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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821836/porv-is-an-outer-membrane-shuttle-protein-for-the-type-ix-secretion-system
#1
Michelle D Glew, Paul D Veith, Dina Chen, Dhana G Gorasia, Ben Peng, Eric C Reynolds
Porphyromonas gingivalis is a keystone pathogen associated with chronic periodontitis. Major virulence factors named gingipains (cysteine proteinases, RgpA, RgpB and Kgp) are secreted via the Type IX Secretion System (T9SS). These, together with approximately 30 other proteins, are secreted to the cell surface and anchored to the outer membrane by covalent modification to anionic lipopolysaccharide (A-LPS) via the novel Gram negative sortase, PorU. PorU is localised on the cell surface and cleaves the C-terminal domain signal (CTD) of T9SS substrates and conjugates their new C-termini to A-LPS...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819918/network-analysis-of-se-and-zn-related-proteins-in-the-serum-proteomics-expression-profile-of-the-endemic-dilated-cardiomyopathy-keshan-disease
#2
Sen Wang, Yanyan Lv, Yingting Wang, Peiru Du, Wuhong Tan, Mikko J Lammi, Xiong Guo
Keshan disease (KD) is an endemic cardiomyopathy with high mortality. Selenium (Se) and zinc (Zn) deficiencies are closely related to KD. The molecular mechanism of KD pathogenesis is still unclear. There are only few studies on the interaction of trace elements and proteins associated with the pathogenesis of KD. In this study, isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ)-coupled two-dimensional liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (2DLC-MS/MS) technique analysis was used to analyze the differential expression of proteins from serum samples...
August 18, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818881/selexipag-for-the-treatment-of-connective-tissue-disease-associated-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#3
Sean Gaine, Kelly Chin, Gerry Coghlan, Richard Channick, Lilla Di Scala, Nazzareno Galiè, Hossein-Ardeschir Ghofrani, Irene M Lang, Vallerie McLaughlin, Ralph Preiss, Lewis J Rubin, Gérald Simonneau, Olivier Sitbon, Victor F Tapson, Marius M Hoeper
Patients with connective tissue disease-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH-CTD) have a poor prognosis compared with other aetiologies. The underlying CTD can influence treatment response and outcomes. We characterised the GRIPHON study PAH-CTD subgroup and evaluated response to selexipag.Of 334 patients with PAH-CTD, PAH was associated with systemic sclerosis (PAH-SSc) in 170, systemic lupus erythematosus (PAH-SLE) in 82 and mixed CTD/CTD-other in 82. For the primary composite endpoint of morbidity/mortality, hazard ratios (HR) and 95% CI were calculated using Cox proportional hazard models...
August 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817151/comprehensive-analysis-of-long-noncoding-rna-mrna-co-expression-patterns-in-thyroid-cancer
#4
Yaying Du, Wenfei Xia, Jinjun Zhang, Dongyi Wan, Zhifang Yang, Xingrui Li
Novel molecular-targeted treatments show great prospects for radioiodine-refractory and surgically inoperable thyroid carcinomas. While aberrations in protein-coding genes are a focus in molecular thyroid cancer medicine, the impact of oncogenes on the expression of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) has been largely uncharacterized. We aimed to identify the expression patterns of lncRNAs and mRNAs in high-throughput molecular profiles of 18 papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) patients. We identified 452 mRNAs and 240 unannotated lncRNAs that were differentially expressed in PTC...
August 17, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813004/lactose-binding-induces-opposing-dynamics-changes-in-human-galectins-revealed-by-nmr-based-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange
#5
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/28808009/a-protein-complex-regulates-rna-processing-of-intronic-heterochromatin-containing-genes-in-arabidopsis
#6
Cheng-Guo Duan, Xingang Wang, Lingrui Zhang, Xiansong Xiong, Zhengjing Zhang, Kai Tang, Li Pan, Chuan-Chih Hsu, Huawei Xu, W Andy Tao, Heng Zhang, Jian-Kang Zhu
In several eukaryotic organisms, heterochromatin (HC) in the introns of genes can regulate RNA processing, including polyadenylation, but the mechanism underlying this regulation is poorly understood. By promoting distal polyadenylation, the bromo-adjacent homology (BAH) domain-containing and RNA recognition motif-containing protein ASI1 and the H3K9me2-binding protein EDM2 are required for the expression of functional full-length transcripts of intronic HC-containing genes in Arabidopsis Here we report that ASI1 and EDM2 form a protein complex in vivo via a bridge protein, ASI1-Immunoprecipitated Protein 1 (AIPP1), which is another RNA recognition motif-containing protein...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807406/longitudinal-changes-in-segmental-aortic-stiffness-determined-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-in-children-and-young-adults-with-connective-tissue-disorders-the-marfan-loeys-dietz-and-ehlers-danlos-syndromes-and-nonspecific-connective-tissue-disorders
#7
Anthony Merlocco, Ronald V Lacro, Kimberlee Gauvreau, Nicole Rabideau, Michael N Singh, Ashwin Prakash
Aortic stiffness measured by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) in connective tissue disorder (CTD) patients has been previously shown to be abnormal and to be associated with adverse aortic outcomes. The rate of increase in aortic stiffness with normal aging has been previously described. However, longitudinal changes in aortic stiffness have not been characterized in CTD patients. We examined longitudinal changes in CMR-derived aortic stiffness in children and young adults with CTDs. A retrospective analysis of 50 children and young adults (median age, 20 years; range, 0...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807021/serological-and-morphological-prognostic-factors-in-patients-with-interstitial-pneumonia-with-autoimmune-features
#8
Yuhei Ito, Machiko Arita, Shogo Kumagai, Reoto Takei, Maki Noyama, Fumiaki Tokioka, Keisuke Nishimura, Takashi Koyama, Kenji Notohara, Tadashi Ishida
BACKGROUND: To identify the prognostic factors for survival in patients with interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features (IPAF) who meet the serological domain of the IPAF criteria. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed 99 IPAF patients who met the serological domain and were hospitalised at the Respiratory Medicine Unit of Kurashiki Central Hospital from 1999 to 2015. The high-resolution computed tomography findings were usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP; n = 1), non-specific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP; n = 63), NSIP with organizing pneumonia (OP) overlap (n = 15), and OP (n = 20)...
August 14, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797243/polymorphism-and-structure-of-style-specific-arabinogalactan-proteins-as-determinants-of-pollen-tube-growth-in-nicotiana
#9
Andrzej K Noyszewski, Yi-Cheng Liu, Koichiro Tamura, Alan G Smith
BACKGROUND: Pollen tube growth and fertilization are key processes in angiosperm sexual reproduction. The transmitting tract (TT) of Nicotiana tabacum controls pollen tube growth in part by secreting pistil extensin-like protein III (PELPIII), transmitting-tract-specific (TTS) protein and 120 kDa glycoprotein (120 K) into the stylar extracellular matrix. The three arabinogalactan proteins (AGP) are referred to as stylar AGPs and are the focus of this research. The transmitting tract regulates pollen tube growth, promoting fertilization or rejecting pollen tubes...
August 10, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794035/crystal-structure-of-the-dna-binding-domain-of-human-herpesvirus-6a-immediate-early-protein-2
#10
Mitsuhiro Nishimura, Junjie Wang, Aika Wakata, Kento Sakamoto, Yasuko Mori
Immediate early proteins of human herpesvirus 6A (HHV-6A) are expressed at the outset of lytic infection, and thereby regulate viral gene expression. Immediate early protein 2 (IE2) of HHV-6A is a trans-activator that drives a variety of promoters. The C-terminal region of HHV-6A IE2 is shared among IE2 homologs in beta-herpesviruses, and is involved in dimerization, DNA binding, and transcription factor binding. In this study, the structure of the C-terminal domain (IE2-CTD) was determined by X-ray crystallography at a resolution of 2...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771071/the-rna-polymerase-ii-ctd-orphan-residues-emerging-insights-into-the-functions-of-tyr-1-thr-4-and-ser-7
#11
Nathan M Yurko, James L Manley
The C-terminal domain of the RNA polymerase II largest subunit (CTD) consists of a unique repeated heptad sequence of the consensus Tyr1-Ser2-Pro3-Thr4-Ser5-Pro6-Ser7. An important function of the CTD is to couple transcription with RNA processing reactions that occur during the initiation, elongation and termination phases of transcription. During this transcription cycle, the CTD is subject to extensive modification, primarily phosphorylation, on its non-proline residues. Reversible phosphorylation of Ser2 and Ser5 is well known to play important and general functions during transcription in all eukaryotes...
August 3, 2017: Transcription
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770704/undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-predictors-of-evolution-into-definite-disease
#12
María García-González, Beatriz Rodríguez-Lozano, Sagrario Bustabad, Ivan Ferraz-Amaro
OBJECTIVES: The natural evolution of undifferentiated connective tissue diseases (UCTD) has not yet been established. The aim of our study was to analyse the clinical outcomes of a cohort of UCTD patients followed in a routine outpatient setting and to establish which clinical, serological or capillaroscopy features are associated with an increased risk of evolution to definite connective tissue disease (CTD). METHODS: Data for this study were collected by a retrospective review of 758 patients referred to our hospital, between 1999 and 2008, with suspected CTD...
August 2, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768201/human-tfiih-kinase-cdk7-regulates-transcription-associated-chromatin-modifications
#13
Christopher C Ebmeier, Benjamin Erickson, Benjamin L Allen, Mary A Allen, Hyunmin Kim, Nova Fong, Jeremy R Jacobsen, Kaiwei Liang, Ali Shilatifard, Robin D Dowell, William M Old, David L Bentley, Dylan J Taatjes
CDK7 phosphorylates the RNA polymerase II (pol II) C-terminal domain CTD and activates the P-TEFb-associated kinase CDK9, but its regulatory roles remain obscure. Here, using human CDK7 analog-sensitive (CDK7as) cells, we observed reduced capping enzyme recruitment, increased pol II promoter-proximal pausing, and defective termination at gene 3' ends upon CDK7 inhibition. We also noted that CDK7 regulates chromatin modifications downstream of transcription start sites. H3K4me3 spreading was restricted at gene 5' ends and H3K36me3 was displaced toward gene 3' ends in CDK7as cells...
August 1, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767613/effect-of-greater-trochanteric-epiphysiodesis-after-femoral-varus-osteotomy-for-lateral-pillar-classification-b-and-b-c-border-legg-calv%C3%A3-perthes-disease-a-retrospective-observational-study
#14
Keun-Sang Kwon, Sung Il Wang, Ju-Hyung Lee, Young Jae Moon, Jung Ryul Kim
This is a retrospective observational study. Greater trochanteric epiphysiodesis (GTE) has been recommended to prevent Trendelenburg gait and limitation of the hip joint motion due to trochanteric overgrowth after femoral varus osteotomy (FVO) in Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease (LCPD). However, capital femoral physeal arrest frequently occurs in patients with severe disease (lateral pillar C), so GTE might not be as effective in these patients. The aim of this study was to compare trochanteric growth inhibition due to GTE after FVO between 2 age groups (<8 or >8 years) in patients with lateral pillar B and B/C border LCPD and evaluate the effectiveness of GTE compared with the normal, unaffected hip...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765421/lesson-of-the-month-2-dry-skin-yellow-nails-and-breathlessness
#15
Janet Fallon, Shuja Majeed, Huzaifa Adamali, Harsha Gunawardena
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a common clinical problem, representing a group of diseases consisting of inflammation and progressive fibrosis of the lung. In some cases, an underlying cause is not identified; however, a significant proportion of ILD is associated with connective tissue disease (CTD). A detailed history and examination is the most important part of the assessment of patients with suspected ILD and will direct further investigation. This case illustrates the importance of identifying the symptoms and signs of CTD when assessing a patient with ILD...
July 2017: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747599/interstitial-pneumonia-with-autoimmune-features
#16
Osamu Nishiyama, Yuji Tohda
  Some patients with idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIPs) have clinical features that suggest autoimmune process but not fulfill established criteria for connective tissue disease (CTD). Different terms and criteria have been proposed to describe these patients, which includes undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD), lung dominant connective tissue disease (LD-CTD), and autoimmune-featured interstitial lung disease (AIF-ILD). To marshal these ununiform classification criteria, the "European Respiratory Society/American Thoracic Society Task Force on Undifferentiated Forms of Connective Tissue Disease-associated Interstitial Lung Disease" proposed a consensus regarding the nomenclature and classification criteria for patients with IIP and features of autoimmunity with the term "interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features" (IPAF)...
2017: Nihon Rinshō Men'eki Gakkai Kaishi, Japanese Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747493/role-of-viral-hemorrhagic-septicemia-virus-matrix-m-protein-in-suppressing-host-transcription
#17
Qi Ke, Wade Weaver, Adam Pore, Bartolomeo Gorgoglione, Julia Halo Wildschutte, Peng Xiao, Brian S Shepherd, Allyn Spear, Krishnamurthy Malathi, Carol A Stepien, Vikram N Vakharia, Douglas W Leaman
Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia virus (VHSV) is a pathogenic fish rhabdovirus found in discrete locales throughout the northern hemisphere. VHSV infection of fish cells leads to upregulation of the host's virus detection response, but the virus quickly suppresses interferon (IFN) production and antiviral genes expression. By systematically screening each of the six VHSV structural and nonstructural genes, we have identified matrix protein (M) as its most potent anti-host protein. VHSV-IVb M alone suppressed mitochondrial antiviral signaling protein (MAVS) and type I IFN-induced gene expression in a dose-dependent manner...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747437/crystal-structure-of-the-human-pol%C3%AF%C2%B5-b-subunit-in-complex-with-the-c-terminal-domain-of-the-catalytic-subunit
#18
Andrey G Baranovskiy, Jianyou Gu, Nigar D Babayeva, Igor Kurinov, Youri I Pavlov, Tahir H Tahirov
The eukaryotic B-family DNA polymerases include four members, Polα, Polδ, Polϵ, and Polζ, which share common architectural features, such as the exonuclease/polymerase and C-terminal domains (CTDs) of catalytic subunits bound to indispensable B-subunits, which serve as scaffolds that mediate interactions with other components of the replication machinery. Crystal structures for the B-subunits of Polα and Polδ/Polζ have been reported; the former within the primosome and separately with CTD, and the latter with the N-terminal domain (NTD) of the C-subunit...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745022/characterized-cantharidin-distribution-and-related-gene-expression-patterns-in-tissues-of-blister-beetles-epicauta-chinensis-laporte
#19
Ming Jiang, Shu-Min Lü, Zi-Yi Qi, Ya-Lin Zhang
Cantharidin (CTD), a terpenoid defensive toxin mainly produced by blister beetles, is widely known by its toxicity to both cancer cells and pests. However, little information is known about its biosynthesis in blister beetles. In this study, we firstly determined the CTD content in various tissues of adult blister beetles on different days after mating, and then detected the temporal and spatial expression patterns of genes related to CTD biosynthesis in Epicauta chinensis. Results revealed that the accessory gland is the source of the highest CTD production...
July 26, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732817/severity-and-features-of-frailty-in-systemic-sclerosis-associated-interstitial-lung-disease
#20
Sabina A Guler, Joanne M Kwan, Tiffany A Winstone, Kathryn M Milne, James V Dunne, Pearce G Wilcox, Christopher J Ryerson
BACKGROUND: Systemic sclerosis-associated interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD) is characterized by multiple symptoms and comorbidities. The cumulative impact of these deficits can be summarized using the concept of frailty; however, frailty has not been characterized in patients with SSc-ILD. METHODS: Patients with SSc-ILD and non-CTD fibrotic ILD were recruited from specialized clinics. Frailty was assessed using a 42-item patient-reported Frailty Index, calculated as the proportion of reported deficits divided by the total number of surveyed items...
August 2017: Respiratory Medicine
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