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Seyedmehdi Hossaini Nasr, Anne Tonson, Mohammad El-Dakdouki, David C Zhu, Dalen Agnew, Robert Wiseman, Chunqi Qian, Xuefei Huang
Atherosclerosis is an inflammatory disease of arterial walls and the rupturing of atherosclerotic plaques is a major cause of heart attack and stroke. Imaging techniques that can enable the detection of atherosclerosis plaques before clinical manifestation are urgently needed. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a powerful technique to image the morphology of atherosclerotic plaques. In order to better analyze molecular processes in plaques, contrast agents that can selectively bind to plaque receptors will prove invaluable...
March 20, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Md Saddam Hossain, Takahiro Tanaka, Kazuyoshi Takagi, Junji Hayashi, Mamoru Wakayama
In the present study, we purified α-amino acid ester hydrolase (AEH) from cell-free extracts of the Stenotrophomonas maltophilia strain HS1. The approximately 70-kDa AEH from S. maltophilia HS1 (SmAEH) was homogeneous in sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) analyses, and was present as a tetramer in gel-filtration experiments. The activity of the SmAEH enzyme was then determined by monitoring the synthesis of the antihypertensive agent dipeptide isoleucyl-tryptophan (Ile-Trp) from isoleucyl methyl ester (Ile-OMe) and tryptophan (Trp)...
March 2018: 3 Biotech
Dongxia Fu, Haibin Cui, Yunna Zhang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of chronic liver disease. This study aims to investigate whether chloride channel 2 (ClC-2) is involved in high fat diet (HFD)-induced NAFLD and possible molecular mechanisms. METHODS: ClC-2 expression was liver-specifically downregulated using adeno-associated virus in C57BL/6 mice treated with a chow diet or HFD for 12 weeks. Peripheral blood and liver tissues were collected for biochemical and pathological estimation respectively...
March 10, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Beate Hoffmann, Frank Löhr, Aisha Laguerre, Frank Bernhard, Volker Dötsch
Preparation of a protein sample for liquid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy analysis requires optimization of many parameters. This review describes labeling strategies for obtaining assignments of protein resonances. Particular emphasis is placed on the advantages of cell-free protein production, which enables exclusive labeling of the protein of interest, thereby simplifying downstream processing steps and increasing the availability of different labeling strategies for a target protein...
April 2018: Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Min Young Kim, Ji Sook Kim, Seung Han Son, Chang Su Lim, Hea Young Eum, Dae Hyun Ha, Mi Ae Park, Eun Jung Baek, Buom-Yong Ryu, Ho Chul Kang, Vladimir N Uversky, Chul Geun Kim
During hematopoiesis, red blood cells originate from the hematopoietic stem cell reservoir. Although the regulation of erythropoiesis and globin expression has been intensively investigated, the underlining mechanisms are not fully understood, including the interplay between transcription factors and epigenetic factors. Here, we uncover that the Mbd2-free NuRD chromatin remodeling complex potentiates erythroid differentiation of proerythroblasts via managing functions of the CP2c complexes. We found that both Mbd2 and Mbd3 expression is downregulated during differentiation of MEL cells in vitro and in normal erythropoiesis in mouse bone marrow, and Mbd2 downregulation is crucial for erythropoiesis...
March 14, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Teresa Morales-Ruiz, Álvaro C Romero-Valenzuela, Vanessa M Vázquez-Grande, Teresa Roldán-Arjona, Rafael R Ariza, Dolores Córdoba-Cañero
Base excision repair (BER) is a major defense pathway against spontaneous DNA damage. This multistep process is initiated by DNA glycosylases that recognise and excise the damaged base, and proceeds by the concerted action of additional proteins that perform incision of the abasic site, gap filling and ligation. BER has been extensively studied in bacteria, yeasts and animals. Although knowledge of this pathway in land plants is increasing, there are no reports detecting BER in algae. We describe here an experimental in vitro system allowing the specific analysis of BER in the model alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii...
March 5, 2018: DNA Repair
Z A Afonina, V A Shirokov
Polyribosomes in cells usually have a certain structural organization whose significance has not yet been elucidated. The development of cryo electron tomography has provided a new approach to study polyribosome structure. New data confirm or correct observations made earlier by classical techniques of electron microscopy. The existence of circular and linear (zigzag) topology of polyribosomes was confirmed, and their relationship with the frequently observed two-row forms was clarified. Contacts between ribosomes have been identified in densely packed three-dimensional helical polyribosomes...
January 2018: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
A B Chetverin
Qβ replicase (RNA-directed RNA polymerase of bacteriophage Qβ) has an unsurpassed capacity to amplify polynucleotides in vitro. In 1986, the Group of Viral RNA Biochemistry was organized at the Institute of Protein Research in order to exploit this property for the synthesis of messenger RNAs to be used in cell-free translation systems. Although the task has not been implemented in full, this work has led to a number of unexpected important results including uncovering the nature of the "template-free" RNA synthesis by Qβ replicase, discovering the ability of RNA molecules for spontaneous recombination, revealing the unusual mechanism Qβ replicase uses to discriminate between its proper and improper templates, and discovering a new function of the largest ribosomal protein S1, that is also one of the replicase subunits...
January 2018: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
Ying Zhu, Qing Lei, Dan Li, Yang Zhang, Xiaogang Jiang, Zhanhong Hu, Guoqiang Xu
Protein post-translational modification by ubiquitin-fold modifier 1, UFM1, regulates many biological processes such as response to endoplasmic reticulum stress and regulation of tumor progression. Recent study has indicated that the UFM1-binding and PCI domain-containing protein 1 (UFBP1) is required for the conjugation of UFM1 to a substrate. However, other biological functions of UFBP1 have not been explored. Here, we use immunoprecipitation and label-free quantitative proteomics to identify UFBP1-interacting proteins in a mammalian cell line...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Proteome Research
Katia Pane, Mariavittoria Verrillo, Angela Avitabile, Elio Pizzo, Mario Varcamonti, Anna Zanfardino, Antimo Di Maro, Camilla Rega, Angela Amoresano, Viviana Izzo, Alberto Di Donato, Valeria Cafaro, Eugenio Notomista
Peptides with an N-terminal cysteine residue allow site-specific modification of proteins and peptides and chemical synthesis of proteins. They have been widely used to develop new strategies for imaging, drug discovery, diagnostics and chip technologies. Here we present a method to produce recombinant peptides with an N-terminal cysteine residue as a convenient alternative to chemical synthesis. The method is based on the release of the desired peptide from a recombinant fusion protein by mild acid hydrolysis of an Asp-Cys sequence...
March 12, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Jinlin Peng, Yaopeng Zhao, Yulong Hong, Robert S Burkhalter, Carrie L Hogue, Elizabeth Tran, Lai Wei, Lori E Romeo, Paula Dolley-Sonneville, Zara Melkoumian, Xinmiao Liang, Ye Fang
This paper reports the chemical identity and mechanism of action and formation of a cell growth inhibitory compound leached from some single-use Erlenmeyer polycarbonate shaker flasks under routine cell culture conditions. Single-use cell culture vessels have been increasingly used for the production of biopharmaceuticals; however, they often suffer from issues associated with leachables that may interfere with cell growth and protein stability. Here, high performance liquid chromatography preparations and cell proliferation assays led to identification of a compound from the water extracts of some polycarbonate flasks, which exhibited subline- and seeding density-dependent growth inhibition of CHO cells in suspension culture...
March 8, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
E A Sogorin, S Ch Agalarov
The translation of uncapped mRNAs encoding luciferase and green fluorescent protein in a cell-free translation system based on wheat germ extract has been studied. It turned out that two simultaneously translated (in one tube) different templates in a certain range of concentrations not only do not compete, but mutually enhance each other's translation. It has been shown that the synthesis of luciferase in the presence of mRNA that encodes green fluorescent protein is much more effective than in the translation of only luciferase mRNA at the same concentration...
January 2018: Molekuliarnaia Biologiia
Takumi Furusatoa, Fumihiro Horie, Hideaki T Matsubayashi, Kazuaki Amikura, Yutetsu Kuruma, Takuya Ueda
Cell division is the most dynamic event in the cell cycle. Recently, efforts have been made to reconstruct it using the individual component proteins to obtain a better understanding of the process of self-reproduction of cells. However, such reconstruction studies are frequently hampered by difficulties in preparing membrane-associated proteins. Here we demonstrate a de novo synthesis approach based on a cell-free translation system. Genes for fundamental cell division proteins, FtsZ, FtsA, and ZipA, were expressed inside the lipid compartment of giant vesicles (GVs)...
March 7, 2018: ACS Synthetic Biology
Samar Damiati, Rami Mhanna, Rimantas Kodzius, Eva-Kathrin Ehmoser
Synthetic biology is a rapidly growing multidisciplinary branch of science which aims to mimic complex biological systems by creating similar forms. Constructing an artificial system requires optimization at the gene and protein levels to allow the formation of entire biological pathways. Advances in cell-free synthetic biology have helped in discovering new genes, proteins, and pathways bypassing the complexity of the complex pathway interactions in living cells. Furthermore, this method is cost- and time-effective with access to the cellular protein factory without the membrane boundaries...
March 6, 2018: Genes
Ajay Vikram Singh, Timotheus Jahnke, Vimal Kishore, Byung-Wook Park, Madu Batuwangala, Joachim Bill, Metin Sitti
Cancer cells have the capacity to synthesize nanoparticles (NPs). The detailed mechanism of this process is not very well documented. We report the mechanism of biomineralization of aqueous gold chloride into NPs and microplates in the breast-cancer cell line MCF7. Spherical gold NPs are synthesized in these cells in the presence of serum in the culture media by the reduction of HAuCl4 . In the absence of serum, the cells exhibit gold microplate formation through seed-mediate growth albeit slower reduction...
February 27, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Amin S M Salehi, Seung-Ook Yang, Conner C Earl, Miriam J Shakalli Tang, J Porter Hunt, Mark T Smith, David W Wood, Bradley C Bundy
Many diseases and disorders are linked to exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that mimic the function of natural estrogen hormones. Here we present a Rapid Adaptable Portable In-vitro Detection biosensor platform (RAPID) for detecting chemicals that interact with the human estrogen receptor β (hERβ). This biosensor consists of an allosteric fusion protein, which is expressed using cell-free protein synthesis technology and is directly assayed by a colorimetric response. The resultant biosensor successfully detected known EDCs of hERβ (BPA, E2, and DPN) at similar or better detection range than an analogous cell-based biosensor, but in a fraction of time...
February 27, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Yulong Tang, Bie Tan, Guangran Li, Jianjun Li, Peng Ji, Yulong Yin
Amino acid transporters play an important role in cell growth and metabolism. MeAIB, a transporter-selective substrate, often represses the adaptive regulation of sodium-coupled neutral amino acid transporter 2 (SNAT2), which may act as a receptor and regulate cellular amino acid contents, therefore modulating cellular downstream signaling. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of MeAIB to SNAT2 on cell proliferation, protein turnover, and the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway in porcine enterocytes...
March 2, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Ahmed A Abd-Rabou, Dhruba J Bharali, Shaker A Mousa
PURPOSE: Breast cancer is the second most common cause of mortality in women in the United States. Targeted delivery of antitumor breast cancer drugs as a drug-delivery strategy may allow direct delivery into the tumor. Currently, chemotherapy is one of the principle strategies for cancer treatment, but it can have toxic side effects. Nanotechnology attempts to resolve these challenges by loading drugs in nanoparticles, such as solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN). In response to the breast cancer drug 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), p38MAPK signaling has been investigated since the 1990s...
February 27, 2018: Pharmaceutical Research
Atosa Estekizadeh, Natalia Landázur, Jiri Bartek, Christian Beltoft Brøchner, Belghis Davoudi, Helle Broholm, Mohsen Karimi, Tomas J Ekström, Afsar Rahbar
Among all brain tumors diagnosed in children, medulloblastomas (MBs) are associated with a poor prognosis. The etiology of MB is not fully understood, yet the impact of epigenetic alterations of oncogenes has previously been established. During the past decade, the human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) has been detected in several types of cancer, including MB. Since DNA methylation occurs in the cell nucleus and this is considered a host defence response, we studied the impact of HCMV infection on DNA methyltransferase (DNMT‑1) in MB (D324) cells, human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) as well as in MB tissue sections...
February 26, 2018: International Journal of Oncology
Abu Hena M Kamal, Michael B Fessler, Saiful M Chowdhury
Macrophages are specialized phagocytes that play an essential role in inflammation, immunity, and tissue repair. Profiling the global proteomic response of macrophages to microbial molecules such as bacterial lipopolysaccharide is key to understanding fundamental mechanisms of inflammatory disease. Ethanol is a widely abused substance that has complex effects on inflammation. Reports have indicated that ethanol can activate or inhibit the lipopolysaccharide receptor, Toll-like Receptor 4, in different settings, with important consequences for liver and neurologic inflammation, but the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood...
2018: PloS One
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