Dereplication of peptidic natural products through database search of mass spectra

October 31st, 2016 by Hosein Mohimani

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 30 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2219

Authors: Hosein Mohimani, Alexey Gurevich, Alla Mikheenko, Neha Garg, Louis-Felix Nothias, Akihiro Ninomiya, Kentaro Takada, Pieter C Dorrestein & Pavel A Pevzner

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Profiling drugs for rheumatoid arthritis that inhibit synovial fibroblast activation

October 31st, 2016 by Douglas S Jones

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 38 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2211

Authors: Douglas S Jones, Anne P Jenney, Jennifer L Swantek, John M Burke, Douglas A Lauffenburger & Peter K Sorger

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Potent and selective bivalent inhibitors of BET bromodomains

October 24th, 2016 by Michael J Waring

Nature Chemical Biology 12, 1097 (2016). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2210

Authors: Michael J Waring, Huawei Chen, Alfred A Rabow, Graeme Walker, Romel Bobby, Scott Boiko, Rob H Bradbury, Rowena Callis, Edwin Clark, Ian Dale, Danette L Daniels, Austin Dulak, Liz Flavell, Geoff Holdgate, Thomas A Jowitt, Alexey Kikhney, Mark McAlister, Jacqui Méndez, Derek Ogg, Joe Patel, Philip Petteruti, Graeme R Robb, Matthew B Robers, Sakina Saif, Natalie Stratton, Dmitri I Svergun, Wenxian Wang, David Whittaker, David M Wilson & Yi Yao

Small-molecule factor D inhibitors targeting the alternative complement pathway

October 24th, 2016 by J├╝rgen Maibaum

Nature Chemical Biology 12, 1105 (2016). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2208

Authors: Jürgen Maibaum, Sha-Mei Liao, Anna Vulpetti, Nils Ostermann, Stefan Randl, Simon Rüdisser, Edwige Lorthiois, Paul Erbel, Bernd Kinzel, Fabrice A Kolb, Samuel Barbieri, Julia Wagner, Corinne Durand, Kamal Fettis, Solene Dussauge, Nicola Hughes, Omar Delgado, Ulrich Hommel, Ty Gould, Aengus Mac Sweeney, Bernd Gerhartz, Frederic Cumin, Stefanie Flohr, Anna Schubart, Bruce Jaffee, Richard Harrison, Antonio Maria Risitano, Jörg Eder & Karen Anderson

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Selective recognition of histone crotonylation by double PHD fingers of MOZ and DPF2

October 24th, 2016 by Xiaozhe Xiong

Nature Chemical Biology 12, 1111 (2016). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2218

Authors: Xiaozhe Xiong, Tatyana Panchenko, Shuang Yang, Shuai Zhao, Peiqiang Yan, Wenhao Zhang, Wei Xie, Yuanyuan Li, Yingming Zhao, C David Allis & Haitao Li

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Design and characterization of bivalent BET inhibitors

October 24th, 2016 by Minoru Tanaka

Nature Chemical Biology 12, 1089 (2016). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2209

Authors: Minoru Tanaka, Justin M Roberts, Hyuk-Soo Seo, Amanda Souza, Joshiawa Paulk, Thomas G Scott, Stephen L DeAngelo, Sirano Dhe-Paganon & James E Bradner

Necroptosis-like neuronal cell death caused by cellular cholesterol accumulation [Neurobiology]

October 18th, 2016 by Funakoshi, T., Aki, T., Tajiri, M., Unuma, K., Uemura, K.

Aberrant cellular accumulation of cholesterol is associated with neuronal lysosomal storage disorders such as Niemann-Pick disease Type C (NPC). We have shown previously that l-norephedrine (l-Nor), a sympathomimetic amine, induces necrotic cell death associated with massive cytoplasmic vacuolation in SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cells. To reveal the molecular mechanism underling necrotic neuronal cell death caused by l-Nor, we examined alterations in the gene expression profile of cells during l-Nor exposure. DNA microarray analysis revealed that the gene levels for cholesterol transport (LDL receptor and NPC2) as well as cholesterol biosynthesis (mevalonate pathway enzymes) are increased after exposure to 3 mM l-Nor for ~6 hours. Concomitant with this observation, the master transcriptional regulator of cholesterol homeostasis, SREBP-2, is activated by l-Nor. The increase in cholesterol uptake as well as biosynthesis is not accompanied by an increase in cholesterol in the plasma membrane, but rather by aberrant accumulation in cytoplasmic compartments. We also found that cell death by l-Nor can be suppressed by nec-1s, an inhibitor of a regulated form of necrosis, necroptosis. Abrogation of SREBP-2 activation by the small molecule inhibitor betulin or by overexpression of dominant negative SREBP-2 efficiently reduces cell death by l-Nor. The mobilization of cellular cholesterol in the presence cyclodextrin (CD) also suppresses cell death. These results were also observed in primary culture of striatum neurons. Taken together, our results indicate that the excessive uptake as well as synthesis of cholesterol should underlie neuronal cell death by l-Nor exposure, and suggest a possible link between lysosomal cholesterol storage disorders and the regulated form of necrosis in neuronal cells.

Synthetic biology: Cholera detectors

October 18th, 2016 by Caitlin Deane

Nature Chemical Biology 12, 889 (2016). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2222

Author: Caitlin Deane

Proteomics: Fishing for zinc

October 18th, 2016 by Grant Miura

Nature Chemical Biology 12, 889 (2016). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2220

Author: Grant Miura

Protein dynamics: Conformational footprints

October 18th, 2016 by Buyong Ma

Nature Chemical Biology 12, 890 (2016). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2212

Authors: Buyong Ma & Ruth Nussinov

The mechanisms by which proteins evolve new functions can be slow and mysterious. Comprehensive structural analysis of enzyme variants reveal how gradual enrichments of pre-existing populations with the right productive dynamics for new functions can accomplish this aim.