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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730370/the-n-terminal-and-central-domain-of-colicin-a-enables-phage-lysin-to-lyse-escherichia-coli-extracellularly
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Guangmou Yan, Jianfang Liu, Qiang Ma, Rining Zhu, Zhimin Guo, Chencheng Gao, Shuang Wang, Ling Yu, Jingmin Gu, Dongliang Hu, Wenyu Han, Rui Du, Junling Yang, Liancheng Lei
Multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli has seriously threatened antibiotic resources and international public health. Bacteriophage lysin preparations have been widely considered as valid agents for solving multidrug resistances. Many lysins have been derived to treat diseases caused by Gram-positive bacteria, but only a few lysin preparations have been found that successively treat diseases caused by Gram-negative bacteria. The outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria effectively blocks the interactions between peptidoglycan in the periplasmic space and bacteriophage lysins, which therefore hampers the antimicrobial effects of bacteriophage lysins...
July 20, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729700/sphingomimetic-multiple-sclerosis-drug-fty720-activates-vesicular-synaptobrevin-and-augments-neuroendocrine-secretion
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Frederic D Darios, Jernej Jorgacevski, Ajda Flašker, Robert Zorec, Virginia García-Martinez, José Villanueva, Luis M Gutiérrez, Charlotte Leese, Manjot Bal, Elena Nosyreva, Ege T Kavalali, Bazbek Davletov
Neurotransmission and secretion of hormones involve a sequence of protein/lipid interactions with lipid turnover impacting on vesicle trafficking and ultimately fusion of secretory vesicles with the plasma membrane. We previously demonstrated that sphingosine, a sphingolipid metabolite, promotes formation of the SNARE complex required for membrane fusion and also increases the rate of exocytosis in isolated nerve terminals, neuromuscular junctions, neuroendocrine cells and in hippocampal neurons. Recently a fungi-derived sphingosine homologue, FTY720, has been approved for treatment of multiple sclerosis...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726636/live-cell-visualization-of-gasdermin-d-driven-pyroptotic-cell-death
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Joseph K Rathkey, Bryan L Benson, Steven M Chirieleison, Jie Yang, Tsan S Xiao, George R Dubyak, Alex Y Huang, Derek W Abbott
Pyroptosis is a form of cell death important in defenses against pathogens, but which can also result in a potent and sometimes pathological inflammatory response. During pyroptosis, gasdermin D (GSDMD), the pore-forming effector protein, is cleaved, forms oligomers, and inserts into the membranes of the cell, resulting in rapid cell death. However, the potent cell death induction caused by GSDMD has complicated our ability to understand the biology of this protein. Studies aimed at visualizing GSDMD have relied on expression of GSDMD fragments in epithelial cell lines that naturally lack GSDMD expression and also lack the proteases necessary to cleave GSDMD...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726090/flavoprotein-minisog-bret-induced-cytotoxicity-depends-on-its-intracellular-localization
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E I Shramova, G M Proshkina, S M Deyev, R V Petrov
It is proposed to use the bioluminescent resonance energy transfer to solve the problem of creating the internal light sources in photodynamic therapy of cancer. Energy donor in the developed system is the oxidized form of the luciferase NanoLuc substrate furimamide, and acceptor is the phototoxic fluorescent protein miniSOG. It is shown that, in the proposed system, the photoinduced cytotoxicity of flavoprotein miniSOG in vitro depends on the intracellular localization, and the cytotoxic effect is 48% for the cytoplasmic localization of the fusion protein, 65% for the mitochondrial localization, and 69% for the membrane localization...
May 2017: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724787/disrupted-apical-exocytosis-of-cargo-vesicles-causes-enteropathy-in-fhl5-patients-with-munc18-2-mutations
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Georg F Vogel, Jorik M van Rijn, Iris M Krainer, Andreas R Janecke, Carsten Posovzsky, Marta Cohen, Claire Searle, Prevost Jantchou, Johanna C Escher, Natalie Patey, Ernest Cutz, Thomas Müller, Sabine Middendorp, Michael W Hess, Lukas A Huber
Familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis 5 (FHL5) is an autosomal recessive disease caused by mutations in STXBP2, coding for Munc18-2, which is required for SNARE-mediated membrane fusion. FHL5 causes hematologic and gastrointestinal symptoms characterized by chronic enteropathy that is reminiscent of microvillus inclusion disease (MVID). However, the molecular pathophysiology of FHL5-associated diarrhea is poorly understood. Five FHL5 patients, including four previously unreported patients, were studied...
July 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724767/integrity-of-the-linker-of-nucleoskeleton-and-cytoskeleton-is-required-for-efficient-herpesvirus-nuclear-egress
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Barbara G Klupp, Teresa Hellberg, Harald Granzow, Kati Franzke, Beatriz Dominguez Gonzalez, Rose Goodchild, Thomas C Mettenleiter
Herpesvirus capsids assemble in the nucleus while final virion maturation proceeds in the cytoplasm. This requires that newly formed nucleocapsids cross the nuclear envelope (NE), which occurs by budding at the inner nuclear membrane (INM), release of the primary enveloped virion into the perinuclear space (PNS), and subsequent rapid fusion with the outer nuclear membrane (ONM). During this process the NE remains intact, even at late stages of infection. In addition, the spacing between the INM and ONM is maintained, as is that between the primary virion envelope and nuclear membranes...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721844/cd81-large-extracellular-loop-containing-fusion-proteins-with-a-dominant-negative-effect-on-hcv-cell-spread-and-replication
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Boyan Grigorov, Jennifer Molle, Eric Rubinstein, Fabien Zoulim, Birke Bartosch
The roles of CD81 in the hepatitis C virus (HCV) life cycle are multiple but remain ill characterized. CD81 is known to interact with the HCV glycoproteins as an attachment factor. It also has an important role in the post-attachment entry process. Its interaction with claudin-1, for example, is vital for viral uptake and trafficking. Furthermore, CD81 and its role in membrane organization and trafficking are thought to play a pivotal role in HCV replication. Some of these functions are particularly limited to human CD81; others can be substituted with CD81 molecules from other species...
July 18, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721817/improvement-of-thermosensitive-liposome-stability-by-cerasome-forming-lipid-with-si-o-si-network-structure
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Qin Su, Ximing Pu, He Bai, Xianchun Chen, Xiaoming Liao, Zhongbing Huang, Guangfu Yin
BACKGROUND: Liposomes have been widely used in the gene transfection and the drug delivery systems due to their excellent biocompatibility and encapsulation ability, especially, the ability to deliver the gene/drug into the cells via the membrane fusion. Thermosensitive liposoems have been proven to be a precise and effective method for cancer treatment in many preclinical studies. But the imperfect crystalline arrangement between grains occurred, resulting in planar defects at the boundaries of membranes, compromising the stability of thermosensitive liposomes...
July 19, 2017: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720835/exophagy-of-annexin-a2-via-rab11-rab8a-and-rab27a-in-ifn-%C3%AE-stimulated-lung-epithelial-cells
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Ying-Da Chen, Yi-Ting Fang, Yi-Lin Cheng, Chiou-Feng Lin, Li-Jin Hsu, Shu-Ying Wang, Robert Anderson, Chih-Peng Chang, Yee-Shin Lin
Annexin A2 (ANXA2), a phospholipid-binding protein, has multiple biological functions depending on its cellular localization. We previously demonstrated that IFN-γ-triggered ANXA2 secretion is associated with exosomal release. Here, we show that IFN-γ-induced autophagy is essential for the extracellular secretion of ANXA2 in lung epithelial cells. We observed colocalization of ANXA2-containing autophagosomes with multivesicular bodies (MVBs) after IFN-γ stimulation, followed by exosomal release. IFN-γ-induced exophagic release of ANXA2 could not be observed in ATG5-silenced or mutant RAB11-expressing cells...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719467/pan-trk-immunohistochemistry-is-an-efficient-and-reliable-screen-for-the-detection-of-ntrk-fusions
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Jaclyn F Hechtman, Ryma Benayed, David M Hyman, Alexander Drilon, Ahmet Zehir, Denise Frosina, Maria E Arcila, Snjezana Dogan, David S Klimstra, Marc Ladanyi, Achim A Jungbluth
Activating neurotrophic tyrosine receptor kinase (NTRK) fusions, typically detected using nucleic-acid based assays, are highly targetable and define certain tumors. Here, we explore the utility of pan-TRK immunohistochemistry (IHC) to detect NTRK fusions. NTRK rearrangements were detected prospectively using MSK-IMPACT, a DNA-based next-generation sequencing assay. Transcription of novel NTRK rearrangements into potentially functional fusion transcripts was assessed via Archer Dx fusion assay. Pan-Trk IHC testing with mAb EPR17341 was performed on all NTRK rearranged cases and 20 cases negative for NTRK fusions on Archer...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718762/sec17-sec18-act-twice-enhancing-membrane-fusion-and-then-disassembling-cis-snare-complexes
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Hongki Song, Amy S Orr, Mengtong Duan, Alexey J Merz, William T Wickner
At physiological protein levels, the slow HOPS- and SNARE-dependent fusion which occurs upon complete SNARE zippering is stimulated by Sec17 and Sec18:ATP without requiring ATP hydrolysis. To stimulate, Sec17 needs its central residues which bind the 0-layer of the SNARE complex and its N-terminal apolar loop. Adding a transmembrane anchor to the N-terminus of Sec17 bypasses this requirement for apolarity of the Sec17 loop, suggesting that the loop functions for membrane binding rather than to trigger bilayer rearrangement...
July 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717424/low-active-loading-of-cargo-into-engineered-extracellular-vesicles-results-in-inefficient-mirna-mimic-delivery
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Dhruvitkumar S Sutaria, Jinmai Jiang, Ola A Elgamal, Steven M Pomeroy, Mohamed Badawi, Xiaohua Zhu, Ryan Pavlovicz, Ana Clara P Azevedo-Pouly, Jeffrey Chalmers, Chenglong Li, Mitch A Phelps, Thomas D Schmittgen
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) hold great potential as novel systems for nucleic acid delivery due to their natural composition. Our goal was to load EVs with microRNA that are synthesized by the cells that produce the EVs. HEK293T cells were engineered to produce EVs expressing a lysosomal associated membrane, Lamp2a fusion protein. The gene encoding pre-miR-199a was inserted into an artificial intron of the Lamp2a fusion protein. The TAT peptide/HIV-1 transactivation response (TAR) RNA interacting peptide was exploited to enhance the EV loading of the pre-miR-199a containing a modified TAR RNA loop...
2017: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714909/the-interplay-between-the-host-receptor-and-influenza-virus-hemagglutinin-and-neuraminidase
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Lauren Byrd-Leotis, Richard D Cummings, David A Steinhauer
The hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) glycoproteins of influenza A virus are responsible for the surface interactions of the virion with the host. Entry of the virus is mediated by functions of the HA: binding to cellular receptors and facilitating fusion of the virion membrane with the endosomal membrane. The HA structure contains receptor binding sites in the globular membrane distal head domains of the trimer, and the fusion machinery resides in the stem region. These sites have specific characteristics associated with subtype and host, and the differences often define species barriers...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714870/antiviral-lipopeptide-cell-membrane-interaction-is-influenced-by-peg-linker-length
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Marcelo T Augusto, Axel Hollmann, Matteo Porotto, Anne Moscona, Nuno C Santos
A set of lipopeptides was recently reported for their broad-spectrum antiviral activity against viruses belonging to the Paramyxoviridae family, including human parainfluenza virus type 3 and Nipah virus. Among them, the peptide with a 24-unit PEG linker connecting it to a cholesterol moiety (VG-PEG24-Chol) was found to be the best membrane fusion inhibitory peptide. Here, we evaluated the interaction of the same set of peptides with biomembrane model systems and isolated human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC)...
July 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713932/human-trypsin-inhibitor-reduces-the-apoptosis-of-lipopolysaccharide%C3%A2-induced-human-kidney%C3%A2-2-cells-by-promoting-mitochondrial-fusion
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Ning Liu, Zhiyi Jiang, Yongjun Liu, Yao Nie, Juan Chen, Bin Ouyang, Xiangdong Guan, Minying Chen
Imbalance in mitochondrial fusion/fission is one of the mechanisms leading to sepsis‑induced mitochondrial dysfunction and cell apoptosis. The present study examined the effects of human trypsin inhibitor (UTI), a well‑known antioxidant and anti‑inflammatory substance, on mitochondrial dynamics and cell apoptosis in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)‑induced human kidney‑2 (HK‑2) cells. The HK‑2 cells were incubated for 24 h either with LPS (800 ng/ml) or LPS (800 ng/ml) mixed with UTI (250 U/ml). Cell viability was assessed using a3‑(4,5‑dimethyl‑2‑thiazolyl)‑2, 5‑diphenyl‑2‑H‑tetrazolium bromide assay...
July 5, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713398/a-hops-protein-movps41-is-crucially-important-for-vacuolar-morphogenesis-vegetative-growth-reproduction-and-virulence-in-magnaporthe-oryzae
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Xiaojie Zhang, Guanghui Wang, Chengdong Yang, Jun Huang, Xiaofeng Chen, Jie Zhou, Guangpu Li, Justice Norvienyeku, Zonghua Wang
The homotypic fusion and protein sorting protein complex (HOPS) is the first known tether complex identified in the endocytic system that plays a key role in promoting homotypic vacuolar fusion, vacuolar biogenesis and trafficking in a wide range of organisms, including plant and fungi. However, the exact influence of the HOPS complex on growth, reproduction and pathogenicity of the economically destructive rice blast fungus has not been investigated. In this study, we identified M. oryzae vacuolar protein sorting 41 (MoVps41) an accessory subunit of HOPS complex and used targeted gene deletion approach to evaluate its contribution to growth, reproduction and infectious life cycle of the rice blast fungus...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712489/plant-made-virus-like-particles-bearing-influenza-hemagglutinin-ha-recapitulate-early-interactions-of-native-influenza-virions-with-human-monocytes-macrophages
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Alexander I Makarkov, Sabrina Chierzi, Stéphane Pillet, Keith K Murai, Nathalie Landry, Brian J Ward
INTRODUCTION: Plant-made virus-like particles (VLP) bearing influenza virus hemagglutinins (HA) are novel vaccine candidates that induce cross-reactive humoral and poly-functional T cell responses. To better understand the mechanisms that underlie this broad immunogenicity we studied early interactions of VLPs bearing either H1 (A/California/07/2009 (H1N1)) or H5 (A/Indonesia/05/2005 (H5N1)) with a human monocytoid cell line (U-937 cells) and human monocyte-derived macrophages (MDMs) as model antigen-presenting cells (APC)...
July 13, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711675/molecular-dynamics-simulations-of-t-2410-and-t-2429-hiv-fusion-inhibitors-interacting-with-model-membranes-insight-into-peptide-behavior-structure-and-dynamics
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I C V C Mavioso, V C R de Andrade, A J Palace Carvalho, A M T Martins do Canto
T-2410 and T-2429 are HIV fusion inhibitor peptides (FI) designed to present a higher efficiency even against HIV strains that developed resistance against other FIs. Similar peptides were shown to interact with model membranes both in the liquid disordered phase and in the liquid ordered state. Those results indicated that such interaction is important to function and could be correlated with their effectiveness. Extensive molecular dynamics simulations were carried out to investigate the interactions between both T-2410 and T-2429 with bilayers of pure 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-phosphatidylcholine (POPC) and a mixture of POPC/cholesterol (Chol) (1:1)...
July 8, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711014/study-of-the-interaction-of-gb-virus-c-hepatitis-g-virus-fusion-peptides-belonging-to-the-e2-protein-with-phospholipid-langmuir-monolayers
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Silvia Pérez-López, Marta Espina, M José Gómara, José Luis Fidalgo, M Asunción Alsina, Concepció Mestres, José Miñones Conde
In order to determine the ability of 1,2-dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine (DPPC) and 1,2-dioleoyl phosphatidylglycerol (DOPG) to host peptide sequences belonging to the E2 protein of GBV virus C/Hepatitis G virus, the behaviour of Langmuir monolayers formed by these phospholipids and E2 (12-26), E2 (354-363) and E2 (chimeric) peptide sequences was analysed from data of surface pressure (π) versus area per molecule (A) isotherms, compression modulus (Cs(-1)), excess Gibbs energy of mixing (ΔGexc) and total Gibbs energy of mixing (ΔGmix)...
June 28, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710864/localized-accumulation-of-cytosolic-calcium-near-the-fused-sperm-is-associated-with-the-calcium-and-voltage-dependent-block-of-sperm-entry-in-the-sea-urchin-egg
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Pedro I Ivonnet, Tatsuma Mohri, David H McCulloh
Sperm-egg interaction depolarizes the egg membrane, allowing the sperm to enter; however, if the egg membrane is not allowed to depolarize from its resting potential (e.g. by voltage-clamp), the sperm will not enter. Previous studies demonstrated that sperm entry into sea urchin eggs that are voltage-clamped at negative membrane potentials is regulated both by the egg's membrane potential and a voltage-dependent influx of calcium into the egg. In these cases, electrical or cytoplasmic continuity (sperm-egg membrane fusion) occurs at negative membrane potentials, but subsequent loss of cytoplasmic continuity results in failure of sperm entry (unfusion)...
July 15, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
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