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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107387/neuronal-cell-death-and-degeneration-through-increased-nitroxidative-stress-and-tau-phosphorylation-in-hiv-1-transgenic-rats
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Young-Eun Cho, Myoung-Hwa Lee, Byoung-Joon Song
The underlying mechanisms for increased neurodegeneration and neurocognitive deficits in HIV-infected people are unclear. Therefore, this study was aimed to investigate the mechanisms of increased neurodegeneration in 5-month old male HIV-1 Transgenic (Tg) rats compared to the age- and gender-matched wild-type (WT) by evaluating histological changes and biochemical parameters of the key proteins involved in the cell death signaling and apoptosis. Histological and immunohistochemical analyses revealed decreased neuronal cells with elevated astrogliosis in HIV-1 Tg rats compared to WT...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103677/inversion-of-extender-unit-selectivity-in-the-erythromycin-polyketide-synthase-by-acyltransferase-domain-engineering
#2
Irina Koryakina, Christian Kasey, John B McArthur, Andrew N Lowell, Joseph A Chemler, Shasha Li, Douglas A Hansen, David H Sherman, Gavin J Williams
Acyltransferase (AT) domains of polyketide synthases (PKSs) select extender units for incorporation into polyketides and dictate large portions of the structures of clinically relevant natural products. Accordingly, there is significant interest in engineering the substrate specificity of PKS ATs in order to site-selectively manipulate polyketide structure. However, previous attempts to engineer ATs have yielded mutant PKSs with relaxed extender unit specificity, rather than an inversion of selectivity from one substrate to another...
January 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103023/rapid-estimation-of-catalytic-efficiency-by-cumulative-atomic-multipole-moments-application-to-ketosteroid-isomerase-mutants
#3
Wiktor Beker, Marc W van der Kamp, Adrian J Mulholland, W Andrzej Sokalski
We propose a simple atomic multipole electrostatic model to rapidly evaluate the effects of mutation on enzyme activity, and test its performance on wild-type and mutant ketosteroid isomerase. The predictions of our atomic multipole model are similar to those obtained with symmetry adapted perturbation theory (SAPT), at a fraction of the computational cost. We further show that this approach is relatively insensitive to the precise amino acid side-chain conformation in mutants, and may thus be useful in computational enzyme (re)design...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100306/diverse-novel-astroviruses-identified-in-wild-himalayan-marmots
#4
Yuanyun Ao, Jiemei Yu, Lili Li, Jingyuan Cao, Hongyan Deng, Yunyun Xin, Mengmeng Liu, Lin Lin, Shan Lu, Jianguo Xu, Zhaojun Duan
With advances in viral surveillance and next generation sequencing, highly diverse novel astroviruses (AstVs) and different animal hosts have been discovered in recent years. However, the existence of AstVs in marmots has yet to be shown. Here, we identified for the first time two highly divergent strains of AstVs, (tentatively named Qinghai Himalayana marmot AstV, HHMAstV1 and HHMAstV2), by viral metagenomic analysis in liver tissues isolated from wild Marmota himalayana in China. Overall, 12 of 99 (12.1%) M...
January 18, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099117/casz1-loss-of-function-mutation-contributes-to-familial-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#5
Xing-Biao Qiu, Xin-Kai Qu, Ruo-Gu Li, Hua Liu, Ying-Jia Xu, Min Zhang, Hong-Yu Shi, Xu-Min Hou, Xu Liu, Fang Yuan, Yu-Min Sun, Jun Wang, Ri-Tai Huang, Song Xue, Yi-Qing Yang
BACKGROUND: The zinc finger transcription factor CASZ1 plays a key role in cardiac development and postnatal adaptation, and in mice, deletion of the CASZ1 gene leads to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). However, in humans whether genetically defective CASZ1 contributes to DCM remains unclear. METHODS: The coding exons and splicing junction sites of the CASZ1 gene were sequenced in 138 unrelated patients with idiopathic DCM. The available family members of the index patient harboring an identified CASZ1 mutation and 200 unrelated, ethnically matched healthy individuals used as controls were genotyped for CASZ1...
January 18, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095717/functional-constituents-of-wild-and-cultivated-goji-l-barbarum-l-leaves-phytochemical-characterization-biological-profile-and-computational-studies
#6
Andrei Mocan, Gökhan Zengin, Mario Simirgiotis, Michaela Schafberg, Adriano Mollica, Dan C Vodnar, Gianina Crişan, Sascha Rohn
Goji (Lycium barbarum L.) leaves are emphasized as a functional tea or as dietary supplements. The phenolic compound profile, antioxidant, enzyme inhibitory, antimicrobial, and antimutagenic activities of leaf extracts from two selected cultivars in comparison with wild-growing plants have been evaluated. HPLC-DAD/ESI-ToF-MS analysis revealed the presence of phenolic acids and flavonoids with chlorogenic acid and rutin being the dominant compounds in the cultivated plants, whereas rutin and kaempeferol-3-O-rutinoside for wild growing ones...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094987/crystal-engineering-of-self-assembled-porous-protein-materials-in-living-cells
#7
Satoshi Abe, Hiroyasu Tabe, Hiroshi Ijiri, Keitaro Yamashita, Kunio Hirata, Kohei Atsumi, Takuya Shimoi, Masaki Akai, Hajime Mori, Susumu Kitagawa, Takafumi Ueno
Crystalline porous materials have been investigated for development of important applications in molecular storage, separations, and catalysis. The potential of protein crystals is increasing as they become better understood. Protein crystals have been regarded as porous materials because they present highly ordered 3D arrangements of protein molecules with high porosity and wide range of pore sizes. However, it remains difficult to functionalize protein crystals in living cells. Here, we report that polyhedra, a natural crystalline protein assembly of polyhedrin monomer (PhM) produced in insect cells infected by cypovirus, can be engineered to extend porous networks by deleting selected amino acid residues located on the intermolecular contact region of PhM...
January 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094560/systemic-metabolite-changes-in-wild-type-c57bl-6-mice-fed-black-raspberries
#8
Pan Pan, Chad W Skaer, Hsin-Tzu Wang, Michael A Kreiser, Steven M Stirdivant, Kiyoko Oshima, Yi-Wen Huang, Matthew R Young, Li-Shu Wang
INTRODUCTION: Freeze-dried black raspberries (BRBs) elicit chemopreventive effects against colorectal cancer in humans and in rodents. The objective of this study was to investigate potential BRB-caused metabolite changes using wild-type (WT) C57BL/6 mice. METHODS AND RESULTS: WT mice were fed either control diet or control diet supplemented with 5% BRBs for 8 wk. A nontargeted metabolomic analysis was conducted on colonic mucosa, liver, and fecal specimens collected from both diet groups...
January 17, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088608/gene-analysis-of-six-cases-of-congenital-protein-s-deficiency-and-functional-analysis-of-protein-s-mutations-a139v-c449f-r451q-c475f-a525v-and-d599tfster13
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Fumina Taniguchi, Eriko Morishita, Akiko Sekiya, Haruka Nomoto, Shiori Katsu, Shounosuke Kaneko, Hidesaku Asakura, Shigeki Ohtake
Congenital deficiency of protein S (PS), an anticoagulant factor, leads to venous thrombosis, with onset predominantly beginning in adolescence. In the present study, gene analysis of six unrelated Japanese families diagnosed with congenital PS deficiency identified five missense mutations in the PROS1 gene - c.757C>T (Ala139Val; A139V), c.1346 G>T (Cys449Phe; C449F), c.1352G>A (Arg451Gln; R451Q), c.1424G>T (Cys475Phe; C475F) and c.1574C>T (Ala525Val; A525V) - and one frameshift mutation, c.2135delA (Asp599ThrfsTer13; D599TfsTer13)...
December 24, 2016: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088516/structural-study-of-the-effects-of-mutations-in-proteins-to-identify-the-molecular-basis-of-the-loss-of-local-structural-fluidity-leading-to-the-onset-of-autoimmune-diseases
#10
Ananya Ali, Semanti Ghosh, Angshuman Bagchi
Protein-Protein Interactions (PPIs) are crucial in most of the biological processes and PPI dysfunctions are known to be associated with the onsets of various diseases. One of such diseases is the auto-immune disease. Auto-immune diseases are one among the less studied group of diseases with very high mortality rates. Thus, we tried to correlate the appearances of mutations with their probable biochemical basis of the molecular mechanisms leading to the onset of the disease phenotypes. We compared the effects of the Single Amino Acid Variants (SAVs) in the wild type and mutated proteins to identify any structural deformities that might lead to altered PPIs leading ultimately to disease onset...
January 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088503/evidence-for-splice-transcript-variants-of-tmem165-a-gene-involved-in-cdg
#11
Marie-Ange Krzewinski-Recchi, Sven Potelle, Anne Marie-Mir, Dorothée Vicogne, Eudoxie Dulary, Sandrine Duvet, Willy Morelle, Geoffroy de Bettignies, François Foulquier
BACKGROUND: Defects in TMEM165 gene cause a type-II Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation affecting Golgi glycosylation processes. TMEM165 patients exhibit psychomotor retardation, important osteoporosis, scoliosis, irregular epiphyses and thin bone cortex. Human TMEM165 protein is highly conserved in evolution and belongs to the family of UPF0016 membrane proteins which could be an unique group of Ca(2+)/H(+) antiporters regulating Ca(2+) and pH homeostasis and mainly localized in the Golgi apparatus...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087781/deleterious-variants-in-asian-rice-and-the-potential-cost-of-domestication
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Qingpo Liu, Yongfeng Zhou, Peter L Morrell, Brandon S Gaut
Many SNPs are predicted to encode deleterious amino acid variants. These slightly deleterious mutations can provide unique insights into population history, the dynamics of selection, and the genetic bases of phenotypes. This is especially true for domesticated species, where a history of bottlenecks and selection may affect the frequency of deleterious variants and signal a 'cost of domestication'. Here we investigated the numbers and frequencies of deleterious variants in Asian rice (O. sativa), focusing on two varieties (japonica and indica) and their wild relative (O...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087620/e152a-substitution-drastically-affects-ndm-5-activity
#13
Gaurav Kumar, Bagre Issa, Debasish Kar, Sarmistha Biswal, Anindya S Ghosh
New Delhi Metallo beta-lactamase (NDM) is of significant public health concern due to its enormous potential to hydrolyse all major beta-lactams including carbapenems. Amino acid substitutions outside the active site reportedly affect NDM beta-lactamase activities. Here, the effect of amino acid substitutions in the possible omega-like loop region of NDM-5 has been elucidated. Overall, three substitution mutations near active site of NDM-5 were done, namely, E152A, S191A, and D223A and subsequently, the change in antimicrobial resistance was monitored upon expressing each mutant in a suitable host...
January 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081275/role-of-xrcc1-gene-polymorphisms-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cisplatin-based-chemotherapy-and-their-effect-on-clinical-and-pathological-characteristics
#14
H F Liu, J S Liu, J H Deng, R R Wu
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common cancer globally. The XRCC1 protein interacts with ligase and poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase to repair cisplatin-induced DNA damage. The authors of previous studies have reported XRCC1 Arg399Gln, Arg280His, and Arg194Trp polymorphisms and advanced NSCLC prognosis, but the results are inconclusive. We investigated the association between clinical outcome and XRCC1 Arg399Gln, Arg280His, and Arg194Trp polymorphisms in advanced NSCLC patients treated with cisplatin...
December 23, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081274/role-of-methylenetetrahydrofolate-reductase-c677t-and-a1298c-polymorphisms-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-risk
#15
J B Wu, J F Zhai, J Yang
Polycystic ovary syndrome is one of the most frequently encountered endocrine malfunctions. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) plays a vital role in folate metabolism, DNA methylation, and RNA synthesis. We carried out a study to investigate the association between MTHFR C677T and A1298C genetic variations and the risk of polycystic ovary syndrome in a Chinese population. We recruited 244 patients and 257 control subjects from an Inner Mongolian Medical University to this hospital-based, case-control study...
December 23, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078801/abnormal-pollen-vacuolation1-apv1-is-required-for-male-fertility-by-contributing-to-anther-cuticle-and-pollen-exine-formation-in-maize
#16
Yamuna Somaratne, Youhui Tian, Hua Zhang, Mingming Wang, Yanqing Huo, Fengge Cao, Li Zhao, Huabang Chen
Anther cuticle and pollen exine are the major protective barriers against various stresses. The proper functioning of genes expressed in the tapetum is vital for the development of pollen exine and anther cuticle. In this study, we report a tapetum-specific gene, Abnormal Pollen Vacuolation1 (APV1), in maize that affects anther cuticle and pollen exine formation. The apv1 mutant was completely male sterile. Its microspores were swollen, less vacuolated, with a flat and empty anther locule. In the mutant, the anther epidermal surface was smooth, shiny, and plate-shaped compared with the three-dimensional crowded ridges and randomly formed wax crystals on the epidermal surface of the wild type...
January 12, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078746/a-gly65val-substitution-in-an-actin-ghact_li1-disrupts-cell-polarity-and-f-actin-organization-resulting-in-dwarf-lintless-cotton-plants
#17
Gregory N Thyssen, David D Fang, Rickie B Turley, Christopher B Florane, Ping Li, Christopher P Mattison, Marina Naoumkina
Actin polymerizes to form part of the cytoskeleton and organize polar growth in all eukaryotic cells. Species with numerous actin genes are especially useful for the dissection of actin molecular function due to redundancy and neofunctionalization. Here, we investigated the role of a cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) actin gene in the organization of actin filaments in lobed cotyledon pavement cells and the highly-elongated single-celled trichomes that comprise cotton lint fibers. Using mapping-by-sequencing, virus-induced gene silencing, and molecular modeling, we identified the causative mutation of the dominant dwarf Ligon-lintless Li1 short fiber mutant as a single Gly65Val amino acid substitution in a polymerization domain of an actin gene, GhACT_LI1 (Gh_D04G0865)...
January 12, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077638/a-conserved-glycine-residue-is-required-for-proper-functioning-of-a-baculovirus-vp39-protein
#18
Susumu Katsuma, Ryuhei Kokusho
: The baculovirus VP39 is a major nucleocapsid protein essential for viral propagation. However, the critical domains or residues of the VP39 protein have not yet been identified. Here, we performed mutagenesis experiments of Bombyx mori nucleopolyhedrovirus (BmNPV) using 5-bromo-2' -deoxyuridine and isolated a BmNPV mutant that produced fewer occlusion bodies than the wild-type virus. This mutant also produced fewer infectious budded viruses (BVs), when compared with the wild-type virus in both cultured cells and B...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077247/mouse-dna-polymerase-%C3%AE-lacking-the-forty-two-amino-acids-encoded-by-exon-2-is-catalytically-inactive-in-vitro
#19
Ekaterina G Frank, John P McDonald, Wei Yang, Roger Woodgate
In 2003, we reported that 129-derived strains of mice carry a naturally occurring nonsense mutation at codon 27 of the Poli gene that would produce a polι peptide of just 26 amino acids, rather then the full-length 717 amino acid wild-type polymerase. In support of the genomic analysis, no polι protein was detected in testes extracts from 129X1/SvJmice, where wild-type polι is normally highly expressed. The early truncation in polι occurs before any structural domains of the polymerase are synthesized and as a consequence, we reasoned that 129-derived strains of mice should be considered as functionally defective in polι activity...
December 21, 2016: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076422/monoclonal-antibody-against-g-glycoprotein-increases-respiratory-syncytial-virus-clearance-in-vivo-and-prevents-vaccine-enhanced-diseases
#20
Hyo-Jeong Lee, Jeong-Yoon Lee, Min-Hee Park, Joo-Young Kim, Jun Chang
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common cause of lower respiratory tract illness in infants, young children, and the elderly. The G glycoprotein plays a role in host cell attachment and also modulates the host immune response, thereby inducing disease pathogenesis. We generated two monoclonal antibodies (mAbs; 5H6 and 3A5) against G protein core fragment (Gcf), which consisted of amino acid residues 131 to 230 from RSV A2 G protein. Epitope mapping study revealed that 5H6 specifically binds to the G/164-176 peptide that includes conserved sequences shared by both RSV A and B subtypes, and 3A5 binds to the G/190-204 peptide...
2017: PloS One
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