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Bartosz Roszniowski, Agnieszka Latka, Barbara Maciejewska, Dieter Vandenheuvel, Tomasz Olszak, Yves Briers, Giles S Holt, Miguel A Valvano, Rob Lavigne, Darren L Smith, Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa
Burkholderia phage AP3 (vB_BceM_AP3) is a temperate virus of the Myoviridae and the Peduovirinae subfamily (P2likevirus genus). This phage specifically infects multidrug-resistant clinical Burkholderia cenocepacia lineage IIIA strains commonly isolated from cystic fibrosis patients. AP3 exhibits high pairwise nucleotide identity (61.7 %) to Burkholderia phage KS5, specific to the same B. cenocepacia host, and has 46.7-49.5 % identity to phages infecting other species of Burkholderia. The lysis cassette of these related phages has a similar organization (putative antiholin, putative holin, endolysin, and spanins) and shows 29-98 % homology between specific lysis genes, in contrast to Enterobacteria phage P2, the hallmark phage of this genus...
October 21, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Chanakan Tongsook, Johannes Niederhauser, Elena Kronegger, Grit Straganz, Peter Macheroux
The degradation of histamine catalyzed by the SAM-dependent histamine N-methyltransferase (HNMT) is critically important for the maintenance of neurological processes. Recently, two mutations in the encoding human gene were reported to give rise to dysfunctional protein variants (G60D and L208P) leading to intellectual disability. In the present study, we have expressed eight L208 variants with either apolar (L208F and L208V), polar (L208N and L208T) or charged (L208D, L208H, L208K and L208R) amino acids to define the impact of side chain variations on protein structure and function...
October 18, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Tânia Nobre, Manuela Oliveira, Birgit Arnholdt-Schmitt
By definition, the domestication process leads to an overall reduction of crop genetic diversity. This lead to the current search of genomic regions in wild crop relatives (CWR), an important task for modern carrot breeding. Nowadays massive sequencing possibilities can allow for discovery of novel genetic resources in wild populations, but this quest could be aided by the use of a surrogate gene (to first identify and prioritize novel wild populations for increased sequencing effort). Alternative oxidase (AOX) gene family seems to be linked to all kinds of abiotic and biotic stress reactions in various organisms and thus have the potential to be used in the identification of CWR hotspots of environment-adapted diversity...
2016: PloS One
Ji Luo, Qingyang Liu, Kunihiko Morihiro, Alexander Deiters
Using small molecules to control the function of proteins in live cells with complete specificity is highly desirable, but challenging. Here we report a small-molecule switch that can be used to control protein activity. The approach uses a phosphine-mediated Staudinger reduction to activate protein function. Genetic encoding of an ortho-azidobenzyloxycarbonyl amino acid using a pyrrolysyl transfer RNA synthetase/tRNACUA pair in mammalian cells enables the site-specific introduction of a small-molecule-removable protecting group into the protein of interest...
November 2016: Nature Chemistry
Jong Min Lee, Soo Young Moon, Yu-Ri Kim, Kang Woong Kim, Bong-Joo Lee, In-Soo Kong
The aim of this study was to improve the stability of β-1,3-1,4-glucanase by substituting hydrophobic residue for specific amino acid. The results indicated that the catalytic efficiency, thermostability and halostability were enhanced simultaneously by replacement of Lys48 with Ala (K48A) or Leu (K48L). Comparison of kinetic parameters revealed that catalytic efficiency of mutants is enhanced as a result of the increase in substrate affinity. A great improvement in thermostability and halostability was observed...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Po-Liang Lu, Ya-Ju Hsieh, Jun-En Lin, Jun-Wei Huang, Tsung-Ying Yang, Lin Lin, Sung-Pin Tseng
Although fosfomycin is a treatment option for infections caused by extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae, fosfomycin resistance has been documented. To our knowledge, fosfomycin resistance mechanisms in Klebsiella pneumoniae have not been systematically investigated. A total of 108 ESBL-producing K. pneumoniae isolates collected from Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Taiwan, from August 2012 to May 2013 were analysed in this study. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) revealed 64 pulsotypes and six non-typeable isolates, indicating high genetic diversity...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
K M Saravanan, S Suvaithenamudhan, S Parthasarathy, S Selvaraj
To adopt a particular fold, a protein requires several interactions between its amino acid residues. The energetic contribution of these residue-residue interactions can be approximated by extracting statistical potentials from known high resolution structures. Several methods based on statistical potentials extracted from unrelated proteins are found to make a better prediction of probability of point mutations. We postulate that the statistical potentials extracted from known structures of similar folds with varying sequence identity can be a powerful tool to examine probability of point mutation...
October 19, 2016: Proteins
Kara R Vogel, Erland Arning, Teodoro Bottiglieri, K Michael Gibson
BACKGROUND: The mainstay of therapy for phenylketonuria (PKU) remains dietary protein restriction. Developmental and neurocognitive outcomes for patients, however, remain suboptimal. We tested the hypothesis that mice with PKU receiving protein-restricted diets would reveal disruptions of brain amino acids that shed light on these neurocognitive deficits. METHOD: Phenylalanine hydroxylase-deficient (PKU) mice and parallel controls (both wild-type and heterozygous) were fed custom diets containing 18, 6, and 4 % protein for 3 weeks, after which tissues (brain, liver, sera) were collected for amino acid analysis profiling...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Haifang Zhang, Yunxia Zhu, Xiaofang Xie, Min Wang, Hong Du, Shungao Xu, Ying Zhang, Mingyu Gong, Bin Ni, Huaxi Xu, Xinxiang Huang
The linear plasmid pBSSB1 mediates the flagellar phase variation in H:z66 positive Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi (S. Typhi). The gene named stp17 (S. Typhi plasmid number 17 gene) is located on pBSSB1 and encodes the protein STP17. The expression pattern at the protein-level and function of STP17 remains unknown. In this study, the recombinant protein STP17His6 was expressed, purified and used to prepare the polyclonal anti-STP17 antibody. We detected protein-level expression of stp17 in S. Typhi and further investigated the protein expression characteristics of stp17 in different growth phases by western blot analysis...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Juan Rodriguez-Paris, Jörg Waldhaus, Jeenal A Gordhandas, Lynn Pique, Iris Schrijver
We characterized a novel GJB2 missense variant, c.133G>A, p.Gly45Arg, and compared it with the only other variant at the same amino acid position of the connexin 26 protein (Cx26) reported to date: c.134G>A, p.Gly45Glu. Whereas both variants are associated with hearing loss and are dominantly inherited, p.Gly45Glu has been implicated in the rare fatal keratitis-ichthyosis-deafness (KID) syndrome, which results in cutaneous infections and septicemia with premature demise in the first year of life. In contrast, p...
2016: PeerJ
Fredrik Elinder, Michael Madeja, Hugo Zeberg, Peter Århem
The transmembrane voltage needed to open different voltage-gated K (Kv) channels differs by up to 50 mV from each other. In this study we test the hypothesis that the channels' voltage dependences to a large extent are set by charged amino-acid residues of the extracellular linkers of the Kv channels, which electrostatically affect the charged amino-acid residues of the voltage sensor S4. Extracellular cations shift the conductance-versus-voltage curve, G(V), by interfering with these extracellular charges...
October 18, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Jooyeon Jeong, Kwangryul Baek, Henning Kirst, Anastasios Melis, EonSeon Jin
The Chlamydomonas reinhardtii truncated light-harvesting antenna 4 (tla4) DNA transposon mutant has a pale green phenotype, a lower chlorophyll (Chl) per cell and a higher Chl a/b ratio in comparison with the wild type. It required a higher light intensity for the saturation of photosynthesis and displayed a greater per chlorophyll light-saturated rate of oxygen evolution than the wild type. The Chl antenna size of the photosystems in the tla4 mutant was only about 65% of that measured in the wild type. Molecular genetic analysis revealed that a single plasmid DNA insertion disrupted two genes on chromosome 11 of the mutant...
October 17, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Dar-Chone Chow, Kacie Rice, Wanzhi Huang, Robert L Atmar, Timothy G Palzkill
The β-lactamase inhibitory protein (BLIP) binds and inhibits a wide range of class A β-lactamases including the TEM-1 β-lactamase (Ki= 0.5 nM), which is widely present in Gram-negative bacteria, and the KPC-2 β-lactamase (Ki= 1.2 nM), which hydrolyzes virtually all clinically useful β-lactam antibiotics. The extent to which the specificity of a protein that binds a broad range of targets can be modified to display narrow specificity was explored in this study by engineering BLIP to bind selectively to KPC-2 β-lactamase...
October 18, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
Yosuke Nakazawa, Mikako Oka, Megumi Funakoshi-Tago, Hiroomi Tamura, Makoto Takehana
PURPOSE: Although aquaporin 0 (AQP0) is a member of the AQP family, it has limited water permeability compared with other members. AQP0 may also have cell adhesion-related functions, but the evidence is still limited. Here, we studied the relationship of AQP0 to cell adhesion and determined the region required for cell adhesion. METHODS: L-cell fibroblasts stably expressing AQP0 or AQP1 (L-AQP0 or L-AQP1) were established. One group of cells was stained with CellTracker Red and cultured into a confluent monolayer, whereas the other group was loaded with CellTracker Blue and seeded over the monolayer...
October 18, 2016: Current Eye Research
François E Dufrasne, Catherine Lombard, Patrick Goubau, Jean Ruelle
BST-2 or tetherin is a host cell restriction factor that prevents the budding of enveloped viruses at the cell surface, thus impairing the viral spread. Several countermeasures to evade this antiviral factor have been positively selected in retroviruses: the human immunodeficiency virus type 2 (HIV-2) relies on the envelope glycoprotein (Env) to overcome BST-2 restriction. The Env gp36 ectodomain seems involved in this anti-tetherin activity, however residues and regions interacting with BST-2 are not clearly defined...
October 14, 2016: Viruses
Anna Mularski, Jonathan Wilksch, Eric Hanssen, Jian Li, Takehiro Tomita, Sacha James Pidot, Tim Stinear, Frances Separovic, Dick Strugnell
Atomic force microscopy measurements of capsule thickness revealed that that the wild-type Klebsiella pneumoniae AJ218 capsular polysaccharides were rearranged by exposure to colistin. The increase in capsule thickness measured near minimum inhibitory/bactericidal concentration (MIC/MBC) is consistent with the idea that colistin displaces the divalent cations that cross-bridge adjacent lipopolysaccharide (LPS) molecules through the capsule network. Cryo-electron microscopy demonstrated that the measured capsule thickness at near MIC/MBC of 1...
October 17, 2016: European Biophysics Journal: EBJ
Catherine Forconi, Philippe Gatault, Elodie Miquelestorena-Standley, Johan Noble, Sally Al-Hajj, Romain Guillemain, Marc Stern, Thomas Hoffmann, Louis Prat, Caroline Suberbielle, Emeline Masson, Anne Cesbron-Gautier, Catherine Gaudy-Graffin, Alain Goudeau, Gilles Thibault, Fabrice Ivanes, Roseline Guibon, Ihab Kazma, Yvon Lebranchu, Matthias Büchler, Antoine Magnan, Jean-Michel Halimi, Christophe Baron
BACKGROUND: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) has a role in chronic rejection and graft loss in kidney transplant (KTx) and lung transplant (LTx) recipients. In addition, donor CMV seropositivity is an independent risk factor for renal graft loss. The anti-CMV response might modulate this risk. Expression of programmed cell death 1 (PD-1), a receptor involved in viral-specific T-cell exhaustion, is influenced by a single nucleotide polymorphism called PD-1.3 (wild-type allele G, variant allele A)...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Ren-Yu Qu, Jing-Fang Yang, Yu-Chao Liu, Qiong Chen, Ge-Fei Hao, Cong-Wei Niu, Zhen Xi, Guang-Fu Yang
BACKGOUND: Acetohydroxyacid synthase (AHAS; EC is the first common enzyme in the biosynthetic pathway leading to the branched-chain amino acids in plants and a wide range of microorganisms. With the long-term and wide application of AHAS inhibitors, weed resistance is becoming a global problem, which leads to an urgent demand for novel inhibitors to antagonize both wild-type and resistant AHAS. RESULTS: Pyrimidinyl-Salicylic acid derivatives, as one of the main classes of commercial AHAS herbicides, show potential anti-resistant bioactivity to wild-type and P197L mutant...
October 17, 2016: Pest Management Science
Naoya Fukui, Kiho Araki, Kunihiro Hongo, Tomohiro Mizobata, Yasushi Kawata
The isolated apical domain of the E. coli GroEL subunit displays the ability to suppress the irreversible fibrillation of numerous amyloid-forming polypeptides. In previous experiments, we have shown that mutating Gly192 (located at hinge II that connects the apical domain and the intermediate domain) to a tryptophan results in an inactive chaperonin whose apical domain is disoriented. In this study, we have utilized this disruptive effect of Gly192 mutation to our advantage, by substituting this residue with amino acid residues of varying Van der Waals volumes with the intent to modulate the affinity of GroEL toward fibrillogenic peptides...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Yuan Wei, Wei Qiu, Xue-Dong Zhou, Xin Zheng, Ke-Ke Zhang, Shi-Da Wang, Yu-Qing Li, Lei Cheng, Ji-Yao Li, Xin Xu, Ming-Yun Li
D-alanine (D-Ala) is an essential amino acid that has a key role in bacterial cell wall synthesis. Alanine racemase (Alr) is a unique enzyme that interconverts L-alanine and D-alanine in most bacteria, making this enzyme a potential target for antimicrobial drug development. Streptococcus mutans is a major causative factor of dental caries. The factors involved in the survival, virulence and interspecies interactions of S. mutans could be exploited as potential targets for caries control. The current study aimed to investigate the physiological role of Alr in S...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Oral Science
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