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  • MECHANISM  (5)
  • 1
    Keywords: brain ; COMBINATION ; Germany ; GENERATION ; SYSTEM ; liver ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; HEART ; COMPLEX ; COMPLEXES ; MECHANISM ; RAT ; PHOSPHORYLATION ; TARGET ; RAT-LIVER ; SUBUNIT ; MEMBRANE ; STRESS ; MODULATION ; MITOCHONDRIA ; OXYGEN ; antioxidants ; PROTEOMICS ; reactive oxygen species ; glutathione-S-transferase ; GENE-EXPRESSION PROFILE ; ageing ; GEL-ELECTROPHORESIS ; assembly ; proteome ; REACTIVE OXYGEN ; ROS ; CALORIE RESTRICTION ; SHORT-TERM ; COMPLEX-I ; MEMBRANE-PROTEINS ; CYTOCHROME-C-OXIDASE ; DIGE ; Species ; ROS PRODUCTION ; SHIFT ; RESPIRATORY-CHAIN
    Abstract: Mitochondria being the major source and target of reactive oxygen species (ROS) play a crucial role during ageing. We analyzed ageing and calorie restriction (CR)-induced changes in abundance of rat liver mitochondrial proteins to understand key aspects behind the age-retarding mechanism of CR. The combination of blue-native (BN) gel system with fluorescence Difference Gel Electrophoresis (DIGE) facilitated an efficient analysis of soluble and membrane proteins, existing as monomers or multi-protein assemblies. Changes in abundance of specific key subunits of respiratory chain complexes I, IV and V, critical for activity and/or assembly of the complexes were identified. CR lowered complex I assembly and complex IV activity, which is discussed as a molecular mechanism to minimize ROS production at mitochondria. Notably, the antioxidant system was found to be least affected. The GSH:GSSG couple could be depicted as a rapid mean to handle the fluctuations in ROS levels led by reversible metabolic shifts. We evaluated the relative significance of ROS generation against quenching. We also observed parallel and unidirectional changes as effect of ageing and CR, in subunits of ATP synthase, cytochrome P450 and glutathione S-transferase. This is the first report on such 'putatively hormetic' ageing-analogous effects of CR, besides the age-retarding ones
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19894137
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  • 2
    Keywords: MECHANISM ; CELL-DEATH ; MUTATIONS ; CRYSTAL-STRUCTURE ; CD95-induced apoptosis ; IMMUNE-SYSTEM ; ABSOLUTE QUANTIFICATION ; CASPASE-8 GENE ; PROCASPASE-8 ACTIVATION ; EXTRINSIC APOPTOSIS
    Abstract: The CD95 (Fas/APO-1) death-inducing signaling complex (DISC) is essential for the initiation of CD95-mediated apoptotic and nonapoptotic responses. The CD95 DISC comprises CD95, FADD, procaspase-8, procaspase-10, and c-FLIP proteins. Procaspase-8 and procaspase-10 are activated at the DISC, leading to the formation of active caspases and apoptosis initiation. In this study we analyzed the stoichiometry of the CD95 DISC. Using quantitative western blots, mass spectrometry, and mathematical modeling, we reveal that the amount of DED proteins procaspase-8/procaspase-10 and c-FLIP at the DISC exceeds that of FADD by several-fold. Furthermore, our findings imply that procaspase-8, procaspase-10, and c-FLIP could form DED chains at the DISC, enabling the formation of dimers and efficient activation of caspase-8. Taken together, our findings provide an enhanced understanding of caspase-8 activation and initiation of apoptosis at the DISC.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 22683265
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  • 3
    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; EXPRESSION ; Germany ; INFORMATION ; SUPPORT ; TOOL ; SITE ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; TRANSDUCTION ; MECHANISM ; primary ; RAT ; mechanisms ; signal transduction ; MEMBRANE ; SIGNAL-TRANSDUCTION ; mass spectrometry ; MASS-SPECTROMETRY ; LOCALIZATION ; RECEPTORS ; FOOD ; protein expression ; PROTEOMIC ANALYSIS ; POLYACRYLAMIDE GELS ; NEURONS ; analysis ; TECHNOLOGY ; EPITHELIUM ; ENGLAND ; enzymatic ; XENOBIOTIC-METABOLIZING ENZYMES ; CHEMOSENSORY CILIA ; NUCLEOTIDE-GATED CHANNEL ; olfactory receptor neurons ; ODORANT RECEPTORS ; SENSITIVE ADENYLATE-CYCLASE ; sensory cilia
    Abstract: The cilia of mammalian olfactory receptor neurons (ORNs) represent the sensory interface that is exposed to the air within the nasal cavity. The cilia are the site where odorants bind to specific receptors and initiate olfactory transduction that leads to excitation of the neuron. This process involves a multitude of ciliary proteins that mediate chemoelectrical transduction, amplification, and adaptation of the primary sensory signal. Many of these proteins were initially identified by their enzymatic activities using a membrane protein preparation from olfactory cilia. This so-called "calcium-shock" preparation is a versatile tool for the exploration of protein expression, enzyme kinetics, regulatory mechanisms, and ciliary development. To support such studies, we present a first proteomic analysis of this membrane preparation. We subjected the cilia preparation to liquid chromatography-electrospray ionisation (LC-ESI-MS/MS) tandem mass spectrometry and identified 268 proteins, of which 49% are membrane proteins. A detailed analysis of their cellular and subcellular localization showed that the cilia preparation obtained by calcium shock not only is highly enriched in ORN proteins but also contains a significant amount of nonciliary material. Although our proteomic study does not identify the entire set of ciliary and nonciliary proteins, it provides the first estimate of the purity of the calcium-shock preparation and provides valuable biochemical information for further research
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18032372
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  • 4
    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; Germany ; MODEL ; INFORMATION ; SYSTEM ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; GENOME ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; RESOLUTION ; MECHANISM ; FAMILY ; DOMAIN ; mechanisms ; TOLERANCE ; CYCLE ; SEQUENCE ; IDENTIFICATION ; gene expression ; HEAT-SHOCK ; mass spectrometry ; SPECTROMETRY ; DATABASE ; MASS-SPECTROMETRY ; PROJECT ; PROTEOMICS ; PROTEIN IDENTIFICATION ; ARABIDOPSIS-THALIANA ; HIGH-RESOLUTION ; ANNOTATION ; SCIENCE ; LIFE ; MOLECULAR-MECHANISMS ; GLUTATHIONE S-TRANSFERASES ; Genetic ; protein extraction ; MILNESIUM-TARDIGRADUM ; RICHTERSIUS-CORONIFER ; ARTEMIA-FRANCISCANA ; DESICCATION TOLERANCE ; EST ; Sequence information ; Molecular mechanisms ; BRINE SHRIMP ; TREHALOSE
    Abstract: Background: Tardigrades are small, multicellular invertebrates which are able to survive times of unfavourable environmental conditions using their well-known capability to undergo cryptobiosis at any stage of their life cycle. Milnesium tardigradum has become a powerful model system for the analysis of cryptobiosis. While some genetic information is already available for Milnesium tardigradum the proteome is still to be discovered. Principal Findings: Here we present to the best of our knowledge the first comprehensive study of Milnesium tardigradum on the protein level. To establish a proteome reference map we developed optimized protocols for protein extraction from tardigrades in the active state and for separation of proteins by high resolution two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Since only limited sequence information of M. tardigradum on the genome and gene expression level is available to date in public databases we initiated in parallel a tardigrade EST sequencing project to allow for protein identification by electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry. 271 out of 606 analyzed protein spots could be identified by searching against the publicly available NCBInr database as well as our newly established tardigrade protein database corresponding to 144 unique proteins. Another 150 spots could be identified in the tardigrade clustered EST database corresponding to 36 unique contigs and ESTs. Proteins with annotated function were further categorized in more detail by their molecular function, biological process and cellular component. For the proteins of unknown function more information could be obtained by performing a protein domain annotation analysis. Our results include proteins like protein member of different heat shock protein families and LEA group 3, which might play important roles in surviving extreme conditions. Conclusions: The proteome reference map of Milnesium tardigradum provides the basis for further studies in order to identify and characterize the biochemical mechanisms of tolerance to extreme desiccation. The optimized proteomics workflow will enable application of sensitive quantification techniques to detect differences in protein expression, which are characteristic of the active and anhydrobiotic states of tardigrades
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20224743
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  • 5
    Keywords: MECHANISM ; FAMILY ; TOLERANCE ; SEQUENCE ; MOLECULAR CHAPERONES ; heat shock proteins ; NUCLEOTIDE EXCHANGE FACTORS ; HSP70 ; MILNESIUM-TARDIGRADUM ; RICHTERSIUS-CORONIFER ; co-chaperones ; CRYSTALLIN PROTEIN ; high throughput proteomics ; Hsp40 (DnaJ) ; Hsp60 (chaperonin) ; Hsp70 (DnaK) ; HSP90 ; small heat shock proteins ; Tardigrades
    Abstract: The eutardigrade Milnesium tardigradum can undergo cryptobiosis and can survive extreme environmental conditions. However, the survival mechanisms of tardigrades are still poorly understood. Heat shock proteins (Hsps) as an important subgroup of chaperones which protect proteins from irreversible aggregation and degradation might play an important role in anhydrobiosis. In this report, we therefore investigated Hsps in tardigrades in the active versus the anhydrobiotic state employing proteomics techniques. Protein lysates from tardigrades in both states were separated by one-dimensional gel electrophoresis, in-gel digested with trypsin and tryptic peptides were analyzed by high sensitive nanoLC-ESI-MS/MS on a LTQ-Orbitrap mass spectrometer. This study indicates the presence of Hsps of the major chaperone families Hsp40, Hsp60, Hsp70, Hsp90, small Hsps and furthermore nucleotide exchange factors and co-chaperones in Milnesium tardigradum. A comparative analysis of the identified Hsps in both states was performed by calculating the exponentially modified protein abundance index
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
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