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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427998/nitric-oxide-regulated-proteolysis-of-human-cyp2b6-via-the-ubiquitin-proteasome-system
#1
Choon-Myung Lee, Shweta Tripathi, Edward T Morgan
We showed previously that rat cytochrome P450 CYP2B1 undergoes NO-dependent proteasomal degradation in response to inflammatory stimuli, and that the related human enzyme CYP2B6 is also down-regulated by NO in primary human hepatocytes. To investigate the mechanism of CYP2B6 down-regulation, we made several cell lines (HeLa and HuH7 cells) in which native CYP2B6 or CYP2B6 with a C-terminal V5 tag (CYP2B6V5) are expressed from a lentiviral vector with a cytomegalovirus promoter. Native CYP2B6 protein was rapidly down-regulated in HeLa cells within 3h of treatment with the NO donor (Z)-1-[2-(2-Aminoethyl)-N-(2-ammonioethyl)amino]diazen-1-ium-1,2-diolate, while its mRNA level was not down-regulated...
April 17, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421746/multifunctional-enzymatically-generated-hydrogels-for-chronic-wound-application
#2
Ivaylo Stefanov, Sílvia Pérez-Rafael, Javier Hoyo, Jonathan Cailloux, Orlando O Santana Perez, Dolores Hinojosa-Caballero, Tzanko Tzanov
The healing of chronic wounds requires intensive medical intervention at huge healthcare costs. Dressing materials should consider the multifactorial nature of these wounds comprising deleterious proteolytic and oxidative enzymes, and high bacterial load. In this work, multifunctional hydrogels for chronic wound application were produced by enzymatic crosslinking of thiolated chitosan and gallic acid. The hydrogels combine several beneficial to wound healing properties, controlling the matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and myeloperoxidase (MPO) activities, oxidative stress and bacterial contamination...
April 19, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420411/characterization-of-a-novel-aspartyl-protease-inhibitor-from-haemonchus-contortus
#3
Baojie Li, Javaid Ali Gadahi, Wenxiang Gao, Zhenchao Zhang, Muhammad Ehsan, Lixin Xu, Xiaokai Song, Xiangrui Li, Ruofeng Yan
BACKGROUND: Aspartyl protease inhibitor (API) was thought to protect intestinal parasitic nematodes from their hostile proteolytic environment. Studies on Ostertagia ostertagi, Ascaris suum and Brugia malayi indicated that aspins might play roles in nematode infection. In a recent study, proteins differentially expressed between free-living third-stage larvae (L3) and activated L3 (xL3) of Haemonchus contortus were identified by 2D-DIGE. API was found downregulated in xL3 when compared with L3...
April 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417705/degradation-of-staphylococcal-enterotoxin-a-by-a-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-isolate-from-raw-milk
#4
Hiroshi Fujikawa, Kentaro Nagaoka, Katsuhiko Arai
Recently, we found that staphylococcal enterotoxin A (SEA)-producing Staphylococcus aureus strains produced SEA in raw milk with microbial contaminants at high temperatures like 40 °C only. Moreover, the concentration of SEA produced in raw milk gradually decreased after the peak. The reason(s) for SEA degradation in raw milk was studied in this study. Degradation of SEA spiked in raw milk was observed at 40 °C, but not at 25 °C. A Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolate from raw milk degraded SEA spiked in broth at 40 °C...
April 18, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416325/involvement-of-the-nuclear-progestin-receptor-in-lh-induced-expression-of-membrane-type-2-matrix-metalloproteinase-required-for-follicle-rupture-during-ovulation-in-the-medaka-oryzias-latipes
#5
Katsueki Ogiwara, Takayuki Takahashi
Hormonal regulation of the expression of Mmp15, a proteolytic enzyme indispensable for ovulation in the teleost medaka, was investigated. In an in vitro culture system using preovulatory follicles, Mmp15 expression and ovulation were induced in the presence of recombinant luteinizing hormone (rLh). Both rLh-induced Mmp15 expression and ovulation were 17α, 20β-dihydroxy-4-pregnen-3-one-dependent, suggesting the involvement of a nuclear progestin receptor (Pgr). In vitro follicle ovulation and Mmp15 expression were reduced by treatment with the Pgr antagonist RU-486...
April 14, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414820/transcriptome-analysis-of-the-epidermis-of-the-purple-quail-like-q-lp-mutant-of-silkworm-bombyx-mori
#6
Pingyang Wang, Zhiyong Qiu, Dingguo Xia, Shunming Tang, Xingjia Shen, Qiaoling Zhao
A new purple quail-like (q-lp) mutant found from the plain silkworm strain 932VR has pigment dots on the epidermis similar to the pigment mutant quail (q). In addition, q-lp mutant larvae are inactive, consume little and grow slowly, with a high death rate and other developmental abnormalities. Pigmentation of the silkworm epidermis consists of melanin, ommochrome and pteridine. Silkworm development is regulated by ecdysone and juvenile hormone. In this study, we performed RNA-Seq on the epidermis of the q-lp mutant in the 4th instar during molting, with 932VR serving as the control...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414175/success-in-the-acquisition-of-bombyx-mori-sperm-motility-is-influenced-by-the-extracellular-production-of-nitric-oxide-no-in-the-presence-of-seminal-fluid-nitric-oxide-synthase-nos
#7
Sumiharu Nagaoka, Maiko Asagoshi, Keita Kato, Yuki Takata
A trypsin-like protease called initiatorin is known to initiate sperm motility in the silkworm, Bombyx mori, but little is known about the signaling events leading to sperm flagellar beating. The aim of this study was to investigate whether this mechanism of sperm motility activation involves the signaling transmitter nitric oxide (NO). NO is produced from the amino acid L-arginine by the enzyme action of nitric oxide synthase (NOS; EC 1.14.13.39). Simple treatment of quiescent sperm with an NO donor (SNAP or NOC7) in vitro did not lead to activation of motility...
April 13, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413985/salvianolic-acid-b-decreases-the-generation-of-amyloid-%C3%AE-by-modulating-bace1-activity
#8
Siva Sundara Kumar Durairajan, Venkat Reddy Chirasani, Sravan Gopalakrishnan Shetty, Ashok Iyaswamy, Sandeep Malampati, Juxian Song, Liangfeng Liu, Jiandong Huang, Sanjib Senapati, Min Li
Generation and accumulation of the amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide after proteolytic processing of the full length amyloid precursor protein (FL-APP) by β-secretase (β-site APP cleaving enzyme or BACE1) and β -secretase is a main causal factor of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Thus, inhibition of BACE1, a rate-limiting enzyme in the production of Aβ, is an attractive therapeutic approach for the treatment of AD. Recent studies suggest that salvianolic acid B (Sal B) isolated from the radix of Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge, a Chinese herbal medicine commonly used for the treatment of cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and liver diseases in China...
April 17, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411652/strategies-for-biophysical-characterization-of-protein-polymer-conjugates
#9
Cameron Williams, Melissa L Dougherty, Katherine Makaroff, Jacob Stapleton, Dominik Konkolewicz, Jason A Berberich, Richard C Page
Protein-polymer conjugates are increasingly viewed as promising avenues to producing industrial enzymes with high activity capable of withstanding potentially harsh reaction conditions, or to designing novel therapeutics with triggered release, controlled masking, or increased resistance to proteolytic degradation. Common among these applications are the desire to improve the stability of protein-polymer conjugates to unfolding by exposure to chemicals or thermal stress. Thus, assays that allow researchers to robustly and easily characterize protein-polymer conjugates by obtaining thermodynamic parameters for folding stand to play an important role in the development of improved protein-polymer conjugates...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411181/monoclonal-antibodies-to-the-reactive-centre-loop-rcl-of-human-corticosteroid-binding-globulin-cbg-can-protect-against-proteolytic-cleavage
#10
John G Lewis, Peter A Elder
Corticosteroid-binding globulin (CBG) binds most of the cortisol in circulation and is a non-functional member of the family of serine protease inhibitors (serpins) with an exposed elastase sensitive reactive centre loop (RCL). The RCL can be cleaved by human neutrophil elastase, released from activated neutrophils, and can also be cleaved at nearby site(s) by elastase released by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and at two further sites, also within the RCL, by bovine chymotrypsin. Cleavage of the RCL results in a conformational change accompanied by a marked decrease in affinity for cortisol and hence its release at the site of proteolysis...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407373/activation-of-the-arabidopsis-membrane-bound-transcription-factor-bzip28-is-mediated-by-site-2-protease-but-not-site-1-protease
#11
Yuji Iwata, Makoto Ashida, Chisa Hasegawa, Kazuki Tabara, Kei-Ichiro Mishiba, Nozomu Koizumi
The unfolded protein response (UPR) is a homeostatic cellular response conserved in eukaryotic cells to alleviate the accumulation of unfolded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Arabidopsis bZIP28 is a membrane-bound transcription factor activated by proteolytic cleavage in response to ER stress, thereby releasing its cytosolic portion containing the bZIP domain from the membrane to translocate into the nucleus where it induces the transcription of genes encoding ER-resident molecular chaperones and folding enzymes...
April 13, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405854/development-of-a-new-method-for-the-preparation-of-an-acellular-allodermis-quality-control-and-cytotoxicity-testing
#12
J Dragúňová, P Kabát, P Babál, H Mrázová, M Boháč, Ľ Krajčíová, J Koller
Demand for use of acellular allodermis is high but commercially appropriate products are not used routinely because of very high price and limited availability. These facts did motivate us to prepare acellular allodermis using a new, simple and less expensive method. We have developed a original method for preparation of acellular allogeneic dermis based on action of a proteolytic enzyme in combination with distilled water. Hypotonic environment in comparison with SDS or Triton ansure no toxicity of the final product...
April 12, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402691/arabidopsis-aspartic-proteases-a36-and-a39-play-roles-in-plant-reproduction
#13
Hui Gao, Rui Li, Yi Guo
Aspartic proteases (Aps, EC3.4.23) are one of the four major mechanistic classes of proteolytic enzymes with the conserved motifs Asp-Thr/Ser-Gly (DT/SG) at the active site and are activated at acidic pH. In Arabidopsis, 69 genes were identified as coding putative aspartic proteinases. However, little is known about most of these enzymes. Recently, we characterized two novel Arabidopsis Aps genes, A36 and A39, which encode two putative GPI-anchored pollen-high-expressed Aps. a36 a39 mutants display significant abortion...
April 12, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402100/structural-studies-revealed-active-site-distortions-of-human-furin-by-a-small-molecule-inhibitor
#14
Sven O Dahms, Guan-Sheng Jiao, Manuel E Than
Proprotein Convertases (PCs) represent highly selective serine proteases that activate their substrates upon proteolytic cleavage. Their inhibition is a promising strategy for the treatment of several pathologies including cancer, atherosclerosis, hypercholesterolaemia, and infectious diseases. Here we present the first experimental complex of furin with a non substrate-like small molecule inhibitor, and the X-ray structure of the enzyme complexed to the small molecule inhibitor 1 at 1.9 Å resolution. Two molecules of inhibitor 1 were found to interact with furin...
April 12, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394279/anti-inflammatory-and-antioxidant-properties-of-casein-hydrolysate-produced-using-high-hydrostatic-pressure-combined-with-proteolytic-enzymes
#15
Fatemeh Bamdad, Seulki Hazel Shin, Joo-Won Suh, Chamila Nimalaratne, Hoon Sunwoo
Casein-derived peptides are shown to possess radical scavenging and metal chelating properties. The objective of this study was to evaluate novel anti-inflammatory properties of casein hydrolysates (CH) produced by an eco-friendly process that combines high hydrostatic pressure with enzymatic hydrolysis (HHP-EH). Casein was hydrolysed by different proteases, including flavourzyme (Fla), savinase (Sav), thermolysin (Ther), trypsin (Try), and elastase (Ela) at 0.1, 50, 100, and 200 MPa pressure levels under various enzyme-to-substrate ratios and incubation times...
April 10, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390177/role-of-the-lysosomal-membrane-protein-cln3-in-the-regulation-of-cathepsin-d-activity
#16
Jaime Cárcel-Trullols, Attila D Kovács, David A Pearce
Among Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses (NCLs), which are childhood fatal neurodegenerative disorders, the juvenile onset form (JNCL) is the most common. JNCL is caused by recessive mutations in the CLN3 gene. CLN3 encodes a lysosomal/endosomal transmembrane protein but its precise function is not completely known. We have previously reported that in baby hamster kidney (BHK) cells stably expressing myc-tagged human CLN3 (myc-CLN3), hyperosmotic conditions drastically increased myc-CLN3 mRNA and protein expression...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388673/proteolysis-of-mature-hiv-1-p6-gag-protein-by-the-insulin-degrading-enzyme-ide-regulates-virus-replication-in-an-env-dependent-manner
#17
Friedrich Hahn, Adrian Schmalen, Christian Setz, Melanie Friedrich, Stefan Schlößer, Julia Kölle, Robert Spranger, Pia Rauch, Kirsten Fraedrich, Tatjana Reif, Julia Karius-Fischer, Ashok Balasubramanyam, Petra Henklein, Torgils Fossen, Ulrich Schubert
There is a significantly higher risk for type II diabetes in HIV-1 carriers, albeit the molecular mechanism for this HIV-related pathology remains enigmatic. The 52 amino acid HIV-1 p6 Gag protein is synthesized as the C-terminal part of the Gag polyprotein Pr55. In this context, p6 promotes virus release by its two late (L-) domains, and facilitates the incorporation of the viral accessory protein Vpr. However, the function of p6 in its mature form, after proteolytic release from Gag, has not been investigated yet...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387673/upregulated-expression-of-heparanase-and-heparanase-2-in-the-brains-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#18
Beatriz García, Carla Martín, Olivia García-Suárez, Bárbara Muñiz-Alonso, Helena Ordiales, Santiago Fernández-Menéndez, Jorge Santos-Juanes, Laura Lorente-Gea, Sonia Castañón, Ikerne Vicente-Etxenausia, Kelvin Manuel Piña Batista, Irune Ruiz-Díaz, María Cristina Caballero-Martínez, Jesús Merayo-Lloves, Isabel Guerra-Merino, Luis M Quirós, Iván Fernández-Vega
BACKGROUND: Heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs) promote amyloid-β peptide and tau fibrillization in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and provide resistance against proteolytic breakdown. Heparanase (HPSE) is the only enzyme that cleaves heparan sulfate (HS). Heparanase 2 (HPSE2) lacks HS-degrading activity, although it is able to interact with HS with high affinity. OBJECTIVE: To analyze HPSE and HPSE2 expressions at different stages of AD. METHODS: RT-PCR was used to analyze transcription levels of both heparanases at different stages of AD, and immunohistochemistry was performed to localize each one in different parts of the brain...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379482/investigating-proteins-and-proteases-composing-amniotic-and-allantoic-fluids-during-chicken-embryonic-development
#19
M Da Silva, V Labas, Y Nys, S Réhault-Godbert
In amniotes, the amniotic fluid is a significant contributor to fetal development and health. While numerous studies have been conducted in mammalian amniotic fluid, the composition of amniotic and other extraembryonic fluids in avian egg along with their physiological functions remain largely unexplored. In such a context, our objective was to characterize the chicken amniotic fluid (AmF) and allantoic fluid (AlF) properties, protein composition, and some associated functions from day 8 to day 16 of incubation...
March 31, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377500/innate-immune-signaling-in-drosophila-is-regulated-by-tgf%C3%AE-activated-kinase-tak1-triggered-ubiquitin-editing
#20
Li Chen, Nicholas Paquette, Shahan Mamoor, Florentina Rus, Anubhab Nandy, John Leszyk, Scott A Shaffer, Neal Silverman
Coordinated regulation of innate immune responses is necessary in all metazoans. In Drosophila, the Imd pathway detects gram-negative bacterial infections through recognition of DAP-type peptidoglycan and activation of the NF-κB precursor Relish, which drives robust antimicrobial peptide (AMP) gene expression. Imd is a receptor-proximal adaptor protein homologous to mammalian RIP1 that is regulated by proteolytic cleavage and K63-polyubiquitination. However, the precise events and molecular mechanisms that control the post-translational modification of Imd remain unclear...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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