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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

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

Essential role of the flexible linker on the conformational equilibrium of bacterial peroxiredoxin reductase for effective regeneration of peroxiredoxin

Published date : 07 Mar 2017

Reactive oxygen species (ROS) can damage DNA, proteins, and lipids, so cells have antioxidant systems that regulate ROS. In many bacteria, a dedicated peroxiredoxin reductase, alkyl hydroperoxide reductase subunit F (AhpF), catalyzes the rapid reduction of the redox-active disulfide center of the antioxidant protein peroxiredoxin (AhpC) to detoxify ROS such as hydrogen peroxide, organic hydroperoxide, and peroxynitrite. AhpF is a flexible multi-domain protein that enables a series of electron transfers among the redox centers by accepting reducing equivalents from NADH.

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The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 7 Mar 2017, doi : 10.1074/jbc.M117.775858
Impact Factor
4.258

Discovery of a novel splice variant of Fcar (CD89) unravels sequence segments necessary for efficient secretion: a story of bad signal peptides and good ones that nevertheless do not make it

Published date : 19 Jan 2017

The IgA receptor, Fcar (CD89) consists of five sequence segments: two segments (S1, S2) forming the potential signal peptide, two extracellular EC domains that include the IgA binding site, and the transmembrane and cytoplasmic tail (TM/C) region. Numerous Fcar splice variants have been reported with various combinations of the sequence segments mentioned above. Here, we report a novel splice variant termed variant APD isolated from a healthy volunteer that lacks only the IgA-binding EC1 domain.

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Cell Cycle 2016, doi: 10.1080/15384101.2017.1281480
Impact Factor
3.952

Towards allosterically increased catalytic activity of insulin degrading enzyme (IDE) against amyloid peptides

Published date : 03 Dec 2016

Physiological role of insulin degrading enzyme (IDE) in the intracytosolic clearance of amyloid beta (Aβ) and other amyloid-like peptides supports a hypothesis that human IDE hyperactivation could be therapeutically beneficial in the treatment of the late onset Alzhimer’s disease (AD). The major challenge towards this goal is to increase specific catalytic activity of IDE against the Aβ-substrate.

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Biochemistry 2016, doi: 10.1021/acs.biochem.6b00783
Impact Factor
2.87

xHMMER3x2: Utilizing HMMER3's speed and HMMER2's sensitivity and specificity in the glocal alignment mode for improved large-scale protein domain annotation

Published date : 29 Nov 2016

BACKGROUND:
While the local-mode HMMER3 is notable for its massive speed improvement, the slower glocal-mode HMMER2 is more exact for domain annotation by enforcing full domain-to-sequence alignments. Since a unit of domain necessarily implies a unit of function, local-mode HMMER3 alone remains insufficient for precise function annotation tasks. In addition, the incomparable E-values for the same domain model by different HMMER builds create difficulty when checking for domain annotation consistency on a large-scale basis.

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Biology Direct 2016, 11:63, DOI: 10.1186/s13062-016-0163-0
Impact Factor
3.016

Transition steps in peroxide reduction and a molecular switch for peroxide robustness of prokaryotic peroxiredoxins

Published date : 28 Nov 2016

In addition to their antioxidant function, the eukaryotic peroxiredoxins (Prxs) facilitate peroxide-mediated signaling by undergoing controlled inactivation by peroxide-driven over-oxidation. In general, the bacterial enzyme lacks this controlled inactivation mechanism, making it more resistant to high H2O2 concentrations. During peroxide reduction, the active site alternates between reduced, fully folded (FF), and oxidized, locally unfolded (LU) conformations.

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Scientific Reports 6, 2016, doi: 10.1038/srep37610
Impact Factor
5.228