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    Keywords: PEPTIDE ; human ; DISEASE ; SITE ; SITES ; PROTEIN ; SAMPLE ; SAMPLES ; SERA ; INDUCTION ; BINDING ; treatment ; ACID ; IDENTIFICATION ; SUBUNIT ; DIFFERENCE ; MOBILITY ; GAS ; ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC-LEUKEMIA ; IONIZATION ; ACETYLATED SIALIC ACIDS ; sialic acid ; VISCERAL LEISHMANIASIS ; C-REACTIVE PROTEIN ; acute-phase protein ; BINDING CHARACTERISTICS ; CATLA-CATLA ; CHROMATOGRAPHY ; ELECTROPHORESIS ; FRAGMENTS ; GLUCOSE ; glycosylation ; INDIVIDUALS ; LABEO-ROHITA ; LECTIN ; lectin binding ; LIQUID-CHROMATOGRAPHY ; MAJOR CARP ; matrix-assisted laser-desorption ionization analysis (MALDI analysis) ; molecular modelling ; protein-protein interaction ; PROTEIN-PROTEIN INTERACTIONS ; SIALIC-ACID ; SUBUNITS
    Abstract: As an acute-phase protein, human C-reactive protein (CRP) is clinically important. CRPs were purified from several samples in six different pathological conditions, where their levels ranged from 22 to 342 mug/ml. Small, but significant, variations in electrophoretic mobilities on native PAGE suggested differences in molecular mass, charge and/or shape. Following separation by 9 SDS/PAGE, the), showed single subunits with some differences in their molecular masses ranging between 27 and 30.5 kDa, but for a particular disease, the mobility was the same for CRPs purified from multiple individuals or pooled sera. Isoelectric focusing (IEF) also indicated that the purified CRPs differed from each other. Glycosylation was demonstrated in these purified CRPs by Digoxigenin kits, neuraminidase treatment and binding with lectins. The presence of N-linked sugar moiety was confirmed by N-glycosidase F digestion. The presence of sialic acid, glucose, galactose and mannose has been demonstrated by gas liquid chromatography, mass spectroscopic and fluorimetric analysis. Matrix-assisted laser-desorption ionization analysis of the tryptic digests of three CRPs showed systematic absence of two peptide fragments, one at the N-terminus and the other near the C-terminus. Model-building suggested that the loss of these fragments exposed two potential glycosylation sites on a cleft floor keeping the protein-protein interactions in pentraxins and calcium-dependent phosphorylcholine-binding qualitatively unaffected. Thus we have convincingly demonstrated that human CRP is glycosylated in some pathological conditions
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12693993
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    Keywords: SPECTRA ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; CELL ; COMBINATION ; Germany ; human ; PERFUSION ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; SEQUENCE ; SIGNAL ; cell culture ; culture ; ACID ; FORM ; ASSAY ; PURIFICATION ; GOLGI-APPARATUS ; CHROMATOGRAPHY ; HIGH-LEVEL EXPRESSION ; CORE PROTEIN ; serine ; QUANTITIES ; AFFINITY ; PROTEOGLYCAN ; AFFINITY-CHROMATOGRAPHY ; BETA-D-XYLOSYLTRANSFERASE ; glycosyltransferase,proteoglycan,perfusion chromatography,insect cells ; HIGH-LEVEL ; JAR CHORIOCARCINOMA CELLS ; MOLECULAR-CLONING ; PERFUSION CHROMATOGRAPHY ; PROTEIN LINKAGE REGION ; SERUM XYLOSYLTRANSFERASE ; SYSTEMIC-SCLEROSIS ; UDP-D-XYLOSE
    Abstract: Human xylosyltransferase I (XT-I) catalyzes the transfer of xylose from UDP-xylose to consensus serine residues of proteoglycan core proteins. Expression of a soluble form of recombinant histidine-tagged XT-I (rXT-I-HIS) was accomplished at a high level with High Five/pCG255-1 insect cells in suspension culture. The recombinant protein was purified to homogeneity by a combination of heparin affinity chromatography and metal (Ni2+) chelate affinity chromatography. Using the modern technique of perfusion chromatography, a rapid procedure for purification of the rXT-I-HIS from insect cell culture supernatant was developed. The purified, biologically active enzyme was homogeneous on SIDS-PAGE, was detected with anti-XT-I-antibodies, and had the expected tryptic fragment mass spectrum. N-terminal amino acid sequencing demonstrated that the N-terminal signal sequence of the expressed protein was quantitatively cleaved. The total yield of the enzyme after purification was 18% and resulted in a specific XT-I activity of 7.9 mU/mg. The K-m of the enzyme for recombinant [Val(36) Val(38)](delta1),[Gly(92),Ile(94)](delta2) bikunin was 0.8 muM. About 5 rag purified enzyme could be obtained from 1 L cell culture supernatant. The availability of substantial quantities of active, homogeneous enzyme will be of help in future biochemical and biophysical characterization of XT-I and for the development of a immunological XT-I assay. (C) 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 14680799
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  • 3
    Keywords: COMBINATION ; Germany ; INHIBITION ; SITE ; PROTEIN ; RELEASE ; MECHANISM ; DOMAIN ; BIOLOGY ; MEMBER ; MEMBERS ; MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY ; SEQUENCE ; SEQUENCES ; SIGNAL ; MATURATION ; ACID ; CLEAVAGE ; GLYCOPROTEIN ; virus ; RETROVIRUSES ; COMPONENT ; PEPTIDES ; REPLICATION ; INTERACTS ; CLEAVAGE SITE ; foamy virus ; GAG ; INFECTIVITY ; protease ; MALDI-MS ; molecular biology ; FEATURES ; RESIDUES ; VIRIONS ; 2-DIMENSIONAL ELECTROPHORESIS ; ENVELOPE GLYCOPROTEINS ; RESCUE ; TERMINAL GAG DOMAIN
    Abstract: The molecular biology of spuma or foamy retroviruses is different from that of the other members of the Retroviridae. Among the distinguishing features, the N-terminal domain of the foamy virus Env glycoprotein, the 16-kDa Env leader protein Elp, is a component of released, infectious virions and is required for particle budding. The transmembrane protein Elp specifically interacts with N-terminal Gag sequences during morphogenesis. In this study, we investigate the mechanism of Elp release from the Env precursor protein. By a combination of genetic, biochemical, and biophysical methods, we show that the feline foamy virus (FFV) Elp is released by a cellular furin-like protease, most likely furin itself, generating an Elp protein consisting of 127 amino acid residues. The cleavage site fully conforms to the rules for an optimal furin site. Proteolytic processing at the furin cleavage site is required for full infectivity of FFV. However, utilization of other furin proteases and/or cleavage at a suboptimal signal peptidase cleavage site can partially rescue virus viability. In addition, we show that FFV Elp carries an N-linked oligosaccharide that is not conserved among the known foamy viruses
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15564468
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    Keywords: PROTEINS ; EYE ; LARGE GENE LISTS ; POLYACRYLAMIDE GEL-ELECTROPHORESIS ; PROLIFERATIVE DIABETIC-RETINOPATHY ; AQUEOUS-HUMOR ; PANTHER
    Abstract: Mapping of proteins involved in normal eye functions is a prerequisite to identify pathological changes during eye disease processes. We therefore analysed the proteome of human vitreous by applying in-depth proteomic screening technologies. For ethical reasons human vitreous samples were obtained by vitrectomy from "surrogate normal patients" with epiretinal gliosis that is considered to constitute only negligible pathological vitreoretinal changes. We applied different protein prefractionation strategies including liquid phase isoelectric focussing, 1D SDS gel electrophoresis and a combination of both and compared the number of identified proteins obtained by the respective method. Liquid phase isoelectric focussing followed by SDS gel electrophoresis increased the number of identified proteins by a factor of five compared to the analysis of crude unseparated human vitreous. Depending on the prefractionation method proteins were subjected to trypsin digestion either in-gel or in solution and the resulting peptides were analysed on a UPLC system coupled online to an LTQ Orbitrap XL mass spectrometer. The obtained mass spectra were searched against the SwissProt database using the Mascot search engine. Bioinformatics tools were used to annotate known biological functions to the detected proteins. Following this strategy we examined the vitreous proteomes of three individuals and identified 1111 unique proteins. Besides structural, transport and binding proteins, we detected 261 proteins with known enzymatic activity, 51 proteases, 35 protease inhibitors, 35 members of complement and coagulation cascades, 15 peptide hormones, 5 growth factors, 11 cytokines, 47 receptors, 30 proteins of visual perception, 91 proteins involved in apoptosis regulation and 265 proteins with signalling activity. This highly complex mixture strikingly differs from the human plasma proteome. Thus human vitreous fluid seems to be a unique body fluid. 262 unique proteins were detected which are present in all three patient samples indicating that these might represent the constitutive protein pattern of human vitreous. The presented catalogue of human vitreous proteins will enhance our understanding of physiological processes in the eye and provides the groundwork for future studies on pathological vitreous proteome changes.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 23688336
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    Keywords: CANCER CELLS ; CELLS ; tumor ; carcinoma ; Germany ; NETWORKS ; PROTEIN ; COMPLEX ; COMPLEXES ; MARKER ; RAT ; tumour ; ASSOCIATION ; MOLECULE ; ALPHA ; antibodies ; antibody ; PROGRESSION ; CARCINOMA CELLS ; MEMBRANE ; METASTASIS ; CARCINOMA-CELLS ; BETA ; SUPERFAMILY ; INTEGRIN ; CARCINOMAS ; LIPID RAFTS ; MASSES ; molecular ; EP-CAM ; interaction ; ORGANIZER ; CORE ; carcinoma cell ; beta 1 integrin ; CD151 ; CD9 ; D6.1A ; MAJOR CD9 ; prostaglandin F2 alpha receptor-regulatory protein (FPRP) ; raft ; RECEPTOR REGULATORY PROTEIN ; tetraspanin-enriched microdomain (TEM) ; TM4SF PROTEINS
    Abstract: Tetraspanins function as molecular organizers of multi-protein complexes by assembling primary complexes of a relatively low mass into extensive networks involved in cellular signalling. In this paper, we summarize our studies performed on the tetraspanin D6.1A/CO-029/TM4SF3 expressed by rat carcinoma cells. Primary complexes of D6.1A are almost indistinguishable from complexes isolated with anti-CD9 antibody. Indeed, both tetra-spanins directly associate with each other and with a third tetraspanin, CD81. Moreover, FPRP (prostaglandin F2 alpha receptor-regulatory protein)/EWI-F/CD9P-1), an Ig superfamily member that has been described to interact with CD9 and CD81, is also a prominent element in D6.1A complexes. Primary complexes isolated with D6.1A-specific antibody are clearly different from complexes containing the tetraspanin CD151. CD151 is found to interact only with D6.1A if milder conditions, i.e. lysis with LubrolWX instead of Brij96, are applied to disrupt cellular membranes. CD151 probably mediates the interaction of D6.1A primary complexes with alpha 3 beta 1 integrin. In addition, two other molecules were identified to be part of D6.1A complexes at this higher level of association: type II phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase and EpCAM, an epithelial marker protein overexpressed by many carcinomas. The characterization of the D6.1A core complex and additional more indirect interactions will help to elucidate the role in tumour progression and metastasis attributed to D6.1A
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15725074
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    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; APOPTOSIS ; EXPRESSION ; IN-VITRO ; THERAPY ; GENE ; LINES ; RECOGNITION ; PROSTATE-CANCER ; GLIOMA ; GLIOMA-CELLS ; T-CELL-ACTIVATION ; TGF-BETA ; TUMOR-CELL ; cancer research ; GLIOBLASTOMA ; B7-H3 ; FURIN-LIKE PROTEASES
    Abstract: PURPOSE: Recent work points out a role of B7H3, a member of the B7-family of costimulatory proteins, in conveying immunosuppression and enforced invasiveness in a variety of tumor entities. Glioblastoma is armed with effective immunosuppressive properties resulting in an impaired recognition and ineffective attack of tumor cells by the immune system. In addition, extensive and diffuse invasion of tumor cells into the surrounding brain tissue limits the efficacy of local therapies. Here, 4IgB7H3 is assessed as diagnostic and therapeutic target for glioblastoma. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: To characterize B7H3 in glioblastoma, we conduct analyses not only in glioma cell lines and glioma-initiating cells but also in human glioma tissue specimens. RESULTS: B7H3 expression by tumor and endothelial cells correlates with the grade of malignancy in gliomas and with poor survival. Both soluble 4IgB7H3 in the supernatant of glioma cells and cell-bound 4IgB7H3 are functional and suppress natural killer cell-mediated tumor cell lysis. Gene silencing showed that membrane and soluble 4IgB7H3 convey a proinvasive phenotype in glioma cells and glioma-initiating cells in vitro. These proinvasive and immunosuppressive properties were confirmed in vivo by xenografted 4IgB7H3 gene silenced glioma-initiating cells, which invaded significantly less into the surrounding brain tissue in an orthotopic model and by subcutaneously injected LN-229 cells, which were more susceptible to natural killer cell-mediated cytotoxicity than unsilenced control cells. CONCLUSIONS: Because of its immunosuppressive and proinvasive function, 4IgB7H3 may serve as a therapeutic target in the treatment of glioblastoma.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 22080438
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    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; GROWTH ; GENE ; ACTIVATION ; SUPPRESSION ; GLIOMA ; temozolomide ; GLIOBLASTOMA ; HYPOXIA-INDUCIBLE FACTORS
    Abstract: A hypoxic microenvironment induces resistance to alkylating agents by activating targets in the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway. The molecular mechanisms involved in this mTOR-mediated hypoxia-induced chemoresistance, however, are unclear. Here we identify the mTOR target N-myc downstream regulated gene 1 (NDRG1) as a key determinant of resistance toward alkylating chemotherapy, driven by hypoxia but also by therapeutic measures such as irradiation, corticosteroids, and chronic exposure to alkylating agents via distinct molecular routes involving hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1alpha, p53, and the mTOR complex 2 (mTORC2)/serum glucocorticoid-induced protein kinase 1 (SGK1) pathway. Resistance toward alkylating chemotherapy but not radiotherapy was dependent on NDRG1 expression and activity. In posttreatment tumor tissue of patients with malignant gliomas, NDRG1 was induced and predictive of poor response to alkylating chemotherapy. On a molecular level, NDRG1 bound and stabilized methyltransferases, chiefly O(6)-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT), a key enzyme for resistance to alkylating agents in glioblastoma patients. In patients with glioblastoma, MGMT promoter methylation in tumor tissue was not more predictive for response to alkylating chemotherapy in patients who received concomitant corticosteroids.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 24367102
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    Keywords: GENE ; MELANOGASTER ; BINDING-PROTEIN ; CHAPERONE ; REACTION CYCLE ; INTERACTION NETWORK ; IMAGINAL DISCS ; HUMAN TRANSCRIPTION MACHINERY ; R2TP COMPLEX ; 2ND CHROMOSOME
    Abstract: The R2TP is a recently identified Hsp90 co-chaperone, composed of four proteins as follows: Pih1D1, RPAP3, and the AAA(+)-ATPases RUVBL1 and RUVBL2. In mammals, the R2TP is involved in the biogenesis of cellular machineries such as RNA polymerases, small nucleolar ribonucleoparticles and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase-related kinases. Here, we characterize the spaghetti (spag) gene of Drosophila, the homolog of human RPAP3. This gene plays an essential function during Drosophila development. We show that Spag protein binds Drosophila orthologs of R2TP components and Hsp90, like its yeast counterpart. Unexpectedly, Spag also interacts and stimulates the chaperone activity of Hsp70. Using null mutants and flies with inducible RNAi, we show that spaghetti is necessary for the stabilization of snoRNP core proteins and target of rapamycin activity and likely the assembly of RNA polymerase II. This work highlights the strong conservation of both the HSP90/R2TP system and its clients and further shows that Spag, unlike Saccharomyces cerevisiae Tah1, performs essential functions in metazoans. Interaction of Spag with both Hsp70 and Hsp90 suggests a model whereby R2TP would accompany clients from Hsp70 to Hsp90 to facilitate their assembly into macromolecular complexes.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 24394412
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    Abstract: AIMS: Iron deficiency (ID) is associated with adverse outcomes in heart failure (HF) but the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. Intracellular iron availability is secured by two mRNA-binding iron-regulatory proteins (IRPs), IRP1 and IRP2. We generated mice with a cardiomyocyte-targeted deletion of Irp1 and Irp2 to explore the functional implications of ID in the heart independent of systemic ID and anaemia. METHODS AND RESULTS: Iron content in cardiomyocytes was reduced in Irp-targeted mice. The animals were not anaemic and did not show a phenotype under baseline conditions. Irp-targeted mice, however, were unable to increase left ventricular (LV) systolic function in response to an acute dobutamine challenge. After myocardial infarction, Irp-targeted mice developed more severe LV dysfunction with increased HF mortality. Mechanistically, the activity of the iron-sulphur cluster-containing complex I of the mitochondrial electron transport chain was reduced in left ventricles from Irp-targeted mice. As demonstrated by extracellular flux analysis in vitro, mitochondrial respiration was preserved at baseline but failed to increase in response to dobutamine in Irp-targeted cardiomyocytes. As shown by 31P-magnetic resonance spectroscopy in vivo, LV phosphocreatine/ATP ratio declined during dobutamine stress in Irp-targeted mice but remained stable in control mice. Intravenous injection of ferric carboxymaltose replenished cardiac iron stores, restored mitochondrial respiratory capacity and inotropic reserve, and attenuated adverse remodelling after myocardial infarction in Irp-targeted mice but not in control mice. As shown by electrophoretic mobility shift assays, IRP activity was significantly reduced in LV tissue samples from patients with advanced HF and reduced LV tissue iron content. CONCLUSIONS: ID in cardiomyocytes impairs mitochondrial respiration and adaptation to acute and chronic increases in workload. Iron supplementation restores cardiac energy reserve and function in iron-deficient hearts.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 27545647
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