A novel interaction mechanism accounting for different acylphosphatase effects on cardiac and fast twitch skeletal muscle sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium pumps. (1/700)

In cardiac and skeletal muscle Ca2+ translocation from cytoplasm into sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) is accomplished by different Ca2+-ATPases whose functioning involves the formation and decomposition of an acylphosphorylated phosphoenzyme intermediate (EP). In this study we found that acylphosphatase, an enzyme well represented in muscular tissues and which actively hydrolyzes EP, had different effects on heart (SERCA2a) and fast twitch skeletal muscle SR Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA1). With physiological acylphosphatase concentrations SERCA2a exhibited a parallel increase in the rates of both ATP hydrolysis and Ca2+ transport; in contrast, SERCA1 appeared to be uncoupled since the stimulation of ATP hydrolysis matched an inhibition of Ca2+ pump. These different effects probably depend on phospholamban, which is associated with SERCA2a but not SERCA1. Consistent with this view, the present study suggests that acylphosphatase-induced stimulation of SERCA2a, in addition to an enhanced EP hydrolysis, may be due to a displacement of phospholamban, thus to a removal of its inhibitory effect.  (+info)

Characterization of the nucleoside triphosphatase activity of poliovirus protein 2C reveals a mechanism by which guanidine inhibits poliovirus replication. (2/700)

The highly conserved non-structural protein 2C of picornaviruses is involved in viral genome replication and encapsidation and in the rearrangement of intracellular structures. 2C binds RNA, has nucleoside triphosphatase activity, and shares three motifs with superfamily III helicases. Motifs "A" and "B" are involved in nucleotide triphosphate (NTP) binding and hydrolysis, whereas a function for motif "C" has not yet been demonstrated. Poliovirus RNA replication is inhibited by millimolar concentrations of guanidine hydrochloride (GdnHCl). Resistance and dependence to GdnHCl map to 2C. To characterize the nucleoside triphosphatase activity of 2C, we purified poliovirus recombinant 2C fused to glutathione S-transferase (GST-2C) from Escherichia coli. GST-2C hydrolyzed ATP with a Km of 0.7 mM. Other NTPs, including GTP, competed with ATP for binding to 2C but were poor substrates for hydrolysis. Mutation of conserved residues in motif A and B abolished ATPase activity, as did mutation of the conserved asparagine residue in motif C, an observation indicating the involvement of this motif in ATP hydrolysis. GdnHCl at millimolar concentrations inhibited ATP hydrolysis. Mutations in 2C that confer poliovirus resistant to or dependent on GdnHCl increased the tolerance to GdnHCl up to 100-fold.  (+info)

The serine protease and RNA-stimulated nucleoside triphosphatase and RNA helicase functional domains of dengue virus type 2 NS3 converge within a region of 20 amino acids. (3/700)

NS3 protein of dengue virus type 2 has a serine protease domain within the N-terminal 180 residues. NS2B is required for NS3 to form an active protease involved in processing of the viral polyprotein precursor. The region carboxy terminal to the protease domain has conserved motifs present in several viral RNA-stimulated nucleoside triphosphatase (NTPase)/RNA helicases. To define the functional domains of protease and NTPase/RNA helicase activities of NS3, full-length and amino-terminal deletion mutants of NS3 were expressed in Escherichia coli and purified. Deletion of 160 N-terminal residues of NS3 (as in NS3del.2) had no detrimental effect on the basal and RNA-stimulated NTPase as well as RNA helicase activities. However, mutagenesis of the conserved P-loop motif of the RNA helicase domain (K199E) resulted in loss of ATPase activity. The RNA-stimulated NTPase activity was significantly affected by deletion of 20 amino acid residues from the N terminus or by substitutions of the cluster of basic residues, 184RKRK-->QNGN, of NS3del.2, although both mutant proteins retained the conserved RNA helicase motifs. Furthermore, the minimal NS3 protease domain, required for cleavage of the 2B-3 site, was precisely defined to be 167 residues, using the in vitro processing of NS2B-NS3 precursors. Our results reveal that the functional domains required for serine protease and RNA-stimulated NTPase activities map within the region between amino acid residues 160 and 180 of NS3 protein and that a novel motif, the cluster of basic residues 184RKRK, plays an important role for the RNA-stimulated NTPase activity.  (+info)

The Saccharomyces cerevisiae YOR163w gene encodes a diadenosine 5', 5"'-P1,P6-hexaphosphate (Ap6A) hydrolase member of the MutT motif (Nudix hydrolase) family. (4/700)

The YOR163w open reading frame on chromosome XV of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome encodes a member of the MutT motif (nudix hydrolase) family of enzymes of Mr 21,443. By cloning and expressing this gene in Escherichia coli and S. cerevisiae, we have shown the product to be a (di)adenosine polyphosphate hydrolase with a previously undescribed substrate specificity. Diadenosine 5',5"'-P1, P6-hexaphosphate is the preferred substrate, and hydrolysis in H218O shows that ADP and adenosine 5'-tetraphosphate are produced by attack at Pbeta and AMP and adenosine 5'-pentaphosphate are produced by attack at Palpha with a Km of 56 microM and kcat of 0.4 s-1. Diadenosine 5',5"'-P1,P5-pentaphosphate, adenosine 5'-pentaphosphate, and adenosine 5'-tetraphosphate are also substrates, but not diadenosine 5',5"'-P1,P4-tetraphosphate or other dinucleotides, mononucleotides, nucleotide sugars, or nucleotide alcohols. The enzyme, which was shown to be expressed in log phase yeast cells by immunoblotting, displays optimal activity at pH 6.9, 50 degrees C, and 4-10 mM Mg2+ (or 200 microM Mn2+). It has an absolute requirement for a reducing agent, such as dithiothreitol (1 mM), and is inhibited by Ca2+ with an IC50 of 3.3 mM and F- (noncompetitively) with a Ki of 80 microM. Its function may be to eliminate potentially toxic dinucleoside polyphosphates during sporulation.  (+info)

Characterization and mutational analysis of the helicase and NTPase activities of hepatitis C virus full-length NS3 protein. (5/700)

The non-structural protein 3 (NS3) of hepatitis C virus (HCV) possesses three activities which are likely to be essential for virus replication; a serine protease located in the N terminus and helicase and NTPase activities located in the C terminus. Sequence analysis of the helicase/NTPase domain has identified motifs indicative of the DEAD-box family of helicases. Here we present the characterization of the helicase and NTPase activities of full-length NS3, expressed as a His-tagged fusion protein in E. coli, and make comparisons with published data of NS3 helicase domain alone. The helicase and NTPase activities of full-length NS3 have been demonstrated and we have characterized the effects of amino acid substitutions on conserved motifs of NS3 helicase. Helicase and NTPase activities were dependent on Mg2+ and ATP and inhibited by monovalent cations. NS3 was able to hydrolyse all four NTPs and dNTPs to drive DNA duplex unwinding but with differing abilities. NTPase activity was stimulated by all polynucleotides tested, with poly(U) having the greatest effect. Mutational analysis of conserved motifs of NS3 helicase showed all conserved residues to be required for optimal activity. These results are in accord with a recently proposed model for NS3 helicase activity.  (+info)

The FHIT gene is expressed in pancreatic ductular cells and is altered in pancreatic cancers. (6/700)

We examined 2 normal pancreata, 21 primary pancreatic ductal cancers, and 19 pancreatic cancer cell lines for Fhit expression and FHIT gene status. The normal pancreas expressed Fhit protein in the cytoplasm of ductular cells, whereas interlobular and larger ducts, acini, and insulae of Langerhans were negative. Fhit protein was detected by immunoblot assay in 11 pancreatic cancer cell lines; of the 8 cell lines lacking Fhit protein, 7 lacked FHIT mRNA and 1 showed an abnormally sized transcript. DNA from five of these eight cell lines showed homozygous loss of FHIT exon 5. In 8 of the 21 primary cancers, Fhit expression was detected by immunohistochemistry. Reverse transcription-PCR analysis of 6 of the 13 cases lacking Fhit showed normal-sized FHIT product in 3 cases and a mixture of normal and abnormal products in the other 3. Sequencing showed that abnormal bands were missing variable numbers of exons. Loss of microsatellite DNA markers internal to the FHIT gene was observed in 10 of 13 primary cancers lacking Fhit protein (homozygous in two cases) and in only 1 of the 8 cancers expressing Fhit protein. In nine primary cancers, four expressing and five lacking Fhit protein, it was possible to obtain pure cancer DNA by microdissection. Three of the five microdissected cases lacking Fhit protein exhibited homozygous deletion of FHIT exon 5. In conclusion, the lack of Fhit protein in pancreatic cancers correlated with absence or alteration of FHIT mRNA and was often associated with FHIT gene anomalies.  (+info)

Loss of heterozygosity at 3p14.2 in clear cell renal cell carcinoma is an early event and is highly localized to the FHIT gene locus. (7/700)

The VHL tumor suppressor gene (TSG) at 3p25-26 is strongly implicated in the pathogenesis of clear cell renal cell carcinoma (cRCC). In addition, 3p14.2 and 3p21 are suspected of harboring additional TSGs in cRCC, with FHIT being a candidate TSG at 3p14.2. We examined 87 microdissected, histologically well-defined cRCCs classified according to tumor-node-metastasis (TNM) stage (stage 1, 23 cases; stage 2, 14 cases; stage 3, 24 cases; stage 4, 26 cases) and Fuhrman grade (grade 1, 24 cases; grade 2, 19 cases; grade 3, 19 cases; grade 4, 8 cases; sarcomatoid cRCC, 17 cases) for loss of heterozygosity (LOH) at 3p14.2 and 3p25-26 using a series of precisely mapped microsatellite probes. We found that LOH at 3p14.2 exceeded LOH at 3p25-26 in frequency (69% versus 48.3%; P < 0.03) and was highly localized to markers within the FHIT gene locus (D3S1300 and D3S4260), with the majority of chromosomal breakpoints also mapping to this region. In addition, 3p14.2 LOH (P < 0.03), but not 3p25-26 LOH (P = nonsignificant), was associated with lower tumor grades (grades 1-3). These findings suggest that 3p14.2 genomic deletions may be among the earliest events in cRCC pathogenesis, preceding genomic deletions at the VHL locus. FHIT, or an as yet undiscovered TSG mapping to the D3S4103-D3S4260 interval, could be the molecular target of the 3p14.2 deletions.  (+info)

Designing conditions for in vitro formation of amyloid protofilaments and fibrils. (8/700)

We have been able to convert a small alpha/beta protein, acylphosphatase, from its soluble and native form into insoluble amyloid fibrils of the type observed in a range of pathological conditions. This was achieved by allowing slow growth in a solution containing moderate concentrations of trifluoroethanol. When analyzed with electron microscopy, the protein aggregate present in the sample after long incubation times consisted of extended, unbranched filaments of 30-50 A in width that assemble subsequently into higher order structures. This fibrillar material possesses extensive beta-sheet structure as revealed by far-UV CD and IR spectroscopy. Furthermore, the fibrils exhibit Congo red birefringence, increased fluorescence with thioflavine T and cause a red-shift of the Congo red absorption spectrum. All of these characteristics are typical of amyloid fibrils. The results indicate that formation of amyloid occurs when the native fold of a protein is destabilized under conditions in which noncovalent interactions, and in particular hydrogen bonding, within the polypeptide chain remain favorable. We suggest that amyloid formation is not restricted to a small number of protein sequences but is a property common to many, if not all, natural polypeptide chains under appropriate conditions.  (+info)