Phospholipid Subcellular Localization and Dynamics [Membrane Biology]

March 27th, 2018 by Yanbo Yang, Minhyoung Lee, Gregory D. Fairn

Membrane biology seeks to understand how lipids and proteins within bilayers assemble into large structures such as organelles and the plasma membrane. Historically, lipids were thought to merely provide structural support for bilayer formation and membrane protein function. Research has now revealed that phospholipid metabolism regulates nearly all cellular processes. Sophisticated techniques helped identify >10,000 lipid species, suggesting that lipids support many biological processes. Here, we highlight the synthesis of the most abundant glycerophospholipids classes and their distribution in organelles. We review vesicular and nonvesicular transport pathways shuttling lipids between organelles and discuss lipid regulators of membrane trafficking and second messengers in eukaryotic cells.

Intrinsic properties and plasma membrane trafficking route of Src family kinase SH4 domains sensitive to retargeting by HIV-1 Nef [Microbiology]

March 27th, 2018 by Amanda J. Chase, Rebecka Wombacher, Oliver T. Fackler

The HIV-1 pathogenicity factor Nef enhances viral replication by modulating multiple host cell pathways, including tuning the activation state of infected CD4 T lymphocytes to optimize virus spread. For this, Nef inhibits anterograde transport of the Src family kinase (SFK) Lck toward the plasma membrane (PM). This leads to retargeting of the kinase to the trans-Golgi network (TGN), while the intracellular transport of a related SFK, Fyn, is unaffected by Nef. The 18 amino acid SH4 domain membrane anchor of Lck is necessary and sufficient for Nef-mediated retargeting, but other details of this process are not known. The goal of this study was therefore to identify characteristics of SH4 domains responsive to Nef and the transport machinery used. Screening a panel of SFK SH4 domains revealed two groups that were sensitive or insensitive for TGN retargeting by Nef, as well as the importance of the amino acid at position 8 for determining Nef-sensitivity. Anterograde transport of Nef-sensitive domains was characterized by slower delivery to the PM and initial targeting to Golgi membranes, where transport was arrested in the presence of Nef. For Nef-sensitive SH4 domains, ectopic expression of the lipoprotein binding chaperone (LPC) Unc119a or the GTPase Arl3 or reduction of their endogenous expression phenocopied the effect of Nef. Together, these results suggest that (i) analogous to K-Ras, Nef-sensitive SH4 domains are transported to the PM by a cycle of solubilization and membrane insertion and (ii) intrinsic properties define SH4 domains as cargo of this Nef-sensitive LPC-GTPase transport cycle.
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TAGing for destruction

March 26th, 2018 by Aisha Yesbolatova

TAGing for destruction

TAGing for destruction, Published online: 26 March 2018; doi:10.1038/s41589-018-0024-5

Proteins brought to an E3 ubiquitin ligase are polyubiquitylated for rapid degradation via the proteasome. A new study developed a tag-based degradation system using heterobifunctional degradation inducers called dTAGs, which rapidly depleted FKBP12F36V-fused proteins in cultured cells and in mice.

The dTAG system for immediate and target-specific protein degradation

March 26th, 2018 by Behnam Nabet

The dTAG system for immediate and target-specific protein degradation

The dTAG system for immediate and target-specific protein degradation, Published online: 26 March 2018; doi:10.1038/s41589-018-0021-8

The dTAG system pairs potent heterobifunctional degraders and extensible tagging strategies to achieve immediate and reversible degradation of divergent proteins, facilitating biological investigation and drug target validation in cells and in mice.
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Biosynthesis of redox-active metabolites in response to iron deficiency in plants

March 26th, 2018 by Jakub Rajniak

Biosynthesis of redox-active metabolites in response to iron deficiency in plants

Biosynthesis of redox-active metabolites in response to iron deficiency in plants, Published online: 26 March 2018; doi:10.1038/s41589-018-0019-2

The biosynthesis and secretion of redox-active coumarins sideretin and fraxetin in Arabidopsis thaliana enables the plant to acquire iron under nutrient-limited conditions and provides a blueprint for the use of related compounds in other eudicots.
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Unfolding of a ClC chloride transporter retains memory of its evolutionary history

March 26th, 2018 by Duyoung Min

Unfolding of a ClC chloride transporter retains memory of its evolutionary history

Unfolding of a ClC chloride transporter retains memory of its evolutionary history, Published online: 26 March 2018; doi:10.1038/s41589-018-0025-4

A single-molecule forced unfolding of E. coli chloride transporter ClC-ec1 shows that the N- and C-terminal halves of the protein unfold independently, with exposed polar surfaces stabilized by membrane lipid head groups and water.
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[ASAP] Structures of the Catalytic Domain of Bacterial Primase DnaG in Complexes with DNA Provide Insight into Key Priming Events

March 22nd, 2018 by Caixia Hou, Tapan Biswas, Oleg V. Tsodikov

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Biochemistry
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.8b00036

[ASAP] A Complementary Chemical and Genomic Screening Approach for Druggable Targets in the Nrf2 Pathway and Small Molecule Inhibitors to Overcome Cancer Cell Drug Resistance

March 21st, 2018 by James H. Matthews, Xiao Liang, Valerie J. Paul, Hendrik Luesch

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ACS Chemical Biology
DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.7b01025
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Call for Papers: 256th ACS in Boston, MA, August 18-23, 2018

March 20th, 2018 by pthomas2

The Fall ACS Meeting in Boston will be held August 19-23, 2018. Deadline for Abstract Submission is Thursday, March 22nd at 11:59 PM EDT.
We will not be able to accept late submissions. If you are submitting a poster, we recommend that you check the box for the SciMix.

Discovery of enzymes for toluene synthesis from anoxic microbial communities

March 19th, 2018 by Harry R. Beller

Discovery of enzymes for toluene synthesis from anoxic microbial communities

Discovery of enzymes for toluene synthesis from anoxic microbial communities, Published online: 19 March 2018; doi:10.1038/s41589-018-0017-4

The source of biological toluene production in diverse anoxic microbial communities is a glycyl radical enzyme that catalyzes phenylacetate decarboxylation (PhdB), and its cognate activating radical S-adenosylmethionine enzyme (PhdA).
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