Biomolecular Function Discovery

Covariant Conservation Laws and the Spin Hall Effect in Dirac-Rashba Systems

Published date : 14 Dec 2017

We present a theoretical analysis of two-dimensional Dirac-Rashba systems in the presence of disorder and external perturbations. We unveil a set of exact symmetry relations (Ward identities) that impose strong constraints on the spin dynamics of Dirac fermions subject to proximity-induced interactions. This allows us to demonstrate that an arbitrary dilute concentration of scalar impurities results in the total suppression of nonequilibrium spin Hall currents when only Rashba spin-orbit coupling is present.

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Physical Review Letters, Vol. 119, Issue 24, 14 Dec 2017, doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.246801
Impact Factor
8.462

An Intramolecular Tryptophan-Condensation Approach for Peptide Stapling

Published date : 08 Dec 2017

Stapled peptides are gaining tremendous interest as next-generation therapeutic agents to target protein-protein interactions. Herein, we report an intramolecular peptide stapling method which links two tryptophan residues at C2 position of the indole moieties via acid-mediated condensation with an aldehyde.

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Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, 2017, doi: 10.1039/C7OB02667F
Impact Factor
3.564

Inter-Species Host Gene Expression Differences in Response to Human and Avian Influenza A Virus Strains

Published date : 01 Nov 2017

Low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) viruses are a source of sporadic human infections and could also contribute to future pandemic outbreaks but little is known about inter-species differences in the host responses to these viruses. Here, we studied host gene expression signatures of cell lines from three species (human, chicken, and canine) in response to six different viruses (H1N1/WSN, H5N2/F59, H5N2/F118, H5N2/F189, H5N3 and H9N2).

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International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Vol. 18, Issue 11, doi: 10.3390/ijms18112295
Impact Factor
3.226

HIV-1 subtype CRF01_AE and B differ in utilization of low levels of CCR5, Maraviroc susceptibility and potential N-glycosylation sites

Published date : 09 Oct 2017

HIV subtypes not only predominate in different geographical regions but also differ in key phenotypic characteristics. To determine if genotypic and/or phenotypic differences in the Envelope (Env) glycoprotein can explain subtype related differences, we cloned 37 full length Envs from Subtype B and AE HIV infected individuals from Singapore. Our data demonstrates that CRF01_AE Envs have lower Potential N Glycosylation Sites and higher risk of ×4 development. Phenotypically, CRF01_AE were less infectious than subtype B Envs in cells expressing low levels of CCR5.

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Virology, 512, 2017 December, Pg 222-233, doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2017.09.02
Impact Factor
3.353

Novel insights into the vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis (V583) alkylhydroperoxide reductase subunit F

Published date : 19 Sep 2017

The ability of the vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis (V583) to restore redox homeostasis via antioxidant defense mechanism is of importance, and knowledge into this defense is essential to understand its antibiotic-resistance and survival in hosts. The flavoprotein disulfide reductase AhpR, composed of the subunits AhpC and AhpF, represents one such vital part. Circular permutation was found to be a feature of the AhpF protein family. E.

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Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA), 2017 Sep 19, doi: 10.1016/j.bbagen.2017.09.011
Impact Factor
4.702

Post-translational Regulation of Radioactive Iodine Therapy Response in Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma

Published date : 08 Sep 2017

Background
Radioactive iodine (RAI) is the mainstay of treatment for differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC). Nevertheless, the mechanism of RAI resistance that occurs in many patients with DTC remains unknown. We aimed to elucidate the role of post-translational regulation of radioiodine uptake.

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JNCI: Journal of the national Cancer Institute, 2017, Vol. 109, Issue 12, 1 Dec 2017, doi: 10.1093/jnci/djx092
Impact Factor
12.589

Prenylation of Viral Proteins by Enzymes of the Host: Virus-Driven Rationale for Therapy With Statins and FT/GGT1 Inhibitors

Published date : 08 Sep 2017

Intracellular bacteria were recently shown to employ eukaryotic prenylation system for modifying activity and ensuring proper intracellular localization of their own proteins. Following the same logic, the proteins of viruses may also serve as prenylation substrates.

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BioEssays, 2017 Oct;39(10). doi: 10.1002/bies.201700014
Impact Factor
4.441

Genome-wide Analysis of Protein-Coding Variants in Leprosy

Published date : 22 Aug 2017

Although genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have greatly advanced our understanding on the contribution of common non-coding variants to leprosy susceptibility, protein-coding variants have not been systematically investigated. We carried out a three-stage genome-wide association study of protein-coding variants in 7,048 leprosy patients and 14,398 healthy controls of Han Chinese.

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Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 2017, Aug 22, doi: 10.1016/j.jid.2017.08.004
Impact Factor
6.287

Charged residues next to transmembrane regions revisited: "Positive-inside rule" is complemented by the "negative inside depletion/outside enrichment rule"

Published date : 24 Jul 2017

BACKGROUND:
Transmembrane helices (TMHs) frequently occur amongst protein architectures as means for proteins to attach to or embed into biological membranes. Physical constraints such as the membrane's hydrophobicity and electrostatic potential apply uniform requirements to TMHs and their flanking regions; consequently, they are mirrored in their sequence patterns (in addition to TMHs being a span of generally hydrophobic residues) on top of variations enforced by the specific protein's biological functions.

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BMC Biology 2017 Jul 24;15(1):66. doi: 10.1186/s12915-017-0404-4
Impact Factor
6.779

Benchmarking selected computational gene network growing tools in context of virus-host interactions

Published date : 19 Jul 2017

Several available online tools provide network growing functions where an algorithm utilizing different data sources suggests additional genes/proteins that should connect an input gene set into functionally meaningful networks. Using the well-studied system of influenza host interactions, we compare the network growing function of two free tools GeneMANIA and STRING and the commercial IPA for their performance of recovering known influenza A virus host factors previously identified from siRNA screens.

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Scientific Reports, 2017 Jul 19;7(1):5805. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-06020-6
Impact Factor
4.259