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Site-Selective Modification Of Peptides And Proteins Via Organocatalyzed Henry Reaction, Zilma Pereira Muneeswaran 2018 Seton Hall University

Site-Selective Modification Of Peptides And Proteins Via Organocatalyzed Henry Reaction, Zilma Pereira Muneeswaran

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

In this research, peptides and protein containing serine on the N-terminus underwent site-selective modification following organocatalyzed bioconjugation that offered an additional functional group. It was shown that transforming the N-terminus serine to an aldehyde allowed site-specific bioconjugation to occur by utilizing the well-known Henry reaction. This method also grants a safer pathway for bioconjugation utilizing “green-chemistry” and biocompatible conditions. Amino acids and amino acid derived organocatalysts were utilized in the Henry reaction resulting in yields of up to 86 % conversion. Promising preliminary results were achieved in this research using peptides and myoglobin as the bioconjugation targets. Further investigation to be ...


Dissecting Structure-Encoded Determinants Of Allosteric Cross-Talk Between Post-Translational Modification Sites In The Hsp90 Chaperones, Gabrielle Stetz, Amanda Tse, Gennady M. Verkhivker 2018 Chapman University

Dissecting Structure-Encoded Determinants Of Allosteric Cross-Talk Between Post-Translational Modification Sites In The Hsp90 Chaperones, Gabrielle Stetz, Amanda Tse, Gennady M. Verkhivker

Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science Faculty Articles and Research

Post-translational modifications (PTMs) represent an important regulatory instrument that modulates structure, dynamics and function of proteins. The large number of PTM sites in the Hsp90 proteins that are scattered throughout different domains indicated that synchronization of multiple PTMs through a combinatorial code can be invoked as an important mechanism to orchestrate diverse chaperone functions and recognize multiple client proteins. In this study, we have combined structural and coevolutionary analysis with molecular simulations and perturbation response scanning analysis of the Hsp90 structures to characterize functional role of PTM sites in allosteric regulation. The results reveal a small group of conserved PTMs ...


Effects Of Mitochondrial Nadp+-Dependent Isocitrate Dehydrogenase Deficiency On Fructose-Induced Obesity In Mice, Allison Michelle Montalbano, Kaleigh Elizabeth Beane 2018 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Effects Of Mitochondrial Nadp+-Dependent Isocitrate Dehydrogenase Deficiency On Fructose-Induced Obesity In Mice, Allison Michelle Montalbano, Kaleigh Elizabeth Beane

Human Nutrition and Hospitality Innovation Undergraduate Honors Theses

Obesity prevalence in the United States continues to increase and is associated with health consequences such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and hyperlipidemia. Among many contributing factors to obesity, fructose may be one of the major reasons as it disrupts the antioxidant system thereby resulting in an accumulation of reactive oxidative species and leading to obese conditions. The enzyme, isocitrate dehydrogenase 2 (IDH2), reduces nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate from the TCA Cycle, hence might be implicated with not only energy metabolism but also cellular redox homeostasis. Therefore, the hypothesis was that IDH2 deficiency in mice would exacerbate hepatic lipid ...


N-Terminal Sumoylation Of Centromeric Histone H3 Variant Cse4 Regulates Its Proteolysis To Prevent Mislocalization To Non-Centromeric Chromatin, Kentaro Ohkuni, Reuben Levy-Myers, Jack Warren, Wei-Chun Au, Yoshimitsu Takahashi, Richard E. Baker, Munira A. Basrai 2018 National Cancer Institute

N-Terminal Sumoylation Of Centromeric Histone H3 Variant Cse4 Regulates Its Proteolysis To Prevent Mislocalization To Non-Centromeric Chromatin, Kentaro Ohkuni, Reuben Levy-Myers, Jack Warren, Wei-Chun Au, Yoshimitsu Takahashi, Richard E. Baker, Munira A. Basrai

Open Access Articles

Stringent regulation of cellular levels of evolutionarily conserved centromeric histone H3 variant (CENP-A in humans, CID in flies, Cse4 in yeast) prevents its mislocalization to non-centromeric chromatin. Overexpression and mislocalization of CENP-A has been observed in cancers and leads to aneuploidy in yeast, flies, and human cells. Ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis of Cse4 by E3 ligases such as Psh1 and Sumo-Targeted Ubiquitin Ligase (STUbL) Slx5 prevent mislocalization of Cse4. Previously, we identified Siz1 and Siz2 as the major E3 ligases for sumoylation of Cse4. In this study, we have identified lysine 65 (K65) in Cse4 as a site that regulates sumoylation and ...


A Parental Requirement For Dual-Specificity Phosphatase 6 In Zebrafish, Jennifer M. Maurer, Charles G. Sagerstrom 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School

A Parental Requirement For Dual-Specificity Phosphatase 6 In Zebrafish, Jennifer M. Maurer, Charles G. Sagerstrom

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BACKGROUND: Signaling cascades, such as the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) pathway, play vital roles in early vertebrate development. Signals through these pathways are initiated by a growth factor or hormone, are transduced through a kinase cascade, and result in the expression of specific downstream genes that promote cellular proliferation, growth, or differentiation. Tight regulation of these signals is provided by positive or negative modulators at varying levels in the pathway, and is required for proper development and function. Two members of the dual-specificity phosphatase (Dusp) family, dusp6 and dusp2, are believed to be negative regulators of the ERK pathway and ...


Cbx4 Sumoylates Prdm16 To Regulate Adipose Tissue Thermogenesis, Qingbo Chen, Lei Huang, Dongning Pan, Lihua (Julie) Zhu, Yong-Xu Wang 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Cbx4 Sumoylates Prdm16 To Regulate Adipose Tissue Thermogenesis, Qingbo Chen, Lei Huang, Dongning Pan, Lihua (Julie) Zhu, Yong-Xu Wang

Open Access Articles

Transcriptional co-activator Prdm16 controls brown fat development and white fat browning, but how this thermogenic function is modulated post-translationally is poorly understood. Here, we report that Cbx4, a Polycomb group protein, is a SUMO E3 ligase for Prdm16 and that Cbx4-mediated sumoylation of Prdm16 is required for thermogenic gene expression. Cbx4 expression is enriched in brown fat and is induced in adipose tissue by acute cold exposure. Sumoylation of Prdm16 at lysine 917 by Cbx4 blocks its ubiquitination-mediated degradation, thereby augmenting its stability and thermogenic function. Moreover, this sumoylation event primes Prdm16 to be further stabilized by methyltransferase Ehmt1. Heterozygous ...


The Cjun Nh2-Terminal Kinase (Jnk) Pathway Contributes To Mouse Mammary Gland Remodeling During Involution, Nomeda A. Girnius, Yvonne J. K. Edwards, Roger J. Davis 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Cjun Nh2-Terminal Kinase (Jnk) Pathway Contributes To Mouse Mammary Gland Remodeling During Involution, Nomeda A. Girnius, Yvonne J. K. Edwards, Roger J. Davis

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Involution returns the lactating mammary gland to a quiescent state after weaning. The mechanism of involution involves collapse of the mammary epithelial cell compartment. To test whether the cJUN NH2-terminal kinase (JNK) signal transduction pathway contributes to involution, we established mice with JNK deficiency in the mammary epithelium. We found that JNK is required for efficient involution. JNK deficiency did not alter the STAT3/5 or SMAD2/3 signaling pathways that have been previously implicated in this process. Nevertheless, JNK promotes the expression of genes that drive involution, including matrix metalloproteases, cathepsins, and BH3-only proteins. These data demonstrate that JNK ...


Matrix Metalloproteinase-14 Is A Mechanically Regulated Activator Of Secreted Mmps And Invasion, Amanda Haage, Dong Hyun Nam, Xin Ge, Ian C. Schneider 2018 Iowa State University

Matrix Metalloproteinase-14 Is A Mechanically Regulated Activator Of Secreted Mmps And Invasion, Amanda Haage, Dong Hyun Nam, Xin Ge, Ian C. Schneider

Ian C. Schneider

Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are extracellular matrix (ECM) degrading enzymes and have complex and specific regulation networks. This includes activation interactions, where one MMP family member activates another. ECM degradation and MMP activation can be initiated by several different stimuli including changes in ECM mechanical properties or intracellular contractility. These mechanical stimuli are known enhancers of metastatic potential. MMP-14 facilitates local ECM degradation and is well known as a major mediator of cell migration, angiogenesis and invasion. Recently, function blocking antibodies have been developed to specifically block MMP-14, providing a useful tool for research as well as therapeutic applications. Here we ...


Atomistic Simulations And Network-Based Modeling Of The Hsp90-Cdc37 Chaperone Binding With Cdk4 Client Protein: A Mechanism Of Chaperoning Kinase Clients By Exploiting Weak Spots Of Intrinsically Dynamic Kinase Domains, John Czemeres, Kurt Buse, Gennady M. Verkhivker 2017 Chapman University

Atomistic Simulations And Network-Based Modeling Of The Hsp90-Cdc37 Chaperone Binding With Cdk4 Client Protein: A Mechanism Of Chaperoning Kinase Clients By Exploiting Weak Spots Of Intrinsically Dynamic Kinase Domains, John Czemeres, Kurt Buse, Gennady M. Verkhivker

Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science Faculty Articles and Research

A fundamental role of the Hsp90 and Cdc37 chaperones in mediating conformational development and activation of diverse protein kinase clients is essential in signal transduction. There has been increasing evidence that the Hsp90-Cdc37 system executes its chaperoning duties by recognizing conformational instability of kinase clients and modulating their folding landscapes. The recent cryo-electron microscopy structure of the Hsp90-Cdc37- Cdk4 kinase complex has provided a framework for dissecting regulatory principles underlying differentiation and recruitment of protein kinase clients to the chaperone machinery. In this work, we have combined atomistic simulations with protein stability and network-based rigidity decomposition analyses to characterize dynamic ...


Pde8 Is Expressed In Human Airway Smooth Muscle And Selectively Regulates Camp Signaling By Β 2 Ar-Ac6, Timothy B. Johnstone, Kaitlyn H. Smith, Cynthia J. Koziol-White, Fengying Li, Austin G. Kazarian, Maia L. Corpuz, Maya Shumyachter, Frederick J. Ehlert, Bianca E. Himes, Reynold A. Pannettieri Jr., Rennolds S. Ostrom 2017 Chapman University

Pde8 Is Expressed In Human Airway Smooth Muscle And Selectively Regulates Camp Signaling By Β 2 Ar-Ac6, Timothy B. Johnstone, Kaitlyn H. Smith, Cynthia J. Koziol-White, Fengying Li, Austin G. Kazarian, Maia L. Corpuz, Maya Shumyachter, Frederick J. Ehlert, Bianca E. Himes, Reynold A. Pannettieri Jr., Rennolds S. Ostrom

Pharmacy Faculty Articles and Research

Two cAMP signaling compartments centering around adenylyl cyclase (AC) exist in human airway smooth muscle (HASM) cells, one containing ß2AR-AC6 and another containing E prostanoid receptors (EPR)-AC2. We hypothesized that different phosphodiesterase (PDE) isozymes selectively regulate cAMP signaling in each compartment. According to RNA-seq data, 18 of 24 PDE genes were expressed in primary HASM cells derived from age- and gender-matched donors with and without asthma. PDE8A was the third most abundant of the cAMP-degrading PDE genes, after PDE4A and PDE1A. Knockdown of PDE8A using shRNA evoked 2-fold greater cAMP responses to 1 DM forskolin in the presence of ...


The Role Of Catalytic Residue PKA On The Hydrolysis/Transglycosylation Partition In Family 3 Β-Glucosidases, Inacrist Geronimo, Christina M. Payne, Mats Sandgren 2017 Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

The Role Of Catalytic Residue PKA On The Hydrolysis/Transglycosylation Partition In Family 3 Β-Glucosidases, Inacrist Geronimo, Christina M. Payne, Mats Sandgren

Chemical and Materials Engineering Faculty Publications

β-Glucosidases (βgls) primarily catalyze the hydrolysis of the terminal glycosidic bond at the non-reducing end of β-glucosides, although glycosidic bond synthesis (called transglycosylation) can also occur in the presence of another acceptor. In the final reaction step, the glucose product or another substrate competes with water for transfer to the glycosyl-enzyme intermediate. The factors governing the balance between the two pathways are not fully known; however, the involvement of ionizable residues in binding and catalysis suggests that their pKa may play a role. Through constant pH molecular dynamics simulations of a glycoside hydrolase Family 3 (GH3) βgl, we ...


Loss Of The Cone-Enriched Caspase-7 Does Not Affect Secondary Cone Death In Retinitis Pigmentosa, Aditya Venkatesh, Shun-Yun Cheng, Claudio Punzo 2017 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Loss Of The Cone-Enriched Caspase-7 Does Not Affect Secondary Cone Death In Retinitis Pigmentosa, Aditya Venkatesh, Shun-Yun Cheng, Claudio Punzo

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Purpose: The apoptotic mechanisms responsible for secondary cone death in retinitis pigmentosa (RP) remain largely unknown. The cone-enriched apoptotic protease caspase-7 (Casp7) is thought to be triggered by endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and plays a pivotal role in mice deficient in the cone cyclic nucleotide-gated channels, a deficiency that causes achromatopsia in humans and in mice with autosomal dominant rhodopsin mutations, in particular the T17M mutation. Thus, we tested in two mouse models of RP whether the cone-enriched Casp7 plays a role during secondary cone death.

Methods: Casp7 knockout mice were crossed to two different RP mouse models with significantly ...


Problems In Embalming: Cyanide Poisoning, Rebecca Majus 2017 Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Problems In Embalming: Cyanide Poisoning, Rebecca Majus

ASA Multidisciplinary Research Symposium

To inform funeral professionals, or anyone interested, what cyanide poisoning is, how death from it occurs, how to detect it in postmortem remains, how it poses a problem for embalmers, and what embalming techniques can be used to treat it.


Structure Of Rna Polymerase Bound To Ribosomal 30s Subunit, Gabriel Demo, Aviram Rasouly, Nikita Vasilyev, Vladimir Svetlov, Anna B. Loveland, Ruben Diaz-Avalos, Nikolaus Grigorieff, Evgeny Nudler, Andrei A. Korostelev 2017 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Structure Of Rna Polymerase Bound To Ribosomal 30s Subunit, Gabriel Demo, Aviram Rasouly, Nikita Vasilyev, Vladimir Svetlov, Anna B. Loveland, Ruben Diaz-Avalos, Nikolaus Grigorieff, Evgeny Nudler, Andrei A. Korostelev

Open Access Articles

In bacteria, mRNA transcription and translation are coupled to coordinate optimal gene expression and maintain genome stability. Coupling is thought to involve direct interactions between RNA polymerase (RNAP) and the translational machinery. We present cryo-EM structures of E. coli RNAP core bound to the small ribosomal 30S subunit. The complex is stable under cell-like ionic conditions, consistent with functional interaction between RNAP and the 30S subunit. The RNA exit tunnel of RNAP aligns with the Shine-Dalgarno-binding site of the 30S subunit. Ribosomal protein S1 forms a wall of the tunnel between RNAP and the 30S subunit, consistent with its role ...


Cardiac-Specific Inactivation Of Lpp3 In Mice Leads To Myocardial Dysfunction And Heart Failure, Mini Chandra, Diana Escalante-Alcalde, Shenuarin Bhuiyan, Anthony Wayne Orr, Christopher Kevil, Andrew J. Morris, Hyung Nam, Paari Dominic, Kevin J. McCarthy, Sumitra Miriyala, Manikandan Panchatcharam 2017 Louisiana State University - Shreveport

Cardiac-Specific Inactivation Of Lpp3 In Mice Leads To Myocardial Dysfunction And Heart Failure, Mini Chandra, Diana Escalante-Alcalde, Shenuarin Bhuiyan, Anthony Wayne Orr, Christopher Kevil, Andrew J. Morris, Hyung Nam, Paari Dominic, Kevin J. Mccarthy, Sumitra Miriyala, Manikandan Panchatcharam

Internal Medicine Faculty Publications

Lipid Phosphate phosphatase 3 (LPP3), encoded by the Plpp3 gene, is an enzyme that dephosphorylates the bioactive lipid mediator lysophosphatidic acid (LPA). To study the role of LPP3 in the myocardium, we generated a cardiac specific Plpp3 deficient mouse strain. Although these mice were viable at birth in contrast to global Plpp3 knockout mice, they showed increased mortality ~ 8 months. LPP3 deficient mice had enlarged hearts with reduced left ventricular performance as seen by echocardiography. Cardiac specific Plpp3 deficient mice had longer ventricular effective refractory periods compared to their Plpp3 littermates. We observed that lack of Lpp3 enhanced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy ...


Structural Basis For Earp-Mediated Arginine Glycosylation Of Translation Elongation Factor Ef-P, Ralph Krafczyk, Jakub Macošek, Pravin Kumar Ankush Jagtap, Daniel Gast, Swetlana Wunder, Prithiba Mitra, Amit Kumar Jha, Jürgen Rohr, Anja Hoffmann-Röder, Kirsten Jung, Janosch Hennig, Jürgen Lassak 2017 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

Structural Basis For Earp-Mediated Arginine Glycosylation Of Translation Elongation Factor Ef-P, Ralph Krafczyk, Jakub Macošek, Pravin Kumar Ankush Jagtap, Daniel Gast, Swetlana Wunder, Prithiba Mitra, Amit Kumar Jha, Jürgen Rohr, Anja Hoffmann-Röder, Kirsten Jung, Janosch Hennig, Jürgen Lassak

Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty Publications

Glycosylation is a universal strategy to posttranslationally modify proteins. The recently discovered arginine rhamnosylation activates the polyproline-specific bacterial translation elongation factor EF-P. EF-P is rhamnosylated on arginine 32 by the glycosyltransferase EarP. However, the enzymatic mechanism remains elusive. In the present study, we solved the crystal structure of EarP from Pseudomonas putida. The enzyme is composed of two opposing domains with Rossmann folds, thus constituting a B pattern-type glycosyltransferase (GT-B). While dTDP-β-L-rhamnose is located within a highly conserved pocket of the C-domain, EarP recognizes the KOW-like N-domain of EF-P. Based on our data, we propose a structural model for arginine ...


Epigenetic Instability Induced By Dna Base Lesion Via Dna Base Excision Repair, Zhongliang Jiang 2017 Florida International University

Epigenetic Instability Induced By Dna Base Lesion Via Dna Base Excision Repair, Zhongliang Jiang

FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations

DNA damage can cause genome instability, which may lead to human cancer. The most common form of DNA damage is DNA base damage, which is efficiently repaired by DNA base excision repair (BER). Thus BER is the major DNA repair pathway that maintains the stability of the genome. On the other hand, BER mediates DNA demethylation that can occur on the promoter region of important tumor suppressor genes such as Breast Cancer 1 (BRCA1) gene that is also involved in prevention and development of cancer. In this study, employing cell-based and in vitro biochemical approaches along with bisulfite DNA sequencing ...


Discovery Of Pf-06928215 As A High Affinity Inhibitor Of Cgas Enabled By A Novel Fluorescence Polarization Assay, Justin Hall, Douglas T. Golenbock, Eicke Latz 2017 Pfizer

Discovery Of Pf-06928215 As A High Affinity Inhibitor Of Cgas Enabled By A Novel Fluorescence Polarization Assay, Justin Hall, Douglas T. Golenbock, Eicke Latz

Open Access Articles

Cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) initiates the innate immune system in response to cytosolic dsDNA. After binding and activation from dsDNA, cGAS uses ATP and GTP to synthesize 2', 3' -cGAMP (cGAMP), a cyclic dinucleotide second messenger with mixed 2'-5' and 3'-5' phosphodiester bonds. Inappropriate stimulation of cGAS has been implicated in autoimmune disease such as systemic lupus erythematosus, thus inhibition of cGAS may be of therapeutic benefit in some diseases; however, the size and polarity of the cGAS active site makes it a challenging target for the development of conventional substrate-competitive inhibitors. We report here the development of ...


Syk Inhibitors In Clinical Development For Hematological Malignancies, Delong Liu, Aleksandra Mamorska-Dyga 2017 New York Medical College

Syk Inhibitors In Clinical Development For Hematological Malignancies, Delong Liu, Aleksandra Mamorska-Dyga

NYMC Faculty Publications

Spleen tyrosine kinase (Syk) is a cytosolic non-receptor protein tyrosine kinase (PTK) and is mainly expressed in hematopoietic cells. Syk was recognized as a critical element in the B-cell receptor signaling pathway. Syk is also a key component in signal transduction from other immune receptors like Fc receptors and adhesion receptors. Several oral Syk inhibitors including fostamatinib (R788), entospletinib (GS-9973), cerdulatinib (PRT062070), and TAK-659 are being assessed in clinical trials. The second generation compound, entospletinib, showed promising results in clinical trials against B-cell malignancies, mainly chronic lymphoid leukemia. Syk inhibitors are being evaluated in combination regimens in multiple malignancies.


5-Vinylphosphonate Improves Tissue Accumulation And Efficacy Of Conjugated Sirnas In Vivo, Reka A. Haraszti, Loic Roux, Andrew H. Coles, Anton A. Turanov, Julia F. Alterman, Dimas Echeverria, Bruno M. D. C. Godinho, Neil Aronin, Anastasia Khvorova 2017 University of Massachusetts Medical School

5-Vinylphosphonate Improves Tissue Accumulation And Efficacy Of Conjugated Sirnas In Vivo, Reka A. Haraszti, Loic Roux, Andrew H. Coles, Anton A. Turanov, Julia F. Alterman, Dimas Echeverria, Bruno M. D. C. Godinho, Neil Aronin, Anastasia Khvorova

Open Access Articles

5-Vinylphosphonate modification of siRNAs protects them from phosphatases, and improves silencing activity. Here, we show that 5-vinylphosphonate confers novel properties to siRNAs. Specifically, 5-vinylphosphonate (i) increases siRNA accumulation in tissues, (ii) extends duration of silencing in multiple organs and (iii) protects siRNAs from 5-to-3 exonucleases. Delivery of conjugated siRNAs requires extensive chemical modifications to achieve stability in vivo. Because chemically modified siRNAs are poor substrates for phosphorylation by kinases, and 5-phosphate is required for loading into RNA-induced silencing complex, the synthetic addition of a 5-phosphate on a fully modified siRNA guide strand is expected to be beneficial. Here, we show ...


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