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Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
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  • LOXL1 folding in exfoliation glaucoma
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 21 October 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Audrey M. Bernstein, Robert Ritch, J. Mario Wolosin Exfoliation syndrome (XFS) is an age-related disease defined by the deposition of aggregated fibrous material (XFM) in the peri-cellular space. Principal morbidity occurs in the eye, where XFM accumulates on the anterior ocular tissues. GWAS have found that certain genetic variants of lysyl oxidase-like 1 (LOXL1), a matrix cross-linking enzyme that is required for elastic fiber formation confer risk for the development of XFS, but are not a single causative factor as many genetically affected individuals do not develop XFS or subsequent glaucoma (XFG). We have found that XFG cells display defects in lysosomes, microtubules, autophagy, and mitochondria resembling defects found in cells from age-related syndromes, such as the main neurodegenerative diseases. In the majority of these diseases, the determining cellular factor is a protein containing intrinsically disordered regions (IDRs) and displaying a high propensity for aggregation. We have found that in XFG patient-derived cells, LOXL1 protein is actively subjected to autophagic clearance, suggesting that LOXL1 is undergoing aggregation. In silico analysis demonstrates that LOXL1's first 369 aa constitute an IDR with the highest disorder probability peak centering around the known risk positions. Experimentally, we have found over-expression of either unmodified LOXL1 or fluorescent chimeras preserving the well-structured N-terminus cause copious intracellular aggregation and that aggregation wanes when the high IDR peaks are deleted. Overall, our work suggests that XFS/G results from the aggregation of the LOXL1 protein coupled with a reduction of cellular proteostasis capabilities in aging, resulting in a chronic build-up of LOXL1-containing protein aggregates.
  • Influence of the reducing environment in the misfolding of wine proteins
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 October 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Paolo Ruzza, Claudia Honisch, Matteo Marangon, Andrea Curioni, Alan Bakalinsky, Simone Vincenzi While proteins are present in wine at low concentration, and are largely associated with undesirable haze formation in white wines, certain types or fractions make direct and indirect contributions to sensory quality and physical stability. The proteins found in wine represent a small subclass of the total pool of grape proteins that remain soluble in the non-physiological conditions of the wine matrix which is characterised by the presence of alcohol, high acidity, and relatively high levels of phenolic compounds. Although initially stable in these conditions, during storage of white and rosé wines proteins undergo changes leading to haze formation which is considered one of the most relevant non-microbiological defects, and which makes the wine commercially unacceptable. This phenomenon involves the two most abundant proteins present in wines: thaumatin-like proteins and chitinases, both belonging to pathogenesis-related proteins of the grape berry. Haze formation is often triggered by thermal fluctuations occurring during storage of white wines, although the presence of other non-protein-related factors seems to be necessary. Here, we review the characteristics of these two protein families and the factors that influence their solubility with a focus on the disulfide bonds reduction as a possible trigger for the onset of their aggregation.
  • Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
    • Abstract: Publication date: 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology, Volume 117Author(s):
  • Non-heme iron enzyme-catalyzed complex transformations: endoperoxidation,
           cyclopropanation, orthoester, oxidative C-C and C-S bond formation
           reactions in natural product biosynthesis
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 23 September 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Heng Song, Nathchar Naowarojna, Ronghai Cheng, Juan Lopez, Pinghua Liu Non-heme iron enzymes catalyze a wide range of chemical transformations, serving as one of the key types of tailoring enzymes in the biosynthesis of natural products. Hydroxylation reaction is the most common type of reactions catalyzed by these enzymes and hydroxylation reactions have been extensively investigated mechanistically. However, the mechanistic details for other types of transformations remain largely unknown or unexplored. In this paper, we present some of the most recently discovered transformations, including endoperoxidation, orthoester formation, cyclopropanation, oxidative C-C and C-S bond formation reactions. In addition, many of them are multi-functional enzymes, which further complicate their mechanistic investigations. In this work, we summarize their biosynthetic pathways, with special emphasis on the mechanistic details available for these newly discovered enzymes.
  • Protein misfolding in endoplasmic reticulum stress with applications to
           renal diseases
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 23 September 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Samera Nademi, Jeffrey G. Dickhout Protein misfolding may be the result of a variety of different processes that disrupt the ability of a protein to form a thermodynamically stable tertiary structure that allows it to perform its proper function. In this chapter, we explore the nature of a protein's form that allows it to have a stable tertiary structure, and examine specific mutation that are known to occur in the coding regions of DNA that disrupt a protein's ability to be folded into a thermodynamically stable tertiary structure. We examine the consequences of these protein misfoldings in terms of the endoplasmic reticulum stress response and resulting unfolded protein response. These conditions are specifically related to renal diseases. Further, we explore novel therapeutics, pharmacological chaperones, that are being developed to alleviate the disease burden associated with protein misfolding caused by mutations. These interventions aim to stabilize protein folding intermediates and allow proper folding to occur as well as prevent protein aggregation and the resulting pathophysiological consequences.
  • Liquid-liquid phase transitions and amyloid aggregation in proteins
           related to cancer and neurodegenerative diseases
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 21 September 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Guilherme A.P. de Oliveira, Yraima Cordeiro, Jerson L. Silva, Tuane C.R.G. Vieira Liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS) and phase transition (LLPT) of proteins and nucleic acids have emerged as a new paradigm in cell biology. Here we will describe the recent findings about LLPS and LLPT, including the molecular and physical determinants leading to their formation, the resulting functions and their implications in cell physiology and disease. Amyloid aggregation is implicated in many neurodegenerative diseases and cancer, and LLPS of proteins involved in these diseases appear to be related to their function in different cell contexts. Amyloid formation would correspond to an irreversible liquid-to-solid transition, as clearly observed in the case of PrP, TDP43, FUS/TLS and tau protein in neurodegenerative pathologies as well as with the mutant tumor suppressor p53 in cancer. Nucleic acids play a modulatory effect on both LLPS and amyloid aggregation. Understanding the molecular events regulating how the demixing process advances to solid-like fibril materials is crucial for the development of novel therapeutic strategies against cancer and neurodegenerative maladies.
  • Misfolded proteins as a therapeutic target in Alzheimer's disease
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 21 September 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): S. Imindu Liyanage, Donald F. Weaver For decades, Alzheimer's Disease (AD) was defined as a disorder of protein misfolding and aggregation. In particular, the extracellular peptide fragment: amyloid-β (Aβ), and the intracellular microtubule-associated protein: tau, were thought to initiate a neurodegenerative cascade which culminated in AD's progressive loss of memory and executive function. As such, both proteins became the focus of intense scrutiny, and served as the principal pathogenic target for hundreds of clinical trials. However, with varying efficacy, none of these investigations produced a disease-modifying therapy – offering patients with AD little recourse aside from transient, symptomatic medications. The near universal failure of clinical trials is unprecedented for a major research discipline. In part, this has motivated an increasing skepticism of the relevance of protein misfolding to AD's etiology. Several recent observations, principally the presence of significant protein pathologies in non-demented seniors, have lent credence to an apparent cursory role for Aβ and tau. Herein, we review both Aβ and tau, examining the processes from their biosynthesis to their pathogenesis and evaluate their vulnerability to medicinal intervention. We further attempt to reconcile the apparent failure of trials with the potential these targets hold. Ultimately, we seek to answer if protein misfolding is a viable platform in the pursuit of a disease-arresting strategy for AD.
  • Structure-function relationships in KDM7 histone demethylases
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 September 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Shobhit S. Chaturvedi, Rajeev Ramanan, Sodiq O. Waheed, Tatyana G. Karabencheva-Christova, Christo Z. Christov The demethylation of lysine residues of histone proteins is a key epigenetic mechanism in cells. The enzymes that catalyze these processes are called histone demethylases (KDMs). The largest family of KDMs is the Jumonji C (JmjC) domain-containing enzymes; these includes KDM2-7 subfamily of enzymes. The JmjC proteins are Fe(II) and 2-Oxoglutarate (2OG) - dependent dioxygenases that couple substrate oxidation to decarboxylation of 2OG to form succinate and CO2. The KDM7 subfamily of enzymes - PHF8 (KDM7B) and KIAA1718 (KDM7A) are human JmjC 2OG-dependent Nε-methyl lysine demethylases and are involved in demethylation of lysine residues in histones such as H3K27me2/1, H3K9me2/1 and H4K20me1. These enzymes are involved in multiple pathologic processes, including cancers and mental retardation. In this chapter, we present the current state of the art in the structural, biochemical and computational studies of KDM7 enzymes.
  • Cytotoxic species in amyloid-associated diseases: Oligomers or mature
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 7 August 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Mohammad Khursheed Siddiqi, Sadia Malik, Nabeela Majid, Parvez Alam, Rizwan Hasan Khan Amyloid diseases especially, Alzheimer's disease (AD), is characterized by an imbalance between the production and clearance of amyloid-β (Aβ) species. Amyloidogenic proteins or peptides can transform structurally from monomers into β-stranded fibrils via multiple oligomeric states. Among various amyloid species, structured oligomers are proposed to be more toxic than fibrils; however, the identification of amyloid oligomers has been challenging due to their heterogeneous and metastable nature. Multiple techniques have recently helped in better understanding of oligomer's assembly details and structural properties. Moreover, some progress on elucidating the mechanisms of oligomer-triggered toxicity has been made. Based on the collection of current findings, there is growing consensus that control of toxic amyloid oligomers could be a valid approach to regulate amyloid-associated toxicity, which could advance development of new diagnostics and therapeutics for amyloid-related diseases. In this review, we have described the recent scenario of amyloid diseases with a great deal of information about the recent understanding of oligomers' assembly, structural properties, and toxicity. Also comprehensive details have been provided to differentiate the degree of toxicity associated with prefibrillar aggregates.
  • Comparison of DNA and RNA substrate effects on TET2 structure
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 11 June 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Emmett M. Leddin, G. Andrés Cisneros Ten-eleven translocation (TET) enzymes can perform the stepwise oxidation of 5-methylcytosine (5mC) to 5-carboxylcytosine on both single-stranded (ss) and double-stranded (ds) DNA and RNA. It has been established that TET2 has a preference for ds DNA substrates, but it can catalyze the oxidation reaction on both ssDNA and RNA. The reasons for this substrate preference have been investigated for only a substrate 5mC ribonucleotide in a DNA strand, but not other nucleic acid configurations (Biochemistry 58 (2019) 411). We performed molecular dynamics simulations on TET2 with various ss and ds substrates in order to better understand the structural and dynamical reasons for TET2's preference to act on ds DNA. Our simulations show that substrates that have a ribonucleotide experience several disruptions in their overall backbone shape, hydrogen bonding character, and non–bonded interactions. These differences appear to lead to the instability of ribonucleotide in the active site, and provide further rational for TET2's experimental behavior.
  • Glutarate L-2-hydroxylase (CsiD/GlaH) is an archetype
           Fe(II)/2-oxoglutarate-dependent dioxygenase
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 June 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Caitlyn Q Herr, Lee Macomber, Efthalia Kalliri, Robert P. Hausinger The Escherichia coli gene initially named ygaT is located adjacent to lhgO, encoding L-2-hydroxyglutarate oxidase/dehydrogenase, and the gabDTP gene cluster, utilized for γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) metabolism. Because this gene is transcribed specifically during periods of carbon starvation, it was renamed csiD for carbon starvation induced. The CsiD protein was structurally characterized and shown to possess a double-stranded ß-helix fold, characteristic of a large family of non-heme Fe(II)- and 2-oxoglutarate (2OG)-dependent oxygenases. Consistent with a role in producing the substrate for LhgO, CsiD was shown to be a glutarate L-2-hydroxylase. We review the kinetic and structural properties of glutarate L-2-hydroxylase from E. coli and other species, and we propose a catalytic mechanism for this archetype 2OG-dependent hydroxylase. Glutarate can be derived from l-lysine within the cell, with the gabDT genes exhibiting expanded reactivities beyond those known for GABA metabolism. The complete CsiD-containing pathway provides a means for the cell to obtain energy from the metabolism of l-lysine during periods of carbon starvation. To reflect the role of this protein in the cell, a renaming of csiD to glaH has been proposed.
  • Sleep deprivation, oxidative stress and inflammation
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 24 April 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Fatin Atrooz, Samina Salim Adequate sleep is essential for normal brain function, especially during early life developmental stages as postnatal brain maturation occurs during the critical period of childhood and adolescence. Therefore, sleep disturbance and/or deficit during this period can have detrimental consequences. Many epidemiological and clinical studies have linked early life sleep disturbance with occurrence of later life behavioral and cognitive impairments. Role of oxidative stress and inflammation has been implicated in sleep deprivation-related impairments. This review article presents a detailed description of the current state of the literature on the subject.
  • Nucleobindins and encoded peptides: From cell signaling to physiology
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 17 April 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Adelaine Kwun-Wai Leung, Naresh Ramesh, Christine Vogel, Suraj Unniappan Nucleobindins (NUCBs) are DNA and calcium binding, secreted proteins with various signaling functions. Two NUCBs, nucleobindin-1 (NUCB1) and nucleobindin-2 (NUCB2), were discovered during the 1990s. These two peptides are shown to have diverse functions, including the regulation of inflammation and bone formation, among others. In 2006, Oh-I and colleagues discovered that three peptides encoded within the NUCB2 could be processed by prohormone convertases. These peptides were named nesfatin-1, 2 and 3, mainly due to the satiety and fat influencing properties of nesfatin-1. However, it was found that nesfatin-2 and -3 have no such effects. Nesfatin-1, especially its mid-segment, is very highly conserved across vertebrates. Although the receptor(s) that mediate nesfatin-1 effects are currently unknown, it is now considered an endogenous peptide with multiple functions, affecting central and peripheral tissues to regulate metabolism, reproduction, endocrine and other functions. We recently identified a nesfatin-1-like peptide (NLP) encoded within the NUCB1. Like nesfatin-1, NLP suppressed feed intake in mice and fish, and stimulated insulin secretion from pancreatic beta cells. There is considerable evidence available to indicate that nucleobindins and its encoded peptides are multifunctional regulators of cell biology and whole animal physiology. This review aims to briefly discuss the structure, distribution, functions and mechanism of action nucleobindins and encoded peptides.
  • Voices from the dead: The complex vocabulary and intricate grammar of dead
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 April 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Jerrold S. Levine, David S. Ucker Of the roughly one million cells per second dying throughout the body, the vast majority dies by apoptosis, the predominant form of regulated cell death in higher organisms. Long regarded as mere waste, apoptotic cells are now recognized as playing a prominent and active role in homeostatic maintenance, especially resolution of inflammation, and in the sculpting of tissues during development. The activities associated with apoptotic cells are continually expanding, with more recent studies demonstrating their ability to modulate such vital functions as proliferation, survival, differentiation, metabolism, migration, and angiogenesis. In each case, the role of apoptotic cells is active, exerting their effects via new activities acquired during the apoptotic program. Moreover, the capacity to recognize and respond to apoptotic cells is not limited to professional phagocytes. Most, if not all, cells receive and integrate an array of signals from cells dying in their vicinity. These signals comprise a form of biochemical communication. As reviewed in this chapter, this communication is remarkably sophisticated; each of its three critical steps—encoding, transmission, and decoding of the apoptotic cell's “message”—is endowed with exquisite robustness. Together, the abundance and intricacy of the variables at each step comprise the vocabulary and grammar of the language by which dead cells achieve their post-mortem voice. The combinatorial complexity of the resulting communication network permits dying cells, through the signals they emit and the responses those signals elicit, to partake of an expanded role in homeostasis, acting as both sentinels of environmental change and agents of adaptation.
  • From traveler to homebody: Which signaling mechanisms sponge larvae use to
           become adult sponges'
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 14 March 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Ilya Borisenko, Olga I. Podgornaya, Alexander V. Ereskovsky Cell-to-cell signaling is responsible for regulation of many developmental processes such as proliferation, cell migration, survival, cell fate specification and axis patterning. In this article we discussed the role of signaling in the metamorphosis of sponges with a focus on epithelial–mesenchymal transition (EMT) accompanying this event. Sponges (Porifera) are an ancient lineage of morphologically simple animals occupying a basal position on the tree of life. The study of these animals is necessary for understanding the origin of multicellularity and the evolution of developmental processes. Development of sponges is quite diverse. It finishes with the metamorphosis of a free-swimming larva into a young settled sponge. The outer surface of sponge larvae consists of a ciliated epithelial sheath, which ensures locomotion, while their internal structure varies from genus to genus. The fate of larval ciliated cells is the most intriguing aspect of metamorphosis. In this review we discuss the fate of larval ciliated cells, the processes going on in cells during metamorphosis at the molecular level and the regulation of this process. The review is based on information about several sponge species with a focus on Halisarca dujardini, Sycon ciliatum and Amphimedon queenslandica. In our model sponge, H. dujardini, ciliated cells leave the larval epithelium during metamorphosis and migrate to the internal cell mass as amoeboid cells to be differentiated into choanocytes of the juvenile sponge. Ciliated cells undergo EMT and internalize within minutes. As EMT involves the disappearance of adherens junctions and as cadherin, the main adherens junction protein, was identified in the transcriptome of several sponges, we suppose that EMT is regulated through cadherin-containing adherens junctions between ciliated cells. We failed to identify the master genes of EMT in the H. dujardini transcriptome, possibly because transcription was absent in the sequenced stages. They may be revealed by a search in the genome. The master genes themselves are controlled by various signaling pathways. Sponges have all the six signaling pathways conserved in Metazoa: Wnt, TGF-beta, Hedgehog, Notch, FGF and NO-dependent pathways. Summarizing the new data about intercellular communication in sponges, we can put forward two main questions regarding metamorphosis: (1) Which of the signaling pathways and in what hierarchical order are involved in metamorphosis' (2) How is the organization of a young sponge related to that of the larva or, in other words, is there a heredity of axes between the larva and the adult sponge'
  • Biological functions and clinical implications of interleukin-34 in
           inflammatory diseases
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 8 March 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Yun Ge, Man Huang, Xiao-mei Zhu, Yong-ming Yao Interleukin (IL)-34 is a recently discovered cytokine and ligand of the colony-stimulating factor (CSF)-1 receptor. Although CSF-1 and IL-34 share similar biological properties, their expression patterns and downstream signaling pathways are distinct. IL-34 can influence differentiation and has functions in multiple cell types (e.g., dendritic cells, monocytes, macrophages). In the pathological conditions, IL-34 is induced by pro-inflammatory stimuli (e.g., cytokines, pathogen-associated molecular patterns, and infection). Current evidence shows that IL-34 is a critical player in inflammatory response and is involved in the pathogenesis of inflammatory autoimmune dysfunction. Therefore, IL-34 may be a promising clinical biomarker and therapeutic target for treating inflammatory related disorders. In this article, we review the advances in biological functions of IL-34 and our understanding of its role in the development of inflammatory diseases as well as therapeutic applications.
  • Dopamine signaling in the striatum
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 February 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Emmanuel Valjent, Anne Biever, Giuseppe Gangarossa, Emma Puighermanal The striatum integrates dopamine-mediated reward signals to generate appropriate behavior in response to glutamate-mediated sensory cues. Such associative learning relies on enduring neural plasticity in striatal GABAergic spiny projection neurons which, when altered, can lead to the development of a wide variety of pathological states. Considerable progress has been made in our understanding of the intracellular signaling mechanisms in dopamine-related behaviors and pathologies. Through the prism of the regulation of histone H3 and ribosomal protein S6 phosphorylation, we review how dopamine-mediated signaling events regulate gene transcription and mRNA translation. Particularly, we focus on the intracellular cascades controlling these phosphorylations downstream of the modulation of dopamine receptors by psychostimulants, antipsychotics and l-DOPA. Finally, we highlight the importance to precisely determine in which neuronal populations these signaling events occur in order to understand how they participate in remodeling neural circuits and altering dopamine-related behaviors.
  • Estrogen receptor signaling mechanisms
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 4 February 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Nathalie Fuentes, Patricia Silveyra The primary female sex hormones, estrogens, are responsible for the control of functions of the female reproductive system, as well as the development of secondary sexual characteristics that appear during puberty and sexual maturity. Estrogens exert their actions by binding to specific receptors, the estrogen receptors (ERs), which in turn activate transcriptional processes and/or signaling events that result in the control of gene expression. These actions can be mediated by direct binding of estrogen receptor complexes to specific sequences in gene promoters (genomic effects), or by mechanisms that do not involve direct binding to DNA (non-genomic effects). Whether acting via direct nuclear effects, indirect non-nuclear actions, or a combination of both, the effects of estrogens on gene expression are controlled by highly regulated complex mechanisms. In this chapter, we summarize the knowledge gained in the past 60 years since the discovery of the estrogen receptors on the mechanisms governing estrogen-mediated gene expression. We provide an overview of estrogen biosynthesis, and we describe the main mechanisms by which the female sex hormone controls gene transcription in different tissues and cell types. Specifically, we address the molecular events governing regulation of gene expression via the nuclear estrogen receptors (ERα, and ERβ) and the membrane estrogen receptor (GPER1). We also describe mechanisms of cross-talk between signaling cascades activated by both nuclear and membrane estrogen receptors. Finally, we discuss natural compounds that are able to target specific estrogen receptors and their implications for human health and medical therapeutics.
  • Molecular signaling in bone cells: Regulation of cell differentiation and
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 4 February 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Lilian I. Plotkin, Angela Bruzzaniti The achievement of proper bone mass and architecture, and their maintenance throughout life requires the concerted actions of osteoblasts, the bone forming cells, and osteoclasts, the bone resorbing cells. The differentiation and activity of osteoblasts and osteoclasts are regulated by molecules produced by matrix-embedded osteocytes, as well as by cross talk between osteoblasts and osteoclasts through secreted factors. In addition, it is likely that direct contact between osteoblast and osteoclast precursors, and the contact of these cells with osteocytes and cells in the bone marrow, also modulates bone cell differentiation and function. With the advancement of molecular and genetic tools, our comprehension of the intracellular signals activated in bone cells has evolved significantly, from early suggestions that osteoblasts and osteoclasts have common precursors and that osteocytes are inert cells in the bone matrix, to the very sophisticated understanding of a network of receptors, ligands, intracellular kinases/phosphatases, transcription factors, and cell-specific genes that are known today. These advances have allowed the design and FDA-approval of new therapies to preserve and increase bone mass and strength in a wide variety of pathological conditions, improving bone health from early childhood to the elderly. We have summarized here the current knowledge on selected intracellular signal pathways activated in osteoblasts, osteocytes, and osteoclasts.
  • Intracellular signaling of the AMP-activated protein kinase
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 14 January 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Miribane Dërmaku-Sopjani, Mentor Sopjani AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is an essential cellular energy sensor that senses the cellular energy status and maintains cellular energy balance. The AMPK coordinates cellular and whole-body energy homeostasis through stimulating catabolic ATP-producing and suppressing anabolic ATP-consuming intracellular signaling pathways. AMPK induces autophagy and inhibits cell growth in response to starvation, a process that involves regulating certain intracellular signaling molecules. Recent advances demonstrated the AMPK to exert tumor suppressor activity realized through various signaling molecules by stimulating different cellular processes such as apoptosis, autophagy and cell growth and proliferation. AMPK can also be used to protect against metabolic syndrome. AMPK has previously been reported to be either directly or indirectly involved in the regulation of many different cellular transport proteins of high importance for cellular physiology and pathophysiology. Thus, AMPK provides a necessary link between cellular energy metabolism and cellular transport activities. A better understanding of the AMPK role in intracellular signaling under physiological and pathological conditions may represent a potential strategy for developing therapies for treating many different human diseases and disorders, in which AMPK plays a key role.
  • Aquaporin water channels: New perspectives on the potential role in
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 5 January 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Margherita Sisto, Domenico Ribatti, Sabrina Lisi Aquaporins (AQPs) are a family of membrane water channel proteins that osmotically modulate water fluid homeostasis in several tissues; some of them also transport small solutes such as glycerol. At the cellular level, the AQPs regulate not only cell migration and transepithelial fluid transport across membranes, but also common events that are crucial for the inflammatory response. Emerging data reveal a new function of AQPs in the inflammatory process, as demonstrated by their dysregulation in a wide range of inflammatory diseases including edematous states, cancer, obesity, wound healing and several autoimmune diseases. This chapter summarizes the discoveries made so far about the structure and functions of the AQPs and provides updated information on the underlying mechanisms of AQPs in several human inflammatory diseases. The discovery of new functions for AQPs opens new vistas offering promise for the discovery of mechanisms and therapeutic opportunities in inflammatory disorders.
  • Recent advances in computational studies of GPCR-G protein interactions
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 January 2019Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Jinan Wang, Yinglong Miao Protein-protein interactions are key in cellular signaling. G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), the largest superfamily of human membrane proteins, are able to transduce extracellular signals (e.g., hormones and neurotransmitters) to intracellular proteins, in particular the G proteins. Since GPCRs serve as primary targets of ~ 1/3 of currently marketed drugs, it is important to understand mechanisms of GPCR signaling in order to design selective and potent drug molecules. This chapter focuses on recent advances in computational studies of the GPCR-G protein interactions using bioinformatics, protein-protein docking and molecular dynamics simulation approaches.
  • Relationship between mitofusin 2 and cancer
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 27 December 2018Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): A. Allegra, V. Innao, A.G. Allegra, C. Musolino Mitochondria are dynamic organelles whose actions are fundamental for cell viability. Within the cell, the mitochondrial system is incessantly modified via the balance between fusion and fission processes. Among other proteins, mitofusin 2 is a central protagonist in all these mitochondrial events (fusion, trafficking, contacts with other organelles), the balance of which causes the correct mitochondrial action, shape, and distribution within the cell. Here we examine the structural and functional characteristics of mitofusin 2, underlining its essential role in numerous intracellular pathways, as well as in the pathogenesis of cancer.
  • Activating mutations of the gp130/JAK/STAT pathway in human diseases
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 27 December 2018Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Juliane Lokau, Christoph Garbers Cytokines of the interleukin-6 (IL-6) family are involved in numerous physiological and pathophysiological processes. Dysregulated and increased activities of its members can be found in practically all human inflammatory diseases including cancer. All cytokines activate several intracellular signaling cascades, including the Jak/STAT, MAPK, PI3K, and Src/YAP signaling pathways. Additionally, several mutations in proteins involved in these signaling cascades have been identified in human patients, which render these proteins constitutively active and result in a hyperactivation of the signaling pathway. Interestingly, some of these mutations are associated with or even causative for distinct human diseases, making them interesting targets for therapy. This chapter describes the basic biology of the gp130/Jak/STAT pathway, summarizes what is known about the molecular mechanisms of the activating mutations, and gives an outlook how this knowledge can be exploited for targeted therapy in human diseases.
  • Intracellular protein complexes involved in synapse assembly in
           presynaptic neurons
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 20 December 2018Source: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural BiologyAuthor(s): Kyung Ah Han, Ji Won Um, Jaewon Ko The presynaptic active zone, composed of evolutionarily conserved protein complexes, is a specialized area that serves to orchestrate precise and efficient neurotransmitter release by organizing various presynaptic proteins involved in mediating docking and priming of synaptic vesicles, recruiting voltage-gated calcium channels, and modulating presynaptic nerve terminals with aligned postsynaptic structures. Among membrane proteins localized to active zone, presynaptic neurexins and LAR-RPTPs (leukocyte common antigen-related receptor tyrosine phosphatase) have emerged as hubs that orchestrate both shared and distinct extracellular synaptic adhesion pathways. In this chapter, we discuss intracellular signaling cascades involved in recruiting various intracellular proteins at both excitatory and inhibitory synaptic sites. In particular, we highlight recent studies on key active zone proteins that physically and functionally link these cascades with neurexins and LAR-RPTPs in both vertebrate and invertebrate model systems. These studies allow us to build a general, universal view of how presynaptic active zones operate together with postsynaptic structures in neural circuits.
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