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1. chinaXiv:201605.01459 [pdf]

Structure and function of Mycobacterium smegmatis 7-keto-8-aminopelargonic acid (KAPA) synthase

Fan, Shanghua; Chen, Guanjun; Li, De-Feng; Wang, Da-Cheng; Fleming, Joy; Zhang, Hongtai; Zhou, Ying; Zhang, Xian-En; Bi, Lijun; Li, De-Feng; Wang, Da-Cheng; Fleming, Joy; Zhang, Hongtai; Zhou, Ying; Zhang, Xian-En; Bi, Lijun; Zhou, Lin; Chen, Tao; Zhou, Jie
Subjects: Biology >> Biophysics >> Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

The biotin biosynthesis pathway is an attractive target for development of novel drugs against mycobacterial pathogens, however there are as yet no suitable inhibitors that target this pathway in mycobacteria. 7-Keto-8-aminopelargonic acid synthase (KAPA synthase, BioF) is the enzyme which catalyzes the first committed step of the biotin synthesis pathway, but both its structure and function in mycobacteria remain unresolved. Here we present the crystal structure of Mycobacterium smegmatis BioF (MsBioF). The structure reveals an incomplete dimer, and the active site organization is similar to, but distinct from Escherichia coli 8-amino-7-oxononanoate synthase (EcAONS), the E. coli homologue of BioF. To investigate the influence of structural characteristics on the function of MsBioF, we deleted bioF in M. smegmatis and confirmed that BioF is required for growth in the absence of exogenous biotin. Based on structural and mutagenesis studies, we confirmed that pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP) binding site residues His129, Lys235 and His200 are essential for MsBioF activity in vivo and residue Glul 71 plays an important, but not essential role in MsBioF activity. The N-terminus (residues 1-37) is also essential for MsBioF activity in vivo. The structure and function of MsBioF reported here provides further insights for developing new anti-tuberculosis inhibitors aimed at the biotin synthesis pathway. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

submitted time 2016-05-12 Hits1398Downloads803 Comment 0

2. chinaXiv:201605.01433 [pdf]

Purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic studies of Rv3899c from Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Song, Yingjia; Li, Honglin; Bi, Lijun; Liu, Jianghui; Wang, Shihua; Liu, Jianghui; Wang, Shihua; Li, De-Feng; Wang, Da-Cheng; Bi, Lijun; Li, De-Feng; Wang, Da-Cheng; Bi, Lijun; Zhou, Jie
Subjects: Biology >> Biophysics

Rv3899c, a hypothetical protein from Mycobacterium tuberculosis that is conserved within the mycobacteria, is predicted to be secreted and has been found in culture filtrates. Here, Rv3899c has been cloned, expressed in Escherichia coli and purified using standard chromatographic techniques. The hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method with PEG 3350 as a precipitant was used to crystallize the protein. N-terminal sequencing results showed that the amino-acid sequence of the crystallized protein began with GATAG, indicating that it is a fragment containing residues 184-410 of Rv3899c. Rv3899c(184-410) crystals exhibited the symmetry of space group P2(1)2(1)2(1), with unit-cell parameters a = 49.88, b = 54.72, c = 75.52 angstrom, = = = 90 degrees, and diffracted to a resolution of 1.90 angstrom.

submitted time 2016-05-12 Hits1184Downloads632 Comment 0

3. chinaXiv:201605.01371 [pdf]

Succinylome Analysis Reveals the Involvement of Lysine Succinylation in Metabolism in Pathogenic Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Yang, Mingkun; Wang, Yan; Chen, Ying; Mo, Ran; Ge, Feng; Cheng, Zhongyi; Gu, Jing; Deng, Jiaoyu; Wang, Xude; Bi, Lijun; Chen, Chuangbin
Subjects: Biology >> Biophysics

Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the causative agent of human tuberculosis, remains one of the most prevalent human pathogens and a major cause of mortality worldwide. Metabolic network is a central mediator and defining feature of the pathogenicity of Mtb. Increasing evidence suggests that lysine succinylation dynamically regulates enzymes in carbon metabolism in both bacteria and human cells; however, its extent and function in Mtb remain unexplored. Here, we performed a global succinylome analysis of the virulent Mtb strain H37Rv by using high accuracy nano-LC-MS/MS in combination with the enrichment of succinylated peptides from digested cell lysates and subsequent peptide identification. In total, 1545 lysine succinylation sites on 626 proteins were identified in this pathogen. The identified succinylated proteins are involved in various biological processes and a large proportion of the succinylation sites are present on proteins in the central metabolism pathway. Site-specific mutations showed that succinylation is a negative regulatory modification on the enzymatic activity of acetylCoA synthetase. Molecular dynamics simulations demonstrated that succinylation affects the conformational stability of acetyl-CoA synthetase, which is critical for its enzymatic activity. Further functional studies showed that CobB, a sirtuin-like deacetylase in Mtb, functions as a desuccinylase of acetyl-CoA synthetase in in vitro assays. Together, our findings reveal widespread roles for lysine succinylation in regulating metabolism and diverse processes in Mtb. Our data provide a rich resource for functional analyses of lysine succinylation and facilitate the dissection of metabolic networks in this life-threatening pathogen.

submitted time 2016-05-12 Hits1215Downloads728 Comment 0

4. chinaXiv:201605.01344 [pdf]

Discovery and characterization of Ku acetylation in Mycobacterium smegmatis

Zhou, Ying; Fleming, Joy; Wang, Liwei; Wang, Yingying; Zhang, Xiaoli; Wei, Wenjing; Bi, Lijun; Chen, Tao; Zhou, Lin; Deng, Jiaoyu; Wang, Xude
Subjects: Biology >> Biophysics

Lysine acetylation is an important post-translational modification and is known to regulate many eukaryotic cellular processes. Little, however, is known about acetylated proteins in prokaryotes. Here, using immunoblotting, mass spectrometry and mutagenesis studies, we investigate the acetylation dynamics of the DNA repair protein Ku and its relationship with the deacetylase protein Sir2 and the non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) pathway in Mycobacterium smegmatis. We report that acetylation of Ku increases with growth, while NHEJ activity decreases, providing support for the hypothesis that acetylation of Ku may be involved in the DNA damage response in bacteria. Ku has multiple lysine sites. Our results indicate that K29 is an important acetylation site and that deficiency of Sir2 or mutation of K29 affects the quantity of Ku and its acetylation dynamics. Our findings expand knowledge of acetylation targets in prokaryotes and indicate a new direction for further research on bacterial DNA repair mechanisms.

submitted time 2016-05-11 Hits1242Downloads697 Comment 0

5. chinaXiv:201605.01341 [pdf]

Quantitative Proteomics Analysis Reveals Novel Insights into Mechanisms of Action of Long Noncoding RNA Hox Transcript Antisense Intergenic RNA (HOTAIR) in HeLa Cells

Zheng, Peng; Xiong, Qian; Wu, Ying; Chen, Ying; Chen, Zhuo; Ge, Feng; Fleming, Joy; Bi, Lijun; Gao, Ding
Subjects: Biology >> Biophysics

Long noncoding RNAs (IncRNAs), which have emerged in recent years as a new and crucial layer of gene regulators, regulate various biological processes such as carcinogenesis and metastasis. HOTAIR (Hox transcript antisense intergenic RNA), a lncRNA overexpressed in most human cancers, has been shown to be an oncogenic lncRNA. Here, we explored the role of HOTAIR in HeLa cells and searched for proteins regulated by HOTAIR. To understand the mechanism of action of HOTAIR from a systems perspective, we employed a quantitative proteomic strategy to systematically identify potential targets of HOTAIR. The expression of 170 proteins was significantly dys-regulated after inhibition of HOTAIR, implying that they could be potential targets of HOTAIR. Analysis of this data at the systems level revealed major changes in proteins involved in diverse cellular components, including the cytoskeleton and the respiratory chain. Further functional studies on vimentin (VIM), a key protein involved in the cytoskeleton, revealed that HOTAIR exerts its effects on migration and invasion of HeLa cells, at least in part, through the regulation of VIM expression. Inhibition of HOTAIR leads to mitochondrial dysfunction and ultrastructural alterations, suggesting a novel role of HOTAIR in maintaining mitochondrial function in cancer cells. Our results provide novel insights into the mechanisms underlying the function of HOTAIR in cancer cells. We expect that the methods used in this study will become an integral part of functional studies of IncRNAs.

submitted time 2016-05-11 Hits1329Downloads701 Comment 0

6. chinaXiv:201605.01298 [pdf]

Integrative analysis of differentially expressed microRNAs of pulmonary alveolar macrophages from piglets during H1N1 swine influenza A virus infection

Jiang, Pengfei; Zhou, Na; Chen, Xinyu; Zhao, Xing; Li, Dengyun; Wang, Fen; Zhang, Deli; Jiang, Pengfei; Bi, Lijun
Subjects: Biology >> Biophysics

H1N1 swine influenza A virus (H1N1 SwIV) is one key subtype of influenza viruses with pandemic potential. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are endogenous small RNA molecules that regulate gene expression. MiRNAs relevant with H1N1 SwIV have rarely been reported. To understand the biological functions of miRNAs during H1N1 SwIV infection, this study profiled differentially expressed (DE) miRNAs in pulmonary alveolar macrophages from piglets during the H1N1 SwIV infection using a deep sequencing approach, which was validated by quantitative real-time PCR. Compared to control group, 70 and 16 DE miRNAs were respectively identified on post-infection day (PID) 4 and PID 7. 56 DE miRNAs were identified between PID 4 and PID 7. Our results suggest that most host miRNAs are down-regulated to defend the H1N1 SwIV infection during the acute phase of swine influenza whereas their expression levels gradually return to normal during the recovery phase to avoid the occurrence of too severe porcine lung damage. In addition, targets of DE miRNAs were also obtained, for which bioinformatics analyses were performed. Our results would be useful for investigating the functions and regulatory mechanisms of miRNAs in human influenza because pig serves as an excellent animal model to study the pathogenesis of human influenza.

submitted time 2016-05-11 Hits1043Downloads617 Comment 0

7. chinaXiv:201605.01287 [pdf]

Crystal structure of FadD32, an enzyme essential for mycolic acid biosynthesis in mycobacteria

Li, Wenjuan; Gu, Shoujin; Fleming, Joy; Bi, Lijun; Gu, Shoujin
Subjects: Biology >> Biophysics

Fatty acid degradation protein D32 (FadD32), an enzyme required for mycolic acid biosynthesis and essential for mycobacterial growth, has recently been identified as a valid and promising target for anti-tuberculosis drug development. Here we report the crystal structures of Mycobacterium smegmatis FadD32 in the apo and ATP-bound states at 2.4 angstrom and 2.25 angstrom resolution, respectively. FadD32 consists of two globular domains connected by a flexible linker. ATP binds in a cleft at the interface between the N- and C-terminal domains and its binding induces significant local conformational changes in FadD32. The binding sites of meromycolic acid and phosphopantetheine are identified by structural comparison with other members of the adenylating enzyme superfamily. These results will improve our understanding of the catalytic mechanism of FadD32 and help in the design of inhibitors of this essential enzyme.

submitted time 2016-05-11 Hits1231Downloads620 Comment 0

8. chinaXiv:201605.00720 [pdf]

The beta(2) clamp in the Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA polymerase III alpha beta(2)epsilon replicase promotes polymerization and reduces exonuclease activity

Gu, Shoujin; Li, Wenjuan; Zhang, Hongtai; Fleming, Joy; Wei, Wenjing; Hou, Jian; Zhou, Ying; Lin, Shiqiang; Zhang, Xian-En; Bi, Lijun; Gu, Shoujin; Li, Wenjuan; Zhang, Hongtai; Fleming, Joy; Wei, Wenjing; Hou, Jian; Zhou, Ying; Lin, Shiqiang; Zhang, Xian-En; Bi, Lijun
Subjects: Biology >> Biophysics

DNA polymerase III (DNA pol III) is a multi-subunit replication machine responsible for the accurate and rapid replication of bacterial genomes, however, how it functions in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) requires further investigation. We have reconstituted the leading-strand replication process of the Mtb DNA pol III holoenzyme in vitro, and investigated the physical and functional relationships between its key components. We verify the presence of an alpha beta(2)epsilon polymerase-clamp-exonuclease replicase complex by biochemical methods and protein-protein interaction assays in vitro and in vivo and confirm that, in addition to the polymerase activity of its a subunit, Mtb DNA pol III has two potential proofreading subunits; the alpha and epsilon subunits. During DNA replication, the presence of the beta(2) clamp strongly promotes the polymerization of the alpha beta(2)epsilon replicase and reduces its exonuclease activity. Our work provides a foundation for further research on the mechanism by which the replication machinery switches between replication and proofreading and provides an experimental platform for the selection of antimicrobials targeting DNA replication in Mtb.

submitted time 2016-05-05 Hits1430Downloads790 Comment 0

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