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Nat Commun ; 10(1): 2947, 2019 07 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31270320

RESUMO

To expand the toolbox of imaging in living cells, we have engineered a single-chain variable fragment binding the linear HA epitope with high affinity and specificity in vivo. The resulting probe, called the HA frankenbody, can light up in multiple colors HA-tagged nuclear, cytoplasmic, membrane, and mitochondrial proteins in diverse cell types. The HA frankenbody also enables state-of-the-art single-molecule experiments in living cells, which we demonstrate by tracking single HA-tagged histones in U2OS cells and single mRNA translation dynamics in both U2OS cells and neurons. Together with the SunTag, we also track two mRNA species simultaneously to demonstrate comparative single-molecule studies of translation can now be done with genetically encoded tools alone. Finally, we use the HA frankenbody to precisely quantify the expression of HA-tagged proteins in developing zebrafish embryos. The versatility of the HA frankenbody makes it a powerful tool for imaging protein dynamics in vivo.


Assuntos
Epitopos/metabolismo , Sondas Moleculares/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Imagem Individual de Molécula , Animais , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Embrião não Mamífero/metabolismo , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Neurônios/metabolismo , Biossíntese de Proteínas , RNA Mensageiro/genética , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/isolamento & purificação , Anticorpos de Cadeia Única/metabolismo , Coloração e Rotulagem , Peixe-Zebra/embriologia
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Nat Commun ; 10(1): 2905, 2019 07 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31266953

RESUMO

Delivery into mammalian cells remains a significant challenge for many applications of proteins as research tools and therapeutics. We recently reported that the fusion of cargo proteins to a supernegatively charged (-30)GFP enhances encapsulation by cationic lipids and delivery into mammalian cells. To discover polyanionic proteins with optimal delivery properties, we evaluate negatively charged natural human proteins for their ability to deliver proteins into cultured mammalian cells and human primary fibroblasts. Here we discover that ProTα, a small, widely expressed, intrinsically disordered human protein, enables up to ~10-fold more efficient cationic lipid-mediated protein delivery compared to (-30)GFP. ProTα enables efficient delivery at low- to mid-nM concentrations of two unrelated genome editing proteins, Cre recombinase and zinc-finger nucleases, under conditions in which (-30)GFP fusion or cationic lipid alone does not result in substantial activity. ProTα may enable mammalian cell protein delivery applications when delivery potency is limiting.


Assuntos
Edição de Genes/métodos , Lipossomos/química , Proteínas/química , Edição de Genes/instrumentação , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/química , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Células HeLa , Humanos , Integrases/química , Integrases/genética , Integrases/metabolismo , Lipossomos/metabolismo , Transporte Proteico , Proteínas/genética , Proteínas/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Nucleases de Dedos de Zinco/química , Nucleases de Dedos de Zinco/genética , Nucleases de Dedos de Zinco/metabolismo
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Food Chem ; 299: 125037, 2019 Nov 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31279128

RESUMO

Immobilization of enzymes is an essential strategy with outstanding prospects in biocatalytic processes. Nontoxic, inexpensive immobilized enzyme approach is especially important for food enzymes. We here demonstrate that a carbohydrate-binding module family 56 domain (CBM56-Tag) mediates the immobilization of fusion enzymes with the curdlan (ß-1,3-glucan) particle support, thereby enabling the one-step immobilization-purification of target enzymes. CBM56-Tag exhibits an immunoglobulin-like ß-sandwich fold, which can be adsorbed by curdlan via hydrogen bond-mediated binding. The maximum adsorption capacity of a fusion chitosanase (CBM56-GsCsn46A) on curdlan is 50.72 mg/g. The immobilized enzyme could be directly used in the packed-bed reactor. This immobilization strategy utilizes a natural polysaccharide without any treatment, avoiding the negative environmental effects. Moreover, the one step immobilization-purification simplifies the purification step, which reduces the use of chemicals. Our study provides a nontoxic and inexpensive immobilization strategy for the biocatalytic reaction in food industry.


Assuntos
Enzimas Imobilizadas/química , Enzimas Imobilizadas/isolamento & purificação , Glicosídeo Hidrolases/química , Glicosídeo Hidrolases/isolamento & purificação , Receptores de Superfície Celular/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Biocatálise , Enzimas Imobilizadas/metabolismo , Glicosídeo Hidrolases/metabolismo , Ligações de Hidrogênio , beta-Glucanas/química
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Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao ; 35(5): 871-879, 2019 May 25.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31223005

RESUMO

By using an RAD peptide display system derived from the ATPase domain of recombinase RadA of Pyrococcus furiosus, an anti-hCG antibody-like molecule was prepared by grafting an hCG-binding peptide to the RAD scaffold. After linking to sfGFP gene, a gene of hCG peptide-grafted RAD was synthesized and cloned into a bacterial expression vector (pET30a-RAD/hCGBP-sfGFP). The vector was transformed into Escherichia coli, and expression of the fusion protein was induced. After isolation and purification of the fusion protein, its binding affinity and specificity to hCG were determined by using a process of immunoabsorption followed by GFP fluorescence measurement. A comparison of hCG-binding activity with a similarly grafted single-domain antibody based on a universal scaffold was performed. The measurement of hCG-binding affinity and specificity revealed that the grafted RAD has an optimally high binding affinity and specificity to hCG, which are better than the grafted single-domain antibody. Moreover, the affinity and specificity of grafted RAD molecule are comparable to those of a commercial monoclonal antibody. In addition, the hCG-binding peptide-grafted RAD molecule has a relatively high biochemical stability, making it a good substitute for antibody with potential application.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Escherichia coli , Peptídeos , Anticorpos Monoclonais/química , Anticorpos Monoclonais/isolamento & purificação , Anticorpos Monoclonais/metabolismo , Especificidade de Anticorpos , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/metabolismo , Escherichia coli/genética , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Humanos , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo
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Nat Chem ; 11(7): 605-614, 2019 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31209296

RESUMO

Fractal topologies, which are statistically self-similar over multiple length scales, are pervasive in nature. The recurrence of patterns in fractal-shaped branched objects, such as trees, lungs and sponges, results in a high surface area to volume ratio, which provides key functional advantages including molecular trapping and exchange. Mimicking these topologies in designed protein-based assemblies could provide access to functional biomaterials. Here we describe a computational design approach for the reversible self-assembly of proteins into tunable supramolecular fractal-like topologies in response to phosphorylation. Guided by atomic-resolution models, we develop fusions of Src homology 2 (SH2) domain or a phosphorylatable SH2-binding peptide, respectively, to two symmetric, homo-oligomeric proteins. Mixing the two designed components resulted in a variety of dendritic, hyperbranched and sponge-like topologies that are phosphorylation-dependent and self-similar over three decades (~10 nm-10 µm) of length scale, in agreement with models from multiscale computational simulations. Designed assemblies perform efficient phosphorylation-dependent capture and release of cargo proteins.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Fractais , Agregados Proteicos , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Algoritmos , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Escherichia coli/química , Humanos , Modelos Químicos , Modelos Moleculares , Fosforilação , Engenharia de Proteínas/métodos , Multimerização Proteica , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Domínios de Homologia de src/genética , Quinases da Família src/metabolismo
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Nat Neurosci ; 22(7): 1089-1098, 2019 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31235908

RESUMO

Pericytes are positioned between brain capillary endothelial cells, astrocytes and neurons. They degenerate in multiple neurological disorders. However, their role in the pathogenesis of these disorders remains debatable. Here we generate an inducible pericyte-specific Cre line and cross pericyte-specific Cre mice with iDTR mice carrying Cre-dependent human diphtheria toxin receptor. After pericyte ablation with diphtheria toxin, mice showed acute blood-brain barrier breakdown, severe loss of blood flow, and a rapid neuron loss that was associated with loss of pericyte-derived pleiotrophin (PTN), a neurotrophic growth factor. Intracerebroventricular PTN infusions prevented neuron loss in pericyte-ablated mice despite persistent circulatory changes. Silencing of pericyte-derived Ptn rendered neurons vulnerable to ischemic and excitotoxic injury. Our data demonstrate a rapid neurodegeneration cascade that links pericyte loss to acute circulatory collapse and loss of PTN neurotrophic support. These findings may have implications for the pathogenesis and treatment of neurological disorders that are associated with pericyte loss and/or neurovascular dysfunction.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Transporte/fisiologia , Citocinas/fisiologia , Degeneração Neural/fisiopatologia , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/fisiologia , Neurônios/patologia , Pericitos/fisiologia , Choque/fisiopatologia , Animais , Isquemia Encefálica/fisiopatologia , Capilares/fisiopatologia , Proteínas de Transporte/uso terapêutico , Células Cultivadas , Circulação Cerebrovascular/fisiologia , Citocinas/deficiência , Citocinas/uso terapêutico , Células Endoteliais/citologia , Feminino , Genes Reporter , Infusões Intraventriculares , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C3H , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Transgênicos , Degeneração Neural/tratamento farmacológico , Neuroglia/metabolismo , Neurônios/metabolismo , Neurotoxinas/toxicidade , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Choque/metabolismo , Choque/patologia
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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31176867

RESUMO

In rice field eel (Monopterus albus), germ cell development in the developing gonad has been revealed in detail. However, it is unclear how primordial germ cells (PGCs) migrate to the somatic part of the gonad (genital ridge). This study visualized PGC migration by injecting a chimeric mRNA containing a fluorescent protein fused to the 3' untranslated region (3'UTR) of three different genes, nanos3 of zebrafish (Danio rerio) and dead end (dnd) and vasa of rice field eel. The mRNAs were injected either alone or in pairs into embryos at the one-cell stage. The results showed that mRNAs containing nanos3 and dnd 3'UTRs labeled PGCs over a wider time frame than those containing vasa 3'UTR, suggesting that nanos3 and dnd 3'UTRs are suitable for visualizing PGCs in rice field eel. Using this direct visualization method, the normal migration route of PGCs was observed from the 50%-epiboly stage to hatching stage for the first time, and the ectopic PGCs were also visualized during this period in rice field eel. These findings extend our knowledge of germ cell development, and lay a foundation for further research on the relationship between PGCs and sex differentiation, and on incubation conditions for embryos in rice field eel.


Assuntos
Células Germinativas/metabolismo , Smegmamorpha/embriologia , Regiões 3' não Traduzidas , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Animais , Movimento Celular/genética , Movimento Celular/fisiologia , RNA Helicases DEAD-box/genética , RNA Helicases DEAD-box/metabolismo , Feminino , Proteínas de Peixes/genética , Proteínas de Peixes/metabolismo , Células Germinativas/citologia , Proteínas Luminescentes/genética , Proteínas Luminescentes/metabolismo , Masculino , RNA/genética , RNA Mensageiro/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Homologia de Sequência de Aminoácidos , Smegmamorpha/genética , Smegmamorpha/metabolismo , Proteínas de Peixe-Zebra/genética , Proteínas de Peixe-Zebra/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 10(1): 2212, 2019 05 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31101808

RESUMO

In mammalian cells, double-stranded DNA breaks (DSBs) are preferentially repaired through end-joining processes that generally lead to mixtures of insertions and deletions (indels) or other rearrangements at the cleavage site. In the presence of homologous DNA, homology-directed repair (HDR) can generate specific mutations, albeit typically with modest efficiency and a low ratio of HDR products:indels. Here, we develop hRad51 mutants fused to Cas9(D10A) nickase (RDN) that mediate HDR while minimizing indels. We use RDN to install disease-associated point mutations in HEK293T cells with comparable or better efficiency than Cas9 nuclease and a 2.7-to-53-fold higher ratio of desired HDR product:undesired byproducts. Across five different human cell types, RDN variants generally result in higher HDR:indel ratios and lower off-target activity than Cas9 nuclease, although HDR efficiencies remain strongly site- and cell type-dependent. RDN variants provide precision editing options in cell types amenable to HDR, especially when byproducts of DSBs must be minimized.


Assuntos
Proteína 9 Associada à CRISPR/metabolismo , Engenharia Genética/métodos , Rad51 Recombinase/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Reparo de DNA por Recombinação , Proteína 9 Associada à CRISPR/genética , Quebras de DNA de Cadeia Dupla , Edição de Genes/métodos , Células HEK293 , Células HeLa , Humanos , Células-Tronco Pluripotentes Induzidas , Células K562 , Rad51 Recombinase/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Transfecção/métodos
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Nat Commun ; 10(1): 1930, 2019 04 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31036827

RESUMO

Many chromatin features play critical roles in regulating gene expression. A complete understanding of gene regulation will require the mapping of specific chromatin features in small samples of cells at high resolution. Here we describe Cleavage Under Targets and Tagmentation (CUT&Tag), an enzyme-tethering strategy that provides efficient high-resolution sequencing libraries for profiling diverse chromatin components. In CUT&Tag, a chromatin protein is bound in situ by a specific antibody, which then tethers a protein A-Tn5 transposase fusion protein. Activation of the transposase efficiently generates fragment libraries with high resolution and exceptionally low background. All steps from live cells to sequencing-ready libraries can be performed in a single tube on the benchtop or a microwell in a high-throughput pipeline, and the entire procedure can be performed in one day. We demonstrate the utility of CUT&Tag by profiling histone modifications, RNA Polymerase II and transcription factors on low cell numbers and single cells.


Assuntos
Cromatina/química , Epigenômica/métodos , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica/métodos , Análise de Célula Única/métodos , Coloração e Rotulagem/métodos , Cromatina/metabolismo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Biblioteca Genômica , Sequenciamento de Nucleotídeos em Larga Escala , Código das Histonas , Histonas/genética , Histonas/metabolismo , Humanos , Células K562 , RNA Polimerase II/genética , RNA Polimerase II/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Proteína Estafilocócica A/genética , Proteína Estafilocócica A/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Transposases/genética , Transposases/metabolismo
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Talanta ; 201: 397-405, 2019 Aug 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31122440

RESUMO

This article reports the identification, engineering and characterisation of recombinant single chain variable fragment (scFv) antibody against Zearalenone (ZEN), an oestrogenic mycotoxin, using phage display antibody technology. To increase the chance of obtaining clones that can bind to free toxin, the conjugated proteins of the target antigen, i.e. bovine serum albumin ZEN-BSA and ovalbumin ZEN-OVA, were switched during the biopanning. One phage-displayed scFv clone specific to free ZEN, designated yZEN2A8, could be isolated. The gene encoding the yZEN2A8 scFv was sub-cloned into the pET-21d (+) and pKP300 delta III vectors to generate the recombinant scFv and scFv-AP antibody formats, respectively. After ELISA optimisation by checkerboard titration, the sensitivities of the recombinant yZEN2A8 scFv antibody and scFv-AP fusion were improved approx. 2 and 60 folds, respectively. Competitive ELISA indicated that the median inhibition concentration (IC50) of recombinant yZEN2A8 scFv antibody and scFv-AP fusion after ELISA optimisation were 90 and 14 ng mL-1, with a limit of detection (LOD) of 20 and 2 ng mL-1, respectively. No cross-reactivity to other common mycotoxins was observed. Homology modelling illustrated specific binding of the recombinant antibody to ZEN and demonstrated the role of complementary determining regions (CDRs) of both the variable heavy and light chains in antibody-antigen interactions. Efficient application of scFv-AP for the detection of ZEN contamination in corns and wheat samples were investigated for the first time. The antibody in the form of scFv-AP can be used as a prototype for the development of a convenient reagent for the detection of ZEN contamination in various format, including biosensor-based.


Assuntos
Ração Animal/análise , Contaminação de Alimentos/análise , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/imunologia , Anticorpos de Cadeia Única/imunologia , Zearalenona/análise , Fosfatase Alcalina/genética , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Animais , Anticorpos Monoclonais/genética , Anticorpos Monoclonais/imunologia , Técnicas de Visualização da Superfície Celular/métodos , Ensaio de Imunoadsorção Enzimática/métodos , Escherichia coli/genética , Humanos , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Biblioteca de Peptídeos , Ligação Proteica , Coelhos , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/biossíntese , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Anticorpos de Cadeia Única/biossíntese , Anticorpos de Cadeia Única/genética , Anticorpos de Cadeia Única/metabolismo , Triticum/química , Zea mays/química , Zearalenona/imunologia , Zearalenona/metabolismo
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Acta Crystallogr F Struct Biol Commun ; 75(Pt 5): 324-331, 2019 May 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31045561

RESUMO

Haloalkane dehalogenases (HLDs) convert halogenated aliphatic pollutants to less toxic compounds by a hydrolytic mechanism. Owing to their broad substrate specificity and high enantioselectivity, haloalkane dehalogenases can function as biosensors to detect toxic compounds in the environment or can be used for the production of optically pure compounds. Here, the structural analysis of the haloalkane dehalogenase DpcA isolated from the psychrophilic bacterium Psychrobacter cryohalolentis K5 is presented at the atomic resolution of 1.05 Å. This enzyme exhibits a low temperature optimum, making it attractive for environmental applications such as biosensing at the subsurface environment, where the temperature typically does not exceed 25°C. The structure revealed that DpcA possesses the shortest access tunnel and one of the most widely open main tunnels among structural homologs of the HLD-I subfamily. Comparative analysis revealed major differences in the region of the α4 helix of the cap domain, which is one of the key determinants of the anatomy of the tunnels. The crystal structure of DpcA will contribute to better understanding of the structure-function relationships of cold-adapted enzymes.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Bactérias/química , Hidrocarbonetos Halogenados/química , Hidrolases/química , Psychrobacter/enzimologia , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Sítios de Ligação , Clonagem Molecular , Temperatura Baixa , Cristalografia por Raios X , Escherichia coli/genética , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Expressão Gênica , Vetores Genéticos/química , Vetores Genéticos/metabolismo , Hidrocarbonetos Halogenados/metabolismo , Hidrolases/genética , Hidrolases/metabolismo , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Ligação Proteica , Conformação Proteica em alfa-Hélice , Conformação Proteica em Folha beta , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas , Psychrobacter/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Homologia Estrutural de Proteína , Especificidade por Substrato , Termodinâmica
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Acta Crystallogr F Struct Biol Commun ; 75(Pt 5): 348-358, 2019 May 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31045564

RESUMO

Proton-dependent oligopeptide transporters (POTs) belong to the major facilitator superfamily (MFS) and transport dipeptides and tripeptides from the extracellular environment into the target cell. The human POTs PepT1 and PepT2 are also involved in the absorption of various orally ingested drugs. Previously reported structures revealed that the bacterial POTs possess 14 helices, of which H1-H6 and H7-H12 constitute the typical MFS fold and the residual two helices are involved in the cytoplasmic linker. PepTSo2 from Shewanella oneidensis is a unique POT which reportedly assembles as a 200 kDa tetramer. Although the previously reported structures suggested the importance of H12 for tetramer formation, the structural basis for the PepTSo2-specific oligomerization remains unclear owing to the lack of a high-resolution tetrameric structure. In this study, the expression and purification conditions for tetrameric PepTSo2 were optimized. A single-particle cryo-EM analysis revealed the tetrameric structure of PepTSo2 incorporated into Salipro nanoparticles at 4.1 Šresolution. Furthermore, a combination of lipidic cubic phase (LCP) crystallization and an automated data-processing system for multiple microcrystals enabled crystal structures of PepTSo2 to be determined at resolutions of 3.5 and 3.9 Å. The present structures in a lipid bilayer revealed the detailed mechanism for the tetrameric assembly of PepTSo2, in which a characteristic extracellular loop (ECL) interacts with two asparagine residues on H12 which were reported to be important for tetramerization and plays an essential role in oligomeric assembly. This study provides valuable insights into the oligomerization mechanism of this MFS-type transporter, which will further pave the way for understanding other oligomeric membrane proteins.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Bactérias/química , Proteínas de Transporte/química , Shewanella/química , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Sítios de Ligação , Proteínas de Transporte/genética , Proteínas de Transporte/metabolismo , Clonagem Molecular , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Cristalografia por Raios X , Escherichia coli/genética , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Expressão Gênica , Vetores Genéticos/química , Vetores Genéticos/metabolismo , Modelos Moleculares , Ligação Proteica , Conformação Proteica em alfa-Hélice , Conformação Proteica em Folha beta , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas , Multimerização Proteica , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Shewanella/metabolismo , Especificidade por Substrato
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Plant Sci ; 284: 117-126, 2019 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31084864

RESUMO

Previously, we showed that transplastomic tobacco plants expressing the LiHsp83-SAG1 fusion protein displayed a chlorotic phenotype and growth retardation, while plants expressing the SAG1 and GRA4 antigens alone did not. We conducted a comprehensive examination of the metabolic and photosynthetic parameters that could be affecting the normal growth of LiHsp83-SAG1 plants in order to understand the origin of these pleiotropic effects. These plants presented all photosynthetic pigments and parameters related to PSII efficiency significantly diminished. However, the expression of CHLI, RSSU and LHCa/b genes did not show significant differences between LiHsp83-SAG1 and control plants. Total protein, starch, and soluble sugar contents were also greatly reduced in LiHsp83-SAG1 plants. Since Hsp90 s are constitutively expressed at much higher concentrations at high temperatures, we tested if the fitness of LiHsp83-SAG1 over-expressing LiHsp83 would improve after heat treatment. LiHsp83-SAG1 plants showed an important alleviation of their phenotype and an evident recovery of the PSII function. As far as we know, this is the first report where it is demonstrated that a transplastomic line performs much better at higher temperatures. Finally, we detected that LiHsp83-SAG1 protein could be binding to key photosynthesis-related proteins at 37 °C. Our results suggest that the excess of this molecular chaperone could benefit the plant in a possible heat shock and prevent the expected denaturation of proteins. However, the LiHsp83-SAG1 protein content was weakly decreased in heat-treated plants. Therefore, we cannot rule out that the alleviation observed at 37 °C may be partially due to a reduction of the levels of the recombinant protein.


Assuntos
Antígenos de Protozoários/metabolismo , Proteínas de Choque Térmico/metabolismo , Leishmania infantum/metabolismo , Fotossíntese , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/metabolismo , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Toxoplasma/metabolismo , Clorofila/metabolismo , Cromatografia Gasosa-Espectrometria de Massas , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Temperatura Alta , Imunoprecipitação , Folhas de Planta/metabolismo , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/parasitologia , Tabaco
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Analyst ; 144(12): 3756-3764, 2019 Jun 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31070195

RESUMO

Protein phosphorylation is a very important regulatory mechanism in a majority of biological processes, and the determination of protein kinase activity plays a key role in the pathological study and drug development of kinase-related diseases. However, it is very challenging to in situ study endogenous protein kinase activity in a single living cell due to the shortage of in vivo efficient methods. Here, we propose a new strategy for direct determination of protein kinase activity in a single living cell by combining single molecule fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) with activity-based probes (ABPs). Ribosomal S6 kinase-2 (RSK2) was used as a model, and the ABPs were synthesized on the basis of RSK2 inhibitor FMK to specially label active RSK2 in living cells. Conventional FCS and MEMFCS (maximum entropy method) single molecule techniques were used to in situ determine RSK2 activity in living cells based on the difference in molecular weight between free probes and probe-RSK2 complexes. Furthermore, wild-type and mutated RSK2 were fused with enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) using lentivirus infection, and fluorescence cross-correlation spectroscopy (FCCS) was used to verify the selective binding of ABPs to RSK2-EGFP fusion protein in living cells. Finally, FCS with ABPs was applied for in situ monitoring of the activation of endogenous RSK2 in the stimulation of serum, epidermal growth factor, kinase inhibitors and ultraviolet irradiation; we observed that endogenous RSK2 showed different behaviors in the cytoplasm and the nucleus in some stimulation. Our results document that FCS with ABPs is a very promising method for studying endogenous protein kinases in living cells.


Assuntos
Ensaios Enzimáticos/métodos , Proteínas Quinases S6 Ribossômicas 90-kDa/análise , Análise de Célula Única/métodos , Espectrometria de Fluorescência/métodos , Compostos de Boro/síntese química , Compostos de Boro/química , Carbocianinas/síntese química , Carbocianinas/química , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Corantes Fluorescentes/síntese química , Corantes Fluorescentes/química , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Humanos , Mutação , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Proteínas Quinases S6 Ribossômicas 90-kDa/genética , Proteínas Quinases S6 Ribossômicas 90-kDa/metabolismo , Imagem Individual de Molécula/métodos
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 14: 3129-3143, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31118627

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Background: Bacillus Calmette-Guérin, the attenuated strain of Mycobacterium bovis, remains the only available vaccine against tuberculosis (TB). However, its ineffectiveness in adults against pulmonary TB and varied protective efficacy (0-80%) speak to an urgent need for the development of an improved and efficient TB vaccine. In this milieu, poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), is a preferential candidate, due to such properties as biocompatibility, targeted delivery, sustained antigen release, and atoxic by-products. Methods: In this study, we formulated PLGA nanoparticles (NPs) encapsulating the bivalent H1 antigen, a fusion of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) Ag85B and ESAT6 proteins, and investigated its role in immunomodulation and protection against Mtb challenge. Using the classical water-oil-water solvent-evaporation method, H1-NPs were prepared, with encapsulation efficiency of 86.1%±3.2%. These spherical NPs were ~244.4±32.6 nm in diameter, with a negatively charged surface (ζ-potential -4±0.6 mV). Results: Under physiological conditions, NPs degraded slowly and the encapsulated H1 antigen was released over a period of weeks. As a proof-of-concept vaccine candidate, H1 NPs were efficiently internalized by the THP-1 human macrophages. Six weeks after a single-dose vaccination, H1 NP-immunized C57BL/6J mice showed significant increase in the production of total serum IgG (P<0.0001) and its isotypes compared to H1 alone, IgG2a being the predominant one, followed by IgG1. Further, the cytokine-release profile of antigen-stimulated splenocyteculture supernatant indicated a strong TH1-biased immunoresponse in H1 NP-vaccinated mice, with ~6.03- and ~2.8-fold increase in IFNγ and TNFα cytokine levels, and ~twofold and 1.6 fold increase in IL4 and IL10 cytokines, respectively, compared to H1 alone-immunized mice. In protection studies, H1 NP-vaccinated mice displayed significant reductions in lung and spleen bacillary load (P<0.05) at 5-week post-Mtb H37Rv challenge and prolonged survival, with a mean survival time of 177 days, compared to H1 alone-vaccinated mice (mean survival time 80 days). Conclusion: Altogether, our findings highlight the significance of the H1-PLGA nanoformulation in terms of providing long-term protection in mice with a single dose.


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Imunidade , Nanopartículas/química , Copolímero de Ácido Poliláctico e Ácido Poliglicólico/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Tuberculose/imunologia , Tuberculose/prevenção & controle , Animais , Citocinas/metabolismo , Relação Dose-Resposta Imunológica , Liberação Controlada de Fármacos , Endocitose , Epitopos , Feminino , Humanos , Imunidade Humoral , Imunização , Imunoglobulina G/metabolismo , Macrófagos/metabolismo , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Mycobacterium tuberculosis/imunologia , Nanopartículas/administração & dosagem , Nanopartículas/ultraestrutura , Baço/citologia , Baço/imunologia , Análise de Sobrevida , Células THP-1 , Células Th1/imunologia , Vacinas contra a Tuberculose/imunologia , Vacinação
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Microb Cell Fact ; 18(1): 85, 2019 May 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31103030

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BACKGROUND: Cell surface display of recombinant proteins has become a powerful tool for biotechnology and biomedical applications. As a model eukaryotic microorganism, Saccharomyces cerevisiae is an ideal candidate for surface display of heterologous proteins. However, the frequently used commercial yeast surface display system, the a-agglutinin anchor system, often results in low display efficiency. RESULTS: We initially reconstructed the a-agglutinin system by replacing two anchor proteins with one anchor protein. By directly fusing the target protein to the N-terminus of Aga1p and inserting a flexible linker, the display efficiency almost doubled, and the activity of reporter protein α-galactosidase increased by 39%. We also developed new surface display systems. Six glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchored cell wall proteins were selected to construct the display systems. Among them, Dan4p and Sed1p showed higher display efficiency than the a-agglutinin anchor system. Linkers were also inserted to eliminate the effects of GPI fusion on the activity of the target protein. We further used the newly developed Aga1p, Dan4p systems and Sed1p system to display exoglucanase and a relatively large protein ß-glucosidase, and found that Aga1p and Dan4p were more suitable for immobilizing large proteins. CONCLUSION: Our study developed novel efficient yeast surface display systems, that will be attractive tools for biotechnological and biomedical applications.


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Técnicas de Visualização da Superfície Celular , Parede Celular/metabolismo , Glicoproteínas de Membrana/metabolismo , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Moléculas de Adesão Celular/metabolismo , Glicosilfosfatidilinositóis/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo
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MBio ; 10(2)2019 04 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30940700

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The flagellar motor can spin in both counterclockwise (CCW) and clockwise (CW) directions. The flagellar motor consists of a rotor and multiple stator units, which act as a proton channel. The rotor is composed of the transmembrane MS ring made of FliF and the cytoplasmic C ring consisting of FliG, FliM, and FliN. The C ring is directly involved in rotation and directional switching. The Salmonella FliF-FliG deletion fusion motor missing 56 residues from the C terminus of FliF and 94 residues from the N terminus of FliG keeps a domain responsible for the interaction with the stator intact, but its motor function is reduced significantly. Here, we report the structure and function of the FliF-FliG deletion fusion motor. The FliF-FliG deletion fusion not only resulted in a strong CW switch bias but also affected rotor-stator interactions coupled with proton translocation through the proton channel of the stator unit. The energy coupling efficiency of the deletion fusion motor was the same as that of the wild-type motor. Extragenic suppressor mutations in FliG, FliM, or FliN not only relieved the strong CW switch bias but also increased the motor speed at low load. The FliF-FliG deletion fusion made intersubunit interactions between C ring proteins tighter compared to the wild-type motor, whereas the suppressor mutations affect such tighter intersubunit interactions. We propose that a change of intersubunit interactions between the C ring proteins may be required for high-speed motor rotation as well as direction switching.IMPORTANCE The bacterial flagellar motor is a bidirectional rotary motor for motility and chemotaxis, which often plays an important role in infection. The motor is a large transmembrane protein complex composed of a rotor and multiple stator units, which also act as a proton channel. Motor torque is generated through their cyclic association and dissociation coupled with proton translocation through the proton channel. A large cytoplasmic ring of the motor, called C ring, is responsible for rotation and switching by interacting with the stator, but the mechanism remains unknown. By analyzing the structure and function of the wild-type motor and a mutant motor missing part of the C ring connecting itself with the transmembrane rotor ring while keeping a stator-interacting domain for bidirectional torque generation intact, we found interesting clues to the change in the C ring conformation for the switching and rotation involving loose and tight intersubunit interactions.


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Proteínas de Bactérias/química , Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Flagelos/fisiologia , Proteínas de Membrana/química , Proteínas de Membrana/metabolismo , Salmonella typhimurium/fisiologia , Movimento (Física) , Proteínas Mutantes/química , Proteínas Mutantes/metabolismo , Ligação Proteica , Conformação Proteica , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Supressão Genética
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PLoS Genet ; 15(4): e1007786, 2019 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30946740

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At the molecular level, the evolution of new traits can be broadly divided between changes in gene expression and changes in protein-coding sequence. For proteins, the evolution of novel functions is generally thought to proceed through sequential point mutations or recombination of whole functional units. In Saccharomyces, the uptake of the sugar maltotriose into the cell is the primary limiting factor in its utilization, but maltotriose transporters are relatively rare, except in brewing strains. No known wild strains of Saccharomyces eubayanus, the cold-tolerant parent of hybrid lager-brewing yeasts (Saccharomyces cerevisiae x S. eubayanus), are able to consume maltotriose, which limits their ability to fully ferment malt extract. In one strain of S. eubayanus, we found a gene closely related to a known maltotriose transporter and were able to confer maltotriose consumption by overexpressing this gene or by passaging the strain on maltose. Even so, most wild strains of S. eubayanus lack native maltotriose transporters. To determine how this rare trait could evolve in naive genetic backgrounds, we performed an adaptive evolution experiment for maltotriose consumption, which yielded a single strain of S. eubayanus able to grow on maltotriose. We mapped the causative locus to a gene encoding a novel chimeric transporter that was formed by an ectopic recombination event between two genes encoding transporters that are unable to import maltotriose. In contrast to classic models of the evolution of novel protein functions, the recombination breakpoints occurred within a single functional domain. Thus, the ability of the new protein to carry maltotriose was likely acquired through epistatic interactions between independently evolved substitutions. By acquiring multiple mutations at once, the transporter rapidly gained a novel function, while bypassing potentially deleterious intermediate steps. This study provides an illuminating example of how recombination between paralogs can establish novel interactions among substitutions to create adaptive functions.


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Proteínas de Transporte/genética , Proteínas de Transporte/metabolismo , Proteínas Fúngicas/genética , Proteínas Fúngicas/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Saccharomyces/genética , Saccharomyces/metabolismo , Trissacarídeos/metabolismo , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Cerveja/microbiologia , Proteínas de Transporte/química , Evolução Molecular Direcionada , Fermentação , Proteínas Fúngicas/química , Conversão Gênica , Genes Fúngicos , Hibridização Genética , Proteínas de Transporte de Monossacarídeos/química , Proteínas de Transporte de Monossacarídeos/genética , Proteínas de Transporte de Monossacarídeos/metabolismo , Filogenia , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/química , Saccharomyces/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/química , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genética , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Homologia de Sequência de Aminoácidos , Especificidade da Espécie , Simportadores/química , Simportadores/genética , Simportadores/metabolismo
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PLoS Genet ; 15(4): e1007853, 2019 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30946741

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Saccharomyces eubayanus is the non-S. cerevisiae parent of the lager-brewing hybrid S. pastorianus. In contrast to most S. cerevisiae and Frohberg-type S. pastorianus strains, S. eubayanus cannot utilize the α-tri-glucoside maltotriose, a major carbohydrate in brewer's wort. In Saccharomyces yeasts, utilization of maltotriose is encoded by the subtelomeric MAL gene family, and requires transporters for maltotriose uptake. While S. eubayanus strain CBS 12357T harbors four SeMALT genes which enable uptake of the α-di-glucoside maltose, it lacks maltotriose transporter genes. In S. cerevisiae, sequence identity indicates that maltotriose and maltose transporters likely evolved from a shared ancestral gene. To study the evolvability of maltotriose utilization in S. eubayanus CBS 12357T, maltotriose-assimilating mutants obtained after UV mutagenesis were subjected to laboratory evolution in carbon-limited chemostat cultures on maltotriose-enriched wort. An evolved strain showed improved maltose and maltotriose fermentation in 7 L fermenter experiments on industrial wort. Whole-genome sequencing revealed a novel mosaic SeMALT413 gene, resulting from repeated gene introgressions by non-reciprocal translocation of at least three SeMALT genes. The predicted tertiary structure of SeMalT413 was comparable to the original SeMalT transporters, but overexpression of SeMALT413 sufficed to enable growth on maltotriose, indicating gene neofunctionalization had occurred. The mosaic structure of SeMALT413 resembles the structure of S. pastorianus maltotriose-transporter gene SpMTY1, which has high sequences identity to alternatingly S. cerevisiae MALx1, S. paradoxus MALx1 and S. eubayanus SeMALT3. Evolution of the maltotriose transporter landscape in hybrid S. pastorianus lager-brewing strains is therefore likely to have involved mechanisms similar to those observed in the present study.


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Proteínas de Transporte/genética , Proteínas de Transporte/metabolismo , Proteínas Fúngicas/genética , Proteínas Fúngicas/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Saccharomyces/genética , Saccharomyces/metabolismo , Trissacarídeos/metabolismo , Cerveja/microbiologia , Proteínas de Transporte/química , Evolução Molecular Direcionada , Fermentação , Proteínas Fúngicas/química , Genes Fúngicos , Hibridização Genética , Maltose/metabolismo , Modelos Moleculares , Mutagênese , Estrutura Terciária de Proteína , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/química , Recombinação Genética , Saccharomyces/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Sequenciamento Completo do Genoma
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Nat Commun ; 10(1): 1901, 2019 04 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31015409

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Asymmetric cell division is a major mechanism generating cell diversity. As cell cycle duration varies among cells in mammalian tissue culture cells, we asked whether their division asymmetry contributes to this variability. We identify among sibling cells an outlier using hierarchical clustering on cell cycle durations of granddaughter cells obtained by lineage tracking of single histone2B-labelled MDCKs. Remarkably, divisions involving outlier cells are not uniformly distributed in lineages, as shown by permutation tests, but appear to emerge from asymmetric divisions taking place at non-stochastic levels: a parent cell influences with 95% confidence and 0.5% error the unequal partitioning of the cell cycle duration in its two progenies. Upon ninein downregulation, this variability propagation is lost, and outlier frequency and variability in cell cycle durations in lineages is reduced. As external influences are not detectable, we propose that a cell-autonomous process, possibly involved in cell specialisation, determines cell cycle duration variability.


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Divisão Celular Assimétrica , Linhagem da Célula/genética , Proteínas do Citoesqueleto/genética , Escherichia coli/citologia , Histonas/genética , Animais , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Rastreamento de Células/métodos , Proteínas do Citoesqueleto/metabolismo , Cães , Escherichia coli/genética , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Expressão Gênica , Genes Reporter , Histonas/metabolismo , Proteínas Luminescentes/genética , Proteínas Luminescentes/metabolismo , Células Madin Darby de Rim Canino , Modelos Biológicos , Proteínas Nucleares/genética , Proteínas Nucleares/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Fatores de Tempo
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