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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812948/age-related-resistance-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-involves-the-mads-domain-transcription-factor-short-vegetative-phase-and-direct-action-of-salicylic-acid-on-pseudomonas-syringae
#1
Daniel C Wilson, Christine J Kempthorne, Philip Carella, David K Liscombe, Robin Cameron
Arabidopsis thaliana exhibits a developmentally regulated disease-resistance response known as Age-Related Resistance (ARR), a process that requires intercellular accumulation of salicylic acid (SA), which is thought to act as an antimicrobial agent. ARR is characterized by enhanced resistance to some pathogens at the late adult-vegetative and reproductive stages. While the transition to flowering does not cause the onset of ARR, both processes involve the MADS-domain transcription factor SHORT VEGETATIVE PHASE (SVP)...
August 16, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743805/ephrinb2-regulates-cardiac-fibrosis-through-modulating-the-interaction-of-stat3-and-tgf-%C3%AE-smad3-signaling
#2
Sheng-An Su, Du Yang, Yue Wu, Yao Xie, Wei Zhu, Zhejun Cai, Jian Shen, Zurong Fu, Yaping Wang, Liangliang Jia, Yidong Wang, Jian-An Wang, Meixiang Xiang
RATIONALE: Cardiac fibrosis is a common feature in left ventricular remodeling that leads to heart failure, regardless of the cause. EphrinB2 (erythropoietin-producing hepatoma interactor B2), a pivotal bidirectional signaling molecule ubiquitously expressed in mammals, is crucial in angiogenesis during development and disease progression. Recently, EphrinB2 was reported to protect kidneys from injury-induced fibrogenesis. However, its role in cardiac fibrosis remains to be clarified...
September 1, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741597/motion-compensation-for-cone-beam-ct-using-fourier-consistency-conditions
#3
M Berger, Y Xia, W Aichinger, K Mentl, M Unberath, A Aichert, C Riess, J Hornegger, R Fahrig, A Maier
In cone-beam CT, involuntary patient motion and inaccurate or irreproducible scanner motion substantially degrades image quality. To avoid artifacts this motion needs to be estimated and compensated during image reconstruction. In previous work we showed that Fourier consistency conditions (FCC) can be used in fan-beam CT to estimate motion in the sinogram domain. This work extends the FCC to [Formula: see text] cone-beam CT. We derive an efficient cost function to compensate for [Formula: see text] motion using [Formula: see text] detector translations...
August 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733422/differences-in-dna-binding-specificity-of-floral-homeotic-protein-complexes-predict-organ-specific-target-genes
#4
Cezary Smaczniak, Jose M Muiño, Dijun Chen, Gerco C Angenent, Kerstin Kaufmann
Floral organ identities in plants are specified by the combinatorial action of homeotic master regulatory transcription factors. How these factors achieve their regulatory specificities is however still largely unclear. Genome-wide in vivo DNA binding data show that homeotic MADS-domain proteins recognize partly distinct genomic regions, suggesting that DNA binding specificity contributes to functional differences of homeotic protein complexes. We used in vitro systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment followed by high throughput DNA sequencing (SELEX-seq) on several floral MADS-domain protein homo- and heterodimers to measure their DNA-binding specificities...
July 21, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726092/homeotic-mads-box-genes-encoding-lemads-mc-orthologues-in-wild-tomato-species-genus-solanum
#5
M A Slugina, E Z Kochieva, K G Skryabin, A V Shchennikova
New full-length genes encoding the LeMADS-MC transcription factor orthologues were identified and functionally characterized in wild tomato species S. cheesmaniae and S. habrochaites. A comparative analysis of the encoded proteins and LeMADS-MC of the cultivated tomato species S. lycopersicum revealed two major amino acid residues substitutions: V155E in the K-domain of ShaMADS-MC (S. habrochaites) and S80L in the I-region of SchMADS-MC (S. cheesmaniae). Structural differences of the C-terminal regions of MC and the canonical euAP1 proteins indicate possible chromosomal rearrangements in the Solanoideae subfamily, which, however, did not change the main known conserved euAP1 functions...
May 2017: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682715/advancing-the-field-of-synthesis-scholarship-a-response-to-nicky-britten-and-colleagues
#6
Sally Thorne
Continuing the dialogue and debate on the relevance and value of qualitative metasynthesis research for the health fields, Thorne comments on some of the ideas raised by Britten and colleagues in response to her January 2017 Qualitative Health Research editorial on Metasynthetic Madness. Here she extends the debate on the terminology with which we refer to this kind of scholarly work and the kinds of research synthesis that hold potential for adding value to existing knowledge about matters of health and illness...
July 2017: Qualitative Health Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622290/structural-basis-for-the-regulatory-interactions-of-proapoptotic-par-4
#7
Udaya K Tiruttani Subhramanyam, Jan Kubicek, Ulf B Eidhoff, Joerg Labahn
Par-4 is a unique proapoptotic protein with the ability to induce apoptosis selectively in cancer cells. The X-ray crystal structure of the C-terminal domain of Par-4 (Par-4CC), which regulates its apoptotic function, was obtained by MAD phasing. Par-4 homodimerizes by forming a parallel coiled-coil structure. The N-terminal half of Par-4CC contains the homodimerization subdomain. This structure includes a nuclear export signal (Par-4NES) sequence, which is masked upon dimerization indicating a potential mechanism for nuclear localization...
September 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586421/fruitfull-controls-saur10-expression-and-regulates-arabidopsis-growth-and-architecture
#8
Marian Bemer, Hilda van Mourik, Jose M Muiño, Cristina Ferrándiz, Kerstin Kaufmann, Gerco C Angenent
MADS-domain transcription factors are well known for their roles in plant development and regulate sets of downstream genes that have been uncovered by high-throughput analyses. A considerable number of these targets are predicted to function in hormone responses or responses to environmental stimuli, suggesting that there is a close link between developmental and environmental regulators of plant growth and development. Here, we show that the Arabidopsis MADS-domain factor FRUITFULL (FUL) executes several functions in addition to its noted role in fruit development...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580920/crystal-structure-of-the-thermoplasma-acidophilum-protein-ta1207
#9
Ganesh Ramnath Pathare, István Nagy, Ágnes Hubert, Dennis R Thomas, Andreas Bracher
The crystal structure of the Ta1207 protein from Thermoplasma acidophilum is reported. Ta1207 was identified in a screen for high-molecular-weight protein complexes in T. acidophilum. In solution, Ta1207 forms homopentamers of 188 kDa. The crystal structure of recombinant Ta1207 solved by Se-MAD at 2.4 Å resolution revealed a complex with fivefold symmetry. In the crystal lattice, calcium ions induce the formation of a nanocage from two pentamers. The Ta1207 protomers comprise two domains with the same novel α/β topology...
June 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505304/phytoplasma-conserved-phyllogen-proteins-induce-phyllody-across-the-plantae-by-degrading-floral-mads-domain-proteins
#10
Yugo Kitazawa, Nozomu Iwabuchi, Misako Himeno, Momoka Sasano, Hiroaki Koinuma, Takamichi Nijo, Tatsuya Tomomitsu, Tetsuya Yoshida, Yukari Okano, Nobuyuki Yoshikawa, Kensaku Maejima, Kenro Oshima, Shigetou Namba
ABCE-class MADS domain transcription factors (MTFs) are key regulators of floral organ development in angiosperms. Aberrant expression of these genes can result in abnormal floral traits such as phyllody. Phyllogen is a virulence factor conserved in phytoplasmas, plant pathogenic bacteria of the class Mollicutes. It triggers phyllody in Arabidopsis thaliana by inducing degradation of A- and E-class MTFs. However, it is still unknown whether phyllogen can induce phyllody in plants other than A. thaliana, although phytoplasma-associated phyllody symptoms are observed in a broad range of angiosperms...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495617/the-adaptor-protein-ara55-and-the-nuclear-kinase-hipk1-assist-c-myb-in-recruiting-p300-to-chromatin
#11
Mads Bengtsen, Linda Sørensen, Linn Aabel, Marit Ledsaak, Vilborg Matre, Odd Stokke Gabrielsen
LIM-domain proteins, containing multiple cysteine-rich zinc finger-like motifs, have been shown to play diverse roles in several cellular processes. A common theme is that they mediate important protein-protein interactions that are key to their function. Androgen receptor-associated protein 55 (ARA55) belongs to this family of bridging proteins containing four C-terminal LIM domains. It has a dual role with functions both at focal adhesions and in the nucleus, apparently shuttling between the two compartments...
May 8, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375450/patient-reported-outcome-measures-in-dysphagia-a-systematic-review-of-instrument-development-and-validation
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D A Patel, R Sharda, K L Hovis, E E Nichols, N Sathe, D F Penson, I D Feurer, M L McPheeters, M F Vaezi, David O Francis
OBJECTIVE: Patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures are commonly used to capture patient experience with dysphagia and to evaluate treatment effectiveness. Inappropriate application can lead to distorted results in clinical studies. A systematic review of the literature on dysphagia-related PRO measures was performed to (1) identify all currently available measures and (2) to evaluate each for the presence of important measurement properties that would affect their applicability. DESIGN: MEDLINE via the PubMed interface, the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and the Health and Psychosocial Instrument database were searched using relevant vocabulary terms and key terms related to PRO measures and dysphagia...
May 1, 2017: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369831/evolutionary-adaptation-to-environmental-stressors-a-common-response-at-the-proteomic-level
#13
Jesper G Sørensen, Mads F Schou, Volker Loeschcke
Mechanistic trade-offs between traits under selection can shape and constrain evolutionary adaptation to environmental stressors. However, our knowledge of the quantitative and qualitative overlap in the molecular machinery among stress tolerance traits is highly restricted by the challenges of comparing and interpreting data between separate studies and laboratories, as well as to extrapolating between different levels of biological organization. We investigated the expression of the constitutive proteome (833 proteins) of 35 Drosophila melanogaster replicate populations artificially selected for increased resistance to six different environmental stressors...
June 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352968/silencing-slagl6-a-tomato-agamous-like6-lineage-gene-generates-fused-sepal-and-green-petal
#14
Xiaohui Yu, Guoping Chen, Xuhu Guo, Yu Lu, Jianling Zhang, Jingtao Hu, Shibing Tian, Zongli Hu
Silencing SlAGL6 in tomato leads to fused sepal and green petal by influencing the expression of A-, B-class genes. AGAMOUS-LIKE6 (AGL6) lineage is an important clade MADS-box transcription factor and plays essential roles in various developmental programs especially in flower meristem and floral organ development. Here, we isolated a tomato AGL6 lineage gene SlAGL6 and successfully obtained several RNA interference (RNAi) lines. Silencing SlAGL6 led to abnormal fused sepals and light green petals with smaller size...
March 28, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350172/benchmark-study-of-the-structural-and-thermochemical-properties-of-a-dihydroazulene-vinylheptafulvene-photoswitch
#15
Mads Koerstz, Jonas Elm, Kurt V Mikkelsen
We investigate the performance of four different density functional theory (DFT) functionals (M06-2X, ωB97X-D, PBE0, and B3LYP-D3BJ) for calculating the structural and thermochemical properties of the dihydroazulene/vinylheptafulvene photoswitch (DHA/VHF). We find that all the tested DFT functionals yield equilibrium geometries in good agreement with higher level CCSD/cc-pVDZ calculations and that the basis set had little influence on the geometries of the photoswitch. We found a negligible difference in the thermal contribution to the Gibbs free energy between the tested functionals, indicating that the largest source of error when calculating storage free energies originates from errors in the calculated single point energies...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337996/protein-interaction-evolution-from-promiscuity-to-specificity-with-reduced-flexibility-in-an-increasingly-complex-network
#16
T Alhindi, Z Zhang, P Ruelens, H Coenen, H Degroote, N Iraci, K Geuten
A key question regarding protein evolution is how proteins adapt to the dynamic environment in which they function and how in turn their evolution shapes the protein interaction network. We used extant and resurrected ancestral plant MADS-domain transcription factors to understand how SEPALLATA3, a protein with hub and glue properties, evolved and takes part in network organization. Although the density of dimeric interactions was saturated in the network, many new interactions became mediated by SEPALLATA3 after a whole genome triplication event...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330566/the-mads-box-gene-slmbp11-regulates-plant-architecture-and-affects-reproductive-development-in-tomato-plants
#17
Xuhu Guo, Guoping Chen, Muhammad Naeem, Xiaohu Yu, Boyan Tang, Anzhou Li, Zongli Hu
MADS-domain proteins are important transcription factors that are involved in many biological processes of plants. In the present study, SlMBP11, a member of the AGL15 subfamily, was cloned in tomato plants (Solanum lycopersicon M.). SlMBP11 is ubiquitously expressed in all of the tissues we examined, whereas the SlMBP11 transcription levels were significantly higher in reproductive tissues than in vegetative tissues. Plants exhibiting increased SlMBP11 levels displayed reduced plant height, leaf size, and internode length as well as a loss of dominance in young seedlings, highly branched growth from each leaf axil, and increased number of nodes and leaves...
May 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317937/identification-of-cancer-associated-missense-mutations-in-hace1-that-impair-cell-growth-control-and-rac1-ubiquitylation
#18
Emilie Andrio, Romain Lotte, Daniel Hamaoui, Jacqueline Cherfils, Anne Doye, Mads Daugaard, Poul H Sorensen, Frédéric Bost, Raymond Ruimy, Amel Mettouchi, Emmanuel Lemichez
The E3 ubiquitin ligase HACE1 is a potent tumor suppressor that controls cell proliferation and ubiquitylates the small GTPase Rac1 to target it to proteasomal degradation. Whether and how the activity of HACE1 is regulated by the N-terminal ankyrin (ANK) and the middle (MID) domains is ill defined. Here, we identified in the version 64 of the Catalogue of Somatic Mutations in Cancer (COSMIC) 13 missense mutations of hace1 located outside the HECT domain, and found that all lead to defective control of cell proliferation...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261246/possible-role-of-mads-affecting-flowering-3-and-b-box-domain-protein-19-in-flowering-time-regulation-of-arabidopsis-mutants-with-defects-in-nonsense-mediated-mrna-decay
#19
Zeeshan Nasim, Muhammad Fahim, Ji Hoon Ahn
Eukaryotic cells use nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) to clear aberrant mRNAs from the cell, thus preventing the accumulation of truncated proteins. In Arabidopsis, two UP-Frameshift (UPF) proteins, UPF1 and UPF3, play a critical role in NMD. Although deficiency of UPF1 and UPF3 leads to various developmental defects, little is known about the mechanism underlying the regulation of flowering time by NMD. Here, we showed that the upf1-5 and upf3-1 mutants had a late-flowering phenotype under long-day conditions and the upf1-5 upf3-1 double mutants had an additive effect in delaying flowering time...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252035/regulation-of-atypical-map-kinases-erk3-and-erk4-by-the-phosphatase-dusp2
#20
Maria Perander, Rania Al-Mahdi, Thomas C Jensen, Jennifer A L Nunn, Hanne Kildalsen, Bjarne Johansen, Mads Gabrielsen, Stephen M Keyse, Ole-Morten Seternes
The atypical MAP kinases ERK3 and ERK4 are activated by phosphorylation of a serine residue lying within the activation loop signature sequence S-E-G. However, the regulation of ERK3 and ERK4 phosphorylation and activity is poorly understood. Here we report that the inducible nuclear dual-specificity MAP kinase phosphatase (MKP) DUSP2, a known regulator of the ERK and p38 MAPKs, is unique amongst the MKP family in being able to bind to both ERK3 and ERK4. This interaction is mediated by a conserved common docking (CD) domain within the carboxyl-terminal domains of ERK3 and ERK4 and the conserved kinase interaction motif (KIM) located within the non-catalytic amino terminus of DUSP2...
March 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
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