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J Transl Med ; 18(1): 329, 2020 08 31.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32867854

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: The new Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), which was first detected in Wuhan (China) in December of 2019 is responsible for the current global pandemic. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that it is similar to other betacoronaviruses, such as SARS-CoV and Middle-Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, MERS-CoV. Its genome is ∼ 30 kb in length and contains two large overlapping polyproteins, ORF1a and ORF1ab that encode for several structural and non-structural proteins. The non-structural protein 1 (nsp1) is arguably the most important pathogenic determinant, and previous studies on SARS-CoV indicate that it is both involved in viral replication and hampering the innate immune system response. Detailed experiments of site-specific mutagenesis and in vitro reconstitution studies determined that the mechanisms of action are mediated by (a) the presence of specific amino acid residues of nsp1 and (b) the interaction between the protein and the host's small ribosomal unit. In fact, substitution of certain amino acids resulted in reduction of its negative effects. METHODS: A total of 17,928 genome sequences were obtained from the GISAID database (December 2019 to July 2020) from patients infected by SARS-CoV-2 from different areas around the world. Genomes alignment was performed using MAFFT (REFF) and the nsp1 genomic regions were identified using BioEdit and verified using BLAST. Nsp1 protein of SARS-CoV-2 with and without deletion have been subsequently modelled using I-TASSER. RESULTS: We identified SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences, from several Countries, carrying a previously unknown deletion of 9 nucleotides in position 686-694, corresponding to the AA position 241-243 (KSF). This deletion was found in different geographical areas. Structural prediction modelling suggests an effect on the C-terminal tail structure. CONCLUSIONS: Modelling analysis of a newly identified deletion of 3 amino acids (KSF) of SARS-CoV-2 nsp1 suggests that this deletion could affect the structure of the C-terminal region of the protein, important for regulation of viral replication and negative effect on host's gene expression. In addition, substitution of the two amino acids (KS) from nsp1 of SARS-CoV was previously reported to revert loss of interferon-alpha expression. The deletion that we describe indicates that SARS-CoV-2 is undergoing profound genomic changes. It is important to: (i) confirm the spreading of this particular viral strain, and potentially of strains with other deletions in the nsp1 protein, both in the population of asymptomatic and pauci-symptomatic subjects, and (ii) correlate these changes in nsp1 with potential decreased viral pathogenicity.


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Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Deleção de Sequência , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/genética , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Sequência de Bases , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Doenças Transmissíveis Emergentes/virologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Frequência do Gene , Genoma Viral , Geografia , Humanos , Lisina/genética , Modelos Moleculares , Pandemias/estatística & dados numéricos , Fenilalanina/genética , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Serina/genética , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Virulência/genética , Replicação Viral/genética
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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32974224

RESUMO

SARS CoV appeared in 2003 in China, transmitted from bats to humans via eating infected animals. It affected 8,096 humans with a death rate of 11% affecting 21 countries. The receptor binding domain (RBD) in S protein of this virus gets attached with the ACE2 receptors present on human cells. MERS CoV was first reported in 2012 in Middle East, originated from bat and transmitted to humans through camels. MERS CoV has a fatality rate of 35% and last case reported was in 2017 making a total of 1,879 cases worldwide. DPP4 expressed on human cells is the main attaching site for RBD in S protein of MERS CoV. Folding of RBD plays a crucial role in its pathogenesis. Virus causing COVID-19 was named as SARS CoV-2 due its homology with SARS CoV that emerged in 2003. It has become a pandemic affecting nearly 200 countries in just 3 months' time with a death rate of 2-3% currently. The new virus is fast spreading, but it utilizes the same RBD and ACE2 receptors along with furin present in human cells. The lessons learned from the SARS and MERS epidemics are the best social weapons to face and fight against this novel global threat.


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Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/genética , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão , Receptores Virais/genética , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/transmissão , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Animais , Betacoronavirus/genética , Betacoronavirus/metabolismo , Quirópteros/virologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Evolução Molecular , Furina/metabolismo , Genoma Viral/genética , Humanos , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/genética , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/metabolismo , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Receptores Virais/metabolismo , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/epidemiologia , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/patologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0236226, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32866160

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Amine oxidases (AOs) including copper containing amine oxidases (CuAOs) and FAD-dependent polyamine oxidases (PAOs) are associated with polyamine catabolism in the peroxisome, apoplast and cytoplasm and play an essential role in growth and developmental processes and response to biotic and abiotic stresses. Here, we identified PAO genes in common wheat (Triticum aestivum), T. urartu and Aegilops tauschii and reported the genome organization, evolutionary features and expression profiles of the wheat PAO genes (TaPAO). Expression analysis using publicly available RNASeq data showed that TaPAO genes are expressed redundantly in various tissues and developmental stages. A large percentage of TaPAOs respond significantly to abiotic stresses, especially temperature (i.e. heat and cold stress). Some TaPAOs were also involved in response to other stresses such as powdery mildew, stripe rust and Fusarium infection. Overall, TaPAOs may have various functions in stress tolerances responses, and play vital roles in different tissues and developmental stages. Our results provided a reference for further functional investigation of TaPAO proteins.


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Resposta ao Choque Frio/genética , Oxirredutases atuantes sobre Doadores de Grupo CH-NH/genética , Proteínas de Plantas/genética , Termotolerância/genética , Triticum/genética , Aegilops/enzimologia , Aegilops/genética , Processamento Alternativo , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Conjuntos de Dados como Assunto , Evolução Molecular , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas , Genes de Plantas , Genoma de Planta , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Cadeias de Markov , Modelos Genéticos , Peso Molecular , Família Multigênica , Oxirredutases atuantes sobre Doadores de Grupo CH-NH/química , Oxirredutases atuantes sobre Doadores de Grupo CH-NH/metabolismo , Filogenia , Proteínas de Plantas/química , Proteínas de Plantas/metabolismo , Domínios Proteicos/genética , RNA-Seq , Alinhamento de Sequência , Triticum/enzimologia
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Emerg Microbes Infect ; 9(1): 2076-2090, 2020 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32897177

RESUMO

The current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic was the result of the rapid transmission of a highly pathogenic coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), for which there is no efficacious vaccine or therapeutic. Toward the development of a vaccine, here we expressed and evaluated as potential candidates four versions of the spike (S) protein using an insect cell expression system: receptor binding domain (RBD), S1 subunit, the wild-type S ectodomain (S-WT), and the prefusion trimer-stabilized form (S-2P). We showed that RBD appears as a monomer in solution, whereas S1, S-WT, and S-2P associate as homotrimers with substantial glycosylation. Cryo-electron microscopy analyses suggested that S-2P assumes an identical trimer conformation as the similarly engineered S protein expressed in 293 mammalian cells but with reduced glycosylation. Overall, the four proteins confer excellent antigenicity with convalescent COVID-19 patient sera in enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), yet show distinct reactivities in immunoblotting. RBD, S-WT and S-2P, but not S1, induce high neutralization titres (>3-log) in mice after a three-round immunization regimen. The high immunogenicity of S-2P could be maintained at the lowest dose (1 µg) with the inclusion of an aluminium adjuvant. Higher doses (20 µg) of S-2P can elicit high neutralization titres in non-human primates that exceed 40-times the mean titres measured in convalescent COVID-19 subjects. Our results suggest that the prefusion trimer-stabilized SARS-CoV-2 S-protein from insect cells may offer a potential candidate strategy for the development of a recombinant COVID-19 vaccine.


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Antígenos Virais/imunologia , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , Imunogenicidade da Vacina/imunologia , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/prevenção & controle , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia , Vacinas Virais/imunologia , Animais , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/sangue , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Anticorpos Antivirais/sangue , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , Linhagem Celular , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Ensaio de Imunoadsorção Enzimática , Humanos , Macaca fascicularis , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Testes de Neutralização , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Domínios Proteicos/imunologia , Células Sf9 , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Spodoptera , Vacinação , Proteínas do Envelope Viral/imunologia
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4137, 2020 08 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32811827

RESUMO

The class B secretin GPCR (SecR) has broad physiological effects, with target potential for treatment of metabolic and cardiovascular disease. Molecular understanding of SecR binding and activation is important for its therapeutic exploitation. We combined cryo-electron microscopy, molecular dynamics, and biochemical cross-linking to determine a 2.3 Å structure, and interrogate dynamics, of secretin bound to the SecR:Gs complex. SecR exhibited a unique organization of its extracellular domain (ECD) relative to its 7-transmembrane (TM) core, forming more extended interactions than other family members. Numerous polar interactions formed between secretin and the receptor extracellular loops (ECLs) and TM helices. Cysteine-cross-linking, cryo-electron microscopy multivariate analysis and molecular dynamics simulations revealed that interactions between peptide and receptor were dynamic, and suggested a model for initial peptide engagement where early interactions between the far N-terminus of the peptide and SecR ECL2 likely occur following initial binding of the peptide C-terminus to the ECD.


Assuntos
Subunidades alfa Gs de Proteínas de Ligação ao GTP/química , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Receptores Acoplados a Proteínas-G/química , Receptores dos Hormônios Gastrointestinais/química , Secretina/química , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Animais , Sítios de Ligação/genética , Linhagem Celular , Cricetinae , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Cristalografia por Raios X , Cisteína/química , Cisteína/metabolismo , Subunidades alfa Gs de Proteínas de Ligação ao GTP/ultraestrutura , Humanos , Ligação de Hidrogênio , Interações Hidrofóbicas e Hidrofílicas , Insetos , Modelos Moleculares , Ligação Proteica , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Estrutura Secundária de Proteína , Receptores Acoplados a Proteínas-G/metabolismo , Receptores Acoplados a Proteínas-G/ultraestrutura , Receptores dos Hormônios Gastrointestinais/metabolismo , Receptores dos Hormônios Gastrointestinais/ultraestrutura , Secretina/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4141, 2020 08 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32811830

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Members of the Herpesviridae, including the medically important alphaherpesvirus varicella-zoster virus (VZV), induce fusion of the virion envelope with cell membranes during entry, and between cells to form polykaryocytes in infected tissues. The conserved glycoproteins, gB, gH and gL, are the core functional proteins of the herpesvirus fusion complex. gB serves as the primary fusogen via its fusion loops, but functions for the remaining gB domains remain unexplained. As a pathway for biological discovery of domain function, our approach used structure-based analysis of the viral fusogen together with a neutralizing antibody. We report here a 2.8 Å cryogenic-electron microscopy structure of native gB recovered from VZV-infected cells, in complex with a human monoclonal antibody, 93k. This high-resolution structure guided targeted mutagenesis at the gB-93k interface, providing compelling evidence that a domain spatially distant from the gB fusion loops is critical for herpesvirus fusion, revealing a potential new target for antiviral therapies.


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Anticorpos Neutralizantes/química , Herpesvirus Humano 3/química , Proteínas do Envelope Viral/química , Internalização do Vírus , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/ultraestrutura , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Humanos , Interações Hidrofóbicas e Hidrofílicas , Modelos Moleculares , Conformação Proteica em Folha beta/genética , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Proteínas do Envelope Viral/imunologia , Proteínas do Envelope Viral/ultraestrutura
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Sci Rep ; 10(1): 14004, 2020 08 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32814791

RESUMO

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), a novel evolutionary divergent RNA virus, is responsible for the present devastating COVID-19 pandemic. To explore the genomic signatures, we comprehensively analyzed 2,492 complete and/or near-complete genome sequences of SARS-CoV-2 strains reported from across the globe to the GISAID database up to 30 March 2020. Genome-wide annotations revealed 1,516 nucleotide-level variations at different positions throughout the entire genome of SARS-CoV-2. Moreover, nucleotide (nt) deletion analysis found twelve deletion sites throughout the genome other than previously reported deletions at coding sequence of the ORF8 (open reading frame), spike, and ORF7a proteins, specifically in polyprotein ORF1ab (n = 9), ORF10 (n = 1), and 3´-UTR (n = 2). Evidence from the systematic gene-level mutational and protein profile analyses revealed a large number of amino acid (aa) substitutions (n = 744), demonstrating the viral proteins heterogeneous. Notably, residues of receptor-binding domain (RBD) showing crucial interactions with angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) and cross-reacting neutralizing antibody were found to be conserved among the analyzed virus strains, except for replacement of lysine with arginine at 378th position of the cryptic epitope of a Shanghai isolate, hCoV-19/Shanghai/SH0007/2020 (EPI_ISL_416320). Furthermore, our results of the preliminary epidemiological data on SARS-CoV-2 infections revealed that frequency of aa mutations were relatively higher in the SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences of Europe (43.07%) followed by Asia (38.09%), and North America (29.64%) while case fatality rates remained higher in the European temperate countries, such as Italy, Spain, Netherlands, France, England and Belgium. Thus, the present method of genome annotation employed at this early pandemic stage could be a promising tool for monitoring and tracking the continuously evolving pandemic situation, the associated genetic variants, and their implications for the development of effective control and prophylaxis strategies.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/classificação , Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Heterogeneidade Genética , Genoma Viral/genética , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla/métodos , Saúde Global , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Sequência de Aminoácidos/genética , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Pareamento Incorreto de Bases , Sequência de Bases/genética , Clima , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Humanos , Fases de Leitura Aberta/genética , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Filogenia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Domínios Proteicos/imunologia , Deleção de Sequência , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/química , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3351, 2020 07 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32620897

RESUMO

The sodium-leak channel NALCN forms a subthreshold sodium conductance that controls the resting membrane potentials of neurons. The auxiliary subunits of the channel and their functions in mammals are largely unknown. In this study, we demonstrate that two large proteins UNC80 and UNC79 are subunits of the NALCN complex. UNC80 knockout mice are neonatal lethal. The C-terminus of UNC80 contains a domain that interacts with UNC79 and overcomes a soma-retention signal to achieve dendritic localization. UNC80 lacking this domain, as found in human patients, still supports whole-cell NALCN currents but lacks dendritic localization. Our results establish the subunit composition of the NALCN complex, uncover the inter-subunit interaction domains, reveal the functional significance of regulation of dendritic membrane potential by the sodium-leak channel complex, and provide evidence supporting that genetic variations found in individuals with intellectual disability are the causes for the phenotype observed in patients.


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Proteínas de Transporte/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Canais Iônicos/metabolismo , Proteínas de Membrana/genética , Proteínas de Membrana/metabolismo , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/genética , Animais , Proteínas de Transporte/metabolismo , Criança , Análise Mutacional de DNA , Conjuntos de Dados como Assunto , Dendritos/patologia , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Técnicas de Introdução de Genes , Células HEK293 , Hipocampo/citologia , Hipocampo/patologia , Humanos , Deficiência Intelectual/diagnóstico , Deficiência Intelectual/patologia , Canais Iônicos/genética , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Knockout , Mutação , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/metabolismo , Cultura Primária de Células , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Sequenciamento Completo do Exoma
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3656, 2020 07 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32694517

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Avian influenza polymerase undergoes host adaptation in order to efficiently replicate in human cells. Adaptive mutants are localised on the C-terminal (627-NLS) domains of the PB2 subunit. In particular, mutation of PB2 residue 627 from E to K rescues polymerase activity in mammalian cells. A host transcription regulator ANP32A, comprising a long C-terminal intrinsically disordered domain (IDD), is responsible for this adaptation. Human ANP32A IDD lacks a 33 residue insertion compared to avian ANP32A, and this deletion restricts avian influenza polymerase activity. We used NMR to determine conformational ensembles of E627 and K627 forms of 627-NLS of PB2 in complex with avian and human ANP32A. Human ANP32A IDD transiently binds to the 627 domain, exploiting multivalency to maximise affinity. E627 interrupts the polyvalency of the interaction, an effect compensated by an avian-unique motif in the IDD. The observed binding mode is maintained in the context of heterotrimeric influenza polymerase, placing ANP32A in the immediate vicinity of known host-adaptive PB2 mutants.


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Proteínas Aviárias/ultraestrutura , Virus da Influenza A Subtipo H5N1/patogenicidade , Proteínas Nucleares/ultraestrutura , Domínios Proteicos/genética , RNA Replicase/ultraestrutura , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/ultraestrutura , Proteínas Virais/ultraestrutura , Animais , Proteínas Aviárias/metabolismo , Aves/virologia , Humanos , Virus da Influenza A Subtipo H5N1/genética , Virus da Influenza A Subtipo H5N1/metabolismo , Influenza Aviária/virologia , Influenza Humana/virologia , Mutação , Ressonância Magnética Nuclear Biomolecular , Proteínas Nucleares/metabolismo , Ligação Proteica/genética , RNA Replicase/genética , RNA Replicase/metabolismo , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/metabolismo , Especificidade da Espécie , Proteínas Virais/genética , Proteínas Virais/metabolismo , Replicação Viral
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(31): 18832-18839, 2020 08 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32709746

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Plant and animal intracellular nucleotide-binding, leucine-rich repeat (NLR) immune receptors detect pathogen-derived molecules and activate defense. Plant NLRs can be divided into several classes based upon their N-terminal signaling domains, including TIR (Toll-like, Interleukin-1 receptor, Resistance protein)- and CC (coiled-coil)-NLRs. Upon ligand detection, mammalian NAIP and NLRC4 NLRs oligomerize, forming an inflammasome that induces proximity of its N-terminal signaling domains. Recently, a plant CC-NLR was revealed to form an inflammasome-like hetero-oligomer. To further investigate plant NLR signaling mechanisms, we fused the N-terminal TIR domain of several plant NLRs to the N terminus of NLRC4. Inflammasome-dependent induced proximity of the TIR domain in planta initiated defense signaling. Thus, induced proximity of a plant TIR domain imposed by oligomerization of a mammalian inflammasome is sufficient to activate authentic plant defense. Ligand detection and inflammasome formation is maintained when the known components of the NLRC4 inflammasome is transferred across kingdoms, indicating that NLRC4 complex can robustly function without any additional mammalian proteins. Additionally, we found NADase activity of a plant TIR domain is necessary for plant defense activation, but NADase activity of a mammalian or a bacterial TIR is not sufficient to activate defense in plants.


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Proteínas NLR , Imunidade Vegetal , Proteínas de Plantas , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão , Transdução de Sinais , Animais , Inflamassomos/genética , Inflamassomos/imunologia , Inflamassomos/metabolismo , Mamíferos , Proteínas NLR/química , Proteínas NLR/genética , Proteínas NLR/imunologia , Proteínas NLR/metabolismo , Imunidade Vegetal/genética , Imunidade Vegetal/imunologia , Proteínas de Plantas/química , Proteínas de Plantas/genética , Proteínas de Plantas/imunologia , Proteínas de Plantas/metabolismo , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Domínios Proteicos/fisiologia , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/imunologia , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/genética , Transdução de Sinais/imunologia
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Nucleic Acids Res ; 48(14): 7856-7863, 2020 08 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32619224

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The Fragile X-related disorders (FXDs) are Repeat Expansion Diseases, genetic disorders that result from the expansion of a disease-specific microsatellite. In those Repeat Expansion Disease models where it has been examined, expansion is dependent on functional mismatch repair (MMR) factors, including MutLγ, a heterodimer of MLH1/MLH3, one of the three MutL complexes found in mammals and a minor player in MMR. In contrast, MutLα, a much more abundant MutL complex that is the major contributor to MMR, is either not required for expansion or plays a limited role in expansion in many model systems. How MutLγ acts to generate expansions is unclear given its normal role in protecting against microsatellite instability and while MLH3 does have an associated endonuclease activity, whether that contributes to repeat expansion is uncertain. We show here, using a gene-editing approach, that a point mutation that eliminates the endonuclease activity of MLH3 eliminates expansions in an FXD mouse embryonic stem cell model. This restricts the number of possible models for repeat expansion and supports the idea that MutLγ may be a useful druggable target to reduce somatic expansion in those disorders where it contributes to disease pathology.


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Síndrome do Cromossomo X Frágil/genética , Proteínas MutL/genética , Expansão das Repetições de Trinucleotídeos , Alelos , Animais , Linhagem Celular , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Masculino , Camundongos , Mutação Puntual , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Células-Tronco
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Nucleic Acids Res ; 48(15): 8755-8766, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32621606

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The sulfur atom of phosphorothioated DNA (PT-DNA) is coordinated by a surface cavity in the conserved sulfur-binding domain (SBD) of type IV restriction enzymes. However, some SBDs cannot recognize the sulfur atom in some sequence contexts. To illustrate the structural determinants for sequence specificity, we resolved the structure of SBDSpr, from endonuclease SprMcrA, in complex with DNA of GPSGCC, GPSATC and GPSAAC contexts. Structural and computational analyses explained why it binds the above PT-DNAs with an affinity in a decreasing order. The structural analysis of SBDSpr-GPSGCC and SBDSco-GPSGCC, the latter only recognizes DNA of GPSGCC, revealed that a positively charged loop above the sulfur-coordination cavity electrostatically interacts with the neighboring DNA phosphate linkage. The structural analysis indicated that the DNA-protein hydrogen bonding pattern and weak non-bonded interaction played important roles in sequence specificity of SBD protein. Exchanges of the positively-charged amino acid residues with the negatively-charged residues in the loop would enable SBDSco to extend recognization for more PT-DNA sequences, implying that type IV endonucleases can be engineered to recognize PT-DNA in novel target sequences.


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Enzimas de Restrição do DNA/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , DNA/genética , Enxofre/química , Sequência de Aminoácidos/genética , Cristalografia por Raios X , DNA/química , Enzimas de Restrição do DNA/química , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/química , Escherichia coli/genética , Ligação de Hidrogênio , Ligação Proteica/genética , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Streptomyces/enzimologia
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Nucleic Acids Res ; 48(15): 8474-8489, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32652040

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Highly toxic DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) readily trigger the DNA damage response (DDR) in cells, which delays cell cycle progression to ensure proper DSB repair. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, mitotic S phase (20-30 min) is lengthened upon DNA damage. During meiosis, Spo11-induced DSB onset and repair lasts up to 5 h. We report that the NH2-terminal domain (NTD; residues 1-66) of Rad51 has dual functions for repairing DSBs during vegetative growth and meiosis. Firstly, Rad51-NTD exhibits autonomous expression-enhancing activity for high-level production of native Rad51 and when fused to exogenous ß-galactosidase in vivo. Secondly, Rad51-NTD is an S/T-Q cluster domain (SCD) harboring three putative Mec1/Tel1 target sites. Mec1/Tel1-dependent phosphorylation antagonizes the proteasomal degradation pathway, increasing the half-life of Rad51 from ∼30 min to ≥180 min. Our results evidence a direct link between homologous recombination and DDR modulated by Rad51 homeostasis.


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Quebras de DNA de Cadeia Dupla , Endodesoxirribonucleases/genética , Meiose/genética , Rad51 Recombinase/genética , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Dano ao DNA/genética , Reparo do DNA/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Regulação Fúngica da Expressão Gênica/genética , Peptídeos e Proteínas de Sinalização Intracelular/genética , Fosforilação/genética , Complexo de Endopeptidases do Proteassoma/genética , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/genética , Proteólise , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , beta-Galactosidase/genética
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0236447, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32697788

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The hepatitis C virus (HCV) nonstructural protein 3-4A (NS3-4A) protease is a key component of the viral replication complex and the target of protease inhibitors used in current clinical practice. By cleaving and thereby inactivating selected host factors it also plays a role in the persistence and pathogenesis of hepatitis C. Here, we describe ovarian cancer immunoreactive antigen domain containing protein 1 (OCIAD1) as a novel cellular substrate of the HCV NS3-4A protease. OCIAD1 was identified by quantitative proteomics involving stable isotopic labeling using amino acids in cell culture coupled with mass spectrometry. It is a poorly characterized membrane protein believed to be involved in cancer development. OCIAD1 is cleaved by the NS3-4A protease at Cys 38, close to a predicted transmembrane segment. Cleavage was observed in heterologous expression systems, the replicon and cell culture-derived HCV systems, as well as in liver biopsies from patients with chronic hepatitis C. NS3-4A proteases from diverse hepacivirus species efficiently cleaved OCIAD1. The subcellular localization of OCIAD1 on mitochondria was not altered by NS3-4A-mediated cleavage. Interestingly, OCIAD2, a homolog of OCIAD1 with a cysteine residue in a similar position and identical subcellular localization, was not cleaved by NS3-4A. Domain swapping experiments revealed that the sequence surrounding the cleavage site as well as the predicted transmembrane segment contribute to substrate selectivity. Overexpression as well as knock down and rescue experiments did not affect the HCV life cycle in vitro, raising the possibility that OCIAD1 may be involved in the pathogenesis of hepatitis C in vivo.


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Hepacivirus/enzimologia , Hepatite C Crônica/patologia , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos , Proteínas de Neoplasias/metabolismo , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo , Biópsia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes , Células HEK293 , Hepacivirus/patogenicidade , Hepatite C Crônica/tratamento farmacológico , Hepatite C Crônica/virologia , Humanos , Fígado/patologia , Fígado/virologia , Mitocôndrias/metabolismo , Modelos Moleculares , Proteínas de Neoplasias/genética , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Inibidores de Proteases/uso terapêutico , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Homologia de Sequência de Aminoácidos , Especificidade por Substrato/genética , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(25): 14512-14521, 2020 06 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32513714

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Large-conductance Ca2+ and voltage-activated K+ (BK) channels control membrane excitability in many cell types. BK channels are tetrameric. Each subunit is composed of a voltage sensor domain (VSD), a central pore-gate domain, and a large cytoplasmic domain (CTD) that contains the Ca2+ sensors. While it is known that BK channels are activated by voltage and Ca2+, and that voltage and Ca2+ activations interact, less is known about the mechanisms involved. We explore here these mechanisms by examining the gating contribution of an interface formed between the VSDs and the αB helices located at the top of the CTDs. Proline mutations in the αB helix greatly decreased voltage activation while having negligible effects on gating currents. Analysis with the Horrigan, Cui, and Aldrich model indicated a decreased coupling between voltage sensors and pore gate. Proline mutations decreased Ca2+ activation for both Ca2+ bowl and RCK1 Ca2+ sites, suggesting that both high-affinity Ca2+ sites transduce their effect, at least in part, through the αB helix. Mg2+ activation also decreased. The crystal structure of the CTD with proline mutation L390P showed a flattening of the first helical turn in the αB helix compared to wild type, without other notable differences in the CTD, indicating that structural changes from the mutation were confined to the αB helix. These findings indicate that an intact αB helix/VSD interface is required for effective coupling of Ca2+ binding and voltage depolarization to pore opening and that shared Ca2+ and voltage transduction pathways involving the αB helix may be involved.


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Cálcio/metabolismo , Ativação do Canal Iônico/genética , Subunidades alfa do Canal de Potássio Ativado por Cálcio de Condutância Alta/metabolismo , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Regulação Alostérica , Animais , Cátions Bivalentes/metabolismo , Membrana Celular/metabolismo , Cristalografia por Raios X , Subunidades alfa do Canal de Potássio Ativado por Cálcio de Condutância Alta/genética , Subunidades alfa do Canal de Potássio Ativado por Cálcio de Condutância Alta/ultraestrutura , Potenciais da Membrana , Mutagênese Sítio-Dirigida , Oócitos , Técnicas de Patch-Clamp , Prolina/genética , Conformação Proteica em alfa-Hélice/genética , Relação Estrutura-Atividade , Xenopus laevis
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PLoS Genet ; 16(6): e1008847, 2020 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32559234

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Plant cell growth requires the coordinated expansion of the protoplast and the cell wall, which is controlled by an elaborate system of cell wall integrity (CWI) sensors linking the different cellular compartments. LRR-eXtensins (LRXs) are cell wall-attached extracellular regulators of cell wall formation and high-affinity binding sites for RALF (Rapid ALkalinization Factor) peptide hormones that trigger diverse physiological processes related to cell growth. LRXs function in CWI sensing and in the case of LRX4 of Arabidopsis thaliana, this activity was shown to involve interaction with the transmembrane Catharanthus roseus Receptor-Like Kinase1-Like (CrRLK1L) protein FERONIA (FER). Here, we demonstrate that binding of RALF1 and FER is common to most tested LRXs of vegetative tissue, including LRX1, the main LRX protein of root hairs. Consequently, an lrx1-lrx5 quintuple mutant line develops shoot and root phenotypes reminiscent of the fer-4 knock-out mutant. The previously observed membrane-association of LRXs, however, is FER-independent, suggesting that LRXs bind not only FER but also other membrane-localized proteins to establish a physical link between intra- and extracellular compartments. Despite evolutionary diversification of various LRX proteins, overexpression of several chimeric LRX constructs causes cross-complementation of lrx mutants, indicative of comparable functions among members of this protein family. Suppressors of the pollen-growth defects induced by mutations in the CrRLK1Ls ANXUR1/2 also alleviate lrx1 lrx2-induced mutant root hair phenotypes. This suggests functional similarity of LRX-CrRLK1L signaling processes in very different cell types and indicates that LRX proteins are components of conserved processes regulating cell growth.


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Proteínas de Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Arabidopsis/fisiologia , Parede Celular/metabolismo , Hormônios Peptídicos/metabolismo , Fosfotransferases/metabolismo , Proteínas de Arabidopsis/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas , Técnicas de Inativação de Genes , Genes de Plantas , Mutação , Fosfotransferases/genética , Raízes de Plantas/citologia , Raízes de Plantas/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas , Pólen/citologia , Pólen/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Mapas de Interação de Proteínas , Plântula/citologia , Plântula/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Transdução de Sinais/genética
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Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao ; 36(5): 969-978, 2020 May 25.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32567280

RESUMO

Drugs targeting immune checkpoint are used for cancer treatment, but resistance to single drug may occur. Combination therapy blocking multiple checkpoints simultaneously can improve clinical outcome. Therefore, we designed a recombinant protein rPC to block multiple targets, which consists of extracellular domains of programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) and cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4). The coding sequence was inserted into expression vector and stably transfected into HEK293 cells. The culture supernatant was collected and rPC was affinity-purified. Real-time quantitative PCR was used to evaluate the expression levels of ligands for PD-1 and CTLA-4 in several human cancer cell lines. The binding of rPC with cancer cells was examined by immunofluorescence cell staining, the influence of rPC on cancer cell growth was assayed by CCK-8. The results showed that rPC could be expressed and secreted by stably transfected HEK293 cells, the purified rPC could bind to lung cancer NCI-H226 cells which have high levels of ligands for PD-1 and CTLA-4, no direct impact on cancer cell growth could be observed by rPC treatment. The recombinant protein rPC can be functionally assayed further for developing novel immunotherapeutic drugs for cancer.


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Neoplasias Pulmonares , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão , Animais , Antígeno CTLA-4/genética , Proliferação de Células , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Neoplasias Pulmonares/metabolismo , Receptor de Morte Celular Programada 1/genética , Ligação Proteica , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/isolamento & purificação , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo
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Viruses ; 12(5)2020 05 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32370153

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The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a lethal zoonotic pathogen circulating in the Arabian Peninsula since 2012. There is no vaccine for MERS and anti-viral treatment is generally not applicable. We investigated the evolution of the MERS-CoV spike gene sequences and changes in viral loads over time from patients in Saudi Arabia from 2105-2017. All the MERS-CoV strains belonged to lineage 5, and showed high sequence homology (99.9%) to 2017 strains. Recombination analysis showed a potential recombination event in study strains from patients in Saudi Arabia. The spike gene showed eight amino acid substitutions, especially between the A1 and B5 lineage, and contained positively selected codon 1020. We also determined that the viral loads were significantly (p < 0.001) higher in fatal cases, and virus shedding was prolonged in some fatal cases beyond 21 days. The viral concentration peaked during the first week of illness, and the lower respiratory specimens had higher levels of MERS-CoV RNA. The presence of the diversifying selection and the topologies with the structural mapping of residues under purifying selection suggested that codon 1020 might have a role in the evolution of spike gene during the divergence of different lineages. This study will im-prove our understanding of the evolution of MERS-CoV, and also highlights the need for enhanced surveillance in humans and dromedaries. The presence of amino acid changes at the N-terminal domain and structural mapping of residues under positive selection at heptad repeat 1 provides better insight into the adaptive evolution of the spike gene and might have a potential role in virus-host tropism and pathogenesis.


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Substituição de Aminoácidos/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/genética , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Adulto , Idoso , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Animais , Sequência de Bases , Camelus/virologia , Dipeptidil Peptidase 4/metabolismo , Evolução Molecular , Feminino , Genoma Viral/genética , Sequenciamento de Nucleotídeos em Larga Escala , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Domínios Proteicos/genética , RNA Viral/genética , Receptores Virais/genética , Recombinação Genética/genética , Arábia Saudita , Análise de Sequência de RNA , Homologia de Sequência , Carga Viral , Tropismo Viral/genética
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Nucleic Acids Res ; 48(11): 6382-6402, 2020 06 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32383734

RESUMO

The Cys2His2 zinc finger is the most common DNA-binding domain expanding in metazoans since the fungi human split. A proposed catalyst for this expansion is an arms race to silence transposable elements yet it remains poorly understood how this domain is able to evolve the required specificities. Likewise, models of its DNA binding specificity remain error prone due to a lack of understanding of how adjacent fingers influence each other's binding specificity. Here, we use a synthetic approach to exhaustively investigate binding geometry, one of the dominant influences on adjacent finger function. By screening over 28 billion protein-DNA interactions in various geometric contexts we find the plasticity of the most common natural geometry enables more functional amino acid combinations across all targets. Further, residues that define this geometry are enriched in genomes where zinc fingers are prevalent and specificity transitions would be limited in alternative geometries. Finally, these results demonstrate an exhaustive synthetic screen can produce an accurate model of domain function while providing mechanistic insight that may have assisted in the domains expansion.


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Modelos Moleculares , Domínios Proteicos/fisiologia , Dedos de Zinco/fisiologia , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Animais , Sequência de Bases , DNA/síntese química , DNA/genética , DNA/metabolismo , Aprendizado Profundo , Humanos , Ligação de Hidrogênio , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Especificidade por Substrato/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/química , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Dedos de Zinco/genética
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Nucleic Acids Res ; 48(12): 6775-6787, 2020 07 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32453417

RESUMO

Cell growth requires a high level of protein synthesis and oncogenic pathways stimulate cell proliferation and ribosome biogenesis. Less is known about how cells respond to dysfunctional mRNA translation and how this feeds back into growth regulatory pathways. The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-encoded EBNA1 causes mRNA translation stress in cis that activates PI3Kδ. This leads to the stabilization of MDM2, induces MDM2's binding to the E2F1 mRNA and promotes E2F1 translation. The MDM2 serine 166 regulates the interaction with the E2F1 mRNA and deletion of MDM2 C-terminal RING domain results in a constitutive E2F1 mRNA binding. Phosphorylation on serine 395 following DNA damage instead regulates p53 mRNA binding to its RING domain and prevents the E2F1 mRNA interaction. The p14Arf tumour suppressor binds MDM2 and in addition to preventing degradation of the p53 protein it also prevents the E2F1 mRNA interaction. The data illustrate how two MDM2 domains selectively bind specific mRNAs in response to cellular conditions to promote, or suppress, cell growth and how p14Arf coordinates MDM2's activity towards p53 and E2F1. The data also show how EBV via EBNA1-induced mRNA translation stress targets the E2F1 and the MDM2 - p53 pathway.


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Fator de Transcrição E2F1/genética , Neoplasias/genética , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-mdm2/genética , Proteína Supressora de Tumor p53/genética , Carcinogênese/genética , Ciclo Celular/genética , Proliferação de Células/genética , Dano ao DNA/genética , Genes Supressores de Tumor , Herpesvirus Humano 4/genética , Humanos , Neoplasias/virologia , Oncogenes/genética , Fosforilação/genética , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Proteínas com Motivo de Reconhecimento de RNA/genética , RNA Mensageiro/genética , Proteína Supressora de Tumor p14ARF/genética
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