RIP3 antagonizes a TSC2-mediated pro-survival pathway in glioblastoma cell death.
Fettweis, Grégory ; Di Valentin, Emmanuel ; et al
in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2017)
Glioblastomas are the deadliest type of brain cancer and are frequently associated with poor prognosis and a high degree of recurrence despite removal by surgical resection and treatment by chemo- and ... [more ▼]
Glioblastomas are the deadliest type of brain cancer and are frequently associated with poor prognosis and a high degree of recurrence despite removal by surgical resection and treatment by chemo- and radio-therapy. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment well known to induce mainly necrotic and apoptotic cell death in solid tumors. 5-Aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA)-based PDT was recently shown to sensitize human glioblastoma cells (LN-18) to a RIP3 (Receptor Interacting Protein 3)-dependent cell death which is counter-acted by activation of autophagy. These promising results led us to investigate the pathways involved in cell death and survival mechanisms occurring in glioblastoma following PDT. In the present study, we describe a new TSC2 (Tuberous Sclerosis 2)-dependent survival pathway implicating MK2 (MAPKAPK2) kinase and 14-3-3 proteins which conducts to the activation of a pro-survival autophagy. Moreover, we characterized a new RIP3/TSC2 complex where RIP3 is suggested to promote cell death by targeting TSC2-dependent survival pathway. These results highlight (i) a new role of TSC2 to protect glioblastoma against PDT-induced cell death and (ii) TSC2 and 14-3-3 as new RIP3 partners. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 13 (2 ULg)
Subunit Asa1 spans all the peripheral stalk of the mitochondrial ATP synthase of the chlorophycean alga Polytomella sp.
; ; et al
in Biochimica et biophysica acta (2016)
Mitochondrial F1FO-ATP synthase of chlorophycean algae is dimeric. It contains eight orthodox subunits (alpha, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon, OSCP, a and c) and nine atypical subunits (Asa1 to 9). These ... [more ▼]
Mitochondrial F1FO-ATP synthase of chlorophycean algae is dimeric. It contains eight orthodox subunits (alpha, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon, OSCP, a and c) and nine atypical subunits (Asa1 to 9). These subunits build the peripheral stalk of the enzyme and stabilize its dimeric structure. The location of the 66.1kDa subunit Asa1 has been debated. On one hand, it was found in a transient subcomplex that contained membrane-bound subunits Asa1/Asa3/Asa5/Asa8/a (Atp6)/c (Atp9). On the other hand, Asa1 was proposed to form the bulky structure of the peripheral stalk that contacts the OSCP subunit in the F1 sector. Here, we overexpressed and purified the recombinant proteins Asa1 and OSCP and explored their interactions in vitro, using immunochemical techniques and affinity chromatography. Asa1 and OSCP interact strongly, and the carboxy-terminal half of OSCP seems to be instrumental for this association. In addition, the algal ATP synthase was partially dissociated at relatively high detergent concentrations, and an Asa1/Asa3/Asa5/Asa8/a/c10 subcomplex was identified. Furthermore, Far-Western analysis suggests an Asa1-Asa8 interaction. Based on these results, a model is proposed in which Asa1 spans the whole peripheral arm of the enzyme, from a region close to the matrix-exposed side of the mitochondrial inner membrane to the F1 region where OSCP is located. 3D models show elongated, helix-rich structures for chlorophycean Asa1 subunits. Asa1 subunit probably plays a scaffolding role in the peripheral stalk analogous to the one of subunit b in orthodox mitochondrial enzymes. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 71 (5 ULg)
Context-dependent roles for lymphotoxin-beta receptor signaling in cancer development.
; Dejardin, Emmanuel ;
in Biochimica et biophysica acta (2016)
The LTalpha1beta2 and LIGHT TNF superfamily cytokines exert pleiotropic physiological functions through the activation of their cognate lymphotoxin-beta receptor (LTbetaR). Interestingly, since the ... [more ▼]
The LTalpha1beta2 and LIGHT TNF superfamily cytokines exert pleiotropic physiological functions through the activation of their cognate lymphotoxin-beta receptor (LTbetaR). Interestingly, since the discovery of these proteins, accumulating evidence has pinpointed a role for LTbetaR signaling in carcinogenesis. Early studies have shown a potential anti-tumoral role in a subset of solid cancers either by triggering apoptosis in malignant cells or by eliciting an anti-tumor immune response. However, more recent studies provided robust evidence that LTbetaR signaling is also involved in diverse cell-intrinsic and microenvironment-dependent pro-oncogenic mechanisms, affecting several solid and hematological malignancies. Consequently, the usefulness of LTbetaR signaling axis blockade has been investigated as a potential therapeutic approach for cancer. Considering the seemingly opposite roles of LTbetaR signaling in diverse cancer types and their key implications for therapy, we here extensively review the different mechanisms by which LTbetaR activation affects carcinogenesis, focusing on the diverse contexts and different models assessed. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 24 (8 ULg)
Stimulated release and functional activity of surface expressed metalloproteinase ADAM17 in exosomes.
; ; et al
in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2016), 1863(11), 2795-2808
By mediating proteolytic shedding on the cell surface the disintegrin and metalloproteinases ADAM10 and ADAM17 function as critical regulators of growth factors, cytokines and adhesion molecules. We here ... [more ▼]
By mediating proteolytic shedding on the cell surface the disintegrin and metalloproteinases ADAM10 and ADAM17 function as critical regulators of growth factors, cytokines and adhesion molecules. We here report that stimulation of lung epithelial A549 tumor cells with phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate (PMA) leads to the downregulation of the surface expressed mature form of ADAM17 without affecting ADAM10 expression. This reduction could not be sufficiently explained by metalloproteinase-mediated degradation, dynamin-mediated internalization or microdomain redistribution of ADAM17. Instead, surface downregulation of ADAM17 was correlated with the presence of its mature form in exosomes. Exosomal ADAM17 release was also observed in monocytic and primary endothelial cells where it could be induced by stimulation with lipopolysaccharide. Antibody-mediated surface labelling of ADAM17 revealed that at least part of exosomal ADAM17 was oriented with the metalloproteinase domain outside and had been expressed on the cell surface. Suppression of iRHOM2-mediated ADAM17 maturation prevented surface expression and exosomal release of ADAM17. Further, deletion of the protease's C-terminus or cell treatment with a calcium chelator diminished exosomal release as well as surface downregulation of ADAM17, underlining that both processes are closely associated. Co-incubation of ADAM17 containing exosomes with cells expressing the ADAM17 substrates TGFalpha or amphiregulin lead to increased shedding of both substrates. This was prevented when exosomes were prepared from cells with shRNA-mediated ADAM17 knockdown. These data indicate that cell stimulation can downregulate expression of mature ADAM17 from the cell surface and induce release of exosomal ADAM17, which can then distribute and contribute to substrate shedding on more distant cells. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 9 (0 ULg)
KPC2 relocalizes HOXA2 to the cytoplasm and decreases its transcriptional activity.
; ; et al
in Biochimica et biophysica acta (2015), 1849(10), 1298-311
Regulation of transcription factor activity relies on molecular interactions or enzymatic modifications which influence their interaction with DNA cis-regulatory sequences, their transcriptional ... [more ▼]
Regulation of transcription factor activity relies on molecular interactions or enzymatic modifications which influence their interaction with DNA cis-regulatory sequences, their transcriptional activation or repression, and stability or intracellular distribution of these proteins. Regarding the well-conserved Hox protein family, a restricted number of activity regulators have been highlighted thus far. In the framework of a proteome-wide screening aiming at identifying proteins interacting with Hoxa2, KPC2, an adapter protein constitutive of the KPC ubiquitin-ligase complex, was identified. In this work, KPC2 was confirmed as being a genuine interactor of Hoxa2 by co-precipitation and bimolecular fluorescence complementation assays. At functional level, KPC2 diminishes the transcriptional activity and induces the nuclear exit of Hoxa2. Gene expression analyses revealed that Kpc2 is active in restricted areas of the developing mouse embryo which overlap with the Hoxa2 expression domain. Together, our data support that KPC2 regulates Hoxa2 by promoting its relocation to the cytoplasm. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 54 (2 ULg)
Effects of surfactin on membrane models displaying lipid phase separation.
Deleu, Magali ; ; Lins, Laurence et al
in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2013), 1828(2), 801-815
Surfactin, a bacterial amphiphilic lipopeptide is attracting more and more attention in view of its bioactive properties which are in relation with its ability to interact with lipids of biological ... [more ▼]
Surfactin, a bacterial amphiphilic lipopeptide is attracting more and more attention in view of its bioactive properties which are in relation with its ability to interact with lipids of biological membranes. In this work, we investigated the effect of surfactin on membrane structure using model of membranes, vesicles as well as supported bilayers, presenting coexistence of fluid-disordered (DOPC) and gel (DPPC) phases. A range of complementary methods was used including AFM, ellipsometry, dynamic light scattering, fluorescence measurements of Laurdan, DPH, calcein release, and octadecylrhodamine B dequenching. Our findings demonstrated that surfactin concentration is critical for its effect on the membrane. The results suggest that the presence of rigid domains can play an essential role in the first step of surfactin insertion and that surfactin interacts both with the membrane polar heads and the acyl chain region. A mechanism for the surfactin lipid membrane interaction, consisting of three sequential structural and morphological changes, is proposed. At concentrations below the CMC, surfactin inserted at the boundary between gel and fluid lipid domains, inhibited phase separation and stiffened the bilayer without global morphological change of liposomes. At concentrations close to CMC, surfactin solubilized the fluid phospholipid phase and increased order in the remainder of the lipid bilayer. At higher surfactin concentrations, both the fluid and the rigid bilayer structures were dissolved into mixed micelles and other structures presenting a wide size distribution. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 27 (9 ULg)
Modeling of non-covalent complexes of the cell-penetrating peptide CADY and its siRNA cargo.
Crowet, Jean-Marc ; Lins, Laurence ; et al
in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2012)
CADY is a cell-penetrating peptide spontaneously making non-covalent complexes with siRNAs in water. Neither the structure of CADY nor that of the complexes is resolved. We have calculated and analyzed 3D ... [more ▼]
CADY is a cell-penetrating peptide spontaneously making non-covalent complexes with siRNAs in water. Neither the structure of CADY nor that of the complexes is resolved. We have calculated and analyzed 3D models of CADY and of the non-covalent CADY-siRNA complexes in order to understand their formation and stabilization. Data from the ab initio calculations and molecular dynamics support that, in agreement with the experimental data, CADY is a polymorphic peptide partly helical. Taking into consideration the polymorphism of CADY, we calculated and compared several complexes with peptide/siRNA ratios of up to 40. Four complexes were run by using molecular dynamics. The initial binding of CADYs is essentially due to the electrostatic interactions of the arginines with siRNA phosphates. Due to a repetitive arginine motif (XLWR(K)) in CADY and to the numerous phosphate moieties in the siRNA, CADYs can adopt multiple positions at the siRNA surface leading to numerous possibilities of complexes. Nevertheless, several complex properties are common: an average of 14+/-1 CADYs is required to saturate a siRNA as compared to the 12+/-2 CADYs experimentally described. The 40 CADYs/siRNA that is the optimal ratio for vector stability always corresponds to two layers of CADYs per siRNA. When siRNA is covered by the first layer of CADYs, the peptides still bind despite the electrostatic repulsion. The peptide cage is stabilized by hydrophobic CADY-CADY contacts thanks to CADY polymorphism. The analysis demonstrates that the hydrophobicity, the presence of several positive charges and the disorder of CADY are mandatory to make stable the CADY-siRNA complexes. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 16 (3 ULg)
The Pseudomonas aeruginosa membranes: A target for a new amphiphilic aminoglycoside derivative?
; ; et al
in Biochimica et biophysica acta (2011)
Aminoglycosides are among the most potent antimicrobials to eradicate Pseudomonas aeruginosa. However, the emergence of resistance has clearly led to a shortage of treatment options, especially for ... [more ▼]
Aminoglycosides are among the most potent antimicrobials to eradicate Pseudomonas aeruginosa. However, the emergence of resistance has clearly led to a shortage of treatment options, especially for critically ill patients. In the search for new antibiotics, we have synthesized derivatives of the small aminoglycoside, neamine. The amphiphilic aminoglycoside 3',4',6-tri-2-naphtylmethylene neamine (3',4',6-tri-2NM neamine) has appeared to be active against sensitive and resistant P. aeruginosa strains as well as Staphylococcus aureus strains (Baussanne et al., 2010). To understand the molecular mechanism involved, we determined the ability of 3',4',6-tri-2NM neamine to alter the protein synthesis and to interact with the bacterial membranes of P. aeruginosa or models mimicking these membranes. Using atomic force microscopy, we observed a decrease of P. aeruginosa cell thickness. In models of bacterial lipid membranes, we showed a lipid membrane permeabilization in agreement with the deep insertion of 3',4',6-tri-2NM neamine within lipid bilayer as predicted by modeling. This new amphiphilic aminoglycoside bound to lipopolysaccharides and induced P. aeruginosa membrane depolarization. All these effects were compared to those obtained with neamine, the disubstituted neamine derivative (3',6-di-2NM neamine), conventional aminoglycosides (neomycin B and gentamicin) as well as to compounds acting on lipid bilayers like colistin and chlorhexidine. All together, the data showed that naphthylmethyl neamine derivatives target the membrane of P. aeruginosa. This should offer promising prospects in the search for new antibacterials against drug- or biocide-resistant strains. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 36 (2 ULg)
Effects of monopropanediamino-beta-cyclodextrin on the denaturation process of the hybrid protein BlaPChBD.
Vandevenne, Marylène ; GASPARD, Genevieve ; et al
in Biochimica et biophysica acta (2011)
Irreversible accumulation of protein aggregates represents an important problem both in vivo and in vitro. The aggregation of proteins is of critical importance in a wide variety of biomedical situations ... [more ▼]
Irreversible accumulation of protein aggregates represents an important problem both in vivo and in vitro. The aggregation of proteins is of critical importance in a wide variety of biomedical situations, ranging from diseases (such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases) to the production (e.g. inclusion bodies), stability, storage and delivery of protein drugs. beta-Cyclodextrin (beta-CD) is a circular heptasaccharide characterized by a hydrophilic exterior and a hydrophobic interior ring structure. In this research, we studied the effects of a chemically modified beta-CD (BCD07056), on the aggregating and refolding properties of BlaPChBD, a hybrid protein obtained by inserting the chitin binding domain of the human macrophage chitotriosidase into the class A beta-lactamase BlaP from Bacillus licheniformis 749/I during its thermal denaturation. The results show that BCD07056 strongly increases the refolding yield of BlaPChBD after thermal denaturation and constitutes an excellent additive to stabilize the protein over time at room temperature. Our data suggest that BCD07056 acts early in the denaturation process by preventing the formation of an intermediate which leads to an aggregated state. Finally, the role of beta-CD derivatives on the stability of proteins is discussed. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 74 (9 ULg)
Comparative study of mature and zymogen mite cysteine protease stability and pH unfolding.
; Dumez, Marie-Eve ; Dumoulin, Mireille et al
in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2010), 1800(9), 937-945
BACKGROUND: Papain-like proteases (CA1) are synthesized as inactive precursors carrying an N-terminal propeptide, which is further removed under acidic conditions to generate active enzymes. METHODS: To ... [more ▼]
BACKGROUND: Papain-like proteases (CA1) are synthesized as inactive precursors carrying an N-terminal propeptide, which is further removed under acidic conditions to generate active enzymes. METHODS: To have a better insight into the mechanism of activation of this protease family, we compared the pH unfolding of the zymogen and the mature form of the mite cysteine protease Der p 1. RESULTS: We showed that the presence of the propeptide does not significantly influence the pH-induced unfolding of the catalytic domain but does affect its fluorescence properties by modifying the exposure of the tryptophan 192 to the solvent. In addition, we demonstrated that the propeptide displays weaker pH stability than the protease domain confirming that the unfolding of the propeptide is the key event in the activation process of the zymogen. GENERAL SIGNIFICANCE: Finally, we show, using thermal denaturation and enzymatic activity measurements, that whatever the pH value, the propeptide does not stabilize the structure of the catalytic domain but very interestingly, prevents its autolysis. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 44 (7 ULg)
The onset of NPQ and Deltamu(H)+ upon illumination of tobacco plants studied through the influence of mitochondrial electron transport.
Cardol, Pierre ; ; Franck, Fabrice et al
in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2010), 1797(2), 177-88
The relationship between the development of photoprotective mechanisms (non-photochemical quenching, NPQ), the generation of the electrochemical proton gradient in the chloroplast and the capacity to ... [more ▼]
The relationship between the development of photoprotective mechanisms (non-photochemical quenching, NPQ), the generation of the electrochemical proton gradient in the chloroplast and the capacity to assimilate CO(2) was studied in tobacco dark-adapted leaves at the onset of illumination with low light. These conditions induce the generation of a transient NPQ, which relaxes in the light in parallel with the activation of the Calvin cycle. Wild-type plants were compared with a CMSII mitochondrial mutant, which lacks the respiratory complex I and shows a delayed activation of photosynthesis. In the mutant, a slower onset of photosynthesis was mirrored by a decreased capacity to develop NPQ. This correlates with a reduced efficiency to reroute electrons at the PSI reducing side towards cyclic electron flow around PSI and/or other alternative acceptor pools, and with a smaller ability to generate a proton motive force in the light. Altogether, these data illustrate the tight relationship existing between the capacity to evacuate excess electrons accumulated in the intersystem carriers and the capacity to dissipate excess photons during a dark to light transition. These data also underline the essential role of respiration in modulating the photoprotective response in dark-adapted leaves, by poising the cellular redox state. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 46 (13 ULg)
Standardized evaluation of protein stability.
Thomas, Annick ; Joris, Bernard ; Brasseur, Robert
in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2010)
We compare Mean Force Potential values of a large series of PDB models of proteins and peptides and find that either as monomers or polymers, proteins longer than 200-250 residues have equivalent MFP ... [more ▼]
We compare Mean Force Potential values of a large series of PDB models of proteins and peptides and find that either as monomers or polymers, proteins longer than 200-250 residues have equivalent MFP values that are averaged to -65+/-3kcal/aa. This value is named the standard or stability value. The standard value is reached irrespective of sequences and 3D folds. Peptides are too short to follow the rule and frequently exist as populations of conformers; one exception are peptides in amyloid fibrils. Fibrils surpass the standard value in accordance with their uppermost stability. In parallel, we calculate median MFP values of amino acids in stably folded PDB models of proteins: median values vary from -25 for Gly to -115kcal/aa for Trp. These median values are used to score primary sequences of proteins: all sequences converge to a mean value of -63.5+/-2.5kcal/aa i.e. only 1.5kcal less than the folded model standard. Sequences from unfolded proteins have lower values. This supports the conclusion that sequences carry in an important message and more specifically that diversity of amino acids in sequences is mandatory for stability. We also use the median amino acid MFP to score residue stability in 3D folds. This demonstrates that 3D folds are compromises between fragments of high and fragments of low scores and that functional residues are often, but not always in the extreme score values. The approach opens to possibilities of evaluating any 3D model, of detecting functional residues and should help in conducting mutation assays. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 16 (3 ULg)
Realistic modeling approaches of structure-function properties of CPPs in non-covalent complexes.
Thomas, Annick ; Lins, Laurence ; et al
in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2010)
Transfers of cargoes into cells by means of carrier peptides are multi-steps biological phenomenon the mechanisms of which are unclear. We here discuss bases of realistic in silico molecular modeling ... [more ▼]
Transfers of cargoes into cells by means of carrier peptides are multi-steps biological phenomenon the mechanisms of which are unclear. We here discuss bases of realistic in silico molecular modeling approaches of the formation of non-covalent complexes considering CPPs and cargo diversities. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 36 (2 ULg)
Alternative photosynthetic electron flow to oxygen in marine Synechococcus.
; ; et al
in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2008), 1777(3), 269-76
Cyanobacteria dominate the world's oceans where iron is often barely detectable. One manifestation of low iron adaptation in the oligotrophic marine environment is a decrease in levels of iron-rich ... [more ▼]
Cyanobacteria dominate the world's oceans where iron is often barely detectable. One manifestation of low iron adaptation in the oligotrophic marine environment is a decrease in levels of iron-rich photosynthetic components, including the reaction center of photosystem I and the cytochrome b6f complex [R.F. Strzepek and P.J. Harrison, Photosynthetic architecture differs in coastal and oceanic diatoms, Nature 431 (2004) 689-692.]. These thylakoid membrane components have well characterised roles in linear and cyclic photosynthetic electron transport and their low abundance creates potential impediments to photosynthetic function. Here we show that the marine cyanobacterium Synechococcus WH8102 exhibits significant alternative electron flow to O2, a potential adaptation to the low iron environment in oligotrophic oceans. This alternative electron flow appears to extract electrons from the intersystem electron transport chain, prior to photosystem I. Inhibitor studies demonstrate that a propyl gallate-sensitive oxidase mediates this flow of electrons to oxygen, which in turn alleviates excessive photosystem II excitation pressure that can often occur even at relatively low irradiance. These findings are also discussed in the context of satisfying the energetic requirements of the cell when photosystem I abundance is low. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 21 (0 ULg)
Relationships between the orientation and the structural properties of peptides and their membrane interactions.
Lins, Laurence ; Decaffmeyer, Marc ; Thomas, Annick et al
in Biochimica et biophysica acta (2008), 1778(7-8), 1537-44
Physical properties of membranes, such as fluidity, charge or curvature influence their function. Proteins and peptides can modulate those properties and conversely, the lipids can affect the activity and ... [more ▼]
Physical properties of membranes, such as fluidity, charge or curvature influence their function. Proteins and peptides can modulate those properties and conversely, the lipids can affect the activity and/or the structure of the former. Tilted peptides are short hydrophobic protein fragments characterized by an asymmetric distribution of their hydrophobic residues when helical. They were detected in viral fusion proteins and in proteins involved in different biological processes that need membrane destabilization. Those peptides and non lamellar lipids such as PE or PA appear to cooperate in the lipid destabilization process by enhancing the formation of negatively-curved domains. Such highly bent lipidic structures could favour the formation of the viral fusion pore intermediates or that of toroidal pores. Structural flexibility appears as another crucial property for the interaction of peptides with membranes. Computational analysis on another kind of lipid-interacting peptides, i.e. cell penetrating peptides (CPP) suggests that peptides being conformationally polymorphic should be more prone to traverse the bilayer. Future investigations on the structural intrinsic properties of tilted peptides and the influence of CPP on the bilayer organization using the techniques described in this chapter should help to further understand the molecular determinants of the peptide/lipid inter-relationships. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 35 (1 ULg)
Cold adaptation of enzymes: structural, kinetic and microcalorimetric characterizations of an aminopeptidase from the Arctic psychrophile Colwellia psychrerythraea and of human leukotriene A(4) hydrolase
; ; Feller, Georges
in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2008), 1784(11), 1865-72
The relationships between structure, activity, stability and flexibility of a cold-adapted aminopeptidase produced by a psychrophilic marine bacterium have been investigated in comparison with a ... [more ▼]
The relationships between structure, activity, stability and flexibility of a cold-adapted aminopeptidase produced by a psychrophilic marine bacterium have been investigated in comparison with a mesophilic structural and functional human homolog. Differential scanning calorimetry, fluorescence monitoring of thermal- and guanidine hydrochloride-induced unfolding and fluorescence quenching were used to show that the cold-adapted enzyme is characterized by a high activity at low temperatures, a low structural stability versus thermal and chemical denaturants and a greater structural permeability to a quenching agent relative to the mesophilic homolog. These findings support the hypothesis that cold-adapted enzymes maintain their activity at low temperatures as a result of increased global or local structural flexibility, which results in low stability. Analysis of the thermodynamic parameters of irreversible thermal unfolding suggests that entropy-driven factors are responsible for the fast unfolding rate of the cold-adapted aminopeptidase. A reduced number of proline residues, a lower degree of hydrophobic residue burial and a decreased surface accessibility of charged residues may be responsible for this effect. On the other hand, the reduction in enthalpy-driven interactions is the primary determinant of the weak conformational stability. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 15 (1 ULg)
Thermostability and in vitro digestibility of a purified major allergen 2S albumin (Ses i 1) from white sesame seeds (Sesamum indicum)
; Maldonado-Larrosa, Barbara Maria ; et al
in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2005), 1752(2), 142-153Detailed reference viewed: 12 (1 ULg)
RGDS and DGEA-induced [Ca2+]i signalling in human dermal fibroblasts.
Mineur, Pierre ; ; Lambert, Charles et al
in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2005), 1746(1), 28-37
A pulse of short peptides, RGDS and DGEA in the millimolar range, immediately elicits in normal human fibroblasts a transient increase of intracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i). In the present study, we show that ... [more ▼]
A pulse of short peptides, RGDS and DGEA in the millimolar range, immediately elicits in normal human fibroblasts a transient increase of intracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i). In the present study, we show that this [Ca2+]i occurs in an increasing number of cells as a function of peptides concentration. It is specific of each peptide and inhibited at saturating concentration of the peptide in the culture medium. The [Ca2+]i transient depends on signalling pathways slightly different for DGEA and RGDS involving tyrosine kinase(s) and phosphatase(s), phospholipase C, production of inositol-trisphosphate and release of Ca2+ from the cellular stores. GFOGER, the classical collagen binding peptide of alpha1- alpha2- and alpha11-beta1 integrins, in triple helical or denatured form, does not produce any Ca2+ signal. The [Ca2+]i signalling induced by RGDS and DGEA is inhibited by antibodies against beta1 integrin subunit while that mediated by RGDS is also inhibited by antibodies against the alpha3 integrin. Delay in the acquisition of responsiveness is observed during cell adhesion and spreading on a coat of fibronectin for RGDS or collagen for DGEA or on a coat of the specific integrin-inhibiting antibodies but not by seeding cells on GFOGER or laminin-5. This delay is suppressed specifically by collagenase acting on the collagen coat or trypsin on the fibronectin coat. Our results suggest that free integrins and associated focal complexes generate a Ca2+ signal upon recognition of DGEA and RGDS by different cellular pathways. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 36 (2 ULg)
Site-directed mutagenesis studies of the hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha DNA-binding domain.
; ; Mottet, Denis et al
in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2002), 1578(1-3), 73-83
Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), a heterodimeric transcription factor, is activated when cells are exposed to hypoxia. It is composed of two subunits, HIF-1alpha and ARNT. When activated, it binds to ... [more ▼]
Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), a heterodimeric transcription factor, is activated when cells are exposed to hypoxia. It is composed of two subunits, HIF-1alpha and ARNT. When activated, it binds to the hypoxia-responsive element (HRE) and up-regulates the expression of several genes (vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), erythropoietin (EPO), enolase, em leader ). By molecular modeling, a 3-D model for the complex between the DNA-binding domain of HIF-1 (bHLH domain) and its consensus DNA sequence has been developed. Specific interactions between three amino acids (Ser22, Ala25, Arg30) of the HIF-1alpha subunit and DNA bases were identified. In order to further investigate the role of these amino acids, we generated four mutants of the HIF-1alpha subunit using site-directed mutagenesis. The activity of each mutant was tested using a reporter gene containing either 6 HRE sequences or the authentic human VEGF promoter. The results show that three mutants, Ala25Ser, Ala26Glu and Arg30Ala, were no longer active in the reporter gene assay. On the other hand, the Ser22Ala mutant increased the reporter gene expression, in normoxia as well as in hypoxia. These results correlate with the ones obtained when the DNA-binding capability of the mutants was assayed by electrophoretic mobility shift assays (EMSA): Arg30Ala and Ala26Glu mutants bind very weakly to HRE while the Ser22Ala mutant has the same binding capacity as the wild-type HIF-1alpha. These results bring new insights on the specificity of the protein/DNA interactions for HIF-1 towards HRE. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 56 (1 ULg)
Enzyme Activity Determination on Macromolecular Substrates by Isothermal Titration Calorimetry: Application to Mesophilic and Psychrophilic Chitinases
; Baise, Etienne ; Feller, Georges et al
in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2001), 1545(1-2), 349-56
Isothermal titration calorimetry has been applied to the determination of the kinetic parameters of chitinases (EC 18.104.22.168) by monitoring the heat released during the hydrolysis of chitin glycosidic ... [more ▼]
Isothermal titration calorimetry has been applied to the determination of the kinetic parameters of chitinases (EC 22.214.171.124) by monitoring the heat released during the hydrolysis of chitin glycosidic bonds. Experiments were carried out using two different macromolecular substrates: a soluble polymer of N-acetylglucosamine and the insoluble chitin from crab shells. Different experimental temperatures were used in order to compare the thermodependence of the activity of two chitinases from the psychrophile Arthrobacter sp. TAD20 and of chitinase A from the mesophile Serratia marcescens. The method allowed to determine unequivocally the catalytic rate constant k(cat), the activation energy (E(a)) and the thermodynamic activation parameters (DeltaG(#), DeltaH(#), DeltaS(#)) of the chitinolytic reaction on the soluble substrate. The catalytic activity has also been determined on insoluble chitin, which displays an effect of substrate saturation by chitinases. On both substrates, the thermodependence of the activity of the psychrophilic chitinases was lower than that observed with the mesophilic counterpart. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 18 (2 ULg)