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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448640/mapping-of-the-lassa-virus-lamp1-binding-site-reveals-unique-determinants-not-shared-by-other-old-world-arenaviruses
#1
Hadar Israeli, Hadas Cohen-Dvashi, Anastasiya Shulman, Amir Shimon, Ron Diskin
Cell entry of many enveloped viruses occurs by engagement with cellular receptors, followed by internalization into endocytic compartments and pH-induced membrane fusion. A previously unnoticed step of receptor switching was found to be critical during cell entry of two devastating human pathogens: Ebola and Lassa viruses. Our recent studies revealed the functional role of receptor switching to LAMP1 for triggering membrane fusion by Lassa virus and showed the involvement of conserved histidines in this switching, suggesting that other viruses from this family may also switch to LAMP1...
April 27, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448574/fusion-expression-of-occludin-extracellular-loops-and-an-%C3%AE-helical-bundle-a-new-research-model-for-tight-junction
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Xiaojing Chi, Xia Zhao, Wei Wang, Yuqiang Niu, Min Cheng, Xiuying Liu, Sheng Cui, Wei Yang
Tight junctions (TJs) are the outermost structures of intercellular junctions and are highly specialized membrane domains involved in many important cellular processes. However, most TJ proteins are four-time transmembrane proteins and are difficult to express in their correct soluble form, which limits their functional study and therapeutic application. Human occludin (OCLN) is a major component of TJs and an essential co-receptor for hepatitis C virus (HCV) cell entry. To explore expression strategy for recombinant TJ proteins possessing integrated and functional extracellular loops, OCLN was here used as a model molecule, and several prokaryotic fusion constructs were designed by docking OCLN extracellular loops (ECLs) to HIV-1 gp41 NHR and CHR six-helical bundle (6HV1); then their biophysical features and anti-HCV activity were evaluated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445832/study-of-the-mechanism-of-protonated-histidine-induced-conformational-changes-in-the-zika-virus-dimeric-envelope-protein-using-accelerated-molecular-dynamic-simulations
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Jixue Sun, Yang Li, Pi Liu, Jianping Lin
The Zika virus has drawn worldwide attention because of the epidemic diseases it causes. It is a flavivirus that has an icosahedral protein shell constituted by an envelope glycoprotein (E-protein) and membrane protein (M-protein) in the mature virion. The multistep process of membrane fusion to infect the host cell is pH-induced. To understand the mechanism of the conformational changes in the (E-M)2 protein homodimer embedded in the membrane, two 200-ns accelerated dynamic simulations were performed under different pH conditions...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444333/a-non-classical-member-of-the-protein-disulfide-isomerase-family-pdi7-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-localizes-to-the-cis-golgi-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-membranes
#4
Christen Y L Yuen, Pengfei Wang, Byung-Ho Kang, Kristie Matsumoto, David A Christopher
Members of the protein disulfide isomerase (PDI)-C subfamily are chimeric proteins containing the thioredoxin (Trx) domain of PDIs, and the conserved N- and C-terminal Pfam domains of Erv41p/Erv46p-type cargo receptors. They are unique to plants and chromalveolates. The Arabidopsis genome encodes three PDI-C isoforms: PDI7, PDI12, and PDI13. Here we demonstrate that PDI7 is a 65-kDa integral membrane glycoprotein expressed throughout many Arabidopsis tissues. Using a PDI7-specific antibody, we show through immunoelectron microscopy that PDI7 localizes to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and Golgi membranes in wild-type root tip cells, and was also detected in vesicles...
April 21, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442431/reducing-isoform-complexity-of-human-tetraspanins-by-optimized-expression-in-dictyostelium-discoideum-enables-high-throughput-functional-read-out
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Tineke Scheltz, Julia von Bülow, Eric Beitz
The human tetraspanin family of scaffold proteins comprises 33 isoforms. Being integral membrane proteins, they organize a so-called tetraspanin web via homomeric and heteromeric protein-protein interactions with integrins, immunoglobulins, growth factors, receptor tyrosine kinases, proteases, signaling proteins, and viral capsid proteins. Tetraspanins promote cellular effects, such as adhesion, migration, invasion, signaling, membrane fusion, protein trafficking, cancer progression, and infections. The ubiquitous expression of multiple tetraspanin isoforms and partner proteins hampers specific interaction studies...
April 22, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441781/dengue-virus-non-structural-protein-5
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REVIEW
Abbas El Sahili, Julien Lescar
The World Health Organization estimates that the yearly number of dengue cases averages 390 million. This mosquito-borne virus disease is endemic in over 100 countries and will probably continue spreading, given the observed trend in global warming. So far, there is no antiviral drug available against dengue, but a vaccine has been recently marketed. Dengue virus also serves as a prototype for the study of other pathogenic flaviviruses that are emerging, like West Nile virus and Zika virus. Upon viral entry into the host cell and fusion of the viral lipid membrane with the endosomal membrane, the viral RNA is released and expressed as a polyprotein, that is then matured into three structural and seven non-structural (NS) proteins...
April 24, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439986/coordinated-membrane-fusion-of-proteinosomes-by-contact-induced-hydrogel-self-healing
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Ping Wen, Xiaoman Liu, Lei Wang, Mei Li, Yudong Huang, Xin Huang, Stephen Mann
Controlled membrane fusion of proteinosome-based protocells is achieved via a hydrogel-mediated process involving dynamic covalent binding, self-healing, and membrane reconfiguration at the contact interface. The rate of proteinosome fusion is dependent on dynamic Schiff base covalent interchange, and is accelerated in the presence of encapsulated glucose oxidase and glucose, or inhibited with cinnamyl aldehyde due to enzyme-mediated decreases in pH or competitive covalent binding, respectively. The coordinated fusion of the proteinosomes leads to the concomitant transportation and redistribution of entrapped payloads such as DNA and dextran...
April 25, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436434/phosphatidylethanolamine-dynamics-are-required-for-osteoclast-fusion
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Atsushi Irie, Kei Yamamoto, Yoshimi Miki, Makoto Murakami
Osteoclasts, responsible for bone resorption, are multinucleated cells formed by cell-cell fusion of mononuclear pre-osteoclasts. Although osteoclast fusion is a pivotal step for osteoclastogenesis, little is known about the mechanism involved. To clarify the underlying process, we investigated dynamics of membrane phospholipids during osteoclastogenesis in vitro. We found that the cellular content of phospholipids, phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) in particular, was increased during osteoclast differentiation...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434671/resveratrol-improves-mitochondrial-function-in-the-remnant-kidney-from-5-6-nephrectomized-rats
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Yan Hui, Miaomiao Lu, Yarong Han, Hongli Zhou, Wei Liu, Lijing Li, Ruixia Jin
Mitochondrial dysfunction is involved in the pathogenesis of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Resveratrol has been demonstrated to be beneficial for the recovery of kidney diseases. In this study, the 5/6 nephrectomized rat was used as a CKD model and the TGF-β1-exposed mouse mesangial cells were used as an in vitro model. Pathological examination showed that resveratrol treatment attenuated glomerular injury in the remnant kidney of 5/6 nephrectomized rat. Additionally, resveratrol improved mitochondrial function in vivo and in vitro, as evidenced by increasing mitochondrial membrane potential, increasing ATP, decreasing reactive oxygen species production and enhancing activities of complex I and III...
April 20, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433053/the-envelope-proteins-of-the-bunyavirales
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Pablo Guardado-Calvo, Félix A Rey
The Bunyavirales Order encompasses nine families of enveloped viruses containing a single-stranded negative-sense RNA genome divided into three segments. The small (S) and large (L) segments encode proteins participating in genome replication in the infected cell cytoplasm. The middle (M) segment encodes the viral glycoproteins Gn and Gc, which are derived from a precursor polyprotein by host cell proteases. Entry studies are available only for a few viruses in the Order, and in each case they were shown to enter cells via receptor-mediated endocytosis...
2017: Advances in Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432958/membrane-fusion-between-baculovirus-budded-virus-enveloped-particles-and-giant-liposomes-generated-using-a-droplet-transfer-method-for-the-incorporation-of-recombinant-membrane-proteins
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Misako Nishigami, Takaaki Mori, Masahiro Tomita, Kingo Takiguchi, Kanta Tsumoto
Giant proteoliposomes are generally useful as artificial cell membranes in biochemical and biophysical studies, and various procedures for their preparation have been reported. We present here a novel preparation technique that involves the combination of i) cell-sized lipid vesicles (giant unilamellar vesicles, GUVs) that are generated using the droplet-transfer method, where lipid monolayer-coated water-in-oil microemulsion droplets interact with oil/water interfaces to form enclosed bilayer vesicles, and ii) budded viruses (BVs) of baculovirus (Autographa californica nucleopolyhedrovirus) that express recombinant transmembrane proteins on their envelopes...
April 13, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432021/the-er-phagosome-connection-in-the-era-of-membrane-contact-sites
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REVIEW
Paula Nunes-Hasler, Nicolas Demaurex
Phagocytosis is an essential mechanism through which innate immune cells ingest foreign material that is either destroyed or used to generate and present antigens and initiate adaptive immune responses. While a role for the ER during phagosome biogenesis has been recognized, whether fusion with ER cisternae or vesicular derivatives occurs has been the source of much contention. Membrane contact sites (MCS) are tight appositions between ER membranes and various organelles that coordinate multiple functions including localized signalling, lipid transfer and trafficking...
April 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429756/a-non-canonical-binding-interface-in-the-crystal-structure-of-hiv-1-gp120-core-in-complex-with-cd4
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Liang-Wei Duan, Hui Zhang, Meng-Ting Zhao, Ji-Xue Sun, Wen-Li Chen, Jian-Ping Lin, Xin-Qi Liu
Numerous crystal structures of HIV gp120 have been reported, alone or with receptor CD4 and cognate antibodies; however, no sole gp120/CD4 complex without stabilization by an antibody is available. Here, we report a crystal structure of the gp120/CD4 complex without the aid of an antibody from HIV-1 CRF07_BC, a strain circulating in China. Interestingly, in addition to the canonical binding surface, a second interacting interface was identified. A mutagenesis study on critical residues revealed that the stability of this interface is important for the efficiency of Env-mediated membrane fusion...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427235/catan-ionic-hybrid-lipidic-nano-carriers-for-enhanced-bioavailability-and-anti-tumor-efficacy-of-chemodrugs
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Bilin Liu, Dan He, Jianyong Wu, Quan Sun, Mi Zhang, Qunyou Tan, Yao Li, Jingqing Zhang
To date there has not been any report on catan-ionic hybrid lipidic nano-carriers, let alone a report on applying them to deliver insoluble anti-tumor drugs. Catan-ionic hybrid lipidic nano-carriers containing curcumin (CUR-C-HLN) inherit the merits of catan-ionic systems, hybrid lipidic systems and nano-structured carriers (the second-generation substitute of solid lipidic nano-systems). Catan-ionic surfactants increased microvesicle stabilization by producing unordered isometric clusters, enhanced absorptive amount as an inhibitor of enzyme and protein, improved tumor accumulation by cellular endocytosis and membranous fusion; hybrid lipids helped to obtain high drug content and low leakage by forming a less-organized matrix arrangement...
March 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426820/the-influence-of-cell-membrane-and-snap25-linker-loop-on-the-dynamics-and-unzipping-of-snare-complex
#15
Yi Shi, Yong Zhang, Jizhong Lou
The soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor (SNARE) complex is composed of three neuronal proteins VAMP2, Syntaxin and SNAP25, which plays a core role during the process of membrane fusion. The zipping assembly of the SNARE complex releases energies and drives the vesicle and cell membrane into close proximity. In this study, we use all-atom molecular dynamics simulations to probe the dynamics of SNARE and its unzipping process in the context of membrane at the atomistic details...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426163/lipid-flip-flop-and-pore-nucleation-on-zwitterionic-bilayers-are-asymmetric-under-ionic-imbalance
#16
Jiaqi Lin, Roozbeh Dargazany, Alfredo Alexander-Katz
Lipid flip-flop and its associated transient pore formation are key thermodynamic properties of living cell membranes. However, there is a lack of understanding of whether ionic imbalance that exists ubiquitously across cell membranes affects lipid flip-flop and its associated functions. Potential of mean force calculations show that the free-energy barrier of lipid flip-flop on the extracellular leaflet reduces with the presence of ionic imbalance, whereas the barrier on the intracellular leaflet is generally not affected...
April 20, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424589/the-calcium-channel-c-terminal-and-synaptic-vesicle-tethering-analysis-by-immuno-nanogold-localization
#17
Robert H C Chen, Qi Li, Christine A Snidal, Sabiha R Gardezi, Elise F Stanley
At chemical synapses the incoming action potential triggers the influx of Ca(2+) through voltage-sensitive calcium channels (CaVs, typically CaV2.1 and 2.2) and the ions binds to sensors associated with docked, transmitter filled synaptic vesicles (SVs), triggering their fusion and discharge. The CaVs and docked SVs are located within the active zone (AZ) region of the synapse which faces a corresponding neurotransmitter receptor-rich region on the post-synaptic cell. Evidence that the fusion of a SV can be gated by Ca(2+) influx through a single CaV suggests that the channel and docked vesicle are linked by one or more molecular tethers (Stanley, 1993)...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422789/antigp41-membrane-proximal-external-region-antibodies-and-the-art-of-using-the-membrane-for-neutralization
#18
Nichole Cerutti, Juan Luis Loredo-Varela, Christophe Caillat, Winfried Weissenhorn
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We summarize the latest research on the progress to understand the neutralizing epitopes present within the membrane proximal external region (MPER) of the HIV-1 fusion protein subunit gp41. RECENT FINDINGS: The HIV-1 fusion protein subunit gp41 contains a highly conserved sequence that is essential for membrane fusion and targeted by broadly neutralizing antibodies such as 2F5, 4E10, Z13e1, and 10E8. These antibodies recognize a linear gp41 epitope with high affinity, but require additional hydrophobic sequences present in their heavy chain CDR3 for neutralization...
May 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419894/muscle-cell-communication-in-development-and-repair
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REVIEW
Alexis R Demonbreun, Elizabeth M McNally
Under basal conditions, postnatal skeletal muscle displays little cell turnover. With injury, muscle initiates a rapid repair response to reseal damaged membrane, reactivating many developmental pathways to facilitate muscle regeneration and prevent tissue loss. Muscle precursor cells become activated accompanied by differentiation and fusion during both muscle growth and regeneration; inter-cellular communication is required for successful completion of these processes. Cellular communication is mediated by lipids, fusogenic membrane proteins, and exosomes...
April 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418387/mitochondria-are-the-powerhouses-of-immunity
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REVIEW
Evanna L Mills, Beth Kelly, Luke A J O'Neill
Recent evidence indicates that mitochondria lie at the heart of immunity. Mitochondrial DNA acts as a danger-associated molecular pattern (DAMP), and the mitochondrial outer membrane is a platform for signaling molecules such as MAVS in RIG-I signaling, and for the NLRP3 inflammasome. Mitochondrial biogenesis, fusion and fission have roles in aspects of immune-cell activation. Most important, Krebs cycle intermediates such as succinate, fumarate and citrate engage in processes related to immunity and inflammation, in both innate and adaptive immune cells...
April 18, 2017: Nature Immunology
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