additional alterations in TIE2 involved in the pathogenesis of inherited or sporadic VM have since been reported...
September 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817630/pet-snakes-illegally-marketed-in-brazil-climatic-viability-and-establishment-risk
#11
Érica Fonseca, Mirco Solé, Dennis Rödder, Paulo de Marco
Invasive species are one among many threats to biodiversity. Brazil has been spared, generically, of several destructive invasive species. Reports of invasive snakes' populations are nonexistent, but the illegal pet trade might change this scenario. Despite the Brazilian laws forbid to import most animals, illegal trade is frequently observed and propagules are found in the wild. The high species richness within Brazilian biomes and accelerated fragmentation of natural reserves are a critical factors facilitating successful invasion...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817232/crystal-structure-of-the-melampsora-lini-effector-avrp-reveals-insights-into-a-possible-nuclear-function-and-recognition-by-the-flax-disease-resistance-protein-p
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Xiaoxiao Zhang, Nadya Farah, Laura Rolston, Daniel J Ericsson, Ann-Maree Catanzariti, Maud Bernoux, Thomas Ve, Katerina Bendak, Chunhong Chen, Joel P Mackay, Gregory J Lawrence, Adrienne Hardham, Jeffrey G Ellis, Simon J Williams, Peter N Dodds, David A Jones, Bostjan Kobe
The effector protein AvrP is secreted by the flax rust fungal pathogen (Melampsora lini) and recognized specifically by the flax (Linum usitatissimum) P disease resistance protein, leading to effector-triggered immunity. To investigate the biological function of this effector and mechanisms of specific recognition by the P resistance protein, we determined the crystal structure of AvrP. The structure reveals an elongated zinc-finger-like structure with a novel interleaved zinc-binding topology. The residues responsible for zinc binding are conserved in AvrP effector variants and mutations of these motifs result in loss of P-mediated recognition...
August 17, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816960/successful-open-reduction-and-internal-fixation-for-displaced-femoral-fracture-in-a-patient-with-osteopetrosis-case-report-and-lessons-learned
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Jiangfa Huang, Jianke Pan, Mingtao Xu, Shuchai Xu
RATIONALE: Osteopetrosis is a rare disease that predominantly occurs in descendants of inbreeding families. In the case of fractures happen in patients with osteopetrosis, the choice between operative or conservative treatment is still controversial. Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) is a conventional treatment for fractures, and it possesses more applicability than conservative treatment. During this surgical treatment, ensure that bone union in the right way is pivotal to success and simultaneously prevents refracture and displacement after the operation...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815417/cellular-interactome-analysis-of-vaccinia-virus-k7-protein-identifies-three-transport-machineries-as-binding-partners-for-k7
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Ye Li, Youyang Ke, Leiliang Zhang
Identification of viral-host interacting proteins will contribute to understanding of how poxvirus exploits the host cellular machinery. The vaccinia virus gene K7R encodes a conserved protein K7 in most orthopoxviruses. To gain insight into the biology of K7, we investigated the cellular interactome of K7 by GST pulldown coupled with mass spectrometry. The top categories of identified proteins contained components of trafficking machineries. We selected key components of three transport machineries including coatomer, retromer, and CHEVI to further confirm their binding abilities to K7...
August 16, 2017: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814726/nitric-oxide-regulates-mouth-development-in-amphioxus
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Giovanni Annona, Filomena Caccavale, Juan Pascual-Anaya, Shigeru Kuratani, Pasquale De Luca, Anna Palumbo, Salvatore D'Aniello
The development of the mouth in animals has fascinated researchers for decades, and a recent study proposed the modern view of recurrent evolution of protostomy and deuterostomy. Here we expanded our knowledge about conserved traits of mouth formation in chordates, testing the hypothesis that nitric oxide (NO) is a potential regulator of this process. In the present work we show for the first time that NO is an essential cell signaling molecule for cephalochordate mouth formation, as previously shown for vertebrates, indicating its conserved ancestral role in chordates...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814505/the-molecular-architecture-of-the-yeast-spindle-pole-body-core-determined-by-bayesian-integrative-modeling
#16
Shruthi Viswanath, Massimiliano Bonomi, Seung Joong Kim, Vadim A Klenchin, Keenan C Taylor, King C Yabut, Neil T Umbreit, Heather A Van Epps, Janet Meehl, Michele H Jones, Daniel Russel, Javier A Velazquez-Muriel, Mark Winey, Ivan Rayment, Trisha N Davis, Andrej Sali, Eric G Muller
Microtubule organizing centers (MTOCs) form, anchor and stabilize the polarized network of microtubules in a cell. The central MTOC is the centrosome that duplicates during the cell cycle and during mitosis assembles a bipolar spindle to capture and segregate sister chromatids. Yet, despite their importance in cell biology, the physical structure of MTOCs is poorly understood. Here we determine the molecular architecture of the core of the yeast spindle pole body (SPB) by Bayesian integrative structure modeling based on in vivo FRET, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy and two-hybrid analysis...
August 16, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814299/biological-function-in-the-twilight-zone-of-sequence-conservation
#17
REVIEW
Chris P Ponting
Strong DNA conservation among divergent species is an indicator of enduring functionality. With weaker sequence conservation we enter a vast 'twilight zone' in which sequence subject to transient or lower constraint cannot be distinguished easily from neutrally evolving, non-functional sequence. Twilight zone functional sequence is illuminated instead by principles of selective constraint and positive selection using genomic data acquired from within a species' population. Application of these principles reveals that despite being biochemically active, most twilight zone sequence is not functional...
August 16, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814236/neuroglial-cell-cryopreservation-in-appropriate-inductive-conditions
#18
Rosa M Gomez, Maria Andrea Dominguez-Sanchez, Magdy M Sanchez, George E Barreto
An ability to store cells (if they cannot be used fresh) reduces cell wastage, thereby increasing the supply of transplantable material. Cell storage is also valuable in scientific research, allowing material to be archived and experiments to be repeated from the same tissue source and facilitating research collaboration by allowing stored samples to be distributed. Cryopreservation is currently considered the most promising and successful, long-term biological conservation method. Its use has led to optimizing survival, improving protocols and stem cell and neuroglia viability, thereby assuring its future use in neuroregeneration and restoration regarding cell therapy...
August 16, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813004/lactose-binding-induces-opposing-dynamics-changes-in-human-galectins-revealed-by-nmr-based-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange
#19
Chih-Ta Henry Chien, Meng-Ru Ho, Chung-Hung Lin, Shang-Te Danny Hsu
Galectins are β-galactoside-binding proteins implicated in a myriad of biological functions. Despite their highly conserved carbohydrate binding motifs with essentially identical structures, their affinities for lactose, a common galectin inhibitor, vary significantly. Here, we aimed to examine the molecular basis of differential lactose affinities amongst galectins using solution-based techniques. Consistent dissociation constants of lactose binding were derived from nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, intrinsic tryptophan fluorescence, isothermal titration calorimetry and bio-layer interferometry for human galectin-1 (hGal1), galectin-7 (hGal7), and the N-terminal and C-terminal domains of galectin-8 (hGal8(NTD) and hGal8(CTD), respectively)...
August 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812685/scallop-genome-provides-insights-into-evolution-of-bilaterian-karyotype-and-development
#20
Shi Wang, Jinbo Zhang, Wenqian Jiao, Ji Li, Xiaogang Xun, Yan Sun, Ximing Guo, Pin Huan, Bo Dong, Lingling Zhang, Xiaoli Hu, Xiaoqing Sun, Jing Wang, Chengtian Zhao, Yangfan Wang, Dawei Wang, Xiaoting Huang, Ruijia Wang, Jia Lv, Yuli Li, Zhifeng Zhang, Baozhong Liu, Wei Lu, Yuanyuan Hui, Jun Liang, Zunchun Zhou, Rui Hou, Xue Li, Yunchao Liu, Hengde Li, Xianhui Ning, Yu Lin, Liang Zhao, Qiang Xing, Jinzhuang Dou, Yangping Li, Junxia Mao, Haobing Guo, Huaiqian Dou, Tianqi Li, Chuang Mu, Wenkai Jiang, Qiang Fu, Xiaoteng Fu, Yan Miao, Jian Liu, Qian Yu, Ruojiao Li, Huan Liao, Xuan Li, Yifan Kong, Zhi Jiang, Daniel Chourrout, Ruiqiang Li, Zhenmin Bao
Reconstructing the genomes of bilaterian ancestors is central to our understanding of animal evolution, where knowledge from ancient and/or slow-evolving bilaterian lineages is critical. Here we report a high-quality, chromosome-anchored reference genome for the scallop Patinopecten yessoensis, a bivalve mollusc that has a slow-evolving genome with many ancestral features. Chromosome-based macrosynteny analysis reveals a striking correspondence between the 19 scallop chromosomes and the 17 presumed ancestral bilaterian linkage groups at a level of conservation previously unseen, suggesting that the scallop may have a karyotype close to that of the bilaterian ancestor...
April 3, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
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