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The Marburgvirus-Neutralizing Human Monoclonal Antibody MR191 Targets a Conserved Site to Block Virus Receptor Binding.
King LB, Fusco ML, Flyak AI, Ilinykh PA, Huang K, Gunn B, Kirchdoerfer RN, Hastie KM, Sangha AK, Meiler J, Alter G, Bukreyev A, Crowe JE, Saphire EO
(2018) Cell Host Microbe 23: 101-109.e4
MeSH Terms: Agrobacterium tumefaciens, Animals, Antibodies, Monoclonal, Antibodies, Neutralizing, Antibodies, Viral, Binding Sites, Carrier Proteins, Cell Line, Cercopithecus aethiops, Crystallography, X-Ray, Drosophila melanogaster, Humans, Marburgvirus, Membrane Glycoproteins, Receptors, Virus, Tobacco, Vero Cells, Viral Envelope Proteins, Viral Fusion Proteins, Virus Attachment
Show Abstract · Added March 17, 2018
Since their first identification 50 years ago, marburgviruses have emerged several times, with 83%-90% lethality in the largest outbreaks. Although no vaccines or therapeutics are available for human use, the human antibody MR191 provides complete protection in non-human primates when delivered several days after inoculation of a lethal marburgvirus dose. The detailed neutralization mechanism of MR191 remains outstanding. Here we present a 3.2 Å crystal structure of MR191 complexed with a trimeric marburgvirus surface glycoprotein (GP). MR191 neutralizes by occupying the conserved receptor-binding site and competing with the host receptor Niemann-Pick C1. The structure illuminates previously disordered regions of GP including the stalk, fusion loop, CXCC switch, and an N-terminal region of GP2 that wraps about the outside of GP1 to anchor a marburgvirus-specific "wing" antibody epitope. Virus escape mutations mapped far outside the MR191 receptor-binding site footprint suggest a role for these other regions in the GP quaternary structure.
Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Prp40 Homolog A Is a Novel Centrin Target.
Díaz Casas A, Chazin WJ, Pastrana-Ríos B
(2017) Biophys J 112: 2529-2539
MeSH Terms: Binding Sites, Calorimetry, Carrier Proteins, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Circular Dichroism, Humans, Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Interactions, Protein Unfolding, Recombinant Proteins, Sequence Homology, Amino Acid, Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared, Thermodynamics, Trimethoprim, Sulfamethoxazole Drug Combination, Two-Hybrid System Techniques
Show Abstract · Added March 24, 2018
Pre-mRNA processing protein 40 (Prp40) is a nuclear protein that has a role in pre-mRNA splicing. Prp40 possesses two leucine-rich nuclear export signals, but little is known about the function of Prp40 in the export process. Another protein that has a role in protein export is centrin, a member of the EF-hand superfamily of Ca-binding proteins. Prp40 was found to be a centrin target by yeast-two-hybrid screening using both Homo sapiens centrin 2 (Hscen2) and Chlamydomonas reinhardtii centrin (Crcen). We identified a centrin-binding site within H. sapiens Prp40 homolog A (HsPrp40A), which contains a hydrophobic triad WLL that is known to be important in the interaction with centrin. This centrin-binding site is highly conserved within the first nuclear export signal consensus sequence identified in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Prp40. Here, we examine the interaction of HsPrp40A peptide (HsPrp40Ap) with both Hscen2 and Crcen by isothermal titration calorimetry. We employed the thermodynamic parameterization to estimate the polar and apolar surface area of the interface. In addition, we have defined the molecular mechanism of thermally induced unfolding and dissociation of the Crcen-HsPrp40Ap complex using two-dimensional infrared correlation spectroscopy. These complementary techniques showed for the first time, to our knowledge, that HsPrp40Ap interacts with centrin in vitro, supporting a coupled functional role for these proteins in pre-mRNA splicing.
Copyright © 2017 Biophysical Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Next-generation sequencing identifies pathogenic and modifier mutations in a consanguineous Chinese family with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Zhang X, Xie J, Zhu S, Chen Y, Wang L, Xu B
(2017) Medicine (Baltimore) 96: e7010
MeSH Terms: Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Asian Continental Ancestry Group, Calcium Channels, L-Type, Cardiac Myosins, Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic, Familial, Carrier Proteins, Child, China, Consanguinity, Echocardiography, Female, Genetic Association Studies, Genetic Predisposition to Disease, Genotyping Techniques, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Mutation, Myosin Heavy Chains, Sequence Analysis, Young Adult
Show Abstract · Added September 11, 2017
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a highly heterogeneous disease displaying considerable interfamilial and intrafamilial phenotypic variation, including disease severity, age of onset, and disease progression. This poorly understood variance raises the possibility of genetic modifier effects, particularly in MYBPC3-associated HCM.In a large consanguineous Chinese HCM family, we identified 8 members harboring the MYBPC3 c.3624delC (p.Lys1209Serfs) disease-causing mutation, but with very disparate phenotypes. Genotyping ruled out the modifying effect of previously described variants in renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system. Afterwards, we screened for modifying variants in all known causing genes and closely related genes for cardiomyopathy and channelopathy by performing targeted next-generation sequencing. For first time, we showed that a c.1598C>T (p.Ser533Leu) mutation in voltage-dependent l-type calcium channel subunit beta-2 (CACNB2) was present in all severely affected HCM patients, but not in those moderately affected or genotype-positive phenotype-negative patients. This CACNB2 p.Ser533Leu mutation is extremely conserved in evolution, and was not found in 550 healthy controls.Our results suggest that CACNB2 is a possible candidate genetic modifier of MYBPC3-associated familial HCM, but more genetic evidence and functional experiments are needed to confirm.
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Interaction of phosphorylated Rab11-FIP2 with Eps15 regulates apical junction composition.
Lapierre LA, Manning EH, Mitchell KM, Caldwell CM, Goldenring JR
(2017) Mol Biol Cell 28: 1088-1100
MeSH Terms: Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing, Animals, Cadherins, Carrier Proteins, Cell Polarity, Dogs, Endosomes, Epithelial Cells, Gene Knockout Techniques, HEK293 Cells, Humans, Intercellular Junctions, Madin Darby Canine Kidney Cells, Membrane Proteins, Occludin, Phosphorylation, Protein Binding, Protein Transport, rab GTP-Binding Proteins
Show Abstract · Added April 18, 2017
MARK2 regulates the establishment of polarity in Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells in part through phosphorylation of serine 227 of Rab11-FIP2. We identified Eps15 as an interacting partner of phospho-S227-Rab11-FIP2 (pS227-FIP2). During recovery from low calcium, Eps15 localized to the lateral membrane before pS227-FIP2 arrival. Later in recovery, Eps15 and pS227-FIP2 colocalized at the lateral membrane. In MDCK cells expressing the pseudophosphorylated FIP2 mutant FIP2(S227E), during recovery from low calcium, Eps15 was trapped and never localized to the lateral membrane. Mutation of any of the three NPF domains within GFP-FIP2(S227E) rescued Eps15 localization at the lateral membrane and reestablished single-lumen cyst formation in GFP-FIP2(S227E)-expressing cells in three-dimensional (3D) culture. Whereas expression of GFP-FIP2(S227E) induced the loss of E-cadherin and occludin, mutation of any of the NPF domains of GFP-FIP2(S227E) reestablished both proteins at the apical junctions. Knockdown of Eps15 altered the spatial and temporal localization of pS227-FIP2 and also elicited formation of multiple lumens in MDCK 3D cysts. Thus an interaction of Eps15 and pS227-FIP2 at the appropriate time and location in polarizing cells is necessary for proper establishment of epithelial polarity.
© 2017 Lapierre et al. This article is distributed by The American Society for Cell Biology under license from the author(s). Two months after publication it is available to the public under an Attribution–Noncommercial–Share Alike 3.0 Unported Creative Commons License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0).
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A patient with multisystem dysfunction carries a truncation mutation in human , the gene encoding the Na-K-2Cl cotransporter, NKCC1.
Delpire E, Wolfe L, Flores B, Koumangoye R, Schornak CC, Omer S, Pusey B, Lau C, Markello T, Adams DR
(2016) Cold Spring Harb Mol Case Stud 2: a001289
MeSH Terms: Adolescent, Alleles, Carrier Proteins, Cell Membrane, Chlorides, Female, Fibroblasts, Humans, Mutation, Sequence Deletion, Sodium, Sodium, Dietary, Sodium-Potassium-Chloride Symporters, Solute Carrier Family 12, Member 2, Whole Exome Sequencing
Show Abstract · Added April 26, 2017
This study describes a 13-yr-old girl with orthostatic intolerance, respiratory weakness, multiple endocrine abnormalities, pancreatic insufficiency, and multiorgan failure involving the gut and bladder. Exome sequencing revealed a de novo, loss-of-function allele in , the gene encoding the Na-K-2Cl cotransporter-1. The 11-bp deletion in exon 22 results in frameshift (p.Val1026Phe*2) and truncation of the carboxy-terminal tail of the cotransporter. Preliminary studies in heterologous expression systems demonstrate that the mutation leads to a nonfunctional transporter, which is expressed and trafficked to the plasma membrane alongside wild-type NKCC1. The truncated protein, visible at higher molecular sizes, indicates either enhanced dimerization or misfolded aggregate. No significant dominant-negative effect was observed. K transport experiments performed in fibroblasts from the patient showed reduced total and NKCC1-mediated K influx. The absence of a bumetanide effect on K influx in patient fibroblasts only under hypertonic conditions suggests a deficit in NKCC1 regulation. We propose that disruption in NKCC1 function might affect sensory afferents and/or smooth muscle cells, as their functions depend on NKCC1 creating a Cl gradient across the plasma membrane. This Cl gradient allows the γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor or other Cl channels to depolarize the membrane affecting processes such as neurotransmission or cell contraction. Under this hypothesis, disrupted sensory and smooth muscle function in a diverse set of tissues could explain the patient's phenotype.
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Setd5 is essential for mammalian development and the co-transcriptional regulation of histone acetylation.
Osipovich AB, Gangula R, Vianna PG, Magnuson MA
(2016) Development 143: 4595-4607
MeSH Terms: Acetylation, Animals, Apoptosis, Carrier Proteins, Cell Cycle, Cell Differentiation, Cell Proliferation, Cells, Cultured, Chromatin, Embryonic Development, Embryonic Stem Cells, Gene Expression Regulation, Heart Defects, Congenital, Histones, Methyltransferases, Mice, Mice, Knockout, Myocytes, Cardiac, Neural Tube, Promoter Regions, Genetic, RNA, Untranslated, Transcription, Genetic
Show Abstract · Added November 30, 2016
SET domain-containing proteins play a vital role in regulating gene expression during development through modifications in chromatin structure. Here we show that SET domain-containing 5 (Setd5) is divergently transcribed with Gt(ROSA26)Sor, is necessary for mammalian development, and interacts with the PAF1 co-transcriptional complex and other proteins. Setd5-deficient mouse embryos exhibit severe defects in neural tube formation, somitogenesis and cardiac development, have aberrant vasculogenesis in embryos, yolk sacs and placentas, and die between embryonic day 10.5 and 11.5. Setd5-deficient embryonic stem cells have impaired cellular proliferation, increased apoptosis, defective cell cycle progression, a diminished ability to differentiate into cardiomyocytes and greatly perturbed gene expression. SETD5 co-immunoprecipitates with multiple components of the PAF1 and histone deacetylase-containing NCoR complexes and is not solely required for major histone lysine methylation marks. In the absence of Setd5, histone acetylation is increased at transcription start sites and near downstream regions. These findings suggest that SETD5 functions in a manner similar to yeast Set3p and Drosophila UpSET, and that it is essential for regulating histone acetylation during gene transcription.
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Evaluation of TSPO PET Ligands [F]VUIIS1009A and [F]VUIIS1009B: Tracers for Cancer Imaging.
Tang D, Li J, Buck JR, Tantawy MN, Xia Y, Harp JM, Nickels ML, Meiler J, Manning HC
(2017) Mol Imaging Biol 19: 578-588
MeSH Terms: Animals, Binding Sites, Blood Proteins, Carrier Proteins, Cell Line, Tumor, Diagnostic Imaging, Fluorine Radioisotopes, Glioma, Ligands, Male, Mice, Inbred C57BL, Positron-Emission Tomography, Rats, Tissue Distribution, Whole Body Imaging
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PURPOSE - Positron emission tomography (PET) ligands targeting translocator protein (TSPO) are potential imaging diagnostics of cancer. In this study, we report two novel, high-affinity TSPO PET ligands that are 5,7 regioisomers, [F]VUIIS1009A ([F]3A) and [F]VUIIS1009B ([F]3B), and their initial in vitro and in vivo evaluation in healthy mice and glioma-bearing rats.
PROCEDURES - VUIIS1009A/B was synthesized and confirmed by X-ray crystallography. Interactions between TSPO binding pocket and novel ligands were evaluated and compared with contemporary TSPO ligands using 2D H-N heteronuclear single quantum coherence (HSQC) spectroscopy. In vivo biodistribution of [F]VUIIS1009A and [F]VUIIS1009B was carried out in healthy mice with and without radioligand displacement. Dynamic PET imaging data were acquired simultaneously with [F]VUIIS1009A/B injections in glioma-bearing rats, with binding reversibility and specificity evaluated by radioligand displacement. In vivo radiometabolite analysis was performed using radio-TLC, and quantitative analysis of PET data was performed using metabolite-corrected arterial input functions. Imaging was validated with histology and immunohistochemistry.
RESULTS - Both VUIIS1009A (3A) and VUIIS1009B (3B) were found to exhibit exceptional binding affinity to TSPO, with observed IC values against PK11195 approximately 500-fold lower than DPA-714. However, HSQC NMR suggested that VUIIS1009A and VUIIS1009B share a common binding pocket within mammalian TSPO (mTSPO) as DPA-714 and to a lesser extent, PK11195. [F]VUIIS1009A ([F]3A) and [F]VUIIS1009B ([F]3B) exhibited similar biodistribution in healthy mice. In rats bearing C6 gliomas, both [F]VUIIS1009A and [F]VUIIS1009B exhibited greater binding potential (k /k )in tumor tissue compared to [F]DPA-714. Interestingly, [F]VUIIS1009B exhibited significantly greater tumor uptake (V ) than [F]VUIIS1009A, which was attributed primarily to greater plasma-to-tumor extraction efficiency.
CONCLUSIONS - The novel PET ligand [F]VUIIS1009B exhibits promising characteristics for imaging glioma; its superiority over [F]VUIIS1009A, a regioisomer, appears to be primarily due to improved plasma extraction efficiency. Continued evaluation of [F]VUIIS1009B as a high-affinity TSPO PET ligand for precision medicine appears warranted.
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ETAA1 acts at stalled replication forks to maintain genome integrity.
Bass TE, Luzwick JW, Kavanaugh G, Carroll C, Dungrawala H, Glick GG, Feldkamp MD, Putney R, Chazin WJ, Cortez D
(2016) Nat Cell Biol 18: 1185-1195
MeSH Terms: Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing, Antigens, Surface, Ataxia Telangiectasia Mutated Proteins, Carrier Proteins, Cell Cycle Proteins, Cell Line, DNA Damage, DNA Replication, DNA-Binding Proteins, Genome, Human, Genomic Instability, Humans, Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases, Proteomics, Signal Transduction
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The ATR checkpoint kinase coordinates cellular responses to DNA replication stress. Budding yeast contain three activators of Mec1 (the ATR orthologue); however, only TOPBP1 is known to activate ATR in vertebrates. We identified ETAA1 as a replication stress response protein in two proteomic screens. ETAA1-deficient cells accumulate double-strand breaks, sister chromatid exchanges, and other hallmarks of genome instability. They are also hypersensitive to replication stress and have increased frequencies of replication fork collapse. ETAA1 contains two RPA-interaction motifs that localize ETAA1 to stalled replication forks. It also interacts with several DNA damage response proteins including the BLM/TOP3α/RMI1/RMI2 and ATR/ATRIP complexes. It binds ATR/ATRIP directly using a motif with sequence similarity to the TOPBP1 ATR-activation domain; and like TOPBP1, ETAA1 acts as a direct ATR activator. ETAA1 functions in parallel to the TOPBP1/RAD9/HUS1/RAD1 pathway to regulate ATR and maintain genome stability. Thus, vertebrate cells contain at least two ATR-activating proteins.
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A "Trojan horse" bispecific-antibody strategy for broad protection against ebolaviruses.
Wec AZ, Nyakatura EK, Herbert AS, Howell KA, Holtsberg FW, Bakken RR, Mittler E, Christin JR, Shulenin S, Jangra RK, Bharrhan S, Kuehne AI, Bornholdt ZA, Flyak AI, Saphire EO, Crowe JE, Aman MJ, Dye JM, Lai JR, Chandran K
(2016) Science 354: 350-354
MeSH Terms: Animals, Antibodies, Bispecific, Antibodies, Monoclonal, Antibodies, Neutralizing, Antibodies, Viral, Binding Sites, Carrier Proteins, Cell Line, Tumor, Ebolavirus, Endosomes, Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola, Humans, Immunotherapy, Membrane Glycoproteins, Mice, Mice, Inbred BALB C, Receptors, Virus, Viral Envelope Proteins, Virus Internalization
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There is an urgent need for monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapies that broadly protect against Ebola virus and other filoviruses. The conserved, essential interaction between the filovirus glycoprotein, GP, and its entry receptor Niemann-Pick C1 (NPC1) provides an attractive target for such mAbs but is shielded by multiple mechanisms, including physical sequestration in late endosomes. Here, we describe a bispecific-antibody strategy to target this interaction, in which mAbs specific for NPC1 or the GP receptor-binding site are coupled to a mAb against a conserved, surface-exposed GP epitope. Bispecific antibodies, but not parent mAbs, neutralized all known ebolaviruses by coopting viral particles themselves for endosomal delivery and conferred postexposure protection against multiple ebolaviruses in mice. Such "Trojan horse" bispecific antibodies have potential as broad antifilovirus immunotherapeutics.
Copyright © 2016, American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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MAGI-2 Is a Sensitive and Specific Marker of Prostatic Adenocarcinoma:  A Comparison With AMACR.
Goldstein J, Goyal R, Roland JT, Gellert LL, Clark PE, Hameed O, Giannico GA
(2016) Am J Clin Pathol 146: 294-302
MeSH Terms: Adenocarcinoma, Biomarkers, Tumor, Carrier Proteins, Diagnosis, Differential, Humans, Male, Prostate, Prostatectomy, Prostatic Hyperplasia, Prostatic Intraepithelial Neoplasia, Prostatic Neoplasms, Racemases and Epimerases, Sensitivity and Specificity, Tissue Array Analysis
Show Abstract · Added June 27, 2017
OBJECTIVES - We compared the utility of membrane-associated guanylate kinase, WW and PDZ domain-containing protein 2 (MAGI-2) and α-methylacyl CoA (AMACR) by immunohistochemistry in diagnosing prostatic adenocarcinoma.
METHODS - Seventy-eight radical prostatectomies were used to construct three tissue microarrays with 512 cores, including benign prostatic tissue, benign prostatic hyperplasia, high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (HGPIN), and adenocarcinoma. AMACR and MAGI-2 immunohistochemistry were evaluated by visual and image analysis.
RESULTS - MAGI-2 and AMACR were significantly higher in adenocarcinoma and HGPIN compared with benign tissue. At H-score cutoffs of 300 and 200, MAGI-2 was more accurate in distinguishing benign from malignant glands than AMACR. Areas under the curve by image and visual analysis were 0.846 and 0.818 for MAGI-2 and 0.937 and 0.924 for AMACR, respectively. The accuracy of MAGI-2 in distinguishing benign from malignant glands on the same core was higher (95% vs 88%).
CONCLUSIONS - MAGI-2 could represent a useful adjunct for diagnosis of prostatic adenocarcinoma, especially when AMACR is not discriminatory.
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