VERMA Chandra

A yeast two-hybrid system for the screening and characterization of small-molecule inhibitors of protein–protein interactions identifies a novel putative Mdm2-binding site in p53

Background: Protein–protein interactions (PPIs) are fundamental to the growth and survival of cells and serve as excellent targets to develop inhibitors of biological processes such as host-pathogen interactions and cancer cell proliferation. However, isolation of PPI inhibitors is extremely challenging. While several in vitro assays to screen for PPI inhibitors are available, they are often expensive, cumbersome, and require large amounts of purified protein. In contrast, limited in vivo assays are available to screen for small-molecule inhibitors of PPI.

type: 
Journal Paper
journal: 
BMC Biology 2017 15:108, doi: 10.1186/s12915-017-0446-7
Url: 
https://bmcbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12915-017-0446-7
Impact Factor: 
6.779
Date of acceptance: 
2017-10-19

A New Generation of Arachidonic Acid Analogues as Potential Neurological Agent Targeting Cytosolic Phospholipase A2

Cytosolic phospholipase A2 (cPLA2) is an enzyme that releases arachidonic acid (AA) for the synthesis of eicosanoids and lysophospholipids which play critical roles in the initiation and modulation of oxidative stress and neuroinflammation. In the central nervous system, cPLA2 activation is implicated in the pathogenesis of various neurodegenerative diseases that involves neuroinflammation, thus making it an important pharmacological target. In this paper, a new class of arachidonic acid (AA) analogues was synthesized and evaluated for their ability to inhibit cPLA2.

type: 
Journal Paper
journal: 
Scientific Reports 7, Article no: 13684, 2017, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-13996-8
Url: 
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-13996-8
Impact Factor: 
4.259
Date of acceptance: 
2017-10-05

Editorial Overview : Exploring mechanisms in biology: simulations and experiments come together

type: 
Journal Paper
journal: 
Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, 2017 Sep;128:1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.pbiomolbio.2017.07.005
pubmed: 
28743422
Impact Factor: 
3.227

The interfacial character of antibody paratopes: analysis of antibody-antigen structures

In this study, computational methods are applied to investigate the general properties of antigen engaging residues of a paratope from a non-redundant dataset of 403 antibody-antigen complexes to dissect the contribution of hydrogen bonds, hydrophobic, van der Waals contacts and ionic interactions, as well as role of water molecules in the antigen-antibody interface. Consistent with previous reports using smaller datasets, we found that Tyr, Trp, Ser, Asn, Asp, Thr, Arg, Gly, His contribute substantially to the interactions between antibody and antigen.

type: 
Journal Paper
journal: 
Bioinformatics, 2017, doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btx389
Url: 
https://academic.oup.com/bioinformatics/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/bioinformatics/btx389
Impact Factor: 
7.307
Date of acceptance: 
2017-06-11

Targeting YAP/TAZ-TEAD protein-protein interactions using fragment-based and computational modeling approaches

The Hippo signaling pathway, which is implicated in the regulation of organ size, has emerged as a potential target for the development of cancer therapeutics. YAP, TAZ (transcription co-activators) and TEAD (transcription factor) are the downstream transcriptional machinery and effectors of the pathway. Formation of the YAP/TAZ-TEAD complex leads to transcription of growth-promoting genes. Conversely, disrupting the interactions of the complex decreases cell proliferation. Herein, we screened a 1000-member fragment library using Thermal Shift Assay and identified a hit fragment.

type: 
Journal Paper
journal: 
PLoS One, 2017 Jun 1, doi: org/10.1371/journal.pone.0178381
Url: 
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0178381
Impact Factor: 
2.8
Date of acceptance: 
2017-05-11

Role of N-glycosylation in EGFR ectodomain ligand binding

The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is a tyrosine kinase protein, overexpressed in several cancers. The extracellular domain of EGFR is known to be heavily glycosylated. Growth factor (mostly epidermal growth factor or EGF) binding activates EGFR. This occurs by inducing the transition from the autoinhibited tethered conformation to an extended conformation of the monomeric form of EGFR and by stabilizing the flexible preformed dimer.

type: 
Journal Paper
journal: 
Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics, Vol. 85, Issue 8, Aug 2017, Pg. 1529-1549, doi: 10.1002/prot.25314
pubmed: 
28486782
Url: 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28486782
Impact Factor: 
2.289

Modeling the Structure of Keratin 1 and 10 Terminal Domains and their Misassembly in Keratoderma

The terminal domains of suprabasal keratins of the skin epithelium are very resistant to evidence-based structural analysis because of their inherent flexibility and lack of predictable structure. We present a model for the structure and interactions of the head and tail domains of epidermal keratins 1 and 10, based on all-atom 3D simulations of keratin primary amino acid sequences, and tyrosine phosphorylation predictions, extracted from published databases.

type: 
Journal Paper
journal: 
Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 2017 May 16. pii: S0022-202X(17)31522-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jid.2017.03.038
pubmed: 
28526297
Url: 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=28526297
Impact Factor: 
6.287
Date of acceptance: 
2017-03-20

Hydration effects on the efficacy of the Epidermal growth factor receptor kinase inhibitor afatinib

Small molecules targeting the EGFR tyrosine kinase domain have been used with some success at treating patients with non-small cell lung cancer driven by activating mutations in the kinase domain. The initial class of inhibitors displaced ATP noncovalently but were rendered ineffective due to the development of resistance mutations in the kinase domain. These were overcome by the development of covalent inhibitors such as afatinib which also bind in the ATP pocket.

type: 
Journal Paper
journal: 
Scientific Reports 7, Article no: 1540 (2017), doi:10.1038/s41598-017-01491-z
Url: 
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-01491-z?WT.feed_name=subjects_biophysics
Impact Factor: 
4.259
Date of acceptance: 
2017-03-28

Regulation of Transcriptional Activators by DNA-Binding Domain Ubiquitination

Ubiquitin is a key component of the regulatory network that maintains gene expression in eukaryotes, yet the molecular mechanism(s) by which non-degradative ubiquitination modulates transcriptional activator (TA) function is unknown. Here endogenous p53, a stress-activated transcription factor required to maintain health, is stably monoubiquitinated, following pathway activation by IR or Nutlin-3 and localized to the nucleus where it becomes tightly associated with chromatin.

type: 
Journal Paper
journal: 
Cell Death and Differentiation 2017 May;24(5):903-916. doi: 10.1038/cdd.2017.42
pubmed: 
, PMID: 28362432
Url: 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28362432
Impact Factor: 
8.218
Date of acceptance: 
2017-02-16

Molecular Environment Modulates Conformational Differences between Crystal and Solution States of Human beta-defensin 2

Human β-defensin 2 is a cysteine-rich antimicrobial peptide. In the crystal state, the N-terminal segment (residues 1−11) exhibits a helical conformation. However, a truncated form, with four amino acids removed from the N-terminus, adopts nonhelical conformations in solution, as shown by NMR. To explore the molecular origins of these different conformations, we performed Hamiltonian replica exchange molecular dynamics simulations of the peptide in solution and in the crystal state.

type: 
Journal Paper
journal: 
Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B, 2017, doi : 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b00083
Impact Factor: 
3.177
Date of acceptance: 
2017-03-15
Syndicate content