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Trey K Sato, Mary Tremaine, Lucas S Parreiras, Alexander S Hebert, Kevin S Myers, Alan J Higbee, Maria Sardi, Sean J McIlwain, Irene M Ong, Rebecca J Breuer, Ragothaman Avanasi Narasimhan, Mick A McGee, Quinn Dickinson, Alex La Reau, Dan Xie, Mingyuan Tian, Jennifer L Reed, Yaoping Zhang, Joshua J Coon, Chris Todd Hittinger, Audrey P Gasch, Robert Landick
The inability of native Saccharomyces cerevisiae to convert xylose from plant biomass into biofuels remains a major challenge for the production of renewable bioenergy. Despite extensive knowledge of the regulatory networks controlling carbon metabolism in yeast, little is known about how to reprogram S. cerevisiae to ferment xylose at rates comparable to glucose. Here we combined genome sequencing, proteomic profiling, and metabolomic analyses to identify and characterize the responsible mutations in a series of evolved strains capable of metabolizing xylose aerobically or anaerobically...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Weizhu Zeng, Fang Fang, Song Liu, Guocheng Du, Jian Chen, Jingwen Zhou
Yarrowia lipolytica is one of the most intensively investigated α-ketoglutaric acid (α-KG) producers, and metabolic engineering has proven effective for enhancing production. However, regulation of α-KG metabolism remains poorly understood. Genetic engineering of new strains is accompanied by potential safety concerns in some countries and regions. A series of mutants with varied capacity for α-KG production were obtained using random mutagenesis of Y. lipolytica WSH-Z06. Comparative genomics analysis was implemented to identify genes candidates associated with α-KG production...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
Rahul Sampath, Nathan W Cummins, Andrew D Badley
HIV cure is now the focus of intense research after Timothy Ray Brown (the Berlin patient) set the precedent of being the first and only person cured. A major barrier to achieving this goal on a meaningful scale is an elimination of the latent reservoir, which is thought to comprise CD4-positive cells that harbor integrated, replication-competent HIV provirus. These cells do not express viral proteins, are indistinguishable from uninfected CD4 cells, and are thought to be responsible for HIV viral rebound-that occurs within weeks of combination anti retroviral therapy (cART) interruption...
2016: Journal of Cell Death
Buse Cevatemre, Bruno Botta, Mattia Mori, Simone Berardozzi, Cinzia Ingallina, Engin Ulukaya
Despite the rapid advances in chemotherapy regimens, the outcome of patients with breast cancer is not satisfactory. One of the reasons of this dissatisfaction is that subsets of cells in tumors which referred as cancer stem cells (CSCs) show and/or gain resistance to therapies. Thus, compounds that target CSCs are urgently needed. Since some are already used in the clinic, natural products have great potential for further development as anti cancer drugs. The aim of this study is to investigate the cytotoxic activity of tingenin b (or 22β-hydroxytingenone) which is a quinone-methide triterpenoid structurally related to tingenone, against breast CSCs (stem-cell enriched population from MCF-7 cell line, MCF-7s)...
October 5, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
Anuj Kumar Sharma, Vikas Singh, Ruchi Gera, Mahaveer Prasad Purohit, Debabrata Ghosh
Zinc oxide nanoparticle (ZnO-NP) is one of the most widely used engineered nanoparticles. Upon exposure, nanoparticle can eventually reach the brain through various routes, interact with different brain cells, and alter their activity. Microglia is the fastest glial cell to respond to any toxic insult. Nanoparticle exposure can activate microglia and induce neuroinflammation. Simultaneous to activation, microglial death can exacerbate the scenario. Therefore, we focused on studying the effect of ZnO-NP on microglia and finding out the pathway involved in the microglial death...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Tuhin Kumar Guha, Georg Hausner
Fungal mitochondrial genomes act as "reservoirs" for homing endonucleases. These enzymes with their DNA site-specific cleavage activities are attractive tools for genome editing, targeted mutagenesis and gene therapy applications. Herein, we present strategies where homing endonuclease open reading frames (HEases ORFs) are interrupted with group II intron sequences. The ultimate goal is to achieve in vivo expression of HEases that can be regulated by manipulating the splicing efficiency of the HEase ORF-embedded group II introns...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Karolina Zazakowny, Joanna Lewandowska-Łańcucka, Joanna Mastalska-Popławska, Kamil Kamiński, Anna Kusior, Marta Radecka, Maria Nowakowska
The present work aims at development of novel hybrid materials from genipin crosslinked collagen or collagen/chitosan hydrogels containing various types of TiO2 nanoparticles characterized with different anatase/rutile ratios. Collagen and chitosan were selected as hydrogel components since they are biopolymers being, like collagen, the major compound present in extracellular matrix or exhibit structural similarity to glycosaminoglycans, like chitosan. TiO2 nanoparticles were introduced to the hydrogel matrices to improve their mechanical properties as well as bioactivity...
September 22, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Jami M Gurley, Olga Ilkayeva, Robert M Jackson, Beth A Griesel, Phillip White, Satochi Matsuzaki, Rizwan Qaisar, Holly Van Remmen, Kenneth M Humphries, Christopher B Newgard, Ann Louise Olson
Impaired GLUT4-dependent glucose uptake is a contributing factor in the development of whole body insulin resistance in obese patients and obese animal models. Previously, we demonstrated that transgenic mice engineered to express the human GLUT4 gene under the control of the human GLUT4 promoter (TG), are resistant to obesity-induced insulin resistance. A likely mechanism underlying increased insulin sensitivity is increased glucose uptake in skeletal muscle. The purpose of this study was to investigate the broader metabolic consequences of enhanced glucose uptake into muscle...
September 27, 2016: Diabetes
Wendy Keung, Lihuan Ren, Sen Li, Andy On-Tik Wong, Anant Chopra, Chi-Wing Kong, Gordon F Tomaselli, Christopher S Chen, Ronald A Li
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) is a potential unlimited ex vivo source of ventricular (V) cardiomyocytes (CMs), but hESC-VCMs and their engineered tissues display immature traits. In adult VCMs, sarcolemmal (sarc) and mitochondrial (mito) ATP-sensitive potassium (KATP) channels play crucial roles in excitability and cardioprotection. In this study, we aim to investigate the biological roles and use of sarcKATP and mitoKATP in hESC-VCM. We showed that SarcIK, ATP in single hESC-VCMs was dormant under baseline conditions, but became markedly activated by cyanide (CN) or the known opener P1075 with a current density that was ~8-fold smaller than adult; These effects were reversible upon washout or the addition of GLI or HMR1098...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Xiaomei Lv, Fan Wang, Pingping Zhou, Lidan Ye, Wenping Xie, Haoming Xu, Hongwei Yu
Microbial production of isoprene from renewable feedstock is a promising alternative to traditional petroleum-based processes. Currently, efforts to improve isoprenoid production in Saccharomyces cerevisiae mainly focus on cytoplasmic engineering, whereas comprehensive engineering of multiple subcellular compartments is rarely reported. Here, we propose dual metabolic engineering of cytoplasmic and mitochondrial acetyl-CoA utilization to boost isoprene synthesis in S. cerevisiae. This strategy increases isoprene production by 2...
September 21, 2016: Nature Communications
Mandy J Peffers, John Collins, John Loughlin, Carole Proctor, Peter D Clegg
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have prospective applications in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering but to what extent phenotype and differentiation capacity alter with ageing is uncertain. Consequently, any loss in functionality with age would have profound consequences for the maintenance of tissue viability and the quality of tissues. Proteomics enables the set of proteins responsible for a particular cell phenotype to be identified, as well as enabling insights into mechanisms responsible for age-related alterations in musculoskeletal tissues...
September 14, 2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Herlinde De Keersmaecker, Eduard Fron, Susana Rocha, Takako Kogure, Atsushi Miyawaki, Johan Hofkens, Hideaki Mizuno
Photoswitchable fluorescent proteins are capable of changing their spectral properties upon light irradiation, thus allowing one to follow a chosen subpopulation of molecules in a biological system. Recently, we revealed a photoinduced absorption band shift of LSSmOrange, which was originally engineered to have a large energy gap between excitation and emission bands. Here, we evaluated the performance of LSSmOrange as a fluorescent tracer in living cells. The absorption maximum of LSSmOrange in HeLa cells shifted from 437 nm to 553 nm upon illumination with a 405-, 445-, 458-, or 488-nm laser on a laser-scanning microscope, whereas the emission band remained same (∼570 nm)...
September 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Kasturi Muthoosamy, Ibrahim Babangida Abubakar, Renu Geetha Bai, Hwei-San Loh, Sivakumar Manickam
Metastasis of lung carcinoma to breast and vice versa accounts for one of the vast majority of cancer deaths. Synergistic treatments are proven to be the effective method to inhibit malignant cell proliferation. It is highly advantageous to use the minimum amount of a potent toxic drug, such as paclitaxel (Ptx) in ng/ml together with a natural and safe anticancer drug, curcumin (Cur) to reduce the systemic toxicity. However, both Cur and Ptx suffer from poor bioavailability. Herein, a drug delivery cargo was engineered by functionalizing reduced graphene oxide (G) with an amphiphilic polymer, PF-127 (P) by hydrophobic assembly...
2016: Scientific Reports
Amutha Boominathan, Shon Vanhoozer, Nathan Basisty, Kathleen Powers, Alexandra L Crampton, Xiaobin Wang, Natalie Friedricks, Birgit Schilling, Martin D Brand, Matthew S O'Connor
We explore the possibility of re-engineering mitochondrial genes and expressing them from the nucleus as an approach to rescue defects arising from mitochondrial DNA mutations. We have used a patient cybrid cell line with a single point mutation in the overlap region of the ATP8 and ATP6 genes of the human mitochondrial genome. These cells are null for the ATP8 protein, have significantly lowered ATP6 protein levels and no Complex V function. Nuclear expression of only the ATP8 gene with the ATP5G1 mitochondrial targeting sequence appended restored viability on Krebs cycle substrates and ATP synthesis capabilities but, failed to restore ATP hydrolysis and was insensitive to various inhibitors of oxidative phosphorylation...
September 4, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Fei Gao, Ningjie Ma, Hong Zhou, Qing Wang, Hao Zhang, Pu Wang, Haoli Hou, Huan Wen, Lijia Li
As an engineered nanomaterial, zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) are used frequently in biological applications and can make contact with human skin. Here, we systematically investigated the effects of ZnO NPs on non-tumorigenic human epidermal keratinocytes, which were used as a test model for this in vitro study, at the epigenetic and molecular levels. Our results showed that ZnO NPs induced cell cycle arrest at the G2/M checkpoint before the viability of human epidermal keratinocytes was reduced, which was associated with the chromatin changes at the epigenetic level, including increased methylation of histone H3K9 and decreased acetylation of histone H4K5 accompanied by chromatin condensation at 24 hours...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Yohei Sato, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Takashi Higuchi, Yohta Shimada, Hiroyuki Ida, Toya Ohashi
: : Pompe disease (PD) is a lysosomal storage disease that is caused by a deficiency of the acid α-glucosidase, which results in glycogen accumulation in the lysosome. The major clinical symptoms of PD include skeletal muscle weakness, respiratory failure, and cardiac hypertrophy. Based on its severity and symptom onset, PD is classified into infantile and late-onset forms. Lysosomal accumulation of glycogen can promote many types of cellular dysfunction, such as autophagic dysfunction, endoplasmic reticulum stress, and abnormal calcium signaling within skeletal muscle...
August 18, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Hongwei Guo, Hui Wan, Hongwen Chen, Fang Fang, Song Liu, Jingwen Zhou
During bioproduction of short-chain carboxylates, a shift in pH is a common strategy for enhancing the biosynthesis of target products. Based on two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, comparative proteomics analysis of general and mitochondrial protein samples was used to investigate the cellular responses to environmental pH stimuli in the α-ketoglutarate overproducer Yarrowia lipolytica WSH-Z06. The lower environmental pH stimuli tensioned intracellular acidification and increased the level of reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
October 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Jessie Yanxiang Guo, Xin Teng, Saurabh V Laddha, Sirui Ma, Stephen C Van Nostrand, Yang Yang, Sinan Khor, Chang S Chan, Joshua D Rabinowitz, Eileen White
Autophagy degrades and is thought to recycle proteins, other macromolecules, and organelles. In genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) for Kras-driven lung cancer, autophagy prevents the accumulation of defective mitochondria and promotes malignancy. Autophagy-deficient tumor-derived cell lines are respiration-impaired and starvation-sensitive. However, to what extent their sensitivity to starvation arises from defective mitochondria or an impaired supply of metabolic substrates remains unclear. Here, we sequenced the mitochondrial genomes of wild-type or autophagy-deficient (Atg7(-/-)) Kras-driven lung tumors...
August 1, 2016: Genes & Development
Christoph Drees, Athira Naduviledathu Raj, Rainer Kurre, Karin B Busch, Markus Haase, Jacob Piehler
Upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) convert near-infrared into visible light at much lower excitation densities than those used in classic two-photon absorption microscopy. Here, we engineered <50 nm UCNPs for application as efficient lanthanide resonance energy transfer (LRET) donors inside living cells. By optimizing the dopant concentrations and the core-shell structure for higher excitation densities, we observed enhanced UCNP emission as well as strongly increased sensitized acceptor fluorescence. For the application of these UCNPs in complex biological environments, we developed a biocompatible surface coating functionalized with a nanobody recognizing green fluorescent protein (GFP)...
September 12, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Dmitry Rogozhnikov, Wei Luo, Sina Elahipanah, Paul J O'Brien, Muhammad N Yousaf
There has been tremendous interest in constructing in vitro liver organ models for a range of fundamental studies of cell signaling, metabolism, and infectious diseases, and as a commercial system to evaluate therapeutic drug discovery prioritization and toxicity. Although there has been progress toward studying two-dimensional hepatic function in vitro, there remain challenging obstacles to generate rapid and efficient scaffold-free three-dimensional multiple cell line coculture tissue models of liver. Herein, we develop and employ a strategy to induce specific and stable cell-cell contacts among multiple hepatic cell lines to generate 3D tissues through cell-surface engineering based on liposome delivery and fusion to display bio-orthogonal functional groups from cell membranes...
September 21, 2016: Bioconjugate Chemistry
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