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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529514/two-rab5-homologs-are-essential-for-the-development-and-pathogenicity-of-the-rice-blast-fungus-magnaporthe-oryzae
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Cheng D Yang, Xie Dang, Hua W Zheng, Xiao F Chen, Xiao L Lin, Dong M Zhang, Yakubu S Abubakar, Xin Chen, Guodong Lu, Zonghua Wang, Guangpu Li, Jie Zhou
The rice blast fungus, Magnaporthe oryzae, infects many economically important cereal crops, particularly rice. It has emerged as an important model organism for studying the growth, development, and pathogenesis of filamentous fungi. RabGTPases are important molecular switches in regulation of intracellular membrane trafficking in all eukaryotes. MoRab5A and MoRab5B are Rab5 homologs in M. oryzae, but their functions in the fungal development and pathogenicity are unknown. In this study, we have employed a genetic approach and demonstrated that both MoRab5A and MoRab5B are crucial for vegetative growth and development, conidiogenesis, melanin synthesis, vacuole fusion, endocytosis, sexual reproduction, and plant pathogenesis in M...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528443/herpesvirus-nuclear-egress
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Richard J Roller, Joel D Baines
Herpesviruses assemble and package their genomes into capsids in the nucleus, but complete final assembly of the mature virion in the cell cytoplasm. This requires passage of the genome-containing capsid across the double-membrane nuclear envelope. Herpesviruses have evolved a mechanism that relies on a pair of conserved viral gene products to shuttle the capsids from the nucleus to the cytoplasm by way of envelopment and de-envelopment at the inner and outer nuclear membranes, respectively. This complex process requires orchestration of the activities of viral and cellular factors to alter the architecture of the nuclear membrane, select capsids at the appropriate stage for egress, and accomplish efficient membrane budding and fusion events...
2017: Advances in Anatomy, Embryology, and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528438/herpes-simplex-virus-membrane-fusion
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Darin J Weed, Anthony V Nicola
Herpes simplex virus mediates multiple distinct fusion events during infection. HSV entry is initiated by fusion of the viral envelope with either the limiting membrane of a host cell endocytic compartment or the plasma membrane. In the infected cell during viral assembly, immature, enveloped HSV particles in the perinuclear space fuse with the outer nuclear membrane in a process termed de-envelopment. A cell infected with some strains of HSV with defined mutations spread to neighboring cells by a fusion event called syncytium formation...
2017: Advances in Anatomy, Embryology, and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528437/initial-contact-the-first-steps-in-herpesvirus-entry
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Walid Azab, Klaus Osterrieder
The entry process of herpesviruses into host cells is complex and highly variable. It involves a sequence of well-orchestrated events that begin with virus attachment to glycan-containing proteinaceous structures on the cell surface. This initial contact tethers virus particles to the cell surface and results in a cascade of molecular interactions, including the tight interaction of viral envelope glycoproteins to specific cell receptors. These interactions trigger intracellular signaling and finally virus penetration after fusion of the viral envelope with cellular membranes...
2017: Advances in Anatomy, Embryology, and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527703/sperm-oocyte-contact-induces-outside-in-signaling-via-pyk2-activation
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Huizhen Wang, Jinping Luo, Carol Carlton, Lynda K McGinnis, William H Kinsey
Fertilization is a multi-step process that begins with plasma membrane interactions that enable sperm - oocyte binding followed by fusion of the sperm and oocyte plasma membranes. Once membrane fusion has occurred, sperm incorporation involves actin remodeling events within the oocyte cortex that allow the sperm head to penetrate the cortical actin layer and gain access to the ooplasm. Despite the significance for reproduction, the control mechanisms involved in gamete binding, fusion, and sperm incorporation are poorly understood...
May 17, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527631/the-thiol-switch-c684-in-mitofusin-2-mediates-redox-induced-alterations-of-mitochondrial-shape-and-respiration
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Osamah Thaher, Christina Wolf, Partha Narayan Dey, Alireza Pouya, Verena Wüllner, Stefan Tenzer, Axel Methner
Mitofusin-2 (MFN2) is a GTPase in the outer mitochondrial membrane involved in the regulation of mitochondrial fusion and bioenergetics. MFN2 also plays a role in mitochondrial fusion induced by changes in the intracellular redox state. Adding oxidized glutathione (GSSG), the core cellular stress indicator, to mitochondrial preparations stimulates mitochondrial fusion by inducing disulphide bond-mediated oligomer formation of MFN2 and its homolog MFN1 which involve cysteine 684 (C684) of MFN2. Mitochondrial hyperfusion represents an adaptive stress response that confers transient protection by increasing mitochondrial ATP production but how this depends on the thiol switch C684 in MFN2 has not been investigated...
May 17, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525755/antibodies-from-a-human-survivor-define-sites-of-vulnerability-for-broad-protection-against-ebolaviruses
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Anna Z Wec, Andrew S Herbert, Charles D Murin, Elisabeth K Nyakatura, Dafna M Abelson, J Maximilian Fels, Shihua He, Rebekah M James, Marc-Antoine de La Vega, Wenjun Zhu, Russell R Bakken, Eileen Goodwin, Hannah L Turner, Rohit K Jangra, Larry Zeitlin, Xiangguo Qiu, Jonathan R Lai, Laura M Walker, Andrew B Ward, John M Dye, Kartik Chandran, Zachary A Bornholdt
Experimental monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapies have shown promise for treatment of lethal Ebola virus (EBOV) infections, but their species-specific recognition of the viral glycoprotein (GP) has limited their use against other divergent ebolaviruses associated with human disease. Here, we mined the human immune response to natural EBOV infection and identified mAbs with exceptionally potent pan-ebolavirus neutralizing activity and protective efficacy against three virulent ebolaviruses. These mAbs recognize an inter-protomer epitope in the GP fusion loop, a critical and conserved element of the viral membrane fusion machinery, and neutralize viral entry by targeting a proteolytically primed, fusion-competent GP intermediate (GPCL) generated in host cell endosomes...
May 18, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525316/er-assembly-of-snare-complexes-mediating-formation-of-partitioning-membrane-in-arabidopsis-cytokinesis
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Matthias Karnahl, Misoon Park, Ulrike Mayer, Ulrike Hiller, Gerd Jürgens
Intracellular membrane fusion mediates diverse processes including cell growth, division and communication. Fusion involves complex formation between SNARE proteins anchored to adjacent membranes. How and in what form interacting SNARE proteins reach their sites of action is virtually unknown. We have addressed this problem in the context of plant cell division in which a large number of TGN-derived membrane vesicles fuse with one another to form the partitioning membrane. Blocking vesicle formation at the TGN revealed cis-SNARE complexes...
May 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524818/fluorescence-lifetime-imaging-microscopy-reveals-rerouting-of-snare-trafficking-driving-dendritic-cell-activation
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Daniëlle Rianne José Verboogen, Natalia González Mancha, Martin Ter Beest, Geert van den Bogaart
SNARE proteins play a crucial role in intracellular trafficking by catalyzing membrane fusion, but assigning SNAREs to specific intracellular transport routes is challenging with current techniques. We developed a novel Förster resonance energy transfer-fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FRET-FLIM)-based technique allowing visualization of real-time local interactions of fluorescently tagged SNARE proteins in live cells. We used FRET-FLIM to delineate the trafficking steps underlying the release of the inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) from human blood-derived dendritic cells...
May 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523433/structural-and-functional-roles-of-ether-lipids
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John M Dean, Irfan J Lodhi
Ether lipids, such as plasmalogens, are peroxisome-derived glycerophospholipids in which the hydrocarbon chain at the sn-1 position of the glycerol backbone is attached by an ether bond, as opposed to an ester bond in the more common diacyl phospholipids. This seemingly simple biochemical change has profound structural and functional implications. Notably, the tendency of ether lipids to form non-lamellar inverted hexagonal structures in model membranes suggests that they have a role in facilitating membrane fusion processes...
May 18, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522140/membrane-fusion-stalks-and-lipid-rafts-a-love-hate-relationship
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Herre Jelger Risselada
Coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations are applied to explore the experimentally observed ability of the liquid-ordered (lo)/liquid-disordered (ld) phase boundary to facilitate viral membrane fusion. Surprisingly, a formed fusion stalk can be both attracted (i.e., stalkophilic) and repelled (i.e., stalkophobic) by the lo/ld phase boundary. The phase boundary becomes stalkophilic if the lo phase constituents have the larger negative spontaneous curvature. In such a case, location of the highly curved stalk near the less-ordered and thus (relatively) softer boundary region becomes energetically favorable...
May 15, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521960/yeast-dynamin-associates-with-the-garp-tethering-complex-for-endosome-to-golgi-traffic
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Uma Saimani, Jared Smothers, Hyoeun McDermott, Pelin Makaraci, Kyoungtae Kim
Yeast dynamin, Vacuolar Protein Sorting 1 (Vps1), has been implicated in recycling traffic from the endosome to the trans-Golgi network (TGN). Previous research showed a genetic interaction of Vps1 with all components of the GARP tethering complex, which anchors vesicles at the late Golgi membrane. We used the yeast two-hybrid system and have identified a 33 amino acid segment of Vps51, a GARP subunit, that interacts with Vps1. Based on sequence homology between Vps51 and its mammalian homolog Ang2 in the 33 amino acids stretch, we identified two key residues of Vps51, E127 and Y129, that bind Vps1...
May 8, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521201/validation-of-the-use-of-an-artificial-mitochondrial-reporter-dna-vector-containing-a-cytomegalovirus-promoter-for-mitochondrial-transgene-expression
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Yuma Yamada, Takuya Ishikawa, Hideyoshi Harashima
Mitochondria have their own gene expression system that is independent of the nuclear system, and control cellular functions in cooperation with the nucleus. While a number of useful technologies for achieving nuclear transgene expression have been reported, only a few have focused on mitochondria. In this study, we validated the utility of an artificial mitochondrial DNA vector with a virus promoter on mitochondrial transgene expression. We designed and constructed pCMV-mtLuc (CGG) that contains a CMV promotor derived from Cytomegalovirus and an artificial mitochondrial genome with a NanoLuc (Nluc) luciferase gene that records adjustments to the mitochondrial codon system...
May 10, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518090/flash-and-freeze-a-novel-technique-to-capture-membrane-dynamics-with-electron-microscopy
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Shuo Li, Sumana Raychaudhuri, Shigeki Watanabe
Cells constantly change their membrane architecture and protein distribution, but it is extremely difficult to visualize these events at a temporal and spatial resolution on the order of ms and nm, respectively. We have developed a time-resolved electron microscopy technique, "flash-and-freeze," that induces cellular events with optogenetics and visualizes the resulting membrane dynamics by freezing cells at defined time points after stimulation. To demonstrate this technique, we expressed channelrhodopsin, a light-sensitive cation channel, in mouse hippocampal neurons...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515322/g%C3%AE-%C3%AE-directly-modulates-vesicle-fusion-by-competing-with-synaptotagmin-for-binding-to-neuronal-snare-proteins-embedded-in-membranes
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Zack Zurawski, Brian Page, Michael C Chicka, Rebecca L Brindley, Christopher A Wells, Anita M Preininger, Karren Hyde, James A Gilbert, Osvaldo Cruz-Rodriguez, Kevin P M Currie, Edwin R Chapman, Simon Alford, Heidi E Hamm
Gi/o-coupled GPCRs can inhibit neurotransmitter release at synapses via multiple mechanisms. In addition to Gβγ-mediated modulation of voltage-gated calcium channels(VGCC), inhibition can also be mediated through the direct interaction of Gβγ subunits with the soluble N-ethylmaleimide attachment protein receptor (SNARE) complex of the vesicle fusion apparatus. Binding studies with soluble SNARE complexes have shown that Gβγ binds to both ternary SNARE complexes, t-SNARE heterodimers, and monomeric SNAREs, competing with synaptotagmin(syt)1 for binding sites on t-SNARE...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513997/efficient-fusion-of-liposomes-by-nucleobase-quadruple-anchored-dna
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Andreas Herrmann, Zhuojun Meng, Jian Yang, Qing Liu, Jan Willem de Vries, Agnieszka Gruszka, Alberto Rodrίguez-Pulido, Bart Crielaard, Alexander Kros
Anchoring DNA via hydrophobic units into the membrane of vesicles allows tagging of these nanocontainers with sequence information. Moreover, the hybridization of DNA on the surface of liposomes enables sequence specific functionalization, vesicle aggregation and vesicle fusion. Especially, DNA hybridization-based approaches for fusion employing oligonucleotides terminally modified with one or two anchoring units were hindered by a limited degree of full fusion or by significant leakage during fusion. The current work deals with a new strategy for anchoring oligonucleotides on a membrane by lipid-modified nucleobases rather than by attaching hydrophobic units to the 3'- or 5'-termini...
May 17, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512095/structure-based-mutations-in-the-herpes-simplex-virus-1-glycoprotein-b-ectodomain-arm-impart-a-slow-entry-phenotype
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Qing Fan, Sarah J Kopp, Sarah A Connolly, Richard Longnecker
Glycoprotein B (gB) is the conserved herpesvirus fusion protein, and it is required for the entry of herpesviruses. The structure of the postfusion conformation of gB has been solved for several herpesviruses; however, the gB prefusion crystal structure and the details of how the protein refolds from a prefusion to a postfusion form to mediate fusion have not been determined. Using structure-based mutagenesis, we previously reported that three mutations (I671A, H681A, and F683A) in the C-terminal arm of the gB ectodomain greatly reduced cell-cell fusion...
May 16, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507141/pulses-of-ca-2-coordinate-actin-assembly-and-exocytosis-for-stepwise-cell-extension
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Norio Takeshita, Minoas Evangelinos, Lu Zhou, Tomoko Serizawa, Rosa A Somera-Fajardo, Ling Lu, Naoki Takaya, G Ulrich Nienhaus, Reinhard Fischer
Many eukaryotic cells grow by extending their cell periphery in pulses. The molecular mechanisms underlying this process are not yet fully understood. Here we present a comprehensive model of stepwise cell extension by using the unique tip growth system of filamentous fungi. Live-cell imaging analysis, including superresolution microscopy, revealed that the fungus Aspergillus nidulans extends the hyphal tip in an oscillatory manner. The amount of F-actin and secretory vesicles (SV) accumulating at the hyphal tip oscillated with a positive temporal correlation, whereas vesicle amounts were negatively correlated to the growth rate...
May 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507029/cd63-mediated-antigen-delivery-into-extracellular-vesicles-via-dna-vaccination-results-in-robust-cd8-t-cell-responses
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Tomohiro Kanuma, Takuya Yamamoto, Kouji Kobiyama, Eiko Moriishi, Yuji Masuta, Takato Kusakabe, Koji Ozasa, Etsushi Kuroda, Nao Jounai, Ken J Ishii
DNA vaccines are attractive immunogens for priming humoral and cellular immune responses to the encoded Ag. However, their ability to induce Ag-specific CD8(+) T cell responses requires improvement. Among the strategies for improving DNA vaccine immunogenicity are booster vaccinations, alternate vaccine formulations, electroporation, and genetic adjuvants, but few, such as extracellular vesicles (EVs), target natural Ag delivery systems. By focusing on CD63, a tetraspanin protein expressed on various cellular membranes, including EVs, we examined whether a DNA vaccine encoding an Ag fused to CD63 delivered into EVs would improve vaccine immunogenicity...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505379/analysis-of-cfb-a-cytokinin-responsive-gene-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-encoding-a-novel-f-box-protein-regulating-sterol-biosynthesis
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Wolfram G Brenner, Jan Erik Leuendorf, Anne Cortleven, Laetitia B B Martin, Hubert Schaller, Thomas Schmülling
Protein degradation by the ubiquitin-26S proteasome pathway is important for the regulation of cellular processes, but the function of most F-box proteins relevant to substrate recognition is unknown. We describe the analysis of the gene Cytokinin-induced F-box encoding (CFB, AT3G44326), identified in a meta-analysis of cytokinin-related transcriptome studies as one of the most robust cytokinin response genes. F-box domain-dependent interaction with the E3 ubiquitin ligase complex component ASK1 classifies CFB as a functional F-box protein...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
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