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  1. Photomagnetism in cyano-bridged bimetal assemblies.

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    Ohkoshi, Shin-ichi; Tokoro, Hiroko

    2012-10-16

    The study of photoinduced phase-transition materials has implications for the fields of inorganic chemistry, solid-state chemistry, and materials science. Cyano-bridged bimetal assemblies are promising photomagnetic materials. Because cyano-bridged bimetal assemblies possess various absorption bands in the visible light region, their electronic and spin states can be controlled by visible light irradiation. Moreover, the selection of magnetic metal ions and organic ligands provide a way of controlling spin-spin interactions through a cyano bridge. In this Account, we describe cyano-bridged bimetal assemblies developed in our laboratory. Cu(II)(2)[Mo(IV)(CN)(8)]·8H(2)O (CuMo), Rb(I)Mn(II)[Fe(III)(CN)(6)] (RbMnFe), and Co(II)(3)[W(V)(CN)(8)](2)·(pyrimidine)(4)·6H(2)O (CoW) induce photomagnetism via photoinduced metal-to-metal charge transfers (MM'CT), while Fe(II)(2)[Nb(IV)(CN)(8)]·(4-pyridinealdoxime)(8)·2H(2)O (FeNb) exhibits a photoinduced magnetization via a photoinduced spin crossover. Irradiation with 473 nm light causes the CuMo system to exhibit a spontaneous magnetization with a Curie temperature (T(C)) of 25 K, but irradiation with 532, 785, and 840 nm light reduces the magnetization. In this reversible photomagnetic process, excitation of the MM'CT from Mo(IV) to Cu(II) produces a ferromagnetic mixed-valence isomer of Cu(I)Cu(II)[Mo(V)(CN)(8)]·8H(2)O (CuMo'). CuMo' returns to CuMo upon irradiation in the reverse-M'MCT band. RbMnFe shows a charge transfer (CT)-induced phase transition from the Mn(II)-Fe(III) phase to the Mn(III)-Fe(II) phase. Irradiation with 532 nm light converts the Mn(III)-Fe(II) phase into the Mn(II)-Fe(III) phase, and we observe photodemagnetization. In contrast, irradiation of the Mn(II)-Fe(III) phase with 410 nm light causes the reverse phase transition. A CT-induced Jahn-Teller distortion is responsible for this visible light-induced reversible photomagnetic effect. In the CoW system, a CT-induced spin transition causes the

  2. Cyano-Bridged Trimetallic Coordination Polymer Nanoparticles and Their Thermal Decomposition into Nanoporous Spinel Ferromagnetic Oxides.

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    Zakaria, Mohamed B; Hossain, Md Shahriar A; Shiddiky, Muhammad J A; Shahabuddin, Mohammed; Yanmaz, Ekrem; Kim, Jung Ho; Belik, Alexei A; Ide, Yusuke; Hu, Ming; Tominaka, Satoshi; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2016-10-10

    The synthesis of a novel family of cyano-bridged trimetallic coordination polymers (CPs) with various compositions and shapes has been reported by changing the compositional ratios of Fe, Co, and Ni species in the reaction system. In order to efficiently control the nucleation rate and the crystal growth, trisodium citrate dihydrate plays an important role as a chelating agent. After the obtained cyano-bridged trimetallic CPs undergo thermal treatment in air at three different temperatures (250, 350, and 450 °C), nanoporous spinel metal oxides are successfully obtained. Interestingly, the obtained nanoporous metal oxides are composed of small crstalline grains, and the grains are oriented in the same direction, realizing pseudo-single crystals with nanopores. The resultant nanoporous spinel oxides feature interesting magnetic properties. Cyano-bridged multimetallic CPs with various sizes and shapes can provide a pathway toward functional nanoporous metal oxides that are not attainable from simple cyano-bridged CPs containing single metal ions.

  3. [Fe(bpb)(CN)2]- as a versatile building block for the design of novel low-dimensional heterobimetallic systems: synthesis, crystal structures, and magnetic properties of cyano-bridged Fe(III)-Ni(II) complexes [(bpb)(2-) = 1,2-bis(pyridine-2-carboxamido)benzenate].

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    Ni, Zhong-Hai; Kou, Hui-Zhong; Zhao, Yi-Hua; Zheng, Lei; Wang, Ru-Ji; Cui, Ai-Li; Sato, Osamu

    2005-03-21

    A dicyano-containing [Fe(bpb)(CN)2]- building block has been employed for the synthesis of cyano-bridged heterometallic Ni(II)-Fe(III) complexes. The presence of steric bpb(2-) ligand around the iron ion results in the formation of low-dimensional species: five are neutral NiFe2 trimers and three are one-dimensional (1D). The structure of the 1D complexes consists of alternating [NiL]2+ and [Fe(bpb)(CN)2]- generating a cyano-bridged cationic polymeric chain and the perchlorate as the counteranion. In all complexes, the coordination geometry of the nickel ions is approximately octahedral with the cyano nitrogen atoms at the trans positions. Magnetic studies of seven complexes show the presence of ferromagnetic interaction between the metal ions through the cyano bridges. Variable temperature magnetic susceptibility investigations of the trimeric complexes yield the following J(NiFe) values (based on the spin exchange Hamiltonian H = -2J(NiFe) S(Ni) (S(Fe(1)) + S(Fe(2))): J(NiFe) = 6.40(5), 7.8(1), 8.9(2), and 6.03(4) cm(-1), respectively. The study of the magneto-structural correlation reveals that the cyanide-bridging bond angle is related to the strength of magnetic exchange coupling: the larger the Ni-N[triple bond]C bond angle, the stronger the Ni- - -Fe magnetic interaction. One 1D complex exhibits long-range antiferromagnetic ordering with T(N) = 3.5 K. Below T(N) (1.82 K), a metamagnetic behavior was observed with the critical field of approximately 6 kOe. The present research shows that the [Fe(bpb)(CN)2]- building block is a good candidate for the construction of low-dimensional magnetic materials.

  4. [M(III)(bpym)(CN)(4)](-): a suitable building block to design ferrimagnetic cyano-bridged heterobimetallic chains (M = Fe, Cr; bpym = 2,2'-bypyrimidine).

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    Visinescu, Diana; Toma, Luminita Marilena; Lloret, Francesc; Fabelo, Oscar; Ruiz-Pérez, Catalina; Julve, Miguel

    2008-08-21

    Two cyano-bridged M(III)Mn(III) [M = Fe () and Cr ()] ferrimagnetic chains are reported; exhibits metamagnetism with two critical fields of 1250 G and 2.0 T which correspond to the overcoming by the applied dc field of the inter- and intrachain magnetic interactions, respectively.

  5. Magnetic anisotropy of [Mo(CN)7]4- anions and fragments of cyano-bridged magnetic networks.

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    Chibotaru, Liviu F; Hendrickx, Marc F A; Clima, Sergiu; Larionova, Joulia; Ceulemans, Arnout

    2005-08-18

    Quantum chemistry calculations of CASSCF/CASPT2 level together with ligand field analysis are used for the investigation of magnetic anisotropy of [Mo(CN)7]4- complexes. We have considered three types of heptacyano environments: two ideal geometries, a pentagonal bipyramid and a capped trigonal prism, and the heptacyanomolybdate fragment of the cyano-bridged magnetic network K2[Mn(H2O)2]3[Mo(CN)7]2.6H2O. At all geometries the first excited Kramers doublet is found remarkably close to the ground one due to a small orbital energy gap in the ligand field spectrum, which ranges between a maximal value in the capped trigonal prism (800 cm(-1)) and zero in the pentagonal bipyramid. The small value of this gap explains (i) the axial form of the g tensor and (ii) the strong magnetic anisotropy even in strongly distorted complexes. Comparison with available experimental data for the g tensor of the mononuclear precursors reveals good agreement with the present calculations for the capped trigonal prismatic complex and a significant discrepancy for the pentagonal bipyramidal one. The calculations for the heptacyanomolybdate fragment of K2[Mn(H2O)2]3[Mo(CN)7]2.6H2O give g(perpendicular)/g(parallel) approximately 0.5 and the orientation of the local anisotropy axis close to the symmetry axis of an idealized pentagonal bipyramid. These findings are expected to be important for the understanding of the magnetism of anisotropic Mo(III)-Mn(II) cyano-bridged networks based on the [Mo(CN)7]4- building block.

  6. Dual function photocatalysis of cyano-bridged heteronuclear metal complexes for water oxidation and two-electron reduction of dioxygen to produce hydrogen peroxide as a solar fuel.

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    Aratani, Yusuke; Suenobu, Tomoyoshi; Ohkubo, Kei; Yamada, Yusuke; Fukuzumi, Shunichi

    2017-03-25

    The photocatalytic production of hydrogen peroxide from water and dioxygen under visible light irradiation was made possible by using polymeric cyano-bridged heteronuclear metal complexes (M(II)[Ru(II)(CN)4(bpy)]; M(II) = Ni(II), Fe(II) and Mn(II)), where the photocatalytic two-electron reduction of O2 and water oxidation were catalysed by the Ru and M(II) moieties, respectively.

  7. Tuning the Origin of Magnetic Relaxation by Substituting the 3d or Rare-Earth Ions into Three Isostructural Cyano-Bridged 3d-4f Heterodinuclear Compounds.

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    Zhang, Yan; Guo, Zhen; Xie, Shuang; Li, Hui-Li; Zhu, Wen-Hua; Liu, Li; Dong, Xun-Qing; He, Wei-Xun; Ren, Jin-Chao; Liu, Ling-Zhi; Powell, Annie K

    2015-11-02

    Three isostructural cyano-bridged 3d-4f compounds, [YFe(CN)6(hep)2(H2O)4] (1), [DyFe(CN)6(hep)2(H2O)4] (2), and [DyCo(CN)6(hep)2(H2O)4] (3), were successfully assembled by site-targeted substitution of the 3d or rare-earth ions. All compounds have been structurally characterized to display slightly distorted pentagonal-bipyramidal local coordination geometry around the rare-earth ions. Magnetic analyses revealed negligible magnetic coupling in compound 1, antiferromagnetic intradimer interaction in 2, and weak ferromagnetic coupling through dipolar-dipolar interaction in 3. Under an applied direct-current (dc) field, 1 (Hdc = 2.5 kOe, τ0 = 1.3 × 10(-7) s, and Ueff/kB = 23 K) and 3 (Hdc = 2.0 kOe, τ0 = 7.1 × 10(-11) s, and Ueff/kB = 63 K) respectively indicated magnetic relaxation behavior based on a single [Fe(III)]LS ion and a Dy(III) ion; nevertheless, 2 (Hdc = 2.0 kOe, τ0 = 9.7 × 10(-8) s, and Ueff/kB = 23 K) appeared to be a single-molecule magnet based on a cyano-bridged DyFe dimer. Compound 1, which can be regarded as a single-ion magnet of the [Fe(III)]LS ion linked to a diamagnetic Y(III) ion in a cyano-bridged heterodimer, represents one of the rarely investigated examples based on a single Fe(III) ion explored in magnetic relaxation behavior. It demonstrated that the introduction of intradimer magnetic interaction of 2 through a cyano bridge between Dy(III) and [Fe(III)]LS ions negatively affects the energy barrier and χ″(T) peak temperature compared to 3.

  8. Two dimensional cyano-bridged hetero-metallic coordination polymers containing metalṡṡṡπ interactions

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    Karaağaç, Dursun; Kürkçüoğlu, Güneş Süheyla; Yeşilel, Okan Zafer; Hökelek, Tuncer

    2014-03-01

    Three cyano bridged hetero-metallic complexes of general formula, [Cu(NH3)2(μ-ampy)M(μ-CN)2(CN)2]n [ampy = 4-aminomethylpyridine, M = Ni(II) (1), Pd(II) (2) and Pt(II) (3)] have been synthesized and characterized by vibrational (FT-IR and Raman) spectroscopy, single crystal X-ray diffraction, thermal analyses and elemental analyses. The complexes crystallize in triclinic system with space group P-1. In all complexes, M(II) ions are coordinated by four cyano ligands, and four N atoms in the equatorial plane around the Cu atom form a slightly distorted square-planar arrangement, while the slightly distorted octahedral coordination is completed by the cyanide N atoms in the axial positions. In one-dimensional structures of all the complexes, [Cu(ampy)]2+ cations and [M(CN)4]2- anions are linked via bridging cyano ligands. The adjacent one-dimensional structures form a 2D network to connect by the μ-ampy bridging ligands. The 2D layers are further linked by metal⋯π and hydrogen bonding interactions to generate a three dimensional network.

  9. Two dimensional cyano-bridged hetero-metallic coordination polymers containing metal⋅⋅⋅π interactions.

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    Karaağaç, Dursun; Kürkçüoğlu, Güneş Süheyla; Yeşilel, Okan Zafer; Hökelek, Tuncer

    2014-01-01

    Three cyano bridged hetero-metallic complexes of general formula, [Cu(NH3)2(μ-ampy)M(μ-CN)2(CN)2]n [ampy=4-aminomethylpyridine, M=Ni(II) (1), Pd(II) (2) and Pt(II) (3)] have been synthesized and characterized by vibrational (FT-IR and Raman) spectroscopy, single crystal X-ray diffraction, thermal analyses and elemental analyses. The complexes crystallize in triclinic system with space group P-1. In all complexes, M(II) ions are coordinated by four cyano ligands, and four N atoms in the equatorial plane around the Cu atom form a slightly distorted square-planar arrangement, while the slightly distorted octahedral coordination is completed by the cyanide N atoms in the axial positions. In one-dimensional structures of all the complexes, [Cu(ampy)](2+) cations and [M(CN)4](2-) anions are linked via bridging cyano ligands. The adjacent one-dimensional structures form a 2D network to connect by the μ-ampy bridging ligands. The 2D layers are further linked by metal⋯π and hydrogen bonding interactions to generate a three dimensional network.

  10. Synthesis, structures, and magnetic properties of a series of cyano-bridged Fe-Mn bimetallic complexes.

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    Jiang, Long; Feng, Xiao-Long; Lu, Tong-Bu; Gao, Song

    2006-06-26

    The preparation and crystal structures of five cyano-bridged Fe-Mn complexes, [(bipy)2Fe(II)(CN)2Mn(II)(bipy)2]2(ClO4)4 (1), [(bipy)2Fe(II)(CN)2Mn(II)(DMF)3(H2O)]2(ClO4)4 (2), {[(Tp)Fe(III)(CN)3]2Mn(II)(DMF)2(H2O)}2 (3), {[(Tp)Fe(III)(CN)3]2Mn(II)(DMF)2}n (4), and Na2[Mn(II)Fe(II)(CN)6] (5) (bipy = 2,2'-bipyridine, Tp = tris(pyrazolyl)hydroborate), are reported here. Compounds 1-4 contain the basic Fe2(CN)4Mn2 square building units, of which 1-3 show the motif of discrete molecular squares of Fe2(CN)4Mn2 and 4 possesses a 1D double-zigzag chain-like structure, while compound 5 is a 3D cubic framework analogous to that of Prussian blue. Compounds 1 and 2 show weak ferromagnetic interactions between two Mn(II) ions through the bent -NC-Fe(II)-CN- bridges. Compound 3 shows weak antiferromagnetic coupling between the Fe(III) and Mn(II) ions, while compound 4 displays a metamagnetic-like behavior with TN = 5.2 K and Hc = 10.5 kOe. Compound 5 exhibits a ferromagnetic ordering with Tc= 3.5 K, coercive field, Hc, = 330 G, and a remnant magnetization of 503 cm3 Oe mol(-1).

  11. Cyano-bridged structures based on [MnIIN3O2-macrocycle)]2+: a synthetic, structural, and magnetic study.

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    Bonadio, Federica; Senna, Maria-Cristina; Ensling, Jürgen; Sieber, Andreas; Neels, Antonia; Stoeckli-Evans, Helen; Decurtins, Silvio

    2005-02-21

    Reactions between the complex [MnII(L)]2+, where L is a N3O2 macrocyclic ligand, and different cyanometalate precursors such as [M(CN)n]m- (M(III) = Cr, Fe; M(II) = Fe, Ni, Pd, Pt) lead to cyano-bridged molecular assemblies exhibiting a variety of structural topologies. The reaction between [MnII(L)]2+ and [FeII(CN)6]4- forms a trinuclear complex with formula [(MnII(L)(H2O))2(FeII(micro-CN)2(CN)4)] x 2MeOH x 10H2O (1) which crystallizes in the triclinic space group P1. The reaction between [MnII(L)]2+ and [M(II)(CN)4]2-, where M(II) = Ni (2), Pd (3), Pt (4), gives rise to three isostructural linear chain compounds with stoichiometry [(MnII(L))(M(II)(micro-CN)2(CN)2)]n and which crystallize in the monoclinic space group C2/c. The self-assembly between [MnII(L)]2+ with [M(III)(CN)6]3-, where M(III) = Cr (5), Fe (6, 7, 8), forms three types of compounds. Compounds 5 and 6 are isostructural (monoclinic, space group P2(1)/n), and the structures comprise anionic linear chains [(MnII(L))(M(III)(micro-CN)2(CN)4)]n(n-) with cationic trinuclear complexes [(MnII(L)(H2O))2(M(III)(micro-CN)2(CN)4)]+ as counterions. Using an excess of K3[FeIII(CN)6], an analogous compound to 6 but with K+ as counterion is obtained (7), which crystallizes in the triclinic space group P1. Compound 8 consists of 2-D layers with formula [(MnII(L))3(FeIII(micro-CN)4(CN)2)(FeIII(micro-CN)2(CN)4)]n x 2nMeOH; it crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2(1)/n. The magnetic properties were investigated for all samples. In particular, compound 5, which shows antiferromagnetic exchange interactions between Mn(II) and Cr(III) ions through cyanide bridging ligands, has been studied in detail; the magnetic exchange parameter amounts to J = -7.5(7) cm(-1). Compound 8 shows a magnetically ordered phase below 6.4 K which is confirmed by Mössbauer spectroscopy; two hyperfine split spectra were observed below Tc from which IJI values of 2.1 and 1.6 cm(-1) could be deduced.

  12. Investigation of cyano-bridged coordination nanoparticles Gd3+/[Fe(CN)6]3-/d-mannitol as T1-weighted MRI contrast agents

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    Perrier, M.; Gallud, A.; Ayadi, A.; Kennouche, S.; Porredon, C.; Gary-Bobo, M.; Larionova, J.; Goze-Bac, Ch.; Zanca, M.; Garcia, M.; Basile, I.; Long, J.; de Lapuente, J.; Borras, M.; Guari, Y.

    2015-07-01

    Cyano-bridged Gd3+/[Fe(CN)6]3- coordination polymer nanoparticles of 3-4 nm stabilized with d-mannitol presenting a high r1 relaxivity value of 11.4 mM-1 s-1 were investigated in vivo as contrast agents (CA) for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). They allow an increase of the MR image contrast and can act as an efficient intravascular T1 CA with a relatively long blood-circulation lifetime (60 min) without specific toxicity.Cyano-bridged Gd3+/[Fe(CN)6]3- coordination polymer nanoparticles of 3-4 nm stabilized with d-mannitol presenting a high r1 relaxivity value of 11.4 mM-1 s-1 were investigated in vivo as contrast agents (CA) for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). They allow an increase of the MR image contrast and can act as an efficient intravascular T1 CA with a relatively long blood-circulation lifetime (60 min) without specific toxicity. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details and procedures, toxicological data, physical characterization. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr01557j

  13. Syntheses, structures, and magnetic properties of three new cyano-bridged complexes based on the [Mn(CN)₆](³⁻) building block.

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    Zhang, Shao-Liang; Zhao, Xin-Hua; Wang, Xin-Yi

    2015-09-14

    With three pentadentate macrocyclic ligands, three new [Mn(CN)6](3-) based complexes, [Mn(L(N3O2))(H2O)]2[Mn(CN)6](ClO4)·3H2O (1), {[Mn(L(N5))]3[Mn(CN)6]2}n (2) and {[Mn(L(N5Me))]3[Mn(CN)6]2}n·10nH2O (3) (L(N3O2) = 2,13-dimethyl-6,9-dioxa-3,12,18-triazabicyclo[12.3.1]octadeca-1(18),2,12,14,16-pentaene, L(N5) = 2,13-dimethyl-3,6,9,12,18-pentaazabicyclo-[12.3.1]octadeca-1(18),2,12,14,16-pentaene, L(N5Me) = 2,6-bis[1-(2-(N-methylamino)ethylimino)ethyl]-pyridine), have been synthesized and characterized structurally and magnetically. The structure of 1 was found to be a linear Mn2(II)Mn(III) trinuclear cluster with two Mn(II) capping groups and one Mn(III) ion connected via two trans-cyano groups. In contrast, compounds 2 and a3 re cyano-bridged 2D networks. Magnetic investigation revealed antiferromagnetic coupling between the Mn(III) and Mn(II) ions via the bridging cyanide groups. Complex 1 showed paramagnetic behavior down to 2.0 K with no sign of SMM behavior. The magnetic coupling constant of J = -1.63 cm(-1) with the Hamiltonian H = -2J(S(Mn(III))·SMn(II)1 + SMn(III)·S(Mn(II)2)) was obtained from the fitting of the magnetic susceptibility. For 2 and 3, ferrimagnetic ordering was observed with magnetic phase transition temperatures (Tc) being 7.5 K and 7.0 K, respectively. These compounds are rare examples of a small number of [Mn(CN)6](3-) based magnetic materials.

  14. Magnetic coupling in discrete cyano-bridged Mn(III)-Fe(III) motifs: synthesis, crystal structure, magnetic properties and theoretical study.

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    Visinescu, Diana; Toma, Luminita Marilena; Cano, Joan; Fabelo, Oscar; Ruiz-Pérez, Catalina; Labrador, Ana; Lloret, Francesc; Julve, Miguel

    2010-05-28

    The preparation, crystal structures and magnetic properties of the heterobimetallic complexes of formula [Mn(III)(n-MeOsalen)(H(2)O)(mu-CN)Fe(III)(bpym)(CN)(3)]·mH(2)O with n = m = 3 (1) and n = 4 and m = 2 (2) [n-MeOsalen(2-) = N,N'-ethylenebis(n-methoxysalicylideneiminate) dianion and bpym = 2,2'-bipyrimidine] are reported. 1 and 2 are dinuclear neutral species where the cyano-bearing low-spin unit [Fe(III)(bpym)(CN)(4)](-) acts as a monodentate ligand towards the [Mn(III)(SB)(solv)(x)](+) entity (SB = tetradentate Schiff-base) through one of its four cyano groups. Adjacent heterobimetallic units are interlinked through hydrogen bonds involving the coordinated water molecule of one dinuclear unit and the phenolate oxygen atoms of the neighbouring one to afford pairs of dimers with values of the interdimer Mn···Mn distance of 4.925(20) (1) and 5.0508(25) Å (2). The analysis of the magnetic data of 1 and 2 in the temperature range 1.9-300 K shows the coexistence of weak ferro- [J = +2.95 (1) and +3.88 cm(-1) (2)] and antiferromagnetic interactions [j = -1.91 (1) and -0.70 cm(-1) (2)] through the single cyano bridge and hydrogen bonds, respectively (the Hamiltonian being of the type Ĥ = J[Ŝ(Fe)·Ŝ(Mn) + Ŝ(Fe')·Ŝ(Mn')] -jŜ(Mn)·Ŝ(Mn')). Theoretical calculations using methods based on density functional theory (DFT) have been used to substantiate the nature and magnitude of the magnetic coupling observed in 1 and 2 and also to analyze the dependence of the magnetic coupling on the structural parameters for the Fe-C-N-Mn skeleton. An extension of the calculations to selected examples of heterobimetallic Fe(III)-C-N-Mn(III) compounds with a different number of cyano groups on the low-spin iron(III) precursor has been carried out allowing us to illustrate the influence of the symmetry of the magnetic orbital of the iron center on the magnetic coupling in this heterobimetallic unit.

  15. Cyano-bridged coordination polymer hydrogel-derived Sn-Fe binary oxide nanohybrids with structural diversity: from 3D, 2D, to 2D/1D and enhanced lithium-storage performance.

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    Zhang, Weiyu; Zhu, Xiaoshu; Chen, Xuguang; Zhou, Yiming; Tang, Yawen; Ding, Liangxin; Wu, Ping

    2016-05-14

    Metal oxide nanohybrids with uniform dimensions and controlled architectures possess unique compositional and structural superiorities, and thus harbor promising potential for a series of applications in energy, catalysis, and sensing systems. Herein, we propose a facile, general, and scalable cyano-bridged coordination polymer hydrogel-derived thermal-oxidation route for the construction of main-group metal and transition-metal heterometallic oxide nanohybrids with controlled constituents and architectures. The formation of Sn-Fe binary oxide nanohybrids has been demonstrated as an example by using cyano-bridged Sn(iv)-Fe(ii) bimetallic coordination polymer hydrogels (i.e., SnCl4-K4Fe(CN)6 cyanogels, Sn-Fe cyanogels) as precursors. The physicochemical properties of Sn-Fe cyanogels with different Sn/Fe ratios have been systematically examined, and it is found that perfect Sn-Fe cyanogels without unbridged Sn(iv) or Fe(ii) can be formed with Sn/Fe ratios from 2 : 1 to 1 : 2. More importantly, the simple adjustment of Sn/Fe ratios in the Sn-Fe cyanogel precursors can realize flexible dimensional control of the Sn-Fe binary oxide nanohybrids, and 2D/1D SnO2-Fe2O3 hierarchitectures, 2D SnO2-Fe2O3 nanosheets, and 3D SnO2-Fe2O3 networks have been synthesized using the Sn-Fe 1 : 2, Sn-Fe 1 : 1, and Sn-Fe 2 : 1 cyanogels as precursors, respectively. To demonstrate their compositional/structural superiorities and potential applications, the lithium-storage utilization of the Sn-Fe binary oxide nanohybrids has been selected as an objective application, and the nanohybrids exhibit Sn/Fe ratio-dependent lithium-storage performance. As a representative example, the 2D/1D SnO2-Fe2O3 hierarchitectures manifest markedly enhanced Li-storage performance in terms of reversible capacities and cycling stability in comparison with their constituent units, i.e., bare SnO2 nanosheets and Fe2O3 nanorods. The proposed cyanogel-derived thermal-oxidation strategy could

  16. Cyano-bridged coordination polymer hydrogel-derived Sn-Fe binary oxide nanohybrids with structural diversity: from 3D, 2D, to 2D/1D and enhanced lithium-storage performance

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    Zhang, Weiyu; Zhu, Xiaoshu; Chen, Xuguang; Zhou, Yiming; Tang, Yawen; Ding, Liangxin; Wu, Ping

    2016-05-01

    Metal oxide nanohybrids with uniform dimensions and controlled architectures possess unique compositional and structural superiorities, and thus harbor promising potential for a series of applications in energy, catalysis, and sensing systems. Herein, we propose a facile, general, and scalable cyano-bridged coordination polymer hydrogel-derived thermal-oxidation route for the construction of main-group metal and transition-metal heterometallic oxide nanohybrids with controlled constituents and architectures. The formation of Sn-Fe binary oxide nanohybrids has been demonstrated as an example by using cyano-bridged Sn(iv)-Fe(ii) bimetallic coordination polymer hydrogels (i.e., SnCl4-K4Fe(CN)6 cyanogels, Sn-Fe cyanogels) as precursors. The physicochemical properties of Sn-Fe cyanogels with different Sn/Fe ratios have been systematically examined, and it is found that perfect Sn-Fe cyanogels without unbridged Sn(iv) or Fe(ii) can be formed with Sn/Fe ratios from 2 : 1 to 1 : 2. More importantly, the simple adjustment of Sn/Fe ratios in the Sn-Fe cyanogel precursors can realize flexible dimensional control of the Sn-Fe binary oxide nanohybrids, and 2D/1D SnO2-Fe2O3 hierarchitectures, 2D SnO2-Fe2O3 nanosheets, and 3D SnO2-Fe2O3 networks have been synthesized using the Sn-Fe 1 : 2, Sn-Fe 1 : 1, and Sn-Fe 2 : 1 cyanogels as precursors, respectively. To demonstrate their compositional/structural superiorities and potential applications, the lithium-storage utilization of the Sn-Fe binary oxide nanohybrids has been selected as an objective application, and the nanohybrids exhibit Sn/Fe ratio-dependent lithium-storage performance. As a representative example, the 2D/1D SnO2-Fe2O3 hierarchitectures manifest markedly enhanced Li-storage performance in terms of reversible capacities and cycling stability in comparison with their constituent units, i.e., bare SnO2 nanosheets and Fe2O3 nanorods. The proposed cyanogel-derived thermal-oxidation strategy could open up new

  17. Trimerization of aromatic nitriles

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    Hsu, L. C. (Inventor)

    1977-01-01

    Triazine compounds and cross-linked polymer compositions were made by heating aromatic nitriles to a temperature in the range of about 100 C to about 700 C, in the presence of a catalyst or mixture of catalysts. Aromatic nitrile-modified (terminated and/or appended) imide, benzimidazole, imidazopyrrolone, quinoxaline, and other condensation type prepolymers or their precopolymers were made which were trimerized with or without a filler by the aforementioned catalytic trimerization process.

  18. Mechanistic aspects of the chemistry of mononuclear Cr(III) complexes with pendant-arm macrocyclic ligands and formation of discrete Cr(III)/Fe(II) and Cr(III)/Fe(II)/Co(III) cyano-bridged mixed valence compounds.

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    Basallote, Manuel G; Bernhardt, Paul V; Calvet, Teresa; Castillo, Carmen E; Font-Bardia, Mercè; Martínez, Manuel; Rodríguez, Carlos

    2009-11-21

    The kinetics and mechanism of the redox reaction between [Fe(II)(CN)(6)](4-) and the macrocyclic ligand complex [CrClL(15)](2+) (L(15) = 6-methyl-1,4,8,12-tetraazacyclopentadecane-6-amine) has been studied at different pH values. In acidic solution, the expected redox process occurs with no formation of any of the possible Cr(III)/Fe(II) mixed valence complexes, as those seen for the Co(III) species of the same family, due to the enhanced lability of the Cr(II) species formed on Fe(II) to Fe(III) oxidation. In alkaline conditions, the formation of the complex [Cr(L(15))(OH)(2)](+) takes place as an initial step that precedes a simple substitution process producing the expected cyano-bridged Cr(III)/Fe(II) complex. In this species the potentially pentadentate ligand, L(15), has a tetradentate coordination mode with a protonated exocyclic primary amine group and the redox potential is shifted to more negative values, thus disfavouring a redox driven reaction; the equivalent complex [CrCl(HL(14))(H(2)O)](3+) (L(14) = 6-methyl-1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane-6-amine) has been prepared by the same method and characterized by X-ray crystallography. The final [Fe(II)(CN)(6)](4-) substituted complex, [{(HL(15))(OH)Cr(III)NC}Fe(II)(CN)(5)](-) shows pK(a) values of 3.8 and 7.4, as expected for the aqua and amino ligands, respectively. Its characterization indicated its Class II mixed valence character with a very intense MMCT band at 350 nm showing a much larger extinction coefficient than that observed for the Co(III) complexes of the same family. This fact is in good agreement with the much larger Cr(III)-Fe(II) (t(2g)-t(2g)) coupling through cyanide bridging ligands expected for these complexes. The fully mixed metal/valence/ligand trimetallic complex [{(HL(15))(OH)Cr(III)NC}{L(13)Co(III)NC}Fe(II)(CN)(4)](2+) has been prepared following the same procedures and the results are comparable. The final complex has the same Class II mixed valence character and its electronic

  19. Extracellular conversion of adiponectin hexamers into trimers

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    Kim, Jeong-a; Nuñez, Martha; Briggs, David B.; Laskowski, Bethany L.; Chhun, Jimmy J.; Eleid, Joseph K.; Quon, Michael J.; Tsao, Tsu-Shuen

    2012-01-01

    Adiponectin is an adipocyte-secreted hormone that exists as trimers, hexamers and larger species collectively referred to as HMW (high-molecular-weight) adiponectin. Whether hexamers or HMW adiponectin serve as precursors for trimers outside the circulation is currently unknown. Here, we demonstrate that adiponectin trimers can be generated from larger oligomers secreted from primary rat adipose cells or differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Purified hexameric, but not HMW, adiponectin converted into trimers in conditioned media separated from 3T3-L1 adipocytes or, more efficiently, when enclosed in the dialysis membrane in the presence of adipocytes. Several lines of evidence indicate that the conversion is mediated by an extracellular redox system. First, N-terminal epitope-tagged hexamers converted into trimers without proteolytic removal of the tag. Secondly, appearance of trimers was associated with conversion of disulfide-bonded dimers into monomers. Thirdly, thiol-reactive agents inhibited conversion into trimers. Consistent with a redox-based mechanism, purified hexamers reductively converted into trimers in defined glutathione redox buffer with reduction potential typically found in the extracellular environment while the HMW adiponectin remained stable. In addition, conversion of hexamers into trimers was enhanced by NADPH, but not by NADP+. Collectively, these data strongly suggest the presence of an extracellular redox system capable of converting adiponectin oligomers. PMID:22973892

  20. High-spin molecules: synthesis, X-ray characterization, and magnetic behavior of two new cyano-bridged Ni(II)(9)Mo(V)(6) and Ni(II)(9)W(V)(6) clusters with a S = 12 ground state.

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    Bonadio, Federica; Gross, Mathias; Stoeckli-Evans, Helen; Decurtins, Silvio

    2002-11-04

    The preparations, X-ray structures, and magnetic characterizations are presented for two new pentadecanuclear cluster compounds: [Ni(II)(Ni(II)(MeOH)(3))(8)(mu-CN)(30)(M(V)(CN)(3))(6)].xMeOH.yH(2)O (M(V) = Mo(V) (1) with x = 17, y = 1; M(V) = W(V) (2) with x = 15, y = 0). Both compounds crystallize in the monoclinic space group C2/c, with cell dimensions of a = 28.4957(18) A, b = 19.2583(10) A, c = 32.4279(17) A, beta = 113.155(6) degrees, and Z = 4 for 1 and a = 28.5278(16) A, b = 19.2008(18) A, c = 32.4072(17) A, beta = 113.727(6) degrees, and Z = 4 for 2. The structures of 1 and 2 consist of neutral cluster complexes comprising 15 metal ions, 9 Ni(II) and 6 M(V), all linked by mu-cyano ligands. Magnetic susceptibilities and magnetization measurements of compounds 1 and 2 in the crystalline and dissolved state indicate that these clusters have a S = 12 ground state, originating from intracluster ferromagnetic exchange interactions between the mu-cyano-bridged metal ions of the type Ni(II)-NC-M(V). Indeed, these data show clearly that the cluster molecules stay intact in solution. Ac magnetic susceptibility measurements reveal that the cluster compounds exhibit magnetic susceptibility relaxation phenomena at low temperatures since, with nonzero dc fields, chi"(M) has a nonzero value that is frequency dependent. However, there appears no out-of-phase (chi"(M)) signal in zero dc field down to 1.8 K, which excludes the expected signature for a single molecule magnet. This finding is confirmed with the small uniaxial magnetic anisotropy value for D of 0.015 cm(-1), deduced from the high-field, high-frequency EPR measurement, which distinctly reveals a positive sign in D. Obviously, the overall magnetic anisotropy of the compounds is too low, and this may be a consequence of a small single ion magnetic anisotropy combined with the highly symmetric arrangement of the metal ions in the cluster molecule.

  1. A CNT-like coordination tube with cyano-bridges.

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    Xia, Jun; Shi, Wei; Chen, Xiao-Yan; Wang, Hong-Sheng; Cheng, Peng; Liao, Dai-Zheng; Yan, Shi-Ping

    2007-06-21

    Reaction of K2[Ru(bipy)(CN)4] with MnCl2 produces a novel bimetallic compound {Mn(H2O)2[Ru(bipy)(CN)4]} (bipy = 2,2'-bipydine), exhibiting a CNT-like structure bridged by cyanide groups and high thermal stability, which has been first observed in coordination polymers.

  2. Crystal Structure of the Human Collagen XV Trimerization Domain: A Potent Trimerizing Unit Common to Multiplexin Collagens

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    Wirz, Jacqueline A.; Boudko, Sergei P.; Lerch, Thomas F.; Chapman, Michael S.; Bächinger, Hans Peter

    2011-01-01

    Correct folding of the collagen triple helix requires a self-association step which selects and binds α-chains into trimers. Here we report the crystal structure of the trimerization domain of human type XV collagen. The trimerization domain of type XV collagen contains three monomers each composed of four β-sheets and an α-helix. The hydrophobic core of the trimer is devoid of solvent molecules and is shaped by β-sheet planes from each monomer. The trimerization domain is extremely stable and forms at picomolar concentrations. It is found that the trimerization domain of type XV collagen is structurally similar to that of type XVIII, despite only 32 % sequence identity. High structural conservation indicates that the multiplexin trimerization domain represents a three dimensional fold that allows for sequence variability while retaining structural integrity necessary for tight and efficient trimerization. PMID:20932905

  3. Crystal structure of the human collagen XV trimerization domain: a potent trimerizing unit common to multiplexin collagens.

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    Wirz, Jacqueline A; Boudko, Sergei P; Lerch, Thomas F; Chapman, Michael S; Bächinger, Hans Peter

    2011-01-01

    Correct folding of the collagen triple helix requires a self-association step which selects and binds α-chains into trimers. Here we report the crystal structure of the trimerization domain of human type XV collagen. The trimerization domain of type XV collagen contains three monomers each composed of four β-sheets and an α-helix. The hydrophobic core of the trimer is devoid of solvent molecules and is shaped by β-sheet planes from each monomer. The trimerization domain is extremely stable and forms at picomolar concentrations. It is found that the trimerization domain of type XV collagen is structurally similar to that of type XVIII, despite only 32% sequence identity. High structural conservation indicates that the multiplexin trimerization domain represents a three dimensional fold that allows for sequence variability while retaining structural integrity necessary for tight and efficient trimerization. Copyright © 2010 International Society of Matrix Biology. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. A New Approach to Produce HIV-1 Envelope Trimers

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    AlSalmi, Wadad; Mahalingam, Marthandan; Ananthaswamy, Neeti; Hamlin, Christopher; Flores, Dalia; Gao, Guofen; Rao, Venigalla B.

    2015-01-01

    The trimeric envelope spike of HIV-1 mediates virus entry into human cells. The exposed part of the trimer, gp140, consists of two noncovalently associated subunits, gp120 and gp41 ectodomain. A recombinant vaccine that mimics the native trimer might elicit entry-blocking antibodies and prevent virus infection. However, preparation of authentic HIV-1 trimers has been challenging. Recently, an affinity column containing the broadly neutralizing antibody 2G12 has been used to capture recombinant gp140 and prepare trimers from clade A BG505 that naturally produces stable trimers. However, this antibody-based approach may not be as effective for the diverse HIV-1 strains with different epitope signatures. Here, we report a new and simple approach to produce HIV-1 envelope trimers. The C terminus of gp140 was attached to Strep-tag II with a long linker separating the tag from the massive trimer base and glycan shield. This allowed capture of nearly homogeneous gp140 directly from the culture medium. Cleaved, uncleaved, and fully or partially glycosylated trimers from different clade viruses were produced. Extensive biochemical characterizations showed that cleavage of gp140 was not essential for trimerization, but it triggered a conformational change that channels trimers into correct glycosylation pathways, generating compact three-blade propeller-shaped trimers. Uncleaved trimers entered aberrant pathways, resulting in hyperglycosylation, nonspecific cross-linking, and conformational heterogeneity. Even the cleaved trimers showed microheterogeneity in gp41 glycosylation. These studies established a broadly applicable HIV-1 trimer production system as well as generating new insights into their assembly and maturation that collectively bear on the HIV-1 vaccine design. PMID:26088135

  5. Kinetics of allophycocyanin's trimer-monomer equilibrium.

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    Huang, C; Berns, D S; MacColl, R

    1987-01-13

    Kinetic studies of the dissociation of allophycocyanin trimers to monomers have been performed by using stopped-flow techniques. The dissociation was monitored by two techniques: by light scattering to observe the molecular weight changes directly and by 650-nm absorbance to observe the linkage of quaternary structure to spectra. The light-scattering experiments showed a simple exponential decay of trimers to monomers with a dissociation constant of 0.23 s-1. The absorption changes were complex, with two processes occurring. The faster absorption change appeared to be almost simultaneous with the molecular weight change (about 0.27 s-1) and was perhaps totally coordinated with it. The slower absorption change (0.071 s-1) was possibly a result of a conformational change in the chromophore arising during the conversion from newly dissociated monomers to equilibrium monomers.

  6. Femtosecond excitation transfer processes in biliprotein trimers

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    Sharkov, A. V.; Khoroshilov, E. V.; Kryukov, I. V.; Palsson, Lars-Olof; Kryukov, P. G.; Fischer, R.; Scheer, Hella-Christin; Gillbro, Tomas

    1993-06-01

    Femtosecond processes in allophycocyanin, C-phycocyanin and phycoerythrocyanin trimers and monomers have been examined by means of polarization pump-probe technique. No femtosecond kinetics were observed in monomeric preparations. The isotropic absorption recovery kinetics with (tau) equals 440 +/- 50 fs which is not accompanied by anisotropy decay kinetics was obtained in allophycocyanin trimers at 612 nm. The conclusion about energy transfer between neighboring (alpha) 84 and (beta) 84 chromophores with different absorption spectra was made. The proposed model takes into account a stabilizing role of the linker peptide. Spectral and kinetic measurements were made in the 635 - 690 nm spectral region where the proposed acceptor should absorb. The bleaching of the 650-nm band occurs with a delay relative to the bleaching at 615 nm. Only a rise term was observed at 658 nm in consistence with the proposed model. Anisotropy values calculated around 650 nm at 3 ps after excitation are in the range 0.1 - 0.25 corresponding to an angle of 30 degree(s) - 45 degree(s) between the donor and acceptor transition dipole moments. A 500-fs absorption recovery and anisotropy decay process was obtained for C-phycocyanin trimers and explained by Forster energy transfer over 20.8 angstroms between neighboring (alpha) 84 and (beta) 84 chromophores of different monomeric subunits having similar absorption spectra and with a 65 degree(s) angle between their orientations. Energy transfer between violobilin ((alpha) 84) and phycocyanobilin ((beta) 84) chromophores was examined in donor and acceptor spectral regions of phycoerythrocyanin trimers, and was found to take 400 fs.

  7. Radio-frequency association of Efimov trimers.

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    Lompe, Thomas; Ottenstein, Timo B; Serwane, Friedhelm; Wenz, Andre N; Zürn, Gerhard; Jochim, Selim

    2010-11-12

    The quantum mechanical three-body problem is one of the fundamental challenges of few-body physics. When the two-body interactions become resonant, an infinite series of universal three-body bound states is predicted to occur, whose properties are determined by the strength of the two-body interactions. We used radio-frequency fields to associate Efimov trimers consisting of three distinguishable fermions. The measurements of their binding energy are consistent with theoretical predictions that include nonuniversal corrections.

  8. Creation of Hybrid Nanorods From Sequences of Natural Trimeric Fibrous Proteins Using the Fibritin Trimerization Motif

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    Papanikolopoulou, Katerina; van Raaij, Mark J.; Mitraki, Anna

    Stable, artificial fibrous proteins that can be functionalized open new avenues in fields such as bionanomaterials design and fiber engineering. An important source of inspiration for the creation of such proteins are natural fibrous proteins such as collagen, elastin, insect silks, and fibers from phages and viruses. The fibrous parts of this last class of proteins usually adopt trimeric, β-stranded structural folds and are appended to globular, receptor-binding domains. It has been recently shown that the globular domains are essential for correct folding and trimerization and can be successfully substituted by a very small (27-amino acid) trimerization motif from phage T4 fibritin. The hybrid proteins are correctly folded nanorods that can withstand extreme conditions. When the fibrous part derives from the adenovirus fiber shaft, different tissue-targeting specificities can be engineered into the hybrid proteins, which therefore can be used as gene therapy vectors. The integration of such stable nanorods in devices is also a big challenge in the field of biomechanical design. The fibritin foldon domain is a versatile trimerization motif and can be combined with a variety of fibrous motifs, such as coiled-coil, collagenous, and triple β-stranded motifs, provided the appropriate linkers are used. The combination of different motifs within the same fibrous molecule to create stable rods with multiple functions can even be envisioned. We provide a comprehensive overview of the experimental procedures used for designing, creating, and characterizing hybrid fibrous nanorods using the fibritin trimerization motif.

  9. Influenza A Virus Hemagglutinin Trimerization Completes Monomer Folding and Antigenicity

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    Magadán, Javier G.; Khurana, Surender; Das, Suman R.; Frank, Gregory M.; Stevens, James; Golding, Hana; Bennink, Jack R.

    2013-01-01

    Influenza A virus (IAV) remains an important human pathogen largely because of antigenic drift, the rapid emergence of antibody escape mutants that precludes durable vaccination. The most potent neutralizing antibodies interact with cognate epitopes in the globular “head” domain of hemagglutinin (HA), a homotrimeric glycoprotein. The H1 HA possesses five distinct regions defined by a large number of mouse monoclonal antibodies (MAbs), i.e., Ca1, Ca2, Cb, Sa, and Sb. Ca1-Ca2 sites require HA trimerization to attain full antigenicity, consistent with their locations on opposite sides of the trimer interface. Here, we show that full antigenicity of Cb and Sa sites also requires HA trimerization, as revealed by immunofluorescence microscopy of IAV-infected cells and biochemically by pulse-chase radiolabeling experiments. Surprisingly, epitope antigenicity acquired by HA trimerization persists following acid triggering of the globular domains dissociation and even after proteolytic release of monomeric heads from acid-treated HA. Thus, the requirement for HA trimerization by trimer-specific MAbs mapping to the Ca, Cb, and Sa sites is not dependent upon the bridging of adjacent monomers in the native HA trimer. Rather, complete antigenicity of HA (and, by inference, immunogenicity) requires a final folding step that accompanies its trimerization. Once this conformational change occurs, HA trimers themselves would not necessarily be required to induce a highly diverse neutralizing response to epitopes in the globular domain. PMID:23824811

  10. Functional Characterization of Burkholderia pseudomallei Trimeric Autotransporters

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    Campos, Cristine G.; Byrd, Matthew S.

    2013-01-01

    Burkholderia pseudomallei is a tier 1 select agent and the causative agent of melioidosis, a severe and often fatal disease with symptoms ranging from acute pneumonia and septic shock to a chronic infection characterized by abscess formation in the lungs, liver, and spleen. Autotransporters (ATs) are exoproteins belonging to the type V secretion system family, with many playing roles in pathogenesis. The genome of B. pseudomallei strain 1026b encodes nine putative trimeric AT proteins, of which only four have been described. Using a bioinformatic approach, we annotated putative domains within each trimeric AT protein, excluding the well-studied BimA protein, and found short repeated sequences unique to Burkholderia species, as well as an unexpectedly large proportion of ATs with extended signal peptide regions (ESPRs). To characterize the role of trimeric ATs in pathogenesis, we constructed disruption or deletion mutations in each of eight AT-encoding genes and evaluated the resulting strains for adherence to, invasion of, and plaque formation in A549 cells. The majority of the ATs (and/or the proteins encoded downstream) contributed to adherence to and efficient invasion of A549 cells. Using a BALB/c mouse model of infection, we determined the contributions of each AT to bacterial burdens in the lungs, liver, and spleen. At 48 h postinoculation, only one strain, Bp340::pDbpaC, demonstrated a defect in dissemination and/or survival in the liver, indicating that BpaC is required for wild-type virulence in this model. PMID:23716608

  11. What is the shape of the helium trimer? A comparison with the neon and argon trimers.

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    Bressanini, Dario; Morosi, Gabriele

    2011-10-13

    Despite its apparent simplicity and extensive theoretical investigations, the issue of what is the shape of the helium trimer is still debated in the literature. After reviewing previous conflicting interpretations of computational studies, we introduce the angle-angle distribution function as a tool to discuss in a simple way the shape of any trimer. We compute this function along with many different geometrical distributions using variational and diffusion Monte Carlo methods. We compare them with the corresponding ones for the neon and argon trimers. Our analysis shows that while Ne(3) and Ar(3) fluctuate around an equilibrium structure that is an equilateral triangle, (4)He(3) shows an extremely broad angle-angle distribution function, and all kinds of three-atom configurations must be taken into account in its description. Classifying (4)He(3) as either equilateral or linear or any other particular shape, as was done in the past, is not sensible, because in this case the intuitive notion of equilibrium structure is ill defined. Our results could help the interpretation of future experiments aimed at measuring the geometrical properties of the helium trimer.

  12. The Radiation Induced Polymerization of Cyclophosphazene Trimers

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    1989-01-04

    conversion-time curves fit a 3/2 power dependance of the rate on the monomer concentration. This is illustrated, for example, in Figure 2. It should be...in Figure 3. These give a scattered dependance of about 1.7 power. A 3/2 order would be expected if the monomer (trimer) also participates, as is...electron acceptor increased from about 0.02 to 0.27% per hour. The temperature dependance is presented as an Arrhenius plot in Figure 4. The activation

  13. Quantum dot display enhances activity of a phosphotriesterase trimer.

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    Breger, Joyce C; Walper, Scott A; Oh, Eunkeu; Susumu, Kimihiro; Stewart, Michael H; Deschamps, Jeffrey R; Medintz, Igor L

    2015-04-14

    Phosphotriesterase was engineered into a spontaneously forming trimer by appending it to a synthetic collagen-like triple-helix motif. Enzymatic hydrolysis of the insecticide and organophosphate nerve agent simulant paraoxon was then examined. Assembling the phosphotriesterase trimer onto semiconductor quantum dots increased the enzyme's catalytic rate and efficiency.

  14. Crystallization of a Cyanurate Trimer in Nanopores

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    Koh, Yung P.; Simon, Sindee L.

    2011-03-01

    Nanoconfinement is known to depress the melting temperature through the well-known Gibbs-Thompson equation. Less well studied is the influence of nanoconfinement on crystallization kinetics. In this work we investigate crystallization of a cyanurate trimer using differential scanning calorimetry. The material shows cold crystallization and melting in the bulk state. Under the nanoconfinement of controlled pore glasses (CPG), cold crystallization and melting shift to lower temperatures, following the shift in the glass transition temperature. More importantly, however, the crystallization kinetics slow down and no crystallization occurs in 13 nm-diameter pores. Isothermal crystallization studies indicate that the Avrami exponent is approximately 2.0 for both bulk and nanoconfined samples. The time scale for crystallization is over one order of magnitude longer for samples confined in 50-nm pores in spite of the fact that samples were crystallized the same distance from Tg .

  15. Effective Kondo Model for a Trimer on a Metallic Surface

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    Aligia, A. A.

    2006-03-01

    I consider a Hubbard-Anderson model which describes localized orbitals in three different atoms hybridized both among themselves and with a continuum of extended states. Using a generalized Schrieffer-Wolf transformation, I derive an effective Kondo model for the interaction between the doublet ground state of the isolated trimer and the extended states. For an isoceles trimer with distances a, l, l between the atoms, the Kondo temperature is very small for la when a is small. The results agree with experiments for a Cr trimer on Au(111).

  16. Biomimetic Synthesis of Resveratrol Trimers Catalyzed by Horseradish Peroxidase.

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    Zhang, Jian-Qiao; Li, Gan-Peng; Kang, Yu-Long; Teng, Bin-Hao; Yao, Chun-Suo

    2017-05-17

    Biotransformation of trans-resveratrol and synthetic (±)-ε-viniferin in aqueous acetone using horseradish peroxidase and hydrogen peroxide as oxidants resulted in the isolation of two new resveratrol trimers (3 and 4), one new resveratrol derivative (5) with a dihydrobenzofuran skeleton, together with two known stilbene trimers (6 and 7), and six known stilbene dimers (8-13). Their structures and relative configurations were identified through spectral analysis and possible formation mechanisms were also discussed. Among these oligomers, trimers 6 and 7 were obtained for the first time through direct transformation from resveratrol. Results indicated that this reaction is suitable for the preparation of resveratrol oligomers with a complex structure.

  17. The nature of the bonding in the transition metal trimers

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    Walch, Stephen P.; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.

    1986-01-01

    The electronic structure of the transition metal (TM) trimers was studied by comparing the bonding in the Ca3, Sc3, and Cu3 molecules. The complete active space SCF/externally contracted configuration interaction (CI) ratio for the low-lying states of Sc3 and Sc3(+) and the SCF/CI ratio for Ca3 and Cu3 trimers, all for near equilateral triangle geometries, were calculated. In addition, vertical excitation energies for Cu3 were computed, leading to a new assignment of the upper state in the resonant two-photon ionization spectrum. Based on these studies, bonding in other TM trimers was discussed.

  18. HIV Neutralizing Antibodies Induced by Native-like Envelope Trimers

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    Sanders, Rogier W.; van Gils, Marit J.; Derking, Ronald; Sok, Devin; Ketas, Thomas J.; Burger, Judith A.; Ozorowski, Gabriel; Cupo, Albert; Simonich, Cassandra; Goo, Leslie; Arendt, Heather; Kim, Helen J.; Lee, Jeong Hyun; Pugach, Pavel; Williams, Melissa; Debnath, Gargi; Moldt, Brian; van Breemen, Mariëlle J.; Isik, Gözde; Medina-Ramírez, Max; Back, Jaap Willem; Koff, Wayne; Julien, Jean-Philippe; Rakasz, Eva G.; Seaman, Michael S.; Guttman, Miklos; Lee, Kelly K.; Klasse, Per Johan; LaBranche, Celia; Schief, William R.; Wilson, Ian A.; Overbaugh, Julie; Burton, Dennis R.; Ward, Andrew B.; Montefiori, David C.; Dean, Hansi; Moore, John P.

    2015-01-01

    A challenge for HIV-1 immunogen design is inducing neutralizing antibodies (NAbs) against neutralization-resistant (Tier-2) viruses that dominate human transmissions. We show that a soluble recombinant HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein trimer that adopts a native conformation (BG505 SOSIP.664) induced NAbs potently against the sequence-matched Tier-2 virus in rabbits and similar but weaker responses in macaques. The trimer also consistently induced cross-reactive NAbs against more sensitive (Tier-1) viruses. Tier-2 NAbs recognized conformational epitopes that differed between animals and in some cases overlapped with those recognized by broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs), whereas Tier-1 responses targeted linear V3 epitopes. A second trimer, B41 SOSIP.664, also induced a strong autologous Tier-2 NAb response in rabbits. Thus, native-like trimers represent a promising starting point for developing HIV-1 vaccines aimed at inducing bNAbs. PMID:26089353

  19. Porcine parvovirus removal using trimer and biased hexamer peptides

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    Heldt, Caryn L.; Gurgel, Patrick V.; Jaykus, Lee-Ann; Carbonell, Ruben G.

    2014-01-01

    Assuring the microbiological safety of biological therapeutics remains an important concern. Our group has recently reported small trimeric peptides that have the ability to bind and remove a model non-enveloped virus, porcine parvovirus (PPV), from complex solutions containing human blood plasma. In an effort to improve the removal efficiency of these small peptides, we created a biased library of hexamer peptides that contain two previously reported trimeric peptides designated WRW and KYY. This library was screened and several hexamer peptides were discovered that also removed PPV from solution, but there was no marked improvement in removal efficiency when compared to the trimeric peptides. Based on simulated docking experiments, it appeared that hexamer peptide binding is dictated more by secondary structure, whereas the binding of trimeric peptides is dominated by charge and hydrophobicity. This study demonstrates that trimeric and hexameric peptides may have different, matrix-specific roles to play in virus removal applications. In general, the hexamer ligand may perform better for binding of specific viruses, whereas the trimer ligand may have more broadly reactive virus-binding properties. PMID:21751387

  20. Role of trimer-trimer interaction of bacteriorhodopsin studied by optical spectroscopy and high-speed atomic force microscopy.

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    Yamashita, Hayato; Inoue, Keiichi; Shibata, Mikihiro; Uchihashi, Takayuki; Sasaki, Jun; Kandori, Hideki; Ando, Toshio

    2013-10-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin (bR) trimers form a two-dimensional hexagonal lattice in the purple membrane of Halobacterium salinarum. However, the physiological significance of forming the lattice has long been elusive. Here, we study this issue by comparing properties of assembled and non-assembled bR trimers using directed mutagenesis, high-speed atomic force microscopy (HS-AFM), optical spectroscopy, and a proton pumping assay. First, we show that the bonds formed between W12 and F135 amino acid residues are responsible for trimer-trimer association that leads to lattice assembly; the lattice is completely disrupted in both W12I and F135I mutants. HS-AFM imaging reveals that both crystallized D96N and non-crystallized D96N/W12I mutants undergo a large conformational change (i.e., outward E-F loop displacement) upon light-activation. However, lattice disruption significantly reduces the rate of conformational change under continuous light illumination. Nevertheless, the quantum yield of M-state formation, measured by low-temperature UV-visible spectroscopy, and proton pumping efficiency are unaffected by lattice disruption. From these results, we conclude that trimer-trimer association plays essential roles in providing bound retinal with an appropriate environment to maintain its full photo-reactivity and in maintaining the natural photo-reaction pathway. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. The Translocation Domain in Trimeric Autotransporter Adhesins Is Necessary and Sufficient for Trimerization and Autotransportation

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    Mikula, Kornelia M.; Leo, Jack C.; Łyskowski, Andrzej; Kedracka-Krok, Sylwia; Pirog, Artur

    2012-01-01

    Trimeric autotransporter adhesins (TAAs) comprise one of the secretion pathways of the type V secretion system. The mechanism of their translocation across the outer membrane remains unclear, but it most probably occurs by the formation of a hairpin inside the β-barrel translocation unit, leading to transportation of the passenger domain from the C terminus to the N terminus through the lumen of the β-barrel. We further investigated the phenomenon of autotransportation and the rules that govern it. We showed by coexpressing different Escherichia coli immunoglobulin-binding (Eib) proteins that highly similar TAAs could form stochastically mixed structures (heterotrimers). We further investigated this phenomenon by coexpressing two more distantly related TAAs, EibA and YadA. These, however, did not form heterotrimers; indeed, coexpression was lethal to the cells, leading to elimination of one or another of the genes. However, substituting in either protein the barrel of the other one so that the barrels were identical led to formation of heterotrimers as for Eibs. Our work shows that trimerization of the β-barrel, but not the passenger domain, is necessary and sufficient for TAA secretion while the passenger domain is not. PMID:22155776

  2. Theoretical prediction of the vibrational spectra of group IB trimers

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    Richtsmeier, Steven C.; Gole, James L.; Dixon, David A.

    1980-01-01

    The molecular structures of the group IB trimers, Cu3, Ag3, and Au3, have been determined by using the semi-empirical diatomics-in-molecules theory. The trimers are found to have C2v symmetry with bond angles between 65° and 80°. The trimers are bound with respect to dissociation to the asymptotic limit of an atom plus a diatom. The binding energies per atom for Cu3, Ag3, and Au3 are 1.08, 0.75, and 1.16 eV, respectively. The vibrational frequencies of the trimers have been determined for comparison with experimental results. The vibrational frequencies are characterized by low values for the bending and asymmetric stretch modes. The frequency of the symmetric stretch of the trimer is higher than the stretching frequency of the corresponding diatomic. A detailed comparison of the theoretical results with the previously measured Raman spectra of matrix isolated Ag3 is presented. PMID:16592885

  3. Predicted 3D Model of the Rabies Virus Glycoprotein Trimer.

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    Fernando, Bastida-González; Yersin, Celaya-Trejo; José, Correa-Basurto; Paola, Zárate-Segura

    2016-01-01

    The RABVG ectodomain is a homotrimer, and trimers are often called spikes. They are responsible for the attachment of the virus through the interaction with nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM), and the p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75NTR). This makes them relevant in viral pathogenesis. The antigenic structure differs significantly between the trimers and monomers. Surfaces rich in hydrophobic amino acids are important for trimer stabilization in which the C-terminal of the ectodomain plays an important role; to understand these interactions between the G proteins, a mechanistic study of their functions was performed with a molecular model of G protein in its trimeric form. This verified its 3D conformation. The molecular modeling of G protein was performed by a I-TASSER server and was evaluated via a Rachamandran plot and ERRAT program obtained 84.64% and 89.9% of the residues in the favorable regions and overall quality factor, respectively. The molecular dynamics simulations were carried out on RABVG trimer at 310 K. From these theoretical studies, we retrieved the RMSD values from Cα atoms to assess stability. Preliminary model of G protein of rabies virus stable at 12 ns with molecular dynamics was obtained.

  4. Crosslinking Evidence for Motional Constraints within Chemoreceptor Trimers of Dimers

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    Massazza, Diego A.; Parkinson, John S.; Studdert, Claudia A.

    2011-01-01

    Chemotactic behavior in bacteria relies on the sensing ability of large chemoreceptor clusters that are usually located at the cell pole. In E. coli, chemoreceptors show higher order interactions within those clusters based on a trimer-of-dimers organization. This architecture is conserved in a variety of other bacteria and archaea, implying that receptors in many microorganisms form trimer of dimer signaling teams. To gain further insight into the assembly and dynamic behavior of receptor trimers of dimers, we used in vivo crosslinking targeted to cysteine residues at various positions that define six different levels along the cytoplasmic signaling domains of the aspartate and serine chemoreceptors, Tar and Tsr. We found that the cytoplasmic domains of these receptors are close to each other near the trimer contact region at the cytoplasmic tip and lie farther apart as the receptor dimers approach the cytoplasmic membrane. Tar and Tsr reporter sites within the same or closely adjacent levels readily formed mixed crosslinks, whereas reporters lying at different distances from the tip did not. These findings indicate that there are no significant vertical displacements of one dimer with respect to the others within the trimer unit. Attractant stimuli had no discernable effect on the crosslinking efficiency of any of the reporters tested, but a strong osmotic stimulus reproducibly enhanced crosslinking at most of the reporter sites, indicating that individual dimers may move closer together under this condition. PMID:21174433

  5. Predicted 3D Model of the Rabies Virus Glycoprotein Trimer

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    Fernando, Bastida-González; Yersin, Celaya-Trejo; José, Correa-Basurto; Paola, Zárate-Segura

    2016-01-01

    The RABVG ectodomain is a homotrimer, and trimers are often called spikes. They are responsible for the attachment of the virus through the interaction with nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM), and the p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75NTR). This makes them relevant in viral pathogenesis. The antigenic structure differs significantly between the trimers and monomers. Surfaces rich in hydrophobic amino acids are important for trimer stabilization in which the C-terminal of the ectodomain plays an important role; to understand these interactions between the G proteins, a mechanistic study of their functions was performed with a molecular model of G protein in its trimeric form. This verified its 3D conformation. The molecular modeling of G protein was performed by a I-TASSER server and was evaluated via a Rachamandran plot and ERRAT program obtained 84.64% and 89.9% of the residues in the favorable regions and overall quality factor, respectively. The molecular dynamics simulations were carried out on RABVG trimer at 310 K. From these theoretical studies, we retrieved the RMSD values from Cα atoms to assess stability. Preliminary model of G protein of rabies virus stable at 12 ns with molecular dynamics was obtained. PMID:27294109

  6. Universal trimer in a three-component Fermi gas

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    Wenz, A. N.; Lompe, T.; Ottenstein, T. B.; Serwane, F.; Zürn, G.; Jochim, S.

    2009-10-01

    We show that the recently measured magnetic field dependence of three-body loss in a three-component mixture of ultracold L6i atoms [T. B. Ottenstein , Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 203202 (2008); J. H. Huckans , Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 165302 (2009)] can be explained by the presence of a universal trimer state. Previous work suggested a universal trimer state as a probable explanation, yet it failed to get good agreement between theory and experiment over the whole range of magnetic fields. For our description we adapt the theory of Braaten and Hammer [Phys. Rep. 428, 259 (2006)] for three identical bosons to the case of three distinguishable fermions by combining the three scattering lengths a12 , a23 , and a13 between the three components to an effective interaction parameter am . We show that taking into account a magnetic field variation in the lifetime of the trimer state is essential to obtain a complete understanding of the observed decay rates.

  7. Importance of trimer-trimer interactions for the native state of the plant light-harvesting complex II.

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    Lambrev, Petar H; Várkonyi, Zsuzsanna; Krumova, Sashka; Kovács, László; Miloslavina, Yuliya; Holzwarth, Alfred R; Garab, Gyozo

    2007-06-01

    Aggregates and solubilized trimers of LHCII were characterized by circular dichroism (CD), linear dichroism and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and compared with thylakoid membranes in order to evaluate the native state of LHCII in vivo. It was found that the CD spectra of lamellar aggregates closely resemble those of unstacked thylakoid membranes whereas the spectra of trimers solubilized in n-dodecyl-beta,D-maltoside, n-octyl-beta,D-glucopyranoside, or Triton X-100 were drastically different in the Soret region. Thylakoid membranes or LHCII aggregates solubilized with detergent exhibited CD spectra similar to the isolated trimers. Solubilization of LHCII was accompanied by profound changes in the linear dichroism and increase in fluorescence lifetime. These data support the notion that lamellar aggregates of LHCII retain the native organization of LHCII in the thylakoid membranes. The results indicate that the supramolecular organization of LHCII, most likely due to specific trimer-trimer contacts, has significant impact on the pigment interactions in the complexes.

  8. Cleavage strongly influences whether soluble HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein trimers adopt a native-like conformation

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    Ringe, Rajesh P.; Sanders, Rogier W.; Yasmeen, Anila; Kim, Helen J.; Lee, Jeong Hyun; Cupo, Albert; Korzun, Jacob; Derking, Ronald; van Montfort, Thijs; Julien, Jean-Philippe; Wilson, Ian A.; Klasse, Per Johan; Ward, Andrew B.; Moore, John P.

    2013-01-01

    We compare the antigenicity and conformation of soluble, cleaved vs. uncleaved envelope glycoprotein (Env gp)140 trimers from the subtype A HIV type 1 (HIV-1) strain BG505. The impact of gp120–gp41 cleavage on trimer structure, in the presence or absence of trimer-stabilizing modifications (i.e., a gp120–gp41 disulfide bond and an I559P gp41 change, together designated SOSIP), was assessed. Without SOSIP changes, cleaved trimers disintegrate into their gp120 and gp41-ectodomain (gp41ECTO) components; when only the disulfide bond is present, they dissociate into gp140 monomers. Uncleaved gp140s remain trimeric whether SOSIP substitutions are present or not. However, negative-stain electron microscopy reveals that only cleaved trimers form homogeneous structures resembling native Env spikes on virus particles. In contrast, uncleaved trimers are highly heterogeneous, adopting a variety of irregular shapes, many of which appear to be gp120 subunits dangling from a central core that is presumably a trimeric form of gp41ECTO. Antigenicity studies with neutralizing and nonneutralizing antibodies are consistent with the EM images; cleaved, SOSIP-stabilized trimers express quaternary structure-dependent epitopes, whereas uncleaved trimers expose nonneutralizing gp120 and gp41ECTO epitopes that are occluded on cleaved trimers. These findings have adverse implications for using soluble, uncleaved trimers for structural studies, and the rationale for testing uncleaved trimers as vaccine candidates also needs to be reevaluated. PMID:24145402

  9. Styrene dimers and trimers affect reproduction of daphnid (Ceriodaphnia dubia).

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    Tatarazako, Norihisa; Takao, Yuji; Kishi, Katsuyuki; Onikura, Norio a; Arizono, Koji; Iguchi, Taisen

    2002-08-01

    The endocrine disruptor activity of styrene in humans and other vertebrates appears to be negligible. However, offspring numbers were reduced in Ceriodaphnia dubia bred in polystyrene cups. Styrene dimers and trimers were found to be eluted from the polystyrene cups by hexane and methanol with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Styrene dimers and trimers at concentrations of 0.04-1.7 microg/l affected C. dubia fertility (25% reduction after seven days), suggesting that styrenes have the potential to impair crustacean populations in the aquatic environment.

  10. Nonadditive effects in the mixed trimers of HCl and methanethiol

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    Balci, Mine; Boylu, Özgün; Uras-Aytemiz, Nevin

    2007-06-01

    Ab initio and density functional theory calculations with aug-cc-pVDZ and aug-cc-pVTZ basis sets have been performed on the HCl -CH3SH dimer and HCl -(CH3SH)2 and (HCl)2-CH3SH trimers. Structures, energetics, and infrared frequencies are calculated. The results are discussed in terms of the cooperativity effect which is a characteristic of H-bonded systems and compared to oxygen-containing analogs of the same trimers, HCl -(CH3OH)2 and (HCl)2-CH3OH, which have been published recently.

  11. Nonadditive effects in the mixed trimers of HCl and methanethiol.

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    Balci, Mine; Boylu, Ozgün; Uras-Aytemiz, Nevin

    2007-06-28

    Ab initio and density functional theory calculations with aug-cc-pVDZ and aug-cc-pVTZ basis sets have been performed on the HCl-CH3SH dimer and HCl-(CH3SH)2 and (HCl)2-CH3SH trimers. Structures, energetics, and infrared frequencies are calculated. The results are discussed in terms of the cooperativity effect which is a characteristic of H-bonded systems and compared to oxygen-containing analogs of the same trimers, HCl-(CH3OH)2 and (HCl)2-CH3OH, which have been published recently.

  12. Uncleaved prefusion-optimized gp140 trimers derived from analysis of HIV-1 envelope metastability

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    Kong, Leopold; He, Linling; de Val, Natalia; Vora, Nemil; Morris, Charles D.; Azadnia, Parisa; Sok, Devin; Zhou, Bin; Burton, Dennis R.; Ward, Andrew B.; Wilson, Ian A.; Zhu, Jiang

    2016-06-01

    The trimeric HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env) is critical for host immune recognition and neutralization. Despite advances in trimer design, the roots of Env trimer metastability remain elusive. Here we investigate the contribution of two Env regions to metastability. First, we computationally redesign a largely disordered bend in heptad region 1 (HR1) of SOSIP trimers that connects the long, central HR1 helix to the fusion peptide, substantially improving the yield of soluble, well-folded trimers. Structural and antigenic analyses of two distinct HR1 redesigns confirm that redesigned Env closely mimics the native, prefusion trimer with a more stable gp41. Next, we replace the cleavage site between gp120 and gp41 with various linkers in the context of an HR1 redesign. Electron microscopy reveals a potential fusion intermediate state for uncleaved trimers containing short but not long linkers. Together, these results outline a general approach for stabilization of Env trimers from diverse HIV-1 strains.

  13. Uncleaved prefusion-optimized gp140 trimers derived from analysis of HIV-1 envelope metastability

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    Kong, Leopold; He, Linling; de Val, Natalia; Vora, Nemil; Morris, Charles D.; Azadnia, Parisa; Sok, Devin; Zhou, Bin; Burton, Dennis R.; Ward, Andrew B.; Wilson, Ian A.; Zhu, Jiang

    2016-01-01

    The trimeric HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env) is critical for host immune recognition and neutralization. Despite advances in trimer design, the roots of Env trimer metastability remain elusive. Here we investigate the contribution of two Env regions to metastability. First, we computationally redesign a largely disordered bend in heptad region 1 (HR1) of SOSIP trimers that connects the long, central HR1 helix to the fusion peptide, substantially improving the yield of soluble, well-folded trimers. Structural and antigenic analyses of two distinct HR1 redesigns confirm that redesigned Env closely mimics the native, prefusion trimer with a more stable gp41. Next, we replace the cleavage site between gp120 and gp41 with various linkers in the context of an HR1 redesign. Electron microscopy reveals a potential fusion intermediate state for uncleaved trimers containing short but not long linkers. Together, these results outline a general approach for stabilization of Env trimers from diverse HIV-1 strains. PMID:27349805

  14. Uncleaved prefusion-optimized gp140 trimers derived from analysis of HIV-1 envelope metastability.

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    Kong, Leopold; He, Linling; de Val, Natalia; Vora, Nemil; Morris, Charles D; Azadnia, Parisa; Sok, Devin; Zhou, Bin; Burton, Dennis R; Ward, Andrew B; Wilson, Ian A; Zhu, Jiang

    2016-06-28

    The trimeric HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env) is critical for host immune recognition and neutralization. Despite advances in trimer design, the roots of Env trimer metastability remain elusive. Here we investigate the contribution of two Env regions to metastability. First, we computationally redesign a largely disordered bend in heptad region 1 (HR1) of SOSIP trimers that connects the long, central HR1 helix to the fusion peptide, substantially improving the yield of soluble, well-folded trimers. Structural and antigenic analyses of two distinct HR1 redesigns confirm that redesigned Env closely mimics the native, prefusion trimer with a more stable gp41. Next, we replace the cleavage site between gp120 and gp41 with various linkers in the context of an HR1 redesign. Electron microscopy reveals a potential fusion intermediate state for uncleaved trimers containing short but not long linkers. Together, these results outline a general approach for stabilization of Env trimers from diverse HIV-1 strains.

  15. Designing a Soluble Near Full-Length HIV-1 GP41 Trimer

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    2012-11-26

    envelope; gp41 trimer; bacteriophage T4 display; prehairpin fusion intermediate. Background: The envelope glycoprotein gp41 is a key component of...protein into trimers and defined oligomers. These gp41 trimers were displayed on bacteriophage T4 capsid nanoparticles by attaching to the small...gp41 Trimers on the Bacteriophage T4 Nanoparticle—Eight hundred and seventy copies of a small outer capsid protein, Soc (9 kDa), decorate the surface

  16. Catalytic trimerization of aromatic nitriles for synthesis of polyimide matrix resins

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    Hsu, L.-C.

    1974-01-01

    Aromatic nitriles may be trimerized at moderate temperature and pressure with p-toluenesulfonic acid as catalyst. Studies were conducted to establish the effect of the reaction temperature, pressure, time, and catalyst concentration on yield of the trimerized product. Trimerization studies were also conducted to establish the effect of substituting electron donating or withdrawing groups on benzonitrile. Preliminary results of using the catalytic trimerization approach to prepare s-triazine cross-linked polyimide/graphite fiber composites are presented.

  17. A Covalently Linked Tetracene Trimer: Synthesis and Singlet Exciton Fission Property.

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    Liu, Heyuan; Wang, Rui; Shen, Li; Xu, Yanqing; Xiao, Min; Zhang, Chunfeng; Li, Xiyou

    2017-02-03

    A linear tetracene trimer linked by phenyl groups has been prepared for the first time. The triplet quantum yield formed via intramolecular singlet fission can reach up to 96% in this trimer, which is enhanced significantly compared with that in the dimer. This can be attributed to the stronger electronic coupling between tetracene subunits and more delocalized excitons in the trimer.

  18. DNAzyme-Controlled Cleavage of Dimer and Trimer Origami Tiles.

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    Wu, Na; Willner, Itamar

    2016-04-13

    Dimers of origami tiles are bridged by the Pb(2+)-dependent DNAzyme sequence and its substrate or by the histidine-dependent DNAzyme sequence and its substrate to yield the dimers T1-T2 and T3-T4, respectively. The dimers are cleaved to monomer tiles in the presence of Pb(2+)-ions or histidine as triggers. Similarly, trimers of origami tiles are constructed by bridging the tiles with the Pb(2+)-ion-dependent DNAzyme sequence and the histidine-dependent DNAzyme sequence and their substrates yielding the trimer T1-T5-T4. In the presence of Pb(2+)-ions and/or histidine as triggers, the programmed cleavage of trimer proceeds. Using Pb(2+) or histidine as trigger cleaves the trimer to yield T5-T4 and T1 or the dimer T1-T5 and T4, respectively. In the presence of Pb(2+)-ions and histidine as triggers, the cleavage products are the monomer tiles T1, T5, and T4. The different cleavage products are identified by labeling the tiles with 0, 1, or 2 streptavidin labels and AFM imaging.

  19. Four new trimeric stilbene glucosides from Welwitschia mirabilis.

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    Murata, Hiroko; Iliya, Ibrahim; Tanaka, Toshiyuki; Furasawa, Miyuki; Ito, Tetsuro; Nakaya, Ken-ichi; Oyama, Mayoshi; Iinuma, Munekazu

    2005-06-01

    Four new trimeric stilbene glucosides, mirabilosides C-F (1-4) were isolated from MeOH extract of stem and root of Welwitschia mirabilis (Welwitschiaceae) along with three known stilbenoids, resveratrol (5), gnemonoside B (6), and gnetin G (7). The structures of these compounds were elucidated by spectroscopic methods.

  20. Immunogenicity of stabilized HIV-1 envelope trimers with reduced exposure of non-neutralizing epitopes

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    de Taeye, Steven W.; Ozorowski, Gabriel; de la Peña, Alba Torrents; Guttman, Miklos; Julien, Jean-Philippe; van den Kerkhof, Tom L.G.M.; Burger, Judith A.; Pritchard, Laura K.; Pugach, Pavel; Yasmeen, Anila; Crampton, Jordan; Hu, Joyce; Bontjer, Ilja; Torres, Jonathan L.; Arendt, Heather; DeStefano, Joanne; Koff, Wayne C.; Schuitemaker, Hanneke; Eggink, Dirk; Berkhout, Ben; Dean, Hansi; LaBranche, Celia; Crotty, Shane; Crispin, Max; Montefiori, David C.; Klasse, P. J.; Lee, Kelly K.; Moore, John P.; Wilson, Ian A.; Ward, Andrew B.; Sanders, Rogier W.

    2016-01-01

    Summary The envelope glycoprotein trimer mediates HIV-1 entry into cells. The trimer is flexible, fluctuating between closed and more open conformations and sometimes sampling the fully open, CD4-bound form. We hypothesized that conformational flexibility could hinder the induction of broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs). We therefore modified soluble Env trimers to stabilize their closed, ground states. The trimer variants were indeed stabilized in the closed conformation, with a reduced ability to undergo receptor-induced conformational changes and a decreased exposure of non-neutralizing V3-directed antibody epitopes. In rabbits, the stabilized trimers induced similar autologous Tier-1B or Tier-2 NAb titers to those elicited by the corresponding wild-type trimers, but lower levels of V3-directed Tier-1A NAbs. Stabilized, closed trimers might therefore be useful components of vaccines aimed at inducing bNAbs. PMID:26687358

  1. The Trimeric Model: A New Model of Periodontal Treatment Planning

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    Tarakji, Bassel

    2014-01-01

    Treatment of periodontal disease is a complex and multidisciplinary procedure, requiring periodontal, surgical, restorative, and orthodontic treatment modalities. Several authors attempted to formulate models for periodontal treatment that orders the treatment steps in a logical and easy to remember manner. In this article, we discuss two models of periodontal treatment planning from two of the most well-known textbook in the specialty of periodontics internationally. Then modify them to arrive at a new model of periodontal treatment planning, The Trimeric Model. Adding restorative and orthodontic interrelationships with periodontal treatment allows us to expand this model into the Extended Trimeric Model of periodontal treatment planning. These models will provide a logical framework and a clear order of the treatment of periodontal disease for general practitioners and periodontists alike. PMID:25177662

  2. Interatomic Coulombic decay widths of helium trimer: Ab initio calculations

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    Kolorenč, Přemysl; Sisourat, Nicolas

    2015-12-14

    We report on an extensive study of interatomic Coulombic decay (ICD) widths in helium trimer computed using a fully ab initio method based on the Fano theory of resonances. Algebraic diagrammatic construction for one-particle Green’s function is utilized for the solution of the many-electron problem. An advanced and universal approach to partitioning of the configuration space into discrete states and continuum subspaces is described and employed. Total decay widths are presented for all ICD-active states of the trimer characterized by one-site ionization and additional excitation of an electron into the second shell. Selected partial decay widths are analyzed in detail, showing how three-body effects can qualitatively change the character of certain relaxation transitions. Previously unreported type of three-electron decay processes is identified in one class of the metastable states.

  3. Cerebrosides and tocopherol trimers from the seeds of Euryale ferox.

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    Row, Lie-Ching; Ho, Jiau-Ching; Chen, Chiu-Ming

    2007-07-01

    Two new cerebrosides, ferocerebrosides A (1) [(2S,3R,4E,8E,2'R)-1-O-(beta-glucopyranosyl)-N-(2'-hydroxydocosanoyl)-4,8-sphingadienine] and B (2) [(2S,3R,4E,8E,2'R)-1-O-(beta-glucopyranosyl)-N-(2'-hydroxytetracosanoyl)-4,8-sphingadienine], two new tocopherol trimers, ferotocotrimers C (5) and D (6), and two known tocopherol trimers, IVb (3) and IVa (4), were isolated from the seeds of Euryale ferox. Their structures were determined on the basis of spectroscopic data, especially 1D and 2D NMR experiments. Compounds 1 and 2 showed cytotoxicity in the brine shrimp lethality bioassay, with LC50 values of 0.17 and 0.20 mM, respectively.

  4. Formation of unique trimer of nitric oxide on Cu(111)

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    Shiotari, A.; Hatta, S.; Okuyama, H. Aruga, T.

    2014-10-07

    We report that NO molecules unexpectedly prefer a trimeric configuration on Cu(111). We used scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) at 6 K, and confirmed that the NO molecule is bonded to the face-centered-cubic hollow site in an upright configuration. The individual NO molecule is imaged as a ring protrusion, which is characteristic of the doubly degenerate 2π{sup *} orbital. A triangular trimer is thermodynamically more favorable than the monomer and dimer, and its bonding structure was characterized by STM manipulation. This unique behavior of NO on Cu(111) is ascribed to the threefold symmetry of the surface, facilitating effective mixing of the 2π{sup *} orbitals in a triangular configuration.

  5. OCS Trimer and Tetramer: Calculated Structures and Infrared Spectra

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    Dehghany, Mehdi; Moazzen-Ahmadi, Nasser; McKellar, Bob

    2014-06-01

    An OCS trimer was originally observed in the 1990s by microwave spectroscopy. New broadband chirped-pulse microwave spectra (preceding talk) reveal an OCS tetramer and a second distinct trimer isomer. In the present talk, we discuss OCS cluster structures and infrared spectra. Our structure calculations are based on a recent ab initio potential energy surface and assume pairwise additivity. There are also recent direct ab initio trimer and tetramer calculations, which are (necessarily) at a lower level of theory. We find that the observed OCS trimers indeed correspond to the two lowest energy isomers in both calculations, and that there is fairly good agreement of experimental and theoretical structures. For the tetramer the global minimum is at -2773 wn relative to dissociation, and we calculate (at least) twenty different isomers within 100 wn of this minimum (and seven within 20 wn). Remarkably, the observed microwave tetramer does correspond to our lowest calculated isomer. However this isomer is not included in the published direct ab initio calculation - it may just have been overlooked due to the large number of isomers! In the mid-infrared region of the OCS νb{1} fundamental (˜2060 wn), we observe two bands which are clearly due to the same microwave OCS tetramer. But a third band is assigned to a different tetramer not observed in the microwave spectrum. It appears to correspond to our seventh calculated isomer, located about 20 wn above the most stable one, and it is also missing from the direct ab initio calculation. Neither observed tetramer has any symmetry elements. J.P. Connelly, A. Bauder, A. Chisholm, and B.J. Howard, Mol. Phys. 88, 915 (1996) R.A. Peebles and R.L. Kuczkowski, J. Phys. Chem. A 103, 6344 (1999). N. Sahu, G. Singh, and S.R. Gadre, J. Phys. Chem. A 117, 10964 (2013).

  6. Assembly and separation of semiconductor quantum dot dimers and trimers.

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    Xu, Xiangxing; Stöttinger, Sven; Battagliarin, Glauco; Hinze, Gerald; Mugnaioli, Enrico; Li, Chen; Müllen, Klaus; Basché, Thomas

    2011-11-16

    Repeated precipitation of colloidal semiconductor quantum dots (QD) from a good solvent by adding a poor solvent leads to an increasing number of QD oligomers after redispersion in the good solvent. By using density gradient ultracentrifugation we have been able to separate QD monomer, dimer, and trimer fractions from higher oligomers in such solutions. In the corresponding fractions QD dimers and trimers have been enriched up to 90% and 64%, respectively. Besides directly coupled oligomers, QD dimers and trimers were also assembled by linkage with a rigid terrylene diimide dye (TDI) and separated again by ultracentrifugation. High-resolution transmission electron micrographs show that the interparticle distances are clearly larger than those for directly coupled dots proving that the QDs indeed are cross-linked by the dye. Moreover, energy transfer from the QDs to the TDI "bridge" has been observed. Individual oligomers (directly coupled or dye-linked) can be readily deposited on a substrate and studied simultaneously by scanning force and optical microscopy. Our simple and effective scheme is applicable to a wide range of ligand stabilized colloidal nanoparticles and opens the way to a detailed study of electronic coupling in, e.g., QD molecules.

  7. Crystal structures of the TRIC trimeric intracellular cation channel orthologues

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    Kasuya, Go; Hiraizumi, Masahiro; Maturana, Andrés D; Kumazaki, Kaoru; Fujiwara, Yuichiro; Liu, Keihong; Nakada-Nakura, Yoshiko; Iwata, So; Tsukada, Keisuke; Komori, Tomotaka; Uemura, Sotaro; Goto, Yuhei; Nakane, Takanori; Takemoto, Mizuki; Kato, Hideaki E; Yamashita, Keitaro; Wada, Miki; Ito, Koichi; Ishitani, Ryuichiro; Hattori, Motoyuki; Nureki, Osamu

    2016-01-01

    Ca2+ release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is crucial for muscle contraction, cell growth, apoptosis, learning and memory. The trimeric intracellular cation (TRIC) channels were recently identified as cation channels balancing the SR and ER membrane potentials, and are implicated in Ca2+ signaling and homeostasis. Here we present the crystal structures of prokaryotic TRIC channels in the closed state and structure-based functional analyses of prokaryotic and eukaryotic TRIC channels. Each trimer subunit consists of seven transmembrane (TM) helices with two inverted repeated regions. The electrophysiological, biochemical and biophysical analyses revealed that TRIC channels possess an ion-conducting pore within each subunit, and that the trimer formation contributes to the stability of the protein. The symmetrically related TM2 and TM5 helices are kinked at the conserved glycine clusters, and these kinks are important for the channel activity. Furthermore, the kinks of the TM2 and TM5 helices generate lateral fenestrations at each subunit interface. Unexpectedly, these lateral fenestrations are occupied with lipid molecules. This study provides the structural and functional framework for the molecular mechanism of this ion channel superfamily. PMID:27909292

  8. Structural constraints determine the glycosylation of HIV-1 envelope trimers

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    Pritchard, Laura K.; Vasiljevic, Snezana; Ozorowski, Gabriel; Seabright, Gemma E.; Cupo, Albert; Ringe, Rajesh; Kim, Helen J.; Sanders, Rogier W.; Doores, Katie J.; Burton, Dennis R.; Wilson, Ian A.; Ward, Andrew B.; Moore, John P.; Crispin, Max

    2015-01-01

    A highly glycosylated, trimeric envelope glycoprotein (Env) mediates HIV-1 cell entry. The high density and heterogeneity of the glycans shield Env from recognition by the immune system but, paradoxically, many potent broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) recognize epitopes involving this glycan shield. To better understand Env glycosylation and its role in bNAb recognition, we characterized a soluble, cleaved recombinant trimer (BG505 SOSIP.664) that is a close structural and antigenic mimic of native Env. Large, unprocessed oligomannose-type structures (Man8-9GlcNAc2) are notably prevalent on the gp120 components of the trimer, irrespective of the mammalian cell expression system or the bNAb used for affinity-purification. In contrast, gp41 subunits carry more highly processed glycans. The glycans on uncleaved, non-native oligomeric gp140 proteins are also highly processed. A homogeneous, oligomannose-dominated glycan profile is therefore a hallmark of a native Env conformation and a potential Achilles’ heel that can be exploited for bNAb recognition and vaccine design. PMID:26051934

  9. Biochemical evidence of a role for matrix trimerization in HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein incorporation

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    Novikova, Mariia; Ablan, Sherimay D.; Freed, Eric O.

    2016-01-01

    The matrix (MA) domain of HIV Gag has important functions in directing the trafficking of Gag to sites of assembly and mediating the incorporation of the envelope glycoprotein (Env) into assembling particles. HIV-1 MA has been shown to form trimers in vitro; however, neither the presence nor the role of MA trimers has been documented in HIV-1 virions. We developed a cross-linking strategy to reveal MA trimers in virions of replication-competent HIV-1. By mutagenesis of trimer interface residues, we demonstrated a correlation between loss of MA trimerization and loss of Env incorporation. Additionally, we found that truncating the long cytoplasmic tail of Env restores incorporation of Env into MA trimer-defective particles, thus rescuing infectivity. We therefore propose a model whereby MA trimerization is required to form a lattice capable of accommodating the long cytoplasmic tail of HIV-1 Env; in the absence of MA trimerization, Env is sterically excluded from the assembling particle. These findings establish MA trimerization as an obligatory step in the assembly of infectious HIV-1 virions. As such, the MA trimer interface may represent a novel drug target for the development of antiretrovirals. PMID:26711999

  10. LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The dimer-trimer and monomer-trimer models for heterogeneous catalysis: a phase diagram study

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    Khan, K. M.; Basit, A.; Yaldram, K.

    2000-06-01

    The phase diagram of the dimer-trimer model has already been studied for Kagome and hexagonal lattices, the detail of which can be found in the literature. Here, we have studied the same model on a square lattice to look into the effect of lattice type on the phase diagram of the system. The steady reactive window width decreases significantly from 0.12 (for hexagonal lattice) to 0.02 for a square lattice. We have also studied a monomer-trimer model through Monte Carlo simulation. The effect of the lattice type on the phase diagram of the system is studied. The phase diagram qualitatively resembles that of the ZGB model. The lattice type has a significant effect on the steady reactive window width.

  11. Electronic structure of a deformable trimer with a coulomb interaction and a variable number of electrons

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    Aplesnin, S. S.; Piskunova, N. I.

    2011-01-15

    The electronic spectrum of a trimer with a variable number of electrons has been calculated in the Hubbard model by exact diagonalization. The dependences of the chemical potential shift, magnetic moment, and energy level splitting near the chemical potential on the magnetic field, Coulomb interaction between the electrons located at the vertices of the triangle, trimer deformation, and three-center interaction have been established. The removal of magnetic degeneracy in the trimer when the intersite Coulomb and three-center interactions are taken into account and the formation of a singlet pair of electrons under trimer deformation have been detected.

  12. Direct visualization of the trimeric structure of the ASIC1a channel, using AFM imaging

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    Carnally, Stewart M.; Dev, Harveer S.; Stewart, Andrew P.; Barrera, Nelson P.; Van Bemmelen, Miguel X.; Schild, Laurent; Henderson, Robert M.; Edwardson, J.Michael

    2008-08-08

    There has been confusion about the subunit stoichiometry of the degenerin family of ion channels. Recently, a crystal structure of acid-sensing ion channel (ASIC) 1a revealed that it assembles as a trimer. Here, we used atomic force microscopy (AFM) to image unprocessed ASIC1a bound to mica. We detected a mixture of subunit monomers, dimers and trimers. In some cases, triple-subunit clusters were clearly visible, confirming the trimeric structure of the channel, and indicating that the trimer sometimes disaggregated after adhesion to the mica surface. This AFM-based technique will now enable us to determine the subunit arrangement within heteromeric ASICs.

  13. Identification of Ata, a Multifunctional Trimeric Autotransporter of Acinetobacter baumannii

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    Bentancor, Leticia V.; Camacho-Peiro, Ana; Bozkurt-Guzel, Cagla; Pier, Gerald B.

    2012-01-01

    Acinetobacter baumannii has recently emerged as a highly troublesome nosocomial pathogen, especially in patients in intensive care units and in those undergoing mechanical ventilation. We have identified a surface protein adhesin of A. baumannii, designated the Acinetobacter trimeric autotransporter (Ata), that contains all of the typical features of trimeric autotransporters (TA), including a long signal peptide followed by an N-terminal, surface-exposed passenger domain and a C-terminal domain encoding 4 β-strands. To demonstrate that Ata encoded a TA, we created a fusion protein in which we replaced the entire passenger domain of Ata with the epitope tag V5, which can be tracked with specific monoclonal antibodies, and demonstrated that the C-terminal 101 amino acids of Ata were capable of exporting the heterologous V5 tag to the surface of A. baumannii in a trimeric form. We found that Ata played a role in biofilm formation and bound to various extracellular matrix/basal membrane (ECM/BM) components, including collagen types I, III, IV, and V and laminin. Moreover, Ata mediated the adhesion of whole A. baumannii cells to immobilized collagen type IV and played a role in the survival of A. baumannii in a lethal model of systemic infection in immunocompetent mice. Taken together, these results reveal that Ata is a TA of A. baumannii involved in virulence, including biofilm formation, binding to ECM/BM proteins, mediating the adhesion of A. baumannii cells to collagen type IV, and contributing to the survival of A. baumannii in a mouse model of lethal infection. PMID:22609912

  14. Nonlinear optical response of cofacial phthalocyanine dimers and trimers

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    Manas, E.S.; Spano, F.C.; Chen, L.X.

    1997-07-01

    The effects of intermacrocycle interactions on the second hyperpolarizabilities {l_angle}{gamma}({minus}{omega};{omega},{minus}{omega},{omega}){r_angle} of cofacial phthalocyanine dimers and trimers are studied. A theoretical analysis is presented based on the Frenkel exciton model for a chain of three level molecules. Using a simplified analysis in the static and near-resonant regimes we identify two mechanisms which lead to enhancements in the dimer or trimer value of {l_angle}{gamma}({minus}{omega};{omega},{minus}{omega},{omega}){r_angle} over that of the monomer. The first mechanism is a disruption of the balance between type I and type II terms in the sum over states expression for the second hyperpolarizability tensor {gamma}{sub kjih}({minus}{omega};{omega},{minus}{omega},{omega}), caused by weak intermacrocycle interactions. The second is a near-resonance enhancement of the type II terms due to an intermacrocycle interaction induced shift in the monomer derived two-photon allowed states towards twice the laser photon energy. This analysis is in good agreement with recent degenerate four wave mixing experiments [SPIE Proc. {bold 2527}, 61 (1995)] which showed a strong enhancement of {l_angle}{gamma}({minus}{omega};{omega},{minus}{omega},{omega}){r_angle} for SiPcO oligomers as a function of the number of macrocycles. Our calculations suggest that the first mechanism is responsible for the 25-fold monomer to dimer enhancement measured in this system, and that the additional 4-fold enhancement found in going from the dimer to the trimer is primarily the result of the second mechanism. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  15. Trimeric Transmembrane Domain Interactions in Paramyxovirus Fusion Proteins

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    Smith, Everett Clinton; Smith, Stacy E.; Carter, James R.; Webb, Stacy R.; Gibson, Kathleen M.; Hellman, Lance M.; Fried, Michael G.; Dutch, Rebecca Ellis

    2013-01-01

    Paramyxovirus fusion (F) proteins promote membrane fusion between the viral envelope and host cell membranes, a critical early step in viral infection. Although mutational analyses have indicated that transmembrane (TM) domain residues can affect folding or function of viral fusion proteins, direct analysis of TM-TM interactions has proved challenging. To directly assess TM interactions, the oligomeric state of purified chimeric proteins containing the Staphylococcal nuclease (SN) protein linked to the TM segments from three paramyxovirus F proteins was analyzed by sedimentation equilibrium analysis in detergent and buffer conditions that allowed density matching. A monomer-trimer equilibrium best fit was found for all three SN-TM constructs tested, and similar fits were obtained with peptides corresponding to just the TM region of two different paramyxovirus F proteins. These findings demonstrate for the first time that class I viral fusion protein TM domains can self-associate as trimeric complexes in the absence of the rest of the protein. Glycine residues have been implicated in TM helix interactions, so the effect of mutations at Hendra F Gly-508 was assessed in the context of the whole F protein. Mutations G508I or G508L resulted in decreased cell surface expression of the fusogenic form, consistent with decreased stability of the prefusion form of the protein. Sedimentation equilibrium analysis of TM domains containing these mutations gave higher relative association constants, suggesting altered TM-TM interactions. Overall, these results suggest that trimeric TM interactions are important driving forces for protein folding, stability and membrane fusion promotion. PMID:24178297

  16. Hydrolytic polymerization of chromium (III). 2. A trimeric species

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    Finholt, J.E.; Thompson, M.E.; Connick, R.E.

    1981-12-01

    With use of an ion-exchange displacement elution, a green species was separated from mixtures of Cr(III) polymers and its absorption spectrum determined. The hydroxides per chromium atom were found to be 4/3, and the charge per chromium atom was shown to be consistent with this value. The degree of polymerization of freezing point depression was close to 3. Measurements are reported for the equilibrium quotient for the formation of the trimer from the monomer. The ESR spectrum and magnetic susceptibility were determined, and the results are discussed in terms of possible structures.

  17. A monomer-trimer model supports intermittent glucagon fibril growth

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    Košmrlj, Andrej; Cordsen, Pia; Kyrsting, Anders; Otzen, Daniel E.; Oddershede, Lene B.; Jensen, Mogens H.

    2015-01-01

    We investigate in vitro fibrillation kinetics of the hormone peptide glucagon at various concentrations using confocal microscopy and determine the glucagon fibril persistence length 60μm. At all concentrations we observe that periods of individual fibril growth are interrupted by periods of stasis. The growth probability is large at high and low concentrations and is reduced for intermediate glucagon concentrations. To explain this behavior we propose a simple model, where fibrils come in two forms, one built entirely from glucagon monomers and one entirely from glucagon trimers. The opposite building blocks act as fibril growth blockers, and this generic model reproduces experimental behavior well. PMID:25758791

  18. Photoemission Electron Microscopy of a Plasmonic Silver Nanoparticle Trimer

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    Peppernick, Samuel J.; Joly, Alan G.; Beck, Kenneth M.; Hess, Wayne P.; Wang, Jinyong; Wang, Yi-Chung; Wei, Wei

    2013-07-01

    We present a combined experimental and theoretical study to investigate the spatial distribution of photoelectrons emitted from core-shell silver (Ag) nanoparticles. We use two-photon photoemission microscopy (2P-PEEM) to spatially resolve electron emission from a trimeric core-shell aggregate of triangular symmetry. Finite difference time domain (FDTD) simulations are performed to model the intensity distributions of the electromagnetic near-fields resulting from femtosecond (fs) laser excitation of localized surface plasmon oscillations in the triangular core-shell structure. We demonstrate that the predicted FDTD near-field intensity distribution reproduces the 2P-PEEM photoemission pattern.

  19. A monomer-trimer model supports intermittent glucagon fibril growth

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    Košmrlj, Andrej; Cordsen, Pia; Kyrsting, Anders; Otzen, Daniel E.; Oddershede, Lene B.; Jensen, Mogens H.

    2015-03-01

    We investigate in vitro fibrillation kinetics of the hormone peptide glucagon at various concentrations using confocal microscopy and determine the glucagon fibril persistence length 60μm. At all concentrations we observe that periods of individual fibril growth are interrupted by periods of stasis. The growth probability is large at high and low concentrations and is reduced for intermediate glucagon concentrations. To explain this behavior we propose a simple model, where fibrils come in two forms, one built entirely from glucagon monomers and one entirely from glucagon trimers. The opposite building blocks act as fibril growth blockers, and this generic model reproduces experimental behavior well.

  20. Reconstitution of active catalytic trimer of aspartate transcarbamoylase from proteolytically cleaved polypeptide chains.

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    Powers, V. M.; Yang, Y. R.; Fogli, M. J.; Schachman, H. K.

    1993-01-01

    Treatment of the catalytic (C) trimer of Escherichia coli aspartate transcarbamoylase (ATCase) with alpha-chymotrypsin by a procedure similar to that used by Chan and Enns (1978, Can. J. Biochem. 56, 654-658) has been shown to yield an intact, active, proteolytically cleaved trimer containing polypeptide fragments of 26,000 and 8,000 MW. Vmax of the proteolytically cleaved trimer (CPC) is 75% that of the wild-type C trimer, whereas Km for aspartate and Kd for the bisubstrate analog, N-(phosphonacetyl)-L-aspartate, are increased about 7- and 15-fold, respectively. CPC trimer is very stable to heat denaturation as shown by differential scanning microcalorimetry. Amino-terminal sequence analyses as well as results from electrospray ionization mass spectrometry indicate that the limited chymotryptic digestion involves the rupture of only a single peptide bond leading to the production of two fragments corresponding to residues 1-240 and 241-310. This cleavage site involving the bond between Tyr 240 and Ala 241 is in a surface loop known to be involved in intersubunit contacts between the upper and lower C trimers in ATCase when it is in the T conformation. Reconstituted holoenzyme comprising two CPC trimers and three wild-type regulatory (R) dimers was shown by enzyme assays to be devoid of the homotropic and heterotropic allosteric properties characteristic of wild-type ATCase. Moreover, sedimentation velocity experiments demonstrate that the holoenzyme reconstituted from CPC trimers is in the R conformation. These results indicate that the intact flexible loop containing Tyr 240 is essential for stabilizing the T conformation of ATCase. Following denaturation of the CPC trimer in 4.7 M urea and dilution of the solution, the separate proteolytic fragments re-associate to form active trimers in about 60% yield. How this refolding of the fragments, docking, and association to form trimers are achieved is not known. PMID:8318885

  1. The infrared spectrum and structure of the nitrous oxide trimer

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    Miller, R. E.; Pedersen, L.

    1998-01-01

    Reported here are the first spectroscopic observations of the nitrous oxide trimer. Two rotationally resolved vibrational bands have been observed using the optothermal detection method. The ground vibrational state rotational constants obtained from these spectra are A=0.052 606(40), B=0.043 571(15), and C=0.028 736(7) cm-1. Ab initio calculations are also reported here, at the MP2/6-31+G(2d,2p) level, which yield A=0.054 92, B=0.045 17, and C=0.030 52 cm-1. The structure of the nitrous oxide trimer can be thought of as a slightly distorted dimer, which has a slipped parallel geometry [Z. S. Huang and R. E. Miller, J. Chem. Phys. 89, 5408 (1988)], with a third monomer unit lying above this dimer. This structure is similar to the recently observed nonplanar isomer of (CO2)3 [M. J. Weida and D. J. Nesbitt, J. Chem. Phys. 105, 10,210 (1996)].

  2. Structure of a Burkholderia pseudomallei Trimeric Autotransporter Adhesin Head

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    Edwards, Thomas E.; Phan, Isabelle; Abendroth, Jan; Dieterich, Shellie H.; Masoudi, Amir; Guo, Wenjin; Hewitt, Stephen N.; Kelley, Angela; Leibly, David; Brittnacher, Mitch J.; Staker, Bart L.; Miller, Samuel I.; Van Voorhis, Wesley C.; Myler, Peter J.; Stewart, Lance J.

    2010-01-01

    Background Pathogenic bacteria adhere to the host cell surface using a family of outer membrane proteins called Trimeric Autotransporter Adhesins (TAAs). Although TAAs are highly divergent in sequence and domain structure, they are all conceptually comprised of a C-terminal membrane anchoring domain and an N-terminal passenger domain. Passenger domains consist of a secretion sequence, a head region that facilitates binding to the host cell surface, and a stalk region. Methodology/Principal Findings Pathogenic species of Burkholderia contain an overabundance of TAAs, some of which have been shown to elicit an immune response in the host. To understand the structural basis for host cell adhesion, we solved a 1.35 Å resolution crystal structure of a BpaA TAA head domain from Burkholderia pseudomallei, the pathogen that causes melioidosis. The structure reveals a novel fold of an intricately intertwined trimer. The BpaA head is composed of structural elements that have been observed in other TAA head structures as well as several elements of previously unknown structure predicted from low sequence homology between TAAs. These elements are typically up to 40 amino acids long and are not domains, but rather modular structural elements that may be duplicated or omitted through evolution, creating molecular diversity among TAAs. Conclusions/Significance The modular nature of BpaA, as demonstrated by its head domain crystal structure, and of TAAs in general provides insights into evolution of pathogen-host adhesion and may provide an avenue for diagnostics. PMID:20862217

  3. Excitation spectrum of a model antiferromagnetic spin-trimer.

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    Stone, Matthew B; Fernandez-Alonso, F.; Adroja, D. T.; Dalal, N. S.; Villagran, D.; Cotton, F. A.; Nagler, Stephen E

    2007-01-01

    We present an inelastic neutron scattering (INS) study of the excitation spectrum of a quantum S=1/2 equilateral Heisenberg trimer, Cu{sub 3}(O{sub 2}C{sub 16}H{sub 23}){sub 61.2}C{sub 6}H{sub 12}. The magnetic properties of the system can be described by an ensemble of independent equilateral triangles of S=1/2 Cu{sup 2+} ions. With antiferromagnetic Heisenberg coupling, the ground state of each trimer is a degenerate pair of S=1/2 doublets, with a quartet S=3/2 excited state. Previous bulk measurements led to an estimate for the excitation energy of 28 meV. Here, we report INS measurements that can provide a direct measurement of magnetic excitation energies. These measurements are challenging since inter- and intramolecular vibrational modes associated with the organic ligands are at frequencies similar to the magnetic excitations. Measurements on a nonmagnetic compound with the same ligands as well as the temperature dependence of the neutron scattering cross section are used to identify the vibrational modes. This leads to an identification of the magnetic excitation energy as being approximately 37 meV at T=10 K, with a gradual softening with increasing temperature.

  4. Accurate calculations of bound rovibrational states for argon trimer

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    Brandon, Drew; Poirier, Bill

    2014-07-01

    This work presents a comprehensive quantum dynamics calculation of the bound rovibrational eigenstates of argon trimer (Ar3), using the ScalIT suite of parallel codes. The Ar3 rovibrational energy levels are computed to a very high level of accuracy (10-3 cm-1 or better), and up to the highest rotational and vibrational excitations for which bound states exist. For many of these rovibrational states, wavefunctions are also computed. Rare gas clusters such as Ar3 are interesting because the interatomic interactions manifest through long-range van der Waals forces, rather than through covalent chemical bonding. As a consequence, they exhibit strong Coriolis coupling between the rotational and vibrational degrees of freedom, as well as highly delocalized states, all of which renders accurate quantum dynamical calculation difficult. Moreover, with its (comparatively) deep potential well and heavy masses, Ar3 is an especially challenging rare gas trimer case. There are a great many rovibrational eigenstates to compute, and a very high density of states. Consequently, very few previous rovibrational state calculations for Ar3 may be found in the current literature—and only for the lowest-lying rotational excitations.

  5. Accurate calculations of bound rovibrational states for argon trimer

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    Brandon, Drew; Poirier, Bill

    2014-07-21

    This work presents a comprehensive quantum dynamics calculation of the bound rovibrational eigenstates of argon trimer (Ar{sub 3}), using the ScalIT suite of parallel codes. The Ar{sub 3} rovibrational energy levels are computed to a very high level of accuracy (10{sup −3} cm{sup −1} or better), and up to the highest rotational and vibrational excitations for which bound states exist. For many of these rovibrational states, wavefunctions are also computed. Rare gas clusters such as Ar{sub 3} are interesting because the interatomic interactions manifest through long-range van der Waals forces, rather than through covalent chemical bonding. As a consequence, they exhibit strong Coriolis coupling between the rotational and vibrational degrees of freedom, as well as highly delocalized states, all of which renders accurate quantum dynamical calculation difficult. Moreover, with its (comparatively) deep potential well and heavy masses, Ar{sub 3} is an especially challenging rare gas trimer case. There are a great many rovibrational eigenstates to compute, and a very high density of states. Consequently, very few previous rovibrational state calculations for Ar{sub 3} may be found in the current literature—and only for the lowest-lying rotational excitations.

  6. Programmed dissociation of dimer and trimer origami structures by aptamer-ligand complexes.

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    Wu, Na; Willner, Itamar

    2017-01-26

    Dimer- and trimer-origami frames are bridged by duplexes that include caged, sequence-specific, anti-ATP and/or anti-cocaine aptamer sequences. The programmed dissociation of the origami dimers or trimers in the presence of ATP and/or cocaine ligands is demonstrated. The processes are followed by AFM imaging and by electrophoretic experiments.

  7. Improved stability of multivalent antibodies containing the human collagen XV trimerization domain.

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    Cuesta, Angel M; Sánchez-Martín, David; Blanco-Toribio, Ana; Villate, Maider; Enciso-Álvarez, Kelly; Alvarez-Cienfuegos, Ana; Sainz-Pastor, Noelia; Sanz, Laura; Blanco, Francisco J; Alvarez-Vallina, Luis

    2012-01-01

    We recently described the in vitro and in vivo properties of an engineered homotrimeric antibody made by fusing the N-terminal trimerization region of collagen XVIII NC1 domain to the C-terminus of a scFv fragment [trimerbody (scFv-NC1) 3; 110 kDa]. Here, we demonstrated the utility of the N-terminal trimerization region of collagen XV NC1 domain in the engineering of trivalent antibodies. We constructed several scFv-based trimerbodies containing the human type XV trimerization domain and demonstrated that all the purified trimerbodies were trimeric in solution and exhibited excellent antigen binding capacity. Importantly, type XV trimerbodies demonstrated substantially greater thermal and serum stability and resistance to protease digestion than type XVIII trimerbodies. In summary, the small size, high expression level, solubility and stability of the trimerization domain of type XV collagen make it the ideal choice for engineering homotrimeric antibodies for cancer detection and therapy.

  8. Covalent Linkage of HIV-1 Trimers to Synthetic Liposomes Elicits Improved B Cell and Antibody Responses.

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    Bale, Shridhar; Goebrecht, Geraldine; Stano, Armando; Wilson, Richard; Ota, Takayuki; Tran, Karen; Ingale, Jidnyasa; Zwick, Michael B; Wyatt, Richard T

    2017-08-15

    We have demonstrated that a liposomal array of well-ordered trimers enhances B cell activation, germinal center formation, and the elicitation of tier-2 autologous neutralizing antibodies. Previously, we coupled well-ordered cleavage-independent NFL trimers via their C-terminal polyhistidine tails to nickel lipids integrated into the lipid bilayer. Despite favorable in vivo effects, concern remained over the potentially longer-term in vivo instability of noncovalent linkage of the trimers to the liposomes. Accordingly, we tested both cobalt coupling and covalent linkage of the trimers to the liposomes by reengineering the polyhistidine tail to include a free cysteine on each protomer of model BG505 NFL trimers to allow covalent linkage. Both cobalt and cysteine coupling resulted in a high-density array of NFL trimers that was stable in both 20% mouse serum and 100 mM EDTA, whereas the nickel-conjugated trimers were not stable under these conditions. Binding analysis and calcium flux with anti-Env-specific B cells confirmed that the trimers maintained conformational integrity following coupling. Following immunization of mice, serologic analysis demonstrated that the covalently coupled trimers elicited Env-directed antibodies in a manner statistically significantly improved compared to soluble trimers and nickel-conjugated trimers. Importantly, the covalent coupling not only enhanced gp120-directed responses compared to soluble trimers, it also completely eliminated antibodies directed to the C-terminal His tag located at the "bottom" of the spike. In contrast, soluble and noncovalent formats efficiently elicited anti-His tag antibodies. These data indicate that covalent linkage of well-ordered trimers to liposomes in high-density array displays multiple advantages in vitro and in vivoIMPORTANCE Enveloped viruses typically encode a surface-bound glycoprotein that mediates viral entry into host cells and is a primary target for vaccine design. Liposomes with modified

  9. Localization and coherent states in a quantum DNLS trimer

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    Martínez-Galicia, Ricardo; Panayotaros, Panayotis

    2016-11-01

    We compare quantum states obtained from the integration of exact and approximate evolution equations for a quantized discrete nonlinear Schrödinger system (DNLS) with three lattice sites (trimer). The initial conditions are Glauber coherent states, and their projections to subspaces with a definite number of particles, and we are especially interested in coherent states that correspond to classical states that are in the neighborhood of breather solutions of the classical system. The breathers are well defined periodic orbits of the classical DNLS that we heuristically view as examples of spatially localized solutions. The two evolution equations give converging results in the subspaces with an increasing number of particles. This is no longer the case for normalized projections of Glauber states, where we see that the distance between the quantum states obtained by the exact and approximate equations shows recurrence phenomena that depend on the number of quanta and on the dynamical properties of the classical trajectory.

  10. Giant local circular dichroism within an asymmetric plasmonic nanoparticle trimer.

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    Wang, Hancong; Li, Zhipeng; Zhang, Han; Wang, Peijie; Wen, Shuangchun

    2015-02-03

    We investigated the near-field response in silver nanoparticle aggregates to the excitation of circular polarized light. In a right-angle trimer system, the local field intensity excited by right-hand circularly polarized light is almost one thousand times larger than the left-hand case. By analyzing the polarization and phase of the local field in plasmonic hotspots, we found this local circular dichroism is originated from the near-field interference excited by orthogonal polarized incident lights. The local circular dichroism can be tuned by the rotation of the third particle, the interparticle distance, and the dielectric environment. This phenomenon could also widely exist in more complicated nanoaggregates. These findings would benefit for resolving light handedness, and enhancing circular dichroism and optical activity.

  11. Trimeric hemibastadin congener from the marine sponge Ianthella basta.

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    Niemann, Hendrik; Lin, Wenhan; Müller, Werner E G; Kubbutat, Michael; Lai, Daowan; Proksch, Peter

    2013-01-25

    The first naturally occurring trimeric hemibastadin congener, sesquibastadin 1 (1), and the previously reported bastadins 3, 6, 7, 11, and 16 (2-6) were isolated from the marine sponge Ianthella basta, collected in Indonesia. The structure of 1 was elucidated on the basis of 1D and 2D NMR measurements and by HRMS. Among all the isolated compounds, the linear sesquibastadin 1 (1) and bastadin 3 (2) showed the strongest inhibition rates for at least 22 protein kinases (IC(50) = 0.1-6.5 μM), while the macrocyclic bastadins (3-6) demonstrated a strong cytotoxic potential against the murine lymphoma cell line L5178Y (IC(50) = 1.5-5.3 μM).

  12. Understanding Magnetic Trimer Interactions in (Cr,Mn)-Substituted Graphene

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    Haraldsen, Jason T.; Crook, Charles B.; Houchins, Gregory; Zhu, Jian-Xin; Constantin, Costel; Balatsky, Alexander V.

    We investigate the magnetic interactions within a graphene superlattice produced by three directly substituted transition-metal atoms (specifically chromium and manganese). Using a first principles approach, we calculate the electronic and magnetic properties for this system assuming an equilateral trimer configuration with varying atomic separations. Through an examination of the electronic band structure, density of states, and Millikan populations (magnetic moment) for each atom, we find that the presence of magnetic impurities establishes a distinct magnetic moment in the graphene lattice, where the interactions are dependent on the spatial and magnetic characteristic between the magnetic atoms and the carbon atoms, which leads to either ferromagnetic or antiferromagnetic behavior. Furthermore, we use magnetization mapping to show that the substituted atoms induce an overall magnetic moment in the graphene lattice, which may help guide the discussion on spintronic graphene. JTH, CBC, GH, and AVB acknowledge support from the Institute for Materials Science via the United States Basic Energy Sciences (E304).

  13. Metal dimer and trimer within spherical carbon cage

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    Kato, Tatsuhisa

    2007-07-01

    C 80 fulleren cage can be used to realize confinement with the highest possible icosahedral ( Ih) symmetry. As examples, La 2@C 80 and Sc 3C 2@C 80 are molecules in which metal dimer and trimer are encapsulated within the C 80 cage. They are recently purified in the substantial amount by using a high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC), and studied by spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The confinement of the metal cluster with the high symmetry ( Ih) cage is reflected in their specific potential of the intra-molecular rotation for the cluster. The result of electron spin resonance (ESR) measurements indicates that the intra-molecular potential is modified by the chemical modification of the C 80 cage as well as by the injection of an excess electron.

  14. Detailed study of the water trimer potential energy surface

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    Fowler, J.E.; Schaefer, H.F. III )

    1995-01-11

    The potential energy surface of the water trimer has been studied through the use of ab initio quantum mechanical methods. Five stationary points were located, including one minimum and two transition states. All geometries were optimized at levels up to the double-[Zeta] plus polarization plus diffuse (DZP + diff) single and double excitation coupled cluster (CCSD) level of theory. CCSD single energy points were obtained for the minimum, two transition states, and the water monomer using the triple-[Zeta] plus double polarization plus diffuse (TZ2P + diff) basis at the geometries predicted by the DZP + diff CCSD method. Reported are the following: geometrical parameters, total and relative energies, harmonic vibrational frequencies and infrared intensities for the minimum, and zero point vibrational energies for the minimum, two transition states, and three separated water molecules. 27 refs., 5 figs., 10 tabs.

  15. Glycan-Dependent Immunogenicity of Recombinant Soluble Trimeric Hemagglutinin

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    de Vries, Robert P.; Smit, Cornelis H.; de Bruin, Erwin; Rigter, Alan; de Vries, Erik; Cornelissen, Lisette A. H. M.; Eggink, Dirk; Chung, Nancy P. Y.; Moore, John P.; Sanders, Rogier W.; Hokke, Cornelis H.; Koopmans, Marion; Rottier, Peter J. M.

    2012-01-01

    Recombinant soluble trimeric influenza A virus (IAV) hemagglutinin (sHA3) has proven an effective vaccine antigen against IAV. Here, we investigate to what extent the glycosylation status of the sHA3 glycoprotein affects its immunogenicity. Different glycosylation forms of subtype H5 trimeric HA protein (sH53) were produced by expression in insect cells and different mammalian cells in the absence and presence of inhibitors of N-glycan-modifying enzymes or by enzymatic removal of the oligosaccharides. The following sH53 preparations were evaluated: (i) HA proteins carrying complex glycans produced in HEK293T cells; (ii) HA proteins carrying Man9GlcNAc2 moieties, expressed in HEK293T cells treated with kifunensine; (iii) HA proteins containing Man5GlcNAc2 moieties derived from HEK293S GnTI(−) cells; (iv) insect cell-produced HA proteins carrying paucimannosidic N-glycans; and (v) HEK293S GnTI(−) cell-produced HA proteins treated with endoglycosidase H, thus carrying side chains composed of only a single N-acetylglucosamine each. The different HA glycosylation states were confirmed by comparative electrophoretic analysis and by mass spectrometric analysis of released glycans. The immunogenicity of the HA preparations was studied in chickens and mice. The results demonstrate that HA proteins carrying terminal mannose moieties induce significantly lower hemagglutination inhibition antibody titers than HA proteins carrying complex glycans or single N-acetylglucosamine side chains. However, the glycosylation state of the HA proteins did not affect the breadth of the antibody response as measured by an HA1 antigen microarray. We conclude that the glycosylation state of recombinant antigens is a factor of significant importance when developing glycoprotein-based vaccines, such as recombinant HA proteins. PMID:22915811

  16. Homo-trimerization is essential for the transcription factor function of Myrf for oligodendrocyte differentiation.

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    Kim, Dongkyeong; Choi, Jin-Ok; Fan, Chuandong; Shearer, Randall S; Sharif, Mohamed; Busch, Patrick; Park, Yungki

    2017-05-19

    Myrf is a key transcription factor for oligodendrocyte differentiation and central nervous system myelination. We and others have previously shown that Myrf is generated as a membrane protein in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), and that it undergoes auto-processing to release its N-terminal fragment from the ER, which enters the nucleus to work as a transcription factor. These previous studies allow a glimpse into the unusual complexity behind the biogenesis and function of the transcription factor domain of Myrf. Here, we report that Myrf N-terminal fragments assemble into stable homo-trimers before ER release. Consequently, Myrf N-terminal fragments are released from the ER only as homo-trimers. Our re-analysis of a previous genetic screening result in Caenorhabditis elegans shows that homo-trimerization is essential for the biological functions of Myrf N-terminal fragment, and that the region adjacent to the DNA-binding domain is pivotal to its homo-trimerization. Further, our computational analysis uncovered a novel homo-trimeric DNA motif that mediates the homo-trimeric DNA binding of Myrf N-terminal fragments. Importantly, we found that homo-trimerization defines the DNA binding specificity of Myrf N-terminal fragments. In sum, our study elucidates the molecular mechanism governing the biogenesis and function of Myrf N-terminal fragments and its physiological significance. © The Author(s) 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Nucleic Acids Research.

  17. Crystal structure and molecular imaging of the Nav channel β3 subunit indicates a trimeric assembly.

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    Namadurai, Sivakumar; Balasuriya, Dilshan; Rajappa, Rajit; Wiemhöfer, Martin; Stott, Katherine; Klingauf, Jurgen; Edwardson, J Michael; Chirgadze, Dimitri Y; Jackson, Antony P

    2014-04-11

    The vertebrate sodium (Nav) channel is composed of an ion-conducting α subunit and associated β subunits. Here, we report the crystal structure of the human β3 subunit immunoglobulin (Ig) domain, a functionally important component of Nav channels in neurons and cardiomyocytes. Surprisingly, we found that the β3 subunit Ig domain assembles as a trimer in the crystal asymmetric unit. Analytical ultracentrifugation confirmed the presence of Ig domain monomers, dimers, and trimers in free solution, and atomic force microscopy imaging also detected full-length β3 subunit monomers, dimers, and trimers. Mutation of a cysteine residue critical for maintaining the trimer interface destabilized both dimers and trimers. Using fluorescence photoactivated localization microscopy, we detected full-length β3 subunit trimers on the plasma membrane of transfected HEK293 cells. We further show that β3 subunits can bind to more than one site on the Nav 1.5 α subunit and induce the formation of α subunit oligomers, including trimers. Our results suggest a new and unexpected role for the β3 subunits in Nav channel cross-linking and provide new structural insights into some pathological Nav channel mutations.

  18. Stoichiometry of Envelope Glycoprotein Trimers in the Entry of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1

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    Yang, Xinzhen; Kurteva, Svetla; Ren, Xinping; Lee, Sandra; Sodroski, Joseph

    2005-01-01

    The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) envelope glycoproteins (Envs) function as a trimer, mediating virus entry by promoting the fusion of the viral and target cell membranes. HIV-1 Env trimers induce membrane fusion through a pH-independent pathway driven by the interaction between an Env trimer and its cellular receptors, CD4 and CCR5/CXCR4. We studied viruses with mixed heterotrimers of wild-type and dominant-negative Envs to determine the number (T) of Env trimers required for HIV-1 entry. To our surprise, we found that a single Env trimer is capable of supporting HIV-1 entry; i.e., T = 1. A similar approach was applied to investigate the entry stoichiometry of envelope glycoproteins from amphotropic murine leukemia virus (A-MLV), avian sarcoma/leukosis virus type A (ASLV-A), and influenza A virus. When pseudotyped on HIV-1 virions, the A-MLV and ASLV-A Envs also exhibit a T = 1 entry stoichiometry. In contrast, eight to nine influenza A virus hemagglutinin trimers function cooperatively to achieve membrane fusion and virus entry, using a pH-dependent pathway. The different entry requirements for cooperativity among Env trimers for retroviruses and influenza A virus may influence viral strategies for replication and evasion of the immune system. PMID:16160141

  19. Sequence-dependent B<-->A transition in DNA evaluated with dimeric and trimeric scales.

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    Tolstorukov, M Y; Ivanov, V I; Malenkov, G G; Jernigan, R L; Zhurkin, V B

    2001-01-01

    Experimental data on the sequence-dependent B<-->A conformational transition in 24 oligo- and polymeric duplexes yield optimal dimeric and trimeric scales for this transition. The 10 sequence dimers and the 32 trimers of the DNA duplex were characterized by the free energy differences between the B and A forms in water solution. In general, the trimeric scale describes the sequence-dependent DNA conformational propensities more accurately than the dimeric scale, which is likely related to the trimeric model accounting for the two interfaces between adjacent base pairs on both sides (rather than only one interface in the dimeric model). The exceptional preference of the B form for the AA:TT dimers and AAN:N'TT trimers is consistent with the cooperative interactions in both grooves. In the minor groove, this is the hydration spine that stabilizes adenine runs in B form. In the major groove, these are hydrophobic interactions between the thymine methyls and the sugar methylene groups from the preceding nucleotides, occurring in B form. This interpretation is in accord with the key role played by hydration in the B<-->A transition in DNA. Importantly, our trimeric scale is consistent with the relative occurrences of the DNA trimers in A form in protein-DNA cocrystals. Thus, we suggest that the B/A scales developed here can be used for analyzing genome sequences in search for A-philic motifs, putatively operative in the protein-DNA recognition. PMID:11721003

  20. Characterization and immunogenicity of a novel mosaic M HIV-1 gp140 trimer.

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    Nkolola, Joseph P; Bricault, Christine A; Cheung, Ann; Shields, Jennifer; Perry, James; Kovacs, James M; Giorgi, Elena; van Winsen, Margot; Apetri, Adrian; Brinkman-van der Linden, Els C M; Chen, Bing; Korber, Bette; Seaman, Michael S; Barouch, Dan H

    2014-09-01

    The extraordinary diversity of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) envelope (Env) glycoprotein poses a major challenge for the development of an HIV-1 vaccine. One strategy to circumvent this problem utilizes bioinformatically optimized mosaic antigens. However, mosaic Env proteins expressed as trimers have not been previously evaluated for their stability, antigenicity, and immunogenicity. Here, we report the production and characterization of a stable HIV-1 mosaic M gp140 Env trimer. The mosaic M trimer bound CD4 as well as multiple broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibodies, and biophysical characterization suggested substantial stability. The mosaic M trimer elicited higher neutralizing antibody (nAb) titers against clade B viruses than a previously described clade C (C97ZA.012) gp140 trimer in guinea pigs, whereas the clade C trimer elicited higher nAb titers than the mosaic M trimer against clade A and C viruses. A mixture of the clade C and mosaic M trimers elicited nAb responses that were comparable to the better component of the mixture for each virus tested. These data suggest that combinations of relatively small numbers of immunologically complementary Env trimers may improve nAb responses. The development of an HIV-1 vaccine remains a formidable challenge due to multiple circulating strains of HIV-1 worldwide. This study describes a candidate HIV-1 Env protein vaccine whose sequence has been designed by computational methods to address HIV-1 diversity. The characteristics and immunogenicity of this Env protein, both alone and mixed together with a clade C Env protein vaccine, are described. Copyright © 2014, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  1. Characterization and Immunogenicity of a Novel Mosaic M HIV-1 gp140 Trimer

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    Nkolola, Joseph P.; Bricault, Christine A.; Cheung, Ann; Shields, Jennifer; Perry, James; Kovacs, James M.; Giorgi, Elena; van Winsen, Margot; Apetri, Adrian; Brinkman-van der Linden, Els C. M.; Chen, Bing; Korber, Bette; Seaman, Michael S.

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT The extraordinary diversity of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) envelope (Env) glycoprotein poses a major challenge for the development of an HIV-1 vaccine. One strategy to circumvent this problem utilizes bioinformatically optimized mosaic antigens. However, mosaic Env proteins expressed as trimers have not been previously evaluated for their stability, antigenicity, and immunogenicity. Here, we report the production and characterization of a stable HIV-1 mosaic M gp140 Env trimer. The mosaic M trimer bound CD4 as well as multiple broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibodies, and biophysical characterization suggested substantial stability. The mosaic M trimer elicited higher neutralizing antibody (nAb) titers against clade B viruses than a previously described clade C (C97ZA.012) gp140 trimer in guinea pigs, whereas the clade C trimer elicited higher nAb titers than the mosaic M trimer against clade A and C viruses. A mixture of the clade C and mosaic M trimers elicited nAb responses that were comparable to the better component of the mixture for each virus tested. These data suggest that combinations of relatively small numbers of immunologically complementary Env trimers may improve nAb responses. IMPORTANCE The development of an HIV-1 vaccine remains a formidable challenge due to multiple circulating strains of HIV-1 worldwide. This study describes a candidate HIV-1 Env protein vaccine whose sequence has been designed by computational methods to address HIV-1 diversity. The characteristics and immunogenicity of this Env protein, both alone and mixed together with a clade C Env protein vaccine, are described. PMID:24965452

  2. Structure-Guided Redesign Increases the Propensity of HIV Env To Generate Highly Stable Soluble Trimers

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    Guenaga, Javier; Dubrovskaya, Viktoriya; de Val, Natalia; Sharma, Shailendra K.; Carrette, Barbara; Ward, Andrew B.

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Due to high viral diversity, an effective HIV-1 vaccine will likely require Envs derived from multiple subtypes to generate broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs). Soluble Env mimics, like the native flexibly linked (NFL) and SOSIP trimers, derived from the subtype A BG505 Env, form homogeneous, stable native-like trimers. However, other Env sequences, such as JRFL and 16055 from subtypes B and C, do so to a lesser degree. The high-resolution BG505 SOSIP crystal structures permit the identification and redesign of Env elements involved in trimer stability. Here, we identified structure trimer-derived (TD) residues that increased the propensity of the subtype B JRFL and subtype C 16055 Env sequences to form well-ordered, homogenous, and highly stable soluble trimers. The generation of these spike mimics no longer required antibody-based selection, positive or negative. Using the redesigned subtype B and C trimer representatives as respective foundations, we further stabilized the NFL TD trimers by engineering an intraprotomer disulfide linkage in the prebridging sheet, I201C-A433C (CC), that locks the gp120 in the receptor nontriggered state. We demonstrated that this disulfide pair prevented CD4 induced-conformational rearrangements in NFL trimers derived from the prototypic subtype A, B, and C representatives. Coupling the TD-based design with the engineered disulfide linkage, CC, increased the propensity of Env to form soluble highly stable spike mimics that are resistant to CD4-induced changes. These advances will allow testing of the hypothesis that such stabilized immunogens will more efficiently elicit neutralizing antibodies in small-animal models and primates. IMPORTANCE HIV-1 displays unprecedented global diversity circulating in the human population. Since the envelope glycoprotein (Env) is the target of neutralizing antibodies, Env-based vaccine candidates that address such diversity are needed. Soluble well-ordered Env mimics, typified by NFL

  3. Papillomavirus Assembly Requires Trimerization of the Major Capsid Protein by Disulfides between Two Highly Conserved Cysteines

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    Sapp, Martin; Fligge, Claudia; Petzak, Ingrid; Harris, J. Robin; Streeck, Rolf E.

    1998-01-01

    We have used viruslike particles (VLPs) of human papillomaviruses to study the structure and assembly of the viral capsid. We demonstrate that mutation of either of two highly conserved cysteines of the major capsid protein L1 to serine completely prevents the assembly of VLPs but not of capsomers, whereas mutation of all other cysteines leaves VLP assembly unaffected. These two cysteines form intercapsomeric disulfides yielding an L1 trimer. Trimerization comprises about half of the L1 molecules in VLPs but all L1 molecules in complete virions. We suggest that trimerization of L1 is indispensable for the stabilization of intercapsomeric contacts in papillomavirus capsids. PMID:9621087

  4. Trimer Enhancement Mutation Effects on HIV-1 Matrix Protein Binding Activities

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    Alfadhli, Ayna; Mack, Andrew; Ritchie, Christopher; Cylinder, Isabel; Harper, Logan; Tedbury, Philip R.; Freed, Eric O.

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT The HIV-1 matrix (MA) protein is the amino-terminal domain of the HIV-1 precursor Gag (Pr55Gag) protein. MA binds to membranes and RNAs, helps transport Pr55Gag proteins to virus assembly sites at the plasma membranes of infected cells, and facilitates the incorporation of HIV-1 envelope (Env) proteins into virions by virtue of an interaction with the Env protein cytoplasmic tails (CTs). MA has been shown to crystallize as a trimer and to organize on membranes in hexamer lattices. MA mutations that localize to residues near the ends of trimer spokes have been observed to impair Env protein assembly into virus particles, and several of these are suppressed by the 62QR mutation at the hubs of trimer interfaces. We have examined the binding activities of wild-type (WT) MA and 62QR MA variants and found that the 62QR mutation stabilized MA trimers but did not alter the way MA proteins organized on membranes. Relative to WT MA, the 62QR protein showed small effects on membrane and RNA binding. However, 62QR proteins bound significantly better to Env CTs than their WT counterparts, and CT binding efficiencies correlated with trimerization efficiencies. Our data suggest a model in which multivalent binding of trimeric HIV-1 Env proteins to MA trimers contributes to the process of Env virion incorporation. IMPORTANCE The HIV-1 Env proteins assemble as trimers, and incorporation of the proteins into virus particles requires an interaction of Env CT domains with the MA domains of the viral precursor Gag proteins. Despite this knowledge, little is known about the mechanisms by which MA facilitates the virion incorporation of Env proteins. To help elucidate this process, we examined the binding activities of an MA mutant that stabilizes MA trimers. We found that the mutant proteins organized similarly to WT proteins on membranes, and that mutant and WT proteins revealed only slight differences in their binding to RNAs or lipids. However, the mutant proteins showed

  5. Gas field ion source current stability for trimer and single atom terminated W(111) tips

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    Urban, Radovan; Wolkow, Robert A.; Pitters, Jason L.

    2012-06-25

    Tungsten W(111) oriented trimer-terminated tips as well as single atom tips, fabricated by a gas and field assisted etching and evaporation process, were investigated with a view to scanning ion microscopy and ion beam writing applications. In particular, ion current stability was studied for helium and neon imaging gases. Large ion current fluctuations from individual atomic sites were observed when a trimer-terminated tip was used for the creation of neon ion beam. However, neon ion current was stable when a single atom tip was employed. No such current oscillations were observed for either a trimer or a single atom tip when imaged with helium.

  6. Trimeric forms of the photosystem I reaction center complex pre-exist in the membranes of the cyanobacterium Spirulina platensis.

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    Shubin, V V; Tsuprun, V L; Bezsmertnaya, I N; Karapetyan, N V

    1993-11-08

    Oligomeric and monomeric forms of chlorophyll-protein complexes of photosystem I (PSI) have been isolated from the mesophilic cyanobacterium Spirulina [(1992) FEBS Lett. 309, 340-342]. Electron microscopic analysis of the complexes showed that the oligomeric form is a trimer of the shape and dimensions similar to those of the trimer from thermophilic cyanobacteria. The chlorophyl ratio in the isolated trimer and monomer was found to be 7:3. The trimeric form of PSI complex in contrast to the monomeric one contains the chlorophyll emitting at 760 nm (77K), which is also found in Spirulina membranes and therefore could be used as an intrinsic probe for the trimeric complex. The 77K circular dichroism spectrum of the trimeric form is much more similar to that of Spirulina membranes than the spectrum of the monomer. Thus, the trimeric PSI complexes exist and dominate in the Spirulina membranes.

  7. Mutational Analysis of N381, a Key Trimer Contact Residue in Tsr, the Escherichia coli Serine Chemoreceptor▿

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    Gosink, Khoosheh K.; Zhao, Yimin; Parkinson, John S.

    2011-01-01

    Chemoreceptors such as Tsr, the serine receptor, function in trimer-of-dimer associations to mediate chemotactic behavior in Escherichia coli. The two subunits of each receptor homodimer occupy different positions in the trimer, one at its central axis and the other at the trimer periphery. Residue N381 of Tsr contributes to trimer stability through interactions with its counterparts in a central cavity surrounded by hydrophobic residues at the trimer axis. To assess the functional role of N381, we created and characterized a full set of amino acid replacements at this Tsr residue. We found that every amino acid replacement at N381 destroyed Tsr function, and all but one (N381G) of the mutant receptors also blocked signaling by Tar, the aspartate chemoreceptor. Tar jamming reflects the formation of signaling-defective mixed trimers of dimers, and in vivo assays with a trifunctional cross-linking reagent demonstrated trimer-based interactions between Tar and Tsr-N381 mutants. Mutant Tsr molecules with a charged amino acid or proline replacement exhibited the most severe trimer formation defects. These trimer-defective receptors, as well as most of the trimer-competent mutant receptors, were unable to form ternary signaling complexes with the CheA kinase and with CheW, which couples CheA to receptor control. Some of the trimer-competent mutant receptors, particularly those with a hydrophobic amino acid replacement, may not bind CheW/CheA because they form conformationally frozen or distorted trimers. These findings indicate that trimer dynamics probably are important for ternary complex assembly and that N381 may not be a direct binding determinant for CheW/CheA at the trimer periphery. PMID:21965562

  8. Signal transmission within the P2X2 trimeric receptor

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    Kubo, Yoshihiro

    2014-01-01

    P2X2 receptor channel, a homotrimer activated by the binding of extracellular adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to three intersubunit ATP-binding sites (each located ∼50 Å from the ion permeation pore), also shows voltage-dependent activation upon hyperpolarization. Here, we used tandem trimeric constructs (TTCs) harboring critical mutations at the ATP-binding, linker, and pore regions to investigate how the ATP activation signal is transmitted within the trimer and how signals generated by ATP and hyperpolarization converge. Analysis of voltage- and [ATP]-dependent gating in these TTCs showed that: (a) Voltage- and [ATP]-dependent gating of P2X2 requires binding of at least two ATP molecules. (b) D315A mutation in the β-14 strand of the linker region connecting the ATP-binding domains to the pore-forming helices induces two different gating modes; this requires the presence of the D315A mutation in at least two subunits. (c) The T339S mutation in the pore domains of all three subunits abolishes the voltage dependence of P2X2 gating in saturating [ATP], making P2X2 equally active at all membrane potentials. Increasing the number of T339S mutations in the TTC results in gradual changes in the voltage dependence of gating from that of the wild-type channel, suggesting equal and independent contributions of the subunits at the pore level. (d) Voltage- and [ATP]-dependent gating in TTCs differs depending on the location of one D315A relative to one K308A that blocks the ATP binding and downstream signal transmission. (e) Voltage- and [ATP]-dependent gating does not depend on where one T339S is located relative to K308A (or D315A). Our results suggest that each intersubunit ATP-binding signal is directly transmitted on the same subunit to the level of D315 via the domain that contributes K308 to the β-14 strand. The signal subsequently spreads equally to all three subunits at the level of the pore, resulting in symmetric and independent contributions of the three

  9. The Nature of Bonding between Argon and Mixed Gold-Silver Trimers.

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    Shayeghi, Armin; Johnston, Roy L; Rayner, David M; Schäfer, Rolf; Fielicke, André

    2015-09-01

    The controversial nature of chemical bonding between noble gases and noble metals is addressed. Experimental evidence of exceptionally strong Au-Ar bonds in Ar complexes of mixed Au-Ag trimers is presented. IR spectra reveal an enormous influence of the attached Ar atoms on vibrational modes, particularly in Au-rich trimers, where Ar atoms are heavily involved owing to a relativistically enhanced covalency. In Ag-rich trimers, vibrational transitions of the metal framework predominate, indicating a pure electrostatic character of the Ag-Ar bonds. The experimental findings are analyzed by means of DFT calculations, which show how the relativistic differences between Au and Ag are manifested in stronger Au-Ar binding energies. Because of the ability to vary composition and charge distribution, the trimers serve as ideal model systems to study the chemical nature of the bonding of noble gases to closed-shell systems containing gold.

  10. Monte Carlo and Exact Diagonalization of Copper (II) Trimer Spin Frustrated Systems

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    Egido-Betancourt, Hailey X.; Ter Haar, Leonard W.; Varney, Christopher N.

    We discuss the use and importance of trimer-based systems because of the spin frustration that may arise within extended lattices comprised of trimers. The possible intra- and inter-trimer exchange pathways they posses due to interconnections are evaluated using density functional theory (DFT) to identify the optimal structures that may be used in designing extended lattices. As example, trinuclear Cu36+ cores with each pair of copper atoms bridged by carboxylate ligands have three-fold symmetry. As trimers these structures have the potential to be modeled as a frustrated quantum spin-1/2 system. To analyze the magnetic ground state and topological properties, we utilize exact diagonalization on small clusters and compare with Monte Carlo simulations for a range of system sizes. Research reported in this abstract was supported by UWF NIH MARC U-STAR 1T34GM110517-01.

  11. Structure of Halo and Quasi-halo Helium-Helium-Alkali Trimers

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    Stipanović, Petar; Markić, Leandra Vranješ; Boronat, Jordi

    2017-05-01

    We report a diffusion Monte Carlo study of A^4He_2 and A^4He^3He trimers' structural properties, were A is one of the alkali atoms ^{6,7}Li, ^{23}Na, ^{39}K, ^{85}Rb or ^{133}Cs. Some of them are in a pure halo state, characterized by large spatial extent and universality, while some are close to the halo limit. The theoretical analysis of these trimers enables insight on how structural properties of weakly bound systems change when approaching the halo edge. For that purpose, two-variable distributions of inter-particle separations and angles were calculated. Extreme spatial extensions of some trimers with ^3He confirm their halo nature. Although all the considered systems are floppy, trimers with all bound dimer subsystems are less spread and have significantly lower percentage of quasi-linear configurations than those which have at least one unbound dimer subsystem.

  12. Two-dimensional structure in a generic model of triangular proteins and protein trimers.

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    Camp, Philip J; Duncan, Peter D

    2006-04-01

    Motivated by the diversity and complexity of two-dimensional (2D) crystals formed by triangular proteins and protein trimers, we have investigated the structures and phase behavior of hard-disk trimers. In order to mimic specific binding interactions, each trimer possesses an "attractive" disk which can interact with similar disks on other trimers via an attractive square-well potential. At low density and low temperature, the fluid phase mainly consists of tetramers, pentamers, or hexamers. Hexamers provide the structural motif for a high-density, low-temperature periodic solid phase, but we also identify a metastable periodic structure based on a tetramer motif. At high density there is a transition between orientationally ordered and disordered solid phases. The connections between simulated structures and those of 2D protein crystals--as seen in electron microscopy--are briefly discussed.

  13. HIV-1 VACCINES. HIV-1 neutralizing antibodies induced by native-like envelope trimers.

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    Sanders, Rogier W; van Gils, Marit J; Derking, Ronald; Sok, Devin; Ketas, Thomas J; Burger, Judith A; Ozorowski, Gabriel; Cupo, Albert; Simonich, Cassandra; Goo, Leslie; Arendt, Heather; Kim, Helen J; Lee, Jeong Hyun; Pugach, Pavel; Williams, Melissa; Debnath, Gargi; Moldt, Brian; van Breemen, Mariëlle J; Isik, Gözde; Medina-Ramírez, Max; Back, Jaap Willem; Koff, Wayne C; Julien, Jean-Philippe; Rakasz, Eva G; Seaman, Michael S; Guttman, Miklos; Lee, Kelly K; Klasse, Per Johan; LaBranche, Celia; Schief, William R; Wilson, Ian A; Overbaugh, Julie; Burton, Dennis R; Ward, Andrew B; Montefiori, David C; Dean, Hansi; Moore, John P

    2015-07-10

    A challenge for HIV-1 immunogen design is the difficulty of inducing neutralizing antibodies (NAbs) against neutralization-resistant (tier 2) viruses that dominate human transmissions. We show that a soluble recombinant HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein trimer that adopts a native conformation, BG505 SOSIP.664, induced NAbs potently against the sequence-matched tier 2 virus in rabbits and similar but weaker responses in macaques. The trimer also consistently induced cross-reactive NAbs against more sensitive (tier 1) viruses. Tier 2 NAbs recognized conformational epitopes that differed between animals and in some cases overlapped with those recognized by broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs), whereas tier 1 responses targeted linear V3 epitopes. A second trimer, B41 SOSIP.664, also induced a strong autologous tier 2 NAb response in rabbits. Thus, native-like trimers represent a promising starting point for the development of HIV-1 vaccines aimed at inducing bNAbs.

  14. Infrared observation of a new mixed trimer, CO - (CO2)2

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    Barclay, A. J.; McKellar, A. R. W.; Moazzen-Ahmadi, N.

    2017-06-01

    The infrared spectrum of the weakly-bound trimer CO - (CO2)2 is observed in the carbon monoxide CO stretch region. Both 12C16O - (12C16O2)2 and 12C16O - (12C18O2)2 isotopologues are studied. The trimer band which is composed uniquely of b-type transitions and with missing levels establishes the trimer structure as that of a CO2 dimer plus a CO monomer aligned along the dimer C2 symmetry axis. The dimer to monomer center of mass separation is 3.55 Å, and the structural parameters within the CO2 dimer subunit are about 3.45 Å and 58°. It is not certain if the (CO2)2 remains planar within the trimer.

  15. Achiral flexible liquid crystal trimers exhibiting gyroid-like surfaces in chiral conglomerate phases.

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    Sasaki, Haruna; Takanishi, Yoichi; Yamamoto, Jun; Yoshizawa, Atsushi

    2017-09-12

    Chiral conglomerate phases have attracted much attention not only for the spontaneous mirror symmetry breaking but also for their nanostructures. We investigated both surface and bulk structures of a homologues series of an achiral liquid crystal trimer I-(n,m) exhibiting soft crystalline chiral conglomerate phases by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The trimers were found to form bicontinuous networks. In particular, trimer I-(9,9) exhibited a single gyroid-like surface accompanying periodic distribution of dimples with a size of about 100 nm. It showed a sponge-like structure in the bulk of the material. The twist conformation of the flexible trimer I-(n,m) can cause layer deformation, which produces bicontinuous networks exhibiting optical activity.

  16. Possible efimov trimer state in a three-hyperfine-component lithium-6 mixture.

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    Naidon, Pascal; Ueda, Masahito

    2009-08-14

    We consider the Efimov trimer theory as a possible framework to explain recently observed losses by inelastic three-body collisions in a three-hyperfine-component ultracold mixture of lithium 6. Within this framework, these losses would arise chiefly from the existence of an Efimov trimer bound state below the continuum of free triplets of atoms, and the loss maxima (at certain values of an applied magnetic field) would correspond to zero-energy resonances where the trimer dissociates into three free atoms. Our results show that such a trimer state is indeed possible given the two-body scattering lengths in the three-component lithium mixture and gives rise to two zero-energy resonances. The locations of these resonances appear to be consistent with observed losses.

  17. Disposition of styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) trimer in female rats: single dose intravenous and gavage studies.

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    Gargas, Michael L; Collins, Brad; Fennell, Timothy R; Gaudette, Norman F; Sweeney, Lisa M

    2008-04-21

    Styrene-acrylonitrile trimer (SAN Trimer), a mixture of six isomers (four isomers of 4-cyano-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-alpha-methyl-1-naphthaleneacetonitrile [THAN] and two isomers of 4-cyano-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-1-naphthaleneproprionitrile [THNP]), is a by-product of a specific production process of styrene-acrylonitrile polymer. Disposition studies in female rats were conducted to evaluate the pharmacokinetic behavior of [3H]SAN Trimer following a single intravenous administration (26 mg/kg) to nonpregnant rats; a single gavage administration (nominal doses of 25 mg/kg, 75 mg/kg, or 200 mg/kg in corn oil) to nonpregnant rats; and a single gavage administration (nominal dose of 200 mg/kg in corn oil) to pregnant and lactating rats. SAN Trimer was rapidly eliminated from blood (T1/2 approximately 1h) following a single intravenous dose and following single oral doses (T1/2 approximately 3-4h). SAN Trimer was also rapidly excreted in the urine and feces following single oral doses, while total radioactivity was cleared more slowly. In pregnant rats, the concentrations of both radioactivity and SAN Trimer 2h after dosing were highest in the blood, followed by the placenta, with the lowest levels in the fetus. In lactating rats, the concentrations of both radioactivity and SAN Trimer were higher in milk than in maternal blood. Total radioactivity and SAN Trimer blood concentrations in nonpregnant, pregnant, and lactating rats were both higher in lactating rats compared to nonpregnant and pregnant rats.

  18. Presenting native-like trimeric HIV-1 antigens with self-assembling nanoparticles

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    He, Linling; de Val, Natalia; Morris, Charles D.; Vora, Nemil; Thinnes, Therese C.; Kong, Leopold; Azadnia, Parisa; Sok, Devin; Zhou, Bin; Burton, Dennis R.; Wilson, Ian A; Nemazee, David; Ward, Andrew B.; Zhu, Jiang

    2016-01-01

    Structures of BG505 SOSIP.664 trimer in complex with broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) have revealed the critical role of trimeric context for immune recognition of HIV-1. Presentation of trimeric HIV-1 antigens on nanoparticles may thus provide promising vaccine candidates. Here we report the rational design, structural analysis and antigenic evaluation of HIV-1 trimer-presenting nanoparticles. We first demonstrate that both V1V2 and gp120 can be presented in native-like trimeric conformations on nanoparticles. We then design nanoparticles presenting various forms of stabilized gp140 trimer based on ferritin and a large, 60-meric E2p that displays 20 spikes mimicking virus-like particles (VLPs). Particle assembly is confirmed by electron microscopy (EM), while antigenic profiles are generated using representative bNAbs and non-NAbs. Lastly, we demonstrate high-yield gp140 nanoparticle production and robust stimulation of B cells carrying cognate VRC01 receptors by gp120 and gp140 nanoparticles. Together, our study provides an arsenal of multivalent immunogens for HIV-1 vaccine development. PMID:27349934

  19. Thiamine diphosphate binds to intermediates in the assembly of adenovirus fiber knob trimers in Escherichia coli.

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    Schulz, Ryan; Zhang, Yian-Biao; Liu, Chang-Jun; Freimuth, Paul

    2007-12-01

    Assembly of the adenovirus (Ad) homotrimeric fiber protein is nucleated by its C-terminal knob domain, which itself can trimerize when expressed as a recombinant protein fragment. The non-interlocked, globular structure of subunits in the knob trimer implies that trimers assemble from prefolded monomers through a dimer intermediate, but these intermediates have not been observed and the mechanism of assembly therefore remains uncharacterized. Here we report that expression of the Ad serotype 2 (Ad2) knob was toxic for thi- strains of Escherichia coli, which are defective in de novo synthesis of thiamine (vitamin B1). Ad2 knob trimers isolated from a thi+ strain copurified through multiple chromatography steps with a small molecule of mass equivalent to that of thiamine diphosphate (ThDP). Mutant analysis did not implicate any specific site for ThDP binding. Our results suggest that ThDP may associate with assembly intermediates and become trapped in assembled trimers, possibly within one of several large cavities that are partially solvent-accessible or buried completely within the trimer interior.

  20. Different Infectivity of HIV-1 Strains Is Linked to Number of Envelope Trimers Required for Entry

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    Brandenberg, Oliver F.; Magnus, Carsten; Rusert, Peter; Regoes, Roland R.; Trkola, Alexandra

    2015-01-01

    HIV-1 enters target cells by virtue of envelope glycoprotein trimers that are incorporated at low density in the viral membrane. How many trimers are required to interact with target cell receptors to mediate virus entry, the HIV entry stoichiometry, still awaits clarification. Here, we provide estimates of the HIV entry stoichiometry utilizing a combined approach of experimental analyses and mathematical modeling. We demonstrate that divergent HIV strains differ in their stoichiometry of entry and require between 1 to 7 trimers, with most strains depending on 2 to 3 trimers to complete infection. Envelope modifications that perturb trimer structure lead to an increase in the entry stoichiometry, as did naturally occurring antibody or entry inhibitor escape mutations. Highlighting the physiological relevance of our findings, a high entry stoichiometry correlated with low virus infectivity and slow virus entry kinetics. The entry stoichiometry therefore directly influences HIV transmission, as trimer number requirements will dictate the infectivity of virus populations and efficacy of neutralizing antibodies. Thereby our results render consideration of stoichiometric concepts relevant for developing antibody-based vaccines and therapeutics against HIV. PMID:25569556

  1. Associations of Escherichia coli K-12 OmpF trimers with rough and smooth lipopolysaccharides

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    Diedrich, D.L.; Stein, M.A.; Schnaitman, C.A. )

    1990-09-01

    The associations of both rough and smooth lipopolysaccharides (LPS) with the OmpF porin of Escherichia coli K-12 were examined in galE strains deleted for ompC. Transformation with pSS37 and growth with galactose conferred the ability to assemble a Shigella dysenteriae O antigen onto the core oligosaccharide of E. coli K-12 LPS. The association of LPS with OmpF trimers was assessed by staining, autoradiography of LPS specifically labeled with (1-14C)galactose, and Western immunoblotting with a monoclonal antibody specific for OmpF trimers. These techniques revealed that the migration distances and multiple banding patterns of OmpF porin trimers in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gels were dictated by the chemotype of associated LPS. Expression of smooth LPS caused almost all of the trimeric OmpF to run in gels with a slower mobility than trimers from rough strains. The LPS associated with trimers from a smooth strain differed from the bulk-phase LPS by consisting almost exclusively of molecules with O antigen.

  2. Domain annotation of trimeric autotransporter adhesins—daTAA

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    Szczesny, Pawel; Lupas, Andrei

    2008-01-01

    Motivation: Trimeric autotransporter adhesins (TAAs), such as Yersinia YadA, Neisseria NadA, Moraxella UspAs, Haemophilus Hia and Bartonella BadA, are important pathogenicity factors of proteobacteria. Their high sequence diversity and distinct mosaic-like structure lead to difficulties in the annotation of their sequences. These stem from the large number of short repeats, the presence of compositionally unusual coiled-coils, fuzzy domain boundaries and regions of seemingly low sequence complexity. Results: We have developed a workflow, named daTAA, for the accurate domain annotation of TAAs. Its core consists of manually curated alignments and of knowledge-based rules that enhance assignments made by sequence similarity. Compared to general domain annotation servers such as PFAM, daTAA captures more domains and provides more sensitive domain detection, as well as integrated and detailed coiled-coil assignments. Availability: The daTAA server is freely accessible at http://toolkit.tuebingen.mpg.de/dataa Contact: andrei.lupas@tuebingen.mpg.de Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online. PMID:18397894

  3. Structure and immune recognition of trimeric prefusion HIV-1 Env

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    Pancera, Marie; Zhou, Tongqing; Druz, Aliaksandr; Georgiev, Ivelin S.; Soto, Cinque; Gorman, Jason; Huang, Jinghe; Acharya, Priyamvada; Chuang, Gwo-Yu; Ofek, Gilad; Stewart-Jones, Guillaume B. E.; Stuckey, Jonathan; Bailer, Robert T.; Joyce, M. Gordon; Louder, Mark K.; Tumba, Nancy; Yang, Yongping; Zhang, Baoshan; Cohen, Myron S.; Haynes, Barton F.; Mascola, John R.; Morris, Lynn; Munro, James B.; Blanchard, Scott C.; Mothes, Walther; Connors, Mark; Kwong, Peter D.

    2015-01-01

    The HIV-1-envelope (Env) spike, comprising three gp120 and three gp41 subunits, is a conformational machine that facilitates HIV-1 entry by rearranging from a mature unliganded state, through receptor-bound intermediates, to a postfusion state. As the sole viral antigen on the HIV-1-virion surface, Env is both the target of neutralizing antibodies and a focus of vaccine efforts. Here we report the structure at 3.5-Å resolution for an HIV-1-Env trimer captured in a mature closed state by antibodies PGT122 and 35O22. This structure reveals the prefusion conformation of gp41, indicates rearrangements needed for fusion activation, and defines parameters of immune evasion and immune recognition. Prefusion gp41 encircles N- and C-terminal strands of gp120 with four helices that form a membrane-proximal collar, fastened by insertion of a fusion peptide-proximal methionine into a gp41-tryptophan clasp. Spike rearrangements required for entry likely involve opening the clasp and expelling the termini. N-linked glycosylation and sequence-variable regions cover the prefusion closed spike: we used chronic cohorts to map the prevalence and location of effective HIV-1-neutralizing responses, which were distinguished by their recognition of N-linked glycan and tolerance for epitope-sequence variation. PMID:25296255

  4. Optimal efficiency of quantum transport in a disordered trimer.

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    Giusteri, Giulio G; Celardo, G Luca; Borgonovi, Fausto

    2016-03-01

    Disordered quantum networks, such as those describing light-harvesting complexes, are often characterized by the presence of peripheral ringlike structures, where the excitation is initialized, and inner structures and reaction centers (RCs), where the excitation is trapped and transferred. The peripheral rings often display distinguished coherent features: Their eigenstates can be separated, with respect to the transfer of excitation, into two classes of superradiant and subradiant states. Both are important to optimize transfer efficiency. In the absence of disorder, superradiant states have an enhanced coupling strength to the RC, while the subradiant ones are basically decoupled from it. Static on-site disorder induces a coupling between subradiant and superradiant states, thus creating an indirect coupling to the RC. The problem of finding the optimal transfer conditions, as a function of both the RC energy and the disorder strength, is very complex even in the simplest network, namely, a three-level system. In this paper we analyze such trimeric structure, choosing as the initial condition an excitation on a subradiant state, rather than the more common choice of an excitation localized on a single site. We show that, while the optimal disorder is of the order of the superradiant coupling, the optimal detuning between the initial state and the RC energy strongly depends on system parameters: When the superradiant coupling is much larger than the energy gap between the superradiant and the subradiant levels, optimal transfer occurs if the RC energy is at resonance with the subradiant initial state, whereas we find an optimal RC energy at resonance with a virtual dressed state when the superradiant coupling is smaller than or comparable to the gap. The presence of dynamical noise, which induces dephasing and decoherence, affects the resonance structure of energy transfer producing an additional incoherent resonance peak, which corresponds to the RC energy being

  5. Optimal efficiency of quantum transport in a disordered trimer

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    Giusteri, Giulio G.; Celardo, G. Luca; Borgonovi, Fausto

    2016-03-01

    Disordered quantum networks, such as those describing light-harvesting complexes, are often characterized by the presence of peripheral ringlike structures, where the excitation is initialized, and inner structures and reaction centers (RCs), where the excitation is trapped and transferred. The peripheral rings often display distinguished coherent features: Their eigenstates can be separated, with respect to the transfer of excitation, into two classes of superradiant and subradiant states. Both are important to optimize transfer efficiency. In the absence of disorder, superradiant states have an enhanced coupling strength to the RC, while the subradiant ones are basically decoupled from it. Static on-site disorder induces a coupling between subradiant and superradiant states, thus creating an indirect coupling to the RC. The problem of finding the optimal transfer conditions, as a function of both the RC energy and the disorder strength, is very complex even in the simplest network, namely, a three-level system. In this paper we analyze such trimeric structure, choosing as the initial condition an excitation on a subradiant state, rather than the more common choice of an excitation localized on a single site. We show that, while the optimal disorder is of the order of the superradiant coupling, the optimal detuning between the initial state and the RC energy strongly depends on system parameters: When the superradiant coupling is much larger than the energy gap between the superradiant and the subradiant levels, optimal transfer occurs if the RC energy is at resonance with the subradiant initial state, whereas we find an optimal RC energy at resonance with a virtual dressed state when the superradiant coupling is smaller than or comparable to the gap. The presence of dynamical noise, which induces dephasing and decoherence, affects the resonance structure of energy transfer producing an additional incoherent resonance peak, which corresponds to the RC energy being

  6. PBX and MEIS as Non-DNA-Binding Partners in Trimeric Complexes with HOX Proteins

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    Shanmugam, Kandavel; Green, Nancy C.; Rambaldi, Isabel; Saragovi, H. Uri; Featherstone, Mark S.

    1999-01-01

    HOX, PBX, and MEIS transcription factors bind DNA through a homeodomain. PBX proteins bind DNA cooperatively as heterodimers with MEIS family members and also with HOX proteins from paralog groups 1 to 10. MEIS proteins cooperatively bind DNA with ABD-B class HOX proteins of groups 9 and 10. Here, we examine aspects of dimeric and higher-order interactions between these three homeodomain classes. The most significant results can be summarized as follows. (i) Most of PBX N terminal to the homeodomain is required for efficient cooperative binding with HOXD4 and HOXD9. (ii) MEIS and PBX proteins form higher-order complexes on a heterodimeric binding site. (iii) Although MEIS does not cooperatively bind DNA with ANTP class HOX proteins, it does form a trimer as a non-DNA-binding partner with DNA-bound PBX-HOXD4. (iv) The N terminus of HOXD4 negatively regulates trimer formation. (v) MEIS forms a similar trimer with DNA-bound PBX-HOXD9. (vi) A related trimer (where MEIS is a non-DNA-binding partner) is formed on a transcriptional promoter within the cell. (vii) We observe an additional trimer class involving non-DNA-bound PBX and DNA-bound MEIS-HOXD9 or MEIS-HOXD10 heterodimers that is enhanced by mutation of the PBX homeodomain. (viii) In this latter trimer, PBX is likely to contact both MEIS and HOXD9/D10. (ix) The stability of DNA binding by all trimers is enhanced relative to the heterodimers. These findings suggest novel functions for PBX and MEIS in modulating the function of DNA-bound MEIS-HOX and PBX-HOX heterodimers, respectively. PMID:10523646

  7. PBX and MEIS as non-DNA-binding partners in trimeric complexes with HOX proteins.

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    Shanmugam, K; Green, N C; Rambaldi, I; Saragovi, H U; Featherstone, M S

    1999-11-01

    HOX, PBX, and MEIS transcription factors bind DNA through a homeodomain. PBX proteins bind DNA cooperatively as heterodimers with MEIS family members and also with HOX proteins from paralog groups 1 to 10. MEIS proteins cooperatively bind DNA with ABD-B class HOX proteins of groups 9 and 10. Here, we examine aspects of dimeric and higher-order interactions between these three homeodomain classes. The most significant results can be summarized as follows. (i) Most of PBX N terminal to the homeodomain is required for efficient cooperative binding with HOXD4 and HOXD9. (ii) MEIS and PBX proteins form higher-order complexes on a heterodimeric binding site. (iii) Although MEIS does not cooperatively bind DNA with ANTP class HOX proteins, it does form a trimer as a non-DNA-binding partner with DNA-bound PBX-HOXD4. (iv) The N terminus of HOXD4 negatively regulates trimer formation. (v) MEIS forms a similar trimer with DNA-bound PBX-HOXD9. (vi) A related trimer (where MEIS is a non-DNA-binding partner) is formed on a transcriptional promoter within the cell. (vii) We observe an additional trimer class involving non-DNA-bound PBX and DNA-bound MEIS-HOXD9 or MEIS-HOXD10 heterodimers that is enhanced by mutation of the PBX homeodomain. (viii) In this latter trimer, PBX is likely to contact both MEIS and HOXD9/D10. (ix) The stability of DNA binding by all trimers is enhanced relative to the heterodimers. These findings suggest novel functions for PBX and MEIS in modulating the function of DNA-bound MEIS-HOX and PBX-HOX heterodimers, respectively.

  8. Perinatal Toxicity and Carcinogenicity Studies of Styrene –Acrylonitrile Trimer, A Ground Water Contaminant

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    Behl, Mamta; Elmore, Susan A.; Malarkey, David E.; Hejtmancik, Milton R.; Gerken, Diane K.; Chhabra, Rajendra S.

    2015-01-01

    Styrene Acrylonitrile (SAN) Trimer is a by-product in the production of acrylonitrile styrene plastics. Following a report of a childhood cancer cluster in the Toms River section of Dover Township, New Jersey, SAN Trimer was identified as one of the groundwater contaminants at Reich Farm Superfund site in the township. The contaminants from the Reich Farm site’s ground water plume impacted two wells at the Parkway well field. The National Toxicology Program (NTP) studied the toxicity and carcinogenicity of SAN Trimer in rats exposed during their perinatal developmental period and adulthood. The chronic toxicity and carcinogenicity studies in F344/N rats were preceded by 7- and 18-week perinatal toxicity studies to determine the exposure concentrations for the 2-year studies. Subsequently, Fisher 344 pregnant dams were exposed to SAN Trimer containing diet at 400, 800, or 1600 ppm concentrations during gestation, nursing and weaning periods of offspring followed by two year of adult exposures to both male and female pups. There was no statistically significant evidence of carcinogenic activity following SAN-Trimer exposure; however, rare neoplasms in the brain and spinal cord were observed in males and to lesser extent in female rats. These incidences were considered within the range of historical background in the animal model used in the current studies. Therefore, the presence of a few rarely occurring CNS tumors in the treated groups were not judged to be associated with the SAN Trimer exposure. The major finding was a dose-related peripheral neuropathy associated with the sciatic nerves in females and spinal nerve roots in males and females thereby suggesting that SAN trimer is potentially a nervous system toxicant. PMID:24060431

  9. Perinatal toxicity and carcinogenicity studies of styrene-acrylonitrile trimer, a ground water contaminant.

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    Behl, Mamta; Elmore, Susan A; Malarkey, David E; Hejtmancik, Milton R; Gerken, Diane K; Chhabra, Rajendra S

    2013-12-06

    Styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) trimer is a by-product in the production of acrylonitrile styrene plastics. Following a report of a childhood cancer cluster in the Toms River section of Dover Township, New Jersey, SAN Trimer was identified as one of the groundwater contaminants at Reich Farm Superfund site in the township. The contaminants from the Reich Farm site's ground water plume impacted two wells at the Parkway well field. The National Toxicology Program (NTP) studied the toxicity and carcinogenicity of SAN Trimer in rats exposed during their perinatal developmental period and adulthood. The chronic toxicity and carcinogenicity studies in F344/N rats were preceded by 7- and 18-week perinatal toxicity studies to determine the exposure concentrations for the 2-year studies. Subsequently, Fisher 344 pregnant dams were exposed to SAN Trimer containing diet at 400, 800, or 1600ppm concentrations during gestation, nursing and weaning periods of offspring followed by two year of adult exposures to both male and female pups. There was no statistically significant evidence of carcinogenic activity following SAN-Trimer exposure; however, rare neoplasms in the brain and spinal cord were observed in males and to lesser extent in female rats. These incidences were considered within the range of historical background in the animal model used in the current studies. Therefore, the presence of a few rarely occurring CNS tumors in the treated groups were not judged to be associated with the SAN Trimer exposure. The major finding was a dose-related peripheral neuropathy associated with the sciatic nerves in females and spinal nerve roots in males and females thereby suggesting that SAN Trimer is potentially a nervous system toxicant.

  10. Subunit constituent of the porin trimers that form the permeability channels in the outer membrane of Salmonella typhimurium.

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    Ishii, J; Nakae, T

    1980-01-01

    The polypeptide composition of the functional porin trimers that produced the permeability channels in the outer membrane of Salmonella typhimurium was examined on two-dimensional slab gels. The results suggested that the majority of porin trimers from strains producing mixed species of porin polypeptides consisted of homologous subunit polypeptides. The present results do not exclude the possibility that a small fraction of porin trimer is constructed from heterologous subunit polypeptides. Images PMID:6246065

  11. Murine Antibody Responses to Cleaved Soluble HIV-1 Envelope Trimers Are Highly Restricted in Specificity

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    Hu, Joyce K.; Crampton, Jordan C.; Cupo, Albert; Ketas, Thomas; van Gils, Marit J.; Sliepen, Kwinten; de Taeye, Steven W.; Sok, Devin; Ozorowski, Gabriel; Deresa, Isaiah; Stanfield, Robyn; Ward, Andrew B.; Burton, Dennis R.; Klasse, Per Johan; Sanders, Rogier W.; Moore, John P.

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Generating neutralizing antibodies (nAbs) is a major goal of many current HIV-1 vaccine efforts. To be of practical value, these nAbs must be both potent and cross-reactive in order to be capable of preventing the transmission of the highly diverse and generally neutralization resistant (Tier-2) HIV-1 strains that are in circulation. The HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env) spike is the only target for nAbs. To explore whether Tier-2 nAbs can be induced by Env proteins, we immunized conventional mice with soluble BG505 SOSIP.664 trimers that mimic the native Env spike. Here, we report that it is extremely difficult for murine B cells to recognize the Env epitopes necessary for inducing Tier-2 nAbs. Thus, while trimer-immunized mice raised Env-binding IgG Abs and had high-quality T follicular helper (Tfh) cell and germinal center (GC) responses, they did not make BG505.T332N nAbs. Epitope mapping studies showed that Ab responses in mice were specific to areas near the base of the soluble trimer. These areas are not well shielded by glycans and likely are occluded on virions, which is consistent with the lack of BG505.T332N nAbs. These data inform immunogen design and suggest that it is useful to obscure nonneutralizing epitopes presented on the base of soluble Env trimers and that the glycan shield of well-formed HIV Env trimers is virtually impenetrable for murine B cell receptors (BCRs). IMPORTANCE Human HIV vaccine efficacy trials have not generated meaningful neutralizing antibodies to circulating HIV strains. One possible hindrance has been the lack of immunogens that properly mimic the native conformation of the HIV envelope trimer protein. Here, we tested the first generation of soluble, native-like envelope trimer immunogens in a conventional mouse model. We attempted to generate neutralizing antibodies to neutralization-resistant circulating HIV strains. Various vaccine strategies failed to induce neutralizing antibodies to a neutralization

  12. Tunable trimers: Using temperature and pressure to control luminescent emission in gold(I) pyrazolate-based trimers

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    Woodall, Christopher H.; Fuertes, Sara; Beavers, Christine M.; ...

    2014-10-21

    A systematic investigation into the relationship between the solid-state luminescence and the intermolecular Au∙∙∙Au interactions in a series of pyrazolate-based gold(I) trimers; tris(μ2-pyrazolato-N,N')-tri-gold(I) (1), tris(μ2-3,4,5-trimethylpyrazolato-N,N')-tri-gold(I) (2), tris(μ2-3-methyl-5-phenylpyrazolato-N,N')-tri-gold(I) (3) and tris(μ2-3,5-diphenylpyrazolato-N,N')-tri-gold(I) (4) has been carried out using variable temperature and high pressure X-ray crystallography, solid-state emission spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and computational techniques. Single-crystal X-ray studies show that there is a significant reduction in the intertrimer Au∙∙∙Au distances both with decreasing temperature and increasing pressure. In the four complexes, the reduction in temperature from 293 to 100 K is accompanied by a reduction in the shortest intermolecular Au∙∙∙Au contacts of between 0.04more » and 0.08 Å. The solid-state luminescent emission spectra of 1 and 2 display a red shift with decreasing temperature or increasing pressure. Compound 3 does not emit under ambient conditions but displays increasingly red-shifted luminescence upon cooling or compression. Compound 4 remains emissionless, consistent with the absence of intermolecular Au∙∙∙Au interactions. The largest pressure induced shift in emission is observed in 2 with a red shift of approximately 630 cm-1 per GPa between ambient and 3.80 GPa. The shifts in all the complexes can be correlated with changes in Au∙∙∙Au distance observed by diffraction.« less

  13. Tunable trimers: Using temperature and pressure to control luminescent emission in gold(I) pyrazolate-based trimers

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    Woodall, Christopher H.; Fuertes, Sara; Beavers, Christine M.; Hatcher, Lauren E.; Parlett, Andrew; Shepherd, Helena J.; Christensen, Jeppe; Teat, Simon J.; Intissar, Mourad; Rodrigue-Witchel, Alexandre; Suffren, Yan; Reber, Christian; Hendon, Christopher H.; Tiana, Davide; Walsh, Aron; Raithby, Paul R.

    2014-10-21

    A systematic investigation into the relationship between the solid-state luminescence and the intermolecular Au∙∙∙Au interactions in a series of pyrazolate-based gold(I) trimers; tris(μ2-pyrazolato-N,N')-tri-gold(I) (1), tris(μ2-3,4,5-trimethylpyrazolato-N,N')-tri-gold(I) (2), tris(μ2-3-methyl-5-phenylpyrazolato-N,N')-tri-gold(I) (3) and tris(μ2-3,5-diphenylpyrazolato-N,N')-tri-gold(I) (4) has been carried out using variable temperature and high pressure X-ray crystallography, solid-state emission spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and computational techniques. Single-crystal X-ray studies show that there is a significant reduction in the intertrimer Au∙∙∙Au distances both with decreasing temperature and increasing pressure. In the four complexes, the reduction in temperature from 293 to 100 K is accompanied by a reduction in the shortest intermolecular Au∙∙∙Au contacts of between 0.04 and 0.08 Å. The solid-state luminescent emission spectra of 1 and 2 display a red shift with decreasing temperature or increasing pressure. Compound 3 does not emit under ambient conditions but displays increasingly red-shifted luminescence upon cooling or compression. Compound 4 remains emissionless, consistent with the absence of intermolecular Au∙∙∙Au interactions. The largest pressure induced shift in emission is observed in 2 with a red shift of approximately 630 cm-1 per GPa between ambient and 3.80 GPa. The shifts in all the complexes can be correlated with changes in Au∙∙∙Au distance observed by diffraction.

  14. Tunable Trimers: Using Temperature and Pressure to Control Luminescent Emission in Gold(I) Pyrazolate-Based Trimers

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    Woodall, Christopher H; Fuertes, Sara; Beavers, Christine M; Hatcher, Lauren E; Parlett, Andrew; Shepherd, Helena J; Christensen, Jeppe; Teat, Simon J; Intissar, Mourad; Rodrigue-Witchel, Alexandre; Suffren, Yan; Reber, Christian; Hendon, Christopher H; Tiana, Davide; Walsh, Aron; Raithby, Paul R

    2014-01-01

    A systematic investigation into the relationship between the solid-state luminescence and the intermolecular Au⋅⋅⋅Au interactions in a series of pyrazolate-based gold(I) trimers; tris(μ2-pyrazolato-N,N′)-tri-gold(I) (1), tris(μ2-3,4,5- trimethylpyrazolato-N,N′)-tri-gold(I) (2), tris(μ2-3-methyl-5-phenylpyrazolato-N,N′)-tri-gold(I) (3) and tris(μ2-3,5-diphenylpyrazolato-N,N′)-tri-gold(I) (4) has been carried out using variable temperature and high pressure X-ray crystallography, solid-state emission spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and computational techniques. Single-crystal X-ray studies show that there is a significant reduction in the intertrimer Au⋅⋅⋅Au distances both with decreasing temperature and increasing pressure. In the four complexes, the reduction in temperature from 293 to 100 K is accompanied by a reduction in the shortest intermolecular Au⋅⋅⋅Au contacts of between 0.04 and 0.08 Å. The solid-state luminescent emission spectra of 1 and 2 display a red shift with decreasing temperature or increasing pressure. Compound 3 does not emit under ambient conditions but displays increasingly red-shifted luminescence upon cooling or compression. Compound 4 remains emissionless, consistent with the absence of intermolecular Au⋅⋅⋅Au interactions. The largest pressure induced shift in emission is observed in 2 with a red shift of approximately 630 cm−1 per GPa between ambient and 3.80 GPa. The shifts in all the complexes can be correlated with changes in Au⋅⋅⋅Au distance observed by diffraction. PMID:25331304

  15. Improved stability of multivalent antibodies containing the human collagen XV trimerization domain

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    Cuesta, Ángel M; Sánchez-Martín, David; Blanco-Toribio, Ana; Villate, Maider; Enciso-Álvarez, Kelly; Alvarez-Cienfuegos, Ana; Sainz-Pastor, Noelia; Sanz, Laura; Blanco, Francisco J

    2012-01-01

    We recently described the in vitro and in vivo properties of an engineered homotrimeric antibody made by fusing the N-terminal trimerization region of collagen XVIII NC1 domain to the C-terminus of a scFv fragment [trimerbody (scFv-NC1)3; 110 kDa]. Here, we demonstrated the utility of the N-terminal trimerization region of collagen XV NC1 domain in the engineering of trivalent antibodies. We constructed several scFv-based trimerbodies containing the human type XV trimerization domain and demonstrated that all the purified trimerbodies were trimeric in solution and exhibited excellent antigen binding capacity. Importantly, type XV trimerbodies demonstrated substantially greater thermal and serum stability and resistance to protease digestion than type XVIII trimerbodies. In summary, the small size, high expression level, solubility and stability of the trimerization domain of type XV collagen make it the ideal choice for engineering homotrimeric antibodies for cancer detection and therapy. PMID:22453098

  16. Novel Anticancer Agents Based on Targeting the Trimer Interface of the PRL Phosphatase.

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    Bai, Yunpeng; Yu, Zhi-Hong; Liu, Sijiu; Zhang, Lujuan; Zhang, Ruo-Yu; Zeng, Li-Fan; Zhang, Sheng; Zhang, Zhong-Yin

    2016-08-15

    Phosphatase of regenerating liver (PRL) oncoproteins are phosphatases overexpressed in numerous types of human cancer. Elevated levels of PRL associate with metastasis and poor clinical outcomes. In principle, PRL phosphatases offer appealing therapeutic targets, but they remain underexplored due to the lack of specific chemical probes. In this study, we address this issue by exploiting a unique property of PRL phosphatases, namely, that they may function as homotrimers. Starting from a sequential structure-based virtual screening and medicinal chemistry strategy, we identified Cmpd-43 and several analogs that disrupt PRL1 trimerization. Biochemical and structural analyses demonstrate that Cmpd-43 and its close analogs directly bind the PRL1 trimer interface and obstruct PRL1 trimerization. Cmpd-43 also specifically blocks the PRL1-induced cell proliferation and migration through attenuation of both ERK1/2 and Akt activity. Importantly, Cmpd-43 exerted potent anticancer activity both in vitro and in vivo in a murine xenograft model of melanoma. Our results validate a trimerization-dependent signaling mechanism for PRL and offer proof of concept for trimerization inhibitors as candidate therapeutics to treat PRL-driven cancers. Cancer Res; 76(16); 4805-15. ©2016 AACR.

  17. Is It Beneficial for the Major Photosynthetic Antenna Complex of Plants To Form Trimers?

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    Janik, Ewa; Bednarska, Joanna; Zubik, Monika; Sowinski, Karol; Luchowski, Rafal; Grudzinski, Wojciech; Gruszecki, Wieslaw I

    2015-07-09

    The process of primary electric charge separation in photosynthesis takes place in the reaction centers, but photosynthesis can operate efficiently and fluently due to the activity of several pigment-protein complexes called antenna, which absorb light quanta and transfer electronic excitations toward the reaction centers. LHCII is the major photosynthetic pigment-protein antenna complex of plants and appears in the trimeric form. Several recent reports point to trimeric organization of LHCII as a key factor responsible for the chloroplast architecture via stabilization of granal organization of the thylakoid membranes. In the present work, we address the question of whether such an organization could also directly influence the antenna properties of this pigment-protein complex. Chlorophyll fluorescence analysis reveals that excitation energy transfer in LHCII is substantially more efficient in trimers and dissipative energy losses are higher in monomers. It could be concluded that trimers are exceptionally well suited to perform the antenna function. Possibility of fine regulation of the photosynthetic antenna function via the LHCII trimer-monomer transition is also discussed, based on the fluorescence lifetime analysis in a single chloroplast.

  18. Structural and Immunogenicity Studies of a Cleaved, Stabilized Envelope Trimer Derived from Subtype A HIV-1

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    Kang, Yun (Kenneth); Andjelic, Sofija; Binley, James M.; Crooks, Emma T.; Franti, Michael; Iyer, Sai Prasad N.; Donovan, Gerald P.; Dey, Antu K.; Zhu, Ping; Roux, Kenneth H.; Durso, Robert J.; Parsons, Thomas F.; Maddon, Paul J.; Moore, John P.; Olson, William C.

    2015-01-01

    SOSIP gp140 trimers represent a soluble, stabilized, proteolytically cleaved form of the HIV-1 envelope (Env) glycoproteins. SOSIP gp140 derived from a subtype A HIV-1 isolate, KNH1144, forms exceptionally stable trimers that resemble virion-associated Env in antigenicity and topology. Here, we used electron microscopy to demonstrate that KNH1144 SOSIP gp140 trimers bound three soluble CD4 molecules in a symmetrical orientation similar to that seen for native Env. We compared the immunogenicities of KNH1144 SOSIP gp140 trimers and gp120 monomers in rabbits and found that the trimers were superior at eliciting neutralizing antibodies (NAbs) to homologous virus as well as neutralization-sensitive subtype B and C viruses. The NAb specificities for SOSIP antisera mapped in part to the CD4 binding site on gp120. We also observed adjuvant-dependent induction of antibodies to the residual levels of host cell proteins (HCPs) contained in the purified Env preparations. When present, HCP antibodies enhanced pseudovirus infection. Our findings are relevant for the further development of Env-based vaccines for HIV-1. PMID:19567243

  19. Structural and immunogenicity studies of a cleaved, stabilized envelope trimer derived from subtype A HIV-1.

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    Kang, Yun Kenneth; Andjelic, Sofija; Binley, James M; Crooks, Emma T; Franti, Michael; Iyer, Sai Prasad N; Donovan, Gerald P; Dey, Antu K; Zhu, Ping; Roux, Kenneth H; Durso, Robert J; Parsons, Thomas F; Maddon, Paul J; Moore, John P; Olson, William C

    2009-08-13

    SOSIP gp140 trimers represent a soluble, stabilized, proteolytically cleaved form of the HIV-1 envelope (Env) glycoproteins. SOSIP gp140 derived from a subtype A HIV-1 isolate, KNH1144, forms exceptionally stable trimers that resemble virion-associated Env in antigenicity and topology. Here, we used electron microscopy to demonstrate that KNH1144 SOSIP gp140 trimers bound three soluble CD4 molecules in a symmetrical orientation similar to that seen for native Env. We compared the immunogenicities of KNH1144 SOSIP gp140 trimers and gp120 monomers in rabbits and found that the trimers were superior at eliciting neutralizing antibodies (NAbs) to homologous virus as well as neutralization-sensitive subtype B and C viruses. The NAb specificities for SOSIP antisera mapped in part to the CD4 binding site on gp120. We also observed adjuvant-dependent induction of antibodies to the residual levels of host cell proteins (HCPs) contained in the purified Env preparations. When present, HCP antibodies enhanced pseudovirus infection. Our findings are relevant for the further development of Env-based vaccines for HIV-1.

  20. A liquid crystals modulated optical tunable filter based on Fano resonance of Au nanorod trimer

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    Xin, Huan Peng; Liu, Fei; Ren, Guang Jun; Zhao, Hong Liang; Yao, Jian Quan

    2017-04-01

    We theoretically studied the liquid crystals modulated optical tunable filter based on Fano resonance of Au nanorod trimer. Plasmonic nanorods can support Fano resonances, where the line shape characteristics are controlled by the geometry of nanorods. Here a polarization-dependent Au nanorod trimer was designed, where the three nanorods have the same geometric parameters and form a C-shape. When the plasmon modes of the longitudinal nanorod and the two transverse nanorods couple at resonance wavelength, a Fano resonance occurs. Due to liquid crystals can change the polarization direction of light, the transmission spectra of Au nanorod trimer can be switched on and off with different phases of liquid crystals when incident light passes through liquid crystals before reaching the Au nanorod trimer. Furthermore, filter optical characteristics are highly tunable by changing the thicknesses of Au nanorod trimer and its coating layer. Fano resonances show a large light extinction in periodic array of assembled nanorods, which can be used in optical tunable filter and optical switch.

  1. Unexpected Trimerization of Pyrazine in the Coordination Sphere of Low-Valent Titanocene Fragments.

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    Jung, Thomas; Beckhaus, Rüdiger; Klüner, Thorsten; Höfener, Sebastian; Klopper, Wim

    2009-08-11

    The titanium mediated trimerization of pyrazine leads to the formation of a tris-chelate complex employing a 4a,4b,8a,8b,12a,12b-hexahydrodiyprazino[2,3-f:2',3'-h]quinoxaline ligand (HATH6, 3). The driving force in the formation of the (Cp*2Ti)3(HATH6) complex 2 is attributed to the formation of six Ti-N bonds. We show that density functional theory (DFT) fails to predict quantitatively correct results. Therefore, post-Hartree-Fock methods, such as second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2), in combination with coupled-cluster (CC) methods must be used. Both MP2 and CCSD(T) levels of theory provide endothermic trimerization energies, showing that the plain pyrazine trimer is not stable with respect to decomposition into its monomers. Complete basis set (CBS) results for the MP2 level of theory were computed using explicitly correlated wave functions. With these, we estimate the CCSD(T) CBS limit of the hypothetical trimerization energy to be +0.78 eV. Thus, the trimerization is facilitated by the formation of six Ti-N bonds with a calculated formation energy of -1.32 eV per bond.

  2. Magnetic Properties of a Heisenberg Coupled-Trimer Molecular Magnet: General

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    Haraldsen, Jason T; Barnes, Ted {F E }; Sinclair IV, John W; Thompson, James R; Sacci, Robert L.; Turner, John F. C.

    2009-01-01

    We report predictions for the energy eigenstates and inelastic neutron scattering excitations of an isotropic Heisenberg hexamer consisting of general spin S and S′ trimers. Specializing to spin-1/2 ions, we give analytic results for the energy excitations, magnetic susceptibility, and inelastic neutron scattering intensities for this hexamer system. To examine this model further, we compare these calculations to the measured magnetic susceptibility of a vanadium material, which is considered to be well defined magnetically as an isolated S = 1/2 V4+ trimer model. Using our model, we determine the amount of inter-trimer coupling that can be accommodated by the measured susceptibility, and predict the inelastic neutron scattering spectrum for comparison with future measurements.

  3. Designing a soluble near full-length HIV-1 gp41 trimer.

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    Gao, Guofen; Wieczorek, Lindsay; Peachman, Kristina K; Polonis, Victoria R; Alving, Carl R; Rao, Mangala; Rao, Venigalla B

    2013-01-04

    The HIV-1 envelope spike is a trimer of heterodimers composed of an external glycoprotein gp120 and a transmembrane glycoprotein gp41. gp120 initiates virus entry by binding to host receptors, whereas gp41 mediates fusion between viral and host membranes. Although the basic pathway of HIV-1 entry has been extensively studied, the detailed mechanism is still poorly understood. Design of gp41 recombinants that mimic key intermediates is essential to elucidate the mechanism as well as to develop potent therapeutics and vaccines. Here, using molecular genetics and biochemical approaches, a series of hypotheses was tested to overcome the extreme hydrophobicity of HIV-1 gp41 and design a soluble near full-length gp41 trimer. The two long heptad repeat helices HR1 and HR2 of gp41 ectodomain were mutated to disrupt intramolecular HR1-HR2 interactions but not intermolecular HR1-HR1 interactions. This resulted in reduced aggregation and improved solubility. Attachment of a 27-amino acid foldon at the C terminus and slow refolding channeled gp41 into trimers. The trimers appear to be stabilized in a prehairpin-like structure, as evident from binding of a HR2 peptide to exposed HR1 grooves, lack of binding to hexa-helical bundle-specific NC-1 mAb, and inhibition of virus neutralization by broadly neutralizing antibodies 2F5 and 4E10. Fusion to T4 small outer capsid protein, Soc, allowed display of gp41 trimers on the phage nanoparticle. These approaches for the first time led to the design of a soluble gp41 trimer containing both the fusion peptide and the cytoplasmic domain, providing insights into the mechanism of entry and development of gp41-based HIV-1 vaccines.

  4. Irreversible trimer to monomer transition of thermophilic rhodopsin upon thermal stimulation.

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    Tsukamoto, Takashi; Demura, Makoto; Sudo, Yuki

    2014-10-30

    Assembly is one of the keys to understand biological molecules, and it takes place in spatial and temporal domains upon stimulation. Microbial rhodopsin (also called retinal protein) is a membrane-embedded protein that has a retinal chromophore within seven-transmembrane α-helices and shows homo-, di-, tri-, penta-, and hexameric assemblies. Those assemblies are closely related to critical physiological properties such as stabilizing the protein structure and regulating their photoreaction dynamics. Here we investigated the assembly and disassembly of thermophilic rhodopsin (TR), which is a novel proton-pumping rhodopsin derived from a thermophile living at 75 °C. TR was characterized using size-exclusion chromatography and circular dichroism spectroscopy, and formed a trimer at 25 °C, but irreversibly dissociated into monomers upon thermal stimulation. The transition temperature was estimated to be 68 °C. The irreversible nature made it possible to investigate the photochemical properties of both the trimer and the monomer independently. Compared with the trimer, the absorption maximum of the monomer is blue-shifted by 6 nm without any changes in the retinal composition, pKa value for the counterion or the sequence of the proton movement. The photocycling rate of the monomeric TR was similar to that of the trimeric TR. A similar trimer-monomer transition upon thermal stimulation was observed for another eubacterial rhodopsin GR but not for the archaeal rhodopsins AR3 and HwBR, suggesting that the transition is conserved in bacterial rhodopsins. Thus, the thermal stimulation of TR induces the irreversible disassembly of the trimer.

  5. Base of the Measles Virus Fusion Trimer Head Receives the Signal That Triggers Membrane Fusion*

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    Apte-Sengupta, Swapna; Negi, Surendra; Leonard, Vincent H. J.; Oezguen, Numan; Navaratnarajah, Chanakha K.; Braun, Werner; Cattaneo, Roberto

    2012-01-01

    The measles virus (MV) fusion (F) protein trimer executes membrane fusion after receiving a signal elicited by receptor binding to the hemagglutinin (H) tetramer. Where and how this signal is received is understood neither for MV nor for other paramyxoviruses. Because only the prefusion structure of the parainfluenza virus 5 (PIV5) F-trimer is available, to study signal receipt by the MV F-trimer, we generated and energy-refined a homology model. We used two approaches to predict surface residues of the model interacting with other proteins. Both approaches measured interface propensity values for patches of residues. The second approach identified, in addition, individual residues based on the conservation of physical chemical properties among F-proteins. Altogether, about 50 candidate interactive residues were identified. Through iterative cycles of mutagenesis and functional analysis, we characterized six residues that are required specifically for signal transmission; their mutation interferes with fusion, although still allowing efficient F-protein processing and cell surface transport. One residue is located adjacent to the fusion peptide, four line a cavity in the base of the F-trimer head, while the sixth residue is located near this cavity. Hydrophobic interactions in the cavity sustain the fusion process and contacts with H. The cavity is flanked by two different subunits of the F-trimer. Tetrameric H-stalks may be lodged in apposed cavities of two F-trimers. Because these insights are based on a PIV5 homology model, the signal receipt mechanism may be conserved among paramyxoviruses. PMID:22859308

  6. Glycosylation Benchmark Profile for HIV-1 Envelope Glycoprotein Production Based on Eleven Env Trimers.

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    Go, Eden P; Ding, Haitao; Zhang, Shijian; Ringe, Rajesh P; Nicely, Nathan; Hua, David; Steinbock, Robert T; Golabek, Michael; Alin, James; Alam, S Munir; Cupo, Albert; Haynes, Barton F; Kappes, John C; Moore, John P; Sodroski, Joseph G; Desaire, Heather

    2017-05-01

    HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env) glycosylation is important because individual glycans are components of multiple broadly neutralizing antibody epitopes, while shielding other sites that might otherwise be immunogenic. The glycosylation on Env is influenced by a variety of factors, including the genotype of the protein, the cell line used for its expression, and the details of the construct design. Here, we used a mass spectrometry (MS)-based approach to map the complete glycosylation profile at every site in multiple HIV-1 Env trimers, accomplishing two goals. (i) We determined which glycosylation sites contain conserved glycan profiles across many trimeric Envs. (ii) We identified the variables that impact Env's glycosylation profile at sites with divergent glycosylation. Over half of the gp120 glycosylation sites on 11 different trimeric Envs have a conserved glycan profile, indicating that a native consensus glycosylation profile does indeed exist among trimers. We showed that some soluble gp120s and gp140s exhibit highly divergent glycosylation profiles compared to trimeric Env. We also assessed the impact of several variables on Env glycosylation: truncating the full-length Env; producing Env, instead of the more virologically relevant T lymphocytes, in CHO cells; and purifying Env with different chromatographic platforms, including nickel-nitrilotriacetic acid (Ni-NTA), 2G12, and PGT151 affinity. This report provides the first consensus glycosylation profile of Env trimers, which should serve as a useful benchmark for HIV-1 vaccine developers. This report also defines the sites where glycosylation may be impacted when Env trimers are truncated or produced in CHO cells.IMPORTANCE A protective HIV-1 vaccine will likely include a recombinant version of the viral envelope glycoprotein (Env). Env is highly glycosylated, and yet vaccine developers have lacked guidance on how to assess whether their immunogens have optimal glycosylation. The following important

  7. Detection of p75NTR Trimers: Implications for Receptor Stoichiometry and Activation

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    Barker, Phillip A.; Chao, Moses V.

    2015-01-01

    The p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75NTR) is a multifunctional receptor that participates in many critical processes in the nervous system, ranging from apoptosis to synaptic plasticity and morphological events. It is a member of the tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) superfamily, whose members undergo trimeric oligomerization. Interestingly, p75NTR interacts with dimeric ligands (i.e., proneurotrophins or mature neurotrophins), but several of the intracellular adaptors that mediate p75NTR signaling are trimeric (i.e., TNFR-associated factor 6 or TRAF6). Consequently, the active receptor signaling unit remains uncertain. To identify the functional receptor complex, we evaluated its oligomerization in vitro and in mice brain tissues using a combination of biochemical techniques. We found that the most abundant homotypic arrangement for p75NTR is a trimer and that monomers and trimers coexist at the cell surface. Interestingly, trimers are not required for ligand-independent or ligand-dependent p75NTR activation in a growth cone retraction functional assay. However, monomers are capable of inducing acute morphological effects in neurons. We propose that p75NTR activation is regulated by its oligomerization status and its levels of expression. These results indicate that the oligomeric state of p75NTR confers differential responses and offers an explanation for the diverse and contradictory actions of this receptor in the nervous system. SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT The p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75NTR) regulates a wide range of cellular functions, including apoptosis, neuronal processes remodeling, and synaptic plasticity. The goal of our work was to inquire whether oligomers of the receptor are required for function. Here we report that p75NTR predominantly assembles as a trimer, similar to other tumor necrosis factor receptors. Interestingly, monomers and trimers coexist at the cell surface, but trimers are not required for p75NTR activation in a functional assay

  8. Synthesis, structure, and properties of benzoquinone dimer and trimers bearing t-Bu substituents.

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    Hayashi, Naoto; Yoshikawa, Takahiro; Ohnuma, Takahiro; Higuchi, Hiroyuki; Sako, Katsuya; Uekusa, Hidehiro

    2007-12-20

    Highly soluble and stable quinone dimer and trimers were successfully yielded by introduction of t-Bu substituents. In X-ray structure analysis, the dimer quinone moiety was distorted into the boat shape, which was clarified by MO calculations. X-ray and UV/vis studies indicated that the covalently linked quinone moieties bear a large torsional angle. Nevertheless, the reduction potentials rose significantly with the order of monomer < dimer < trimer, indicating that the negative charge was efficiently delocalized within the radical anions.

  9. Pretransitional behavior above the nematic-isotropic phase transition of an auxetic trimer liquid crystal.

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    Kang, D; Mahajan, M P; Zhang, S; Petschek, R G; Rosenblatt, C; He, C; Liu, P; Griffin, A C

    1999-10-01

    Static light scattering and electric field-induced Kerr measurements were performed above the nematic-isotropic phase transition of a terminal-lateral-lateral-terminal negative Poisson ratio trimer. For both measurements the inverse susceptibility was observed to be nearly linear with temperature, a result inconsistent with our previously reported Kerr data [Phys. Rev. E 58, 2041 (1998)].

  10. Structure of the outer membrane translocator domain of the Haemophilus influenzae Hia trimeric autotransporter

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    Meng, Guoyu; Surana, Neeraj K; St Geme, Joseph W; Waksman, Gabriel

    2006-01-01

    Autotransporter proteins are defined by the ability to drive their own secretion across the bacterial outer membrane. The Hia autotransporter of Haemophilus influenzae belongs to the trimeric autotransporter subfamily and mediates bacterial adhesion to the respiratory epithelium. In this report, we present the crystal structure of the C-terminal end of Hia, corresponding to the entire Hia translocator domain and part of the passenger domain (residues 992–1098). This domain forms a β-barrel with 12 transmembrane β-strands, including four strands from each subunit. The β-barrel has a central channel of 1.8 nm in diameter that is traversed by three N-terminal α-helices, one from each subunit. Mutagenesis studies demonstrate that the transmembrane portion of the three α-helices and the loop region between the α-helices and the neighboring β-strands are essential for stability of the trimeric structure of the translocator domain, and that trimerization of the translocator domain is a prerequisite for translocator activity. Overall, this study provides important insights into the mechanism of translocation in trimeric autotransporters. PMID:16688217

  11. Evaluation of the Initiation/Promotion Potential of CTFE Trimer Acid

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1990-11-01

    Chlorotrifluoroethylene Trimer Acid Hepatocarcinogenesis 43 Initiation Perhalogenated Fatty Acid 16. PRICE CODE Peroxisome Proliferator Promotion 17...peroxisomal proliferation. Several peroxisome proliferators have been shown to inhibit mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation in rat liver (Bone et al., 1982...in the fatty acid oxidase system (Harrison et al., 1988). These findings and the fact that mammals can oxidize n-alkanes to the corresponding fatty

  12. Self-association of oxime: electronic and vibrational structures of formaldoxime monomer, dimer, and trimer

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    Akagi, Kazuo; Tanabe, Yukitoshi; Yamabe, Tokio

    1983-10-01

    The self-association of oxime is investigated from the aspect of intermolecular hydrogen bonding through ab initio SCF MO calculations on formaldoxime monomer, dimer, and trimer. It is understood from population analysis that formaldoxime monomer has inherently a suitable electronic distribution for constructing OH⋯3N hydrogen-bonded cyclic dimer and trimer. The formaldoxime trimer is characterized as the depressed nine membered ring. It is also confirmed to be more stable and preferable as a predominantly existing species than the dimer, which accounts for the experimental value of average association number for oximes. Vibrational analysis reveals that upon the self-association the OH stretching vibration is red-shifted, while both the OH in-plane and out-of-plane bending ones are blue-shifted, the results of which lead to a global feature of motion that ring wagging and ring puckering are activated. Largely enhanced intensities of IR-active OH stretching vibrations are well rationalized with more prominent charge polarization centered around =NOH sites in the formaldoxime dimer and trimer.

  13. Singlet-singlet annihilation kinetics in aggregates and trimers of LHCII.

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    Barzda, V; Gulbinas, V; Kananavicius, R; Cervinskas, V; van Amerongen, H; van Grondelle, R; Valkunas, L

    2001-01-01

    Singlet-singlet annihilation experiments have been performed on trimeric and aggregated light-harvesting complex II (LHCII) using picosecond spectroscopy to study spatial equilibration times in LHCII preparations, complementing the large amount of data on spectral equilibration available in literature. The annihilation kinetics for trimers can well be described by a statistical approach, and an annihilation rate of (24 ps)(-1) is obtained. In contrast, the annihilation kinetics for aggregates can well be described by a kinetic approach over many hundreds of picoseconds, and it is shown that there is no clear distinction between inter- and intratrimer transfer of excitation energy. With this approach, an annihilation rate of (16 ps)(-1) is obtained after normalization of the annihilation rate per trimer. It is shown that the spatial equilibration in trimeric LHCII between chlorophyll a molecules occurs on a time scale that is an order of magnitude longer than in Photosystem I-core, after correcting for the different number of chlorophyll a molecules in both systems. The slow transfer in LHCII is possibly an important factor in determining excitation trapping in Photosystem II, because it contributes significantly to the overall trapping time. PMID:11325740

  14. Theory vs. experiment for molecular clusters: Spectra of OCS trimers and tetramers

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    Evangelisti, Luca; Perez, Cristobal; Seifert, Nathan A.; Pate, Brooks H.; Dehghany, M.; Moazzen-Ahmadi, N.; McKellar, A. R. W.

    2015-03-14

    All singly substituted {sup 13}C, {sup 18}O, and {sup 34}S isotopomers of the previously known OCS trimer are observed in natural abundance in a broad-band spectrum measured with a chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave spectrometer. The complete substitution structure thus obtained critically tests (and confirms) the common assumption that monomers tend to retain their free structure in a weakly bound cluster. A new OCS trimer isomer is also observed, and its structure is determined to be barrel-shaped but with the monomers all approximately aligned, in contrast to the original trimer which is barrel-shaped with two monomers aligned and one anti-aligned. An OCS tetramer spectrum is assigned for the first time, and the tetramer structure resembles an original trimer with an OCS monomer added at the end with two sulfur atoms. Infrared spectra observed in the region of the OCS ν{sub 1} fundamental (≈2060 cm{sup −1}) are assigned to the same OCS tetramer, and another infrared band is tentatively assigned to a different tetramer isomer. The experimental results are compared and contrasted with theoretical predictions from the literature and from new cluster calculations which use an accurate OCS pair potential and assume pairwise additivity.

  15. Convergent evolution involving dimeric and trimeric dUTPases in pathogenicity island mobilization.

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    Donderis, Jorge; Bowring, Janine; Maiques, Elisa; Ciges-Tomas, J Rafael; Alite, Christian; Mehmedov, Iltyar; Tormo-Mas, María Angeles; Penadés, José R; Marina, Alberto

    2017-09-01

    The dUTPase (Dut) enzymes, encoded by almost all free-living organisms and some viruses, prevent the misincorporation of uracil into DNA. We previously proposed that trimeric Duts are regulatory proteins involved in different cellular processes; including the phage-mediated transfer of the Staphylococcus aureus pathogenicity island SaPIbov1. Recently, it has been shown that the structurally unrelated dimeric Dut encoded by phage ϕNM1 is similarly able to mobilize SaPIbov1, suggesting dimeric Duts could also be regulatory proteins. How this is accomplished remains unsolved. Here, using in vivo, biochemical and structural approaches, we provide insights into the signaling mechanism used by the dimeric Duts to induce the SaPIbov1 cycle. As reported for the trimeric Duts, dimeric Duts contain an extremely variable region, here named domain VI, which is involved in the regulatory capacity of these enzymes. Remarkably, our results also show that the dimeric Dut signaling mechanism is modulated by dUTP, as with the trimeric Duts. Overall, our results demonstrate that although unrelated both in sequence and structure, dimeric and trimeric Duts control SaPI transfer by analogous mechanisms, representing a fascinating example of convergent evolution. This conserved mode of action highlights the biological significance of Duts as regulatory molecules.

  16. Gating of the designed trimeric/tetrameric voltage-gated H+ channel

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    Fujiwara, Yuichiro; Kurokawa, Tatsuki; Takeshita, Kohei; Nakagawa, Atsushi; Larsson, H Peter; Okamura, Yasushi

    2013-01-01

    The voltage-gated H+ channel functions as a dimer, a configuration that is different from standard tetrameric voltage-gated channels. Each channel protomer has its own permeation pathway. The C-terminal coiled-coil domain has been shown to be necessary for both dimerization and cooperative gating in the two channel protomers. Here we report the gating cooperativity in trimeric and tetrameric Hv channels engineered by altering the hydrophobic core sequence of the coiled-coil assembly domain. Trimeric and tetrameric channels exhibited more rapid and less sigmoidal kinetics of activation of H+ permeation than dimeric channels, suggesting that some channel protomers in trimers and tetramers failed to produce gating cooperativity observed in wild-type dimers. Multimerization of trimer and tetramer channels were confirmed by the biochemical analysis of proteins, including crystallography. These findings indicate that the voltage-gated H+ channel is optimally designed as a dimeric channel on a solid foundation of the sequence pattern of the coiled-coil core, with efficient cooperative gating that ensures sustained and steep voltage-dependent H+ conductance in blood cells. PMID:23165764

  17. Polaronic atom-trimer continuity in three-component Fermi gases.

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    Nishida, Yusuke

    2015-03-20

    Recently it has been proposed that three-component Fermi gases may exhibit a new type of crossover physics in which an unpaired Fermi sea of atoms smoothly evolves into that of trimers in addition to the ordinary BCS-BEC crossover of condensed pairs. Here we study its corresponding polaron problem in which a single impurity atom of one component interacts with condensed pairs of the other two components with equal populations. By developing a variational approach in the vicinity of a narrow Feshbach resonance, we show that the impurity atom smoothly changes its character from atom to trimer with increasing the attraction and eventually there is a sharp transition to dimer. The emergent polaronic atom-trimer continuity can be probed in ultracold atoms experiments by measuring the impurity spectral function. Our novel crossover wave function properly incorporating the polaronic atom-trimer continuity will provide a useful basis to further investigate the phase diagram of three-component Fermi gases in more general situations.

  18. Self-Assembly of Unfunctionalized Nanoparticles in Crystallization of Liquid Crystal Trimers.

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    Itahara, Toshio; Tamura, Hisashi; Kubota, Kaoru; Uto, Tomohide

    2015-04-01

    The crystallization of liquid crystal (LC) trimer-nanoparticle blends resulted in the formation of striped patterns in the crystals. The stripes were initially blurry but became sharper in the nematic LCs formed with heating. When the striped patterns began to collapse, many micron-scale colloidal particles were found out. Both the colloidal particles and stripes disappeared after an increase of 1.0-1.5 °C beyond the temperature at which the colloidal particles appeared. These results suggested that the stripes consisted of the colloidal particles. The distance between stripes depended on the shapes and sizes of the colloidal particles and the cooling rate during the crystallization. There were two melting peaks on the DSC chart of the LC trimer-nanoparticle blends. The two peaks corresponded to the melting of the LC trimers and the disappearance of the colloidal particles, respectively. On the basis of these data, we think that the colloidal particles are composed of hybrid structures in which LC trimers enclose the nanoparticles. The relationship between the striped patterns and the colloidal particles is discussed.

  19. Nonnative SOD1 trimer is toxic to motor neurons in a model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

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    Fee, Lanette; Tao, Yazhong; Redler, Rachel L.; Fay, James M.; Zhang, Yuliang; Lv, Zhengjian; Mercer, Ian P.; Deshmukh, Mohanish; Lyubchenko, Yuri L.; Dokholyan, Nikolay V.

    2016-01-01

    Since the linking of mutations in the Cu,Zn superoxide dismutase gene (sod1) to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1993, researchers have sought the connection between SOD1 and motor neuron death. Disease-linked mutations tend to destabilize the native dimeric structure of SOD1, and plaques containing misfolded and aggregated SOD1 have been found in the motor neurons of patients with ALS. Despite advances in understanding of ALS disease progression and SOD1 folding and stability, cytotoxic species and mechanisms remain unknown, greatly impeding the search for and design of therapeutic interventions. Here, we definitively link cytotoxicity associated with SOD1 aggregation in ALS to a nonnative trimeric SOD1 species. We develop methodology for the incorporation of low-resolution experimental data into simulations toward the structural modeling of metastable, multidomain aggregation intermediates. We apply this methodology to derive the structure of a SOD1 trimer, which we validate in vitro and in hybridized motor neurons. We show that SOD1 mutants designed to promote trimerization increase cell death. Further, we demonstrate that the cytotoxicity of the designed mutants correlates with trimer stability, providing a direct link between the presence of misfolded oligomers and neuron death. Identification of cytotoxic species is the first and critical step in elucidating the molecular etiology of ALS, and the ability to manipulate formation of these species will provide an avenue for the development of future therapeutic strategies. PMID:26719414

  20. Unusual H-Bond Topology and Bifurcated H-bonds in the 2-Fluoroethanol Trimer.

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    Thomas, Javix; Liu, Xunchen; Jäger, Wolfgang; Xu, Yunjie

    2015-09-28

    By using a combination of rotational spectroscopy and ab initio calculations, an unusual H-bond topology was revealed for the 2-fluoroethanol trimer. The trimer exhibits a strong heterochiral preference and adopts an open OH⋅⋅⋅OH H-bond topology while utilizing two types of bifurcated H-bonds involving organic fluorine. This is in stark contrast to the cyclic OH⋅⋅⋅OH H-bond topology adopted by trimers of water and other simple alcohols. The strengths of different H-bonds in the trimer were analyzed by using the quantum theory of atoms in molecules. The study showcases a remarkable example of a chirality-induced switch in H-bond topology in a simple transient chiral fluoroalcohol. It provides important insight into the H-bond topologies of small fluoroalcohol aggregates, which are proposed to play a key role in protein folding and in enantioselective reactions and separations where fluoroalcohols serve as a (co)solvent.

  1. Convergent evolution involving dimeric and trimeric dUTPases in pathogenicity island mobilization

    PubMed Central

    Ciges-Tomas, J. Rafael; Mehmedov, Iltyar; Tormo-Mas, María Angeles; Penadés, José R.

    2017-01-01

    The dUTPase (Dut) enzymes, encoded by almost all free-living organisms and some viruses, prevent the misincorporation of uracil into DNA. We previously proposed that trimeric Duts are regulatory proteins involved in different cellular processes; including the phage-mediated transfer of the Staphylococcus aureus pathogenicity island SaPIbov1. Recently, it has been shown that the structurally unrelated dimeric Dut encoded by phage ϕNM1 is similarly able to mobilize SaPIbov1, suggesting dimeric Duts could also be regulatory proteins. How this is accomplished remains unsolved. Here, using in vivo, biochemical and structural approaches, we provide insights into the signaling mechanism used by the dimeric Duts to induce the SaPIbov1 cycle. As reported for the trimeric Duts, dimeric Duts contain an extremely variable region, here named domain VI, which is involved in the regulatory capacity of these enzymes. Remarkably, our results also show that the dimeric Dut signaling mechanism is modulated by dUTP, as with the trimeric Duts. Overall, our results demonstrate that although unrelated both in sequence and structure, dimeric and trimeric Duts control SaPI transfer by analogous mechanisms, representing a fascinating example of convergent evolution. This conserved mode of action highlights the biological significance of Duts as regulatory molecules. PMID:28892519

  2. Replica exchange molecular dynamics study of the truncated amyloid beta (11-40) trimer in solution.

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    Ngo, Son Tung; Hung, Huynh Minh; Truong, Duc Toan; Nguyen, Minh Tho

    2017-01-18

    Amyloid beta (Aβ) oligomers are neurotoxic compounds that destroy the brain of Alzheimer's disease patients. Recent studies indicated that the trimer is one of the most cytotoxic forms of low molecular weight Aβ oligomers. As there was limited information about the structure of the Aβ trimer, either by experiment or by computation, we determined in this work the structure of the 3Aβ11-40 oligomer for the first time using the temperature replica exchange molecular dynamics simulations in the presence of an explicit solvent. More than 20.0 μs of MD simulations were performed. The probability of the β-content and random coil structure of the solvated trimer amounts to 42 ± 6 and 49 ± 7% which is in good agreement with experiments. Intermolecular interactions in central hydrophobic cores play a key role in stabilizing the oligomer. Intermolecular polar contacts between D23 and residues 24-29 replace the salt bridge D23-K28 to secure the loop region. The hydrophilic region of the N-terminus is maintained by the intermolecular polar crossing contacts H13A-Q15B and H13B-Q15C. The difference in the free energy of binding between the constituting monomers and the others amounts to -36 ± 8 kcal mol(-1). The collision cross section of the representative structures of the trimer was computed to be 1330 ± 47 Å(2), which is in good agreement with previous experiments.

  3. Photoinduced Enhancement of Anisotropic Charge Correlations on Triangular Lattices with Trimers

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    Yonemitsu, Kenji

    2017-02-01

    To explore nontrivial photoinduced modulations of charge correlations, we theoretically study photoinduced dynamics in quarter-filled extended Hubbard models with competing intersite repulsive interactions on triangular lattices with trimers, where the end points are crystallographically equivalent. The exact diagonalization method is used and the time-dependent Schrödinger equation is numerically solved during and after photoexcitation. Time-averaged double occupancy and intersite density-density correlations can be interpreted as due to effective on-site and intersite repulsive interactions, respectively, relative to transfer energies. In the case where the intersite repulsive interactions compete with each other, the anisotropy of their effective interactions can be enhanced with the help of the trimers, irrespective of whether the trimers are linear or bent. In particular, in the case where the arrangement of the trimers is close to that in α-(bis[ethylenedithio]-tetrathiafulvalene)2I3 [α-(BEDT-TTF)2I3] in the metallic phase, the effective on-site repulsion is enhanced relative to the transfer energies. The relevance of this theoretical finding to the experimentally observed optical freezing of charge motion is discussed.

  4. Trimeric Assembly of Dendritic Light-Harvesting Antenna with Two Kinds of Porphyrin Cores.

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    Kimura, Ryo; Suzuki, Shuichi; Okada, Keiji; Kozaki, Masatoshi

    2017-09-01

    A trimeric assembly of light-harvesting antennas was prepared using a copper-catalyzed Hüisgen 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction between a dendrimer having a zinc diethynyldiphenylporphyrin core (ZnDEDPP) with two azide terminals and two equivalents of dendrimers having a zinc tetraphenylporphyrin core (ZnTPP) with one ethynyl terminal. The absorptions of the trimer appear in a longer-wavelength region compared to monomeric references in toluene; however, there is almost no shift in wavelength in 1,1,2,2-tetrachloroethane (TCE). Fluorescence spectra of the trimer show that the singlet energy transfer from ZnTPP to ZnDEDPP takes place more effectively in toluene than in TCE. These absorption and fluorescence studies are compatible with solvent-dependent conformation; the extended forms of the trimers are favored by solvation in polar TCE, and the folded conformation is stabilized by the attractive van der Waals and dipole-dipole interactions between the dendritic chains in nonpolar toluene.

  5. Traveling waves in trimer granular lattice II: Asymptotic prediction of weakly attenuated pulses

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    Shiffer, A.; Jayaprakash, K. R.; Starosvetsky, Y.

    2017-02-01

    In the present study we consider the impulsive response of perfectly aligned, uncompressed, tri-atomic (trimer) granular lattice. In this study, we demonstrate that under particular choice of the system parameters - impulsively loaded, trimer granular lattice can support formation of highly localized, weakly attenuated pulses. These pulses are manifested by the completely non-symmetric wave profiles and can be attributed to the special family of solitary like waves forming in the non-homogenous, periodic trimer granular lattice in the state of acoustic vacuum. Using the recently developed analytical procedure based on the singular, multi-scale perturbation analysis, we derive a simplified reduced order model predicting the special regions in the space of the system parameters corresponding to the formation of the weakly attenuated pulses. Predictions of the asymptotical model are found to be in very good agreement with the results of numerical simulations of the full trimer granular lattice. From a practical point of view, these results can have important implications in complex, structural optimization problems of wave manipulation in the repetitive granular metamaterials.

  6. Thermostability of photosystem I trimers and monomers from the cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus elongatus

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    Shubin, Vladimir V.; Terekhova, Irina V.; Bolychevtseva, Yulia V.; El-Mohsnawy, Eithar; Rögner, Matthias; Mäntele, Werner; Kopczak, Marta J.; Džafić, Enela

    2017-05-01

    The performance of solar energy conversion into alternative energy sources in artificial systems highly depends on the thermostability of photosystem I (PSI) complexes Terasaki et al. (2007), Iwuchukwu et al. (2010), Kothe et al. (2013) . To assess the thermostability of PSI complexes from the thermophilic cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus elongatus heating induced perturbations on the level of secondary structure of the proteins were studied. Changes were monitored by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra in the mid-IR region upon slow heating (1 °C per minute) of samples in D2O phosphate buffer (pD 7.4) from 20 °C to 100 °C. These spectra showed distinct changes in the Amide I region of PSI complexes as a function of the rising temperature. Absorbance at the Amide I maximum of PSI monomers (centered around 1653 cm- 1), gradually dropped in two temperature intervals, i.e. 60-75 and 80-90 °C. In contrast, absorbance at the Amide I maximum of PSI trimers (around 1656 cm- 1) dropped only in one temperature interval 80-95 °C. The thermal profile of the spectral shift of α-helices bands in the region 1656-1642 cm- 1 confirms the same two temperature intervals for PSI monomers and only one interval for trimers. Apparently, the observed absorbance changes at the Amide I maximum during heating of PSI monomers and trimers are caused by deformation and unfolding of α-helices. The absence of absorbance changes in the interval of 20-65 °C in PSI trimers is probably caused by a greater stability of protein secondary structure as compared to that in monomers. Upon heating above 80 °C a large part of α-helices both in trimers and monomers converts to unordered and aggregated structures. Spectral changes of PSI trimers and monomers heated up to 100 °C are irreversible due to protein denaturation and non-specific aggregation of complexes leading to new absorption bands at 1618-1620 cm- 1. We propose that monomers shield the denaturation sensitive sides at the

  7. Receptor Activation of HIV-1 Env Leads to Asymmetric Exposure of the gp41 Trimer

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    2016-01-01

    Structural rearrangements of HIV-1 glycoprotein Env promote viral entry through membrane fusion. Env is a symmetric homotrimer with each protomer composed of surface subunit gp120 and transmembrane subunit gp41. Cellular CD4- and chemokine receptor-binding to gp120 coordinate conformational changes in gp41, first to an extended prehairpin intermediate (PHI) and, ultimately, into a fusogenic trimer-of-hairpins (TOH). HIV-1 fusion inhibitors target gp41 in the PHI and block TOH formation. To characterize structural transformations into and through the PHI, we employed asymmetric Env trimers containing both high and low affinity binding sites for individual fusion inhibitors. Asymmetry was achieved using engineered Env heterotrimers composed of protomers deficient in either CD4- or chemokine receptor-binding. Linking receptor engagement to inhibitor affinity allowed us to assess conformational changes of individual Env protomers in the context of a functioning trimer. We found that the transition into the PHI could occur symmetrically or asymmetrically depending on the stoichiometry of CD4 binding. Sequential engagement of multiple CD4s promoted progressive exposure of individual fusion inhibitor binding sites in a CD4-dependent fashion. By contrast, engagement of only a single CD4 molecule led to a delayed, but symmetric, exposure of the gp41 trimer. This complex coupling between Env-CD4 interaction and gp41 exposure explained the multiphasic fusion-inhibitor titration observed for a mutant Env homotrimer with a naturally asymmetric gp41. Our results suggest that the spatial and temporal exposure of gp41 can proceed in a nonconcerted, asymmetric manner depending on the number of CD4s that engage the Env trimer. The findings have important implications for the mechanism of viral membrane fusion and the development of vaccine candidates designed to elicit neutralizing antibodies targeting gp41 in the PHI. PMID:27992602

  8. Receptor Activation of HIV-1 Env Leads to Asymmetric Exposure of the gp41 Trimer.

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    Khasnis, Mukta D; Halkidis, Konstantine; Bhardwaj, Anshul; Root, Michael J

    2016-12-01

    Structural rearrangements of HIV-1 glycoprotein Env promote viral entry through membrane fusion. Env is a symmetric homotrimer with each protomer composed of surface subunit gp120 and transmembrane subunit gp41. Cellular CD4- and chemokine receptor-binding to gp120 coordinate conformational changes in gp41, first to an extended prehairpin intermediate (PHI) and, ultimately, into a fusogenic trimer-of-hairpins (TOH). HIV-1 fusion inhibitors target gp41 in the PHI and block TOH formation. To characterize structural transformations into and through the PHI, we employed asymmetric Env trimers containing both high and low affinity binding sites for individual fusion inhibitors. Asymmetry was achieved using engineered Env heterotrimers composed of protomers deficient in either CD4- or chemokine receptor-binding. Linking receptor engagement to inhibitor affinity allowed us to assess conformational changes of individual Env protomers in the context of a functioning trimer. We found that the transition into the PHI could occur symmetrically or asymmetrically depending on the stoichiometry of CD4 binding. Sequential engagement of multiple CD4s promoted progressive exposure of individual fusion inhibitor binding sites in a CD4-dependent fashion. By contrast, engagement of only a single CD4 molecule led to a delayed, but symmetric, exposure of the gp41 trimer. This complex coupling between Env-CD4 interaction and gp41 exposure explained the multiphasic fusion-inhibitor titration observed for a mutant Env homotrimer with a naturally asymmetric gp41. Our results suggest that the spatial and temporal exposure of gp41 can proceed in a nonconcerted, asymmetric manner depending on the number of CD4s that engage the Env trimer. The findings have important implications for the mechanism of viral membrane fusion and the development of vaccine candidates designed to elicit neutralizing antibodies targeting gp41 in the PHI.

  9. Geometrically frustrated Fe2P-like systems: beyond the Fe-trimer approximation

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    Florez, J. M.; Negrete, O. A.; Vargas, P.; Ross, C. A.

    2015-07-01

    Fe2 P-like structures can be strongly frustrated magnets due to their Kagome/triangular intercalated-layer structure. A complete magnetic solution of the complex spin architecture, and hence the full potential of the magnetic phenomena in Fe2 P-like material prototypes, is yet to be found. A previous magnetic model for a representative FeCrAs-like system used a mean-field effective-spin to describe the 3g-Wyckoff located Fe-triangles. Such an approach demonstrated the outstanding magnetocaloric properties of the material but left the question of whether the intra-trimer interaction could lead to new physical phenomena and therefore more potentially useful properties. In this work Monte Carlo simulations are employed in order to understand both the influence of the additional degrees of freedom introduced by the Fe-trimers and the changes caused by all the possible exchange couplings between them. Complex scenarios arise, in which FM coupling in the trimers gives rise to both in-plane and out-of-plane inter-layer AFM states; whereas AFM exchange in the trimers gives rise to three distinct states, i.e. AFM-canted layers, a non-collinear superposition of ferromagnetic Kagome/triangular orderings, and tilted inter-planar AFM order. These last three configurations generate a double bifurcated magnetic phase diagram while the first one mimics the behavior seen in a model that treats the trimer as an effective-spin under an applied magnetic field.

  10. Geometrically frustrated Fe2P-like systems: beyond the Fe-trimer approximation.

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    Florez, J M; Negrete, O A; Vargas, P; Ross, C A

    2015-07-22

    Fe(2)P-like structures can be strongly frustrated magnets due to their Kagome/triangular intercalated-layer structure. A complete magnetic solution of the complex spin architecture, and hence the full potential of the magnetic phenomena in Fe(2)P-like material prototypes, is yet to be found. A previous magnetic model for a representative FeCrAs-like system used a mean-field effective-spin to describe the 3g-Wyckoff located Fe-triangles. Such an approach demonstrated the outstanding magnetocaloric properties of the material but left the question of whether the intra-trimer interaction could lead to new physical phenomena and therefore more potentially useful properties. In this work Monte Carlo simulations are employed in order to understand both the influence of the additional degrees of freedom introduced by the Fe-trimers and the changes caused by all the possible exchange couplings between them. Complex scenarios arise, in which FM coupling in the trimers gives rise to both in-plane and out-of-plane inter-layer AFM states; whereas AFM exchange in the trimers gives rise to three distinct states, i.e. AFM-canted layers, a non-collinear superposition of ferromagnetic Kagome/triangular orderings, and tilted inter-planar AFM order. These last three configurations generate a double bifurcated magnetic phase diagram while the first one mimics the behavior seen in a model that treats the trimer as an effective-spin under an applied magnetic field.

  11. Targeting protein-protein interactions with trimeric ligands: high affinity inhibitors of the MAGUK protein family.

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    Nissen, Klaus B; Haugaard-Kedström, Linda M; Wilbek, Theis S; Nielsen, Line S; Åberg, Emma; Kristensen, Anders S; Bach, Anders; Jemth, Per; Strømgaard, Kristian

    2015-01-01

    PDZ domains in general, and those of PSD-95 in particular, are emerging as promising drug targets for diseases such as ischemic stroke. We have previously shown that dimeric ligands that simultaneously target PDZ1 and PDZ2 of PSD-95 are highly potent inhibitors of PSD-95. However, PSD-95 and the related MAGUK proteins contain three consecutive PDZ domains, hence we envisioned that targeting all three PDZ domains simultaneously would lead to more potent and potentially more specific interactions with the MAGUK proteins. Here we describe the design, synthesis and characterization of a series of trimeric ligands targeting all three PDZ domains of PSD-95 and the related MAGUK proteins, PSD-93, SAP-97 and SAP-102. Using our dimeric ligands targeting the PDZ1-2 tandem as starting point, we designed novel trimeric ligands by introducing a PDZ3-binding peptide moiety via a cysteine-derivatized NPEG linker. The trimeric ligands generally displayed increased affinities compared to the dimeric ligands in fluorescence polarization binding experiments and optimized trimeric ligands showed low nanomolar inhibition towards the four MAGUK proteins, thus being the most potent inhibitors described. Kinetic experiments using stopped-flow spectrometry showed that the increase in affinity is caused by a decrease in the dissociation rate of the trimeric ligand as compared to the dimeric ligands, likely reflecting the lower probability of simultaneous dissociation of all three PDZ ligands. Thus, we have provided novel inhibitors of the MAGUK proteins with exceptionally high affinity, which can be used to further elucidate the therapeutic potential of these proteins.

  12. Targeting Protein-Protein Interactions with Trimeric Ligands: High Affinity Inhibitors of the MAGUK Protein Family

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    Nissen, Klaus B.; Haugaard-Kedström, Linda M.; Wilbek, Theis S.; Nielsen, Line S.; Åberg, Emma; Kristensen, Anders S.; Bach, Anders; Jemth, Per; Strømgaard, Kristian

    2015-01-01

    PDZ domains in general, and those of PSD-95 in particular, are emerging as promising drug targets for diseases such as ischemic stroke. We have previously shown that dimeric ligands that simultaneously target PDZ1 and PDZ2 of PSD-95 are highly potent inhibitors of PSD-95. However, PSD-95 and the related MAGUK proteins contain three consecutive PDZ domains, hence we envisioned that targeting all three PDZ domains simultaneously would lead to more potent and potentially more specific interactions with the MAGUK proteins. Here we describe the design, synthesis and characterization of a series of trimeric ligands targeting all three PDZ domains of PSD-95 and the related MAGUK proteins, PSD-93, SAP-97 and SAP-102. Using our dimeric ligands targeting the PDZ1-2 tandem as starting point, we designed novel trimeric ligands by introducing a PDZ3-binding peptide moiety via a cysteine-derivatized NPEG linker. The trimeric ligands generally displayed increased affinities compared to the dimeric ligands in fluorescence polarization binding experiments and optimized trimeric ligands showed low nanomolar inhibition towards the four MAGUK proteins, thus being the most potent inhibitors described. Kinetic experiments using stopped-flow spectrometry showed that the increase in affinity is caused by a decrease in the dissociation rate of the trimeric ligand as compared to the dimeric ligands, likely reflecting the lower probability of simultaneous dissociation of all three PDZ ligands. Thus, we have provided novel inhibitors of the MAGUK proteins with exceptionally high affinity, which can be used to further elucidate the therapeutic potential of these proteins. PMID:25658767

  13. Sedimentation studies reveal a direct role of phosphorylation in Smad3:Smad4 homo- and hetero-trimerization.

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    Correia, J J; Chacko, B M; Lam, S S; Lin, K

    2001-02-06

    SMAD proteins are known to oligomerize and hetero-associate during their activation and translocation to the nucleus for transcriptional control. Analytical ultracentrifuge studies on Smad3 and Smad4 protein constructs are presented to clarify the model of homo- and hetero-oligomerization and the role of phosphorylation in the activation process. These constructs all exhibit a tendency to form disulfide cross-linked aggregates, primarily dimers, and a strong reducing agent, TCEP, was found to be required to determine the best estimates for reversible association models and equilibrium constants. A Smad4 construct, S4AF, consisting of the middle linker (L) domain and the C-terminal (C) domain, is shown to be a monomer, while a Smad3 construct, S3LC, consisting of the LC domains, is shown to form a trimer with an affinity K(3) = (1.2-3.1) x 10(9) M(-2). A Smad3 construct that mimics phosphorylation at the C-terminal target sequence, S3LC(3E), has 17--35-fold enhanced ability to form trimer over that of the wild-type construct, S3LC. S4AF associates with either S3LC or S3LC(3E) to form a hetero-trimer. In each case, the hetero-trimer is favored over the formation of the homo-trimer. Despite high sequence homology between Smad3 and Smad4, a chimeric Smad4 construct with an engineered Smad3 C-terminal pseudo-phosphorylation sequence, S4AF(3E), shows no tendency to form trimer. This suggests a Smad4-specific sequence insert inhibits homo-trimer formation, or other domains or sequences in S3LC are required in addition to the target sequence to mediate the formation of trimer. These results represent a direct molecular measure of the importance of hetero-trimerization and phosphorylation in the TGF-beta-activated Smad protein signal transduction process.

  14. A Structural Study of CESA1 Catalytic Domain of Arabidopsis Cellulose Synthesis Complex: Evidence for CESA Trimers

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    Vandavasi, Venu Gopal; Putnam, Daniel K.; Zhang, Qiu; ...

    2015-11-10

    In a cellulose synthesis complex a "rosette" shape is responsible for the synthesis of cellulose chains and their assembly into microfibrils within the cell walls of land plants and their charophyte algal progenitors. The number of cellulose synthase proteins in this large multisubunit transmembrane protein complex and the number of cellulose chains in a microfibril have been debated for many years. Our work reports a low resolution structure of the catalytic domain of CESA1 from Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana; AtCESA1CatD) determined by small-angle scattering techniques and provides the first experimental evidence for the self-assembly of CESA into a stable trimer inmore » solution. The catalytic domain was overexpressed in Escherichia coli, and using a two-step procedure, it was possible to isolate monomeric and trimeric forms of AtCESA1CatD. Moreover, the conformation of monomeric and trimeric AtCESA1CatD proteins were studied using small-angle neutron scattering and small-angle x-ray scattering. A series of AtCESA1CatD trimer computational models were compared with the small-angle x-ray scattering trimer profile to explore the possible arrangement of the monomers in the trimers. Several candidate trimers were identified with monomers oriented such that the newly synthesized cellulose chains project toward the cell membrane. In these models, the class-specific region is found at the periphery of the complex, and the plant-conserved region forms the base of the trimer. Finally, this study strongly supports the "hexamer of trimers" model for the rosette cellulose synthesis complex that synthesizes an 18-chain cellulose microfibril as its fundamental product.« less

  15. A Structural Study of CESA1 Catalytic Domain of Arabidopsis Cellulose Synthesis Complex: Evidence for CESA Trimers

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    Vandavasi, Venu Gopal; Putnam, Daniel K.; Zhang, Qiu; Petridis, Loukas; Heller, William T.; Nixon, B. Tracy; Haigler, Candace H.; Kalluri, Udaya; Coates, Leighton; Langan, Paul; Smith, Jeremy C.; Meiler, Jens; O’Neill, Hugh

    2015-11-10

    In a cellulose synthesis complex a "rosette" shape is responsible for the synthesis of cellulose chains and their assembly into microfibrils within the cell walls of land plants and their charophyte algal progenitors. The number of cellulose synthase proteins in this large multisubunit transmembrane protein complex and the number of cellulose chains in a microfibril have been debated for many years. Our work reports a low resolution structure of the catalytic domain of CESA1 from Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana; AtCESA1CatD) determined by small-angle scattering techniques and provides the first experimental evidence for the self-assembly of CESA into a stable trimer in solution. The catalytic domain was overexpressed in Escherichia coli, and using a two-step procedure, it was possible to isolate monomeric and trimeric forms of AtCESA1CatD. Moreover, the conformation of monomeric and trimeric AtCESA1CatD proteins were studied using small-angle neutron scattering and small-angle x-ray scattering. A series of AtCESA1CatD trimer computational models were compared with the small-angle x-ray scattering trimer profile to explore the possible arrangement of the monomers in the trimers. Several candidate trimers were identified with monomers oriented such that the newly synthesized cellulose chains project toward the cell membrane. In these models, the class-specific region is found at the periphery of the complex, and the plant-conserved region forms the base of the trimer. Finally, this study strongly supports the "hexamer of trimers" model for the rosette cellulose synthesis complex that synthesizes an 18-chain cellulose microfibril as its fundamental product.

  16. Comparative evaluation of trimeric envelope glycoproteins derived from subtype C and B HIV-1 R5 isolates

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    Srivastava, Indresh K. Kan, Elaine; Sun Yide; Sharma, Victoria A.; Cisto, Jimna; Burke, Brian; Lian Ying; Hilt, Susan; Biron, Zohar; Hartog, Karin; Stamatatos, Leonidas; Cheng, R. Holland; Ulmer, Jeffrey B.; Barnett, Susan W.

    2008-03-15

    We previously reported that an envelope (Env) glycoprotein immunogen (o-gp140{delta}V2SF162) containing a partial deletion in the second variable loop (V2) derived from the R5-tropic HIV-1 isolate SF162 partially protected vaccinated rhesus macaques against pathogenic SHIV{sub SF162P4} virus. Extending our studies to subtype C isolate TV1, we have purified o-gp140{delta}V2TV1 (subtype C {delta}V2 trimer) to homogeneity, performed glycosylation analysis, and determined its ability to bind CD4, as well as a panel of well-characterized neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (mAb). In general, critical epitopes are preserved on the subtype C {delta}V2 trimer; however, we did not observe significant binding for the b12 mAb. The molecular mass of subtype C {delta}V2 trimer was found to be 450 kDa, and the hydrodynamic radius was found to be 10.87 nm. Our data suggest that subtype C {delta}V2 trimer binds to CD4 with an affinity comparable to o-gp140{delta}V2SF162 (subtype B {delta}V2 trimer). Using isothermal titration calorimetric (ITC) analysis, we demonstrated that all three CD4 binding sites (CD4-BS) in both subtype C and B trimers are exposed and accessible. However, compared to subtype B trimer, the three CD4-BS in subtype C trimer have different affinities for CD4, suggesting a cooperativity of CD4 binding in subtype C trimer but not in subtype B trimer. Negative staining electron microscopy of the subtype C {delta}V2 trimer has demonstrated that it is in fact a trimer. These results highlight the importance of studying subtype C Env, and also of developing appropriate subtype C-specific reagents that may be used for better immunological characterization of subtype C Env for developing an AIDS vaccine.

  17. Plasmonic Nanolenses: Electrostatic Self-Assembly of Hierarchical Nanoparticle Trimers and Their Response to Optical and Electron Beam Stimuli.

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    Lloyd, Julian A; Ng, Soon Hock; Liu, Amelia C Y; Zhu, Ye; Chao, Wei; Coenen, Toon; Etheridge, Joanne; Gómez, Daniel E; Bach, Udo

    2017-02-28

    Asymmetric nanoparticle trimers composed of particles with increasing diameter act as "plasmonic lenses" and have been predicted to exhibit ultrahigh confinement of electromagnetic energy in the space between the two smallest particles. Here we present an electrostatic self-assembly approach for creating gold nanoparticle trimers with an assembly yield of over 60%. We demonstrate that the trimer assembly leads to characteristic red-shifts and show the localization of the relevant plasmon modes by means of cathodoluminescence and electron energy loss spectroscopy. The results are analyzed in terms of surface plasmon hybridization.

  18. Binding of inferred germline precursors of broadly neutralizing HIV-1 antibodies to native-like envelope trimers.

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    Sliepen, Kwinten; Medina-Ramírez, Max; Yasmeen, Anila; Moore, John P; Klasse, Per Johan; Sanders, Rogier W

    2015-12-01

    HIV-1 envelope glycoproteins (Env) and Env-based immunogens usually do not interact efficiently with the inferred germline precursors of known broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs). This deficiency may be one reason why Env and Env-based immunogens are not efficient at inducing bNAbs. We evaluated the binding of 15 inferred germline precursors of bNAbs directed to different epitope clusters to three soluble native-like SOSIP.664 Env trimers. We found that native-like SOSIP.664 trimers bind to some inferred germline precursors of bNAbs, particularly ones involving the V1/V2 loops at the apex of the trimer. The data imply that native-like SOSIP.664 trimers will be an appropriate platform for structure-guided design improvements intended to create immunogens able to target the germline precursors of bNAbs.

  19. The four-transmembrane protein IP39 of Euglena forms strands by a trimeric unit repeat.

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    Suzuki, Hiroshi; Ito, Yasuyuki; Yamazaki, Yuji; Mineta, Katsuhiko; Uji, Masami; Abe, Kazuhiro; Tani, Kazutoshi; Fujiyoshi, Yoshinori; Tsukita, Sachiko

    2013-01-01

    Euglenoid flagellates have striped surface structures comprising pellicles, which allow the cell shape to vary from rigid to flexible during the characteristic movement of the flagellates. In Euglena gracilis, the pellicular strip membranes are covered with paracrystalline arrays of a major integral membrane protein, IP39, a putative four-membrane-spanning protein with the conserved sequence motif of the PMP-22/EMP/MP20/Claudin superfamily. Here we report the three-dimensional structure of Euglena IP39 determined by electron crystallography. Two-dimensional crystals of IP39 appear to form a striated pattern of antiparallel double-rows in which trimeric IP39 units are longitudinally polymerised, resulting in continuously extending zigzag-shaped lines. Structural analysis revealed an asymmetric molecular arrangement in the trimer, and suggested that at least four different interactions between neighbouring protomers are involved. A combination of such multiple interactions would be important for linear strand formation of membrane proteins in a lipid bilayer.

  20. Hepatitis C Virus Envelope Glycoprotein E1 Forms Trimers at the Surface of the Virion

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    Falson, Pierre; Bartosch, Birke; Alsaleh, Khaled; Tews, Birke Andrea; Loquet, Antoine; Ciczora, Yann; Riva, Laura; Montigny, Cédric; Montpellier, Claire; Duverlie, Gilles; Pécheur, Eve-Isabelle; le Maire, Marc; Cosset, François-Loïc

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT In hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected cells, the envelope glycoproteins E1 and E2 assemble as a heterodimer. To investigate potential changes in the oligomerization of virion-associated envelope proteins, we performed SDS-PAGE under reducing conditions but without thermal denaturation. This revealed the presence of SDS-resistant trimers of E1 in the context of cell-cultured HCV (HCVcc) as well as in the context of HCV pseudoparticles (HCVpp). The formation of E1 trimers was found to depend on the coexpression of E2. To further understand the origin of E1 trimer formation, we coexpressed in bacteria the transmembrane (TM) domains of E1 (TME1) and E2 (TME2) fused to reporter proteins and analyzed the fusion proteins by SDS-PAGE and Western blotting. As expected for strongly interacting TM domains, TME1–TME2 heterodimers resistant to SDS were observed. These analyses also revealed homodimers and homotrimers of TME1, indicating that such complexes are stable species. The N-terminal segment of TME1 exhibits a highly conserved GxxxG sequence, a motif that is well documented to be involved in intramembrane protein-protein interactions. Single or double mutations of the glycine residues (Gly354 and Gly358) in this motif markedly decreased or abrogated the formation of TME1 homotrimers in bacteria, as well as homotrimers of E1 in both HCVpp and HCVcc systems. A concomitant loss of infectivity was observed, indicating that the trimeric form of E1 is essential for virus infectivity. Taken together, these results indicate that E1E2 heterodimers form trimers on HCV particles, and they support the hypothesis that E1 could be a fusion protein. IMPORTANCE HCV glycoproteins E1 and E2 play an essential role in virus entry into liver cells as well as in virion morphogenesis. In infected cells, these two proteins form a complex in which E2 interacts with cellular receptors, whereas the function of E1 remains poorly understood. However, recent structural data suggest that E1

  1. Supermolecular bent configuration composed of achiral flexible liquid crystal trimers exhibiting chiral domains with opposite handedness.

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    Sasaki, Haruna; Takanishi, Yoichi; Yamamoto, Jun; Yoshizawa, Atsushi

    2015-03-26

    Chirality's effects on physical properties of materials and how chirality arises have persisted as attractive issues in chemistry. We prepared a homologous series of achiral liquid crystal trimers in which three phenylpyrimidine units are connected via flexible heptamethylene spacers. An equimolecular mixture of a trimer with a nematic (N) phase and that with smectic A (SmA), smectic C (SmC), and smectic B phases was found to exhibit an N phase, a SmC phase, and a B4 phase composed of chiral domains with opposite handedness. The chiral characteristics of the B4 phase were confirmed by uncrossing the polarizers in opposite directions. XRD measurements reveal that both SmC and B4 phases have an interdigitated layer structure. That molecular interdigitation might form a supermolecular bent configuration that can produce saddle splay curvature to drive the B4 phase.

  2. Ground-state properties of weakly bound helium-alkali trimers.

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    Stipanović, P; Vranješ Markić, L; Zarić, D; Boronat, J

    2017-01-07

    Weakly bound triatomic molecules consisting of two helium atoms and one alkali metal atom are studied by means of the diffusion Monte Carlo method. We determined the stability of (4)He2A, (4)He(3)HeA, and (3)He2A, where A is one of the alkali atoms Li, Na, K, Rb, or Cs. Some of the trimers with (3)He are predicted to be self-bound for the first time, but this is observed to be dependent on the He-A interaction potential model. In addition to the ground-state energy of the trimers, we determined their density, radial, and angular distributions. Many of them are spatially very extended, which qualifies them as quantum halo states.

  3. Ground-state properties of weakly bound helium-alkali trimers

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    Stipanović, P.; Vranješ Markić, L.; Zarić, D.; Boronat, J.

    2017-01-01

    Weakly bound triatomic molecules consisting of two helium atoms and one alkali metal atom are studied by means of the diffusion Monte Carlo method. We determined the stability of 4He2A, 4He3HeA, and 3He2A, where A is one of the alkali atoms Li, Na, K, Rb, or Cs. Some of the trimers with 3He are predicted to be self-bound for the first time, but this is observed to be dependent on the He-A interaction potential model. In addition to the ground-state energy of the trimers, we determined their density, radial, and angular distributions. Many of them are spatially very extended, which qualifies them as quantum halo states.

  4. Dynamical coupling of electrons and nuclei for Coulomb explosion of argon trimers in intense laser fields

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    Xie, Xiguo; Wu, Chengyin; Yuan, Zongqiang; Ye, Difa; Wang, Peng; Deng, Yongkai; Fu, Libin; Liu, Jie; Liu, Yunquan; Gong, Qihuang

    2015-08-01

    We have experimentally and theoretically studied the fragmentation dynamics of argon trimer (A r3) in intense laser fields. By coincidently measuring the momentum vectors, we obtained the emission geometry of the three fragmental ions produced in the three-body fragmentation process. In addition to the direct Coulomb explosion channels, we observed the indirect Coulomb explosion channels with Rydberg excitation. We have further developed a classical polyatomic molecular ensemble model, in which all interactions among electrons and nuclei are fully included, to simulate the fragmentation dynamics of argon trimer in intense laser fields. The experimental observations have been reproduced by the model calculation. The simulations show that the Rydberg excitation modifies the kinetic energy release as well as the emission geometry of fragmental ions during the explosion process. The study provides insight into the correlation dynamics of electrons and nuclei of many-body physics driven by intense laser fields.

  5. Evaluation of polyethylene terephthalate cyclic trimer migration from microwave food packaging using temperature-time profiles.

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    Begley, T H; Hollifield, H C

    1990-01-01

    The polymer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is widely used for packaging food that will be heated or cooked in the PET container. A procedure was developed to predict the potential of PET to migrate from the container into the food. Migration experiments using crystallized polyethylene terephthalate (CPET) and corn oil were performed at 115, 146 and 176 degrees C. From these experiments diffusion coefficients were calculated for the cyclic trimer in PET. By using an Arrhenius plot to obtain the diffusion coefficient and a temperature versus time plot of a microwave susceptor-heated CPET tray, it was possible to predict migration of the cyclic trimer into corn oil under microwave conditions. Predicted values were in good agreement with measured results.

  6. Computational study of trimer self-assembly and fluid phase behavior

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    Hatch, Harold W. Shen, Vincent K.; Mittal, Jeetain

    2015-04-28

    The fluid phase diagram of trimer particles composed of one central attractive bead and two repulsive beads was determined as a function of simple geometric parameters using flat-histogram Monte Carlo methods. A variety of self-assembled structures were obtained including spherical micelle-like clusters, elongated clusters, and densely packed cylinders, depending on both the state conditions and shape of the trimer. Advanced simulation techniques were employed to determine transitions between self-assembled structures and macroscopic phases using thermodynamic and structural definitions. Simple changes in particle geometry yield dramatic changes in phase behavior, ranging from macroscopic fluid phase separation to molecular-scale self-assembly. In special cases, both self-assembled, elongated clusters and bulk fluid phase separation occur simultaneously. Our work suggests that tuning particle shape and interactions can yield superstructures with controlled architecture.

  7. A Structural Study of CESA1 Catalytic Domain of Arabidopsis Cellulose Synthesis Complex: Evidence for CESA Trimers1

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    Zhang, Qiu; Petridis, Loukas; Nixon, B. Tracy; Haigler, Candace H.; Kalluri, Udaya; Coates, Leighton; Smith, Jeremy C.; Meiler, Jens

    2016-01-01

    A cellulose synthesis complex with a “rosette” shape is responsible for synthesis of cellulose chains and their assembly into microfibrils within the cell walls of land plants and their charophyte algal progenitors. The number of cellulose synthase proteins in this large multisubunit transmembrane protein complex and the number of cellulose chains in a microfibril have been debated for many years. This work reports a low resolution structure of the catalytic domain of CESA1 from Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana; AtCESA1CatD) determined by small-angle scattering techniques and provides the first experimental evidence for the self-assembly of CESA into a stable trimer in solution. The catalytic domain was overexpressed in Escherichia coli, and using a two-step procedure, it was possible to isolate monomeric and trimeric forms of AtCESA1CatD. The conformation of monomeric and trimeric AtCESA1CatD proteins were studied using small-angle neutron scattering and small-angle x-ray scattering. A series of AtCESA1CatD trimer computational models were compared with the small-angle x-ray scattering trimer profile to explore the possible arrangement of the monomers in the trimers. Several candidate trimers were identified with monomers oriented such that the newly synthesized cellulose chains project toward the cell membrane. In these models, the class-specific region is found at the periphery of the complex, and the plant-conserved region forms the base of the trimer. This study strongly supports the “hexamer of trimers” model for the rosette cellulose synthesis complex that synthesizes an 18-chain cellulose microfibril as its fundamental product. PMID:26556795

  8. Conformation of trimeric envelope glycoproteins: the CD4-dependent membrane fusion mechanism of HIV-1.

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    Yingliang, Wu; Hong, Yi; Zhijian, Cao; Wenxin, Li

    2007-08-01

    The HIV-1 envelope glycoproteins are assembled by the trimeric gp120s and gp41s proteins. The gp120 binds sequentially to CD4 and coreceptor for initiating virus entry. Because of noncovalent interaction and heavy glycosylation for envelope glycoproteins, it is highly difficult to determine entire envelope glycoproteins structure now. Such question extremely limits our good understanding of HIV-1 membrane fusion mechanism. Here, a novel and reasonable assembly model of trimeric gp120s and gp41s was proposed based on the conformational dynamics of trimeric gp120-gp41 complex and gp41, respectively. As for gp41, the heptad repeat sequences in the gp41 C-terminal is of enormous flexibility. On the contrary, the heptad repeat sequences in the gp41 N-terminal likely present stable three-helical bundle due to strong nonpolar interaction, and they were predicted to associate three alpha1 helixes from the non-neutralizing face of the gp120 inner domain, which is quite similar to gp41 fusion core structure. Such interaction likely leads to the formation of noncovalent gp120-gp41 complex. In the proposed assembly of trimeric gp120-gp41 complex, three gp120s present not only perfectly complementary and symmetrical distribution around the gp41, but also different flexibility degree in the different structural domains. Thus, the new model can well explain numerous experimental phenomena, present plenty of structural information, elucidate effectively HIV-1 membrane fusion mechanism, and direct to further develop vaccine and novel fusion inhibitors.

  9. Correlated adatom trimer on a metal surface: a continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo study.

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    Savkin, V V; Rubtsov, A N; Katsnelson, M I; Lichtenstein, A I

    2005-01-21

    The problem of three interacting Kondo impurities is solved within a numerically exact continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo scheme. A suppression of the Kondo resonance by interatomic exchange interactions for different cluster geometries is investigated. It is shown that a drastic difference between the Heisenberg and Ising cases appears for antiferromagnetically coupled adatoms. The effects of magnetic frustrations in the adatom trimer are investigated, and possible connections with available experimental data are discussed.

  10. Synthesis and biological activities of new di- and trimeric quinoline derivatives.

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    Broch, Sidonie; Hénon, Hélène; Debaud, Anne-Laure; Fogeron, Marie-Laure; Bonnefoy-Bérard, Nathalie; Anizon, Fabrice; Moreau, Pascale

    2010-10-01

    The synthesis of non-peptidic helix mimetics based on a trimeric quinoline scaffold is described. The ability of these new compounds, as well as their synthetic dimeric intermediates, to bind to various members of the Bcl-2 protein anti-apoptotic group is also evaluated. The most interesting derivative of this new series (compound A) inhibited Bcl-x(L)/Bak, Bcl-x(L)/Bax and Bcl-x(L)/Bid interactions with IC(50) values around 25 μM.

  11. Gene regulation by substoichiometric heterocomplex formation of undecameric TRAP and trimeric anti-TRAP.

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    Ihms, Elihu C; Zhou, Mowei; Zhang, Yun; Kleckner, Ian R; McElroy, Craig A; Wysocki, Vicki H; Gollnick, Paul; Foster, Mark P

    2014-03-04

    The control of tryptophan production in Bacillus is a paradigmatic example of gene regulation involving the interplay of multiple protein and nucleic acid components. Central to this combinatorial mechanism are the homo-oligomeric proteins TRAP (trp RNA-binding attenuation protein) and anti-TRAP (AT). TRAP forms undecameric rings, and AT assembles into triskelion-shaped trimers. Upon activation by tryptophan, the outer circumference of the TRAP ring binds specifically to a series of tandem sequences present in the 5' UTR of RNA transcripts encoding several tryptophan metabolism genes, leading to their silencing. AT, whose expression is up-regulated upon tryptophan depletion to concentrations not exceeding a ratio of one AT trimer per TRAP 11-mer, restores tryptophan production by binding activated TRAP and preventing RNA binding. How the smaller AT inhibitor prevents RNA binding at such low stoichiometries has remained a puzzle, in part because of the large RNA-binding surface on the tryptophan-activated TRAP ring and its high affinity for RNA. Using X-ray scattering, hydrodynamic, and mass spectrometric data, we show that the polydentate action of AT trimers can condense multiple intact TRAP rings into large heterocomplexes, effectively reducing the available contiguous RNA-binding surfaces. This finding reveals an unprecedented mechanism for substoichiometric inhibition of a gene-regulatory protein, which may be a widespread but underappreciated regulatory mechanism in pathways that involve homo-oligomeric or polyvalent components.

  12. Gene regulation by substoichiometric heterocomplex formation of undecameric TRAP and trimeric anti-TRAP

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    Ihms, Elihu C.; Zhou, Mowei; Zhang, Yun; Kleckner, Ian R.; McElroy, Craig A.; Wysocki, Vicki H.; Gollnick, Paul; Foster, Mark P.

    2014-01-01

    The control of tryptophan production in Bacillus is a paradigmatic example of gene regulation involving the interplay of multiple protein and nucleic acid components. Central to this combinatorial mechanism are the homo-oligomeric proteins TRAP (trp RNA-binding attenuation protein) and anti-TRAP (AT). TRAP forms undecameric rings, and AT assembles into triskelion-shaped trimers. Upon activation by tryptophan, the outer circumference of the TRAP ring binds specifically to a series of tandem sequences present in the 5′ UTR of RNA transcripts encoding several tryptophan metabolism genes, leading to their silencing. AT, whose expression is up-regulated upon tryptophan depletion to concentrations not exceeding a ratio of one AT trimer per TRAP 11-mer, restores tryptophan production by binding activated TRAP and preventing RNA binding. How the smaller AT inhibitor prevents RNA binding at such low stoichiometries has remained a puzzle, in part because of the large RNA-binding surface on the tryptophan-activated TRAP ring and its high affinity for RNA. Using X-ray scattering, hydrodynamic, and mass spectrometric data, we show that the polydentate action of AT trimers can condense multiple intact TRAP rings into large heterocomplexes, effectively reducing the available contiguous RNA-binding surfaces. This finding reveals an unprecedented mechanism for substoichiometric inhibition of a gene-regulatory protein, which may be a widespread but underappreciated regulatory mechanism in pathways that involve homo-oligomeric or polyvalent components. PMID:24550461

  13. The trimer interface in the quaternary structure of the bifunctional prokaryotic FAD synthetase from Corynebacterium ammoniagenes.

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    Serrano, Ana; Sebastián, María; Arilla-Luna, Sonia; Baquedano, Silvia; Herguedas, Beatriz; Velázquez-Campoy, Adrián; Martínez-Júlvez, Marta; Medina, Milagros

    2017-03-24

    Bifunctional FAD synthetases (FADSs) fold in two independent modules; The C-terminal riboflavin kinase (RFK) catalyzes the RFK activity, while the N-terminal FMN-adenylyltransferase (FMNAT) exhibits the FMNAT activity. The search for macromolecular interfaces in the Corynebacterium ammoniagenes FADS (CaFADS) crystal structure predicts a dimer of trimers organization. Within each trimer, a head-to-tail arrangement causes the RFK and FMNAT catalytic sites of the two neighboring protomers to approach, in agreement with active site residues of one module influencing the activity at the other. We analyze the relevance of the CaFADS head-to-tail macromolecular interfaces to stabilization of assemblies, catalysis and ligand binding. With this aim, we evaluate the effect of point mutations in loop L1c-FlapI, loop L6c, and helix α1c of the RFK module (positions K202, E203, F206, D298, V300, E301 and L304), regions at the macromolecular interface between two protomers within the trimer. Although none of the studied residues is critical in the formation and dissociation of assemblies, residues at L1c-FlapI and helix α1c particularly modulate quaternary architecture, as well as ligand binding and kinetic parameters involved with RFK and FMNAT activities. These data support the influence of transient oligomeric structures on substrate accommodation and catalysis at both CaFADS active sites.

  14. Temperature influences epimerization and composition of flavanol monomers, dimers and trimers during cocoa bean roasting.

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    Kothe, Lisa; Zimmermann, Benno F; Galensa, Rudolf

    2013-12-15

    Cocoa consumption is suggested to promote many health benefits, since cocoa is a rich source of flavanols; but amounts and profiles of flavanols depend strongly on the bean type, origin and manufacturing process. Roasting is known as a crucial step in technical treatment of cocoa, which leads to flavanol losses and modifications, especially the epimerization of (-)-epicatechin to (-)-catechin. This study monitors the influence of cocoa bean roasting on the composition of flavanol monomers to trimers, with special focus on epimerization, which was quantified for procyanidin dimers, and also observed for trimers for the first time. Five dimeric and two trimeric potential epimerization products were detected and the extent of epimerization during cocoa roasting was shown to be a function of temperature. The data also showed remarkable variations in the change of flavanol content. The quantified flavanols decreased about 50% in Java beans and increased about 30% in Ivory Coast beans, despite being roasted under equal conditions. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Cycloreversion of the CO2 trimer: a paradigmatic pseudopericyclic [2 + 2 + 2] cycloaddition reaction.

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    Villar López, Roberto; Nieto Faza, Olalla; Matito, Eduard; López, Carlos Silva

    2017-01-04

    Very recently, the CO2 trimer has been experimentally synthesized, isolated and characterized. This process opens new ways for the withdrawal and storage of this greenhouse gas. The trimer is reported to be stable up to -40 °C, with a lifetime of about 40 min at this temperature. At these or under harsher thermal conditions it reverts to the three monomers. The mechanism of this reaction has been theoretically studied and the electronic character of the associated transition state has been analyzed from a variety of perspectives (energetic, magnetic, electron localization and delocalization functions) which indicate that it has paradigmatic pseudopericyclic character. To allow for a comparative study, the isoelectronic fragmentations of cyclohexane into three units of ethylene and of benzene into three units of acetylene have been included in this work. The study of a similar series of formally forbidden-four-centered [2 + 2] cycloreversions confirmed the pseudopericyclic nature of these reactions when the CO2 dimer or trimer is involved.

  16. Red antenna states of Photosystem I trimers from Arthrospira platensis revealed by single-molecule spectroscopy.

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    Brecht, Marc; Hussels, Martin; Schlodder, Eberhard; Karapetyan, Navassard V

    2012-03-01

    Single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy at 1.4K was used to investigate the spectral properties of red (long-wavelength) chlorophylls in trimeric Photosystem I (PSI) complexes from the cyanobacterium Arthrospira platensis. Three distinct red antenna states could be identified in the fluorescence spectra of single PSI trimers from A. platensis in the presence of oxidized P700. Two of them are responsible for broad emission bands centered at 726 and 760nm. These bands are similar to those found in bulk fluorescence spectra measured at cryogenic temperatures. The broad fluorescence bands at ≅726 and ≅760nm belong to individual emitters that are broadened by strong electron-phonon coupling giving rise to a large Stokes-shift of about 20nm and rapid spectral diffusion. An almost perpendicular orientation of the transition dipole moments of F726 and F760 has to be assumed because direct excitation energy transfer does not occur between F726 and F760. For the first time a third red state assigned to the pool absorbing around 708nm could be detected by its zero-phonon lines. The center of the zero-phonon line distribution is found at ≅714nm. The spectral properties of the three red antenna states show a high similarity to the red antenna states found in trimeric PSI of Thermosynechoccocus elongatus. Based on these findings a similar organization of the red antenna states in PSI of these two cyanobacteria is discussed.

  17. Charge flipping vortices in the discrete nonlinear Schrödinger trimer and hexamer

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    Jason, Peter; Johansson, Magnus

    2015-02-01

    We examine the existence and properties of charge flipping vortices (CFVs), vortices which periodically flip the topological charge, in three-site (trimer) and six-site (hexamer) discrete nonlinear Schrödinger lattices. We demonstrate numerically that CFVs exist as exact quasiperiodic solutions in continuous families which connect two different stationary solutions without topological charge, and that it is possible to interpret the dynamics of certain CFVs as the result of perturbations of these stationary solutions. The CFVs are calculated with high numerical accuracy and we may therefore accurately determine many of their properties, such as their energy and linear stability, and the CFVs are found to be stable over large parameter regimes. We also show that, like in earlier studies for lattices with a multiple of four sites, trimer and hexamer CFVs can be obtained by perturbing stationary constant amplitude vortices with certain linear eigenmodes. However, in contrast to the former case where the perturbation could be infinitesimal, the magnitude of the perturbations for trimers and hexamers must overcome a quite large threshold value. These CFVs may be interpreted as exact quasiperiodic CFVs, with a small perturbation applied. The concept of a charge flipping energy barrier is introduced and discussed.

  18. A trimeric, alpha-helical, coiled coil peptide: association stoichiometry and interaction strength by analytical ultracentrifugation.

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    Thomas, R M; Zampieri, A; Jumel, K; Harding, S E

    1997-01-01

    Alpha-helical coiled coils are proving to be almost ideal systems for the modelling of peptide and protein self-association processes. Stable oligomeric systems, in which the stoichiometry is well defined, can be produced by the careful selection of the appropriate amino acid sequence, although the principles behind this are still not fully understood. Here we report on a 35 residue peptide, FZ, synthesized by the solid phase method, which was originally designed to form a dimer, but which, in fact, associates to the trimeric state. A detailed characterization of the associative properties of the peptide has been performed by circular dichroism spectroscopy and, in particular, by sedimentation equilibrium in the analytical ultracentrifuge. The presence of the trimeric state, which is stable even at low peptide concentrations, has been confirmed by various independent methods of analysis for molar mass. The effects of both temperature and of guanidinium chloride on the peptide have been investigated and both found to be peptide-concentration dependent. The unfolding induced by the denaturant cannot be adequately described by a simple, two state monomer-trimer equilibrium.

  19. Electron stimulated desorption of anions from native and brominated single stranded oligonucleotide trimers

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    Polska, Katarzyna; Rak, Janusz; Bass, Andrew D.; Cloutier, Pierre; Sanche, Leon

    2012-02-21

    We measured the low energy electron stimulated desorption (ESD) of anions from thin films of native (TXT) and bromine monosubstituted (TBrXT) oligonucleotide trimers deposited on a gold surface (T = thymidine, X = T, deoxycytidine (C), deoxyadenosine (A) or deoxyguanosine (G), Br = bromine). The desorption of H{sup -}, CH{sub 3}{sup -}/NH{sup -}, O{sup -}/NH{sub 2}{sup -}, OH{sup -}, CN{sup -}, and Br{sup -} was induced by 0 to 20 eV electrons. Dissociative electron attachment, below 12 eV, and dipolar dissociation, above 12 eV, are responsible for the formation of these anions. The comparison of the results obtained for the native and brominated trimers suggests that the main pathways of TBrXT degradation correspond to the release of the hydride and bromide anions. Significantly, the presence of bromine in oligonucleotide trimers blocks the electron-induced degradation of nuclobases as evidenced by a dramatic decrease in CN{sup -} desorption. An increase in the yields of OH{sup -} is also observed. The debromination yield of particular oligonucleotides diminishes in the following order: BrdU > BrdA > BrdG > BrdC. Based on these results, 5-bromo-2{sup '}-deoxyuridine appears to be the best radiosensitizer among the studied bromonucleosides.

  20. A trimeric and thermostable lichenase from B. pumilus US570 strain: Biochemical and molecular characterization.

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    Elgharbi, Fatma; Ben Hlima, Hajer; Ameri, Rihab; Bejar, Samir; Hmida-Sayari, Aïda

    2017-02-01

    New β-1,3;1,4-glucanase (GluUS570) was purified from a newly isolated Bacillus pumilus US570 strain. The enzyme was active in a wide range of pH and temperature and displayed a great thermostability with a half-life of 30min at 80°C. The enzyme was demonstrated to be a lichenase since it was only active toward glucan containing β-1,3;1,4- linkages. The analysis of the enzyme in native and denaturing conditions suggests that it has a trimeric form (75kDa). This is the first report on the purification and characterization of a bacterial lichenase with a trimeric structure. β-1,3;1,4-glucanase encoding gene was amplified, cloned and sequenced showing an open reading frame of 732bp encoding 243 amino acids. The GluUS570 enzyme showed 97% homology with glucanase from Bacillus lichenoformis. The 3D model of GluUS570 in trimeric form was generated and showed that a region named R2 was involved in the oligomerization of the enzyme.

  1. Haemophilus influenzae surface fibril (Hsf) is a unique twisted hairpin-like trimeric autotransporter.

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    Singh, Birendra; Jubair, Tamim Al; Mörgelin, Matthias; Sundin, Anders; Linse, Sara; Nilsson, Ulf J; Riesbeck, Kristian

    2015-01-01

    The Haemophilus surface fibril (Hsf) is an extraordinary large (2413 amino acids) trimeric autotransporter, present in all encapsulated Haemophilus influenzae. It contributes to virulence by directly functioning as an adhesin. Furthermore, Hsf recruits the host factor vitronectin thereby inhibiting the host innate immune response resulting in enhanced survival in serum. Here we observed by electron microscopy that Hsf appears as an 100 nm long fibril at the bacterial surface albeit the length is approximately 200 nm according to a bioinformatics based model. To unveil this discrepancy, we denaturated Hsf at the surface of Hib by using guanidine hydrochloride (GuHCl). Partial denaturation induced in the presence of GuHCl unfolded the Hsf molecules, and resulted in an increased length of fibres in comparison to the native trimeric form. Importantly, our findings were also verified by E. coli expressing Hsf at its surface. In addition, a set of Hsf-specific peptide antibodies also indicated that the N-terminal of Hsf is located near the C-terminal at the base of the fibril. Taken together, our results demonstrated that Hsf is not a straight molecule but is folded and doubled over. This is the first report that provides the unique structural features of the trimeric autotransporter Hsf.

  2. Wire and extended ladder model predict THz oscillations in DNA monomers, dimers and trimers

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    Lambropoulos, K.; Kaklamanis, K.; Morphis, A.; Tassi, M.; Lopp, R.; Georgiadis, G.; Theodorakou, M.; Chatzieleftheriou, M.; Simserides, C.

    2016-12-01

    We call monomer a B-DNA base pair and study, analytically and numerically, electron or hole oscillations in monomers, dimers and trimers. We employ two tight binding (TB) approaches: (I) at the base-pair level, using the on-site energies of the base pairs and the hopping parameters between successive base pairs i.e. a wire model, and (II) at the single-base level, using the on-site energies of the bases and the hopping parameters between neighbouring bases, specifically between (a) two successive bases in the same strand, (b) complementary bases that define a base pair, and (c) diagonally located bases of successive base pairs, i.e. an extended ladder model since it also includes the diagonal hoppings (c). For monomers, with TB II, we predict periodic carrier oscillations with frequency f≈ 50 -550 THz. For dimers, with TB I, we predict periodic carrier oscillations with f≈ 0.25 -100 THz. For trimers made of identical monomers, with TB I, we predict periodic carrier oscillations with f≈ 0.5 -33 THz. In other cases, either with TB I or TB II, the oscillations may be not strictly periodic, but Fourier analysis shows similar frequency content. For dimers and trimers, TB I and TB II are successfully compared giving complementary aspects of the oscillations.

  3. Trimers of the fibronectin cell adhesion domain localize to actin filament bundles and undergo rearward translocation.

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    Coussen, Françoise; Choquet, Daniel; Sheetz, Michael P; Erickson, Harold P

    2002-06-15

    Previous studies have shown that small beads coated with FN7-10, a four-domain cell adhesion fragment of fibronectin, bind to cell surfaces and translocate rearward. Here we investigate whether soluble constructs containing two to five FN7-10 units might be sufficient for activity. We have produced a monomer, three forms of dimers, a trimer and a pentamer of FN7-10, on the end of spacer arms. These oligomers could bind small clusters of up to five integrins. Fluorescence microscopy showed that the trimer and pentamer bound strongly to the cell surface, and within 5 minutes were prominently localized to actin fiber bundles. Monomers and dimers showed only diffuse localization. Beads coated with a low concentration (probably one complex per bead) of trimer or pentamer showed prolonged binding and rearward translocation, presumably with the translocating actin cytskeleton. Beads containing monomer or dimer showed only brief binding and diffusive movements. We conclude that clusters of three integrin-binding ligands are necessary and sufficient for coupling to and translocating with the actin cytoskeleton.

  4. Electron stimulated desorption of anions from native and brominated single stranded oligonucleotide trimers.

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    Polska, Katarzyna; Rak, Janusz; Bass, Andrew D; Cloutier, Pierre; Sanche, Léon

    2012-02-21

    We measured the low energy electron stimulated desorption (ESD) of anions from thin films of native (TXT) and bromine monosubstituted (TBrXT) oligonucleotide trimers deposited on a gold surface (T = thymidine, X = T, deoxycytidine (C), deoxyadenosine (A) or deoxyguanosine (G), Br = bromine). The desorption of H(-), CH(3)(-)/NH(-), O(-)/NH(2)(-), OH(-), CN(-), and Br(-) was induced by 0 to 20 eV electrons. Dissociative electron attachment, below 12 eV, and dipolar dissociation, above 12 eV, are responsible for the formation of these anions. The comparison of the results obtained for the native and brominated trimers suggests that the main pathways of TBrXT degradation correspond to the release of the hydride and bromide anions. Significantly, the presence of bromine in oligonucleotide trimers blocks the electron-induced degradation of nuclobases as evidenced by a dramatic decrease in CN(-) desorption. An increase in the yields of OH(-) is also observed. The debromination yield of particular oligonucleotides diminishes in the following order: BrdU > BrdA > BrdG > BrdC. Based on these results, 5-bromo-2(')-deoxyuridine appears to be the best radiosensitizer among the studied bromonucleosides.

  5. NEMO trimerizes through its coiled-coil C-terminal domain.

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    Agou, Fabrice; Ye, Fei; Goffinont, Stéphane; Courtois, Gilles; Yamaoka, Shoji; Israël, Alain; Véron, Michel

    2002-05-17

    NEMO/IkappaB kinase (IKK) gamma is the regulatory component of the IKK complex comprising the two protein kinases, IKKalpha and IKKbeta. To investigate the self-assembly properties of NEMO and to understand further the mechanism of activation of the IKK complex, we purified wild-type and mutant NEMO expressed in Escherichia coli. In the absence of its IKK partners, recombinant NEMO (rNEMO) is a metastable functional monomer correctly folded, according to its fluorescence and far-UV CD spectra, which is binding specifically to the IKK complex. A minor fraction of rNEMO was found tightly associated with DnaK (E. coli Hsp70). We also examined the interaction of NEMO with prokaryotic and eukaryotic Hsp70, and we showed that the Hsp70-NEMO complex forms a supramolecular structure probably corresponding to an assembly intermediate. In vivo cross-linking experiments indicate that native NEMO in association with IKK is in equilibrium between a dimeric and a trimeric form. Similarly to native NEMO, a NEMO mutant deleted from its IKK binding N-terminal domain (residues 242-388) forms a stable trimeric coiled-coil, suggesting that the association of NEMO with IKK or with Hsp70 prevents incorrect interdomain pairing reactions that could lead to aggregation or to an non-native oligomeric state of rNEMO. We propose a model in which the activation of the IKK complex occurs through the trimerization of NEMO upon binding to a not yet identified upstream activator.

  6. Cryo-electron microscopy structure of a coronavirus spike glycoprotein trimer

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    Frenz, Brandon; Rottier, Peter J.M.; DiMaio, Frank; Rey, Félix A.; Veesler, David

    2016-01-01

    The tremendous pandemic potential of coronaviruses was demonstrated twice in the last decades by two global outbreaks of deadly pneumonia. Entry of coronaviruses into cells is mediated by the transmembrane spike glycoprotein S, which forms a trimer carrying receptor-binding and membrane fusion functions1. S also contains the principal antigenic determinants and is the target of neutralizing antibodies. Here we present the structure of a murine coronavirus S trimer ectodomain determined at 4.0 Å resolution by single particle cryo-electron microscopy. It reveals the metastable pre-fusion architecture of S and highlights key interactions stabilizing it. The structure shares a common core with paramyxovirus F proteins2,3, implicating mechanistic similarities and an evolutionary connection between these viral fusion proteins. The accessibility of the highly conserved fusion peptide at the periphery of the trimer indicates potential vaccinology strategies to elicit broadly neutralizing antibodies against coronaviruses. Finally, comparison with crystal structures of human coronavirus S domains allows rationalization of the molecular basis for species specificity based on the use of spatially contiguous but distinct domains. PMID:26855426

  7. Gram-negative trimeric porins have specific LPS binding sites that are essential for porin biogenesis

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    Arunmanee, Wanatchaporn; Pathania, Monisha; Solovyova, Alexandra S.; Le Brun, Anton P.; Ridley, Helen; Baslé, Arnaud; van den Berg, Bert; Lakey, Jeremy H.

    2016-01-01

    The outer membrane (OM) of gram-negative bacteria is an unusual asymmetric bilayer with an external monolayer of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and an inner layer of phospholipids. The LPS layer is rigid and stabilized by divalent cation cross-links between phosphate groups on the core oligosaccharide regions. This means that the OM is robust and highly impermeable to toxins and antibiotics. During their biogenesis, OM proteins (OMPs), which function as transporters and receptors, must integrate into this ordered monolayer while preserving its impermeability. Here we reveal the specific interactions between the trimeric porins of Enterobacteriaceae and LPS. Isolated porins form complexes with variable numbers of LPS molecules, which are stabilized by calcium ions. In earlier studies, two high-affinity sites were predicted to contain groups of positively charged side chains. Mutation of these residues led to the loss of LPS binding and, in one site, also prevented trimerization of the porin, explaining the previously observed effect of LPS mutants on porin folding. The high-resolution X-ray crystal structure of a trimeric porin–LPS complex not only helps to explain the mutagenesis results but also reveals more complex, subtle porin–LPS interactions and a bridging calcium ion. PMID:27493217

  8. Adamantane-based dendrons for trimerization of the therapeutic P140 peptide.

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    Lamanna, Giuseppe; Grillaud, Maxime; Macri, Christophe; Chaloin, Olivier; Muller, Sylviane; Bianco, Alberto

    2014-08-01

    Dendrons constituted of an adamantane core, a focal point and three arms, were synthetized starting from a multifunctional adamantane derivative. Maleimido groups at the periphery of the scaffold were used to covalently attach the peptide called P140, a therapeutic phosphopeptide controlling disease activity in systemic lupus, both in mice and patients. Biotinylation of the trimers at the focal point was performed using click chemistry and the conjugates were studied in terms of solubility, binding affinity to its receptor, the HSPA8/HSC70 chaperone protein, effect on HSPA8 folding property and in vivo activity. The results showed that the trimerization of P140 peptide does not trigger aggregation or steric hindrances during the interaction with HSPA8 protein. Compared to the monomeric cognate peptide, the trivalent P140 peptide displayed the same capacity, in vitro, to down-regulate HSPA8 activity and, in vivo in MRL/lpr lupus-prone mice, to reduce abnormal blood hypercellularity. The control trimer synthesized with the same scaffold and a scrambled sequence of P140 showed no effect in vivo. This work reveals that adamantane-based scaffolds with a well-defined spatial conformation are promising trivalent systems for molecular recognition and for biomedical applications. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Effect of trimerization motifs on quaternary structure, antigenicity, and immunogenicity of a noncleavable HIV-1 gp140 envelope glycoprotein

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    Du, Sean X.; Idiart, Rebecca J.; Mariano, Ellaine B.; Chen, Helen; Jiang Peifeng; Xu Li; Ostrow, Kristin M.; Wrin, Terri; Phung, Pham; Binley, James M.; Petropoulos, Christos J.; Ballantyne, John A.; Whalen, Robert G.

    2009-12-05

    The external domains of the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (gp120 and the gp41 ectodomain, collectively known as gp140) contain all known viral neutralization epitopes. Various strategies have been used to create soluble trimers of the envelope to mimic the structure of the native viral protein, including mutation of the gp120-gp41 cleavage site, introduction of disulfide bonds, and fusion to heterologous trimerization motifs. We compared the effects on quaternary structure, antigenicity, and immunogenicity of three such motifs: T4 fibritin, a GCN4 variant, and the Escherichia coli aspartate transcarbamoylase catalytic subunit. Fusion of each motif to the C-terminus of a noncleavable JRCSF gp140(-) envelope protein led to enhanced trimerization but had limited effects on the antigenic profile and CD4-binding ability of the trimers. Immunization of rabbits provided no evidence that the trimerized gp140(-) constructs induced significantly improved neutralizing antibodies to several HIV-1 pseudoviruses, compared to gp140 lacking a trimerization motif. However, modest differences in both binding specificity and neutralizing antibody responses were observed among the various immunogens.

  10. Crystal Structure of the Pre-fusion Nipah Virus Fusion Glycoprotein Reveals a Novel Hexamer-of-Trimers Assembly

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    Dutta, Somnath; Yan, Lianying; Feng, YanRu; Wang, Lin-Fa; Skiniotis, Georgios; Lee, Benhur; Zhou, Z. Hong; Broder, Christopher C.; Aguilar, Hector C.; Nikolov, Dimitar B.

    2015-01-01

    Nipah virus (NiV) is a paramyxovirus that infects host cells through the coordinated efforts of two envelope glycoproteins. The G glycoprotein attaches to cell receptors, triggering the fusion (F) glycoprotein to execute membrane fusion. Here we report the first crystal structure of the pre-fusion form of the NiV-F glycoprotein ectodomain. Interestingly this structure also revealed a hexamer-of-trimers encircling a central axis. Electron tomography of Nipah virus-like particles supported the hexameric pre-fusion model, and biochemical analyses supported the hexamer-of-trimers F assembly in solution. Importantly, structure-assisted site-directed mutagenesis of the interfaces between F trimers highlighted the functional relevance of the hexameric assembly. Shown here, in both cell-cell fusion and virus-cell fusion systems, our results suggested that this hexamer-of-trimers assembly was important during fusion pore formation. We propose that this assembly would stabilize the pre-fusion F conformation prior to cell attachment and facilitate the coordinated transition to a post-fusion conformation of all six F trimers upon triggering of a single trimer. Together, our data reveal a novel and functional pre-fusion architecture of a paramyxoviral fusion glycoprotein. PMID:26646856

  11. Evaluation of ion mobility spectroscopy for determining charge-solvated versus salt-bridge structures of protonated trimers.

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    Wong, Richard L; Williams, Evan R; Counterman, Anne E; Clemmer, David E

    2005-07-01

    The cross sections of five different protonated trimers consisting of two base molecules and trifluoroacetic acid were measured by using ion mobility spectrometry. The gas-phase basicities of these five base molecules span an 8-kcal/mol range. These cross sections are compared with those determined from candidate low-energy salt-bridge and charge-solvated structures identified by using molecular mechanics calculations using three different force fields: AMBER*, MMFF, and CHARMm. With AMBER*, the charge-solvated structures are all globular and the salt-bridge structures are all linear, whereas with CHARMm, these two forms of the protonated trimers can adopt either shape. Globular structures have smaller cross sections than linear structures. Conclusions about the structure of these protonated trimers are highly dependent on the force field used to generate low-energy candidate structures. With AMBER*, all of the trimers are consistent with salt-bridge structures, whereas with MMFF the measured cross sections are more consistent with charge-solvated structures, although the assignments are ambiguous for two of the protonated trimers. Conclusions based on structures generated by using CHARMm suggest a change in structure from charge-solvated to salt-bridge structures with increasing gas-phase basicity of the constituent bases, a result that is most consistent with structural conclusions based on blackbody infrared radiative dissociation experiments for these protonated trimers and theoretical calculations on the uncharged base-acid pairs.

  12. Spin and orbital magnetism of coinage metal trimers (Cu{sub 3}, Ag{sub 3}, Au{sub 3}): A relativistic density functional theory study

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    Afshar, Mahdi; Sargolzaei, Mohsen

    2013-11-15

    We have demonstrated electronic structure and magnetic properties of Cu{sub 3}, Ag{sub 3} and Au{sub 3} trimers using a full potential local orbital method in the framework of relativistic density functional theory. We have also shown that the non-relativistic generalized gradient approximation for the exchange-correlation energy functional gives reliable magnetic properties in coinage metal trimers compared to experiment. In addition we have indicated that the spin-orbit coupling changes the structure and magnetic properties of gold trimer while the structure and magnetic properties of copper and silver trimers are marginally affected. A significant orbital moment of 0.21μ{sub B} was found for most stable geometry of the gold trimer whereas orbital magnetism is almost quenched in the copper and silver trimers.

  13. Spin and orbital magnetism of coinage metal trimers (Cu{sub 3}, Ag{sub 3}, Au{sub 3}): A relativistic density functional theory study

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    Afshar, Mahdi; Sargolzaei, Mohsen

    2013-11-15

    We have demonstrated electronic structure and magnetic properties of Cu{sub 3}, Ag{sub 3} and Au{sub 3} trimers using a full potential local orbital method in the framework of relativistic density functional theory. We have also shown that the non-relativistic generalized gradient approximation for the exchange-correlation energy functional gives reliable magnetic properties in coinage metal trimers compared to experiment. In addition we have indicated that the spin-orbit coupling changes the structure and magnetic properties of gold trimer while the structure and magnetic properties of copper and silver trimers are marginally affected. A significant orbital moment of 0.21μ{sub B} was found for most stable geometry of the gold trimer whereas orbital magnetism is almost quenched in the copper and silver trimers.

  14. Targeting Adenoviral Vectors by Using the Extracellular Domain of the Coxsackie-Adenovirus Receptor: Improved Potency via Trimerization

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    Kim, Jin; Smith,*, Theodore; Idamakanti, Neeraja; Mulgrew, Kathy; Kaloss, Michele; Kylefjord, Helen; Ryan, Patricia C.; Kaleko, Michael; Stevenson, Susan C.

    2002-01-01

    Adenovirus binds to mammalian cells via interaction of fiber with the coxsackie-adenovirus receptor (CAR). Redirecting adenoviral vectors to enter target cells via new receptors has the advantage of increasing the efficiency of gene delivery and reducing nonspecific transduction of untargeted tissues. In an attempt to reach this goal, we have produced bifunctional molecules with soluble CAR (sCAR), which is the extracellular domain of CAR fused to peptide-targeting ligands. Two peptide-targeting ligands have been evaluated: a cyclic RGD peptide (cRGD) and the receptor-binding domain of apolipoprotein E (ApoE). Human diploid fibroblasts (HDF) are poorly transduced by adenovirus due to a lack of CAR on the surface. Addition of the sCAR-cRGD or sCAR-ApoE targeting protein to adenovirus redirected binding to the appropriate receptor on HDF. However, a large excess of the monomeric protein was needed for maximal transduction, indicating a suboptimal interaction. To improve interaction of sCAR with the fiber knob, an isoleucine GCN4 trimerization domain was introduced, and trimerization was verified by cross-linking analysis. Trimerized sCAR proteins were significantly better at interacting with fiber and inhibiting binding to HeLa cells. Trimeric sCAR proteins containing cRGD and ApoE were more efficient at transducing HDF in vitro than the monomeric proteins. In addition, the trimerized sCAR protein without targeting ligands efficiently blocked liver gene transfer in normal C57BL/6 mice. However, addition of either ligand failed to retarget the liver in vivo. One explanation may be the large complex size, which serves to decrease the bioavailability of the trimeric sCAR-adenovirus complexes. In summary, we have demonstrated that trimerization of sCAR proteins can significantly improve the potency of this targeting approach in altering vector tropism in vitro and allow the efficient blocking of liver gene transfer in vivo. PMID:11799184

  15. Genotoxicity of Styrene–Acrylonitrile Trimer in Brain, Liver, and Blood Cells of Weanling F344 Rats

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    Hobbs, Cheryl A.; Chhabra, Rajendra S.; Recio, Leslie; Streicker, Michael; Witt, Kristine L.

    2012-01-01

    Styrene–acrylonitrile Trimer (SAN Trimer), a by-product in production of acrylonitrile styrene plastics, was identified at a Superfund site in Dover Township, NJ, where childhood cancer incidence rates were elevated for a period of several years. SAN Trimer was therefore tested by the National Toxicology Program in a 2-year perinatal carcinogenicity study in F344/N rats and a bacterial mutagenicity assay; both studies gave negative results. To further characterize its genotoxicity, SAN Trimer was subsequently evaluated in a combined micronucleus (MN)/Comet assay in juvenile male and female F344 rats. SAN Trimer (37.5, 75, 150, or 300 mg/kg/day) was administered by gavage once daily for 4 days. Micronucleated reticulocyte (MN-RET) frequencies in blood were determined by flow cytometry, and DNA damage in blood, liver, and brain cells was assessed using the Comet assay. Highly significant dose-related increases (P < 0.0001) in MN-RET were measured in both male and female rats administered SAN Trimer. The RET population was reduced in high dose male rats, suggesting chemical-related bone marrow toxicity. Results of the Comet assay showed significant, dose-related increases in DNA damage in brain cells of male (P < 0.0074) and female (P < 0.0001) rats; increased levels of DNA damage were also measured in liver cells and leukocytes of treated rats. Chemical-related cytotoxicity was not indicated in any of the tissues examined for DNA damage. The results of this subacute MN/Comet assay indicate induction of significant genetic damage in multiple tissues of weanling F344 male and female rats after oral exposure to SAN Trimer. PMID:22351108

  16. Genotoxicity of styrene-acrylonitrile trimer in brain, liver, and blood cells of weanling F344 rats.

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    Hobbs, Cheryl A; Chhabra, Rajendra S; Recio, Leslie; Streicker, Michael; Witt, Kristine L

    2012-04-01

    Styrene-acrylonitrile Trimer (SAN Trimer), a by-product in production of acrylonitrile styrene plastics, was identified at a Superfund site in Dover Township, NJ, where childhood cancer incidence rates were elevated for a period of several years. SAN Trimer was therefore tested by the National Toxicology Program in a 2-year perinatal carcinogenicity study in F344/N rats and a bacterial mutagenicity assay; both studies gave negative results. To further characterize its genotoxicity, SAN Trimer was subsequently evaluated in a combined micronucleus (MN)/Comet assay in juvenile male and female F344 rats. SAN Trimer (37.5, 75, 150, or 300 mg/kg/day) was administered by gavage once daily for 4 days. Micronucleated reticulocyte (MN-RET) frequencies in blood were determined by flow cytometry, and DNA damage in blood, liver, and brain cells was assessed using the Comet assay. Highly significant dose-related increases (P < 0.0001) in MN-RET were measured in both male and female rats administered SAN Trimer. The RET population was reduced in high dose male rats, suggesting chemical-related bone marrow toxicity. Results of the Comet assay showed significant, dose-related increases in DNA damage in brain cells of male (P < 0.0074) and female (P < 0.0001) rats; increased levels of DNA damage were also measured in liver cells and leukocytes of treated rats. Chemical-related cytotoxicity was not indicated in any of the tissues examined for DNA damage. The results of this subacute MN/Comet assay indicate induction of significant genetic damage in multiple tissues of weanling F344 male and female rats after oral exposure to SAN Trimer.

  17. Lineage-specific differences between human and simian immunodeficiency virus regulation of gp120 trimer association and CD4 binding.

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    Finzi, Andrés; Pacheco, Beatriz; Xiang, Shi-Hua; Pancera, Marie; Herschhorn, Alon; Wang, Liping; Zeng, Xing; Desormeaux, Anik; Kwong, Peter D; Sodroski, Joseph

    2012-09-01

    Metastable conformations of the gp120 and gp41 envelope glycoproteins of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) must be maintained in the unliganded state of the envelope glycoprotein trimer. Binding of gp120 to the primary receptor, CD4, triggers the transition to an open conformation of the trimer, promoting interaction with the CCR5 chemokine receptor and ultimately leading to gp41-mediated virus-cell membrane fusion and entry. Topological layers in the gp120 inner domain contribute to gp120-trimer association in the unliganded state and to CD4 binding. Here we describe similarities and differences between HIV-1 and SIVmac gp120. In both viruses, the gp120 N/C termini and the inner domain β-sandwich and layer 2 support the noncovalent association of gp120 with the envelope glycoprotein trimer. Layer 1 of the SIVmac gp120 inner domain contributes more to trimer association than the corresponding region of HIV-1 gp120. On the other hand, layer 1 plays an important role in stabilizing the CD4-bound conformation of HIV-1 but not SIVmac gp120 and thus contributes to HIV-1 binding to CD4. In SIVmac, CD4 binding is instead enhanced by tryptophan 375, which fills the Phe 43 cavity of gp120. Activation of SIVmac by soluble CD4 is dependent on tryptophan 375 and on layer 1 residues that determine a tight association of gp120 with the trimer. Distinct biological requirements for CD4 usage have resulted in lineage-specific differences in the HIV-1 and SIV gp120 structures that modulate trimer association and CD4 binding.

  18. Influences on the Design and Purification of Soluble, Recombinant Native-Like HIV-1 Envelope Glycoprotein Trimers

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    Ringe, Rajesh P.; Yasmeen, Anila; Ozorowski, Gabriel; Go, Eden P.; Pritchard, Laura K.; Guttman, Miklos; Ketas, Thomas A.; Cottrell, Christopher A.; Wilson, Ian A.; Sanders, Rogier W.; Cupo, Albert; Crispin, Max; Lee, Kelly K.; Desaire, Heather; Ward, Andrew B.; Klasse, P. J.

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT We have investigated factors that influence the production of native-like soluble, recombinant trimers based on the env genes of two isolates of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), specifically 92UG037.8 (clade A) and CZA97.012 (clade C). When the recombinant trimers based on the env genes of isolates 92UG037.8 and CZA97.012 were made according to the SOSIP.664 design and purified by affinity chromatography using broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) against quaternary epitopes (PGT145 and PGT151, respectively), the resulting trimers are highly stable and they are fully native-like when visualized by negative-stain electron microscopy. They also have a native-like (i.e., abundant) oligomannose glycan composition and display multiple bNAb epitopes while occluding those for nonneutralizing antibodies. In contrast, uncleaved, histidine-tagged Foldon (Fd) domain-containing gp140 proteins (gp140UNC-Fd-His), based on the same env genes, very rarely form native-like trimers, a finding that is consistent with their antigenic and biophysical properties and glycan composition. The addition of a 20-residue flexible linker (FL20) between the gp120 and gp41 ectodomain (gp41ECTO) subunits to make the uncleaved 92UG037.8 gp140-FL20 construct is not sufficient to create a native-like trimer, but a small percentage of native-like trimers were produced when an I559P substitution in gp41ECTO was also present. The further addition of a disulfide bond (SOS) to link the gp120 and gp41 subunits in the uncleaved gp140-FL20-SOSIP protein increases native-like trimer formation to ∼20 to 30%. Analysis of the disulfide bond content shows that misfolded gp120 subunits are abundant in uncleaved CZA97.012 gp140UNC-Fd-His proteins but very rare in native-like trimer populations. The design and stabilization method and the purification strategy are, therefore, all important influences on the quality of trimeric Env proteins and hence their suitability as vaccine components

  19. Influences on the Design and Purification of Soluble, Recombinant Native-Like HIV-1 Envelope Glycoprotein Trimers.

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    Ringe, Rajesh P; Yasmeen, Anila; Ozorowski, Gabriel; Go, Eden P; Pritchard, Laura K; Guttman, Miklos; Ketas, Thomas A; Cottrell, Christopher A; Wilson, Ian A; Sanders, Rogier W; Cupo, Albert; Crispin, Max; Lee, Kelly K; Desaire, Heather; Ward, Andrew B; Klasse, P J; Moore, John P

    2015-12-01

    We have investigated factors that influence the production of native-like soluble, recombinant trimers based on the env genes of two isolates of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), specifically 92UG037.8 (clade A) and CZA97.012 (clade C). When the recombinant trimers based on the env genes of isolates 92UG037.8 and CZA97.012 were made according to the SOSIP.664 design and purified by affinity chromatography using broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) against quaternary epitopes (PGT145 and PGT151, respectively), the resulting trimers are highly stable and they are fully native-like when visualized by negative-stain electron microscopy. They also have a native-like (i.e., abundant) oligomannose glycan composition and display multiple bNAb epitopes while occluding those for nonneutralizing antibodies. In contrast, uncleaved, histidine-tagged Foldon (Fd) domain-containing gp140 proteins (gp140UNC-Fd-His), based on the same env genes, very rarely form native-like trimers, a finding that is consistent with their antigenic and biophysical properties and glycan composition. The addition of a 20-residue flexible linker (FL20) between the gp120 and gp41 ectodomain (gp41ECTO) subunits to make the uncleaved 92UG037.8 gp140-FL20 construct is not sufficient to create a native-like trimer, but a small percentage of native-like trimers were produced when an I559P substitution in gp41ECTO was also present. The further addition of a disulfide bond (SOS) to link the gp120 and gp41 subunits in the uncleaved gp140-FL20-SOSIP protein increases native-like trimer formation to ∼20 to 30%. Analysis of the disulfide bond content shows that misfolded gp120 subunits are abundant in uncleaved CZA97.012 gp140UNC-Fd-His proteins but very rare in native-like trimer populations. The design and stabilization method and the purification strategy are, therefore, all important influences on the quality of trimeric Env proteins and hence their suitability as vaccine components. Soluble

  20. An Improved Chirped Pulse Ftmw Analysis of the Structures of Phenol Dimer and Trimer

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    Seifert, Nathan A.; Perez, Cristobal; Steber, Amanda L.; Zaleski, Daniel P.; Neill, Justin L.; Pate, Brooks H.; Lesarri, Alberto

    2013-06-01

    With the recent improvements for chirped pulse FTMW (CP-FTMW) spectroscopy between 2-18 GHz, substitution structures of molecules and clusters with more than 10 heavy atoms are becoming routine. While previous CP-FTMW results for phenol dimer reported at this conference by Steber et al. necessitated reduced-band measurements in order to achieve the sensitivity to detect the carbon isotopologues, the latest improvements for the 2-8 GHz arrangement have enabled full band detection of all 12 ^{13}C and 2 ^{18}O isotopologues of phenol dimer in natural abundance, with improved fits for all detected species. In addition, the added sensitivity of this new 2-8 GHz configuration has enabled a full carbon substitution structure of phenol trimer. The experimental structure of phenol trimer, in agreement with the M06-2X/6-311++g(d,p) ab initio structure, is a C_{3} oblate symmetric top with 21 heavy atoms; however, all possible isotopic substitutions are off-symmetry axis, so the resulting detected isotopologues have been fit as c-type prolate asymmetric tops. Use of Kraitchman's equations for structural determination of a symmetric top molecule require some assumptions from the ab initio structure for the complete r_{s} structure of the trimer. A detailed summary of these methods, as well as the microwave results for both species, will be presented. A. L. Steber, J. L. Neill, D. P. Zaleski, B. H. Pate, A. Lesarri. 67th OSU Int. Symp. On Mol. Spectrosc., Columbus, OH, 2012, MH13.

  1. Surface-induced dissociations and reactions of acetonitrile monomer, dimer and trimer ions

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    Mair, C.; Herman, Z.; Fedor, J.; Lezius, M.; Märk, T. D.

    2003-01-01

    Dissociations and reactions induced by impact of acetonitrile monomer ions (CH3CN+,CD3CN+), dimer ions [(CH3CN)2+, (CD3CN)2+] and trimer ions [(CD3CN)3+] on a hydrocarbon-covered stainless-steel surface were investigated over the projectile energy range of 3-70 eV. Both simple dissociations of the projectile ion and chemical reactions of H-atom transfer from the surface material (followed by dissociations of the protonated projectile ion formed) were observed for the monomer ions. Results obtained for the dimer ions (CD3CN)2+ indicate the formation of the protonated acetonitrile ions via surface-induced reactions in two ways: (i) an intracluster ion-molecule reaction followed by dissociation to form CD3CND+, and (b) a hydrogen pick-up reaction from the surface material during the interaction of the dimer ion with the surface leading to CD3CNH+. A simple model based on the Brauman double-well potential—suggested earlier to explain the occurrence of analogous reactions in acetone cluster ion/surface interactions—accounts well for the formation of both product ions. Moreover, in adition to these protonated species, considerable amounts of nondissociated dimer ions were observed after acetonitrile dimer cation/surface collisions with energies up to 25 eV. Similarly, both trimer ions (up to 20 eV) and dimer ions (up to 30 eV) were observed in acetonitrile trimer cation/surface interactions. This indicates that unimolecular dissociation kinetics governs the product formation for these cluster ion/surface interactions.

  2. pH-Stimulated Reconfiguration and Structural Isomerization of Origami Dimer and Trimer Systems.

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    Wu, Na; Willner, Itamar

    2016-10-12

    Reversible pH-responsive dimer or trimer origami structures are assembled by bridging origami frames with pH-responsive units. The cyclic pH-stimulated separation and reassembly of dimer origami structures is demonstrated using i-motif or Hoogsteen-type (C-G·C(+) or T-A·T) interactions. The duplex-bridged dimer T1-T2 is separated by the pH-induced formation of an i-motif structure (pH = 4.5), and the dimer is reassembled at pH = 7.0. The duplex-bridged dimer, T3-T4, is separated at pH = 4.5 through the formation of C-G·C(+) triplex structures and is reassembled to the dimer at pH = 7.0. Similarly, the T-A·T triplex-bridged dimer, T5-T6, is separated at pH = 9.5 and is reassembled at neutral pH. Finally, a trimer, T3-T7-T6, that includes C-G·C(+) and T-A·T pH-responsive bridges reveals pH-programmed cleavage to selectively yield the dimers T3-T7 or T7-T6, which reassemble to the trimer at pH = 7.0. A linear three-frame origami structure bridged by duplexes including caged i-motif units undergoes pH-stimulated isomerization to a bent structure (pH = 4.5) through the formation of i-motif complex and bridging T-A·T triplex units.

  3. Screening-level risk assessment for styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) trimer detected in soil and groundwater.

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    Kirman, C R; Gargas, M L; Collins, J J; Rowlands, J C

    2012-01-01

    A screening-level risk assessment was conducted for styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) Trimer detected at the Reich Farm Superfund site in Toms River, NJ. Consistent with a screening-level approach, on-site and off-site exposure scenarios were evaluated using assumptions that are expected to overestimate actual exposures and hazards at the site. Environmental sampling data collected for soil and groundwater were used to estimate exposure point concentrations. Several exposure scenarios were evaluated to assess potential on-site and off-site exposures, using parameter values for exposures to soil (oral, inhalation of particulates, and dermal contact) and groundwater (oral, dermal contact) to reflect central tendency exposure (CTE) and reasonable maximum exposure (RME) conditions. Three reference dose (RfD) values were derived for SAN Trimer for short-term, subchronic, and chronic exposures, based upon its effects on the liver in exposed rats. Benchmark (BMD) methods were used to assess the relationship between exposure and response, and to characterize appropriate points of departure (POD) for each RfD. An uncertainty factor of 300 was applied to each POD to yield RfD values of 0.1, 0.04, and 0.03 mg/kg-d for short-term, subchronic, and chronic exposures, respectively. Because a chronic cancer bioassay for SAN Trimer in rats (NTP 2011a) does not provide evidence of carcinogenicity, a cancer risk assessment is not appropriate for this chemical. Potential health hazards to human health were assessed using a hazard index (HI) approach, which considers the ratio of exposure dose (i.e., average daily dose, mg/kg-d) to toxicity dose (RfD, mg/kg-d) for each scenario. All CTE and RME HI values are well below 1 (where the average daily dose is equivalent to the RfD), indicating that there is no concern for potential noncancer effects in exposed populations even under the conservative assumptions of this screening-level assessment.

  4. Accurate structures and binding energies for small water clusters: The water trimer

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    Nielsen, I.M.; Seidl, E.T.; Janssen, C.L.

    1999-05-01

    The global minimum on the water trimer potential energy surface has been investigated by means of second-order Mo/ller-Plesset (MP2) perturbation theory employing the series of correlation-consistent basis sets aug-cc-pVXZ (X = D, T, Q, 5, 6), the largest of which contains 1329 basis functions. Definitive predictions are made for the binding energy and equilibrium structure, and improved values are presented for the harmonic vibrational frequencies. A value of 15.82{plus_minus}0.05 kcal mol{sup {minus}1} is advanced for the infinite basis set frozen core MP2 binding energy, obtained by extrapolation of MP2 correlation energies computed at the aug-cc-pVQZ MP2 geometry. Inclusion of core correlation, using the aug-cc-pCV5Z basis set, has been found to increase the binding energy by 0.08 kcal mol{sup {minus}1}, and after consideration of core correlation and higher-order correlation effects, the classical binding energy for the water trimer is estimated to be 15.9{plus_minus}0.2 kcal mol{sup {minus}1}. A zero-point vibrational correction of {minus}5.43 kcal mol{sup {minus}1} has been computed from aug-cc-pVTZ MP2 harmonic vibrational frequencies. The accuracy of different computational schemes for obtaining the binding energies of the water dimer and trimer has been investigated, and computationally feasible methods are suggested for obtaining accurate structures and binding energies for larger water clusters.{copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  5. Assessment of the potential genotoxicity of perfluorodecanoic acid and chlorotrifluoroethylene trimer and tetramer acids.

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    Godin, C S; Myhr, B C; Lawlor, T E; Young, R R; Murli, H; Cifone, M A

    1992-05-01

    Perfluoro-n-decanoic acid (PFDA) is a perfluorinated fatty acid that produces hepatomegaly and increased peroxisomal beta-oxidation when administered to rodents. Chlorotrifluoroethylene (CTFE) trimer acid and CTFE tetramer acid are metabolites of the six- and eight-carbon oligomers of CTFE, respectively. They are structurally related to PFDA, and CTFE tetramer acid has caused toxic effects in rodents that are similar to those observed following PFDA administration. Because of the correlation between peroxisome proliferation and hepatocarcinogenesis, CTFE trimer acid, CTFE tetramer acid, and PFDA were evaluated in in vitro and in vivo/in vitro bioassays to assess their potential genotoxic activity. The assays conducted were the Ames Salmonella/microsomal mutagenicity assay, the hypoxanthineguanine phosphoribosyltransferase (HGPRT) locus Chinese hamster ovary gene mutation assay, the sister chromatid exchange (SCE) assay, chromosomal aberration assay, and an in vivo/in vitro unscheduled DNA synthesis (UDS) and S-phase DNA synthesis assay. All test articles were negative in the Ames assay, the HGPRT assay, and the SCE assay. In the chromosomal aberration assay CTFE trimer acid and CTFE tetramer acid were negative in cultures with and without S9 metabolic activation. PFDA was also negative in the absence of metabolic activation, but chromosomal aberrations were observed when PFDA was incubated in the presence of S9 fraction. All test articles were negative for inducing UDS but all induced S-phase replicative DNA synthesis 16 hr after administration of the test article to the test animals; only CTFE tetramer acid and PFDA induced S-phase synthesis 48 hr after dosing: the usual timepoint examined for this response.

  6. Techniques and tactics used in determining the structure of the trimeric ebolavirus glycoprotein

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    Lee, Jeffrey E.; Fusco, Marnie L.; Abelson, Dafna M.; Hessell, Ann J.; Burton, Dennis R.; Saphire, Erica Ollmann

    2009-11-01

    Here, the techniques, tactics and strategies used to overcome a series of technical roadblocks in crystallization and phasing of the trimeric ebolavirus glycoprotein are described. The trimeric membrane-anchored ebolavirus envelope glycoprotein (GP) is responsible for viral attachment, fusion and entry. Knowledge of its structure is important both for understanding ebolavirus entry and for the development of medical interventions. Crystal structures of viral glycoproteins, especially those in their metastable prefusion oligomeric states, can be difficult to achieve given the challenges in production, purification, crystallization and diffraction that are inherent in the heavily glycosylated flexible nature of these types of proteins. The crystal structure of ebolavirus GP in its trimeric prefusion conformation in complex with a human antibody derived from a survivor of the 1995 Kikwit outbreak has now been determined [Lee et al. (2008 ▶), Nature (London), 454, 177–182]. Here, the techniques, tactics and strategies used to overcome a series of technical roadblocks in crystallization and phasing are described. Glycoproteins were produced in human embryonic kidney 293T cells, which allowed rapid screening of constructs and expression of protein in milligram quantities. Complexes of GP with an antibody fragment (Fab) promoted crystallization and a series of deglycosylation strategies, including sugar mutants, enzymatic deglycosylation, insect-cell expression and glycan anabolic pathway inhibitors, were attempted to improve the weakly diffracting glycoprotein crystals. The signal-to-noise ratio of the search model for molecular replacement was improved by determining the structure of the uncomplexed Fab. Phase combination with Fab model phases and a selenium anomalous signal, followed by NCS-averaged density modification, resulted in a clear interpretable electron-density map. Model building was assisted by the use of B-value-sharpened electron-density maps and the

  7. Analysis of the three-dimensional structure of the African horse sickness virus VP7 trimer by homology modelling.

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    Bekker, Shani; Burger, Pieter; van Staden, Vida

    2017-02-03

    VP7 is the major core protein of orbiviruses and is essential for virion assembly. African horse sickness virus (AHSV) VP7 self-assembles into highly insoluble crystalline particles - an attribute that may be related to the role of AHSV VP7 in virus assembly but also prevents crystallization. Given that this inherent insolubility is unique to AHSV VP7, we use amino acid sequence conservation analysis between AHSV VP7 and other orbiviruses to identify putative key residues that drive AHSV VP7 self-assembly. A homology model of the AHSV VP7 trimer was generated to analyze surface properties of the trimer and to identify surface residues as candidates for the AHSV VP7 trimer-trimer interactions that drive AHSV VP7 self-assembly. Nine regions were identified as candidate residues for future site-directed mutagenesis experiments that will likely result in a soluble AHSV VP7 protein. Additionally, we identified putative residues that function in the intermolecular interactions within the AHSV VP7 trimer as well as several epitopes. Given the many previous efforts of solubilizing AHSV VP7, we propose a useful strategy that will yield a soluble AHSV VP7 that can be used to study AHSV assembly and increase yield of recombinant vaccine preparations.

  8. Saturation Mutagenesis of the HIV-1 Envelope CD4 Binding Loop Reveals Residues Controlling Distinct Trimer Conformations

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    Bolon, Daniel; Clapham, Paul R.

    2016-01-01

    The conformation of HIV-1 envelope (Env) glycoprotein trimers is key in ensuring protection against waves of neutralizing antibodies generated during infection, while maintaining sufficient exposure of the CD4 binding site (CD4bs) for viral entry. The CD4 binding loop on Env is an early contact site for CD4 while penetration of a proximal cavity by CD4 triggers Env conformational changes for entry. The role of residues in the CD4 binding loop in regulating the conformation of the trimer and trimer association domain (TAD) was investigated using a novel saturation mutagenesis approach. Single mutations identified, resulted in distinct trimer conformations affecting CD4bs exposure, the glycan shield and the TAD across diverse HIV-1 clades. Importantly, mutations that improve access to the CD4bs without exposing the immunodominant V3 loop were identified. The different trimer conformations identified will affect the specificity and breadth of nabs elicited in vivo and are important to consider in design of Env immunogens for vaccines. PMID:27820858

  9. Binding of protofibrillar Aβ trimers to lipid bilayer surface enhances Aβ structural stability and causes membrane thinning.

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    Dong, Xuewei; Sun, Yunxiang; Wei, Guanghong; Nussinov, Ruth; Ma, Buyong

    2017-10-05

    Alzheimer's disease, a common neurodegenerative disease, is characterized by the aggregation of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides. The interactions of Aβ with membranes cause changes in membrane morphology and ion permeation, which are responsible for its neurotoxicity and can accelerate fibril growth. However, the Aβ-lipid interactions and how these induce membrane perturbation and disruption at the atomic level and the consequences for the Aβ organization are not entirely understood. Here, we perform multiple atomistic molecular dynamics simulations on three protofibrillar Aβ9-40 trimers. Our simulations show that, regardless of the morphologies and the initial orientations of the three different protofibrillar Aβ9-40 trimers, the N-terminal β-sheet of all trimers preferentially binds to the membrane surface. The POPG lipid bilayers enhance the structural stability of protofibrillar Aβ trimers by stabilizing inter-peptide β-sheets and D23-K28 salt-bridges. The interaction causes local membrane thinning. We found that the trimer structure related to Alzheimer's disease brain tissue () is the most stable both in water solution and at membrane surface, and displays slightly stronger membrane perturbation capability. These results provide mechanistic insights into the membrane-enhanced structural stability of protofibrillar Aβ oligomers and the first step of Aβ-induced membrane disruption at the atomic level.

  10. Opening of a charge gap with V trimerization in BaV10O15

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    Kajita, T.; Kanzaki, T.; Suzuki, T.; Kim, J. E.; Kato, K.; Takata, M.; Katsufuji, T.

    2010-02-01

    A structural phase transition at Tc˜130K in BaV10O15 containing modified V3+ (3d2) triangular lattices was studied. It was found that the electrical resistivity jumps by three orders of magnitude and a gap opens up in the optical conductivity spectrum at Tc . It was also found from synchrotron x-ray powder-diffraction measurement that the trimerization of the V ions occurs below Tc . These results indicate that the orbital ordering of Vt2g states occurs at Tc and that induces a charge gap near the Fermi level in the electronic states of BaV10O15 .

  11. Lewis acid promoted titanium alkylidene formation: off-cycle intermediates relevant to olefin trimerization catalysis.

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    Sattler, Aaron; VanderVelde, David G; Labinger, Jay A; Bercaw, John E

    2014-07-30

    Two new precatalysts for ethylene and α-olefin trimerization, (FI)Ti(CH2SiMe3)2Me and (FI)Ti(CH2CMe3)2Me (FI = phenoxy-imine), have been synthesized and structurally characterized by X-ray diffraction. (FI)Ti(CH2SiMe3)2Me can be activated with 1 equiv of B(C6F5)3 at room temperature to give the solvent-separated ion pair [(FI)Ti(CH2SiMe3)2][MeB(C6F5)3], which catalytically trimerizes ethylene or 1-pentene to produce 1-hexene or C15 olefins, respectively. The neopentyl analogue (FI)Ti(CH2CMe3)2Me is unstable toward activation with B(C6F5)3 at room temperature, giving no discernible diamagnetic titanium complexes, but at -30 °C the following can be observed by NMR spectroscopy: (i) formation of the bis-neopentyl cation [(FI)Ti(CH2CMe3)2](+), (ii) α-elimination of neopentane to give the neopentylidene complex [(FI)Ti(═CHCMe3)](+), and (iii) subsequent conversion to the imido-olefin complex [(MeOAr2N═)Ti(OArHC═CHCMe3)](+) via an intramolecular metathesis reaction with the imine fragment of the (FI) ligand. If the reaction is carried out at low temperature in the presence of ethylene, catalytic production of 1-hexene is observed, in addition to the titanacyclobutane complex [(FI)Ti(CH(CMe3)CH2CH2)](+), resulting from addition of ethylene to the neopentylidene [(FI)Ti(═CHCMe3)](+). None of the complexes observed spectroscopically subsequent to [(FI)Ti(CH2CMe3)2](+) is an intermediate or precursor for ethylene trimerization, but notwithstanding these off-cycle pathways, [(FI)Ti(CH2CMe3)2](+) is a precatalyst that undergoes rapid initiation to generate a catalyst for trimerizing ethylene or 1-pentene.

  12. Novel metamaterial based on the coupling effect of a dielectric trimer

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    Fu, Jiahui; Chen, Wan; Lv, Bo; Wang, Zhefei

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, a novel periodic 2D all-dielectric metamaterial based on dielectric trimer is proposed. The electromagnetic responses are explained by the corrected equations of motion using coupled mode theory (CMT). An abnormal vanishment mode phenomenon is also discovered and explained using the zero-sum effect of magnetic dipole, by which the relative bandwidth of the metamaterial has been improved significantly compared with other structures. The presented design is easy for fabrication and can be applied in microwave region by scaling the dimensions of the cubes.

  13. Discovery and Evaluation of PRL Trimer Disruptors for Novel Anticancer Agents.

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    Bai, Yunpeng; Yu, Zhi-Hong; Zhang, Zhong-Yin

    2016-01-01

    Overexpression of PRL phosphatases (PRL1, PRL2, and PRL3) has been found in a variety of late-stage tumors and their distant metastatic sites. Therefore, the oncogenic PRL phosphatases represent intriguing targets for cancer therapy. There is considerable interest in identifying small molecule inhibitors targeting PRLs as novel anticancer agents. However, it has been difficult to acquire phosphatase activity-based PRL inhibitors due to the unusual wide and shallow catalytic pockets of PRLs revealed by crystal structure studies. Here, we present a novel method to identify PRL1 inhibitors by targeting the PRL1 trimer interface and the procedure to characterize their biochemical and cellular activity.

  14. Synthesis and evaluation of cholecystokinin trimers: a multivalent approach to pancreatic cancer detection and treatment.

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    Brabez, Nabila; Nguyen, Kevin L; Saunders, Kara; Lacy, Ryan; Xu, Liping; Gillies, Robert J; Lynch, Ronald M; Chassaing, Gerard; Lavielle, Solange; Hruby, Victor J

    2013-04-15

    In the quest for novel tools for early detection and treatment of cancer, we propose the use of multimers targeting overexpressed receptors at the cancer cell surface. Indeed, multimers are prone to create multivalent interactions, more potent and specific than their corresponding monovalent versions, thus enabling the potential for early detection. There is a lack of tools for early detection of pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of cancer, but CCK2-R overexpression on pancreatic cancer cells makes CCK based multimers potential markers for these cells. In this Letter, we describe the synthesis and evaluation of CCK trimers targeting overexpressed CCK2-R.

  15. Synthesis of Cyclic Porphyrin Trimers through Alkyne Metathesis Cyclooligomerization and Their Host–Guest Binding Study

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    Yu, Chao; Long, Hai; Jin, Yinghua; Zhang, Wei

    2016-06-17

    Cyclic porphyrin trimers were synthesized through one-step cyclooligomerization via alkyne metathesis from diyne monomers. These macrocycles show interesting host-guest binding interactions with fullerenes, selectively binding C70 (6 x 103 M-1) over C60 and C84 (no binding observed). The fullerene-encapsulated host-guest complex can undergo guest or host exchange in the presence of another guest (2,4,6-tri(4-pyridyl)-1,3,5-triazine) or host (cage COP5) molecule with higher binding affinity.

  16. Differential Antibody Responses to Conserved HIV-1 Neutralizing Epitopes in the Context of Multivalent Scaffolds and Native-Like gp140 Trimers

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    Morris, Charles D.; Azadnia, Parisa; de Val, Natalia; Vora, Nemil; Honda, Andrew; Giang, Erick; Saye-Francisco, Karen; Cheng, Yushao; Lin, Xiaohe; Mann, Colin J.; Tang, Jeffrey; Sok, Devin; Burton, Dennis R.; Law, Mansun; Ward, Andrew B.

    2017-01-01

    ABSTRACT Broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) have provided valuable insights into the humoral immune response to HIV-1. While rationally designed epitope scaffolds and well-folded gp140 trimers have been proposed as vaccine antigens, a comparative understanding of their antibody responses has not yet been established. In this study, we probed antibody responses to the N332 supersite and the membrane-proximal external region (MPER) in the context of heterologous protein scaffolds and native-like gp140 trimers. Ferritin nanoparticles and fragment crystallizable (Fc) regions were utilized as multivalent carriers to display scaffold antigens with grafted N332 and MPER epitopes, respectively. Trimeric scaffolds were also identified to stabilize the MPER-containing BG505 gp140.681 trimer in a native-like conformation. Following structural and antigenic evaluation, a subset of scaffold and trimer antigens was selected for immunization in BALB/c mice. Serum binding revealed distinct patterns of antibody responses to these two bNAb targets presented in different structural contexts. For example, the N332 nanoparticles elicited glycan epitope-specific antibody responses that could also recognize the native trimer, while a scaffolded BG505 gp140.681 trimer generated a stronger and more rapid antibody response to the trimer apex than its parent gp140.664 trimer. Furthermore, next-generation sequencing (NGS) of mouse splenic B cells revealed expansion of antibody lineages with long heavy-chain complementarity-determining region 3 (HCDR3) loops upon activation by MPER scaffolds, in contrast to the steady repertoires primed by N332 nanoparticles and a soluble gp140.664 trimer. These findings will facilitate the future development of a coherent vaccination strategy that combines both epitope-focused and trimer-based approaches. PMID:28246356

  17. Spin-singlet trimer state induced by competing orbital order in triangular-lattice BaV10O15

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    Shimizu, Yasuhiro; Matsudaira, Keniichiro; Itoh, Masayuki; Kajita, Tomomasa; Katsufuji, Takuro

    2011-08-01

    Local spin and orbital textures are investigated by 51V NMR measurements on a triangular-lattice compound BaV10O15 with orbital degrees of freedom and itinerant electrons. The Knight shift shows the spin-singlet V trimer formation in a itinerant phase above the semiconductor-insulator transition temperature TSI=140 K. Below TSI, the observation of the asymmetric electric hyperfine coupling tensor agrees with the orbital order giving direct d-d bonds of the trimer. The remaining paramagnetic spins on a V tetramer exhibit an antiferromagnetic long-range order accompanied by a ferro-type order. The coexistence of the trimer and tetramer with the two opposite magnetism is ascribed to the orbitally induced Peierls instability on a non-half-filling triangular lattice with nonuniform V-V separation.

  18. Trimer effects in fragment molecular orbital-linear combination of molecular orbitals calculation of one-electron orbitals for biomolecules.

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    Kobori, Tomoki; Sodeyama, Keitaro; Otsuka, Takao; Tateyama, Yoshitaka; Tsuneyuki, Shinji

    2013-09-07

    The fragment molecular orbital (FMO)-linear combination of molecular orbitals (LCMO) method incorporates as an efficient post-process calculation of one-electron orbitals of the whole system after the FMO total energy calculation. A straightforward way to increase the accuracy is inclusion of the trimer effect. Here, we derive a comprehensive formulation called the FMO3-LCMO method. To keep the computational costs of the trimer term low enough, we use a matrix-size reduction technique. We evaluated the accuracy and efficiency of the FMO3-LCMO scheme in model biological systems (alanine oligomer and chignolin). The results show that delocalized electronic orbitals with covalent and hydrogen bonds are better described at the trimer level, and the FMO3-LCMO method is applicable to quantitative evaluations of a wide range of frontier orbitals in large biosystems.

  19. Crystal structures of the trimeric human immunodeficiency virus type 1 matrix protein: implications for membrane association and assembly.

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    Hill, C P; Worthylake, D; Bancroft, D P; Christensen, A M; Sundquist, W I

    1996-01-01

    The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) matrix protein forms a structural shell associated with the inner viral membrane and performs other essential functions throughout the viral life cycle. The crystal structure of the HIV-1 matrix protein, determined at 2.3 angstrom resolution, reveals that individual matrix molecules are composed of five major helices capped by a three-stranded mixed beta-sheet. Unexpectedly, the protein assembles into a trimer in three different crystal lattices, burying 1880 angstrom2 of accessible surface area at the trimer interfaces. Trimerization appears to create a large, bipartite membrane binding surface in which exposed basic residues could cooperate with the N-terminal myristoyl groups to anchor the protein on the acidic inner membrane of the virus. Images Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3 PMID:8610175

  20. Comparison of calculated and experimentally resolved rate constants for excitation energy transfer in C-phycocyanin. 2. Trimers

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    Debreczeny, M.F.; Sauer, K.; Zhou, J.; Bryant, D.A.

    1995-05-18

    Resolution of the absorption spectrum of the {beta}{sub 155} chromophore in C-phycocyanin (PC) trimers is achieved by comparison of the steady state absorption spectra of ({alpha}{sup PC}{beta}{sup PC}){sub 3} and ({alpha}{sup PC}{beta}{sup *}){sub 3}. Comparison of the anisotropy decays of ({alpha}{sup PC}{beta}{sup PC}){sub 3} and ({alpha}{sup PC}{beta}{sup *}){sub 3} also greatly aids in the assignment of the dominant kinetic processes in PC trimers. A comparison is made of calculated Foerster rate constants for energy transfer with those rate constants resolved experimentally in the PC trimers. 35 refs.., 10 figs., 2 tabs.

  1. Solution structure of monomeric and trimeric photosystem I of Thermosynechococcus elongatus investigated by small-angle X-ray scattering.

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    Golub, Maksym; Hejazi, Mahdi; Kölsch, Adrian; Lokstein, Heiko; Wieland, D C Florian; Zouni, Athina; Pieper, Jörg

    2017-03-03

    The structure of monomeric and trimeric photosystem I (PS I) of Thermosynechococcus elongatus BP1 (T. elongatus) was investigated by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The scattering data reveal that the protein-detergent complexes possess radii of gyration of 58 and 78 Å in the cases of monomeric and trimeric PS I, respectively. The results also show that the samples are monodisperse, virtually free of aggregation, and contain empty detergent micelles. The shape of the protein-detergent complexes can be well approximated by elliptical cylinders with a height of 78 Å. Monomeric PS I in buffer solution exhibits minor and major radii of the elliptical cylinder of about 50 and 85 Å, respectively. In the case of trimeric PS I, both radii are equal to about 110 Å. The latter model can be shown to accommodate three elliptical cylinders equal to those describing monomeric PS I. A structure reconstitution also reveals that the protein-detergent complexes are larger than their respective crystal structures. The reconstituted structures are larger by about 20 Å mainly in the region of the hydrophobic surfaces of the monomeric and trimeric PS I complexes. This seeming contradiction can be resolved by the addition of a detergent belt constituted by a monolayer of dodecyl-β-D-maltoside molecules. Assuming a closest possible packing, a number of roughly 1024 and 1472 detergent molecules can be determined for monomeric and trimeric PS I, respectively. Taking the monolayer of detergent molecules into account, the solution structure can be almost perfectly modeled by the crystal structures of monomeric and trimeric PS I.

  2. Genetic engineering of trimers of hypoallergenic fragments of the major birch pollen allergen, Bet v 1, for allergy vaccination.

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    Vrtala, Susanne; Fohr, Monika; Campana, Raffaela; Baumgartner, Christian; Valent, Peter; Valenta, Rudolf

    2011-03-03

    An immunotherapy trial performed in allergic patients with hypoallergenic recombinant fragments, comprising aa 1-74 and 75-160 of the major birch pollen allergen, Bet v 1, has indicated that the induction of allergen-specific IgG responses may be an important mechanism of this treatment. To investigate whether the immunogenicity of the rBet v 1 fragments can be increased, recombinant trimers of the fragments were produced. For this purpose, DNA trimers of rBet v 1 aa 1-74 as well as of rBet v 1 aa 75-160 were subcloned into expression plasmid pET 17b, expressed in Escherichia coli and purified. The fragments as well as the fragment trimers showed a reduced IgE-binding capacity and allergenic activity compared to rBet v 1 wildtype when tested in allergic patients. Both rBet v 1 aa 75-160 monomer and trimer induced high titers of allergen-specific IgG1 Abs in mice. Interestingly, rBet v 1 aa 1-74 trimer induced a much higher IgG(1) response to rBet v 1 than rBet v 1 aa 1-74 monomer. Consequently, IgG Abs induced with the rBet v 1 aa 1-74 trimer inhibited birch pollen allergic patients' IgE-binding 10-fold more efficiently than IgG Abs induced with the monomer. Our data show that the immunogenicity of allergy vaccines can be increased by oligomerization.

  3. Stabilized HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein trimers lacking the V1V2 domain, obtained by virus evolution.

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    Bontjer, Ilja; Melchers, Mark; Eggink, Dirk; David, Kathryn; Moore, John P; Berkhout, Ben; Sanders, Rogier W

    2010-11-19

    The envelope glycoproteins (Env) are the focus of HIV-1 vaccine development strategies based on the induction of humoral immunity, but the mechanisms the virus has evolved to limit the induction and binding of neutralizing antibodies (NAbs) constitute substantial obstacles. Conserved neutralization epitopes are shielded by variable regions and carbohydrates, so one strategy to increase their exposure and, it is hoped, their immunogenicity is to delete the overlying variable loops. However, deleting the variable regions from Env trimers can be problematic, because hydrophobic patches that are normally solvent-inaccessible now become exposed, causing protein misfolding or aggregation, for example. Here, we describe the construction and characterization of recombinant gp140 trimers lacking variable domains 1 and 2 (ΔV1V2). The design of the trimers was guided by HIV-1 evolution studies that identified compensatory changes in V1V2-deleted but functional Env proteins (Bontjer, I., Land, A., Eggink, D., Verkade, E., Tuin, K., Baldwin, C., Pollakis, G., Paxton, W. A., Braakman, I., Berkhout, B., and Sanders, R. W. (2009) J. Virol. 83, 368-383). We now show that specific compensatory changes improved the function of ΔV1V2 Env proteins and hence HIV-1 replication. The changes acted by reducing the exposure of a hydrophobic surface either by replacing a hydrophobic residue with a hydrophilic one or by covering the surface with a glycan. The compensatory changes allowed the efficient expression of well folded, soluble gp140 trimers derived from various HIV-1 isolates. The evolved ΔV1V2 Env viruses were extremely sensitive to NAbs, indicating that neutralization epitopes are well exposed, which was confirmed by studies of NAb binding to the soluble ΔV1V2 gp140 trimers. These evolved ΔV1V2 trimers could be useful reagents for immunogenicity and structural studies.

  4. Stabilized HIV-1 Envelope Glycoprotein Trimers Lacking the V1V2 Domain, Obtained by Virus Evolution*

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    Bontjer, Ilja; Melchers, Mark; Eggink, Dirk; David, Kathryn; Moore, John P.; Berkhout, Ben; Sanders, Rogier W.

    2010-01-01

    The envelope glycoproteins (Env) are the focus of HIV-1 vaccine development strategies based on the induction of humoral immunity, but the mechanisms the virus has evolved to limit the induction and binding of neutralizing antibodies (NAbs) constitute substantial obstacles. Conserved neutralization epitopes are shielded by variable regions and carbohydrates, so one strategy to increase their exposure and, it is hoped, their immunogenicity is to delete the overlying variable loops. However, deleting the variable regions from Env trimers can be problematic, because hydrophobic patches that are normally solvent-inaccessible now become exposed, causing protein misfolding or aggregation, for example. Here, we describe the construction and characterization of recombinant gp140 trimers lacking variable domains 1 and 2 (ΔV1V2). The design of the trimers was guided by HIV-1 evolution studies that identified compensatory changes in V1V2-deleted but functional Env proteins (Bontjer, I., Land, A., Eggink, D., Verkade, E., Tuin, K., Baldwin, C., Pollakis, G., Paxton, W. A., Braakman, I., Berkhout, B., and Sanders, R. W. (2009) J. Virol. 83, 368–383). We now show that specific compensatory changes improved the function of ΔV1V2 Env proteins and hence HIV-1 replication. The changes acted by reducing the exposure of a hydrophobic surface either by replacing a hydrophobic residue with a hydrophilic one or by covering the surface with a glycan. The compensatory changes allowed the efficient expression of well folded, soluble gp140 trimers derived from various HIV-1 isolates. The evolved ΔV1V2 Env viruses were extremely sensitive to NAbs, indicating that neutralization epitopes are well exposed, which was confirmed by studies of NAb binding to the soluble ΔV1V2 gp140 trimers. These evolved ΔV1V2 trimers could be useful reagents for immunogenicity and structural studies. PMID:20826824

  5. Mutant poisoning demonstrates a nonsequential mechanism for digestion of double-stranded DNA by λ exonuclease trimers.

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    Pan, Xinlei; Yan, Jing; Patel, Aalapi; Wysocki, Vicki H; Bell, Charles E

    2015-01-27

    λ Exonuclease (λexo) is a highly processive 5'-3' exonuclease that binds double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) ends and digests the 5'-strand into mononucleotides. The enzyme forms a toroidal homotrimer with a central tapered channel for tracking along the DNA. During catalysis, dsDNA enters the open end of the channel, and the 5'-strand is digested at one of the three active sites. It is currently not known if λexo uses a sequential mechanism, in which the DNA moves from one active site to the next around the trimer for each round of catalysis or a nonsequential mechanism, in which the DNA locks onto a single active site for multiple rounds. To understand how λexo uses its three active sites, we used a mutant poisoning approach, in which a 6xHis-tagged K131A inactive mutant of λexo was mixed with untagged wild type (WT) to form hybrid trimers. Nickel-spin pull-down analysis confirmed complete subunit exchange after 1 h at 37 °C. Exonuclease assays revealed an approximately linear decrease in activity with increasing fraction of mutant, as expected for a nonsequential mechanism. By fitting the observed rates of digestion to a simple mathematical model, the individual rates of the two hybrid species of trimer were determined. This analysis showed that trimers containing only one or two WT subunits contribute significantly to the observed activity, in further agreement with a nonsequential mechanism. Finally, purification of hybrid trimer mixtures by Ni-spin chromatography, to remove the contribution from fully WT trimers, also resulted in significant levels of activity, again consistent with a nonsequential mechanism.

  6. Optical control of trimeric P2X receptors and acid-sensing ion channels.

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    Browne, Liam E; Nunes, João P M; Sim, Joan A; Chudasama, Vijay; Bragg, Laricia; Caddick, Stephen; North, R Alan

    2014-01-07

    P2X receptors are trimeric membrane proteins that function as ion channels gated by extracellular ATP. We have engineered a P2X2 receptor that opens within milliseconds by irradiation at 440 nm, and rapidly closes at 360 nm. This requires bridging receptor subunits via covalent attachment of 4,4'-bis(maleimido)azobenzene to a cysteine residue (P329C) introduced into each second transmembrane domain. The cis-trans isomerization of the azobenzene pushes apart the outer ends of the transmembrane helices and opens the channel in a light-dependent manner. Light-activated channels exhibited similar unitary currents, rectification, calcium permeability, and dye uptake as P2X2 receptors activated by ATP. P2X3 receptors with an equivalent mutation (P320C) were also light sensitive after chemical modification. They showed typical rapid desensitization, and they could coassemble with native P2X2 subunits in pheochromocytoma cells to form light-activated heteromeric P2X2/3 receptors. A similar approach was used to open and close human acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs), which are also trimers but are unrelated in sequence to P2X receptors. The experiments indicate that the opening of the permeation pathway requires similar and substantial movements of the transmembrane helices in both P2X receptors and ASICs, and the method will allow precise optical control of P2X receptors or ASICs in intact tissues.

  7. An N-terminal glycine-rich sequence contributes to retrovirus trimer of hairpins stability

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    Wilson, Kirilee A.; Maerz, Anne L.; Baer, Severine; Drummer, Heidi E.; Poumbourios, Pantelis . E-mail: apoumbourios@burnet.edu.au

    2007-08-10

    Retroviral transmembrane proteins (TMs) contain a glycine-rich segment linking the N-terminal fusion peptide and coiled coil core. Previously, we reported that the glycine-rich segment (Met-326-Ser-337) of the human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) TM, gp21, is a determinant of membrane fusion function [K.A. Wilson, S. Baer, A.L. Maerz, M. Alizon, P. Poumbourios, The conserved glycine-rich segment linking the N-terminal fusion peptide to the coiled coil of human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 transmembrane glycoprotein gp21 is a determinant of membrane fusion function, J. Virol. 79 (2005) 4533-4539]. Here we show that the reduced fusion activity of an I334A mutant correlated with a decrease in stability of the gp21 trimer of hairpins conformation, in the context of a maltose-binding protein-gp21 chimera. The stabilizing influence of Ile-334 required the C-terminal membrane-proximal sequence Trp-431-Ser-436. Proline substitution of four of five Gly residues altered gp21 trimer of hairpins stability. Our data indicate that flexibility within and hydrophobic interactions mediated by this region are determinants of gp21 stability and membrane fusion function.

  8. Molecular architecture of electroactive and biodegradable copolymers composed of polylactide and carboxyl-capped aniline trimer.

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    Guo, Baolin; Finne-Wistrand, Anna; Albertsson, Ann-Christine

    2010-04-12

    Two-, four-, and six-armed branched copolymers with electroactive and biodegradable properties were synthesized by coupling reactions between poly(l-lactides) (PLLAs) with different architecture and carboxyl-capped aniline trimer (CCAT). The aniline oligomer CCAT was prepared from amino-capped aniline trimer and succinic anhydride. FT-IR, NMR, and SEC analyses confirmed the structure of the branched copolymers. UV-vis spectra and cyclic voltammetry of CCAT and copolymer solution showed good electroactive properties, similar to those of polyaniline. The water contact angle of the PLLAs was the highest, followed by the undoped copolymer and the doped copolymers. The values of doped four-armed copolymers were 54-63 degrees . Thermal properties of the polymers were studied by DSC and TGA. The copolymers had better thermal stability than the pure PLLAs, and the T(g) between 48-58 degrees C and T(m) between 146-177 degrees C of the copolymers were lower than those of the pure PLLA counterparts. This kind of electroactive and biodegradable copolymer has a great potential for applications in cardiovascular or neuronal tissue engineering.

  9. Purification, refolding and characterization of the trimeric Omp2a outer membrane porin from Brucella melitensis.

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    Roussel, G; Matagne, A; De Bolle, X; Perpète, E A; Michaux, C

    2012-06-01

    Brucella melitensis is a gram-negative bacteria known to cause brucellosis and to produce severe infections in humans. Whilst brucella's outer membrane proteins have been extensively studied due to their potential role as antigens or virulence factors, their function is still poorly understood at the structural level, as the 3D structure of Brucella β-barrel membrane proteins are still unknown. In this context, the B. melitensis trimeric Omp2a porin has been overexpressed and refolded in n-dodecyl-β-d-maltopyranoside. We here show that this refolding process is insensitive to urea but is temperature- and ionic strength-dependent. Reassembled species were characterized by fluorescence, size-exclusion chromatography and circular dichroism. A refolding mechanism is proposed, suggesting that Omp2a first refolds under a monomeric form and then self-associates into a trimeric state. This first complete in vitro refolding of a membrane protein from B. melitensis shall eventually lead to functional and 3D structure determination.

  10. Apa is a trimeric autotransporter adhesin of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae responsible for autoagglutination and host cell adherence.

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    Xiao, Longwen; Zhou, Liang; Sun, Changjiang; Feng, Xin; Du, ChongTao; Gao, Yu; Ji, Qun; Yang, Shuxin; Wang, Yu; Han, Wenyu; Langford, P R; Lei, Liancheng

    2012-10-01

    Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae is the causative agent of porcine pleuropneumonia, and adherence to host cells is a key step in the pathogenic process. Although trimeric autotransporter adhesins (TAAs) were identified in many pathogenic bacteria in recent years, none in A. pleuropneumoniae have been characterized. In this study, we identified a TAA from A. pleuropneumoniae, Apa, and characterized the contribution of its amino acid residues to the adhesion process. Sequence analysis of the C-terminal amino acid residues of Apa revealed the presence of a putative translocator domain and six conserved HsfBD1-like or HsfBD2-like binding domains. Western blot analysis revealed that the 126 C-terminal amino acids of Apa could form trimeric molecules. By confocal laser scanning microscopy, one of these six domains (ApaBD3) was determined to mediate adherence to epithelial cells. Adherence assays and adherence inhibition assays using a recombinant E. coli- ApaBD3 strain which expressed ApaBD3 on the surface of E. coli confirmed that this domain was responsible for the adhesion activity. Moreover, cellular enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays demonstrated that ApaBD3 mediated high-level adherence to epithelial cell lines. Intriguingly, autoagglutination was observed with the E. coli- ApaBD3 strain, and this phenomenon was dependent upon the association of the expressed ApaBD3 with the C-terminal translocator domain. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Visualization of the trimeric P2X2 receptor with a crown-capped extracellular domain.

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    Mio, Kazuhiro; Kubo, Yoshihiro; Ogura, Toshihiko; Yamamoto, Tomomi; Sato, Chikara

    2005-11-25

    The P2X2 purinergic receptor permeates cationic ions in response to stimulation by ATP and mediates fast synaptic transmission. Here, we purified the P2X2 receptor using baculovirus-Sf9 cell expression system and observed its structure using electron microscopy. The FLAG-tagged P2X2 receptor, which has intact ion channel function, was purified to be a single peak by affinity purification and gel filtration chromatography. It was confirmed to be a trimer by introducing cross-linking. Negatively stained P2X2 protein images were homogeneous and picked up by automated pick-up programs, aligned, and classified using the modified growing neural gas network method. Similarly oriented projections were averaged to decrease the signal-to-noise ratio. These images demonstrate an inverted three-sided pyramid with the dimensions of 215 A in height and 200 A in side length. It is composed of a high-density trunk and a stain-permeable swollen extracellular domain of a crown-shaped structure. The internal cavities and constituent segments were clearly demonstrated in both the raw images and the averaged images. The threefold symmetrical top view demonstrates the first visual evidence of the trimeric composition of the P2X receptor family.

  12. Procyanidin trimer C1 derived from Theobroma cacao reactivates latent human immunodeficiency virus type 1 provirus.

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    Hori, Takanori; Barnor, Jacob; Huu, Tung Nguyen; Morinaga, Osamu; Hamano, Akiko; Ndzinu, Jerry; Frimpong, Angela; Minta-Asare, Keren; Amoa-Bosompem, Mildred; Brandful, James; Odoom, John; Bonney, Joseph; Tuffour, Isaac; Owusu, Baffour-Awuah; Ofosuhene, Mark; Atchoglo, Philip; Sakyiamah, Maxwell; Adegle, Richard; Appiah-Opong, Regina; Ampofo, William; Koram, Kwadwo; Nyarko, Alexander; Okine, Laud; Edoh, Dominic; Appiah, Alfred; Uto, Takuhiro; Yoshinaka, Yoshiyuki; Uota, Shin; Shoyama, Yukihiro; Yamaoka, Shoji

    2015-04-03

    Despite remarkable advances in combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection remains incurable due to the incomplete elimination of the replication-competent virus, which persists in latent reservoirs. Strategies for targeting HIV reservoirs for eradication that involves reactivation of latent proviruses while protecting uninfected cells by cART are urgently needed for cure of HIV infection. We screened medicinal plant extracts for compounds that could reactivate the latent HIV-1 provirus and identified a procyanidin trimer C1 derived from Theobroma cacao as a potent activator of the provirus in human T cells latently infected with HIV-1. This reactivation largely depends on the NF-κB and MAPK signaling pathways because either overexpression of a super-repressor form of IκBα or pretreatment with a MEK inhibitor U0126 diminished provirus reactivation by C1. A pan-PKC inhibitor significantly blocked the phorbol ester-induced but not the C1-induced HIV-1 reactivation. Although C1-induced viral gene expression persisted for as long as 48 h post-stimulation, NF-κB-dependent transcription peaked at 12 h post-stimulation and then quickly declined, suggesting Tat-mediated self-sustainment of HIV-1 expression. These results suggest that procyanidin C1 trimer is a potential compound for reactivation of latent HIV-1 reservoirs. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Epicatechin oligomers longer than trimers have anti-cancer activities, but not the catechin counterparts.

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    Takanashi, Kohki; Suda, Manato; Matsumoto, Kiriko; Ishihara, Chisato; Toda, Kazuya; Kawaguchi, Koichiro; Senga, Shogo; Kobayashi, Narumi; Ichikawa, Mikihiro; Katoh, Miyuki; Hattori, Yasunao; Kawahara, Sei-Ichi; Umezawa, Koji; Fujii, Hiroshi; Makabe, Hidefumi

    2017-08-10

    Since procyanidins (oligomeric catechin or epicatechin) were reported to exhibit health benefits, much attention has been paid to the synthesis of these compounds, especially those that are longer than trimers. In the present study, syntheses of cinnamtannin A3 (epicatechin pentamer), A4 (epicatechin hexamer), catechin tetramer, pentamer, arecatannin A2 (epicatechin-epicatechin-epicatechin-catechin) and A3 (epicatechin-epicatechin-epicatechin-epicatechin-catechin) were achieved. The key reaction was a Lewis acid mediated equimolar condensation. The antitumor effects of these synthesized compounds against a human prostate cancer cell line (PC-3) were investigated. Among the tested compounds, cinnamtannin A3, A4 and arecatannin A3, which possess epicatechin oligomers longer than tetramers as the basic scaffold, showed significant activities for suppression of cell growth, invasion and FABP5 (fatty acid-binding protein 5) gene expression. Effects on cell cycle distribution showed that cell cycle arrest in the G2 phase was induced. Furthermore, these epicatechin oligomers suppressed significantly the expression of the cancer-promoting gene, FABP5, which is related to cell proliferation and metastasis in various cancer cells. Interestingly, the suppressive activities were associated with the degree of oligomerization of epicatechin. Thus, synthetic studies clearly demonstrate that epicatechin oligomers longer than trimers have significant anti-tumorigenic activities, but not the catechin counterparts.

  14. Rate Constant Change of Photo Reaction of Bacteriorhodopsin Observed in Trimeric Molecular System.

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    Tsujiuchi, Yutaka; Masumoto, Hiroshi; Goto, Takashi

    2016-04-01

    To elucidate the time evolution of photo reaction of bacteriorhodopsin in glycerol mixed purple membrane at around 196 K under irradiation by red light, a kinetic model was constructed. The change of absorption with irradiation at times of 560 nm and 412 nm was analyzed for the purpose of determining reaction rates of photo reaction of bacteriorhodopsin and its product M intermediate. In this study it is shown that reaction rates of conversion from bacteriorhodopsin to the M intermediate can be explained by a set of linear differential equations. This model analysis concludes that bacteriorhodopsin in which constitutes a trimer unit with other two bacteriorhodopsin molecules changes into M intermediates in the 1.73 of reaction rate, in the initial step, and according to the number of M intermediate in a trimer unit, from three to one, the reaction rate of bacteriorhodopsin into M intermediates smaller as 1.73, 0.80, 0.19 which caused by influence of inter-molecular interaction between bacteriorhodopsin.

  15. Sequence Analysis of Trimer Isomers Formed by Montmorillonite Catalysis in the Reaction of Binary Monomer Mixtures

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    Ertem, Gözen; Hazen, Robert M.; Dworkin, Jason P.

    2007-10-01

    Oligonucleotides are structurally similar to short RNA strands. Therefore, their formation via non-enzymatic reactions is highly relevant to Gilbert's RNA world scenario (1986) and the origin of life. In laboratory synthesis of oligonucleotides from monomers, it is necessary to remove the water molecules from the reaction medium to shift the equilibrium in favor of oligonucleotide formation, which would have been impossible for reactions that took place in dilute solutions on the early Earth. Model studies designed to address this problem demonstrate that montmorillonite, a phyllosilicate common on Earth and identified on Mars, efficiently catalyzes phosphodiester-bond formation between activated mononucleotides in dilute solutions and produces RNA-like oligomers. The purpose of this study was to examine the sequences and regiospecificity of trimer isomers formed in the reaction of 5'-phosphorimidazolides of adenosine and uridine. Results demonstrated that regiospecificity and sequence specificity observed in the dimer fractions are conserved in their elongation products. With regard to regiospecificity, 61% of the linkages were found to be RNA-like 3',5'-phosphodiester bonds. With regard to sequence specificity, we found that 88% of the linear trimers were hetero-isomers with 61% A-monomer and 39% U-monomer incorporation. These results lend support to Bernal's hypothesis that minerals may have played a significant role in the chemical processes that led to the origin of life by catalyzing the formation of phosphodiester bonds in RNA-like oligomers.

  16. Managing light polarization via plasmon-molecule interactions within an asymmetric metal nanoparticle trimer

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    Shegai, Timur; Li, Zhipeng; Zhang, Zhenyu; Xu, Hongxing; Haran, Gilad

    2008-01-01

    The interaction of light with metal nanoparticles leads to novel phenomena mediated by surface plasmon excitations. In this paper we use single molecules to characterize the interaction of surface plasmons with light, and show that such interaction can strongly modulate the polarization of the emitted light. The simplest nanostructures that enable such polarization modulation are asymmetric silver nanocrystal trimers, where individual Raman scattering molecules are located in the gap between two of the nanoparticles. The third particle breaks the dipolar symmetry of the two-particle junction, generating a wavelength-dependent polarization pattern. Indeed, the scattered light becomes elliptically polarized and its intensity pattern is rotated in the presence of the third particle. We use a combination of spectroscopic observations on single molecules, scanning electron microscope imaging, and generalized Mie theory calculations to provide a full picture of the effect of particles on the polarization of the emitted light. Furthermore, our theoretical analysis allows us to show that the observed phenomenon is very sensitive to the size of the trimer particles and their relative position, suggesting future means for precise control of light polarization on the nanoscale.

  17. A Trimeric Surfactant: Surface Micelles, Hydration-Lubrication, and Formation of a Stable, Charged Hydrophobic Monolayer.

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    Kampf, Nir; Wu, Chunxian; Wang, Yilin; Klein, Jacob

    2016-11-15

    The surface structure of the trimeric surfactant tri(dodecyldimethylammonioacetoxy)diethyltriamine trichloride (DTAD) on mica and the interactions between two such DTAD-coated surfaces were determined using atomic force microscopy and a surface force balance. In an aqueous solution of 3 mM, 5 times the critical aggregation concentration (CAC), the surfaces are coated with wormlike micelles or hemimicelles and larger (∼80 nm) bilayer vesicles. Repulsive normal interactions between the surfaces indicate a net surface charge and a solution concentration of ions close to that expected from the CAC. Moreover, this surface coating is strongly lubricating up to some tens of atmospheres, attributed to the hydration-lubrication mechanism acting at the exposed, highly hydrated surfactant headgroups. Upon replacement of the DTAD solution with surfactant-free water, the surface structures have changed on the DTAD monolayers, which then jump into adhesive contact on approach, both in water and following addition of 0.1 M NaNO3. This trimeric surfactant monolayer, which is highly hydrophobic, is found to be positively charged, which is evident from the attraction between the DTAD monolayer and negatively charged bare mica across water. These monolayers are stable over days even under a salt solution. The stability is attributed to the several stabilization pathways available to DTAD on the mica surface.

  18. Acetylene trimerization on Ag, Pd and Rh atoms deposited on MgO thin films.

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    Judai, Ken; Wörz, Anke S; Abbet, Stéphane; Antonietti, Jean-Marie; Heiz, Ueli; Del Vitto, Annalisa; Giordano, Livia; Pacchioni, Gianfranco

    2005-03-07

    The acetylene trimerization on the group VIII transition metal atoms, Rh and Pd, as well as on Ag atoms supported on MgO thin films has been studied experimentally and theoretically. The three metal atoms with the atomic configurations 4d(8)5s1 (Rh), 4d10s0 (Pd) and 4d(10)5s1 (Ag) behave distinctly differently. The coinage metal atom silver is basically inert for this reaction, whereas Pd is active at 220 and 320 K, and Rh produces benzene in a rather broad temperature range from 350 to ca. 430 K. The origins of these differences are not only the different electronic configurations, leading to a weak interaction of acetylene with silver due to strong Pauli repulsion with the 5s electron but also the different stability and dynamics of the three atoms on the MgO surface. In particular, Rh and Pd atoms interact differently with surface defects like the oxygen vacancies (F centers) and the step edges. Pd atoms migrate already at low temperature exclusively to F centers where the cyclotrimerization is efficiently promoted. The Rh atoms on the other hand are not only trapped on F centers but also at step edges up to about 300 K. Interestingly, only Rh atoms on F centers catalyze the trimerization reaction whereas they are turned inert on the step edges due to strong steric effects.

  19. Characterization of BCAM0224, a Multifunctional Trimeric Autotransporter from the Human Pathogen Burkholderia cenocepacia

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    Mil-Homens, Dalila; Leça, Maria Inês; Fernandes, Fábio; Pinto, Sandra N.

    2014-01-01

    Members of the trimeric autotransporter adhesin (TAA) family play a crucial role in adhesion of Gram-negative pathogens to host cells. Moreover, these proteins are multifunctional virulence factors involved in several other biological traits, including invasion into host cells and evasion of the host immune system. In cystic fibrosis epidemic Burkholderia cenocepacia strain J2315, we identified a unique TAA (BCAM0224)-encoding gene, previously described as being implicated in virulence. Here, we characterized this multifunctional protein, trying to establish its role in B. cenocepacia pathogenicity. We show that BCAM0224 occurs on the bacterial surface and adopts a trimeric conformation. Furthermore, we demonstrated that BCAM0224 is needed for earlier stages of biofilm formation and is required for swarming motility. In addition, BCAM0224 plays an important role in evasion of the human innate immune system, providing resistance against the bactericidal activity of serum via the complement classical pathway. Finally, BCAM0224 mediates bacterial adhesion to and invasion of cultured human bronchial epithelial cells. Together, these data reveal the high versatility of the BCAM0224 protein as a virulence factor in the pathogenic bacterium B. cenocepacia. PMID:24659767

  20. Structure of a trimeric variant of the Epstein-Barr virus glycoprotein B

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    Backovic, Marija; Longnecker, Richard; Jardetzky, Theodore S

    2009-03-16

    Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a herpesvirus that is associated with development of malignancies of lymphoid tissue. EBV infections are life-long and occur in >90% of the population. Herpesviruses enter host cells in a process that involves fusion of viral and cellular membranes. The fusion apparatus is comprised of envelope glycoprotein B (gB) and a heterodimeric complex made of glycoproteins H and L. Glycoprotein B is the most conserved envelope glycoprotein in human herpesviruses, and the structure of gB from Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) is available. Here, we report the crystal structure of the secreted EBV gB ectodomain, which forms 16-nm long spike-like trimers, structurally homologous to the postfusion trimers of the fusion protein G of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV). Comparative structural analyses of EBV gB and VSV G, which has been solved in its pre and postfusion states, shed light on gB residues that may be involved in conformational changes and membrane fusion. Also, the EBV gB structure reveals that, despite the high sequence conservation of gB in herpesviruses, the relative orientations of individual domains, the surface charge distributions, and the structural details of EBV gB differ from the HSV-1 protein, indicating regions and residues that may have important roles in virus-specific entry.

  1. Calculated ground state potential surface and excitation energies for the copper trimer

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    Walch, S. P.; Laskowski, B. C.

    1986-01-01

    In the context of their relevance to catalysis and to materials science problems, transition metals and transition metal (TM) compounds are currently of considerable interest, and studies have been conducted of the copper trimer, Cu3. The present investigation is concerned with a study of the ground state surface and several groups of excited states in order to improve the understanding of the spectroscopy of Cu3. Differences of the current study from previous investigations are related to an employment of larger basis sets and a more extensive electron correlation. This was done with the objective to obtain a more accurate definition of the ground state surface. Features of the bonding in the copper dimer are considered to obtain a basis for an understanding of the copper trimer. Attention is given to calculational details, the ground state surface, and calculated vertical excitation energies. The results of SCF/SDCI calculations are reported for portions of the ground surface, for two groups of excited states, and for the ionization potential of Cu3.

  2. Fundamental mechanisms of DNA radiosensitization: damage induced by low-energy electrons in brominated oligonucleotide trimers.

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    Park, Yeunsoo; Polska, Katarzyna; Rak, Janusz; Wagner, J Richard; Sanche, Léon

    2012-08-16

    The replacement of nucleobases with brominated analogs enhances DNA radiosensitivity. We examine the chemistry of low-energy electrons (LEEs) in this sensitization process by experiments with thin films of the oligonucleotide trimers TBrXT, where BrX = 5-BrU (5-bromouracil), 5-BrC (5-bromocytosine), 8-BrA (8-bromoadenine), or 8-BrG (8-bromoguanine). The products induced from irradiation of thin (∼ 2.5 nm) oligonucleotide films, with 10 eV electrons, under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) are analyzed by HPLC-UV. The number of damaged brominated trimers ranges from about 12 to 15 × 10(-3) molecules per incident electron, whereas under the identical conditions, these numbers drop to 4-7 × 10(-3) for the same, but nonbrominated oligonucleotides. The results of HPLC analysis show that the main degradation pathway of trinucleotides containing brominated bases involve debromination (i.e., loss of the bromine atom and its replacement with a hydrogen atom). The electron-induced sum of products upon bromination increases by factors of 2.1 for the pyrimidines and 3.2 for the purines. Thus, substitution of any native nucleobase with a brominated one in simple models of DNA increases LEE-induced damage to DNA and hence its radiosensitivity. Furthermore, besides the brominated pyrimidines that have already been tested in clinical trials, brominated purines not only appear to be promising sensitizers for radiotherapy, but could provide a higher degree of radiosensitization.

  3. Sequence analysis of trimer isomers formed by montmorillonite catalysis in the reaction of binary monomer mixtures.

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    Ertem, Gözen; Hazen, Robert M; Dworkin, Jason P

    2007-10-01

    Oligonucleotides are structurally similar to short RNA strands. Therefore, their formation via non-enzymatic reactions is highly relevant to Gilbert's RNA world scenario (1986) and the origin of life. In laboratory synthesis of oligonucleotides from monomers, it is necessary to remove the water molecules from the reaction medium to shift the equilibrium in favor of oligonucleotide formation, which would have been impossible for reactions that took place in dilute solutions on the early Earth. Model studies designed to address this problem demonstrate that montmorillonite, a phyllosilicate common on Earth and identified on Mars, efficiently catalyzes phosphodiester-bond formation between activated mononucleotides in dilute solutions and produces RNA-like oligomers. The purpose of this study was to examine the sequences and regiospecificity of trimer isomers formed in the reaction of 5'-phosphorimidazolides of adenosine and uridine. Results demonstrated that regiospecificity and sequence specificity observed in the dimer fractions are conserved in their elongation products. With regard to regiospecificity, 61% of the linkages were found to be RNA-like 3',5'-phosphodiester bonds. With regard to sequence specificity, we found that 88% of the linear trimers were hetero-isomers with 61% A-monomer and 39% U-monomer incorporation. These results lend support to Bernal's hypothesis that minerals may have played a significant role in the chemical processes that led to the origin of life by catalyzing the formation of phosphodiester bonds in RNA-like oligomers.

  4. The extended leader peptide of Haemophilus parasuis trimeric autotransporters conditions their protein expression in Escherichia coli.

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    Pina-Pedrero, Sonia; Olvera, Àlex; Bensaid, Albert

    2017-02-28

    Trimeric autotransporters are surface-exposed proteins of Gram-negative bacteria belonging to the type V secretion system. They are involved in virulence and are targets for vaccine and diagnostic tool development, so optimal systems for their expression and purification are required. In the present study, the impact of the extended leader peptide of the Haemophilus parasuis virulence-associated trimeric autotransporters (VtaA) in its production as recombinant proteins in Escherichia coli was evaluated. The 13 genes encoding the VtaA1 to VtaA13 passenger domains of the strain Nagasaki were cloned in the pASK-IBA33plus plasmid and expressed in E. coli. Recombinant protein production was higher for truncated forms in which the entire leader peptide was deleted, and the recombinant protein accumulated in the cytoplasm of the cells. The yield of protein production of the different VtaAs was size dependent, and reached maximal amount at 2-4 h post -induction. The optimization of these conditions allowed to scale-up the production to obtain enough recombinant protein to immunize large animals.

  5. Large collective motions regulate the functional properties of glutamate transporter trimers

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    Jiang, Jie; Shrivastava, Indira H.; Watts, Spencer D.; Bahar, Ivet; Amara, Susan G.

    2011-01-01

    Glutamate transporters clear synaptically released glutamate to maintain precise communication between neurons and limit glutamate neurotoxicity. Although much progress has been made on the topology, structure, and function of these carriers, few studies have addressed large-scale structural motions collectively associated with substrate transport. Here we show that a series of single cysteine substitutions in the helical hairpin HP2 of excitatory amino acid transporter 1 form intersubunit disulfide cross-links within the trimer. After cross-linking, substrate uptake, but not substrate-activated anion conductance, is completely inhibited in these mutants. These disulfide bridges link residue pairs > 40 Å apart in the outward-facing crystal structure, and can be explained by concerted subunit movements predicted by the anisotropic network model (ANM). The existence of these global motions is further supported by the observation that single cysteine substitutions at the extracellular part of the transmembrane domain 8 can also be cross-linked by copper phenanthroline as predicted by the ANM. Interestingly, the transport domain in the un-cross-linked subunit of the trimer assumes an inward-facing orientation, suggesting that individual subunits potentially undergo separate transitions between outward- and inward-facing forms, rather than an all-or-none transition of the three subunits, a mechanism also supported by ANM-predicted intrinsic dynamics. These results shed light on how large collective motions contribute to the functional dynamics of glutamate transporters. PMID:21876140

  6. Quaternary contact in the initial interaction of CD4 with the HIV-1 envelope trimer.

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    Liu, Qingbo; Acharya, Priyamvada; Dolan, Michael A; Zhang, Peng; Guzzo, Christina; Lu, Jacky; Kwon, Alice; Gururani, Deepali; Miao, Huiyi; Bylund, Tatsiana; Chuang, Gwo-Yu; Druz, Aliaksandr; Zhou, Tongqing; Rice, William J; Wigge, Christoph; Carragher, Bridget; Potter, Clinton S; Kwong, Peter D; Lusso, Paolo

    2017-04-01

    Binding of the gp120 envelope (Env) glycoprotein to the CD4 receptor is the first step in the HIV-1 infectious cycle. Although the CD4-binding site has been extensively characterized, the initial receptor interaction has been difficult to study because of major CD4-induced structural rearrangements. Here we used cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM) to visualize the initial contact of CD4 with the HIV-1 Env trimer at 6.8-Å resolution. A single CD4 molecule is embraced by a quaternary HIV-1-Env surface formed by coalescence of the previously defined CD4-contact region with a second CD4-binding site (CD4-BS2) in the inner domain of a neighboring gp120 protomer. Disruption of CD4-BS2 destabilized CD4-trimer interaction and abrogated HIV-1 infectivity by preventing the acquisition of coreceptor-binding competence. A corresponding reduction in HIV-1 infectivity occurred after the mutation of CD4 residues that interact with CD4-BS2. Our results document the critical role of quaternary interactions in the initial HIV-Env-receptor contact, with implications for treatment and vaccine design.

  7. Synthesis of Trimeric Organozinc Compounds and their Subsequent Reaction with Oxygen

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    Manzi, Joe A.; Knapp, Caroline E.; Parkin, Ivan P.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract A conventional solution‐based route to a cyclic trimeric organozinc compound [{Zn(Et)(β‐diketonate)}3] (β‐diketonate=OC(OMe)CHC(Me)O, 1) is described, with 1 structurally characterized for the first time. The ligand selection of bidentate β‐diketonates is shown to be key to isolating a cyclic trimer. Additional reaction of β‐diketonates with diethyl zinc were spectroscopically characterized as compounds of the type [{Zn(Et)(β‐diketonate)}n] (β‐diketonate=OC(Me)CHC(Me)O, 2, OC(OtBu)CHC(Me)O, 3). Further studies have shown that selective oxidation of these species produces cubanes of the general formula [{Zn(OC(R)CHC(Me)O)2Zn(Et)OEt}2] (R=OMe, 4; Me, 5; OtBu, 6), allowing a high oxygen content whilst remaining structurally suitable for use as precursors. The successful deposition of thin films of zinc oxide through aerosol‐assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD), using a novel precursor, is described and fully characterized. PMID:27547637

  8. Synthesis of Trimeric Organozinc Compounds and their Subsequent Reaction with Oxygen.

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    Manzi, Joe A; Knapp, Caroline E; Parkin, Ivan P; Carmalt, Claire J

    2016-08-01

    A conventional solution-based route to a cyclic trimeric organozinc compound [{Zn(Et)(β-diketonate)}3] (β-diketonate=OC(OMe)CHC(Me)O, 1) is described, with 1 structurally characterized for the first time. The ligand selection of bidentate β-diketonates is shown to be key to isolating a cyclic trimer. Additional reaction of β-diketonates with diethyl zinc were spectroscopically characterized as compounds of the type [{Zn(Et)(β-diketonate)} n ] (β-diketonate=OC(Me)CHC(Me)O, 2, OC(OtBu)CHC(Me)O, 3). Further studies have shown that selective oxidation of these species produces cubanes of the general formula [{Zn(OC(R)CHC(Me)O)2Zn(Et)OEt}2] (R=OMe, 4; Me, 5; OtBu, 6), allowing a high oxygen content whilst remaining structurally suitable for use as precursors. The successful deposition of thin films of zinc oxide through aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD), using a novel precursor, is described and fully characterized.

  9. Crystal Structure of Trimeric Carbohydrate Recognition and Neck Domains of Surfactant Protein A

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    Head,J.; Mealy, T.; McCormack, F.; Seaton, B.

    2003-01-01

    Surfactant protein A (SP-A), one of four proteins associated with pulmonary surfactant, binds with high affinity to alveolar phospholipid membranes, positioning the protein at the first line of defense against inhaled pathogens. SP-A exhibits both calcium-dependent carbohydrate binding, a characteristic of the collectin family, and specific interactions with lipid membrane components. The crystal structure of the trimeric carbohydrate recognition domain and neck domain of SP-A was solved to 2.1-{angstrom} resolution with multiwavelength anomalous dispersion phasing from samarium. Two metalbinding sites were identified, one in the highly conserved lectin site and the other 8.5 {angstrom} away. The interdomain carbohydrate recognition domain-neck angle is significantly less in SP-A than in the homologous collectins, surfactant protein D, and mannose-binding protein. This conformational difference may endow the SP-A trimer with a more extensive hydrophobic surface capable of binding lipophilic membrane components. The appearance of this surface suggests a putative binding region for membrane-derived SP-A ligands such as phosphatidylcholine and lipid A, the endotoxic lipid component of bacterial lipopolysaccharide that mediates the potentially lethal effects of Gram-negative bacterial infection.

  10. Isomerism of Trimeric Aluminum Complexes in Aqueous Environments: Exploration via DFT-Based Metadynamics Simulation.

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    Lanzani, Giorgio; Seitsonen, Ari P; Iannuzzi, Marcella; Laasonen, Kari; Pehkonen, Simo O

    2016-11-17

    The chemistry of aluminum or oxo-aluminum in water is still relatively unknown, although it is the basis for many chemical and industrial processes, including flocculation in water treatment plants. Trimeric species have a predominant role in the formation of the Keggin cations, which are the basic building blocks of aluminum-based chemicals. Despite this, details of the structural evolution of these small solvated clusters and how this is related to the processes leading to the formation of larger aggregates are still an open issue. To address these questions, here, we have applied the metadynamics (MTD) simulation technique [ Barducci , A. ; Wiley Interdiscip. Rev.: Comput. Mol. Sci. 2010 , 1 , 826 - 843 ] with density functional theory-based molecular dynamics to disclose the dynamics and structural conversions of trimeric aluminum complexes in an aqueous environment. The existence of a variety of competing metastable conformations, for example, book-like, cyclic boat, and linear shape conformations, is revealed in the MTD simulation. Furthermore, equilibrium simulations of the various intermediate states encountered along the MTD trajectory are used to assess their (meta)stability, determine the rearrangement of the OH ligands, and discuss the role of the solvating water.

  11. On the trimerization of cyanoacetylene: mechanism of formation of tricyanobenzene isomers and laboratory detection of their radio spectra.

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    Hopf, Henning; Mlynek, Cornelia; McMahon, Robert J; Menke, Jessica L; Lesarri, Alberto; Rosemeyer, Michael; Grabow, Jens-Uwe

    2010-12-17

    In support of a deeper understanding of the chemistry of cyanoacetylene--a known constituent of planetary atmospheres and interstellar space--theoretical and experimental studies address the chemical mechanism of dimerization and trimerization, and provide high-resolution rotational spectra of two of the trimeric products, 1,2,3- and 1,2,4-tricyanobenzene. Analysis of the rotational spectra is particularly challenging because of quadrupolar coupling from three (14)N nuclei. The laboratory rotational spectra provide the basis for future searches for these polar aromatic compounds in interstellar space by radio astronomy.

  12. A procyanidin type A trimer from cinnamon extract attenuates glial cell swelling and the reduction in glutamate uptake following ischemic injury in vitro

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    Dietary polyphenols exert neuroprotective effects in ischemic injury. The protective effects of a procyanidin type A trimer (trimer 1) isolated from a water soluble cinnamon extract (CE) were investigated on key features of ischemic injury including cell swelling, increased free radical production, ...

  13. Differential Antibody Responses to Conserved HIV-1 Neutralizing Epitopes in the Context of Multivalent Scaffolds and Native-Like gp140 Trimers.

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    Morris, Charles D; Azadnia, Parisa; de Val, Natalia; Vora, Nemil; Honda, Andrew; Giang, Erick; Saye-Francisco, Karen; Cheng, Yushao; Lin, Xiaohe; Mann, Colin J; Tang, Jeffrey; Sok, Devin; Burton, Dennis R; Law, Mansun; Ward, Andrew B; He, Linling; Zhu, Jiang

    2017-02-28

    Broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) have provided valuable insights into the humoral immune response to HIV-1. While rationally designed epitope scaffolds and well-folded gp140 trimers have been proposed as vaccine antigens, a comparative understanding of their antibody responses has not yet been established. In this study, we probed antibody responses to the N332 supersite and the membrane-proximal external region (MPER) in the context of heterologous protein scaffolds and native-like gp140 trimers. Ferritin nanoparticles and fragment crystallizable (Fc) regions were utilized as multivalent carriers to display scaffold antigens with grafted N332 and MPER epitopes, respectively. Trimeric scaffolds were also identified to stabilize the MPER-containing BG505 gp140.681 trimer in a native-like conformation. Following structural and antigenic evaluation, a subset of scaffold and trimer antigens was selected for immunization in BALB/c mice. Serum binding revealed distinct patterns of antibody responses to these two bNAb targets presented in different structural contexts. For example, the N332 nanoparticles elicited glycan epitope-specific antibody responses that could also recognize the native trimer, while a scaffolded BG505 gp140.681 trimer generated a stronger and more rapid antibody response to the trimer apex than its parent gp140.664 trimer. Furthermore, next-generation sequencing (NGS) of mouse splenic B cells revealed expansion of antibody lineages with long heavy-chain complementarity-determining region 3 (HCDR3) loops upon activation by MPER scaffolds, in contrast to the steady repertoires primed by N332 nanoparticles and a soluble gp140.664 trimer. These findings will facilitate the future development of a coherent vaccination strategy that combines both epitope-focused and trimer-based approaches.IMPORTANCE Both epitope-focused and trimer-based strategies are currently being explored in HIV-1 vaccine development, which aims to elicit broadly neutralizing

  14. Screening-Level Risk Assessment for Styrene-Acrylonitrile (SAN) Trimer Detected in Soil and Groundwater

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    Kirman, C. R.; Gargas, M. L.; Collins, J. J.; Rowlands, J. C.

    2012-01-01

    A screening-level risk assessment was conducted for styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) Trimer detected at the Reich Farm Superfund site in Toms River, NJ. Consistent with a screening-level approach, on-site and off-site exposure scenarios were evaluated using assumptions that are expected to overestimate actual exposures and hazards at the site. Environmental sampling data collected for soil and groundwater were used to estimate exposure point concentrations. Several exposure scenarios were evaluated to assess potential on-site and off-site exposures, using parameter values for exposures to soil (oral, inhalation of particulates, and dermal contact) and groundwater (oral, dermal contact) to reflect central tendency exposure (CTE) and reasonable maximum exposure (RME) conditions. Three reference dose (RfD) values were derived for SAN Trimer for short-term, subchronic, and chronic exposures, based upon its effects on the liver in exposed rats. Benchmark (BMD) methods were used to assess the relationship between exposure and response, and to characterize appropriate points of departure (POD) for each RfD. An uncertainty factor of 300 was applied to each POD to yield RfD values of 0.1, 0.04, and 0.03 mg/kg-d for short-term, subchronic, and chronic exposures, respectively. Because a chronic cancer bioassay for SAN Trimer in rats (NTP 2011a) does not provide evidence of carcinogenicity, a cancer risk assessment is not appropriate for this chemical. Potential health hazards to human health were assessed using a hazard index (HI) approach, which considers the ratio of exposure dose (i.e., average daily dose, mg/kg-d) to toxicity dose (RfD, mg/kg-d) for each scenario. All CTE and RME HI values are well below 1 (where the average daily dose is equivalent to the RfD), indicating that there is no concern for potential noncancer effects in exposed populations even under the conservative assumptions of this screening-level assessment. PMID:23030654

  15. Amyloid beta binds trimers as well as monomers of the 75-kDa neurotrophin receptor and activates receptor signaling.

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    Yaar, Mina; Zhai, Sen; Fine, Richard E; Eisenhauer, Patricia B; Arble, Bennett L; Stewart, Kenneth B; Gilchrest, Barbara A

    2002-03-08

    p75(NTR), a nerve growth factor co-receptor that has been implicated in apoptosis of neurons, is structurally related to Fas and the receptors for tumor necrosis factor-alpha that display ligand independent assembly into trimers. Using embryonic day 17 fetal rat cortical neurons and p75(NTR)-expressing NIH-3T3 cells, we now show that p75(NTR) exists as a trimer as well as a monomer. Furthermore, we have reported and others have confirmed that amyloid beta binds p75(NTR), and that this binding leads to apoptotic cell death. We now report that amyloid beta binds to trimers of p75(NTR) as well as to p75(NTR) monomers but not to the p140(trkA), the nerve growth factor co-receptor that mediates neuronal survival. Furthermore, amyloid beta activates p75(NTR), strongly inducing the transcription of c-Jun mRNA and stimulating the stress-activated c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase, as measured by phosphorylation of its substrate (glutathione S-transferase-c-Jun-(1-79)). Our data suggest that p75(NTR) may be present as a preformed trimer that binds amyloid beta to induce receptor activation, and support the hypothesis that p75(NTR) activation by amyloid beta is causally related to Alzheimer's disease.

  16. A Carboxy-Terminal Trimerization Domain Stabilizes Conformational Epitopes on the Stalk Domain of Soluble Recombinant Hemagglutinin Substrates

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    Krammer, Florian; Margine, Irina; Tan, Gene S.; Pica, Natalie; Krause, Jens C.; Palese, Peter

    2012-01-01

    Recently, a new class of broadly neutralizing anti-influenza virus antibodies that target the stalk domain of the viral hemagglutinin was discovered. As such, induction, isolation, characterization, and quantification of these novel antibodies has become an area of intense research and great interest. Since most of these antibodies bind to conformational epitopes, the structural integrity of hemagglutinin substrates for the detection and quantification of these antibodies is of high importance. Here we evaluate the binding of these antibodies to soluble, secreted hemagglutinins with or without a carboxy-terminal trimerization domain based on the natural trimerization domain of T4 phage fibritin. The lack of such a domain completely abolishes binding to group 1 hemagglutinins and also affects binding to group 2 hemagglutinins. Additionally, the presence of a trimerization domain positively influences soluble hemagglutinin stability during expression and purification. Our findings suggest that a carboxy-terminal trimerization domain is a necessary requirement for the structural integrity of stalk epitopes on recombinant soluble influenza virus hemagglutinin. PMID:22928001

  17. Differential binding of neutralizing and non-neutralizing antibodies to native-like soluble HIV-1 Env trimers, uncleaved Env proteins, and monomeric subunits.

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    Yasmeen, Anila; Ringe, Rajesh; Derking, Ronald; Cupo, Albert; Julien, Jean-Philippe; Burton, Dennis R; Ward, Andrew B; Wilson, Ian A; Sanders, Rogier W; Moore, John P; Klasse, Per Johan

    2014-05-29

    The trimeric envelope glycoproteins (Env) on the surface of HIV-1 virions are the targets for neutralizing antibodies (NAbs). No candidate HIV-1 immunogen has yet induced potent, broadly active NAbs (bNAbs). Part of the explanation may be that previously tested Env proteins inadequately mimic the functional, native Env complex. Trimerization and the proteolytic processing of Env precursors into gp120 and gp41 profoundly alter antigenicity, but soluble cleaved trimers are too unstable to serve as immunogens. By introducing stabilizing mutations (SOSIP), we constructed soluble, cleaved Env trimers derived from the HIV-1 subtype A isolate BG505 that resemble native Env spikes on virions both structurally and antigenically. We used surface plasmon resonance (SPR) to quantify antibody binding to different forms of BG505 Env: the proteolytically cleaved SOSIP.664 trimers, cleaved gp120-gp41ECTO protomers, and gp120 monomers. Non-NAbs to the CD4-binding site bound only marginally to the trimers but equally well to gp120-gp41ECTO protomers and gp120 monomers, whereas the bNAb VRC01, directed to the CD4bs, bound to all three forms. In contrast, bNAbs to V1V2 glycan-dependent epitopes bound preferentially (PG9 and PG16) or exclusively (PGT145) to trimers. We also explored the antigenic consequences of three different features of SOSIP.664 gp140 trimers: the engineered inter-subunit disulfide bond, the trimer-stabilizing I559P change in gp41ECTO, and proteolytic cleavage at the gp120-gp41ECTO junction. Each of these three features incrementally promoted native-like trimer antigenicity. We compared Fab and IgG versions of bNAbs and validated a bivalent model of IgG binding. The NAbs showed widely divergent binding kinetics and degrees of binding to native-like BG505 SOSIP.664. High off-rate constants and low stoichiometric estimates of NAb binding were associated with large amounts of residual infectivity after NAb neutralization of the corresponding BG505.T332N pseudovirus

  18. Differential binding of neutralizing and non-neutralizing antibodies to native-like soluble HIV-1 Env trimers, uncleaved Env proteins, and monomeric subunits

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    2014-01-01

    Background The trimeric envelope glycoproteins (Env) on the surface of HIV-1 virions are the targets for neutralizing antibodies (NAbs). No candidate HIV-1 immunogen has yet induced potent, broadly active NAbs (bNAbs). Part of the explanation may be that previously tested Env proteins inadequately mimic the functional, native Env complex. Trimerization and the proteolytic processing of Env precursors into gp120 and gp41 profoundly alter antigenicity, but soluble cleaved trimers are too unstable to serve as immunogens. By introducing stabilizing mutations (SOSIP), we constructed soluble, cleaved Env trimers derived from the HIV-1 subtype A isolate BG505 that resemble native Env spikes on virions both structurally and antigenically. Results We used surface plasmon resonance (SPR) to quantify antibody binding to different forms of BG505 Env: the proteolytically cleaved SOSIP.664 trimers, cleaved gp120-gp41ECTO protomers, and gp120 monomers. Non-NAbs to the CD4-binding site bound only marginally to the trimers but equally well to gp120-gp41ECTO protomers and gp120 monomers, whereas the bNAb VRC01, directed to the CD4bs, bound to all three forms. In contrast, bNAbs to V1V2 glycan-dependent epitopes bound preferentially (PG9 and PG16) or exclusively (PGT145) to trimers. We also explored the antigenic consequences of three different features of SOSIP.664 gp140 trimers: the engineered inter-subunit disulfide bond, the trimer-stabilizing I559P change in gp41ECTO, and proteolytic cleavage at the gp120-gp41ECTO junction. Each of these three features incrementally promoted native-like trimer antigenicity. We compared Fab and IgG versions of bNAbs and validated a bivalent model of IgG binding. The NAbs showed widely divergent binding kinetics and degrees of binding to native-like BG505 SOSIP.664. High off-rate constants and low stoichiometric estimates of NAb binding were associated with large amounts of residual infectivity after NAb neutralization of the corresponding BG505.T

  19. Infrared spectra of the Ne2-N2O, Ar2-N2O trimers

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    Rezaei, M.; Michaelian, K. H.; McKellar, A. R. W.; Moazzen-Ahmadi, N.

    2012-08-01

    Spectra of the van der Waals trimers Ar2-N2O and Ne2-N2O are studied in the region of the N2O ν1 fundamental (≈2220 cm-1) using a tunable quantum cascade laser to probe a pulsed supersonic expansion from a slit jet nozzle. Improved data are obtained for the dimers Ar-N2O and Ne-N2O, and the Q-branch of Ar3-N2O is tentatively assigned. The vibrational shifts for Nen-N2O are almost exactly linear for n = 0-2. However, for Arn-N2O the n = 2 band origin is slightly blue-shifted compared to the linear prediction, and the n = 3 origin (if correct) is more significantly blue-shifted (by 0.09 cm-1).

  20. Change of phonon Raman spectra with V trimerization in BaV10O15

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    Kanzaki, T.; Kubota, R.; Katsufuji, T.

    2012-04-01

    We investigated Raman scattering of BaV10O15, which exhibits a structural phase transition with V trimerization at Tc=123 K possibly dominated by the orbital ordering of V t2g states. It was found that phonon Raman spectra drastically change at Tc. According to the analysis of the phonon spectra based on the bond-polarizability model, the force constant of the V-V bond increases by 75% and the peak width is reduced by half below Tc. This result can be explained by the existence of disorder originating from orbital degrees of freedom above Tc, which is suppressed by the long-range orbital ordering below Tc.

  1. Dynamics of the central-depleted-well regime in the open Bose-Hubbard trimer.

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    Penna, Vittorio

    2013-05-01

    We study the quantum dynamics of the central-depleted-well (CDW) regime in a three-mode Bose Hubbard model subject to a confining parabolic potential. By introducing a suitable set of momentum-like modes we identify the microscopic variables involved in the quantization process and the dynamical algebra of the model. We describe the diagonalization procedure showing that the model reduces to a double oscillator. Interestingly, we find that the parameter-space domain where this scheme entails a discrete spectrum well reproduces the two regions where the classical trimer excludes unstable oscillations. Spectral properties are examined in different limiting cases together with various delocalization effects. These are shown to characterize quantum states of the CDW regime in the proximity of the borderline with classically unstable domains.

  2. Diverse Regulation of Temperature Sensation by Trimeric G-Protein Signaling in Caenorhabditis elegans

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    Ujisawa, Tomoyo; Ohta, Akane; Uda-Yagi, Misato

    2016-01-01

    Temperature sensation by the nervous system is essential for life and proliferation of animals. The molecular-physiological mechanisms underlying temperature signaling have not been fully elucidated. We show here that diverse regulatory machinery underlies temperature sensation through trimeric G-protein signaling in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Molecular-genetic studies demonstrated that cold tolerance is regulated by additive functions of three Gα proteins in a temperature-sensing neuron, ASJ, which is also known to be a light-sensing neuron. Optical recording of calcium concentration in ASJ upon temperature-changes demonstrated that three Gα proteins act in different aspects of temperature signaling. Calcium concentration changes in ASJ upon temperature change were unexpectedly decreased in a mutant defective in phosphodiesterase, which is well known as a negative regulator of calcium increase. Together, these data demonstrate commonalities and differences in the molecular components concerned with light and temperature signaling in a single sensory neuron. PMID:27788246

  3. Theoretical research program to study transition metal trimers and embedded clusters

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    Walch, S. P.

    1984-01-01

    Small transition metal clusters were studied at a high level of approximation, including all the valence electrons in the calculation and extensive electron correlation, in order to understand the electronic structure of these small metal clusters. By comparison of dimers, trimers, and possibly higher clusters, the information obtained was used to provide insights into the electronic structure of bulk transition metals. Small metal clusters are currently of considerable experimental interest and some information is becomming available both from matrix electron spin resonance studies and from gas phase spectroscopy. Collaboration between theorists and experimentalists is thus expected to be especially profitable at this time since there is some experimental information which can serve to guide the theoretical work.

  4. Dimeric and trimeric triazole based molecules as a new class of Hsp90 molecular chaperone inhibitors.

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    Terracciano, Stefania; Chini, Maria Giovanna; Piaz, Fabrizio Dal; Vassallo, Antonio; Riccio, Raffaele; Bruno, Ines; Bifulco, Giuseppe

    2013-07-01

    In the last decade Hsp90 inhibitors have emerged as attractive candidates for the development of new potent anticancer therapeutics. In order to identify novel agents able to block the chaperone activity, following a structure-based approach, we used in silico screening to direct the synthesis of potential inhibitors bearing the triazole scaffold, a widespread motif in drug-like molecules. Docking results, performed on a larger collection of dimeric and trimeric triazole derivatives, suggested the synthesis of some molecules showing different calculated binding energies and modes. Surface Plasmon Resonance Binding assay, performed on the synthesized compounds, allow to identify a series of molecules able to potently interact with the target enzyme and to disclose an interesting hit: compound 2b showed to interact with the ATP binding site in the N-terminus domain of Hsp90 and to efficiently inhibit the chaperone activity.

  5. Heteroleptic Tetrapyrrole-Fused Dimeric and Trimeric Skeletons with Unusual Non-Frustrated Fluorescence.

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    Zhang, Yuehong; Oh, Juwon; Wang, Kang; Chen, Chao; Cao, Wei; Park, Kyu Hyung; Kim, Dongho; Jiang, Jianzhuang

    2016-03-18

    Phthalocyanine (Pc) and porphyrin (Por) chromophores have been fused through the benzo[α]pyrazine moiety, resulting in unprecedented heteroleptic tetrapyrrole-fused dimers and trimers. The heteroleptic tetrapyrrole nature has been clearly revealed based on single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis of the zinc dimer. Electrochemical analysis, theoretical calculations, and time-resolved spectroscopic results disclose that the two/three-tetrapyrrole-fused skeletons behave as one totally π-conjugated system as a result of the strong conjugative interaction between/among the tetrapyrrole chromophores. In particular, the effectively extended π-electron system through the fused-bridge induced strong electronic communication between the Pc and Por moieties and large transition dipole moments in the Pc-Por-fused systems, providing high fluorescence quantum yields (>0.13) and relatively long excited state lifetimes (>1.3 ns) in comparison with their homo-tetrapyrrole-fused analogues.

  6. Trimerization of the HIV Transmembrane Domain in Lipid Bilayers Modulates Broadly Neutralizing Antibody Binding.

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    Reichart, Timothy M; Baksh, Michael M; Rhee, Jin-Kyu; Fiedler, Jason D; Sligar, Stephen G; Finn, M G; Zwick, Michael B; Dawson, Philip E

    2016-02-18

    The membrane-proximal external region (MPER) of HIV gp41 is an established target of antibodies that neutralize a broad range of HIV isolates. To evaluate the role of the transmembrane (TM) domain, synthetic MPER-derived peptides were incorporated into lipid nanoparticles using natural and designed TM domains, and antibody affinity was measured using immobilized and solution-based techniques. Peptides incorporating the native HIV TM domain exhibit significantly stronger interactions with neutralizing antibodies than peptides with a monomeric TM domain. Furthermore, a peptide with a trimeric, three-helix bundle TM domain recapitulates the binding profile of the native sequence. These studies suggest that neutralizing antibodies can bind the MPER when the TM domain is a three-helix bundle and this presentation could influence the binding of neutralizing antibodies to the virus. Lipid-bilayer presentation of viral antigens in Nanodiscs is a new platform for evaluating neutralizing antibodies.

  7. Characterization of a trimeric MPER containing HIV-1 gp41 antigen

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    Hinz, Andreas; Schoehn, Guy; Quendler, Heribert; Hulsik, David Lutje; Stiegler, Gabi; Katinger, Hermann; Seaman, Michael S.; Montefiori, David; Weissenhorn, Winfried

    2009-08-01

    The membrane-proximal external region (MPER) of gp41 is considered as a prime target for the induction of neutralizing antibodies, since it contains the epitopes for three broadly neutralizing antibodies (2F5, 4E10 and Z13). Here we present a novel gp41 construct (HA-gp41) comprising gp41 HR2 and MPER fused to two triple-stranded coiled-coil domains at both ends. HA-gp41 is trimeric, has a high helical content in solution and forms rod-like structures as revealed by negative staining electron microscopy. Immunization of rabbits with HA-gp41 induced antibodies directed against MPER, which failed to exert significant neutralization capacity against envelopes from primary isolates. Thus trimerisation of MPER regions does not suffice to induce a potent neutralizing antibody response specific for conserved regions within gp41.

  8. Theoretical research program to study transition metal trimers and embedded clusters

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    Walch, S. P.

    1985-01-01

    Small transition metal clusters at a high level of approximation i.e. including all the valence electrons in the calculation and also including extensive electron correlation were studied. Perhaps the most useful end result of these studies is the qualitative information about the electronic structure of these small metal clusters, including the nature of the bonding. The electronic structure studies of the small clusters are directly applicable to problems in catalysis. From comparison of dimers, trimers and possibly higher clusters, it is possible to extrapolate the information obtained to provide insights into the electronic structure of bulk transition metals and their interaction with other atoms and molecules at both surface and interior locations.

  9. Topological phases and edge states in a non-Hermitian trimerized optical lattice

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    Jin, L.

    2017-09-01

    Topologically engineered optical materials support robust light transport. Herein, the investigated non-Hermitian lattice is trimerized and inhomogeneously coupled using uniform intracell coupling. The topological properties of the coupled waveguide lattice are evaluated and we find that the PT -symmetric phase of a PT -symmetric lattice can have different topologies; the edge states depend on the lattice size, boundary configuration, and competition between the coupling and degree of non-Hermiticity. The topologically nontrivial region is extended in the presence of periodic gain and loss. The nonzero geometric phases accumulated by the Bloch bands indicate the existence of topologically protected edge states between the band gaps. The unidirectional amplification and attenuation zero modes appear above a threshold degree of non-Hermiticity, which facilitates the development of a robust optical diode.

  10. Postionization fragmentation of rare-gas trimers revisited with new theoretical approaches

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    Janeček, Ivan; Cintavá, Silvie; Hrivňák, Daniel; Kalus, René; Fárník, Michal; Gadea, Florent Xavier

    2009-09-01

    A new theoretical approach is presented for the general treatment of nonadiabatic hybrid dynamics (mixing classical and quantum approach) and applied to the postionization of rare-gas trimers. There was an important disagreement between trajectory surface hopping (TSH) or mean field (MF) approaches and the experimental results; noteworthy, with the new method qualitative and almost quantitative agreement is found for the fragmentation ratios of ionic monomers and dimers. For the first time in the theory as in the experiment, the dimers prevail for argon while monomers strongly dominate for the heavier rare gases, krypton and xenon. A new compromise between MF and TSH approaches is proposed and the new method is found quite robust with results not too sensitive to various possible implementations.

  11. LINC Complexes Form by Binding of Three KASH Peptides to Domain Interfaces of Trimeric SUN Proteins

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    Sosa, Brian A.; Rothballer, Andrea; Kutay, Ulrike; Schwartz, Thomas U.

    2012-08-31

    Linker of nucleoskeleton and cytoskeleton (LINC) complexes span the nuclear envelope and are composed of KASH and SUN proteins residing in the outer and inner nuclear membrane, respectively. LINC formation relies on direct binding of KASH and SUN in the perinuclear space. Thereby, molecular tethers are formed that can transmit forces for chromosome movements, nuclear migration, and anchorage. We present crystal structures of the human SUN2-KASH1/2 complex, the core of the LINC complex. The SUN2 domain is rigidly attached to a trimeric coiled coil that prepositions it to bind three KASH peptides. The peptides bind in three deep and expansive grooves formed between adjacent SUN domains, effectively acting as molecular glue. In addition, a disulfide between conserved cysteines on SUN and KASH covalently links both proteins. The structure provides the basis of LINC complex formation and suggests a model for how LINC complexes might arrange into higher-order clusters to enhance force-coupling.

  12. Synthesis and evaluation of di- and trimeric hydroxylamine-based β-(1→3)-glucan mimetics.

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    Ferry, Angélique; Malik, Gaëlle; Guinchard, Xavier; Vĕtvička, Václav; Crich, David

    2014-10-22

    Di- and trimeric hydroxylamine-based mimetics of β-(1→3)-glucans have been accessed by an asymmetric synthesis route featuring an iterative double ring-closing reductive amination reaction. These oligomeric hydroxylamines are demonstrated to inhibit the staining of human neutrophils and of mouse macrophages by fluorescent anti-CR3 and anti-dectin-1 antibodies, respectively, and to stimulate phagocytosis, all in a linkage-dependent manner suggestive of binding to the lectin domains of complement receptor 3 (CR3) and dectin-1. The ability of these relatively short mimetics to bind to CR3 and dectin-1, as compared to the greater degree of polymerization required in β-(1→3)-glucans, is discussed in terms of the increased hydrophobicity of the α-face on replacement of the glycosidic bond by the hydroxylamine linkage.

  13. Fragmentation dynamics of ionized neon trimer inside helium nanodroplets: a theoretical study.

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    Bonhommeau, David; Viel, Alexandra; Halberstadt, Nadine

    2004-06-22

    We report a theoretical study of the fragmentation dynamics of Ne(3) (+) inside helium nanodroplets, following vertical ionization of the neutral neon trimer. The motion of the neon atoms is treated classically, while transitions between the electronic states of the ionic cluster are treated quantum mechanically. A diatomics-in-molecules description of the potential energy surfaces is used, in a minimal basis set consisting of three effective p orbitals on each neon atom for the missing electron. The helium environment is modeled by a friction force acting on the neon atoms when their speed exceeds the Landau velocity. A reasonable range of values for the corresponding friction coefficient is obtained by comparison with existing experimental measurements.

  14. Biochemical, conformational, and immunogenic analysis of soluble trimeric forms of henipavirus fusion glycoproteins.

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    Chan, Yee-Peng; Lu, Min; Dutta, Somnath; Yan, Lianying; Barr, Jennifer; Flora, Michael; Feng, Yan-Ru; Xu, Kai; Nikolov, Dimitar B; Wang, Lin-Fa; Skiniotis, Georgios; Broder, Christopher C

    2012-11-01

    The henipaviruses, Hendra virus (HeV) and Nipah virus (NiV), are paramyxoviruses discovered in the mid- to late 1990s that possess a broad host tropism and are known to cause severe and often fatal disease in both humans and animals. HeV and NiV infect cells by a pH-independent membrane fusion mechanism facilitated by their attachment (G) and fusion (F) glycoproteins. Here, several soluble forms of henipavirus F (sF) were engineered and characterized. Recombinant sF was produced by deleting the transmembrane (TM) and cytoplasmic tail (CT) domains and appending a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchor signal sequence followed by GPI-phospholipase D digestion, appending a trimeric coiled-coil (GCNt) domain (sF(GCNt)), or deleting the TM, CT, and fusion peptide domain. These sF glycoproteins were produced as F(0) precursors, and all were apparent stable trimers recognized by NiV-specific antisera. Surprisingly, however, only the GCNt-appended constructs (sF(GCNt)) could elicit cross-reactive henipavirus-neutralizing antibody in mice. In addition, sF(GCNt) constructs could be triggered in vitro by protease cleavage and heat to transition from an apparent prefusion to postfusion conformation, transitioning through an intermediate that could be captured by a peptide corresponding to the C-terminal heptad repeat domain of F. The pre- and postfusion structures of sF(GCNt) and non-GCNt-appended sF could be revealed by electron microscopy and were distinguishable by F-specific monoclonal antibodies. These data suggest that only certain sF constructs could serve as potential subunit vaccine immunogens against henipaviruses and also establish important tools for further structural, functional, and diagnostic studies on these important emerging viruses.

  15. HSF1 Protects Neurons through a Novel Trimerization- and HSP-Independent Mechanism

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    Verma, Pragya; Pfister, Jason A.; Mallick, Sathi

    2014-01-01

    Heat shock factor 1 (HSF1) protects neurons from death caused by the accumulation of misfolded proteins. It is believed that this protective effect is mediated by the transcriptional stimulation of genes encoding heat shock proteins (HSPs), a family of chaperones that refold or degrade misfolded proteins. Whether HSF1 is protective when neuronal death is not caused by protein misfolding has not been studied. Here, we report that HSF1 expression is necessary for the survival of rat neurons and that HSF1 mRNA and protein expression is reduced in neurons primed to die. Knock-down of HSF1 induces death of otherwise healthy neurons, whereas reestablishment of elevated levels of HSF1 protects neurons even when death is not due to accumulation of misfolded proteins. Neuroprotection by HSF1 does not require its trimerization, an event obligatory for the binding of HSF1 to heat shock elements within HSP gene promoters. Moreover, knock-down of HSP70 or blockade of HSP90 signaling does not reduce neuroprotection by HSF1. Although several neuroprotective molecules and signaling pathways, including CaMK, PKA, Casein kinase-II, and the Raf-MEK-ERK and PI-3K-Akt pathways, are not required for HSF1-mediated neuroprotection, protection is abrogated by inhibition of classical histone deacetylases (HDACs). We report that the novel mechanism of neuroprotection by HSF1 involves cooperation with SIRT1, an HDAC with well documented neuroprotective effects. Using a cell culture model of Huntington's disease, we show that HSF1 trimerization is not required for protection against mutant huntingtin-induced neurotoxicity, suggesting that HSF1 can protect neurons against both proteinopathic and nonproteinopathic death through a noncanonical pathway. PMID:24478344

  16. HSF1 protects neurons through a novel trimerization- and HSP-independent mechanism.

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    Verma, Pragya; Pfister, Jason A; Mallick, Sathi; D'Mello, Santosh R

    2014-01-29

    Heat shock factor 1 (HSF1) protects neurons from death caused by the accumulation of misfolded proteins. It is believed that this protective effect is mediated by the transcriptional stimulation of genes encoding heat shock proteins (HSPs), a family of chaperones that refold or degrade misfolded proteins. Whether HSF1 is protective when neuronal death is not caused by protein misfolding has not been studied. Here, we report that HSF1 expression is necessary for the survival of rat neurons and that HSF1 mRNA and protein expression is reduced in neurons primed to die. Knock-down of HSF1 induces death of otherwise healthy neurons, whereas reestablishment of elevated levels of HSF1 protects neurons even when death is not due to accumulation of misfolded proteins. Neuroprotection by HSF1 does not require its trimerization, an event obligatory for the binding of HSF1 to heat shock elements within HSP gene promoters. Moreover, knock-down of HSP70 or blockade of HSP90 signaling does not reduce neuroprotection by HSF1. Although several neuroprotective molecules and signaling pathways, including CaMK, PKA, Casein kinase-II, and the Raf-MEK-ERK and PI-3K-Akt pathways, are not required for HSF1-mediated neuroprotection, protection is abrogated by inhibition of classical histone deacetylases (HDACs). We report that the novel mechanism of neuroprotection by HSF1 involves cooperation with SIRT1, an HDAC with well documented neuroprotective effects. Using a cell culture model of Huntington's disease, we show that HSF1 trimerization is not required for protection against mutant huntingtin-induced neurotoxicity, suggesting that HSF1 can protect neurons against both proteinopathic and nonproteinopathic death through a noncanonical pathway.

  17. Ubiquitination of p27 is regulated by Cdk-dependent phosphorylation and trimeric complex formation

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    Montagnoli, Alessia; Fiore, Francesca; Eytan, Esther; Carrano, Andrea C.; Draetta, Giulio F.; Hershko, Avram; Pagano, Michele

    1999-01-01

    The cellular abundance of the cyclin-dependent kinase (Cdk) inhibitor p27 is regulated by the ubiquitin–proteasome system. Activation of p27 degradation is seen in proliferating cells and in many types of aggressive human carcinomas. p27 can be phosphorylated on threonine 187 by Cdks, and cyclin E/Cdk2 overexpression can stimulate the degradation of wild-type p27, but not of a threonine 187-to-alanine p27 mutant [p27(T187A)]. However, whether threonine 187 phosphorylation stimulates p27 degradation through the ubiquitin–proteasome system or an alternative pathway is still not known. Here, we demonstrate that p27 ubiquitination (as assayed in vivo and in an in vitro reconstituted system) is cell-cycle regulated and that Cdk activity is required for the in vitro ubiquitination of p27. Furthermore, ubiquitination of wild-type p27, but not of p27(T187A), can occur in G1-enriched extracts only upon addition of cyclin E/Cdk2 or cyclin A/Cdk2. Using a phosphothreonine 187 site-specific antibody for p27, we show that threonine 187 phosphorylation of p27 is also cell-cycle dependent, being present in proliferating cells but undetectable in G1 cells. Finally, we show that in addition to threonine 187 phosphorylation, efficient p27 ubiquitination requires formation of a trimeric complex with the cyclin and Cdk subunits. In fact, cyclin B/Cdk1 which can phosphorylate p27 efficiently, but cannot form a stable complex with it, is unable to stimulate p27 ubiquitination by G1 extracts. Furthermore, another p27 mutant [p27(CK−)] that can be phosphorylated by cyclin E/Cdk2 but cannot bind this kinase complex, is refractory to ubiquitination. Thus throughout the cell cycle, both phosphorylation and trimeric complex formation act as signals for the ubiquitination of a Cdk inhibitor. PMID:10323868

  18. Theranostic Value of Multimers: Lessons Learned from Trimerization of Neurotensin Receptor Ligands and Other Targeting Vectors

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    Maschauer, Simone; Einsiedel, Jürgen; Reich, Dominik; Hübner, Harald; Gmeiner, Peter; Wester, Hans-Jürgen; Prante, Olaf; Notni, Johannes

    2017-01-01

    Neurotensin receptor 1 (NTS1) is overexpressed on a variety of cancer entities; for example, prostate cancer, ductal pancreatic adenocarcinoma, and breast cancer. Therefore, it represents an interesting target for the diagnosis of these cancers types by positron emission tomography (PET). The metabolically-stabilized neurotensin (NT) derivative peptide Nlys8-Lys9-Pro10-Tyr11-Tle12-Leu13-OH was elongated at the N-terminus with 6-azido norleucine and coupled with the 1,4,7-triazacyclononane-1,4,7-tris[(2-carboxyethyl)methylenephosphinic acid] (TRAP) chelator TRAP(alkyne)3 in order to synthesize a NT trimer with subnanomolar affinity and high stability. The 68Ga-labeled peptide [68Ga]Ga-TRAP(NT4)3 was characterized in vitro using the NTS1-expressing human colorectal adenocarcinoma cell line HT29. It displayed fast and high internalization rates of >90%, but also fast efflux rates of 50% over 15 min. In vivo, [68Ga]Ga-TRAP(NT4)3 showed moderate HT29 tumor uptake values of 1.7 %ID/g at 60 min post-injection (p.i.), but also high uptake and retention in the kidneys and liver. A comparison of data for trimer/monomer pairs of NT ligands and other targeting vectors (peptides and peptoids targeting integrins αvβ3, α5β1, and αvβ6, the PSMA-ligand DUPA (2-[3-(1,3-dicarboxypropyl)-ureido]pentanedioic acid), and nitroimidazoles targeting hypoxia) revealed that multimers always exhibit higher target affinities and tumor uptake, but not necessarily improved tumor-to-tissue ratios. Thus, although in vitro data are not suitable for prediction of in vivo performance, multimers are potentially superior to monomers, particularly for applications where high tumor accumulation is crucial. PMID:28287433

  19. Trimeric intracellular cation channels and sarcoplasmic/endoplasmic reticulum calcium homeostasis.

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    Zhou, Xinyu; Lin, Peihui; Yamazaki, Daiju; Park, Ki Ho; Komazaki, Shinji; Chen, S R Wayne; Takeshima, Hiroshi; Ma, Jianjie

    2014-02-14

    Trimeric intracellular cation channels (TRIC) represents a novel class of trimeric intracellular cation channels. Two TRIC isoforms have been identified in both the human and the mouse genomes: TRIC-A, a subtype predominantly expressed in the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) of muscle cells, and TRIC-B, a ubiquitous subtype expressed in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) of all tissues. Genetic ablation of either TRIC-A or TRIC-B leads to compromised K(+) permeation and Ca(2+) release across the SR/ER membrane, supporting the hypothesis that TRIC channels provide a counter balancing K(+) flux that reduces SR/ER membrane depolarization for maintenance of the electrochemical gradient that drives SR/ER Ca(2+) release. TRIC-A and TRIC-B seem to have differential functions in Ca(2+) signaling in excitable and nonexcitable cells. Tric-a(-/-) mice display defective Ca(2+) sparks and spontaneous transient outward currents in arterial smooth muscle and develop hypertension, in addition to skeletal muscle dysfunction. Knockout of TRIC-B results in abnormal IP3 receptor-mediated Ca(2+) release in airway epithelial cells, respiratory defects, and neonatal lethality. Double knockout mice lacking both TRIC-A and TRIC-B show embryonic lethality as a result of cardiac arrest. Such an aggravated lethality indicates that TRIC-A and TRIC-B share complementary physiological functions in Ca(2+) signaling in embryonic cardiomyocytes. Tric-a(-/-) and Tric-b(+/-) mice are viable and susceptible to stress-induced heart failure. Recent evidence suggests that TRIC-A directly modulates the function of the cardiac ryanodine receptor 2 Ca(2+) release channel, which in turn controls store-overload-induced Ca(2+) release from the SR. Thus, the TRIC channels, in addition to providing a countercurrent for SR/ER Ca(2+) release, may also function as accessory proteins that directly modulate the ryanodine receptor/IP3 receptor channel functions.

  20. Trimeric Autotransporter DsrA Is a Major Mediator of Fibrinogen Binding in Haemophilus ducreyi

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    Fusco, William G.; Elkins, Christopher

    2013-01-01

    Haemophilus ducreyi is the etiologic agent of the sexually transmitted genital ulcer disease chancroid. In both natural and experimental chancroid, H. ducreyi colocalizes with fibrin at the base of the ulcer. Fibrin is obtained by cleavage of the serum glycoprotein fibrinogen (Fg) by thrombin to initiate formation of the blood clot. Fg binding proteins are critical virulence factors in medically important Gram-positive bacteria. H. ducreyi has previously been shown to bind Fg in an agglutination assay, and the H. ducreyi Fg binding protein FgbA was identified in ligand blotting with denatured proteins. To better characterize the interaction of H. ducreyi with Fg, we examined Fg binding to intact, viable H. ducreyi bacteria and identified a novel Fg binding protein. H. ducreyi bound unlabeled Fg in a dose-dependent manner, as measured by two different methods. In ligand blotting with total denatured cellular proteins, digoxigenin (DIG)-Fg bound only two H. ducreyi proteins, the trimeric autotransporter DsrA and the lectin DltA; however, only the isogenic dsrA mutant had significantly less cell-associated Fg than parental strains in Fg binding assays with intact bacteria. Furthermore, expression of DsrA, but not DltA or an empty vector, rendered the non-Fg-binding H. influenzae strain Rd capable of binding Fg. A 13-amino-acid sequence in the C-terminal section of the passenger domain of DsrA appears to be involved in Fg binding by H. ducreyi. Taken together, these data suggest that the trimeric autotransporter DsrA is a major determinant of Fg binding at the surface of H. ducreyi. PMID:24042118

  1. Trimeric autotransporter DsrA is a major mediator of fibrinogen binding in Haemophilus ducreyi.

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    Fusco, William G; Elkins, Christopher; Leduc, Isabelle

    2013-12-01

    Haemophilus ducreyi is the etiologic agent of the sexually transmitted genital ulcer disease chancroid. In both natural and experimental chancroid, H. ducreyi colocalizes with fibrin at the base of the ulcer. Fibrin is obtained by cleavage of the serum glycoprotein fibrinogen (Fg) by thrombin to initiate formation of the blood clot. Fg binding proteins are critical virulence factors in medically important Gram-positive bacteria. H. ducreyi has previously been shown to bind Fg in an agglutination assay, and the H. ducreyi Fg binding protein FgbA was identified in ligand blotting with denatured proteins. To better characterize the interaction of H. ducreyi with Fg, we examined Fg binding to intact, viable H. ducreyi bacteria and identified a novel Fg binding protein. H. ducreyi bound unlabeled Fg in a dose-dependent manner, as measured by two different methods. In ligand blotting with total denatured cellular proteins, digoxigenin (DIG)-Fg bound only two H. ducreyi proteins, the trimeric autotransporter DsrA and the lectin DltA; however, only the isogenic dsrA mutant had significantly less cell-associated Fg than parental strains in Fg binding assays with intact bacteria. Furthermore, expression of DsrA, but not DltA or an empty vector, rendered the non-Fg-binding H. influenzae strain Rd capable of binding Fg. A 13-amino-acid sequence in the C-terminal section of the passenger domain of DsrA appears to be involved in Fg binding by H. ducreyi. Taken together, these data suggest that the trimeric autotransporter DsrA is a major determinant of Fg binding at the surface of H. ducreyi.

  2. A plant-produced H1N1 trimeric hemagglutinin protects mice from a lethal influenza virus challenge

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    Shoji, Yoko; Jones, R. Mark; Mett, Vadim; Chichester, Jessica A.; Musiychuk, Konstantin; Sun, Xiangjie; Tumpey, Terrence M.; Green, Brian J.; Shamloul, Moneim; Norikane, Joey; Bi, Hong; Hartman, Caitlin E.; Bottone, Cory; Stewart, Michelle; Streatfield, Stephen J.; Yusibov, Vidadi

    2013-01-01

    The increased worldwide awareness of seasonal and pandemic influenza, including pandemic H1N1 virus, has stimulated interest in the development of economic platforms for rapid, large-scale production of safe and effective subunit vaccines. In recent years, plants have demonstrated their utility as such a platform and have been used to produce vaccine antigens against various infectious diseases. Previously, we have produced in our transient plant expression system a recombinant monomeric hemagglutinin (HA) protein (HAC1) derived from A/California/04/09 (H1N1) strain of influenza virus and demonstrated its immunogenicity and safety in animal models and human volunteers. In the current study, to mimic the authentic HA structure presented on the virus surface and to improve stability and immunogenicity of the HA antigen, we generated trimeric HA by introducing a trimerization motif from a heterologous protein into the HA sequence. Here, we describe the engineering, production in Nicotiana benthamiana plants, and characterization of the highly purified recombinant trimeric HA protein (tHA-BC) from A/California/04/09 (H1N1) strain of influenza virus. The results demonstrate the induction of serum hemagglutination inhibition antibodies by tHA-BC and its protective efficacy in mice against a lethal viral challenge. In addition, the immunogenic and protective doses of tHA-BC were much lower compared with monomeric HAC1. Further investigation into the optimum vaccine dose and/or regimen as well as the stability of trimerized HA is necessary to determine whether trimeric HA is a more potent vaccine antigen than monomeric HA. PMID:23296194

  3. Vibronic model for H/D isotopic “self-organization” effects in hydrogen bond cyclic trimeric systems: 4-Bromopyrazole crystal IR spectra

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    Flakus, Henryk T.; Pyzik, Aleksandra

    2006-04-01

    In this paper, a theoretical model has been proposed, aiming to explain a new kind of H/D isotopic effects concerning hydrogen bond systems, i.e. the H/D isotopic "self-organization" effects, recently deduced from the IR spectra of molecular crystals. The problem of existence of these kinds of co-operative effects was considered in the limits of a vibronic model in the Herzberg-Teller approximation, for cyclic trimeric systems of hydrogen bonds. It was shown that non-conventional attraction forces between three identical hydrogen isotope atoms, resulting from the vibronic mechanism, are responsible for excess stabilization energy of cyclic hydrogen bond trimers. The H/D "self-organization" effects were deduced to be negligible in the case of non-symmetric HDD, or HHD-type trimers, containing both, hydrogen and deuterium bonds in one ring trimer. The symmetric trimers of the HHH and of the DDD-type should be more stable, when compared with the HDD, or the HHD-type trimer properties. This thermodynamic effect explains the IR spectral properties of molecular crystals containing cyclic trimers of hydrogen bonds in their lattices, accompanying to isotopic dilution. The results of the theoretical considerations were confronted with the IR spectra of 4-bromopyrazole crystals, which were measured in a wide temperature range (from 298 to 77 K), using polarized light, in the frequency ranges of the proton or deuterium stretching vibrations bands.

  4. Well-Ordered Trimeric HIV-1 Subtype B and C Soluble Spike Mimetics Generated by Negative Selection Display Native-like Properties

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    Guenaga, Javier; de Val, Natalia; Tran, Karen; Feng, Yu; Satchwell, Karen; Ward, Andrew B.; Wyatt, Richard T.

    2015-01-01

    The structure of BG505 gp140 SOSIP, a soluble mimic of the native HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env), marks the beginning of new era in Env structure-based immunogen design. Displaying a well-ordered quaternary structure, these subtype A-derived trimers display an excellent antigenic profile, discriminating recognition by broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) from non-broadly neutralizing antibodies (non-bNAbs), and provide a solid Env-based immunogenic platform starting point. Even with this important advance, obtaining homogeneous well-ordered soluble SOSIP trimers derived from other subtypes remains challenging. Here, we report the “rescue” of homogeneous well-ordered subtype B and C SOSIP trimers from a heterogeneous Env mixture using CD4 binding site-directed (CD4bs) non-bNAbs in a negative-selection purification process. These non-bNAbs recognize the primary receptor CD4bs only on disordered trimers but not on the native Env spike or well-ordered soluble trimers due to steric hindrance. Following negative selection to remove disordered oligomers, we demonstrated recovery of well-ordered, homogeneous trimers by electron microscopy (EM). We obtained 3D EM reconstructions of unliganded trimers, as well as in complex with sCD4, a panel of CD4bs-directed bNAbs, and the cleavage-dependent, trimer-specific bNAb, PGT151. Using bio-layer light interferometry (BLI) we demonstrated that the well-ordered trimers were efficiently recognized by bNAbs and poorly recognized by non-bNAbs, representing soluble mimics of the native viral spike. Biophysical characterization was consistent with the thermostability of a homogeneous species that could be further stabilized by specific bNAbs. This study revealed that Env trimers generate different frequencies of well-ordered versus disordered aberrant trimers even when they are genetically identical. By negatively selecting the native-like well-ordered trimers, we establish a new means to obtain soluble Env mimetics derived

  5. pp-GalNAc-T13 induces high metastatic potential of murine Lewis lung cancer by generating trimeric Tn antigen

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    Matsumoto, Yasuyuki; Zhang, Qing; Akita, Kaoru; Nakada, Hiroshi; Hamamura, Kazunori; Tokuda, Noriyo; Tsuchida, Akiko; Matsubara, Takeshi; Hori, Tomoko; Okajima, Tetsuya; Furukawa, Keiko; Urano, Takeshi; Furukawa, Koichi

    2012-03-02

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ppGalNAc-T13 was up-regulated in high metastatic sublines of Lewis lung cancer. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ppGalNAc-T13 expression enhanced cell invasion activity in low metastatic sublines. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Trimeric Tn antigen was induced in the transfectant cells of ppGalNAc-T13 cDNA. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A major protein carrying trimeric Tn structure was identified as Syndecan-1. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Silencing of ppGalNAc-T13 resulted in the reduction of invasion and of metastasis.. -- Abstract: In order to analyze the mechanisms for cancer metastasis, high metastatic sublines (H7-A, H7-Lu, H7-O, C4-sc, and C4-ly) were obtained by repeated injection of mouse Lewis lung cancer sublines H7 and C4 into C57BL/6 mice. These sublines exhibited increased proliferation and invasion activity in vitro. Ganglioside profiles exhibited lower expression of GM1 in high metastatic sublines than the parent lines. Then, we established GM1-Si-1 and GM1-Si-2 by stable silencing of GM1 synthase in H7 cells. These GM1-knockdown clones exhibited increased proliferation and invasion. Then, we explored genes that markedly altered in the expression levels by DNA microarray in the combination of C4 vs. C4-ly or H7 vs. H7 (GM1-Si). Consequently, pp-GalNAc-T13 gene was identified as up-regulated genes in the high metastatic sublines. Stable transfection of pp-GalNAc-T13 cDNA into C4 (T13-TF) resulted in increased invasion and motility. Then, immunoblotting and flow cytometry using various antibodies and lectins were performed. Only anti-trimeric Tn antibody (mAb MLS128), showed increased expression levels of trimeric Tn antigen in T13-TF clones. Moreover, immunoprecipitation/immunoblotting was performed by mAb MLS128, leading to the identification of an 80 kDa band carrying trimeric Tn antigen, i.e. Syndecan-1. Stable silencing of endogenous pp-GalNAc-T13 in C4-sc (T13-KD) revealed that primary tumors generated by

  6. Cyanide-limited complexation of molybdenum(III): synthesis of octahedral [Mo(CN)(6)](3-) and cyano-bridged [Mo(2)(CN)(11)](5-).

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    Beauvais, Laurance G; Long, Jeffrey R

    2002-03-13

    Octahedral coordination of molybdenum(III) is achieved by limiting the amount of cyanide available upon complex formation. Reaction of Mo(CF(3)SO(3))(3) with LiCN in DMF affords Li(3)[Mo(CN)(6)] x 6DMF (1), featuring the previously unknown octahedral complex [Mo(CN)(6)](3-). The complex exhibits a room-temperature moment of mu(eff) = 3.80 mu(B), and assignment of its absorption bands leads to the ligand field parameters Delta(o) = 24800 cm(-1) and B = 247 cm(-1). Further restricting the available cyanide in a reaction between Mo(CF(3)SO(3))(3) and (Et(4)N)CN in DMF, followed by recrystallization from DMF/MeOH, yields (Et(4)N)(5)[Mo(2)(CN)(11)] x 2DMF x 2MeOH (2). The dinuclear [Mo(2)(CN)(11)](5-) complex featured therein contains two octahedrally coordinated Mo(III) centers spanned by a bridging cyanide ligand. A fit to the magnetic susceptibility data for 2, gives J = -113 cm(-1) and g = 2.33, representing the strongest antiferromagnetic coupling yet observed through a cyanide bridge. Efforts to incorporate these new complexes in magnetic Prussian blue-type solids are ongoing.

  7. 4,2-Ribbon like ferromagnetic cyano-bridged Fe(III)2Ni(II) chains: a magneto-structural study.

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    Toma, Luminita Marilena; Lescouëzec, Rodrigue; Uriel, Santiago; Llusar, Rosa; Ruiz-Pérez, Catalina; Vaissermann, Jacqueline; Lloret, Francesc; Julve, Miguel

    2007-09-07

    The low-spin iron(III) complex AsPh(4)[Fe(III)(bpy)(CN)(4)].CH(3)CN (1) [AsPh(4) = tetraphenylarsonium cation] and the heterobimetallic chains [{Fe(III)(L)(CN)(4)}(2)Ni(II)(H(2)O)(2)].4H(2)O with L = bpy (2) and phen (3) [bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine and phen = 1,10-phenanthroline] have been prepared and their structures determined by X-ray diffraction methods. The structure of 1 consists of mononuclear [Fe(bpy)(CN)(4)](-) anions, tetraphenylarsonium cations and acetonitrile molecules of crystallization. The iron(III) is hexacoordinated with two nitrogen atoms of the bidentate bpy and four carbon atoms of four terminal cyanide groups building a distorted octahedral surrounding around the metal atom. 2 and 3 are isomorphous compounds whose structure is made up of neutral 4,2-ribbon like bimetallic chains of formula [{Fe(III)(L)(CN)(4)}(2)Ni(II)(H(2)O)(2)] where the [Fe(III)(L)(CN)(4)](-) unit acts as a bis-monodentate bridging ligand toward the trans-diaquanickel(II) units through two of its four cyanide groups in cis positions. The chains exhibit two orientations in the unit cell and they interact with each other through hydrogen bonds involving the coordination and crystallization water molecules together with the uncoordinated cyanide nitrogen atoms of the [Fe(L)(CN)(4)](-) units. Compounds 2 and 3 behave as ferromagnetic Fe(III)(2)Ni(II) chains which interact ferromagnetically at very low temperatures in the case of 2, whereas metamagnetic-like behaviour is observed for with a critical field (H(c)) around 200 G. For H > H(c) the ferromagnetic Fe(III)(2)Ni(II) chains of 3 exhibit a frequency dependence of the out-of-phase ac susceptibility signal at T < 3.5 K.

  8. Rationalization of the lanthanide-ion-driven magnetic properties in a series of 4f-5d cyano-bridged chains.

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    Tanase, Stefania; Ferbinteanu, Marilena; Cimpoesu, Fanica

    2011-10-03

    Magnetic properties of new d-f cyanido-bridged 1D assemblies [RE(pzam)(3)(H(2)O)W(CN)(8)]·H(2)O (RE(III) = Gd, 1, Tb, 2, Dy, 3; pzam = pyrazine-2-carboxamide) were studied by temperature- and field-dependent magnetization measurements. No evidence for 3D interchain magnetic ordering is found above 2 K. Multiconfiguration ab initio calculations and subsequent modeling afforded simulation of the weak zero-field splitting effect in 1 and discussion of magnetic anisotropy in the f units of compounds 2 and 3. A semiquantitative corroboration with the experimental magnetic measurements is presented, performing the simulation of magnetic susceptibility vs temperature and magnetization vs field variation. The association into molecular and supramolecular architectures is analyzed by means of energy decomposition subsequent to the DFT calculations on idealized molecular models extracted from the experimental chain structure.

  9. Vibrational predissociation of benzene dimers and trimers by the crossed laser-molecular beam technique

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    Vernon, M. F.; Lisy, J. M.; Kwok, H. S.; Krajnovich, D. J.; Tramer, A.; Shen, Y. R.; Lee, Y. T.

    1981-10-01

    between the dimer and larger polymers (trimer-hexamer) indicate a dramatic change in the hydrogen bonding, which is best explained as arising from the non-additive effects present when a water molecule is both donating and accepting a hydrogen bond. This difference between dimer and trimer also rationalizes the previous disagreement between potential functions based on condensed phase properties (where the water molecule is interacting with multiple neighbors) and those fit to imperfect gas or dimer properties which sample only the isolated pair potential. The data support an interpretation of the hydrogen bonded O-H stretching fundamental region as arising from a homogeneous broadening (not necessarily a result of the predissociation) whose width is characteristic of the hydrogen bond itself and not the sum of distinct bonding geometries. This is different from some previous theories of the water infrared absorption spectrum which assign each band to water molecules bound to different numbers of neighboring molecules.

  10. Hydrolyzable tannins of tamaricaceous plants. V. Structures of monomeric-trimeric tannins and cytotoxicity of macrocyclic-type tannins isolated from Tamarix nilotica (1).

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    Orabi, Mohamed A A; Taniguchi, Shoko; Sakagami, Hiroshi; Yoshimura, Morio; Yoshida, Takashi; Hatano, Tsutomu

    2013-05-24

    Three new ellagitannin monomers, nilotinins M5-M7 (1-3), a dimer, nilotinin D10 (4), and a trimer, nilotinin T1 (5), together with three known dimers, hirtellin D (7) and tamarixinins B (8) and C (9), and a trimer, hirtellin T2 (6), were isolated from Tamarix nilotica dried leaves. The structures of the tannins were elucidated by intensive spectroscopic methods and chemical conversions into known tannins. The new trimer (5) is a unique macrocyclic type whose monomeric units are linked together by an isodehydrodigalloyl and two dehydrodigalloyl moieties. Additionally, dimeric and trimeric macrocyclic-type tannins isolated from T. nilotica in this study were assessed for possible cytotoxic activity against four human tumor cell lines. Tumor-selective cytotoxicities of the tested compounds were higher than those of synthetic and natural potent cytotoxic compounds, including polyphenols, and comparable with those of 5-fluorouracil and melphalan.

  11. Orbital states of V trimers in BaV10O15 detected by resonant x-ray scattering

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    Takubo, K.; Kanzaki, T.; Yamasaki, Y.; Nakao, H.; Murakami, Y.; Oguchi, T.; Katsufuji, T.

    2012-08-01

    BaV10O15 shows a structural phase transition associated with the trimerization of V ions at Ts=123 K. We investigated the orbital states of V trimers using the technique of resonant x-ray scattering (RXS) near the V K-edge absorption energy. The ratio of the intensity between the pre-edge structure (1s to 3d transition) and the main-edge structure (1s to 4p transition) strongly depends on the reciprocal Q position of the scattering. We found that the Q position dependence is consistent with the model of orbital ordering proposed by Pen , [Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.78.1323 78, 1323 (1997)].

  12. Honokiol trimers and dimers via biotransformation catalyzed by Momordica charantia peroxidase: novel and potent α-glucosidase inhibitors.

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    He, Ye; Wang, Xiao-Bing; Fan, Bo-Yi; Kong, Ling-Yi

    2014-01-15

    Ten honokiol oligomers (1-10), including four novel trimers (1-4) and four novel dimers (5-8), were obtained by means of biotransformation of honokiol catalyzed by Momordica charantia peroxidase (MCP) for the first time. Their structures were established on the basis of spectroscopic methods. The biological results demonstrated that most of the oligomers were capable of inhibiting α-glucosidase with significant abilities, which were one to two orders of magnitude more potent than the substrate, honokiol. In particular, compound 2, the honokiol trimer, displayed the greatest inhibitory activity against α-glucosidase with an IC50 value of 1.38μM. Kinetic and CD studies indicated that 2 inhibited α-glucosidase in a reversible, mixed-type manner and caused conformational changes in the secondary structure of the enzyme protein. These findings suggested that 2 might be exploited as a promising drug candidate for the treatment of diabetes.

  13. Molecular structure and vibrational analysis of 5-nitro-6-methyluracil molecule based on monomer, dimer and trimer calculations

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    Alam, M. J.; Bhat, S. A.; Ahmad, S.

    2016-05-01

    Molecular structure and vibrational spectra of 5-nitro-6-methyluracil molecule have been studied by the simulation of its monomer, dimer and trimer forms using DFT and MP2 methods with 6-311G(d,p) basis set. Anharmonic force field calculations have been carried out for the isolated monomer, while the calculations on dimer and trimer have been done in the harmonic approximation. An accurate numerical integration grid has been used for geometry optimization as well as frequency calculation. Anharmonic vibrational frequencies have been computed using VPT2 algorithm (Barone's method) as well as VSCF and VSCF-PT2 approaches. These methods yield results that are in remarkable agreement with the experiment. The coupling strengths between pair of modes have been also calculated using coupling integral based on 2MR-QFF approximation. The vibrational assignments have been made with the help of potential energy distribution values and animated modes.

  14. Direct measurement of excitation transfer dynamics between two trimers in C-phycocyanin hexamer from cyanobacterium Anabaena variabilis

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    Zhang, Jingmin; Zhao, Fuli; Zheng, Xiguang; Wang, Hezhou

    1999-05-01

    We provide the first experimental evidence for the excitation transfers between two trimers of an isolated C-phycocyanin hexamer (αβ) 6PCL RC27, at the end of the rod proximal to the core of PBS in cyanobacterium of Anabaena variabilis, with picosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. Our results strongly suggest that the observed fluorescence decay constants around 20 and 10 ps time scales, shown in anisotropy decay, not in isotropic decay experiments arose from the excitation transfers between two trimers via two types of transfer pathways such as 1β 155↔6β 155 (2β 155↔5β 155 and 3β 155↔4β 155) and 2α 84↔5α 84 (3α 84↔6α 84 and 1α 84↔4α 84) channels and these could be described by Föster dipole-dipole resonance mechanism.

  15. A nine-dimensional calculation of the vibrational OH stretching and HOH bending spectrum of the water trimer.

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    Salmi, Teemu; Sälli, Elina; Halonen, Lauri

    2012-06-07

    We have studied the vibrational high-frequency spectrum of the water trimer computationally. We expand an earlier study [J. Chem. Phys. A 2009, 113, 9124-9132] where we approximated the water trimer as three individually vibrating water monomer units. Some intramolecular potential energy coupling terms are now included in the previous model. The six OH bond lengths and the three HOH bending angles are used as the internal coordinates. The kinetic energy operator is a sum of the kinetic energy operators of the monomer units. We use the coupled cluster method with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations method [CCSD(T)] with augmented correlation consistent polarized valence triple-ζ (aug-cc-pVTZ) basis set to calculate the potential energy surface (PES). The counterpoise correction is included in the one-dimensional part of the PES. We calculate the vibrational energy eigenvalues using the variational method. The corresponding eigenfunctions are used to obtain the absorption intensities.

  16. Design and structure of two HIV-1 clade C SOSIP.664 trimers that increase the arsenal of native-like Env immunogens.

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    Julien, Jean-Philippe; Lee, Jeong Hyun; Ozorowski, Gabriel; Hua, Yuanzi; Torrents de la Peña, Alba; de Taeye, Steven W; Nieusma, Travis; Cupo, Albert; Yasmeen, Anila; Golabek, Michael; Pugach, Pavel; Klasse, P J; Moore, John P; Sanders, Rogier W; Ward, Andrew B; Wilson, Ian A

    2015-09-22

    A key challenge in the quest toward an HIV-1 vaccine is design of immunogens that can generate a broadly neutralizing antibody (bnAb) response against the enormous sequence diversity of the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env). We previously demonstrated that a recombinant, soluble, fully cleaved SOSIP.664 trimer based on the clade A BG505 sequence is a faithful antigenic and structural mimic of the native trimer in its prefusion conformation. Here, we sought clade C native-like trimers with comparable properties. We identified DU422 and ZM197M SOSIP.664 trimers as being appropriately thermostable (Tm of 63.4 °C and 62.7 °C, respectively) and predominantly native-like, as determined by negative-stain electron microscopy (EM). Size exclusion chromatography, ELISA, and surface plasmon resonance further showed that these trimers properly display epitopes for all of the major bnAb classes, including quaternary-dependent, trimer-apex (e.g., PGT145) and gp120/gp41 interface (e.g., PGT151) epitopes. A cryo-EM reconstruction of the ZM197M SOSIP.664 trimer complexed with VRC01 Fab against the CD4 binding site at subnanometer resolution revealed a striking overall similarity to its BG505 counterpart with expected local conformational differences in the gp120 V1, V2, and V4 loops. These stable clade C trimers contribute additional diversity to the pool of native-like Env immunogens as key components of strategies to induce bnAbs to HIV-1.

  17. Design of an engineered N-terminal HIV-1 gp41 trimer with enhanced stability and potency

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    Dwyer, John J.; Wilson, Karen L.; Martin, Kimberly; Seedorff, Jennifer E.; Hasan, Aisha; Medinas, Robyn J.; Davison, Donna K.; Feese, Michael D.; Richter, Hans-Thomas; Kim, Hidong; Matthews, Thomas J.; Delmedico, Mary K.

    2008-01-01

    HIV fusion is mediated by a conformational transition in which the C-terminal region (HR2) of gp41 interacts with the N-terminal region (HR1) to form a six-helix bundle. Peptides derived from the HR1 form a well-characterized, trimeric coiled-coil bundle in the presence of HR2 peptides, but there is little structural information on the isolated HR1 trimer. Using protein design, we have designed synthetic HR1 peptides that form soluble, thermostable HR1 trimers. In vitro binding of HR2 peptides to the engineered trimer suggests that the design strategy has not significantly impacted the ability to form the six-helix bundle. The peptides have enhanced antiviral activity compared to wild type, with up to 30-fold greater potency against certain viral isolates. In vitro passaging was used to generate HR1-resistant virus and the observed resistance mutations map to the HR2 region of gp41, demonstrating that the peptides block the fusion process by binding to the viral HR2 domain. Interestingly, the activity of the HR2 fusion inhibitor, enfuvirtide (ENF), against these resistant viruses is maintained or improved up to fivefold. The 1.5 Å crystal structure of one of these designs has been determined, and we show that the isolated HR1 is very similar to the conformation of the HR1 in the six-helix bundle. These results provide an initial model of the pre-fusogenic state, are attractive starting points for identifying novel fusion inhibitors, and offer new opportunities for developing HIV therapeutics based on HR1 peptides. PMID:18359857

  18. Rhesus Macaque B-Cell Responses to an HIV-1 Trimer Vaccine Revealed by Unbiased Longitudinal Repertoire Analysis.

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    Dai, Kaifan; He, Linling; Khan, Salar N; O'Dell, Sijy; McKee, Krisha; Tran, Karen; Li, Yuxing; Sundling, Christopher; Morris, Charles D; Mascola, John R; Karlsson Hedestam, Gunilla B; Wyatt, Richard T; Zhu, Jiang

    2015-11-03

    Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has been used to investigate the diversity and maturation of broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) in HIV-1-infected individuals. However, the application of NGS to the preclinical assessment of human vaccines, particularly the monitoring of vaccine-induced B-cell responses in a nonhuman primate (NHP) model, has not been reported. Here, we present a longitudinal NGS analysis of memory B-cell responses to an HIV-1 trimer vaccine in a macaque that has been extensively studied by single B-cell sorting and antibody characterization. We first established an NHP antibodyomics pipeline using the available 454 pyrosequencing data from this macaque and developed a protocol to sequence the NHP antibody repertoire in an unbiased manner. Using these methods, we then analyzed memory B-cell repertoires at four time points of NHP immunization and traced the lineages of seven CD4-binding site (CD4bs)-directed monoclonal antibodies previously isolated from this macaque. Longitudinal analysis revealed distinct patterns of B-cell lineage development in response to an HIV-1 trimer vaccine. While the temporal B-cell repertoire profiles and lineage patterns provide a baseline for comparison with forthcoming HIV-1 trimer vaccines, the newly developed NHP antibody NGS technologies and antibodyomics tools will facilitate future evaluation of human vaccine candidates. The nonhuman primate model has been widely used in the preclinical assessment of human vaccines. Next-generation sequencing of B-cell repertoires provides a quantitative tool to analyze B-cell responses to a vaccine. In this study, the longitudinal B-cell repertoire analysis of a rhesus macaque immunized with an HIV-1 trimer vaccine revealed complex B-cell lineage patterns and showed the potential to facilitate the evaluation of future HIV-1 vaccines. The repertoire sequencing technologies and antibodyomics methods reported here can be extended to vaccine development for other human pathogens

  19. Energy transfer dynamics in trimers and aggregates of light-harvesting complex II probed by 2D electronic spectroscopy

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    Enriquez, Miriam M.; Zhang, Cheng; Tan, Howe-Siang; Akhtar, Parveen; Garab, Győző; Lambrev, Petar H.

    2015-06-07

    The pathways and dynamics of excitation energy transfer between the chlorophyll (Chl) domains in solubilized trimeric and aggregated light-harvesting complex II (LHCII) are examined using two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy (2DES). The LHCII trimers and aggregates exhibit the unquenched and quenched excitonic states of Chl a, respectively. 2DES allows direct correlation of excitation and emission energies of coupled states over population time delays, hence enabling mapping of the energy flow between Chls. By the excitation of the entire Chl b Q{sub y} band, energy transfer from Chl b to Chl a states is monitored in the LHCII trimers and aggregates. Global analysis of the two-dimensional (2D) spectra reveals that energy transfer from Chl b to Chl a occurs on fast and slow time scales of 240–270 fs and 2.8 ps for both forms of LHCII. 2D decay-associated spectra resulting from the global analysis identify the correlation between Chl states involved in the energy transfer and decay at a given lifetime. The contribution of singlet–singlet annihilation on the kinetics of Chl energy transfer and decay is also modelled and discussed. The results show a marked change in the energy transfer kinetics in the time range of a few picoseconds. Owing to slow energy equilibration processes, long-lived intermediate Chl a states are present in solubilized trimers, while in aggregates, the population decay of these excited states is significantly accelerated, suggesting that, overall, the energy transfer within the LHCII complexes is faster in the aggregated state.

  20. Energy transfer dynamics in trimers and aggregates of light-harvesting complex II probed by 2D electronic spectroscopy.

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    Enriquez, Miriam M; Akhtar, Parveen; Zhang, Cheng; Garab, Győző; Lambrev, Petar H; Tan, Howe-Siang

    2015-06-07

    The pathways and dynamics of excitation energy transfer between the chlorophyll (Chl) domains in solubilized trimeric and aggregated light-harvesting complex II (LHCII) are examined using two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy (2DES). The LHCII trimers and aggregates exhibit the unquenched and quenched excitonic states of Chl a, respectively. 2DES allows direct correlation of excitation and emission energies of coupled states over population time delays, hence enabling mapping of the energy flow between Chls. By the excitation of the entire Chl b Qy band, energy transfer from Chl b to Chl a states is monitored in the LHCII trimers and aggregates. Global analysis of the two-dimensional (2D) spectra reveals that energy transfer from Chl b to Chl a occurs on fast and slow time scales of 240-270 fs and 2.8 ps for both forms of LHCII. 2D decay-associated spectra resulting from the global analysis identify the correlation between Chl states involved in the energy transfer and decay at a given lifetime. The contribution of singlet-singlet annihilation on the kinetics of Chl energy transfer and decay is also modelled and discussed. The results show a marked change in the energy transfer kinetics in the time range of a few picoseconds. Owing to slow energy equilibration processes, long-lived intermediate Chl a states are present in solubilized trimers, while in aggregates, the population decay of these excited states is significantly accelerated, suggesting that, overall, the energy transfer within the LHCII complexes is faster in the aggregated state.

  1. Rhesus Macaque B-Cell Responses to an HIV-1 Trimer Vaccine Revealed by Unbiased Longitudinal Repertoire Analysis

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    Dai, Kaifan; He, Linling; Khan, Salar N.; O’Dell, Sijy; McKee, Krisha; Tran, Karen; Li, Yuxing; Sundling, Christopher; Morris, Charles D.; Mascola, John R.; Hedestam, Gunilla B. Karlsson

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has been used to investigate the diversity and maturation of broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) in HIV-1-infected individuals. However, the application of NGS to the preclinical assessment of human vaccines, particularly the monitoring of vaccine-induced B-cell responses in a nonhuman primate (NHP) model, has not been reported. Here, we present a longitudinal NGS analysis of memory B-cell responses to an HIV-1 trimer vaccine in a macaque that has been extensively studied by single B-cell sorting and antibody characterization. We first established an NHP antibodyomics pipeline using the available 454 pyrosequencing data from this macaque and developed a protocol to sequence the NHP antibody repertoire in an unbiased manner. Using these methods, we then analyzed memory B-cell repertoires at four time points of NHP immunization and traced the lineages of seven CD4-binding site (CD4bs)-directed monoclonal antibodies previously isolated from this macaque. Longitudinal analysis revealed distinct patterns of B-cell lineage development in response to an HIV-1 trimer vaccine. While the temporal B-cell repertoire profiles and lineage patterns provide a baseline for comparison with forthcoming HIV-1 trimer vaccines, the newly developed NHP antibody NGS technologies and antibodyomics tools will facilitate future evaluation of human vaccine candidates. PMID:26530382

  2. Quantifying Dimer and Trimer Formation of Tri-n-butyl Phosphates in Different Alkane Diluents: FTIR Study.

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    Vo, Quynh N; Unangst, Jaclynn L; Nguyen, Hung D; Nilsson, Mikael

    2016-07-21

    Tri-n-butyl phosphate (TBP), a representative of neutral organophosphorous metal-ion-extracting reagents, is an important ligand used in solvent extraction processes for the recovery of uranium and plutonium from spent nuclear fuel, as well as other non-nuclear applications. Ligand-ligand and organic solvent-ligand interactions play an important role in these processes. The self-association behavior of TBP in various alkane diluents of different chain lengths (8, 12, and 16 carbons) and a branched alkane (iso-octane) was investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic measurements. By careful deconvolution of the spectra into multiple peaks, our results indicate that TBP self-associates to form not only dimers, as previous studies showed, but also trimers in the practical concentration range. Using a mathematical fitting procedure, the dimerization and trimerization constants were determined. As expected, these equilibrium constants are dependent on the solvent used. As the alkane chain for linear hydrocarbon solvents becomes longer, dimerization decreases whereas trimerization increases. For the more branched hydrocarbon, we observe a significantly higher dimerization constant. These effects are most likely due to the intermolecular van der Waals interactions between the butyl tails of each TBP molecule and the diluent hydrocarbon chain as all solvents in this study are relatively nonpolar.

  3. Quantifying Dimer and Trimer Formation by Tri-n-butyl Phosphates in n-Dodecane: Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Vo, Quynh N; Dang, Liem X; Nilsson, Mikael; Nguyen, Hung D

    2016-07-21

    Tri-n-butyl phosphate (TBP), a representative of neutral organophosphorous ligands, is an important extractant used in the solvent extraction process for the recovery of uranium and plutonium from spent nuclear fuel. Microscopic pictures of TBP isomerism and its behavior in n-dodecane diluent were investigated utilizing MD simulations with previously optimized force field parameters for TBP and n-dodecane. Potential mean force (PMF) calculations on a single TBP molecule show seven probable TBP isomers. Radial distribution functions (RDFs) of TBP suggest the existence of TBP trimers at high TBP concentrations in addition to dimers. 2D PMF calculations were performed to determine the angle and distance criteria for TBP trimers. The dimerization and trimerization constants of TBP in n-dodecane were obtained and match our own experimental values using the FTIR technique. The new insights into the conformational behaviors of the TBP molecule as a monomer and as part of an aggregate could greatly aid in the understanding of the complexation between TBP and metal ions in a solvent extraction system.

  4. Fractional Mott insulator-to-superfluid transition of Bose-Hubbard model in a trimerized Kagomé optical lattice.

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    Chen, Qi-Hui; Li, Peng; Su, Haibin

    2016-06-29

    By generalizing the traditional single-site strong coupling expansion approach to a cluster one, we study the zero-temperature phase diagram of bosonic atoms in a trimerized Kagomé optical lattice. Some new features are present in this system. Due to the strong intra-trimer hopping interaction, there will be a new Mott insulator (MI), which is by definition incompressible but with a fractional filling per trimer. This is different from the traditional MI, which has an integral filling and originates only from the repulsive interaction between particles. We investigate the MI-to-superfluid transition and the nature of the fractional MI by calculating the critical exponents of phase transitions and the low-lying energy excitation spectra of quasiparticles (quasihole). We will show how the low-energy properties of this system can be understood qualitatively as a Bose-Hubbard model in triangular lattice from the point of view of the cluster strong coupling expansion. We also discuss how our results are related to experiment by studying the Bragg spectroscopy.

  5. Fractional Mott insulator-to-superfluid transition of Bose-Hubbard model in a trimerized Kagomé optical lattice

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    Chen, Qi-Hui; Li, Peng; Su, Haibin

    2016-06-01

    By generalizing the traditional single-site strong coupling expansion approach to a cluster one, we study the zero-temperature phase diagram of bosonic atoms in a trimerized Kagomé optical lattice. Some new features are present in this system. Due to the strong intra-trimer hopping interaction, there will be a new Mott insulator (MI), which is by definition incompressible but with a fractional filling per trimer. This is different from the traditional MI, which has an integral filling and originates only from the repulsive interaction between particles. We investigate the MI-to-superfluid transition and the nature of the fractional MI by calculating the critical exponents of phase transitions and the low-lying energy excitation spectra of quasiparticles (quasihole). We will show how the low-energy properties of this system can be understood qualitatively as a Bose-Hubbard model in triangular lattice from the point of view of the cluster strong coupling expansion. We also discuss how our results are related to experiment by studying the Bragg spectroscopy.

  6. Semiconductor quantum dots affect fluidity of purple membrane from Halobacterium salinarum through disruption of bacteriorhodopsin trimer organization

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    Bouchonville, Nicolas; Molinari, Michael; Le Cigne, Anthony; Troyon, Michel; Sukhanova, Alyona; Nabiev, Igor R.

    2012-10-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin (bR) is a unique protein of purple membranes (PMs) of the bacterium Halobacterium salinarum. Tight trimers of this integral photochromic protein form a highly ordered 2D hexagonal crystalline lattice within the PMs. Due to strong excitonic interactions between the bR chromophores (retinals) in the protein trimers, PMs exhibit a strong circular dichroism (CD) activity in the region of the retinal absorption band, which allows monitoring the regularity and stability of the bR trimer organization within the membrane. In this study, the effects of semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) on the bR intramembrane organization and the time course of bR monomerization caused by detergents have been analyzed. The results show that the interaction with QDs does not influence the bR structural organization but considerably accelerates the monomerization of the protein by detergents. These data have been confirmed by the results of atomic force microscopy (AFM) followed by Fourier transform analysis, which have shown that interactions with QDs cause an eightfold acceleration of bR monomerization with Triton. The data show that interactions of nanoparticles with biological membranes may modulate the membrane fluidity and the structural organization and function of integral proteins embedded in these membranes.

  7. HIV-1 Nef responsiveness is determined by Env variable regions involved in trimer association and correlates with neutralization sensitivity.

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    Usami, Yoshiko; Göttlinger, Heinrich

    2013-11-14

    HIV-1 Nef and the unrelated murine leukemia virus glycoGag similarly enhance the infectivity of HIV-1 virions. We now show that the effects of Nef and glycoGag are similarly determined by variable regions of HIV-1 gp120 that control Env trimer association and neutralization sensitivity. Whereas neutralization-sensitive X4-tropic Env proteins conferred high responsiveness to Nef and glycoGag, particles bearing neutralization-resistant R5-tropic Envs were considerably less affected. The profoundly different Nef/glycoGag responsiveness of a neutralization-resistant and a neutralization-sensitive R5-tropic Env could be switched by exchanging their gp120 V1/V2 regions, which also switches their neutralization sensitivity. Within V1/V2, the same determinants governed Nef/glycoGag responsiveness and neutralization sensitivity, indicating that these phenotypes are mechanistically linked. The V1/V2 and V3 regions, which form an apical trimer-association domain, together determined the Nef and glycoGag responsiveness of an X4-tropic Env. Our results suggest that Nef and glycoGag counteract the inactivation of Env spikes with relatively unstable apical trimer-association domains.

  8. A Conserved Glycine Residue of Trimeric Autotransporter Domains Plays a Key Role in Yersinia Adhesin A Autotransport▿

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    Grosskinsky, Ulrike; Schütz, Monika; Fritz, Michaela; Schmid, Yvonne; Lamparter, Marina C.; Szczesny, Pawel; Lupas, Andrei N.; Autenrieth, Ingo B.; Linke, Dirk

    2007-01-01

    The Yersinia adhesin A (YadA) is a trimeric autotransporter adhesin of enteric yersiniae. It consists of three major domains: a head mediating adherence to host cells, a stalk involved in serum resistance, and an anchor that forms a membrane pore and is responsible for the autotransport function. The anchor contains a glycine residue, nearly invariant throughout trimeric autotransporter adhesins, that faces the pore lumen. To address the role of this glycine, we replaced it with polar amino acids of increasing side chain size and expressed wild-type and mutant YadA in Escherichia coli. The mutations did not impair the YadA-mediated adhesion to collagen and to host cells or the host cell cytokine production, but they decreased the expression levels and stability of YadA trimers with increasing side chain size. Likewise, autoagglutination and resistance to serum were decreased in these mutants. We found that the periplasmic protease DegP is involved in the degradation of YadA and that in an E. coli degP deletion strain, mutant versions of YadA were expressed almost to wild-type levels. We conclude that the conserved glycine residue affects both the export and the stability of YadA and consequently some of its putative functions in pathogenesis. PMID:17921300

  9. High Resolution Infrared Spectroscopy of the CO_2-CO Dimers and (CO_2)_2-CO Trimer

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    Barclay, A. J.; Sheybani-Deloui, S.; Michaelian, K. H.; McKellar, Bob; Moazzen-Ahmadi, Nasser

    2016-06-01

    Infrared spectra in the carbon monoxide CO stretch region (≈2150 cm-1) are assigned to the previously unobserved O-bonded form of the CO_2-CO dimer ("isomer 2"), which has a planar T-shaped structure like that of the previously observed C-bonded form ("isomer 1"). Results will also be reported for both isomers of the 12C18O_2-substituted form of the dimer. In addition, we have observed two combination bands for each isomer yielding the first experimental determinations of intermolecular frequencies for the planar T-shaped structures. Within both of the fundamental bands, weak "satellite bands" are observed. These are tentatively assigned to the trimer He-CO_2-CO. To the higher side of the fundamental for "isomer 1", we have observed a weaker b-type band which we have assigned to (CO_2)_2-CO trimer. This trimer has a "pin wheel" structure with C2 symmetry and the derived experimental structural parameters match well with those obtained from ab initio calculations.

  10. A “Trimer of Dimers”—Based Model for the Chemotactic Signal Transduction Network in Bacterial Chemotaxis

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    Xin, Xiangrong

    2013-01-01

    The network that controls chemotaxis in Escherichia coli is one of the most completely characterized signal transduction systems to date. Receptor clustering accounts for characteristics such as high sensitivity, precise adaptation over a wide dynamic range of ligand concentrations, and robustness to variations in the amounts of intracellular proteins. To gain insights into the structure-function relationship of receptor clusters and understand the mechanism behind the high-performance signaling, we develop and analyze a model for a single trimer of dimers. This new model extends an earlier model (Spiro et al. in Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 94:7263–7268, 1997) to incorporate the recent experimental findings that the core structure of receptor clusters is the trimer of receptor dimers. We show that the model can reproduce most of the experimentally-observed behaviors, including excitation, adaptation, high sensitivity, and robustness to parameter variations. In addition, the model makes a number of new predictions as to how the adaptation time varies with the expression level of various proteins involved in signal transduction. Our results provide a more mechanistically-based description of the structure-function relationship for the signaling system, and show the key role of the interaction among dimer members of the trimer in the chemotactic response of cells. PMID:22864951

  11. UpaG, a New Member of the Trimeric Autotransporter Family of Adhesins in Uropathogenic Escherichia coli▿ †

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    Valle, Jaione; Mabbett, Amanda N.; Ulett, Glen C.; Toledo-Arana, Alejandro; Wecker, Karine; Totsika, Makrina; Schembri, Mark A.; Ghigo, Jean-Marc; Beloin, Christophe

    2008-01-01

    The ability of Escherichia coli to colonize both intestinal and extraintestinal sites is driven by the presence of specific virulence factors, among which are the autotransporter (AT) proteins. Members of the trimeric AT adhesin family are important virulence factors for several gram-negative pathogens and mediate adherence to eukaryotic cells and extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins. In this study, we characterized a new trimeric AT adhesin (UpaG) from uropathogenic E. coli (UPEC). Molecular analysis of UpaG revealed that it is translocated to the cell surface and adopts a multimeric conformation. We demonstrated that UpaG is able to promote cell aggregation and biofilm formation on abiotic surfaces in CFT073 and various UPEC strains. In addition, UpaG expression resulted in the adhesion of CFT073 to human bladder epithelial cells, with specific affinity to fibronectin and laminin. Prevalence analysis revealed that upaG is strongly associated with E. coli strains from the B2 and D phylogenetic groups, while deletion of upaG had no significant effect on the ability of CFT073 to colonize the mouse urinary tract. Thus, UpaG is a novel trimeric AT adhesin from E. coli that mediates aggregation, biofilm formation, and adhesion to various ECM proteins. PMID:18424525

  12. A path-integral Monte Carlo study of a small cluster: The Ar trimer

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    Pérez de Tudela, R.; Márquez-Mijares, M.; González-Lezana, T.; Roncero, O.; Miret-Artés, S.; Delgado-Barrio, G.; Villarreal, P.

    2010-06-01

    The Ar3 system has been studied between T =0 K and T =40 K by means of a path-integral Monte Carlo (PIMC) method. The behavior of the average energy in terms of the temperature has been explained by comparison with results obtained with the thermal averaged rovibrational spectra estimated via: (i) a quantum mechanical method based on distributed Gaussian functions for the interparticle distances and (ii) an analytical model which precisely accounts for the participation of the dissociative continua Ar2+Ar and Ar+Ar+Ar. Beyond T ˜20 K, the system explores floppier configurations than the rigid equilateral geometry, as linear and Ar-Ar2-like arrangements, and fragmentates around T ˜40 K. A careful investigation of the specific heat in terms of a confining radius in the PIMC calculation seems to discard a proper phase transition as in larger clusters, in apparent contradiction with previous reports of precise values for a liquid-gas transition. The onset of this noticeable change in the dynamics of the trimer occurs, however, at a remarkably low value of the temperature in comparison with Arn systems formed with more Ar atoms. Quantum mechanical effects are found of relevance at T ≤15 K, with both energies and radial distributions obtained with a quantum PIMC deviating from the corresponding classical results, thus precluding exclusively classical approaches for a precise description of the system at this low temperature range.

  13. Bacillus cereus Response to a Proanthocyanidin Trimer, a Transcriptional and Functional Analysis.

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    Tamura, Tomoko; Ozawa, Megumi; Tanaka, Naoto; Arai, Soichi; Mura, Kiyoshi

    2016-07-01

    Proanthocyanidins are abundant in peanut skin, and in this study, the antibacterial effects of a peanut skin extract (PSE) against food-borne bacteria were investigated to find its minimum inhibitory concentration. Food-borne gram-positive bacteria, and in particular Bacillus cereus, was more sensitive to PSE. In particular, the inhibitory activity of epicatechin-(4β → 6)-epicatechin-(2β → O→7, 4β → 8)-catechin (EEC), a proanthocyanidin trimer from peanut skin, against B. cereus was stronger than that of procyanidin A1, a proanthocyanidin dimer. DNA microarray analysis of B. cereus treated with EEC was carried out, with a finding that 597 genes were significantly up-regulated. Analysis of the up-regulated genes suggested that EEC disrupted the normal condition of the cell membrane and wall of B. cereus and alter its usual nutritional metabolism. Moreover, treatment of B. cereus with EEC inhibited glucose uptake, suggesting that EEC affects the cell-surface adsorption.

  14. Super stretchable electroactive elastomer formation driven by aniline trimer self-assembly

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    Chen, Jing; Guo, Baolin; Eyster, Thomas W.; Ma, Peter X.

    2015-01-01

    Biomedical electroactive elastomers with a modulus similar to that of soft tissues are highly desirable for muscle, nerve, and other soft tissue replacement or regeneration, but have rarely been reported. In this work, superiorly stretchable electroactive polyurethane-urea elastomers were designed based on poly(lactide), poly(ethylene glycol), and aniline trimer (AT). A strain at break higher than 1600% and a modulus close to soft tissues was achieved from these copolymers. The mechanisms of super stretchability of the copolymer were systematically investigated. Crystallinity, chemical cross-linking, ionic cross-linking and hard domain formation were examined using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), dynamic light scattering (DLS), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The sphere-like hard domains self-assembled from AT segments were found to provide the crucial physical interactions needed for the novel super elastic material formation. These super stretchable copolymers were blended with conductive fillers such as polyaniline nanofibers and nanosized carbon black to achieve a high electric conductivity of 0.1 S/cm while maintaining an excellent stretchability and a modulus similar to that of soft tissues (lower than 10 MPa). PMID:26692638

  15. The Resveratrol Trimer Miyabenol C Inhibits β-Secretase Activity and β-Amyloid Generation

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    Hu, Jin; Lin, Ting; Gao, Yuehong; Xu, Junyue; Jiang, Chao; Wang, Guanghui; Bu, Guojun; Xu, Huaxi; Chen, Haifeng; Zhang, Yun-wu

    2015-01-01

    Accumulation and deposition of amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) in the brain is a primary cause of the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Aβ is generated from amyloid-β precursor protein (APP) through sequential cleavages first by β-secretase and then by γ-secretase. Inhibiting β-secretase activity is believed to be one of the most promising strategies for AD treatment. In the present study, we found that a resveratrol trimer, miyabenol C, isolated from stems and leaves of the small-leaf grape (Vitisthunbergii var. taiwaniana), can markedly reduce Aβ and sAPPβ levels in both cell cultures and the brain of AD model mice. Mechanistic studies revealed that miyabenol C affects neither protein levels of APP, the two major α-secretases ADAM10 and TACE, and the γ-secretase component Presenilin 1, nor γ-secretase-mediated Notch processing and TACE activity. In contrast, although miyabenol C has no effect on altering protein levels of the β-secretase BACE1, it can inhibit both in vitro and in vivo β-secretase activity. Together, our results indicate that miyabenol C is a prominent β-secretase inhibitor and lead compound for AD drug development. PMID:25629409

  16. Structure and immune recognition of trimeric pre-fusion HIV-1 Env

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    Pancera, Marie; Zhou, Tongqing; Druz, Aliaksandr; Georgiev, Ivelin S.; Soto, Cinque; Gorman, Jason; Huang, Jinghe; Acharya, Priyamvada; Chuang, Gwo-Yu; Ofek, Gilad; Stewart-Jones, Guillaume B. E.; Stuckey, Jonathan; Bailer, Robert T.; Joyce, M. Gordon; Louder, Mark K.; Tumba, Nancy; Yang, Yongping; Zhang, Baoshan; Cohen, Myron S.; Haynes, Barton F.; Morris, Lynn; Munro, James B.; Blanchard, Scott C.; Mothes, Walther; Connors, Mark; Kwong, Peter D.

    2014-10-08

    The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) envelope (Env) spike, comprising three gp120 and three gp41 subunits, is a conformational machine that facilitates HIV-1 entry by rearranging from a mature unliganded state, through receptor-bound intermediates, to a post-fusion state. As the sole viral antigen on the HIV-1 virion surface, Env is both the target of neutralizing antibodies and a focus of vaccine efforts. Here we report the structure at 3.5 Å resolution for an HIV-1 Env trimer captured in a mature closed state by antibodies PGT122 and 35O22. This structure reveals the pre-fusion conformation of gp41, indicates rearrangements needed for fusion activation, and defines parameters of immune evasion and immune recognition. Pre-fusion gp41 encircles amino- and carboxy-terminal strands of gp120 with four helices that form a membrane-proximal collar, fastened by insertion of a fusion peptide-proximal methionine into a gp41-tryptophan clasp. Spike rearrangements required for entry involve opening the clasp and expelling the termini. In conclusion, N-linked glycosylation and sequence-variable regions cover the pre-fusion closed spike; we used chronic cohorts to map the prevalence and location of effective HIV-1-neutralizing responses, which were distinguished by their recognition of N-linked glycan and tolerance for epitope-sequence variation.

  17. Conformational analysis of trimeric maleimide substituted 1,5,9-triazacyclododecane HIV fusion scaffolds.

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    Remmert, Sarah; Hollis, Heather; Parish, Carol A

    2009-02-01

    An analysis of the conformational preferences of three trimeric maleimide substituted 1,5,9-triazacyclododecane derivatives, proposed as cross linking reagents for HIV-1 fusion inhibitors, is presented. Exhaustive sampling was performed using the mixed Low Mode Monte Carlo conformational searching technique on the corresponding OPLS2005/GBSA(water) potential energy surface. Geometric structure, molecular length, and hydrogen bonding patterns of the compounds are analyzed. Global minimum energy structures were verified as minima using B3LYP/6-31G * geometry optimization. All structures adopt a crown-like 12-membered ring conformation; however, the system with the shortest maleimide arms (1a) can also adopt alternative ring orientations. Overall, derivatives with longer maleimide arms were more flexible and resulted in ensembles with a larger number of low energy structures. Comparison with biological inhibition data indicates that there is very little relationship between molecular size and the ability of the scaffold to orient CD4M9 miniproteins for optimal inhibition; however hydrophobicity may play a role.

  18. A chromium precursor for the Phillips ethylene trimerization catalyst: (2-ethylhexanoate)2CrOH.

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    Jeon, Jong Yeob; Park, Dong Sik; Lee, Dong Hwan; Eo, Seong Chan; Park, Seong Yeon; Jeong, Myoung Sun; Kang, Yi Young; Lee, Junseong; Lee, Bun Yeoul

    2015-06-28

    The conventional Phillips ethylene trimerization catalyst prepared by reacting Cr(EH)3 (EH = 2-ethylhexanoate), 2,5-dimethylpyrrole (Me2C4H2NH), Et3Al, and Et2AlCl in an aromatic hydrocarbon solvent was improved to obtain a congener composed of a new chromium precursor (EH)2CrOH, (Me2C4H2N)AlEt2, and Et3Al·ClAlEt2. Reaction of CrCl3 with 3 equiv. Na(EH) in water did not generate Cr(EH)3, but unexpectedly produced (EH)2CrOH. In comparison with the erratic catalytic performance of the original Phillips system, due to the ill-defined nature of the Cr(EH)3 source (16 or 6.8 × 10(6) g per mol-Cr h depending on the source), the improved system exhibited consistently high activity (54 × 10(6) g per mol-Cr h). Reaction of (EH)2CrOH with (Me2C4H2N)AlMe2·OEt2 afforded the dimeric Cr(II)-complex (6) coordinated by (η(5)-Me2C4H2N)AlMe2(NC4H2Me2) and μ2-κ(1):η(2)-Me2C4H2N ligands. 6 provided highly active species when activated with Et3Al·ClAlEt2.

  19. Unconventional N-Linked Glycosylation Promotes Trimeric Autotransporter Function in Kingella kingae and Aggregatibacter aphrophilus

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    Rempe, Katherine A.; Spruce, Lynn A.; Porsch, Eric A.; Seeholzer, Steven H.; Nørskov-Lauritsen, Niels

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Glycosylation is a widespread mechanism employed by both eukaryotes and bacteria to increase the functional diversity of their proteomes. The nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae glycosyltransferase HMW1C mediates unconventional N-linked glycosylation of the adhesive protein HMW1, which is encoded in a two-partner secretion system gene cluster that also encodes HMW1C. In this system, HMW1 is modified in the cytoplasm by sequential transfer of hexose residues. In the present study, we examined Kingella kingae and Aggregatibacter aphrophilus homologues of HMW1C that are not encoded near a gene encoding an obvious acceptor protein. We found both homologues to be functional glycosyltransferases and identified their substrates as the K. kingae Knh and the A. aphrophilus EmaA trimeric autotransporter proteins. Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analysis revealed multiple sites of N-linked glycosylation on Knh and EmaA. Without glycosylation, Knh and EmaA failed to facilitate wild-type levels of bacterial autoaggregation or adherence to human epithelial cells, establishing that glycosylation is essential for proper protein function. PMID:26307167

  20. Cytotoxicity evaluation of symmetrically branched glycerol trimer in human hepatocellular carcinoma HepG2 cells.

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    Miyamoto, Licht; Watanabe, Masashi; Kono, Mai; Matsushita, Tsuyoshi; Hattori, Hatsuhiko; Ishizawa, Keisuke; Nemoto, Hisao; Tsuchiya, Koichiro

    2012-01-01

    An appropriate balance between lipophilicity and hydrophilicity is necessary for pharmaceuticals to achieve fine Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism and Excretion (ADME) properties including absorption and distribution, in particular. We have designed and proposed symmetrically branched oligoglycerols (BGL) as an alternative approach to improve the lipophilic-hydrophilic balance. We have previously shown that stability in circulation and water-solubility of such molecules as proteins, liposomes and hydrophobic compounds are much improved by conjugation to BGL. Albeit these successful applications of BGL, little was known whether BGL could be used in safety. Thus we conducted evaluation of the cytotoxicity of a representative BGL, symmetrically branched glycerol trimer (BGL003) in the cultured cells to clarify its biological safeness. Here we demonstrate that water-solubility of an extremely hydrophobic agent, fenofibrate was more than 2,000-fold improved just by conjugated with BGL003. BGL003 did not exhibit any significant cytotoxicity in human hepatocarcinoma HepG2 cells. Thus BGL003 should be safe and suitable strategy to endow hydrophobic molecules with much hydrophilicity.

  1. Molecular conformation-controlled vesicle/micelle transition of cationic trimeric surfactants in aqueous solution.

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    Wu, Chunxian; Hou, Yanbo; Deng, Manli; Huang, Xu; Yu, Defeng; Xiang, Junfeng; Liu, Yu; Li, Zhibo; Wang, Yilin

    2010-06-01

    Two star-like trimeric cationic surfactants with amide groups in spacers, tri(dodecyldimethylammonioacetoxy)diethyltriamine trichloride (DTAD) and tri(dodecyldimethylammonioacetoxy)tris(2-aminoethyl)amine trichloride (DDAD), have been synthesized, and the aggregation behavior of the surfactants in aqueous solution has been investigated by surface tension, electrical conductivity, isothermal titration microcalorimetry, dynamic light scattering, cryogenic transmission electron microscopy, and NMR techniques. Typically, both the surfactants form vesicles just above critical aggregation concentration (CAC), and then the vesicles transfer to micelles gradually with an increase of the surfactant concentration. It is approved that the conformation of the surfactant molecules changes in this transition process. Just above the CAC, the hydrophobic chains of the surfactant molecules pack more loosely because of the rigid spacer and intramolecular electrostatic repulsion in the three-charged headgroup. With the increase of the surfactant concentration, hydrophobic interaction becomes strong enough to pack the hydrophobic tails tightly and turn the molecular conformation into a pyramid-like shape, thus leading to the vesicle to micelle transition.

  2. Crystal structures of trimeric HIV envelope with entry inhibitors BMS-378806 and BMS-626529.

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    Pancera, Marie; Lai, Yen-Ting; Bylund, Tatsiana; Druz, Aliaksandr; Narpala, Sandeep; O'Dell, Sijy; Schön, Arne; Bailer, Robert T; Chuang, Gwo-Yu; Geng, Hui; Louder, Mark K; Rawi, Reda; Soumana, Djade I; Finzi, Andrés; Herschhorn, Alon; Madani, Navid; Sodroski, Joseph; Freire, Ernesto; Langley, David R; Mascola, John R; McDermott, Adrian B; Kwong, Peter D

    2017-10-01

    The HIV-1 envelope (Env) spike is a conformational machine that transitions between prefusion (closed, CD4- and CCR5-bound) and postfusion states to facilitate HIV-1 entry into cells. Although the prefusion closed conformation is a potential target for inhibition, development of small-molecule leads has been stymied by difficulties in obtaining structural information. Here, we report crystal structures at 3.8-Å resolution of an HIV-1-Env trimer with BMS-378806 and a derivative BMS-626529 for which a prodrug version is currently in Phase III clinical trials. Both lead candidates recognized an induced binding pocket that was mostly excluded from solvent and comprised of Env elements from a conserved helix and the β20-21 hairpin. In both structures, the β20-21 region assumed a conformation distinct from prefusion-closed and CD4-bound states. Together with biophysical and antigenicity characterizations, the structures illuminate the allosteric and competitive mechanisms by which these small-molecule leads inhibit CD4-induced structural changes in Env.

  3. Crystal structure of Escherichia coli-expressed Haloarcula marismortui bacteriorhodopsin I in the trimeric form.

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    Shevchenko, Vitaly; Gushchin, Ivan; Polovinkin, Vitaly; Round, Ekaterina; Borshchevskiy, Valentin; Utrobin, Petr; Popov, Alexander; Balandin, Taras; Büldt, Georg; Gordeliy, Valentin

    2014-01-01

    Bacteriorhodopsins are a large family of seven-helical transmembrane proteins that function as light-driven proton pumps. Here, we present the crystal structure of a new member of the family, Haloarcula marismortui bacteriorhodopsin I (HmBRI) D94N mutant, at the resolution of 2.5 Å. While the HmBRI retinal-binding pocket and proton donor site are similar to those of other archaeal proton pumps, its proton release region is extended and contains additional water molecules. The protein's fold is reinforced by three novel inter-helical hydrogen bonds, two of which result from double substitutions relative to Halobacterium salinarum bacteriorhodopsin and other similar proteins. Despite the expression in Escherichia coli and consequent absence of native lipids, the protein assembles as a trimer in crystals. The unique extended loop between the helices D and E of HmBRI makes contacts with the adjacent protomer and appears to stabilize the interface. Many lipidic hydrophobic tail groups are discernible in the membrane region, and their positions are similar to those of archaeal isoprenoid lipids in the crystals of other proton pumps, isolated from native or native-like sources. All these features might explain the HmBRI properties and establish the protein as a novel model for the microbial rhodopsin proton pumping studies.

  4. Magnetic properties of linear trimers in fluoride analogs of tetragonal tungsten bronze

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    Hong, Yaw-Shun; Boo, William O.J.; Mattern, Daniell L.

    2010-08-15

    The compounds KZnTiF{sub 6}, KZnVF{sub 6}, KVScF{sub 6}, KCrScF{sub 6}, and KMnScF{sub 6} are fluoride analogs of Tetragonal Tungsten Bronze. M{sup 2+}-M{sup 3+} ionic ordering in these fluorides provided systems which contained linear trinuclear complexes of their respective paramagnetic ions. Magnetic coupling within these linear trimers occurred below 100 K in each of the five systems. Derived magnetic susceptibility equations were fitted to observed magnetic susceptibilities for each of the possible spin systems: KZnTiF{sub 6} (S=1/2), J/k=-114 K; KZnVF{sub 6} (S=1), J/k=-39 K; KVScF{sub 6} (S=3/2), J/k=-16 K; KCrScF{sub 6} (S=2), J/k=-4 K; and KMnScF{sub 6} (S=5/2), J/k=-7.5 K. - Graphical abstract: Five fluoride analogs of Tetragonal Tungsten Bronze (KZnTiF{sub 6}, KZnVF{sub 6}, KVScF{sub 6}, KCrScF{sub 6}, and KMnScF{sub 6}) underwent M{sup 2+}-M{sup 3+} ionic ordering below 100 K, providing linear trinuclear complexes of their respective paramagnetic ions.

  5. Quantum signatures of charge flipping vortices in the Bose-Hubbard trimer

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    Jason, Peter; Johansson, Magnus

    2016-11-01

    In this work we study quantum signatures of charge flipping vortices, found in the classical discrete nonlinear Schrödinger trimer, by use of the Bose-Hubbard model. We are able to identify such signatures in the quantum energy eigenstates, for instance when comparing the site amplitudes of the classical charge flipping vortices with the probability distribution over different particle configurations. It is also discussed how to construct quantum states that correspond to the classical charge flipping vortices and which effects can lead to deviations between the classical and quantum dynamics. We also examine properties of certain coherent states: classical-like quantum states that can be used to derive the classical model. Several quantum signatures are identified when studying the dynamics of these coherent states, for example, when comparing the average number of particles on a site with the classical site amplitude, when comparing the quantum and classical currents and topological charge, and when studying the evolution of the quantum probability amplitudes. The flipping of the quantum currents are found to be an especially robust feature of these states.

  6. Optical limiting properties of trimeric metallo-phthalocyanines/polymer composite films

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    Ali Özdağ, Mehmet; Ceyhan, Tanju; Gul Yaglioglu, H.; Elmali, Ayhan; Bekaroğlu, Özer

    2011-09-01

    The nonlinear absorption and optical limiting properties of two trimeric metallo-phthalocyanines namely, 2,4,6-tris[2-oxa-9,10,16,17,23,24-hexa(hexylthio) phthalocyaninato M(II)]-s-triazine (M=Zn for compound ZnPc and Cu for compound CuPc) doped polyvinyl chloride (PVC) thin film in the nanosecond regime were investigated by using the open-aperture Z-scan technique. The measurements were performed using 4 ns pulses generated from a frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser at 532 nm wavelength. OL parameters of the ratio of the excited state to ground state absorption cross-sections κ, the effective nonlinear absorption coefficient βeff, the linear absorption coefficient α0 and the saturation density or energy density Fsat values were determined. The results show that MPc/PVC composite displays much larger nonlinear absorption coefficient and lower saturable fluence for optical limiting when compared to the same Pc molecules in solution. The results indicated that both compounds exhibited good OL performances. ZnPc shows slightly better OL parameters than that of CuPc.

  7. Structure-properties relationship of carbazole and fluorene hybrid trimers: experimental and theoretical approaches.

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    Tomkeviciene, Ausra; Grazulevicius, Juozas V; Volyniuk, Dmytro; Jankauskas, Vygintas; Sini, Gjergji

    2014-07-21

    Synthesis and properties of fluorene and carbazole derivatives having three electrophores per molecule with different architectures are reported. The synthesized compounds possess high thermal stabilities with 5% weight loss temperatures exceeding 350 °C. They form glasses with glass transition temperatures ranging from 60 to 68 °C. Cyclovoltammetric experiments revealed the high electrochemical stability of the fluorene trimer. In contrast, 2- and 2,7-fluorenyl substituted carbazole derivatives show irreversible oxidation in the CV experiments. The electron photoemission spectra of the films of the synthesized compounds revealed ionization potentials of 5.65-5.89 eV. Hole drift mobilities in the amorphous layers of the synthesized compounds reach 10(-2) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at high electric fields, as established by a xerographic time-of-flight technique. DFT calculations show that HOMO and LUMO orbitals of the compounds are very similar in energy and shape. The similar hole mobilities observed for the three compounds are discussed in the frame of the Marcus theory. An important influence of the alkyl groups on the ionization potentials and on the hole mobilities was also observed and its origin is discussed.

  8. Novel Anti-Nicotine Vaccine Using a Trimeric Coiled-Coil Hapten Carrier.

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    Miller, Keith D; Roque, Richard; Clegg, Christopher H

    2014-01-01

    Tobacco addiction represents one of the largest public health problems in the world and is the leading cause of cancer and heart disease, resulting in millions of deaths a year. Vaccines for smoking cessation have shown considerable promise in preclinical models, although functional antibody responses induced in humans are only modestly effective in preventing nicotine entry into the brain. The challenge in generating serum antibodies with a large nicotine binding capacity is made difficult by the fact that this drug is non-immunogenic and must be conjugated as a hapten to a protein carrier. To circumvent the limitations of traditional carriers like keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH), we have synthesized a short trimeric coiled-coil peptide (TCC) that creates a series of B and T cell epitopes with uniform stoichiometry and high density. Here we compared the relative activities of a TCC-nic vaccine and two control KLH-nic vaccines using Alum as an adjuvant or GLA-SE, which contains a synthetic TLR4 agonist formulated in a stable oil-in-water emulsion. The results showed that the TCC's high hapten density correlated with a better immune response in mice as measured by anti-nicotine Ab titer, affinity, and specificity, and was responsible for a reduction in anti-carrier immunogenicity. The Ab responses achieved with this synthetic vaccine resulted in a nicotine binding capacity in serum that could prevent >90% of a nicotine dose equivalent to three smoked cigarettes (0.05 mg/kg) from reaching the brain.

  9. Infrared Spectra of the NE_2-N_2O, AR_2-N_2O Trimers

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    Rezaei, M.; Moazzen-Ahmadi, N.; Michaelian, K. H.; McKellar, A. R. W.

    2013-06-01

    Spectra of the van der Waals trimers Ar_2-N_2O and Ne_2-N_2O are studied in the region of the N_2O ν_1 fundamental (˜2224 cm^{-1}) using a tunable quantum cascade laser to probe a pulsed supersonic expansion from a slit jet nozzle. Improved data are also obtained for the dimers Ar-N_2O and Ne-N_2O, with the latter representing a significant improvement on the best previous results. As well, a feature in the spectrum is tentatively assigned as the Q-branch of Ar_3-N_2O. The observed vibrational shifts for Ne_n-N_2O are almost exactly linear for n = 0-2. However, for Ar_n-N_2O the n = 2 band origin is slightly blue-shifted compared to the linear prediction, and the n = 3 origin (if correct) is more significantly blue-shifted (by 0.09 cm^{-1}).

  10. Bioinformatic Characterization of the Trimeric Intracellular Cation-Specific Channel Protein Family

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    Silverio, Abe L. F.

    2014-01-01

    Trimeric intracellular cation-specific (TRIC) channels are integral to muscle excitation–contraction coupling. TRIC channels provide counter-ionic flux when calcium is rapidly transported from intracellular stores to the cell cytoplasm. Until recently, knowledge of the presence of these proteins was limited to animals. We analyzed the TRIC family and identified a profusion of prokaryotic family members with topologies and motifs similar to those of their eukaryotic counterparts. Prokaryotic members far outnumber eukaryotic members, and although none has been functionally characterized, the evidence suggests that they function as secondary carriers. The presence of fused N- or C-terminal domains of known biochemical functions as well as genomic context analyses provide clues about the functions of these prokaryotic homologs. They are proposed to function in metabolite (e.g., amino acid/ nucleotide) efflux. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that TRIC channel homologs diverged relatively early during evolutionary history and that horizontal gene transfer was frequent in prokaryotes but not in eukaryotes. Topological analyses of TRIC channels revealed that these proteins possess seven putative transmembrane segments (TMSs), which arose by intragenic duplication of a three-TMS polypeptide-encoding genetic element followed by addition of a seventh TMS at the C terminus to give the precursor of all current TRIC family homologs. We propose that this family arose in prokaryotes. PMID:21519847

  11. Transition states from molecular symmetry groups: Analysis of non-rigid acetylene trimer

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    Bone, Richard G. A.; Rowlands, Timothy W.; Handy, Nicholas C.; Stone, Anthony J.

    We demonstrate that Longuet-Higgins' molecular symmetry (MS) group for describing non-rigid molecules allows deduction of the transition state for an intramolecular rearrangement and that the level of symmetry of the transition state is governed by very simple rules. Key pieces of information are the order of the MS group and the number of distinctly labelled forms represented by it. We also show that the local symmetry at stationary points on the potential energy surface is important and introduce natural definitions of narcissistic reactions and pathways using the laboratory-fixed inversion operation, giving examples of each. Inspection of normal modes is used to depict motion across the potential energy surface between a minimum-energy structure and a transition state. This analysis is applied to acetylene trimer, a recently observed van der Waals cluster. We elucidate the relationships between the stationary points identified by our earlier ab initio work. There are two transition state structures that together allow full interconversion between the 16 distinctly labelled forms of the global minimum.

  12. Structure and immune recognition of trimeric pre-fusion HIV-1 Env

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    Pancera, Marie; Zhou, Tongqing; Druz, Aliaksandr; ...

    2014-10-08

    The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) envelope (Env) spike, comprising three gp120 and three gp41 subunits, is a conformational machine that facilitates HIV-1 entry by rearranging from a mature unliganded state, through receptor-bound intermediates, to a post-fusion state. As the sole viral antigen on the HIV-1 virion surface, Env is both the target of neutralizing antibodies and a focus of vaccine efforts. Here we report the structure at 3.5 Å resolution for an HIV-1 Env trimer captured in a mature closed state by antibodies PGT122 and 35O22. This structure reveals the pre-fusion conformation of gp41, indicates rearrangements needed formore » fusion activation, and defines parameters of immune evasion and immune recognition. Pre-fusion gp41 encircles amino- and carboxy-terminal strands of gp120 with four helices that form a membrane-proximal collar, fastened by insertion of a fusion peptide-proximal methionine into a gp41-tryptophan clasp. Spike rearrangements required for entry involve opening the clasp and expelling the termini. In conclusion, N-linked glycosylation and sequence-variable regions cover the pre-fusion closed spike; we used chronic cohorts to map the prevalence and location of effective HIV-1-neutralizing responses, which were distinguished by their recognition of N-linked glycan and tolerance for epitope-sequence variation.« less

  13. Time-periodic solutions of driven-damped trimer granular crystals

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    Charalampidis, E. G.; Li, F.; Chong, C.; ...

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we consider time-periodic structures of granular crystals consisting of alternate chrome steel (S) and tungsten carbide (W) spherical particles where each unit cell follows the pattern of a 2:1 trimer: S-W-S. The configuration at the left boundary is driven by a harmonic in-time actuation with given amplitude and frequency while the right one is a fixed wall. Similar to the case of a dimer chain, the combination of dissipation, driving of the boundary, and intrinsic nonlinearity leads to complex dynamics. For fixed driving frequencies in each of the spectral gaps, we find that the nonlinear surface modesmore » and the states dictated by the linear drive collide in a saddle-node bifurcation as the driving amplitude is increased, beyond which the dynamics of the system becomes chaotic. While the bifurcation structure is similar for solutions within the first and second gap, those in the first gap appear to be less robust. We also conduct a continuation in driving frequency, where it is apparent that the nonlinearity of the system results in a complex bifurcation diagram, involving an intricate set of loops of branches, especially within the spectral gap. The theoretical findings are qualitatively corroborated by the experimental full-field visualization of the time-periodic structures.« less

  14. Quantum signatures of charge flipping vortices in the Bose-Hubbard trimer.

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    Jason, Peter; Johansson, Magnus

    2016-11-01

    In this work we study quantum signatures of charge flipping vortices, found in the classical discrete nonlinear Schrödinger trimer, by use of the Bose-Hubbard model. We are able to identify such signatures in the quantum energy eigenstates, for instance when comparing the site amplitudes of the classical charge flipping vortices with the probability distribution over different particle configurations. It is also discussed how to construct quantum states that correspond to the classical charge flipping vortices and which effects can lead to deviations between the classical and quantum dynamics. We also examine properties of certain coherent states: classical-like quantum states that can be used to derive the classical model. Several quantum signatures are identified when studying the dynamics of these coherent states, for example, when comparing the average number of particles on a site with the classical site amplitude, when comparing the quantum and classical currents and topological charge, and when studying the evolution of the quantum probability amplitudes. The flipping of the quantum currents are found to be an especially robust feature of these states.

  15. Spatial subunit distribution and in vitro functions of the novel trimeric PCNA complex from Sulfolobus tokodaii

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    Lu Shuhong; Li Zhuo; Wang Zhiyu; Ma Xiaoqing; Sheng Duohong; Ni Jinfeng; Shen Yulong

    2008-11-14

    The relationships among three PCNA (proliferating cell nuclear antigen) subunits in the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus tokodaii (StoPCNAs) were analyzed and the effects of two PCNA complexes on the activities of the DNA helicase Hjm, DNA Ligase I, and Holliday junction specific endonuclease Hjc were tested. There was no strong self-interaction of each StoPCNA. StoPCNA1 and StoPCNA3 interacted with each other, so did StoPCNA2 and StoPCNA3, but no interaction between StoPCNA1 and StoPCNA2 was observed. Two trimeric complexes (designed StoPCNA123 and StoPCNA323) were formed in vitro and it was determined that StoPCNA323 was composed of one StoPCNA2 and two StoPCNA3 subunits, with StoPCNA2 bridging the two StoPCNA3 subunits. Both complexes inhibited the unwinding activity of Hjm and the ligation activity of DNA Ligase I. In contrast, both stimulated the Holliday junction cleavage activity of Hjc. Our results provide further evidence that in crenarchaea, the PCNAs exhibit diversity in subunit interaction and complex formation.

  16. Cross-protection conferred by filovirus virus-like particles containing trimeric hybrid glycoprotein.

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    Martins, Karen; Carra, John H; Cooper, Christopher L; Kwilas, Steven A; Robinson, Camenzind G; Shurtleff, Amy C; Schokman, Rowena D; Kuehl, Kathleen A; Wells, Jay B; Steffens, Jesse T; van Tongeren, Sean A; Hooper, Jay W; Bavari, Sina

    2015-02-01

    Filoviruses are causative agents of hemorrhagic fever, and to date no effective vaccine or therapeutic has been approved to combat infection. Filovirus glycoprotein (GP) is the critical immunogenic component of filovirus vaccines, eliciting high levels of antibody after successful vaccination. Previous work has shown that protection against both Ebola virus (EBOV) and Marburg virus (MARV) can be achieved by vaccinating with a mixture of virus-like particles (VLPs) expressing either EBOV GP or MARV GP. In this study, the potential for eliciting effective immune responses against EBOV, Sudan virus, and MARV with a single GP construct was tested. Trimeric hybrid GPs were produced that expressed the sequence of Marburg GP2 in conjunction with a hybrid GP1 composed EBOV and Sudan virus GP sequences. VLPs expressing these constructs, along with EBOV VP40, provided comparable protection against MARV challenge, resulting in 75 or 100% protection. Protection from EBOV challenge differed depending upon the hybrid used, however, with one conferring 75% protection and one conferring no protection. By comparing the overall antibody titers and the neutralizing antibody titers specific for each virus, it is shown that higher antibody responses were elicited by the C terminal region of GP1 than by the N terminal region, and this correlated with protection. These data collectively suggest that GP2 and the C terminal region of GP1 are highly immunogenic, and they advance progress toward the development of a pan-filovirus vaccine.

  17. Ultrafast spectroscopy of trimeric light-harvesting complex II from higher plants

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    Connelly, J.P.; Mueller, G.M.; Hucke, M.; Gatzen, G.; Holzwarth, A.R.; Mullineaux, C.W.; Ruban, A.V.; Horton, P.

    1997-03-06

    Time-resolved femtosecond transient absorption measurements have been carried out at room temperature on light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b protein complex of photosystem II (LHC II) trimers prepared from spinach. Exciting in the chlorophyll (Chl) b region at 650 nm with very low intensity, virtually annihilation-free two-color transient absorption measurement of the kinetics over 100 ps, between 645 and 690 nm, yield global lifetimes of 175 fs, 625 fs, and 5 ps and a long component (>=790 ps) where the three fastest lifetimes reflect Chl b to Chl a energy transfer. On the basis of these results and recent electron diffraction structural data, a preliminary three-pool Ch a, three-pool Chl b kinetic model is proposed. The possible influence of variable xanthophyll composition on quenching in LHC II preparations isolated from light- and dark-adapted leaves has been investigated using time-resolved picosecond fluorescence at room temperature. Global lifetimes of 5 ps and 3.6 ns, the lifetimes of the terminal LHC II excited state, were obtained. No discernable quenching effect due to the presence of zeaxanthin was observed. 38 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs.

  18. Crystal Structure of Escherichia coli-Expressed Haloarcula marismortui Bacteriorhodopsin I in the Trimeric Form

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    Round, Ekaterina; Borshchevskiy, Valentin; Utrobin, Petr; Popov, Alexander; Balandin, Taras; Büldt, Georg; Gordeliy, Valentin

    2014-01-01

    Bacteriorhodopsins are a large family of seven-helical transmembrane proteins that function as light-driven proton pumps. Here, we present the crystal structure of a new member of the family, Haloarcula marismortui bacteriorhodopsin I (HmBRI) D94N mutant, at the resolution of 2.5 Å. While the HmBRI retinal-binding pocket and proton donor site are similar to those of other archaeal proton pumps, its proton release region is extended and contains additional water molecules. The protein's fold is reinforced by three novel inter-helical hydrogen bonds, two of which result from double substitutions relative to Halobacterium salinarum bacteriorhodopsin and other similar proteins. Despite the expression in Escherichia coli and consequent absence of native lipids, the protein assembles as a trimer in crystals. The unique extended loop between the helices D and E of HmBRI makes contacts with the adjacent protomer and appears to stabilize the interface. Many lipidic hydrophobic tail groups are discernible in the membrane region, and their positions are similar to those of archaeal isoprenoid lipids in the crystals of other proton pumps, isolated from native or native-like sources. All these features might explain the HmBRI properties and establish the protein as a novel model for the microbial rhodopsin proton pumping studies. PMID:25479443

  19. Stabilizing the Native Trimer of HIV-1 Env by Destabilizing the Heterodimeric Interface of the gp41 Postfusion Six-Helix Bundle

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    Kesavardhana, Sannula

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT The HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env) is a trimer of gp120-gp41 heterodimers and is essential for viral entry. The gp41 subunit in native, prefusion trimeric Env exists in a metastable conformation and attains a stable six-helix bundle (6-HB) conformation comprised of a trimer of N-heptad repeat (NHR) and C-heptad repeat (CHR) heterodimers, that drives the fusion of viral and cellular membranes. We attempted to stabilize native Env trimers by incorporation of mutations at the NHR-CHR interface that disrupt the postfusion 6-HB of gp41. The mutations V570D and I573D stabilize native Env of the HIV-1 JRFL strain and occlude nonneutralizing epitopes to a greater extent than the previously identified I559P mutation that is at the interface of the NHR trimers in the 6-HB. The mutations prevent soluble-CD4 (sCD4)-induced gp120 shedding and 6-HB formation. In the context of cell surface-expressed JRFL Env, introduction of a previously reported additional disulfide between residues A501 and T605 perturbs the native conformation, though this effect is partially alleviated by furin coexpression. The data suggest that positions 570 and 573 are surface proximal in native Env and that the NHR homotrimeric coiled coil in native Env terminates before or close to residue 573. Aspartic acid substitutions at these positions stabilize native trimers through destabilization of the postfusion 6-HB conformation. These mutations can be used to stabilize Env in a DNA vaccine format. IMPORTANCE The major protein on the surface of HIV-1 is the envelope (Env) glycoprotein. Env is a trimer of gp120-gp41 heterodimers. gp120 is involved in receptor/coreceptor binding and gp41 in the fusion of viral and cellular membranes. Like many other viral fusion proteins, the gp41 subunit in native trimeric Env exists in a metastable conformation. gp41 readily forms a stable six-helix bundle (6-HB) conformation comprised of a trimer of N-heptad repeat (NHR) and C-heptad repeat (CHR) heterodimers

  20. Evolutionary Conservation of a GPCR-Independent Mechanism of Trimeric G Protein Activation

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    Coleman, Brantley D.; Marivin, Arthur; Parag-Sharma, Kshitij; DiGiacomo, Vincent; Kim, Seongseop; Pepper, Judy S.; Casler, Jason; Nguyen, Lien T.; Koelle, Michael R.; Garcia-Marcos, Mikel

    2016-01-01

    Trimeric G protein signaling is a fundamental mechanism of cellular communication in eukaryotes. The core of this mechanism consists of activation of G proteins by the guanine-nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) activity of G protein coupled receptors. However, the duration and amplitude of G protein-mediated signaling are controlled by a complex network of accessory proteins that appeared and diversified during evolution. Among them, nonreceptor proteins with GEF activity are the least characterized. We recently found that proteins of the ccdc88 family possess a Gα-binding and activating (GBA) motif that confers GEF activity and regulates mammalian cell behavior. A sequence similarity-based search revealed that ccdc88 genes are highly conserved across metazoa but the GBA motif is absent in most invertebrates. This prompted us to investigate whether the GBA motif is present in other nonreceptor proteins in invertebrates. An unbiased bioinformatics search in Caenorhabditis elegans identified GBAS-1 (GBA and SPK domain containing-1) as a GBA motif-containing protein with homologs only in closely related worm species. We demonstrate that GBAS-1 has GEF activity for the nematode G protein GOA-1 and that the two proteins are coexpressed in many cells of living worms. Furthermore, we show that GBAS-1 can activate mammalian Gα-subunits and provide structural insights into the evolutionarily conserved determinants of the GBA–G protein interface. These results demonstrate that the GBA motif is a functional GEF module conserved among highly divergent proteins across evolution, indicating that the GBA-Gα binding mode is strongly constrained under selective pressure to mediate receptor-independent G protein activation in metazoans. PMID:26659249

  1. Novel Anti-Nicotine Vaccine Using a Trimeric Coiled-Coil Hapten Carrier

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    Miller, Keith D.; Roque, Richard; Clegg, Christopher H.

    2014-01-01

    Tobacco addiction represents one of the largest public health problems in the world and is the leading cause of cancer and heart disease, resulting in millions of deaths a year. Vaccines for smoking cessation have shown considerable promise in preclinical models, although functional antibody responses induced in humans are only modestly effective in preventing nicotine entry into the brain. The challenge in generating serum antibodies with a large nicotine binding capacity is made difficult by the fact that this drug is non-immunogenic and must be conjugated as a hapten to a protein carrier. To circumvent the limitations of traditional carriers like keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH), we have synthesized a short trimeric coiled-coil peptide (TCC) that creates a series of B and T cell epitopes with uniform stoichiometry and high density. Here we compared the relative activities of a TCC-nic vaccine and two control KLH-nic vaccines using Alum as an adjuvant or GLA-SE, which contains a synthetic TLR4 agonist formulated in a stable oil-in-water emulsion. The results showed that the TCC's high hapten density correlated with a better immune response in mice as measured by anti-nicotine Ab titer, affinity, and specificity, and was responsible for a reduction in anti-carrier immunogenicity. The Ab responses achieved with this synthetic vaccine resulted in a nicotine binding capacity in serum that could prevent >90% of a nicotine dose equivalent to three smoked cigarettes (0.05 mg/kg) from reaching the brain. PMID:25494044

  2. Antigenicity and Immunogenicity of a Trimeric Envelope Protein from an Indian Clade C HIV-1 Isolate*

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    Sneha Priya, Rangasamy; Veena, Menon; Kalisz, Irene; Whitney, Stephen; Priyanka, Dhopeshwarkar; LaBranche, Celia C.; Sri Teja, Mullapudi; Montefiori, David C.; Pal, Ranajit; Mahalingam, Sundarasamy; Kalyanaraman, Vaniambadi S.

    2015-01-01

    Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) isolates from India mainly belong to clade C and are quite distinct from clade C isolates from Africa in terms of their phylogenetic makeup, serotype, and sensitivity to known human broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibodies. Because many of these properties are associated with the envelope proteins of HIV-1, it is of interest to study the envelope proteins of Indian clade C isolates as part of the ongoing efforts to develop a vaccine against HIV-1. To this end, we purified trimeric uncleaved gp145 of a CCR5 tropic Indian clade C HIV-1 (93IN101) from the conditioned medium of 293 cells. The purified protein was shown to be properly folded with stable structure by circular dichroism. Conformational integrity was further demonstrated by its high affinity binding to soluble CD4, CD4 binding site antibodies such as b12 and VRC01, quaternary epitope-specific antibody PG9, and CD4-induced epitope-specific antibody 17b. Sera from rabbits immunized with gp145 elicited high titer antibodies to various domains of gp120 and neutralized a broad spectrum of clade B and clade C HIV-1 isolates. Similar to other clade B and clade C envelope immunogens, most of the Tier 1 neutralizing activity could be absorbed with the V3-specific peptide. Subsequent boosting of these rabbits with a clade B HIV-1 Bal gp145 resulted in an expanded breadth of neutralization of HIV-1 isolates. The present study strongly supports the inclusion of envelopes from Indian isolates in a future mixture of HIV-1 vaccines. PMID:25691567

  3. Thermal behavior of long wavelength absorption transitions in Spirulina platensis photosystem I trimers.

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    Cometta, A; Zucchelli, G; Karapetyan, N V; Engelmann, E; Garlaschi, F M; Jennings, R C

    2000-01-01

    In photosystem I trimers of Spirulina platensis a major long wavelength transition is irreversibly bleached by illumination with high-intensity white light. The photobleaching hole, identified by both absorption and circular dichroism spectroscopies, is interpreted as the inhomogeneously broadened Q(y) transition of a chlorophyll form that absorbs maximally near 709 nm at room temperature. Analysis of the mean square deviation of the photobleaching hole between 80 and 300 K, in the linear electron-phonon frame, indicates that the optical reorganization energy is 52 cm(-1), four times greater than that for the bulk, short-wavelength-absorbing chlorophylls, and the inhomogenous site distribution bandwidth is close to 150 cm(-1). The room temperature bandwidth, close to 18.5 nm, is dominated by thermal (homogeneous) broadening. Photobleaching induces correlated circular dichroism changes, of opposite sign, at 709 and 670 nm, which suggests that the long wavelength transition may be a low energy excitonic band, in agreement with its high reorganization energy. Clear identification of the 709-nm spectral form was used in developing a Gaussian description of the long wavelength absorption tail by analyzing the changing band shape during photobleaching using a global decomposition procedure. Additional absorption states near 720, 733, and 743 nm were thus identified. The lowest energy state at 743 nm is present in substoichiometric levels at room temperature and its presence was confirmed by fluorescence spectroscopy. This state displays an unusual increase in intensity upon lowering the temperature, which is successfully described by assuming the presence of low-lying, thermally populated states. PMID:11106627

  4. Interactions of cationic trimeric, gemini and monomeric surfactants with trianionic curcumin in aqueous solution.

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    Wang, Meina; Wu, Chunxian; Tang, Yongqiang; Fan, Yaxun; Han, Yuchun; Wang, Yilin

    2014-05-21

    Interactions of trianionic curcumin (Cur(3-)) with a series of cationic surfactants, monomeric surfactant dodecyl trimethylammonium bromide (DTAB), dimeric surfactant hexamethylene-1,6-bis(dodecyldimethylammonium bromide) (12-6-12) and trimeric surfactant tri(dodecyldimethylammonioacetoxy)diethyltriamine trichloride (DTAD), have been investigated in aqueous solution of pH 13.0. Surface tension and spectral measurements indicate that the cationic surfactants display a similar surfactant concentration dependent interaction process with Cur(3-), involving three interaction stages. At first the three cationic surfactants electrostatically bind on Cur(3-) to form the surfactant-Cur(3-) complex. Then the bound and unbound cationic surfactants with Cur(3-) aggregate into surfactant-Cur(3-) mixed micelles through hydrophobic interactions above the critical micelle concentration of the surfactants (CMCC) in the presence of Cur(3-). Finally excess unbound surfactants self-assemble into micelles like those without Cur(3-). For all the three surfactants, the addition of Cur(3-) only decreases the critical micelle concentration of 12-6-12 but does not affect the critical micelle concentration of DTAB and DTAD. As the oligomeric degree of surfactants increases, the intermolecular interaction of the cationic surfactants with Cur(3-) increases and the surfactant amount needed for Cur(3-) encapsulation decreases. Compared with 12-6-12, either the weaker interaction of DTAB with Cur(3-) or stronger interaction of DTAD with Cur(3-) limits the stability or solubility of Cur(3-) in surfactant micelles. Therefore, gemini surfactant 12-6-12 is the best choice to effectively suppress Cur(3-) degradation at very low concentrations. Isothermal titration microcalorimetry, surface tension and (1)H NMR results reveal that 12-6-12 and Cur(3-) form a (12-6-12)2-Cur(3-) complex and start to form micelles at extremely decreased concentrations, where either 12-6-12 or Cur(3-) works as a bridge

  5. Antigenic and immunosuppressive properties of a trimeric recombinant transmembrane envelope protein gp41 of HIV-1

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    Mühle, Michael; Lehmann, Melissa; Hoffmann, Kerstin; Stern, Daniel; Kroniger, Tobias; Luttmann, Werner

    2017-01-01

    The transmembrane envelope (TM) protein gp41 of the human immunodeficiency virus—1 (HIV-1) plays an important role during virus infection inducing the fusion of the viral and cellular membranes. In addition, there are indications that the TM protein plays a role in the immunopathogenesis leading to the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Inactivated virus particles and recombinant gp41 have been reported to inhibit lymphocyte proliferation, as well as to alter cytokine release and gene expression. The same was shown for a peptide corresponding to a highly conserved domain of all retroviral TM proteins, the immunosuppressive domain. Due to its propensity to aggregate and to be expressed at low levels, studies comprising authentic gp41 produced in eukaryotic cells are extremely rare. Here we describe the production of a secreted, soluble recombinant gp41 in 293 cells. The antigen was purified to homogeneity and characterised thoroughly by various biochemical and immunological methods. It was shown that the protein was glycosylated and assembled into trimers. Binding studies by ELISA and surface plasmon resonance using conformation-specific monoclonal antibodies implied a six-helix bundle conformation. The low binding of broadly neutralising antibodies (bnAb) directed against the membrane proximal external region (MPER) suggested that this gp41 is probably not suited as vaccine to induce such bnAb. Purified gp41 bound to monocytes and to a lesser extent to lymphocytes and triggered the production of specific cytokines when added to normal peripheral blood mononuclear cells. In addition, gp41 expressed on target cells inhibited the antigen-specific response of murine CD8+ T cells by drastically impairing their IFNγ production. To our knowledge, this is the first comprehensive analysis of a gp41 produced in eukaryotic cells including its immunosuppressive properties. Our data provide another line of evidence that gp41 might be directly involved in HIV-1

  6. Comparison of the dynamics of the primary events of bacteriorhodopsin in its trimeric and monomeric states.

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    Wang, Jianping; Link, Stephan; Heyes, Colin D; El-Sayed, Mostafa A

    2002-01-01

    In this paper, femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy in the visible region of the spectrum has been used to examine the ultrafast dynamics of the retinal excited state in both the native trimeric state and the monomeric state of bacteriorhodopsin (bR). It is found that the excited state lifetime (probed at 490 nm) increases only slightly upon the monomerization of bR. No significant kinetic difference is observed in the recovery process of the bR ground state probed at 570 nm nor in the fluorescent state observed at 850 nm. However, an increase in the relative amplitude of the slow component of bR excited state decay is observed in the monomer, which is due to the increase in the concentration of the 13-cis retinal isomer in the ground state of the light-adapted bR monomer. Our data indicate that when the protein packing around the retinal is changed upon bR monomerization, there is only a subtle change in the retinal potential surface, which is dependent on the charge distribution and the dipoles within the retinal-binding cavity. In addition, our results show that 40% of the excited state bR molecules return to the ground state on three different time scales: one-half-picosecond component during the relaxation of the excited state and the formation of the J intermediate, a 3-ps component as the J changes to the K intermediate where retinal photoisomerization occurs, and a subnanosecond component during the photocycle. PMID:12202380

  7. Comparative Immunogenicity of Evolved V1V2-Deleted HIV-1 Envelope Glycoprotein Trimers

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    Tong, Tommy; van Montfort, Thijs; Eggink, Dirk; Montefiori, David; Olson, William C.; Moore, John P.; Binley, James M.; Berkhout, Ben; Sanders, Rogier W.

    2013-01-01

    Despite almost 30 years of research, no effective vaccine has yet been developed against HIV-1. Probably such a vaccine would need to induce both an effective T cell and antibody response. Any vaccine component focused on inducing humoral immunity requires the HIV-1 envelope (Env) glycoprotein complex as it is the only viral protein exposed on the virion surface. HIV-1 has evolved several mechanisms to evade broadly reactive neutralizing antibodies. One such a mechanism involves variable loop domains, which are highly flexible structures that shield the underlying conserved epitopes. We hypothesized that removal of such loops would increase the exposure and immunogenicity of these conserved regions. Env variable loop deletion however often leads to protein misfolding and aggregation because hydrophobic patches becoming solvent accessible. We have therefore previously used virus evolution to acquire functional Env proteins lacking the V1V2 loop. We then expressed them in soluble (uncleaved) gp140 forms. Three mutants were found to perform optimally in terms of protein expression, stability, trimerization and folding. In this study, we characterized the immune responses to these antigens in rabbits. The V1V2 deletion mutant ΔV1V2.9.VK induced a prominent response directed to epitopes that are not fully available on the other Env proteins tested but that effectively bound and neutralized the ΔV1V2 Env virus. This Env variant also induced more efficient neutralization of the tier 1 virus SF162. The immune refocusing effect was lost after booster immunization with a full-length gp140 protein with intact V1V2 loops. Collectively, this result suggests that deletion of variable domains could alter the specificity of the humoral immune response, but did not result in broad neutralization of neutralization-resistant virus isolates. PMID:23840716

  8. Antigenic and immunosuppressive properties of a trimeric recombinant transmembrane envelope protein gp41 of HIV-1.

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    Mühle, Michael; Lehmann, Melissa; Hoffmann, Kerstin; Stern, Daniel; Kroniger, Tobias; Luttmann, Werner; Denner, Joachim

    2017-01-01

    The transmembrane envelope (TM) protein gp41 of the human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) plays an important role during virus infection inducing the fusion of the viral and cellular membranes. In addition, there are indications that the TM protein plays a role in the immunopathogenesis leading to the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Inactivated virus particles and recombinant gp41 have been reported to inhibit lymphocyte proliferation, as well as to alter cytokine release and gene expression. The same was shown for a peptide corresponding to a highly conserved domain of all retroviral TM proteins, the immunosuppressive domain. Due to its propensity to aggregate and to be expressed at low levels, studies comprising authentic gp41 produced in eukaryotic cells are extremely rare. Here we describe the production of a secreted, soluble recombinant gp41 in 293 cells. The antigen was purified to homogeneity and characterised thoroughly by various biochemical and immunological methods. It was shown that the protein was glycosylated and assembled into trimers. Binding studies by ELISA and surface plasmon resonance using conformation-specific monoclonal antibodies implied a six-helix bundle conformation. The low binding of broadly neutralising antibodies (bnAb) directed against the membrane proximal external region (MPER) suggested that this gp41 is probably not suited as vaccine to induce such bnAb. Purified gp41 bound to monocytes and to a lesser extent to lymphocytes and triggered the production of specific cytokines when added to normal peripheral blood mononuclear cells. In addition, gp41 expressed on target cells inhibited the antigen-specific response of murine CD8+ T cells by drastically impairing their IFNγ production. To our knowledge, this is the first comprehensive analysis of a gp41 produced in eukaryotic cells including its immunosuppressive properties. Our data provide another line of evidence that gp41 might be directly involved in HIV-1

  9. Defining Potential Vaccine Targets of Haemophilus ducreyi Trimeric Autotransporter Adhesin DsrA.

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    Fusco, William G; Choudhary, Neelima R; Stewart, Shelley M; Alam, S Munir; Sempowski, Gregory D; Elkins, Christopher; Leduc, Isabelle

    2015-04-01

    Haemophilus ducreyi is the causative agent of the sexually transmitted genital ulcer disease chancroid. Strains of H. ducreyi are grouped in two classes (I and II) based on genotypic and phenotypic differences, including those found in DsrA, an outer membrane protein belonging to the family of multifunctional trimeric autotransporter adhesins. DsrA is a key serum resistance factor of H. ducreyi that prevents binding of natural IgM at the bacterial surface and functions as an adhesin to fibronectin, fibrinogen, vitronectin, and human keratinocytes. Monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) were developed to recombinant DsrA (DsrA(I)) from prototypical class I strain 35000HP to define targets for vaccine and/or therapeutics. Two anti-DsrAI MAbs bound monomers and multimers of DsrA from genital and non-genital/cutaneous H. ducreyi strains in a Western blot and reacted to the surface of the genital strains; however, these MAbs did not recognize denatured or native DsrA from class II strains. In a modified extracellular matrix protein binding assay using viable H. ducreyi, one of the MAbs partially inhibited binding of fibronectin, fibrinogen, and vitronectin to class I H. ducreyi strain 35000HP, suggesting a role for anti-DsrA antibodies in preventing binding of H. ducreyi to extracellular matrix proteins. Standard ELISA and surface plasmon resonance using a peptide library representing full-length, mature DsrAI revealed the smallest nominal epitope bound by one of the MAbs to be MEQNTHNINKLS. Taken together, our findings suggest that this epitope is a potential target for an H. ducreyi vaccine.

  10. Structure of a eukaryotic SWEET transporter in a homo-trimeric complex

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    Li, Shuo; Eom, Joon-Seob; Chen, Li-Qing; Xu, Yan; Perry, Kay; Frommer, Wolf B.; Feng, Liang

    2016-01-01

    Eukaryotes rely on efficient distribution of energy and carbon skeletons between organs in the form of sugars. Glucose in animals and sucrose in plants serve as dominant distribution forms. Cellular sugar uptake and release require vesicular and/or plasma membrane transport proteins. Humans and plants use related proteins from three superfamilies for sugar translocation: the major facilitator superfamily (MFS), the sodium solute symporter Family (SSF; only animal kingdom), and SWEETs1-5. SWEETs carry mono- and disaccharides6 across vacuolar or plasma membranes. Plant SWEETs play key roles in sugar translocation between compartments, cells, and organs, notably in nectar secretion7, phloem loading for long distance translocation8, pollen nutrition9, and seed filling10. Plant SWEETs cause pathogen susceptibility by sugar leakage from infected cells3,11,12. The vacuolar AtSWEET2 sequesters sugars in root vacuoles; loss-of-function increases susceptibility to Pythium infection13. Here we show that its orthologue, the vacuolar glucose transporter OsSWEET2b from rice, consists of an asymmetrical pair of triple-helix-bundles (THBs), connected by an inversion linker helix (TM4) to create the translocation pathway. Structural and biochemical analyses show OsSWEET2b in an apparent inward (cytosolic) open state forming homomeric trimers. TM4 tightly interacts with the first THB within a protomer and mediates key contacts among protomers. Structure-guided mutagenesis of the close paralogue SWEET1 from Arabidopsis identified key residues in substrate translocation and protomer crosstalk. Insights into the structure-function relationship of SWEETs is valuable for understanding the transport mechanism of eukaryotic SWEETs and may be useful for engineering sugar flux. PMID:26479032

  11. Insights into the Conformation of the Membrane Proximal Regions Critical to the Trimerization of the HIV-1 gp41 Ectodomain Bound to Dodecyl Phosphocholine Micelles

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    Louis, John M.; Baber, James L.; Ghirlando, Rodolfo; Aniana, Annie; Bax, Ad; Roche, Julien

    2016-01-01

    The transitioning of the ectodomain of gp41 from a pre-hairpin to a six-helix bundle conformation is a crucial aspect of virus-cell fusion. To gain insight into the intermediary steps of the fusion process we have studied the pH and dodecyl phosphocholine (DPC) micelle dependent trimer association of gp41 by systematic deletion analysis of an optimized construct termed 17–172 (residues 528 to 683 of Env) that spans the fusion peptide proximal region (FPPR) to the membrane proximal external region (MPER) of gp41, by sedimentation velocity and double electron-electron resonance (DEER) EPR spectroscopy. Trimerization at pH 7 requires the presence of both the FPPR and MPER regions. However, at pH 4, the protein completely dissociates to monomers. DEER measurements reveal a partial fraying of the C-terminal MPER residues in the 17–172 trimer while the other regions, including the FPPR, remain compact. In accordance, truncating nine C-terminal MPER residues (675–683) in the 17–172 construct does not shift the trimer-monomer equilibrium significantly. Thus, in the context of the gp41 ectodomain spanning residues 17–172, trimerization is clearly dependent on FPPR and MPER regions even when the terminal residues of MPER unravel. The antibody Z13e1, which spans both the 2F5 and 4E10 epitopes in MPER, binds to 17–172 with a Kd of 1 ± 0.12 μM. Accordingly, individual antibodies 2F5 and 4E10 also recognize the 17–172 trimer/DPC complex. We propose that binding of the C-terminal residues of MPER to the surface of the DPC micelles models a correct positioning of the trimeric transmembrane domain anchored in the viral membrane. PMID:27513582

  12. Clarifying and illustrating the electronic energy transfer pathways in trimeric and hexameric aggregation state of cyanobacteria allophycocyanin within the framework of Förster theory.

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    Ren, Yanliang; Melhem, Osama; Li, Yongjian; Chi, Bo; Han, Xinya; Zhu, Hao; Feng, Lingling; Wan, Jian; Xu, Xin

    2015-01-30

    Within the framework of the Förster theory, the electronic excitation energy transfer pathways in the cyanobacteria allophycocyanin (APC) trimer and hexamer were studied. The associated physical quantities (i.e., excitation energy, oscillator strength, and transition dipole moments) of the phycocyanobilins (PCBs) located in APC were calculated at time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) level of theory. To estimate the influence of protein environment on the preceding calculated physical quantities, the long-range interactions were approximately considered with the polarizable continuum model at the TDDFT level of theory, and the short-range interaction caused by surrounding aspartate residue of PCBs were taken into account as well. The shortest energy transfer time calculated in the framework of the Förster model at TDDFT/B3LYP/6-31+G* level of theory are about 0.10 ps in the APC trimer and about 170 ps in the APC monomer, which are in qualitative agreement with the experimental finding that a very fast lifetime of 0.43-0.44 ps in APC trimers, whereas its monomers lacked any corresponding lifetime. These results suggest that the lifetime of 0.43-0.44 ps in the APC trimers determined by Sharkov et al. was most likely attributed to the energy transfer of α(1) -84 ↔ β(3) -84 (0.23 ps), β(1) -84 ↔ α(2) -84 (0.11 ps) or β(2) -84 ↔ α(3) -84 (0.10 ps). So far, no experimental or theoretical energy transfer rates between two APC trimmers were reported, our calculations predict that the predominate energy transfer pathway between APC trimers is likely to occur from α(3) -84 in one trimer to α(5) -84 in an adjacent trimer with a rate of 32.51 ps. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Toxicology and carcinogenesis study of styrene-acrylonitrile trimer in F344/N rats (perinatal and postnatal feed studies).

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    2012-07-01

    Styrene-acrylonitrile trimer (SAN Trimer) is a mixture of isomers formed by the condensation of two moles of acrylonitrile and one mole of styrene and has a molecular weight of 210. The mixture is composed of two structural forms: 4-cyano-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-a-methyl-1-naphthaleneacetonitrile (THNA, CAS No. 57964-39-3) and 4-cyano-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-1-naphthalenepropionitrile (THNP, CAS No. 57964-40-6). The THNA form consists of four stereoisomers. [Structure:see text]. The THNP form consists of two stereoisomers. [Structure:see text]. SAN Trimer is a by-product of the production of acrylonitrile styrene plastics and is created in specific manufacturing processes for polymers of acrylonitrile and styrene. In June 1998, due to community concerns about the toxicity of SAN Trimer, it was nominated to the NTP for carcinogenicity testing by a member of Congress. Male and female F344/N rats were exposed to SAN Trimer in feed in perinatal and postnatal studies for 7 weeks, 18 weeks, or 2 years. Genetic toxicology studies were conducted in Salmonella typhimurium and Escherichia coli, and in rat reticulocytes, leukocytes, liver cells, and brain cells. In vivo comet and micronucleus assays were performed in the juvenile rats. 7-WEEK STUDY IN RATS: Groups of 10 male and 10 female rats were fed diets containing 0, 250, 500, 1,000, 2,000, or 4,000 ppm SAN Trimer (equivalent to average daily doses of approximately 50, 90, 175, 270, or 410 mg SAN Trimer/kg body weight to males and 45, 90, 185, 295, or 430 mg/kg to females) for 2 weeks postweaning; the dams of these rats were fed the same concentrations of SAN Trimer from gestation day 7 until the pups were weaned. One 4,000 ppm male rat died 3 days after weaning; all other rats that started the postweaning phase survived to the end of the study. Mean body weights of 1,000, 2,000, and 4,000 ppm males and 2,000 and 4,000 ppm females were significantly less than those of the controls; weaning mean body weights were reduced in 4

  14. A comparative immunogenicity study in rabbits of disulfide-stabilized, proteolytically cleaved, soluble trimeric human immunodeficiency virus type 1 gp140, trimeric cleavage-defective gp140 and monomeric gp120

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    Beddows, Simon; Franti, Michael; Dey, Antu K.; Kirschner, Marc; Iyer, Sai Prasad N.; Fisch, Danielle C.; Ketas, Thomas; Yuste, Eloisa; Desrosiers, Ronald C.; Klasse, Per Johan; Maddon, Paul J.; Olson, William C.; Moore, John P. . E-mail: jpm2003@med.cornell.edu

    2007-04-10

    The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) surface envelope glycoprotein (Env) complex, a homotrimer containing gp120 surface glycoprotein and gp41 transmembrane glycoprotein subunits, mediates the binding and fusion of the virus with susceptible target cells. The Env complex is the target for neutralizing antibodies (NAbs) and is the basis for vaccines intended to induce NAbs. Early generation vaccines based on monomeric gp120 subunits did not confer protection from infection; one alternative approach is therefore to make and evaluate soluble forms of the trimeric Env complex. We have directly compared the immunogenicity in rabbits of two forms of soluble trimeric Env and monomeric gp120 based on the sequence of HIV-1{sub JR-FL}. Both protein-only and DNA-prime, protein-boost immunization formats were evaluated, DNA-priming having little or no influence on the outcome. One form of trimeric Env was made by disrupting the gp120-gp41 cleavage site by mutagenesis (gp140{sub UNC}), the other contains an intramolecular disulfide bond to stabilize the cleaved gp120 and gp41 moieties (SOSIP.R6 gp140). Among the three immunogens, SOSIP.R6 gp140 most frequently elicited neutralizing antibodies against the homologous, neutralization-resistant strain, HIV-1{sub JR-FL}. All three proteins induced NAbs against more sensitive strains, but the breadth of activity against heterologous primary isolates was limited. When antibodies able to neutralize HIV-1{sub JR-FL} were detected, antigen depletion studies showed they were not directed at the V3 region but were targeted at other, undefined gp120 and also non-gp120 epitopes.

  15. Structural diversity of the soluble trimers of the human amylin(20-29) peptide revealed by molecular dynamics simulations

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    Mo, Yuxiang; Lu, Yan; Wei, Guanghong; Derreumaux, Philippe

    2009-03-01

    The human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP) or amylin is a 37-residue hormone found as amyloid deposits in pancreatic extracts of nearly all type 2 diabetes patients. The fragment 20-29 of sequence SNNFGAILSS (hIAPP20-29) has been shown to be responsible for the amyloidogenic propensities of the full length protein. Various polymorphic forms of hIAPP20-29 fibrils were described by using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and solid-state NMR experiments: unseeded hIAPP20-29 fibril with out-of-register antiparallel β-strands, and two forms of seeded hIAPP20-29 fibril, with in-register antiparallel or in-register parallel β-strands. As a first step toward understanding this polymorphism, we explore the equilibrium structures of the soluble hIAPP20-29 trimer, using multiple molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with the Optimized Potential for Efficient structure Prediction (OPEP) coarse-grained implicit solvent force field for a total length of 3.2 μs. Although, the trimer is found mainly random coil, consistent with the signal measured experimentally during the lag phase of hIAPP20-29 fibril formation, the central FGAIL residues have a relative high propensity to form interpeptide β-sheets and antiparallel β-strands are more probable than parallel β-strands. One MD-predicted out-of-register antiparallel three-stranded β-sheet matches exactly the FTIR-derived unseeded hIAPP20-29 fibril model. Our simulations, however, do not reveal any evidence of in-register parallel or in-register antiparallel β-sheets as reported for seeded hIAPP20-29 fibrils. All these results indicate that fibril polymorphism is partially encoded in a trimer.

  16. Structural diversity of the soluble trimers of the human amylin(20-29) peptide revealed by molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Mo, Yuxiang; Lu, Yan; Wei, Guanghong; Derreumaux, Philippe

    2009-03-28

    The human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP) or amylin is a 37-residue hormone found as amyloid deposits in pancreatic extracts of nearly all type 2 diabetes patients. The fragment 20-29 of sequence SNNFGAILSS (hIAPP20-29) has been shown to be responsible for the amyloidogenic propensities of the full length protein. Various polymorphic forms of hIAPP20-29 fibrils were described by using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and solid-state NMR experiments: unseeded hIAPP20-29 fibril with out-of-register antiparallel beta-strands, and two forms of seeded hIAPP20-29 fibril, with in-register antiparallel or in-register parallel beta-strands. As a first step toward understanding this polymorphism, we explore the equilibrium structures of the soluble hIAPP20-29 trimer, using multiple molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with the Optimized Potential for Efficient structure Prediction (OPEP) coarse-grained implicit solvent force field for a total length of 3.2 micros. Although, the trimer is found mainly random coil, consistent with the signal measured experimentally during the lag phase of hIAPP20-29 fibril formation, the central FGAIL residues have a relative high propensity to form interpeptide beta-sheets and antiparallel beta-strands are more probable than parallel beta-strands. One MD-predicted out-of-register antiparallel three-stranded beta-sheet matches exactly the FTIR-derived unseeded hIAPP20-29 fibril model. Our simulations, however, do not reveal any evidence of in-register parallel or in-register antiparallel beta-sheets as reported for seeded hIAPP20-29 fibrils. All these results indicate that fibril polymorphism is partially encoded in a trimer.

  17. Conditional trimerization and lytic activity of HIV-1 gp41 variants containing the membrane-associated segments.

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    Dai, Zhou; Tao, Yisong; Liu, Nina; Brenowitz, Michael D; Girvin, Mark E; Lai, Jonathan R

    2015-03-03

    Fusion of host and viral membranes is a critical step during infection by membrane-bound viruses. The HIV-1 glycoproteins gp120 (surface subunit) and gp41 (fusion subunit) represent the prototypic system for studying this process; in the prevailing model, the gp41 ectodomain forms a trimeric six-helix bundle that constitutes a critical intermediate and provides the energetic driving force for overcoming barriers associated with membrane fusion. However, most structural studies of gp41 variants have been performed either on ectodomain constructs lacking one or more of the membrane-associated segments (the fusion peptide, FP, the membrane-proximal external region, MPER, and the transmembrane domain, TM) or on variants consisting of these isolated segments alone without the ectodomain. Several recent reports have suggested that the HIV-1 ectodomain, as well as larger construct containing the membrane-bound segments, dissociates from a trimer to a monomer in detergent micelles. Here we compare the properties of a series of gp41 variants to delineate the roles of the ectodomain, FP, and MPER and TM, all in membrane-mimicking environments. We find that these proteins are prone to formation of a monomer in detergent micelles. In one case, we observed exclusive monomer formation at pH 4 but conditional trimerization at pH 7 even at low micromolar (∼5 μM) protein concentrations. Liposome release assays demonstrate that these gp41-related proteins have the capacity to induce content leakage but that this activity is also strongly modulated by pH with much higher activity at pH 4. Circular dichroism, nuclear magnetic resonance, and binding assays with antibodies specific to the MPER provide insight into the structural and functional roles of the FP, MPER, and TM and their effect on structure within the larger context of the fusion subunit.

  18. Insights on the structure and stability of Licanantase: a trimeric acid-stable coiled-coil lipoprotein from Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans

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    Abarca, Fernando; Gutierrez-Maldonado, Sebastian E.; Parada, Pilar; Martinez, Patricio; Maass, Alejandro

    2014-01-01

    Licanantase (Lic) is the major component of the secretome of Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans when grown in elemental sulphur. When used as an additive, Lic improves copper recovery from bioleaching processes. However, this recovery enhancement is not fully understood. In this context, our aim is to predict the 3D structure of Lic, to shed light on its structure-function relationships. Bioinformatics analyses on the amino acid sequence of Lic showed a great similarity with Lpp, an Escherichia coli Lipoprotein that can form stable trimers in solution. Lic and Lpp share the secretion motif, intracellular processing and alpha helix structure, as well as the distribution of hydrophobic residues in heptads forming a hydrophobic core, typical of coiled-coil structures. Cross-linking experiments showed the presence of Lic trimers, supporting our predictions. Taking the in vitro and in silico evidence as a whole, we propose that the most probable structure for Lic is a trimeric coiled-coil. According to this prediction, a suitable model for Lic was produced using the de novo algorithm “Rosetta Fold-and-Dock”. To assess the structural stability of our model, Molecular Dynamics (MD) and Replica Exchange MD simulations were performed using the structure of Lpp and a 14-alanine Lpp mutant as controls, at both acidic and neutral pH. Our results suggest that Lic was the most stable structure among the studied proteins in both pH conditions. This increased stability can be explained by a higher number of both intermonomer hydrophobic contacts and hydrogen bonds, key elements for the stability of Lic’s secondary and tertiary structure. PMID:25165619

  19. Procollagen C-proteinase enhancer grasps the stalk of the C-propeptide trimer to boost collagen precursor maturation.

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    Bourhis, Jean-Marie; Vadon-Le Goff, Sandrine; Afrache, Hassnae; Mariano, Natacha; Kronenberg, Daniel; Thielens, Nicole; Moali, Catherine; Hulmes, David J S

    2013-04-16

    Tight regulation of collagen fibril deposition in the extracellular matrix is essential for normal tissue homeostasis and repair, defects in which are associated with several degenerative or fibrotic disorders. A key regulatory step in collagen fibril assembly is the C-terminal proteolytic processing of soluble procollagen precursors. This step, carried out mainly by bone morphogenetic protein-1/tolloid-like proteinases, is itself subject to regulation by procollagen C-proteinase enhancer proteins (PCPEs) which can dramatically increase bone morphogenetic protein-1/tolloid-like proteinase activity, in a substrate-specific manner. Although it is known that this enhancing activity requires binding of PCPE to the procollagen C-propeptide trimer, identification of the precise binding site has so far remained elusive. Here, use of small-angle X-ray scattering provides structural data on this protein complex indicating that PCPE binds to the stalk region of the procollagen C-propeptide trimer, where the three polypeptide chains associate together, at the junction with the base region. This is supported by site-directed mutagenesis, which identifies two highly conserved, surface-exposed lysine residues in this region of the trimer that are essential for binding, thus revealing structural parallels with the interactions of Complement C1r/C1s, Uegf, BMP-1 (CUB) domain-containing proteins in diverse biological systems such as complement activation, receptor signaling, and transport. Together with detailed kinetics and interaction analysis, these results provide insights into the mechanism of action of PCPEs and suggest clear strategies for the development of novel antifibrotic therapies.

  20. Molecular Architecture of the Cleavage-Dependent Mannose Patch on a Soluble HIV-1 Envelope Glycoprotein Trimer

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    Behrens, Anna-Janina; Harvey, David J.; Milne, Emilia; Cupo, Albert; Kumar, Abhinav; Zitzmann, Nicole; Struwe, Weston B.; Moore, John P.

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT The formation of a correctly folded and natively glycosylated HIV-1 viral spike is dependent on protease cleavage of the gp160 precursor protein in the Golgi apparatus. Cleavage induces a compact structure which not only renders the spike capable of fusion but also limits further maturation of its extensive glycosylation. The redirection of the glycosylation pathway to preserve underprocessed oligomannose-type glycans is an important feature in immunogen design, as glycans contribute to or influence the epitopes of numerous broadly neutralizing antibodies. Here we present a quantitative site-specific analysis of a recombinant, trimeric mimic of the native HIV-1 viral spike (BG505 SOSIP.664) compared to the corresponding uncleaved pseudotrimer and the matched gp120 monomer. We present a detailed molecular map of a trimer-associated glycan remodeling that forms a localized subdomain of the native mannose patch. The formation of native trimers is a critical design feature in shaping the glycan epitopes presented on recombinant vaccine candidates. IMPORTANCE The envelope spike of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) is a target for antibody-based neutralization. For some patients infected with HIV-1, highly potent antibodies have been isolated that can neutralize a wide range of circulating viruses. It is a goal of HIV-1 vaccine research to elicit these antibodies by immunization with recombinant mimics of the viral spike. These antibodies have evolved to recognize the dense array of glycans that coat the surface of the viral molecule. We show how the structure of these glycans is shaped by steric constraints imposed upon them by the native folding of the viral spike. This information is important in guiding the development of vaccine candidates. PMID:27807235

  1. Insights on the structure and stability of Licanantase: a trimeric acid-stable coiled-coil lipoprotein from Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans.

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    Abarca, Fernando; Gutierrez-Maldonado, Sebastian E; Parada, Pilar; Martinez, Patricio; Maass, Alejandro; Perez-Acle, Tomas

    2014-01-01

    Licanantase (Lic) is the major component of the secretome of Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans when grown in elemental sulphur. When used as an additive, Lic improves copper recovery from bioleaching processes. However, this recovery enhancement is not fully understood. In this context, our aim is to predict the 3D structure of Lic, to shed light on its structure-function relationships. Bioinformatics analyses on the amino acid sequence of Lic showed a great similarity with Lpp, an Escherichia coli Lipoprotein that can form stable trimers in solution. Lic and Lpp share the secretion motif, intracellular processing and alpha helix structure, as well as the distribution of hydrophobic residues in heptads forming a hydrophobic core, typical of coiled-coil structures. Cross-linking experiments showed the presence of Lic trimers, supporting our predictions. Taking the in vitro and in silico evidence as a whole, we propose that the most probable structure for Lic is a trimeric coiled-coil. According to this prediction, a suitable model for Lic was produced using the de novo algorithm "Rosetta Fold-and-Dock". To assess the structural stability of our model, Molecular Dynamics (MD) and Replica Exchange MD simulations were performed using the structure of Lpp and a 14-alanine Lpp mutant as controls, at both acidic and neutral pH. Our results suggest that Lic was the most stable structure among the studied proteins in both pH conditions. This increased stability can be explained by a higher number of both intermonomer hydrophobic contacts and hydrogen bonds, key elements for the stability of Lic's secondary and tertiary structure.

  2. Development of a generic adenovirus delivery system based on structure-guided design of bispecific trimeric DARPin adapters.

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    Dreier, Birgit; Honegger, Annemarie; Hess, Christian; Nagy-Davidescu, Gabriela; Mittl, Peer R E; Grütter, Markus G; Belousova, Natalya; Mikheeva, Galina; Krasnykh, Victor; Plückthun, Andreas

    2013-03-05

    Adenoviruses (Ads) have shown promise as vectors for gene delivery in clinical trials. Efficient viral targeting to a tissue of choice requires both ablation of the virus' original tropism and engineering of an efficient receptor-mediated uptake by a specific cell population. We have developed a series of adapters binding to the virus with such high affinity that they remain fully bound for >10 d, block its natural receptor binding site and mediate interaction with a surface receptor of choice. The adapter contains two fused modules, both consisting of designed ankyrin repeat proteins (DARPins), one binding to the fiber knob of adenovirus serotype 5 and the other binding to various tumor markers. By solving the crystal structure of the complex of the trimeric knob with three bound DARPins at 1.95-Å resolution, we could use computer modeling to design a link to a trimeric protein of extraordinary kinetic stability, the capsid protein SHP from the lambdoid phage 21. We arrived at a module which binds the knob like a trimeric clamp. When this clamp was fused with DARPins of varying specificities, it enabled adenovirus serotype 5-mediated delivery of a transgene in a human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-, epidermal growth factor receptor-, or epithelial cell adhesion molecule-dependent manner with transduction efficiencies comparable to or even exceeding those of Ad itself. With these adapters, efficiently produced in Escherichia coli, Ad can be converted rapidly to new receptor specificities using any ligand as the receptor-binding moiety. Prefabricated Ads with different payloads thus can be retargeted readily to many cell types of choice.

  3. Light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b-binding protein inserted into isolated thylakoids binds pigments and is assembled into trimeric light-harvesting complex.

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    Kuttkat, A; Grimm, R; Paulsen, H

    1995-01-01

    The light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b-binding protein (LHCP) is largely protected against protease (except for about 1 kD on the N terminus) in the thylakoid membrane; this protease resistance is often used to assay successful insertion of LHCP into isolated thylakoids in vitro. In this paper we show that this protease resistance is exhibited by trimeric light-harvesting complex of photosystem II (LHCII) but not by monomeric LHCII in which about 5 kD on the N terminus of LHCP are cleaved off by protease. When a mutant version of LHCP that is unable to trimerize in an in vitro reconstitution assay is inserted into isolated thylakoids, it gives rise to only the shorter protease digestion product indicative of monomeric LHCII. We conclude that more of the N-terminal domain of LHCP is shielded in trimeric than in monomeric LHCII and that this difference in protease sensitivity can be used to distinguish between LHCP assembled in LHCII monomers or trimers. The data presented prove that upon insertion of LHCP into isolated thylakoids at least part of the protein spontaneously binds pigments to form LHCII, which then is assembled in trimers. The dependence of the protease sensitivity of thylakoid-inserted LHCP on the oligomerization state of the newly formed LHCII justifies caution when using a protease assay to verify successful insertion of LHCP into the membrane. PMID:8539291

  4. Novel recombinant engineered gp41 N-terminal heptad repeat trimers and their potential as anti-HIV-1 therapeutics or microbicides.

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    Chen, Xi; Lu, Lu; Qi, Zhi; Lu, Hong; Wang, Ji; Yu, Xiaoxia; Chen, Yinghua; Jiang, Shibo

    2010-08-13

    Peptides derived from N-terminal heptad repeat (NHR) of the HIV-1 gp41 are generally poor inhibitors of HIV-1 entry, because they tend to aggregate and do not form a trimeric coiled-coil. In this study, we have fused portions of gp41 NHR, e.g. N36 or N28, to the T4 fibritin trimerization domain, Foldon (Fd), thus constructing novel NHR trimers, designated N36Fd or N28Fd, which could be expressed in Escherichia coli cells. The purified N36Fd and N28Fd exhibited SDS-resistant trimeric coiled-coil conformation with improved alpha-helicity compared with the corresponding N-peptides. They could interact with a C-peptide (e.g. C34) to form stable six-helix bundle and possessed potent anti-HIV-1 activity against a broad spectrum of HIV-1 strains. N28Fd was effective against T20-resistant HIV-1 variants and more resistant to proteinase K compared with T20 (enfuvirtide), a C-peptide-based HIV fusion inhibitor. Therefore, N28Fd trimer has great potentials for further development as an affordable therapeutic or microbicide for treatment and prevention of HIV-1 infection.

  5. Circular trimers of gelatinase B/matrix metalloproteinase-9 constitute a distinct population of functional enzyme molecules differentially regulated by tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1

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    Vandooren, Jennifer; Born, Benjamin; Solomonov, Inna; Zajac, Ewa; Saldova, Radka; Senske, Michael; Ugarte-Berzal, Estefanía; Martens, Erik; Van den Steen, Philippe E.; Van Damme, Jo; Garcia-Pardo, Angeles; Froeyen, Matheus; Deryugina, Elena I.; Quigley, James P.; Moestrup, Søren K.; Rudd, Pauline M.; Sagi, Irit; Opdenakker, Ghislain

    2015-01-01

    Gelatinase B/matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) (EC 3.4.24.35) cleaves many substrates and is produced by most cell types as a zymogen, proMMP-9, in complex with the tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1). Natural proMMP-9 occurs as monomers, homomultimers, and heterocomplexes, but our knowledge about the overall structure of proMMP-9 monomers and multimers is limited. We investigated biochemical, biophysical, and functional characteristics of zymogen and activated forms of MMP-9 monomers and multimers. In contrast to a conventional notion of a dimeric nature of MMP-9 homomultimers, we demonstrate that these are reduction-sensitive trimers. Based on the information from electrophoresis, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), we generated a 3Dstructure model of the proMMP-9 trimer. Remarkably, the proMMP-9 trimers possessed a 50-fold higher affinity for TIMP-1 than the monomers. In vivo, this finding was reflected in a higher extent of TIMP-1 inhibition of angiogenesis induced by trimers versus monomers. Our results show that proMMP-9 trimers constitute a novel structural and functional entity that is differentially regulated by TIMP-1. PMID:25360794

  6. Novel thermochromism relating to supramolecular cuprophilic interaction: design, synthesis, and luminescence of copper(I) pyrazolate trimer and polymer.

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    Zhang, Jing-Xiang; He, Jun; Yin, Ye-Gao; Hu, Mei-Hong; Li, Dan; Huang, Xiao-Chun

    2008-05-05

    Solvothermal reactions of 4-(pyrid-4'-yl)-3,5-dimethylpyrazole (HPpz) with CuBr in two mixed solvents, NH3.H2O/EtOH and NH3.H2O/MeCN, afforded respectively a copper(I) trimer, [Cu(Ppz)]3(1), and a polymer, {[Cu(Ppz)]3[CuCN] 3} (2), both containing the [Cu(Ppz)]3 entity as a building block. The products were found to be photoluminescent and, more interestingly, when cooled from room temperature to 10 K, they showed a blue shift followed by a red shift (hereafter shortened to a red-after-blue shift) of emission.

  7. Novel way of capping mRNA trimer and studies of its interaction with human nuclear cap-binding complex.

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    Worch, Remigiusz; Stepinski, Janusz; Niedzwiecka, Anna; Jankowska-Anyszka, Marzena; Mazza, Catherine; Cusack, Stephen; Stolarski, Ryszard; Darzynkiewicz, Edward

    2005-01-01

    Binding of mRNA 5' cap by the nuclear cap-binding complex (CBC) is crucial for a wide variety of mRNA metabolic events. The interaction involving the CBP20 subunit of CBC is mediated by numerous hydrogen bonds and by stacking of the tyrosine sidechains with two first bases of the capped mRNA. To examine a possible role of a longer mRNA chain in the CBC-cap recognition, we have synthesized an mRNA tetramer using a novel way of capping an RNA trimer and determined its affinity for CBC by fluorescence titration.

  8. Spectral studies of a Cr(PNP)-MAO system for selective ethylene trimerization catalysis: searching for the active species

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    Do, Loi H.; Labinger, Jay A.; Bercaw, John E.

    2013-01-01

    Variable temperature spectroscopic, kinetic, and chemical studies were performed on a soluble CrIIICl3(PNP) (PNP = bis(diarylphosphino)alkylamine) ethylene trimerization precatalyst to map out its methylaluminoxane (MAO) activation sequence. These studies indicate that treatment of CrIIICl3(PNP) with MAO leads to first replacement of chlorides with alkyl groups, followed by alkyl abstraction, and then reduction to lower–valent species. Reactivity studies demonstrate that the majority of the chromium species detected is not catalytically active. PMID:24327931

  9. Chemical analyses of Ukrain, a semi-synthetic Chelidonium majus alkaloid derivative, fail to confirm its trimeric structure.

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    Panzer, A; Joubert, A M; Eloff, J N; Albrecht, C F; Erasmus, E; Seegers, J C

    2000-11-28

    Ukrain has been described as a semi-synthetic Chelidonium majus alkaloid derivative, consisting of three chelidonine alkaloids combined to triaziridide. We found the actions of Ukrain to be similar to the Chelidonium alkaloids it is prepared from, and therefore became concerned about its chemical integrity. Chemical analyses of Ukrain by thin layer chromatography, high-performance liquid chromatography and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry was inconsistent with the proposed trimeric structure and demonstrated that at least some commercial preparations of Ukrain consist of a mixture of C. majus alkaloids (including chelidonine).

  10. Expression, purification, and structural analysis of the trimeric form of the catalytic domain of the Escherichia coli dihydrolipoamide succinyltransferase.

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    Knapp, J. E.; Carroll, D.; Lawson, J. E.; Ernst, S. R.; Reed, L. J.; Hackert, M. L.

    2000-01-01

    The dihydrolipoamide succinyltransferase (E2o) component of the alpha-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase complex catalyzes the transfer of a succinyl group from the S-succinyldihydrolipoyl moiety to coenzyme A. E2o is normally a 24-mer, but is found as a trimer when E2o is expressed with a C-terminal [His]6 tag. The crystal structure of the trimeric form of the catalytic domain (CD) of the Escherichia coli E2o has been solved to 3.0 A resolution using the Molecular Replacement method. The refined model contains an intact trimer in the asymmetric unit and has an R-factor of 0.257 (Rfree = 0.286) for 18,699 reflections between 10.0 and 3.0 A resolution. The core of tE2oCD (residues 187-396) superimposes onto that of the cubic E2oCD with an RMS difference of 0.4 A for all main-chain atoms. The C-terminal end of tE2oCD (residues 397-404) rotates by an average of 37 degrees compared to cubic E2oCD, disrupting the normal twofold interface. Despite the alteration of quaternary structure, the active site of tE2oCD shows no significant differences from that of the cubic E2oCD, although several side chains in the active site are more ordered in the trimeric form of E2oCD. Analysis of the available sequence data suggests that the majority of E2 components have active sites that resemble that of E. coli E2oCD. The remaining E2 components can be divided into three groups based on active-site sequence similarity. Analysis of the surface properties of both crystal forms of E. coli E2oCD suggests key residues that may be involved in the protein-protein contacts that occur between the catalytic and lipoyl domains of E2o. PMID:10739245

  11. Subcellular redistribution of trimeric G-proteins--potential mechanism of desensitization of hormone response: internalization, solubilization, down-regulation.

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    Drastichová, Z; Bourová, L; Lisý, V; Hejnová, L; Rudajev, V; Stöhr, J; Durchánková, D; Ostasov, P; Teisinger, J; Soukup, T; Novotný, J; Svoboda, P

    2008-01-01

    Agonist-induced subcellular redistribution of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCR) and of trimeric guanine-nucleotide binding regulatory proteins (G-proteins) represent mechanisms of desensitization of hormone response, which have been studied in our laboratory since 1989. This review brings a short summary of these results and also presents information about related literature data covering at least small part of research carried out in this area. We have also mentioned sodium plus potassium dependent adenosine triphosphatase (Na, K-ATPase) and 3H-ouabain binding as useful reference standard of plasma membrane purity in the brain.

  12. delta-Opioid receptors exhibit high efficiency when activating trimeric G proteins in membrane domains.

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    Bourova, Lenka; Kostrnova, Alexandra; Hejnova, Lucie; Moravcova, Zuzana; Moon, Hyo-Eun; Novotny, Jiri; Milligan, Graeme; Svoboda, Petr

    2003-04-01

    Low-density membrane fragments (domains) were separated from the bulk of plasma membranes of human embryonic kidney (HEK)293 cells expressing a delta-opioid (DOP) receptor-Gi1alpha fusion protein by drastic homogenization and flotation on equilibrium sucrose density gradients. The functional activity of trimeric G proteins and capacity of the DOP receptor to stimulate both the fusion protein-linked Gi1alpha and endogenous pertussis-toxin sensitive G proteins was measured as d-Ala2, d-Leu5-enkephalin stimulated high-affinity GTPase or guanosine-5'-[gamma-35S]triphosphate ([35S]GTPgammaS) binding. The maximum d-Ala2-d-Leu5 enkephalin (DADLE)-stimulated GTPase was two times higher in low-density membrane fragments than in bulk of plasma membranes; 58 and 27 pmol/mg/min, respectively. The same difference was obtained for [35S]GTPgammaS binding. Contrarily, the low-density domains contained no more than half the DOP receptor binding sites (Bmax = 6.6 pmol/mg versus 13.6 pmol/mg). Thus, when corrected for expression levels of the receptor, low-density domains exhibited four times higher agonist-stimulated GTPase and [35S]GTPgammaS binding than the bulk plasma membranes. The regulator of G protein signaling RGS1, enhanced further the G protein functional activity but did not remove the difference between domain-bound and plasma membrane pools of G protein. The potency of the agonist in functional studies and the affinity of specific [3H]DADLE binding to the receptor were, however, the same in both types of membranes - EC50 = 4.5 +/- 0.1 x 10(-8) and 3.2 +/- 1.4 x 10(-8) m for GTPase; Kd = 1.2 +/- 0.1 and 1.3 +/- 0.1 nm for [3H]DADLE radioligand binding assay. Similar results were obtained when sodium bicarbonate was used for alkaline isolation of membrane domains. By contrast, detergent-insensitive membrane domains isolated following treatment of cells with Triton X100 exhibited no DADLE-stimulated GTPase or GTPgammaS binding. Functional coupling between the DOP receptor

  13. Density-functional geometry optimization of the 150 000-atom photosystem-I trimer

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    Canfield, Peter; Dahlbom, Mats G.; Hush, Noel S.; Reimers, Jeffrey R.

    2006-01-01

    We present a linear-scaling method based on the use of density-functional theory (DFT) for the system-wide optimization of x-ray structural coordinates and apply it to optimize the 150 000 atoms of the photosystem-I (PS-I) trimer. The method is based on repetitive applications of a multilevel ONIOM procedure using the PW91/6-31G(d ) DFT calculations for the high level and PM3 for the lower level; this method treats all atoms in the structure equivalently, a structure in which the majority of the atoms can be considered as part of some internal "active site." To obtain a realistic single structure, some changes to the original protein model were necessary but these are kept to a minimum in order that the optimized structure most closely resembles the original x-ray one. Optimization has profound effects on the perceived electronic properties of the cofactors, with, e.g., optimization lowering the internal energy of the chlorophylls by on average 53kcalmol-1 and eliminates the enormous 115kcalmol-1 energy spread depicted by the original x-ray heavy-atom coordinates. A highly precise structure for PS-I results that is suitable for analysis of device function. Significant qualitative features of the structure are also improved such as correction of an error in the stereochemistry of one of the chlorophylls in the "special pair" of the reaction center, as well as the replacement of a water molecule with a metal cation in a critical region on the C3 axis. The method also reveals other unusual features of the structure, leading both to suggestions concerning device functionality and possible mutations between gene sequencing and x-ray structure determination. The optimization scheme is thus shown to augment the molecular modeling schemes that are currently used to add medium-resolution structural information to the raw scattering data in order to obtain atomically resolved structures. System-wide optimization is now a feasible process and its use within protein x-ray data

  14. Synthesis and Molecular Structure of a Novel Compound Containing a Carbonate-Bridged Hexacalcium Cluster Cation Assembled on a Trimeric Trititanium(IV)-Substituted Wells-Dawson Polyoxometalate.

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    Hoshino, Takahiro; Isobe, Rina; Kaneko, Takuya; Matsuki, Yusuke; Nomiya, Kenji

    2017-08-21

    A novel compound containing a hexacalcium cluster cation, one carbonate anion, and one calcium cation assembled on a trimeric trititanium(IV)-substituted Wells-Dawson polyoxometalate (POM), [{Ca6(CO3)(μ3-OH)(OH2)18}(P2W15Ti3O61)3Ca(OH2)3](19-) (Ca7Ti9Trimer), was obtained as the Na7Ca6 salt (NaCa-Ca7Ti9Trimer) by the reaction of calcium chloride with the monomeric trititanium(IV)-substituted Wells-Dawson POM species "[P2W15Ti3O59(OH)3](9-)" (Ti3Monomer). Ti3Monomer was generated in situ under basic conditions from the separately prepared tetrameric species with bridging Ti(OH2)3 groups and an encapsulated Cl(-) ion, [{P2W15Ti3O59(OH)3}4{μ3-Ti(H2O)3}4Cl](21-) (Ti16Tetramer). The Na7Ca6 salt of Ca7Ti9Trimer was characterized by complete elemental analysis, thermogravimetric (TG) and differential thermal analyses (DTA), FTIR, single-crystal X-ray structure analysis, and solution (183)W and (31)P NMR spectroscopy. X-ray crystallography revealed that the [Ca6(CO3)(μ3-OH)(OH2)18](9+) cluster cation was composed of six calcium cations linked by one μ6-carbonato anion and one μ3-OH(-) anion. The cluster cation was assembled, together with one calcium ion, on a trimeric species composed of three tri-Ti(IV)-substituted Wells-Dawson subunits linked by Ti-O-Ti bonds. Ca7Ti9Trimer is an unprecedented POM species containing an alkaline-earth-metal cluster cation and is the first example of alkaline-earth-metal ions clustered around a titanium(IV)-substituted POM.

  15. The New Phases due to Symmetry Protected Piecewise Berry Phases; Enhanced Pumping and Non-reciprocity in Trimer Lattices.

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    Liu, Xuele; Agarwal, G S

    2017-03-24

    Finding new phase of matter is a fundamental task in physics. Generally, various phases or states of matter (for instance solid/liquid/gas phases) have different symmetries, the phase transitions among them can be explained by Landau's symmetry breaking theory. The topological phases discovered in recent years show that different phases may have the same symmetry. The different topological phases are characterized by different integer values of the Berry phases. By studying one dimensional (1D) trimer lattices we report new phases beyond topological phases. The new phases that we find are characterized by piecewise continuous Berry phases with the discontinuity occurring at the transition point. With time-dependent changes in trimer lattices, we can generate two dimensional (2D) phases, which are characterized by the Berry phase of half period. This half-period Berry phase changes smoothly within one state of the system while changes discontinuously at the transition point. We further demonstrate the existence of adiabatic pumping for each phase and gain assisted enhanced pumping. The non reciprocity of the pumping process makes the system a good optical diode.

  16. The New Phases due to Symmetry Protected Piecewise Berry Phases; Enhanced Pumping and Non-reciprocity in Trimer Lattices

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    Liu, Xuele; Agarwal, G. S.

    2017-01-01

    Finding new phase of matter is a fundamental task in physics. Generally, various phases or states of matter (for instance solid/liquid/gas phases) have different symmetries, the phase transitions among them can be explained by Landau’s symmetry breaking theory. The topological phases discovered in recent years show that different phases may have the same symmetry. The different topological phases are characterized by different integer values of the Berry phases. By studying one dimensional (1D) trimer lattices we report new phases beyond topological phases. The new phases that we find are characterized by piecewise continuous Berry phases with the discontinuity occurring at the transition point. With time-dependent changes in trimer lattices, we can generate two dimensional (2D) phases, which are characterized by the Berry phase of half period. This half-period Berry phase changes smoothly within one state of the system while changes discontinuously at the transition point. We further demonstrate the existence of adiabatic pumping for each phase and gain assisted enhanced pumping. The non reciprocity of the pumping process makes the system a good optical diode. PMID:28337994

  17. Direct Probing of Germinal Center Responses Reveals Immunological Features and Bottlenecks for Neutralizing Antibody Responses to HIV Env Trimer.

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    Havenar-Daughton, Colin; Carnathan, Diane G; Torrents de la Peña, Alba; Pauthner, Matthias; Briney, Bryan; Reiss, Samantha M; Wood, Jennifer S; Kaushik, Kirti; van Gils, Marit J; Rosales, Sandy L; van der Woude, Patricia; Locci, Michela; Le, Khoa M; de Taeye, Steven W; Sok, Devin; Mohammed, Ata Ur Rasheed; Huang, Jessica; Gumber, Sanjeev; Garcia, AnaPatricia; Kasturi, Sudhir P; Pulendran, Bali; Moore, John P; Ahmed, Rafi; Seumois, Grégory; Burton, Dennis R; Sanders, Rogier W; Silvestri, Guido; Crotty, Shane

    2016-11-22

    Generating tier 2 HIV-neutralizing antibody (nAb) responses by immunization remains a challenging problem, and the immunological barriers to induction of such responses with Env immunogens remain unclear. Here, some rhesus monkeys developed autologous tier 2 nAbs upon HIV Env trimer immunization (SOSIP.v5.2) whereas others did not. This was not because HIV Env trimers were immunologically silent because all monkeys made similar ELISA-binding antibody responses; the key difference was nAb versus non-nAb responses. We explored the immunological barriers to HIV nAb responses by combining a suite of techniques, including longitudinal lymph node fine needle aspirates. Unexpectedly, nAb development best correlated with booster immunization GC B cell magnitude and Tfh characteristics of the Env-specific CD4 T cells. Notably, these factors distinguished between successful and unsuccessful antibody responses because GC B cell frequencies and stoichiometry to GC Tfh cells correlated with nAb development, but did not correlate with total Env Ab binding titers. Copyright © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. The New Phases due to Symmetry Protected Piecewise Berry Phases; Enhanced Pumping and Non-reciprocity in Trimer Lattices

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    Liu, Xuele; Agarwal, G. S.

    2017-03-01

    Finding new phase of matter is a fundamental task in physics. Generally, various phases or states of matter (for instance solid/liquid/gas phases) have different symmetries, the phase transitions among them can be explained by Landau’s symmetry breaking theory. The topological phases discovered in recent years show that different phases may have the same symmetry. The different topological phases are characterized by different integer values of the Berry phases. By studying one dimensional (1D) trimer lattices we report new phases beyond topological phases. The new phases that we find are characterized by piecewise continuous Berry phases with the discontinuity occurring at the transition point. With time-dependent changes in trimer lattices, we can generate two dimensional (2D) phases, which are characterized by the Berry phase of half period. This half-period Berry phase changes smoothly within one state of the system while changes discontinuously at the transition point. We further demonstrate the existence of adiabatic pumping for each phase and gain assisted enhanced pumping. The non reciprocity of the pumping process makes the system a good optical diode.

  19. Intramolecular trimerization, a novel strategy for making multispecific antibodies with controlled orientation of the antigen binding domains

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    Alvarez-Cienfuegos, Ana; Nuñez-Prado, Natalia; Compte, Marta; Cuesta, Angel M.; Blanco-Toribio, Ana; Harwood, Seandean Lykke; Villate, Maider; Merino, Nekane; Bonet, Jaume; Navarro, Rocio; Muñoz-Briones, Clara; Sørensen, Karen Marie Juul; Mølgaard, Kasper; Oliva, Baldo; Sanz, Laura; Blanco, Francisco J.; Alvarez-Vallina, Luis

    2016-01-01

    Here, we describe a new strategy that allows the rapid and efficient engineering of mono and multispecific trivalent antibodies. By fusing single-domain antibodies from camelid heavy-chain-only immunoglobulins (VHHs) to the N-terminus of a human collagen XVIII trimerization domain (TIEXVIII) we produced monospecific trimerbodies that were efficiently secreted as soluble functional proteins by mammalian cells. The purified VHH-TIEXVIII trimerbodies were trimeric in solution and exhibited excellent antigen binding capacity. Furthermore, by connecting with two additional glycine-serine-based linkers three VHH-TIEXVIII modules on a single polypeptide chain, we present an approach for the rational design of multispecific tandem trimerbodies with defined stoichiometry and controlled orientation. Using this technology we report here the construction and characterization of a tandem VHH-based trimerbody capable of simultaneously binding to three different antigens: carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and green fluorescence protein (GFP). Multispecific tandem VHH-based trimerbodies were well expressed in mammalian cells, had good biophysical properties and were capable of simultaneously binding their targeted antigens. Importantly, these antibodies were very effective in inhibiting the proliferation of human epidermoid carcinoma A431 cells. Multispecific VHH-based trimerbodies are therefore ideal candidates for future applications in various therapeutic areas. PMID:27345490

  20. Trimeric Structure of (+)-Pinoresinol-forming Dirigent Protein at 1.95 Å Resolution with Three Isolated Active Sites

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    Kim, Kye-Won; Smith, Clyde A.; Daily, Michael D.; Cort, John R.; Davin, Laurence B.; Lewis, Norman G.

    2014-11-19

    Control over phenoxy radical-radical coupling reactions in vivo in vascular plants was enigmatic until our discovery of dirigent proteins (DPs, from the Latin dirigere, to guide or align). The first three-dimensional structure of a DP ((+)-pinoresinol-forming DP, 1.95 Å resolution, rhombohedral space group H32)) is reported herein. It has a tightly packed trimeric structure with an eight-stranded β-barrel topology for each DP monomer. Each putative substrate binding and orientation coupling site is located on the trimer surface but too far apart for intermolecular coupling between sites. It is proposed that each site enables stereoselective coupling (using either two coniferyl alcohol radicals or a radical and a monolignol). Interestingly, there are six differentially conserved residues in DPs affording either the (+)- or (₋)-antipodes in the vicinity of the putative binding site and region known to control stereoselectivity. We find DPs are involved in lignan biosynthesis, whereas dirigent domains/sites have been implicated in lignin deposition.

  1. Variability of procyanidin type A- and -B trimers content in aerial parts of some Vaccinium species and cultivars.

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    Toomik, Peeter; Püssa, Tõnu; Raal, Ain

    2014-06-01

    Based on the ethnopharmacological data showing that either wild bilberry leaves or whole aerial parts of the plants have been used as antidiabetic drugs, it can be hypothesized that the controversial results of various clinical and animal investigations may be caused by different contents of the active principles in different aerial parts of the bilberry/blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) plants, as well as by their geographical and seasonal variability. The aim of this study was to compare the content of procyanidin type A- and -B trimers in different parts of wild bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) and northern highbush blueberry (V. corymbosum L.) cultivars. Stems (60 samples) and leaves (30 samples) of wild bilberries and northern highbush blueberry cultivars 'Ama' and 'North Blue' were collected at different locations in Estonia around the year, and analyzed for the concentration of the target polyphenols by HPLC-MS/MS. The highest content of type A doubly linked trimer, a known antidiabetic substance, was established in the stems of V. myrtillus. These contained up to 100 times more of the active substance than the leaves of V. myrtillus and at least 1000 times more than the leaves of V. corymbosum, whereas the seasonal/geographical variation was nearly tenfold. We suggest using stems of V. myrtillus for future animal and clinical investigations of bilberry preparations against diabetes.

  2. Femtosecond fluorescence depolarization study of photosynthetic antenna proteins: observation of ultrafast energy transfer in trimeric C-phycocyanin and allophycocyanin

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    Xie, Sunney; Du, Mei; Mets, Laurens; Fleming, Graham R.

    1992-04-01

    C-phycocyanin (CPC) and Allophycocyanin (APC) are pigment-protein complexes isolated from antenna systems in cyanobacteria. The crystal structure of CPC has recently been solved and APC has a similar structure. CPC and APC have a trimeric structure, monomeric subunits are composed of an (alpha) and (beta) polypeptide chain, each has a tetrapyrrole chromophore chemically bound to position 84. In CPC and APC trimers, the (alpha) 84 and (beta) 84 chromophores in adjacent monomers are in close proximity, forming relatively strong coupled pairs. Calculation of pairwise energy transfer rates using Foerster theory has suggested an extremely fast transfer (> 1 ps-1) between the (alpha) 84 and (beta) 84 pair in CPC. A femtosecond fluorescence up-conversion apparatus was constructed which achieves subhundred femtosecond time resolution. This allows experimental observation of the fast energy transfer process between the (alpha) 84 and (beta) 84 pair in both CPC and APC. There was also a wavelength dependence of the fluorescence depolarization kinetics which is inconsistent with Foerster inductive resonance energy transfer theory.

  3. Two Adjacent Trimeric Fas Ligands Are Required for Fas Signaling and Formation of a Death-Inducing Signaling Complex

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    Holler, Nils; Tardivel, Aubry; Kovacsovics-Bankowski, Magdalena; Hertig, Sylvie; Gaide, Olivier; Martinon, Fabio; Tinel, Antoine; Deperthes, David; Calderara, Silvio; Schulthess, Therese; Engel, Jürgen; Schneider, Pascal; Tschopp, Jürg

    2003-01-01

    The membrane-bound form of Fas ligand (FasL) signals apoptosis in target cells through engagement of the death receptor Fas, whereas the proteolytically processed, soluble form of FasL does not induce cell death. However, soluble FasL can be rendered active upon cross-linking. Since the minimal extent of oligomerization of FasL that exerts cytotoxicity is unknown, we engineered hexameric proteins containing two trimers of FasL within the same molecule. This was achieved by fusing FasL to the Fc portion of immunoglobulin G1 or to the collagen domain of ACRP30/adiponectin. Trimeric FasL and hexameric FasL both bound to Fas, but only the hexameric forms were highly cytotoxic and competent to signal apoptosis via formation of a death-inducing signaling complex. Three sequential early events in Fas-mediated apoptosis could be dissected, namely, receptor binding, receptor activation, and recruitment of intracellular signaling molecules, each of which occurred independently of the subsequent one. These results demonstrate that the limited oligomerization of FasL, and most likely of some other tumor necrosis factor family ligands such as CD40L, is required for triggering of the signaling pathways. PMID:12556501

  4. Trimeric Structure of (+)-Pinoresinol-forming Dirigent Protein at 1.95 Å Resolution with Three Isolated Active Sites

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    Kim, Kye-Won; Smith, Clyde A.; Daily, Michael D.; ...

    2014-11-19

    Control over phenoxy radical-radical coupling reactions in vivo in vascular plants was enigmatic until our discovery of dirigent proteins (DPs, from the Latin dirigere, to guide or align). The first three-dimensional structure of a DP ((+)-pinoresinol-forming DP, 1.95 Å resolution, rhombohedral space group H32)) is reported herein. It has a tightly packed trimeric structure with an eight-stranded β-barrel topology for each DP monomer. Each putative substrate binding and orientation coupling site is located on the trimer surface but too far apart for intermolecular coupling between sites. It is proposed that each site enables stereoselective coupling (using either two coniferyl alcoholmore » radicals or a radical and a monolignol). Interestingly, there are six differentially conserved residues in DPs affording either the (+)- or (₋)-antipodes in the vicinity of the putative binding site and region known to control stereoselectivity. We find DPs are involved in lignan biosynthesis, whereas dirigent domains/sites have been implicated in lignin deposition.« less

  5. Intramolecular trimerization, a novel strategy for making multispecific antibodies with controlled orientation of the antigen binding domains.

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    Alvarez-Cienfuegos, Ana; Nuñez-Prado, Natalia; Compte, Marta; Cuesta, Angel M; Blanco-Toribio, Ana; Harwood, Seandean Lykke; Villate, Maider; Merino, Nekane; Bonet, Jaume; Navarro, Rocio; Muñoz-Briones, Clara; Sørensen, Karen Marie Juul; Mølgaard, Kasper; Oliva, Baldo; Sanz, Laura; Blanco, Francisco J; Alvarez-Vallina, Luis

    2016-06-27

    Here, we describe a new strategy that allows the rapid and efficient engineering of mono and multispecific trivalent antibodies. By fusing single-domain antibodies from camelid heavy-chain-only immunoglobulins (VHHs) to the N-terminus of a human collagen XVIII trimerization domain (TIE(XVIII)) we produced monospecific trimerbodies that were efficiently secreted as soluble functional proteins by mammalian cells. The purified VHH-TIE(XVIII) trimerbodies were trimeric in solution and exhibited excellent antigen binding capacity. Furthermore, by connecting with two additional glycine-serine-based linkers three VHH-TIE(XVIII) modules on a single polypeptide chain, we present an approach for the rational design of multispecific tandem trimerbodies with defined stoichiometry and controlled orientation. Using this technology we report here the construction and characterization of a tandem VHH-based trimerbody capable of simultaneously binding to three different antigens: carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and green fluorescence protein (GFP). Multispecific tandem VHH-based trimerbodies were well expressed in mammalian cells, had good biophysical properties and were capable of simultaneously binding their targeted antigens. Importantly, these antibodies were very effective in inhibiting the proliferation of human epidermoid carcinoma A431 cells. Multispecific VHH-based trimerbodies are therefore ideal candidates for future applications in various therapeutic areas.

  6. The Haemophilus ducreyi trimeric autotransporter adhesin DsrA protects against an experimental infection in the swine model of chancroid.

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    Fusco, William G; Choudhary, Neelima R; Routh, Patty A; Ventevogel, Melissa S; Smith, Valerie A; Koch, Gary G; Almond, Glen W; Orndorff, Paul E; Sempowski, Gregory D; Leduc, Isabelle

    2014-06-24

    Adherence of pathogens to cellular targets is required to initiate most infections. Defining strategies that interfere with adhesion is therefore important for the development of preventative measures against infectious diseases. As an adhesin to host extracellular matrix proteins and human keratinocytes, the trimeric autotransporter adhesin DsrA, a proven virulence factor of the Gram-negative bacterium Haemophilus ducreyi, is a potential target for vaccine development. A recombinant form of the N-terminal passenger domain of DsrA from H. ducreyi class I strain 35000HP, termed rNT-DsrAI, was tested as a vaccine immunogen in the experimental swine model of H. ducreyi infection. Viable homologous H. ducreyi was not recovered from any animal receiving four doses of rNT-DsrAI administered with Freund's adjuvant at two-week intervals. Control pigs receiving adjuvant only were all infected. All animals receiving the rNT-DsrAI vaccine developed antibody endpoint titers between 3.5 and 5 logs. All rNT-DsrAI antisera bound the surface of the two H. ducreyi strains used to challenge immunized pigs. Purified anti-rNT-DsrAI IgG partially blocked binding of fibrinogen at the surface of viable H. ducreyi. Overall, immunization with the passenger domain of the trimeric autotransporter adhesin DsrA accelerated clearance of H. ducreyi in experimental lesions, possibly by interfering with fibrinogen binding.

  7. Magnetic Ordering of Antiferromagnetic Trimer System 2b·3CuCl2·2H2O

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    Sanda, M.; Kubo, K.; Asano, T.; Morodomi, H.; Inagaki, Y.; Kawae, T.; Wang, J.; Matsuo, A.; Kindo, K.; Sato, T. J.

    2012-12-01

    In this paper, we present the magnetic properties of 2b·3CuCl2·2H2O (b = betaine, C5H11NO2). 2b·3CuCl2·2H2O is the first model substance for a two-dimensional S = 1/2 orthogonal antiferromagnetic trimer system. We have performed magnetic susceptibility, magnetization curve, and specific heat under extreme conditions: low temperatures and high magnetic fields in this system. The experimental results indicate that this substance is a magnetically S = 1/2 antiferromagnetic trimer system. The magnetization also shows one-third of the saturation value (MS ~ 3.2μB/f.u.) between 5 and 14T The specific heat in a zero field shows a sharp peak at 1.38K corresponding to a long-range magnetic ordering, TN. As the magnetic field increases, the TN shifts remarkably to a lower temperature and is suppressed. Above 5T, the specific heat has no anomaly down to 150mK In the plateau region with an energy gap, the magnetic ordering seems to be disappeared.

  8. Antiferromagnetism of Li2Cu5Si4O14 with alternating dimers and trimers in chains

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    Murugan, G. Senthil; Chen, P. J.; Sankar, R.; Muthuselvam, I. Panneer; Rao, G. Narsinga; Chou, F. C.

    2017-05-01

    The crystal and spin structure of Li2Cu5Si4O14 [chemical formula Li2Cu5(Si2O7)2 ] can be dissected into a copper spin chain system of alternating Cu2O2 dimers and Cu3O3 trimers linked with corner-shared oxygen and Si2O7 group in three dimensions (3D). The magnetic susceptibility (χ ) and specific heat (CP) measurement results suggest the existence of a magnetic ground state of 3D antiferromagnetic (AF) ordering with TN˜22 K . Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been applied to extract the exchange coupling constants for the ground-state spin structure. The calculated dominant intratrimer AF coupling (J1˜-9 meV ) and the intradimer ferromagnetic (FM) coupling (J3˜1.8 meV ) supports that the copper spin-1/2 system evolves from a paramagnetic spin chain composed of alternating spin dimer and trimer to the 3D AF ordered ground state on cooling, and a weak frustration is proposed along the chain direction below TN.

  9. Potential Prepore Trimer Formation by the Bacillus thuringiensis Mosquito-specific Toxin: MOLECULAR INSIGHTS INTO A CRITICAL PREREQUISITE OF MEMBRANE-BOUND MONOMERS.

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    Sriwimol, Wilaiwan; Aroonkesorn, Aratee; Sakdee, Somsri; Kanchanawarin, Chalermpol; Uchihashi, Takayuki; Ando, Toshio; Angsuthanasombat, Chanan

    2015-08-21

    The insecticidal feature of the three-domain Cry δ-endotoxins from Bacillus thuringiensis is generally attributed to their capability to form oligomeric pores, causing lysis of target larval midgut cells. However, the molecular description of their oligomerization process has not been clearly defined. Here a stable prepore of the 65-kDa trypsin-activated Cry4Ba mosquito-specific toxin was established through membrane-mimetic environments by forming an ∼200-kDa octyl-β-D-glucoside micelle-induced trimer. The SDS-resistant trimer caused cytolysis to Sf9 insect cells expressing Aedes-mALP (a Cry4Ba receptor) and was more effective than a toxin monomer in membrane perturbation of calcein-loaded liposomes. A three-dimensional model of toxin trimer obtained by negative-stain EM in combination with single-particle reconstruction at ∼5 nm resolution showed a propeller-shaped structure with 3-fold symmetry. Fitting the three-dimensional reconstructed EM map with a 100-ns molecular dynamics-simulated Cry4Ba structure interacting with an octyl-β-D-glucoside micelle showed relative positioning of individual domains in the context of the trimeric complex with a major protrusion from the pore-forming domain. Moreover, high-speed atomic force microscopy imaging at nanometer resolution and a subsecond frame rate demonstrated conformational transitions from a propeller-like to a globularly shaped trimer upon lipid membrane interactions, implying prepore-to-pore conversion. Real-time trimeric arrangement of monomers associated with L-α-dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine/3-[(3-cholamidopropyl)dimethylammonio]-2-hydroxy-1-propanesulfonic acid bicelle membranes was also envisaged by successive high-speed atomic force microscopy imaging, depicting interactions among three individual subunits toward trimer formation. Together, our data provide the first pivotal insights into the structural requirement of membrane-induced conformational changes of Cry4Ba toxin monomers for the

  10. Changes in Structure and Antigenicity of HIV-1 Env Trimers Resulting from Removal of a Conserved CD4 Binding Site-Proximal Glycan

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    Liang, Yu; Guttman, Miklos; Williams, James A.; Verkerke, Hans; Alvarado, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT The envelope glycoprotein (Env) is the major target for HIV-1 broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs). One of the mechanisms that HIV has evolved to escape the host's immune response is to mask conserved epitopes on Env with dense glycosylation. Previous studies have shown that the removal of a particular conserved glycan at N197 increases the neutralization sensitivity of the virus to antibodies targeting the CD4 binding site (CD4bs), making it a site of significant interest from the perspective of vaccine design. At present, the structural consequences that result from the removal of the N197 glycan have not been characterized. Using native-like SOSIP trimers, we examine the effects on antigenicity and local structural dynamics resulting from the removal of this glycan. A large increase in the binding of CD4bs and V3-targeting antibodies is observed for the N197Q mutant in trimeric Env, while no changes are observed with monomeric gp120. While the overall structure and thermostability are not altered, a subtle increase in the flexibility of the variable loops at the trimeric interface of adjacent protomers is evident in the N197Q mutant by hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry. Structural modeling of the glycan chains suggests that the spatial occupancy of the N197 glycan leads to steric clashes with CD4bs antibodies in the Env trimer but not monomeric gp120. Our results indicate that the removal of the N197 glycan enhances the exposure of relevant bNAb epitopes on Env with a minimal impact on the overall trimeric structure. These findings present a simple modification for enhancing trimeric Env immunogens in vaccines. IMPORTANCE The HIV-1 Env glycoprotein presents a dense patchwork of host cell-derived N-linked glycans. This so-called glycan shield is considered to be a major protective mechanism against immune recognition. While the positions of many N-linked glycans are isolate specific, some are highly conserved and are believed to play key

  11. Crystal structure of a trimeric form of the KV7.1 (KCNQ1) A-domain tail coiled-coil reveals structural plasticity and context dependent changes in a putative coiled-coil trimerization motif

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    Xu, Qiang; Minor, Daniel L

    2009-01-01

    Coiled-coils are widespread protein–protein interaction motifs typified by the heptad repeat (abcdefg)n in which “a” and “d” positions are hydrophobic residues. Although identification of likely coiled-coil sequences is robust, prediction of strand order remains elusive. We present the X-ray crystal structure of a short form (residues 583–611), “Q1-short,” of the coiled-coil assembly specificity domain from the voltage-gated potassium channel Kv7.1 (KCNQ1) determined at 1.7 Å resolution. Q1-short lacks one and half heptads present in a previously studied tetrameric coiled-coil construct, Kv7.1 585–621, “Q1-long.” Surprisingly, Q1-short crystallizes as a trimer. In solution, Q1-short self-assembles more poorly than Q1-long and depends on an R-h-x-x-h-E motif common to trimeric coiled-coils. Addition of native sequences that include “a” and “d” positions C-terminal to Q1-short overrides the R-h-x-x-h-E motif influence and changes assembly state from a weakly associated trimer to a strongly associated tetramer. These data provide a striking example of a naturally occurring amino sequence that exhibits context-dependent folding into different oligomerization states, a three-stranded versus a four-stranded coiled-coil. The results emphasize the degenerate nature of coiled-coil energy landscapes in which small changes can have drastic effects on oligomerization. Discovery of these properties in an ion channel assembly domain and prevalence of the R-h-x-x-h-E motif in coiled-coil assembly domains of a number of different channels that are thought to function as tetrameric assemblies raises the possibility that such sequence features may be important for facilitating the assembly of intermediates en route to the final native state. PMID:19693805

  12. A Highly Conserved gp120 Inner Domain Residue Modulates Env Conformation and Trimer Stability

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    Ding, Shilei; Tolbert, William D.; Prévost, Jérémie; Pacheco, Beatriz; Coutu, Mathieu; Debbeche, Olfa; Xiang, Shi-Hua

    2016-01-01

    double mutant compared to the wild-type protein but identified higher mobility within the interface between layer 1 and layer 2, the bridging sheet region, and the CD4 binding site. IMPORTANCE HIV-1 Env transitions to the CD4-bound conformation are required for viral entry. Previous studies identified a highly conserved residue of the inner domain, W69, as being involved in these conformational transitions (A. Finzi, S. H. Xiang, B. Pacheco, L. Wang, J. Haight, et al., Mol Cell 37:656–667, 2010, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.molcel.2010.02.012). Here, we show that W69, located at the interface between gp120 and gp41 in the PGT151-bound trimer, plays a critical role in the interprotomer signaling induced by CD4 binding. This new information might be useful in immunogen design. PMID:27384653

  13. Dimeric and Trimeric Fusion Proteins Generated with Fimbrial Adhesins of Uropathogenic Escherichia coli

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    Luna-Pineda, Víctor M.; Reyes-Grajeda, Juan Pablo; Cruz-Córdova, Ariadnna; Saldaña-Ahuactzi, Zeus; Ochoa, Sara A.; Maldonado-Bernal, Carmen; Cázares-Domínguez, Vicenta; Moreno-Fierros, Leticia; Arellano-Galindo, José; Hernández-Castro, Rigoberto; Xicohtencatl-Cortes, Juan

    2016-01-01

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality worldwide, and uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) is the main etiologic agent. Fimbriae assembled on the bacterial surface are essential for adhesion to the urinary tract epithelium. In this study, the FimH, CsgA, and PapG adhesins were fused to generate biomolecules for use as potential target vaccines against UTIs. The fusion protein design was generated using bioinformatics tools, and template fusion gene sequences were synthesized by GenScript in the following order fimH-csgA-papG-fimH-csgA (fcpfc) linked to the nucleotide sequence encoding the [EAAAK]5 peptide. Monomeric (fimH, csgA, and papG), dimeric (fimH-csgA), and trimeric (fimH-csgA-papG) genes were cloned into the pLATE31 expression vector and generated products of 1040, 539, 1139, 1442, and 2444 bp, respectively. Fusion protein expression in BL21 E. coli was induced with 1 mM IPTG, and His-tagged proteins were purified under denaturing conditions and refolded by dialysis using C-buffer. Coomassie blue-stained SDS-PAGE gels and Western blot analysis revealed bands of 29.5, 11.9, 33.9, 44.9, and 82.1 kDa, corresponding to FimH, CsgA, PapG, FC, and FCP proteins, respectively. Mass spectrometry analysis by MALDI-TOF/TOF revealed specific peptides that confirmed the fusion protein structures. Dynamic light scattering analysis revealed the polydispersed state of the fusion proteins. FimH, CsgA, and PapG stimulated the release of 372–398 pg/mL IL-6; interestingly, FC and FCP stimulated the release of 464.79 pg/mL (p ≤ 0.018) and 521.24 pg/mL (p ≤ 0.002) IL-6, respectively. In addition, FC and FCP stimulated the release of 398.52 pg/mL (p ≤ 0.001) and 450.40 pg/mL (p ≤ 0.002) IL-8, respectively. High levels of IgA and IgG antibodies in human sera reacted against the fusion proteins, and under identical conditions, low levels of IgA and IgG antibodies were detected in human urine. Rabbit polyclonal antibodies

  14. Dimeric and Trimeric Fusion Proteins Generated with Fimbrial Adhesins of Uropathogenic Escherichia coli.

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    Luna-Pineda, Víctor M; Reyes-Grajeda, Juan Pablo; Cruz-Córdova, Ariadnna; Saldaña-Ahuactzi, Zeus; Ochoa, Sara A; Maldonado-Bernal, Carmen; Cázares-Domínguez, Vicenta; Moreno-Fierros, Leticia; Arellano-Galindo, José; Hernández-Castro, Rigoberto; Xicohtencatl-Cortes, Juan

    2016-01-01

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality worldwide, and uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) is the main etiologic agent. Fimbriae assembled on the bacterial surface are essential for adhesion to the urinary tract epithelium. In this study, the FimH, CsgA, and PapG adhesins were fused to generate biomolecules for use as potential target vaccines against UTIs. The fusion protein design was generated using bioinformatics tools, and template fusion gene sequences were synthesized by GenScript in the following order fimH-csgA-papG-fimH-csgA (fcpfc) linked to the nucleotide sequence encoding the [EAAAK]5 peptide. Monomeric (fimH, csgA, and papG), dimeric (fimH-csgA), and trimeric (fimH-csgA-papG) genes were cloned into the pLATE31 expression vector and generated products of 1040, 539, 1139, 1442, and 2444 bp, respectively. Fusion protein expression in BL21 E. coli was induced with 1 mM IPTG, and His-tagged proteins were purified under denaturing conditions and refolded by dialysis using C-buffer. Coomassie blue-stained SDS-PAGE gels and Western blot analysis revealed bands of 29.5, 11.9, 33.9, 44.9, and 82.1 kDa, corresponding to FimH, CsgA, PapG, FC, and FCP proteins, respectively. Mass spectrometry analysis by MALDI-TOF/TOF revealed specific peptides that confirmed the fusion protein structures. Dynamic light scattering analysis revealed the polydispersed state of the fusion proteins. FimH, CsgA, and PapG stimulated the release of 372-398 pg/mL IL-6; interestingly, FC and FCP stimulated the release of 464.79 pg/mL (p ≤ 0.018) and 521.24 pg/mL (p ≤ 0.002) IL-6, respectively. In addition, FC and FCP stimulated the release of 398.52 pg/mL (p ≤ 0.001) and 450.40 pg/mL (p ≤ 0.002) IL-8, respectively. High levels of IgA and IgG antibodies in human sera reacted against the fusion proteins, and under identical conditions, low levels of IgA and IgG antibodies were detected in human urine. Rabbit polyclonal antibodies

  15. Structures of dimeric GIT1 and trimeric beta-PIX and implications for GIT-PIX complex assembly.

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    Schlenker, Oliver; Rittinger, Katrin

    2009-02-20

    GIT (G protein-coupled receptor kinase-interacting protein) and PIX (p21-activated kinase-interacting exchange factor) family proteins integrate signaling pathways involving Arf and Rho family GTPases. GIT1 and beta-PIX form a constitutively associated complex that acts as a scaffold to allow the formation of large multiprotein assemblies that regulate synaptogenesis, cell polarity and cell migration among other physiological processes. Complex formation is mediated by the GIT binding domain (GBD) in beta-PIX, which recognizes the Spa homology domain of GIT1. Both binding domains are adjacent to predicted coiled-coil segments that allow homo-oligomerization of GIT1 and beta-PIX, respectively. Oligomerization of GIT and PIX proteins is important for their physiological functions, and deletion of the coiled-coil domains interferes with correct subcellular localization and the GEF (guanine nucleotide exchange factor) activity of PIX. We have solved the crystal structures of the CC domains of GIT1 and beta-PIX and determined the stoichiometry of complex formation between the two proteins in order to understand the molecular architecture of the GIT1-beta-PIX complex. The crystal structure of the CC domain of GIT1 solved at 1.4 A resolution shows a dimeric, parallel CC that spans 67 A in length. Unexpectedly, and in contrast to prevalent dimeric models, the structure of the CC region of beta-PIX determined at 2.8 A resolution, combined with hydrodynamic studies, reveals that this protein forms a parallel trimer. Furthermore, we demonstrate that dimeric GIT and trimeric PIX form an unusual high-affinity heteropentameric complex in which each Spa homology domain of the GIT1 dimer recognizes one GBD of the beta-PIX trimer, leaving one GBD unoccupied. These results can serve as a basis to better understand oligomerization-dependent GIT1-beta-PIX-regulated signaling events and provide an insight into the architecture of large signaling complexes involving GIT1 and beta-PIX.

  16. Doubly charged trimeric cluster ions: effective in mutual chiral recognition of tadalafil and three proton pump inhibitors.

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    Wang, Lu; Chai, Yunfeng; Zhu, Wenquan; Pan, Yuanjiang; Sun, Cuirong; Zeng, Su

    2017-02-27

    Mutual chiral recognition of four stereoisomers of tadalafil and three pairs of enantiomers of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) including pantoprazole, lansoprazole, and omeprazole, as well as quantitative analysis of enantiomeric excess is achieved on the basis of the competitive fragmentation of doubly charged trimeric Ni(II) cluster ions. Compared with a singly charged trimeric cluster ion, a doubly charged trimeric cluster ion was proved efficient in the recognition of chiral drugs with one or multiple chiral centers, due to its rich fragmentation ions. Upon collision-induced dissociation (CID), the cluster ion [Ni(II)(PPIs)(tadalafil)2](2+) yielded two diagnostic ions [tadalafil + H](+) and [tadalafil - benzo[d][1,3]dixoloe](+) through electrospray ionization quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The abundance ratio of the two fragment ions relied mainly on the configuration of PPIs and tadalafil, and therefore the chiral selectivity (Rchiral) of one enantiomer relative to the others is different. The chiral recognition of all four stereoisomers of tadalafil was achieved by using S configuration PPIs as references, and S-omeprazole showed the best selectivity. The Rchiral values for R,R/S,S, R,S/S,R, R,R/R,S and R,R/S,R-tadalafils were 1.47, 1.17, 2.37, and 2.10, respectively. In a reciprocal process, the Rchiral was 1.36 and 1.31 for R/S-pantoprazole and R/S-lansoprazole, respectively, by using R,R-tadalafil as a reference. Although omeprazole is a racemic drug, it can also be discriminated with S-omeprazole. Calibration curves were constructed with favorable correlation coefficients (r(2) > 0.991) by relating the ln(Rchiral) values to the isomeric composition in a mixture. The sensitivity of the methodology allows mixtures to be analyzed for the enantiomeric excess (ee) by recording the ratios of fragment ion abundances in a mass spectrum. The sensitivity of the methodology allowed the determination of enantiomeric impurities of 5% molar composition in

  17. Trimer procyanidin oligomers contribute to the protective effects of cinnamon extracts on pancreatic β-cells in vitro.

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    Sun, Peng; Wang, Ting; Chen, Lu; Yu, Bang-Wei; Jia, Qi; Chen, Kai-Xian; Fan, Hui-Min; Li, Yi-Ming; Wang, He-Yao

    2016-08-01

    Cinnamon extracts rich in procyanidin oligomers have shown to improve pancreatic β-cell function in diabetic db/db mice. The aim of this study was to identify the active compounds in extracts from two species of cinnamon responsible for the pancreatic β-cell protection in vitro. Cinnamon extracts were prepared from Cinnamomum tamala (CT-E) and Cinnamomum cassia (CC-E). Six compounds procyanidin B2 (cpd1), (-)-epicatechin (cpd2), cinnamtannin B1 (cpd3), procyanidin C1 (cpd4), parameritannin A1 (cpd5) and cinnamtannin D1 (cpd6) were isolated from the extracts. INS-1 pancreatic β-cells were exposed to palmitic acid (PA) or H2O2 to induce lipotoxicity and oxidative stress. Cell viability and apoptosis as well as ROS levels were assessed. Glucose-stimulated insulin secretion was examined in PA-treated β-cells and murine islets. CT-E, CC-E as well as the compounds, except cpd5, did not cause cytotoxicity in the β-cells up to the maximum dosage using in this experiment. CT-E and CC-E (12.5-50 μg/mL) dose-dependently increased cell viability in both PA- and H2O2-treated β-cells, and decreased ROS accumulation in H2O2-treated β-cells. CT-E caused more prominent β-cell protection than CC-E. Furthermore, CT-E (25 and 50 μg/mL) dose-dependently increased glucose-stimulated insulin secretion in PA-treated β-cells and murine islets, but CC-E had little effect. Among the 6 compounds, trimer procyanidins cpd3, cpd4 and cpd6 (12.5-50 μmol/L) dose-dependently increased the cell viability and decreased ROS accumulation in H2O2-treated β-cells. The trimer procyanidins also increased glucose-stimulated insulin secretion in PA-treated β-cells. Trimer procyanidins in the cinnamon extracts contribute to the pancreatic β-cell protection, thus to the anti-diabetic activity.

  18. A method of test for residual isophorone diisocyanate trimer in new polyester-polyurethane coatings on light metal packaging using liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometric detection.

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    Driffield, Malcolm; Bradley, Emma L; Castle, Laurence

    2007-02-02

    A method of test for residual isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI) trimer in experimental formulation polyester-polyurethane (PEPU) thermoset coatings on metal food packaging is described. The method involves extraction of coated panels using acetonitrile containing dibutylamine for concurrent derivatisation, and then high performance liquid chromatography with electrospray ionisation tandem mass spectrometric detection (LC-MS/MS). Single laboratory validation was carried out using three different experimental PEPU-based coatings. The calibrations were linear, the analytical recovery was good, no interferences were seen, and substance identification criteria were met. The detection limit of the method is around 0.02 micro g/100 cm(2) of coating, which for a typical sized can and assuming complete migration of any residual IPDI trimer, corresponds to about 0.2 micro g/kg food or beverage. Separate studies indicated that, even if migration occurred at such low levels, the IPDI trimer would not be expected to persist in canned aqueous or fatty foodstuffs as it would hydrolyse to the corresponding aliphatic amine or react with food components to destroy the isocyanate moiety. The method of test developed here for residual IPDI trimer in thermoset polyester-polyurethane coatings should prove to be a valuable tool for investigating the cure kinetics of these novel coatings and help to guide the development of enhanced formulations.

  19. Characterization of a trimeric light-harvesting complex in the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum built of FcpA and FcpE proteins

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    Joshi-Deo, Jidnyasa; Schmidt, Matthias; Gruber, Ansgar; Weisheit, Wolfram; Mittag, Maria; Kroth, Peter G.; Büchel, Claudia

    2010-01-01

    Fucoxanthin chlorophyll proteins (Fcps), the light-harvesting antennas of heterokont algae, are encoded by a multigene family and are highly similar with respect to their molecular masses as well as to their pigmentation, making it difficult to purify single Fcps. In this study, a hexa-histidine tag was genetically added to the C-terminus of the FcpA protein of the pennate diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. A transgenic strain expressing the recombinant His-tagged FcpA protein in addition to the endogenous wild type Fcps was created. This strategy allowed, for the first time, the purification of a specific, stable trimeric Fcp complex. In addition, a pool of various trimeric Fcps was also purified from the wild-type cells using sucrose density gradient ultracentrifugation and gel filtration. In both the His-tagged and the wild-type Fcps, excitation energy coupling between fucoxanthin and chlorophyll a was intact and the existence of a chlorophyll a/fucoxanthin excitonic dimer was demonstrated using circular dichroism spectroscopy. Mass spectrometric analyses of the trimeric His-tagged complex indicated that it is composed of FcpA and FcpE polypeptides. It is confirmed here that a trimer is the basic organizational unit of Fcps in P. tricornutum. From circular dichroism spectra, it is proposed that the organization of the pigments on the polypeptide backbone of Fcps is a conserved feature in the case of chlorophyll a/c containing algae. PMID:20478968

  20. Design and crystal structure of a native-like HIV-1 envelope trimer that engages multiple broadly neutralizing antibody precursors in vivo

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    Medina-Ramírez, Max; Garces, Fernando; Escolano, Amelia; ...

    2017-08-28

    Induction of broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) by HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein immunogens would be a major advance toward an effective vaccine. A critical step in this process is the activation of naive B cells expressing germline (gl) antibody precursors that have the potential to evolve into bNAbs. Here, we reengineered the BG505 SOSIP.664 glycoprotein to engage gl precursors of bNAbs that target either the trimer apex or the CD4-binding site. The resulting BG505 SOSIP.v4.1-GT1 trimer binds multiple bNAb gl precursors in vitro. Immunization experiments in knock-in mice expressing gl-VRC01 or gl-PGT121 show that this trimer activates B cells in vivo, resultingmore » in the secretion of specific antibodies into the sera. A crystal structure of the gl-targeting trimer at 3.2-Å resolution in complex with neutralizing antibodies 35O22 and 9H+109L reveals a native-like conformation and the successful incorporation of design features associated with binding of multiple gl-bNAb precursors.« less

  1. Mimicking Trimeric Interactions in the Aromatic Side Chains of the Proteins: a Gas Phase Study of INDOLE...(PYRROLE)_2 Heterotrimer

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    Das, Aloke; Kumar, Sumit

    2012-06-01

    Aromatic trimeric interactions are extremely important in the stabilization of the specific structures of the proteins as well as protein-protein, and protein-ligand interactions. Here I will present a direct evidence of the observation of a cyclic asymmetric structure of indole...(pyrrole)_2 trimer bound by three N-H...π hydrogen bonding interactions in a supersonic jet. The experiment has been performed by using resonant two-photon ionization (R2PI), IR-UV, and UV-UV double resonance spectroscopic techniques. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations nicely corroborate the experimental results showing one weakly allowed IR-active band due to symmetric stretch of the N-H bonds and two strongly allowed IR-active bands due to two types of asymmetric stretches of the N-H bonds in the trimer. The most significant finding of the present investigation is that there is a direct IR spectral signature for the determination of the geometry of a trimer if it has a cyclic asymmetric structure.

  2. Bacillus licheniformis Anti-TRAP can assemble into two types of dodecameric particles with the same symmetry but inverted orientation of trimers

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    Shevtsov, Mikhail B.; Chen, Yanling; Isupov, Michail N.; Leech, Andrew; Gollnick, Paul; Antson, Alfred A.

    2010-01-01

    Anti-TRAP (AT) protein regulates expression of tryptophan biosynthetic genes by binding to the trp RNA-binding attenuation protein (TRAP) and preventing its interaction with RNA. Bacillus subtilis AT forms trimers that can either interact with TRAP or can further assemble into dodecameric particles. To determine which oligomeric forms are preserved in AT proteins of other Bacilli we studied Bacillus licheniformis AT which shares 66% sequence identity with the B. subtilis protein. We show that in solution B. licheniformis AT forms stable trimers. In crystals, depending on pH, such trimers assemble into two different types of dodecameric particles, both having 23 point group symmetry. The dodecamer formed at pH 6.0 has the same conformation as previously observed for B. subtilis AT. This dodecamer contains a large internal chamber with the volume of ∼700 Å3, which is lined by the side chains of twelve valine residues. The presence of the hydrophobic chamber hints at the possibility that the dodecamer formation could be induced by binding of a ligand. Interestingly, in the dodecamer formed at pH 8.0 all trimers are turned inside out relatively to the form observed at pH 6.0. PMID:20138150

  3. Modeling of the N-terminal Section and the Lumenal Loop of Trimeric Light Harvesting Complex II (LHCII) by Using EPR*

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    Fehr, Niklas; Dietz, Carsten; Polyhach, Yevhen; von Hagens, Tona; Jeschke, Gunnar; Paulsen, Harald

    2015-01-01

    The major light harvesting complex II (LHCII) of green plants plays a key role in the absorption of sunlight, the regulation of photosynthesis, and in preventing photodamage by excess light. The latter two functions are thought to involve the lumenal loop and the N-terminal domain. Their structure and mobility in an aqueous environment are only partially known. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) has been used to measure the structure of these hydrophilic protein domains in detergent-solubilized LHCII. A new technique is introduced to prepare LHCII trimers in which only one monomer is spin-labeled. These heterogeneous trimers allow to measure intra-molecular distances within one LHCII monomer in the context of a trimer by using double electron-electron resonance (DEER). These data together with data from electron spin echo envelope modulation (ESEEM) allowed to model the N-terminal protein section, which has not been resolved in current crystal structures, and the lumenal loop domain. The N-terminal domain covers only a restricted area above the superhelix in LHCII, which is consistent with the “Velcro” hypothesis to explain thylakoid grana stacking (Standfuss, J., van Terwisscha Scheltinga, A. C., Lamborghini, M., and Kühlbrandt, W. (2005) EMBO J. 24, 919–928). The conformation of the lumenal loop domain is surprisingly different between LHCII monomers and trimers but not between complexes with and without neoxanthin bound. PMID:26316535

  4. Structure-function analysis of the heat shock factor-binding protein reveals a protein composed solely of a highly conserved and dynamic coiled-coil trimerization domain.

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    Tai, Li-Jung; McFall, Sally M; Huang, Kai; Demeler, Borries; Fox, Sue G; Brubaker, Kurt; Radhakrishnan, Ishwar; Morimoto, Richard I

    2002-01-04

    Heat shock factor-binding protein (HSBP) 1 is a small, evolutionarily conserved protein originally identified in a yeast two-hybrid screen using the trimerization domain of heat shock factor (HSF) 1 as the bait. Similar in size to HSF1 trimerization domain, human HSBP1 contains two arrays of hydrophobic heptad repeats (designated HR-N and HR-C) characteristic of coiled-coil proteins. Proteins of the HSBP family are relatively small (<100 residues), comprising solely a putative coiled-coil oligomerization domain without any other readily recognizable structural or functional motif. Our biophysical and biochemical characterization of human HSBP1 reveals a cooperatively folded protein with high alpha-helical content and moderate stability. NMR analyses reveal a single continuous helix encompassing both HR-N and HR-C in the highly conserved central region, whereas the less conserved carboxyl terminus is unstructured and accessible to proteases. Unlike previously characterized coiled-coils, backbone 15N relaxation measurements implicate motional processes on the millisecond time scale in the coiled-coil region. Analytical ultracentrifugation and native PAGE studies indicate that HSBP1 is predominantly trimeric over a wide concentration range. NMR analyses suggest a rotationally symmetric trimer. Because the highly conserved hydrophobic heptad repeats extend over 60% of HSBP1, we propose that HSBP most likely regulates the function of other proteins through coiled-coil interactions.

  5. Design and crystal structure of a native-like HIV-1 envelope trimer that engages multiple broadly neutralizing antibody precursors in vivo

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    Garces, Fernando; Escolano, Amelia; de Taeye, Steven W.; Del Moral-Sanchez, Ivan; van den Kerkhof, Tom L.G.M.; Freund, Natalia T.; Dosenovic, Pia; Hua, Yuanzi; Gitlin, Alexander D.; Cupo, Albert; van der Woude, Patricia; Sliepen, Kwinten; van Breemen, Mariëlle J.; Pritchard, Laura K.; Crispin, Max; Ward, Andrew B.; Stamatatos, Leonidas

    2017-01-01

    Induction of broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) by HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein immunogens would be a major advance toward an effective vaccine. A critical step in this process is the activation of naive B cells expressing germline (gl) antibody precursors that have the potential to evolve into bNAbs. Here, we reengineered the BG505 SOSIP.664 glycoprotein to engage gl precursors of bNAbs that target either the trimer apex or the CD4-binding site. The resulting BG505 SOSIP.v4.1-GT1 trimer binds multiple bNAb gl precursors in vitro. Immunization experiments in knock-in mice expressing gl-VRC01 or gl-PGT121 show that this trimer activates B cells in vivo, resulting in the secretion of specific antibodies into the sera. A crystal structure of the gl-targeting trimer at 3.2-Å resolution in complex with neutralizing antibodies 35O22 and 9H+109L reveals a native-like conformation and the successful incorporation of design features associated with binding of multiple gl-bNAb precursors. PMID:28847869

  6. Theoretical study on nonlinear optical properties of the Li(+)[calix[4]pyrrole]Li(-)dimer, trimer and its polymer with diffuse excess electrons.

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    Yu, Guang Tao; Chen, Wei; Gu, Feng Long; Aoki, Yuriko

    2010-03-01

    The static (hyper)polarizabilities of the dimer and trimer with diffuse excess electrons, [Li(+)[calix[4]pyrrole]Li(-)](n), are firstly investigated by the DFT(B3LYP) method in detail. For the dimer and trimer, a Li atom inside each calix[4]pyrrole unit is ionized to form a diffuse excess electron. The results show that the dimer and trimer containing two and three excess electrons, respectively, have very large first hyperpolarizablities as 2.3 x 10(4) and 4.0 x 10(4) au, which are 30 and 40 times larger than that of the corresponding [calix[4]pyrrole](n) (n = 2, 3) without Li atom. Also, beta values of dimer and trimer are twice and four times as large as that of monomer containing one excess electron. Obviously, not only excess electron but also the number of excess electron plays an important role in increasing the first hyperpolarizability. Moreover, the (hyper)polarizabilities of the [Li(+)[calix[4]pyrrole]Li(-)](n) polymer are investigated at ab initio level by using the elongation finite-field (elongation FF) method. All the oligomers of the [Li(+)[calix[4]pyrrole]Li(-)](n) with many excess electrons exhibit very large first hyperpolarizability and large second hyperpolarizability. The present investigation shows that by introducing several and more excess electrons into the nonlinear optical (NLO) materials will be an important strategy for improving their NLO properties, which will be helpful for design of NLO materials.

  7. A non-thermal lattice gas model for a dimer trimer reaction on a catalytic surface: A computer simulation study

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    Ahmad, Waqar; Parvez, M.; Baloach, Musa Kaleem; Qaisrani, A. U.; Khalid, M.

    2006-11-01

    The kinetics of an irreversible dimer-trimer reaction of the type 3A 2 + 2B 3 → 6AB have been studied using a non-thermal (precursor mechanism) model on a square as well as on a hexagonal lattice surface by Monte Carlo simulation. When the range of the precursors (A atoms) is increased, the model gives production rates (reactive window widths) that are quite large as compared with those for thermal (Langmuir-Hanshelwood mechanism) model. The phase diagrams qualitatively resemble with the standard ZGB model except that the continuous transition point is eliminated when the range of the precursors is extended up to the third nearest neighbourhood. The diffusion of A atoms on the surface as well as their desorption from the surface with a certain probability is also considered to see their effects on the reaction mechanism.

  8. Bacterial chemoreceptor arrays are hexagonally packed trimers of receptor dimers networked by rings of kinase and coupling proteins

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    Briegel, Ariane; Li, Xiaoxiao; Bilwes, Alexandrine M.; Hughes, Kelly T.; Jensen, Grant J.; Crane, Brian R.

    2012-01-01

    Chemoreceptor arrays are supramolecular transmembrane machines of unknown structure that allow bacteria to sense their surroundings and respond by chemotaxis. We have combined X-ray crystallography of purified proteins with electron cryotomography of native arrays inside cells to reveal the arrangement of the component transmembrane receptors, histidine kinases (CheA) and CheW coupling proteins. Trimers of receptor dimers lie at the vertices of a hexagonal lattice in a “two-facing-two” configuration surrounding a ring of alternating CheA regulatory domains (P5) and CheW couplers. Whereas the CheA kinase domains (P4) project downward below the ring, the CheA dimerization domains (P3) link neighboring rings to form an extended, stable array. This highly interconnected protein architecture underlies the remarkable sensitivity and cooperative nature of transmembrane signaling in bacterial chemotaxis. PMID:22355139

  9. The excitation energy transfer in the trimeric fucoxanthin-chlorophyll protein from Cyclotella meneghiniana analyzed by polarized transient absorption spectroscopy

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    Gildenhoff, Nina; Herz, Julia; Gundermann, Kathi; Büchel, Claudia; Wachtveitl, Josef

    2010-07-01

    Polarized transient absorption spectroscopy has been applied to study the carotenoid to chlorophyll excitation energy transfer in the trimeric fucoxanthin-chlorophyll protein FCPa of the centric diatom Cyclotella meneghiniana. We examined the transfer pathways after excitation in the main carotenoid band (S 0 → S 2 transition) with two excitation wavelengths that address either red fucoxanthins only or blue fucoxanthins and the xanthophyll cycle pigments. We were able to identify different transition dipole moments for the S 1 and the ICT state, which are assumed to be a single coupled state that transfers excitation energy to chlorophyll a. Furthermore we obtained different transition dipole moments for the first excited state S 1 of fucoxanthin depending on the excitation wavelength.

  10. The Arabidopsis Cellulose Synthase Complex: A Proposed Hexamer of CESA Trimers in an Equimolar Stoichiometry

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    Hill, Joseph L.; Hammudi, Mustafa B.; Tien, Ming

    2014-12-01

    In this study, we show a 1:1:1 stoichiometry between the three Arabidopsis thaliana secondary cell wall isozymes: CESA4, CESA7, and CESA8. This ratio was determined utilizing a simple but elegant method of quantitative immunoblotting using isoform-specific antibodies and 35S-labeled protein standards for each CESA. Additionally, the observed equimolar stoichiometry was found to be fixed along the axis of the stem, which represents a developmental gradient. Our results complement recent spectroscopic analyses pointing toward an 18-chain cellulose microfibril. Taken together, we propose that the CSC is composed of a hexamer of catalytically active CESA trimers, with each CESA in equimolar amounts. This finding is a crucial advance in understanding how CESAs integrate to form higher order complexes, which is a key determinate of cellulose microfibril and cell wall properties.

  11. Unidirectional Threading into a Bowl-Shaped Macrocyclic Trimer of Boron-Dipyrrin Complexes through Multipoint Recognition.

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    Nakamura, Takashi; Yamaguchi, Gento; Nabeshima, Tatsuya

    2016-08-08

    Bowl-shaped macrocycles have the distinctive feature that their two sides are differentiated, and thus can be developed into elaborate hosts that fix a target molecule in a controlled geometry through multipoint interactions. We now report the synthesis of a bowl-shaped macrocyclic trimer of the boron-dipyrrin (BODIPY) complex and its unidirectional threading of guest molecules. Six polarized B(δ+) -F(δ-) bonds are directed towards the center of the macrocycle, which enables strong recognition of cationic guests. Specifically, the benzylbutylammonium ion is bound in a manner in which the benzyl group is located at the convex face of the bowl and the butyl group at its concave face. Furthermore, adrenaline was strongly captured on the convex side of the bowl by hydrogen bonding, Coulomb forces, and C-H⋅⋅⋅π interactions. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. HIV Envelope Trimer Specific Immune Response Is Influenced by Different Adjuvant Formulations and Heterologous Prime-Boost

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    Apostólico, Juliana de Souza; Boscardin, Silvia Beatriz; Yamamoto, Márcio Massao; de Oliveira-Filho, Jethe Nunes; Kalil, Jorge; Cunha-Neto, Edecio; Rosa, Daniela Santoro

    2016-01-01

    The development of a preventive vaccine against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) infection is the most efficient method to control the epidemic. The ultimate goal is to develop a vaccine able to induce specific neutralizing, non-neutralizing antibodies and cellular mediated immunity (CMI). Humoral and CMI responses can be directed to glycoproteins that are normally presented as a trimeric spike on the virus surface (gp140). Despite safer, subunit vaccines are normally less immunogenic/effective and need to be delivered together with an adjuvant. The choice of a suitable adjuvant can induce effective humoral and CMI that utterly lead to full protection against disease. In this report, we established a hierarchy of adjuvant potency on humoral and CMI when admixed with the recombinant HIV gp140 trimer. We show that vaccination with gp140 in the presence of different adjuvants can induce high-affinity antibodies, follicular helper T cells and germinal center B cells. The data show that poly (I:C) is the most potent adjuvant to induce specific CMI responses evidenced by IFN-γ production and CD4+/CD8+ T cell proliferation. Furthermore, we demonstrate that combining some adjuvants like MPL plus Alum and MPL plus MDP exert additive effects that impact on the magnitude and quality of humoral responses while mixing MDP with poly (I:C) or with R848 had no impact on total IgG titers but highly impact IgG subclass. In addition, heterologous DNA prime- protein boost yielded higher IgG titers when compare to DNA alone and improved the quality of humoral response when compare to protein immunization as evidenced by IgG1/IgG2a ratio. The results presented in this paper highlight the importance of selecting the correct adjuvant-antigen combination to potentiate desired cells for optimal stimulation. PMID:26727218

  13. Electronic effect on protonated hydrogen-bonded imidazole trimer and corresponding derivatives cationized by alkali metals (Li+, Na+, and K+)

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    Yan, Shihai; Bu, Yuxiang; Li, Ping

    2005-02-01

    The electronic effects on the protonated hydrogen-bonded imidazole trimer (Im)3H+ and the derivatives cationized by alkali metals (Li+, Na+, and K+) are investigated using B3LYP method in conjunction with the 6-311+G* basis set. The prominent characteristics of (Im)3H+ on reduction are the backflow of the transferred proton to its original fragment and the remoteness of the H atom from the attached side bare N atom. The proton transfer occurs on both reduction and oxidation for the corresponding hydrogen-bonded imidazole trimer. For the derivatives cationized by Li+, (Im)3Li+, the backflow of the transferred proton occurs on reduction. The electron detachment from respective highest occupied molecular orbital of (Im)3Na+ and (Im)3K+ causes the proton transferring from the fragment attached by the alkali metal cation to the middle one. The order of the adiabatic ionization potentials of (Im)3M+ is (Im)3H+>(Im)3Li+>(Im)3Na+>(Im)3K+; the order of (Im)3M indicates that (Im)3H is the easicst complex to be ionized. The polarity of (Im)3M+ (M denotes H, Li, Na, and K) increases on both oxidation and reduction. The (Im)3M+ complexes dissociate into (Im)3 and M+ except (Im)3H+, which dissociates preferably into (Im)3+ and H atom, while the neutral complexes [(Im)3M] dissociate into (Im)3 and M. The stabilization energy of (Im)3Li2+, (Im)3Na2+, and (Im)3K2+ indicate that their energies are higher as compared to those of the monomers.

  14. Structural Basis for Toughness and Flexibility in the C-terminal Passenger Domain of an Acinetobacter Trimeric Autotransporter Adhesin*

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    Koiwai, Kotaro; Hartmann, Marcus D.; Linke, Dirk; Lupas, Andrei N.; Hori, Katsutoshi

    2016-01-01

    Trimeric autotransporter adhesins (TAAs) on the cell surface of Gram-negative pathogens mediate bacterial adhesion to host cells and extracellular matrix proteins. However, AtaA, a TAA in the nonpathogenic Acinetobacter sp. strain Tol 5, shows nonspecific high adhesiveness to abiotic material surfaces as well as to biotic surfaces. It consists of a passenger domain secreted by the C-terminal transmembrane anchor domain (TM), and the passenger domain contains an N-terminal head, N-terminal stalk, C-terminal head (Chead), and C-terminal stalk (Cstalk). The Chead-Cstalk-TM fragment, which is conserved in many Acinetobacter TAAs, has by itself the head-stalk-anchor architecture of a complete TAA. Here, we show the crystal structure of the Chead-Cstalk fragment, AtaA_C-terminal passenger domain (CPSD), providing the first view of several conserved TAA domains. The YadA-like head (Ylhead) of the fragment is capped by a unique structure (headCap), composed of three β-hairpins and a connector motif; it also contains a head insert motif (HIM1) before its last inner β-strand. The headCap, Ylhead, and HIM1 integrally form a stable Chead structure. Some of the major domains of the CPSD fragment are inherently flexible and provide bending sites for the fiber between segments whose toughness is ensured by topological chain exchange and hydrophobic core formation inside the trimer. Thus, although adherence assays using in-frame deletion mutants revealed that the characteristic adhesive sites of AtaA reside in its N-terminal part, the flexibility and toughness of the CPSD part provide the resilience that enables the adhesive properties of the full-length fiber across a wide range of conditions. PMID:26698633

  15. The Adh adhesin domain is required for trimeric autotransporter Apa1-mediated Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae adhesion, autoaggregation, biofilm formation and pathogenicity.

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    Wang, Lei; Qin, Wanhai; Yang, Shuxin; Zhai, Ruidong; Zhou, Liang; Sun, Changjiang; Pan, Fengguang; Ji, Qun; Wang, Yu; Gu, Jingmin; Feng, Xin; Du, Chongtao; Han, Wenyu; Langford, P R; Lei, Liancheng

    2015-05-15

    Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae is a causative agent of porcine pleuropneumonia, which is a highly contagious endemic disease of pigs. Adhesion is a critical first step in the infection process. Trimeric autotransporter adhesions (TAAs) have been identified as novel virulence factors; however, little is known on their roles in A. pleuropneumoniae pathogenicity. Here, our data show that YadA-like head region (Adh) of Apa1 was the optimal adhesion functional domain via segment expression and adhesion assays in vitro. Additionally, Adh induced partial protection against A. pleuropneumoniae 5b L20 and serotypes 1, 3, and 5a in mice. The deletion of Adh gene significantly decreased autoaggregation, biofilm formation and adherence to host cells in vitro. Furthermore, with delaying of clinical symptoms, reducing production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and lessening the lung injury after infection, Adh deletion strain (5bϕAdh) significantly reduced the pathogenicity to piglets. To elucidate the mechanism of lung injury, the differentially expressed genes in the lung tissues of piglets infected with the 5b L20 or 5bϕAdh strains were investigated using microarray analysis and validated by qRT-PCR. Compared with the 5b L20 infected piglets, 495 genes were differentially expressed in 5bϕAdh infected lung tissue (221 upregulated and 274 downregulated). Especially, the antigen processing and presentation gene IFI30 was increased following infection with the 5bϕAdh strain. Thus, Adh may enhance pathogenicity by depressing host immune recognition. We conclude that the head domain of the A. pleuropneumoniae trimeric autotransporter Apa1 regulates autoagglutination, biofilm formation, adhesion to host cells and pathogenicity. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Full-length cellular β-secretase has a trimeric subunit stoichiometry, and its sulfur-rich transmembrane interaction site modulates cytosolic copper compartmentalization.

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    Liebsch, Filip; Aurousseau, Mark R P; Bethge, Tobias; McGuire, Hugo; Scolari, Silvia; Herrmann, Andreas; Blunck, Rikard; Bowie, Derek; Multhaup, Gerd

    2017-08-11

    The β-secretase (BACE1) initiates processing of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) into Aβ peptides, which have been implicated as central players in the pathology of Alzheimer disease. BACE1 has been described as a copper-binding protein and its oligomeric state as being monomeric, dimeric, and/or multimeric, but the native cellular stoichiometry has remained elusive. Here, by using single-molecule fluorescence and in vitro cross-linking experiments with photo-activatable unnatural amino acids, we show that full-length BACE1, independently of its subcellular localization, exists as trimers in human cells. We found that trimerization requires the BACE1 transmembrane sequences (TMSs) and cytoplasmic domains, with residues Ala(463) and Cys(466) buried within the trimer interface of the sulfur-rich core of the TMSs. Our 3D model predicts that the sulfur-rich core of the trimeric BACE1 TMS is accessible to metal ions, but copper ions did not trigger trimerization. The results of functional assays of endogenous BACE1 suggest that it has a role in intracellular copper compartmentalization by transferring cytosolic copper to intracellular compartments, while leaving the overall cellular copper concentration unaltered. Adding to existing physiological models, our results provide novel insight into the atypical interactions between copper and BACE1 and into its non-enzymatic activities. In conclusion, therapeutic Alzheimer disease prevention strategies aimed at decreasing BACE1 protein levels should be regarded with caution, because adverse effects in copper homeostasis may occur. © 2017 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

  17. The Impact of Full-Length, Trimeric and Globular Adiponectin on Lipolysis in Subcutaneous and Visceral Adipocytes of Obese and Non-Obese Women.

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    Wedellova, Zuzana; Kovacova, Zuzana; Tencerova, Michaela; Vedral, Tomas; Rossmeislova, Lenka; Siklova-Vitkova, Michaela; Stich, Vladimir; Polak, Jan

    2013-01-01

    Contribution of individual adiponectin isoforms to lipolysis regulation remains unknown. We investigated the impact of full-length, trimeric and globular adiponectin isoforms on spontaneous lipolysis in subcutaneous abdominal (SCAAT) and visceral adipose tissues (VAT) of obese and non-obese subjects. Furthermore, we explored the role of AMPK (5'-AMP-activated protein kinase) in adiponectin-dependent lipolysis regulation and expression of adiponectin receptors type 1 and 2 (AdipoR1 and AdipoR2) in SCAAT and VAT. Primary adipocytes isolated from SCAAT and VAT of obese and non-obese women were incubated with 20 µg/ml of: A) full-length adiponectin (physiological mixture of all adiponectin isoforms), B) trimeric adiponectin isoform or C) globular adiponectin isoform. Glycerol released into media was used as a marker of lipolysis. While full-length adiponectin inhibited lipolysis by 22% in non-obese SCAAT, globular isoform inhibited lipolysis by 27% in obese SCAAT. No effect of either isoform was detected in non-obese VAT, however trimeric isoform inhibited lipolysis by 21% in obese VAT (all p<0.05). Trimeric isoform induced Thr172 p-AMPK in differentiated preadipocytes from a non-obese donor, while globular isoform induced Ser79 p-ACC by 32% (p<0.05) and Ser565 p-HSL by 52% (p = 0.08) in differentiated preadipocytes from an obese donor. AdipoR2 expression was 17% and 37% higher than AdipoR1 in SCAAT of obese and non-obese groups and by 23% higher in VAT of obese subjects (all p<0.05). In conclusion, the anti-lipolytic effect of adiponectin isoforms is modified with obesity: while full-length adiponectin exerts anti-lipolytic action in non-obese SCAAT, globular and trimeric isoforms show anti-lipolytic activity in obese SCAAT and VAT, respectively.

  18. DFT and experimental study of N, N'-bis(3'-carboxy,4'-aminophenyl)-1,4-quinonediimine, a carboxyl substituted aniline trimer

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    Sein, Lawrence T., Jr.; Lashua, Amanda F.

    2010-08-01

    Density functional calculations were performed on N, N'-bis(3'-carboxy,4'-aminophenyl)-1,4-quinonediimine, a carboxylic acid substituted aniline trimer. Results of the calculations were compared to experimental properties of the herein synthesized trimer, as well as to the properties of the anthranilic acid/aniline co-polymer reported in the literature. The calculated LUMO levels for isomers of the title compound range from -4.45 to -5.05 eV. The calculated electron affinities range from 75.93 kcal mol -1 to 89.04 kcal mol -1 (3.29-3.86 eV). Both the LUMO levels and electron affinities are greatest in magnitude for the anti, syn isomer. The HOMO levels, on the other hand, range from -5.32 eV (for the trans, trans isomer) to -5.36 eV (syn, syn inner). In acetonitrile solvent, the zwitterionic form is calculated to be energetically preferred to the non-zwitterion. Experimental UV-vis and near-IR studies in acetonitrile and ethanol show little evidence for zwitterion formation, but those in water show strong evidence. The predicted electronic transitions for the non-zwitterion in acetonitrile solvent correspond closely to those seen at 533 and 416 nm. The zwitterion present in solvent corresponds to a trimer with the capability to "self-dope", suggesting that the trimer would be effective at corrosion inhibition in the emeraldine base form, unlike other trimers which are only effective in the emeraldine salt form. This effectiveness in the emeraldine base form would enable the material to be utilized in corrosion inhibition applications in alkaline environments where standard oligo- and polyanilines fail.

  19. Understanding the electronic energy transfer pathways in the trimeric and hexameric aggregation state of cyanobacteria phycocyanin within the framework of Förster theory.

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    Ren, Yanliang; Chi, Bo; Melhem, Osama; Wei, Ke; Feng, Lingling; Li, Yongjian; Han, Xinya; Li, Ding; Zhang, Ying; Wan, Jian; Xu, Xin; Yang, Minghui

    2013-05-05

    In the present study, the electronic energy transfer pathways in trimeric and hexameric aggregation state of cyanobacteria C-phycocyanin (C-PC) were investigated in term of the Förster theory. The corresponding excited states and transition dipole moments of phycocyanobilins (PCBs) located into C-PC were examined by model chemistry in gas phase at time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT), configuration interaction-singles (CIS), and Zerner's intermediate neglect of differential overlap (ZINDO) levels, respectively. Then, the long-range pigment-protein interactions were approximately taken into account by using polarizable continuum model (PCM) at TDDFT level to estimate the influence of protein environment on the preceding calculated physical quantities. The influence of the short-range interaction caused by aspartate residue nearby PCBs was examined as well. Only when the protonation of PCBs and its long- and short-range interactions were properly taken into account, the calculated energy transfer rates (1/K) in the framework of Förster model at TDDFT/B3LYP/6-31+G* level were in good agreement with the experimental results of C-PC monomer and trimer. Furthermore, the present calculated results suggested that the energy transfer pathway in C-PC monomer is predominant from β-155 to β-84 (1/K = 13.4 ps), however, from α-84 of one monomer to β-84 (1/K = 0.3-0.4 ps) in a neighbor monomer in C-PC trimer. In C-PC hexamer, an additional energy flow was predicted to be from β-155 (or α-84) in top trimer to adjacent β-155 (or α-84) (1/K = 0.5-2.7 ps) in bottom trimer. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. H/D isotopic and temperature effects in the polarized IR spectra of hydrogen-bond cyclic trimers in the crystal lattices of acetone oxime and 3,5-dimethylpyrazole.

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    Flakus, Henryk T; Hachuła, Barbara; Garbacz, Aleksandra

    2012-11-29

    Polarized IR spectra of hydrogen-bonded acetone oxime and 3,5-dimethylpyrazole crystals were measured at 293 and 77 K in the ν(X-H) and ν(X-D) band frequency ranges. These crystals contain molecular trimers in their lattices. The individual crystal spectral properties remain in a close relation with the electronic structure of the two different molecular systems. We show that a vibronic coupling mechanism involving the hydrogen-bond protons and the electrons on the π-electronic systems in the molecules determines the way in which the vibrational exciton coupling between the hydrogen bonds in the trimers occurs. A strong coupling in 3,5-dimethylpyrazole trimers prefers a "tail-to-head"-type Davydov coupling widespread via the π-electrons. A weak through-space exciton coupling in acetone oxime trimers involves three adjacent hydrogen bonds in each cycle. The relative contribution of each exciton coupling mechanism in the trimer spectra generation is temperature and the molecular electronic structure-dependent. This explains the observed difference in the temperature-induced evolution of the compared spectra. The mechanism of the H/D isotopic "self-organization" processes in the crystal hydrogen bonds was also analyzed. The two types of the hydrogen-bond trimers exhibit the same way, in which the H/D isotopic recognition mechanism occurs. In acetone oxime and 3,5-dimethylpyrazole trimers, identical hydrogen isotope atoms exist in these entire hydrogen-bond systems.

  1. Understanding microscopic binding of human microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1 (mPGES-1) trimer with substrate PGH2 and cofactor GSH: insights from computational alanine scanning and site-directed mutagenesis.

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    Hamza, Adel; Tong, Min; AbdulHameed, Mohamed Diwan M; Liu, Junjun; Goren, Alan C; Tai, Hsin-Hsiung; Zhan, Chang-Guo

    2010-04-29

    Microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1 (mPGES-1) is an essential enzyme involved in a variety of diseases and is the most promising target for the design of next-generation anti-inflammatory drugs. In order to establish a solid structural base, we recently developed a model of mPGES-1 trimer structure by using available crystal structures of both microsomal glutathione transferase-1 (MGST1) and ba3-cytochrome c oxidase as templates. The mPGES-1 trimer model has been used in the present study to examine the detailed binding of mPGES-1 trimer with substrate PGH(2) and cofactor GSH. Results obtained from the computational alanine scanning reveal the contribution of each residue at the protein-ligand interaction interface to the binding affinity, and the computational predictions are supported by the data obtained from the corresponding wet experimental tests. We have also compared our mPGES-1 trimer model with other available 3D models, including an alternative homology model and a low-resolution crystal structure, and found that our mPGES-1 trimer model based on the crystal structures of both MGST1 and ba3-cytochrome c oxidase is more reasonable than the other homology model of mPGES-1 trimer constructed by simply using a low-resolution crystal structure of MGST1 trimer alone as a template. The available low-resolution crystal structure of mPGES-1 trimer represents a closed conformation of the enzyme and thus is not suitable for studying mPGES-1 binding with ligands. Our mPGES-1 trimer model represents a reasonable open conformation of the enzyme and is therefore promising for studying mPGES-1 binding with ligands in future structure-based drug design targeting mPGES-1.

  2. Targeted N-glycan deletion at the receptor-binding site retains HIV Env NFL trimer integrity and accelerates the elicited antibody response.

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    Dubrovskaya, Viktoriya; Guenaga, Javier; de Val, Natalia; Wilson, Richard; Feng, Yu; Movsesyan, Arlette; Karlsson Hedestam, Gunilla B; Ward, Andrew B; Wyatt, Richard T

    2017-09-13

    Extensive shielding by N-glycans on the surface of the HIV envelope glycoproteins (Env) restricts B cell recognition of conserved neutralizing determinants. Elicitation of broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) in selected HIV-infected individuals reveals that Abs capable of penetrating the glycan shield can be generated by the B cell repertoire. Accordingly, we sought to determine if targeted N-glycan deletion might alter antibody responses to Env. We focused on the conserved CD4 binding site (CD4bs) since this is a known neutralizing determinant that is devoid of glycosylation to allow CD4 receptor engagement, but is ringed by surrounding N-glycans. We selectively deleted potential N-glycan sites (PNGS) proximal to the CD4bs on well-ordered clade C 16055 native flexibly linked (NFL) trimers to potentially increase recognition by naïve B cells in vivo. We generated glycan-deleted trimer variants that maintained native-like conformation and stability. Using a panel of CD4bs-directed bNAbs, we demonstrated improved accessibility of the CD4bs on the N-glycan-deleted trimer variants. We showed that pseudoviruses lacking these Env PNGSs were more sensitive to neutralization by CD4bs-specific bNAbs but remained resistant to non-neutralizing mAbs. We performed rabbit immunogenicity experiments using two approaches comparing glycan-deleted to fully glycosylated NFL trimers. The first was to delete 4 PNGS sites and then boost with fully glycosylated Env; the second was to delete 4 sites and gradually re-introduce these N-glycans in subsequent boosts. We demonstrated that the 16055 PNGS-deleted trimers more rapidly elicited serum antibodies that more potently neutralized the CD4bs-proximal-PNGS-deleted viruses in a statistically significant manner and strongly trended towards increased neutralization of fully glycosylated autologous virus. This approach elicited serum IgG capable of cross-neutralizing selected tier 2 viruses lacking N-glycans at residue N276 (natural or

  3. ADS-J1 inhibits HIV-1 infection and membrane fusion by targeting the highly conserved pocket in the gp41 NHR-trimer.

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    Yu, Fei; Lu, Lu; Liu, Qi; Yu, Xiaowen; Wang, Lili; He, Elaine; Zou, Peng; Du, Lanying; Sanders, Rogier W; Liu, Shuwen; Jiang, Shibo

    2014-05-01

    We previously identified a potent small-molecule human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) fusion inhibitor, termed ADS-J1, and hypothesized that it mainly targeted the hydrophobic pocket in the gp41 N-terminal heptad repeat (NHR) trimer. However, this hypothesis has been challenged by the fact that ADS-J1 cannot induce drug-resistance mutation in the gp41 pocket region. Therefore, we show herein that HIV-1 mutants resistant to T2635, a peptide derived from the gp41 C-terminal heptad repeat (CHR) region with pocket-binding domain (PBD), were also resistant to ADS-J1. We also show that pseudoviruses with mutations at positions 64 and 67 in the gp41 pocket region were highly resistant to ADS-J1 and C34, another CHR-peptide with PBD, but relatively sensitive to T20, a CHR-peptide without PBD. ADS-J1 could effectively bind to N36Fd, a mimic of the gp41 NHR-trimer with pocket exposed, and block binding of C34 to N36Fd trimer to form six-helix bundle (6-HB). However, ADS-J1 was less effective in binding to N36Fd trimer with mutations in the gp41 pocket region, such as N36(Q64A)Fd, N36(Q64L)Fd, N36(A67G)Fd, N36(A67S)Fd, and N36(Q66R)Fd, as well as less effective in blocking 6-HB formation between C34 and these mutant N36Fd trimers. These results confirm that ADS-J1 mainly targets the pocket region in the HIV-1 gp41 NHR trimer and suggest that it could be used as a lead for developing small-molecule HIV fusion inhibitors and as a molecule probe for studying the mechanisms of gp41-mediated membrane fusion. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Comparative Analysis of the Glycosylation Profiles of Membrane-Anchored HIV-1 Envelope Glycoprotein Trimers and Soluble gp140

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    Go, Eden P.; Herschhorn, Alon; Gu, Christopher; Castillo-Menendez, Luis; Zhang, Shijian; Mao, Youdong; Chen, Haiyan; Ding, Haitao; Wakefield, John K.; Hua, David; Liao, Hua-Xin; Kappes, John C.; Sodroski, Joseph

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) envelope glycoprotein (Env) trimer, which consists of the gp120 and gp41 subunits, is the focus of multiple strategies for vaccine development. Extensive Env glycosylation provides HIV-1 with protection from the immune system, yet the glycans are also essential components of binding epitopes for numerous broadly neutralizing antibodies. Recent studies have shown that when Env is isolated from virions, its glycosylation profile differs significantly from that of soluble forms of Env (gp120 or gp140) predominantly used in vaccine discovery research. Here we show that exogenous membrane-anchored Envs, which can be produced in large quantities in mammalian cells, also display a virion-like glycan profile, where the glycoprotein is extensively decorated with high-mannose glycans. Additionally, because we characterized the glycosylation with a high-fidelity profiling method, glycopeptide analysis, an unprecedented level of molecular detail regarding membrane Env glycosylation and its heterogeneity is presented. Each glycosylation site was characterized individually, with about 500 glycoforms characterized per Env protein. While many of the sites contain exclusively high-mannose glycans, others retain complex glycans, resulting in a glycan profile that cannot currently be mimicked on soluble gp120 or gp140 preparations. These site-level studies are important for understanding antibody-glycan interactions on native Env trimers. Additionally, we report a newly observed O-linked glycosylation site, T606, and we show that the full O-linked glycosylation profile of membrane-associated Env is similar to that of soluble gp140. These findings provide new insight into Env glycosylation and clarify key molecular-level differences between membrane-anchored Env and soluble gp140. IMPORTANCE A vaccine that protects against human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection should elicit antibodies that bind to the surface

  5. Structural and rheological studies on growth of salt-free wormlike micelles formed by star-type trimeric surfactants.

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    Kusano, Takumi; Iwase, Hiroki; Yoshimura, Tomokazu; Shibayama, Mitsuhiro

    2012-12-11

    We investigated the growth mechanisms of wormlike micelles formed by star-type trimeric surfactant (3C(12)trisQ) with a hydrocarbon chain length of 12 in an aqueous solution. A 3C(n)trisQ molecule consists of three hydrocarbon chains and three hydrophilic groups connected by spacer chains, where n is the carbon number in the hydrocarbon chain. Our recent studies showed that the aggregates formed by 3C(12)trisQ exhibited sphere-to-rod transition and the growth of wormlike micelles in an aqueous solution in the absence of salt. We performed small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and rheological measurements and investigated the aggregation behavior of 3C(12)trisQ with various surfactant volume fractions. All SANS profiles for the 3C(12)trisQ indicated peak-profiles in the q range of 0.02 Å(-1) < q < 0.05 Å(-1), where the magnitude of the scattering vector q is defined by q = 4π sin(θ/2)/λ (λ and θ represent the wavelength and scattering angle, respectively). These peaks were attributed to repulsive interparticle interactions between the micelles. The volume fraction dependence of the SANS peak-position was in agreement with the rheological behavior. These results suggest that 3C(12)trisQ shows sphere-to-rod transition and can produce wormlike micelles in the absence of salt. To determine the structural parameters quantitatively, model-fitting analysis was performed using a charged cylindrical or charged ellipsoidal particle scattering function. The radius, length, and number of water molecules per surfactant molecule (n(w)) inside the micelles were evaluated. The length increased and the n(w) value decreased with increasing φ, indicating that the growth of a wormlike micelle accompanies the extrusion of water from the micelle. The end-cap energies of star-type trimeric, gemini, and monomeric surfactants were evaluated from φ dependence of zero-shear viscosity. We found that wormlike micelles formed by 3C(12)trisQ exhibited a higher end-cap energy than gemini

  6. On 3d bonding in the transition metal trimers - The electronic structure of equilateral triangle Ca3, Sc3, Sc3(+), and Ti3(+)

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    Walch, S. P.; Bauschlicher, C. W., Jr.

    1985-01-01

    It is pointed out that transition metals and transition metal (TM) compounds are currently of considerable interest because of their relevance to catalysis and to materials science problems such as hydrogen embrittlement and crack propagation in metals. The present paper is concerned with complete active space Self-Consistent Field (SCF) externally contracted configuration interaction (CASSCF/CCI) calculations for the low-lying states of Sc3 and Sc3(+). A comparison is conducted regarding the bonding in the Ca3, Sc3, and Cu3 molecules. This comparison makes it possible to predict general trends for the TM trimers. Attention is given to the qualitative features of the bonding in the TM trimers, the basis sets and other technical details of the calculations, the calculated results for Sc3 and Sc3(+), and conclusions from this work.

  7. A Naturally Occurring Single-Residue Mutation in the Translocator Domain of Neisseria meningitidis NhhA Affects Trimerization, Surface Localization, and Adhesive Capabilities▿†

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    Echenique-Rivera, Hebert; Brunelli, Brunella; Scarselli, Maria; Taddei, Anna Rita; Pizza, Mariagrazia; Aricò, Beatrice; Serruto, Davide

    2011-01-01

    Neisseria meningitidis NhhA (Neisseria hia/hsf homologue A) is an oligomeric outer membrane protein belonging to the family of trimeric autotransporter adhesins. NhhA mediates the interaction of N. meningitidis with human epithelial cells and components of the extracellular matrix. The recombinant protein is able to induce bactericidal antibodies and hence has also been considered a potential vaccine candidate. In this study, we analyzed the production of NhhA in a large panel of N. meningitidis strains belonging to different serogroups and clonal complexes. We found that trimeric NhhA was produced at different levels by the various strains tested. In some strains belonging to the clonal complex ST41/44, the protein is detectable only as a monomer. Sequencing of the nhhA gene and generation of complementing strains in different genetic backgrounds have proved that a single mutation (Gly to Asp) in the translocator domain affected both trimerization and surface localization of NhhA. In vitro infection assays showed that this mutation impairs meningococcal NhhA-mediated adhesion, suggesting that strains carrying the mutation may rely on different strategies or molecules to mediate interaction with host cells. Finally, we demonstrated that N. meningitidis ST41/44 strains producing the mutated form did not induce killing mediated by NhhA-specific bactericidal antibodies. Our data help to elucidate the secretion mechanisms of trimeric autotransporters and to understand the contribution of NhhA in the evolutionary process of host-Neisseria interactions. Also, they might have important implications for the evaluation of NhhA as a vaccine candidate. PMID:21844231

  8. Characterization of Intermolecular Interactions at Play in the 2,2,2-TRIFLUOROETHANOL Trimers Using Cavity and Chirped-Pulse Microwave Spectroscopy

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    Seifert, Nathan A.; Thomas, Javix; Jäger, Wolfgang; Xu, Yunjie

    2017-06-01

    2,2,2-trifluoroethanol (TFE) is a common aqueous co-solvent in biological chemistry which may induce or destabilize secondary structures of proteins and polypeptides, thanks to its diverse intermolecular linkages originating from the hydrogen bonding potential of both the hydroxyl and perfluoro groups. Theoretically, the TFE monomer is predicted to have two stable gauche (gauche^{+}/gauche^{-}) conformations whereas the trans form is unstable or is supported only by a very shallow potential. Only the gauche conformers have been identified in the gas phase, whereas liquid phase studies suggest a trans:gauche ratio of 2:3. The question at which sample (cluster) size the trans form of TFE would appear was one major motivation for our study. Here, we report the detection of three trimers of TFE using Balle-Flygare cavity and chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy (CP-FTMW) techniques. The most stable observed trimer features one trans- and two gauche-TFE subunits. The other two trimers, observed using a newly constructed 2-6 GHz CP-FTMW spectrometer, consist of only the two gauche conformers of TFE. Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules (QTAIM) and non-covalent interactions (NCI) analyses give detailed insights into which intermolecular interactions are at play to stabilize the trans form of TFE in the most stable trimer. M. Buck, Q. Rev. Biophys. 1998, 31, 297-335. I. Bakó, T. Radnai, M. Claire, B. Funel, J. Chem. Phys. 2004, 121, 12472-12480. R. F. W. Bader, Chem. Rev. 1991, 91, 893-928. E. R. Johnson, S. Keinan, P. Mori-Sánchez, J. Contreras-Garcia, A. J. Cohen, W. Yang, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 6498-6506.

  9. Studies on the porcine liver esterase-catalyzed hydrolysis of pentaacetyl catechin and epicatechin: application to the synthesis of novel dimers and trimers.

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    Basak, Amit; Das, Sanket; Bisai, Shrabani

    2008-09-01

    Porcine liver esterase-catalyzed hydrolysis of 3,5,7,3',4'-pentaacetylated catechin was studied. The selectivity of the enzyme in hydrolyzing the acetate moiety is time dependent. Careful control of the duration of hydrolysis makes it possible to isolate the differentially protected catechins. Similar result was also obtained in the epicatechin series. These results are important for elaboration of epicatechin or catechin into different derivatives with defined regiochemistry. These include novel dimeric and trimeric architectures.

  10. Phenylene ethynylene-tethered perylene bisimide folda-dimer and folda-trimer: investigations on folding features in ground and excited states.

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    Fimmel, Benjamin; Son, Minjung; Sung, Young Mo; Grüne, Matthias; Engels, Bernd; Kim, Dongho; Würthner, Frank

    2015-01-07

    In this work, we have elucidated in detail the folding properties of two perylene bisimide (PBI) foldamers composed of two and three PBI units, respectively, attached to a phenylene ethynylene backbone. The folding behaviors of these new PBI folda-dimer and trimer have been studied by solvent-dependent UV/Vis absorption and 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy, revealing facile folding of both systems in tetrahydrofuran (THF). In CHCl3 the dimer exists in extended (unfolded) conformation, whereas partially folded conformations are observed in the trimer. Temperature-dependent (1) H NMR spectroscopic studies in [D8 ]THF revealed intramolecular dynamic processes for both PBI foldamers due to, on the one hand, hindered rotation around CN imide bonds and, on the other hand, backbone flapping; the latter process being energetically more demanding as it was observed only at elevated temperature. The structural features of folded conformations of the dimer and trimer have been elucidated by different 2D-NMR spectroscopy (e.g., ROESY and DOSY) in [D8 ]THF. The energetics of folding processes for the PBI dimer and trimer have been assessed by calculations applying various methods, particularly the semiempirical PM6-DH2 and the more sophisticated B97D approach, in which relevant dispersion corrections are included. These calculations corroborate the results of NMR spectroscopic studies. Folding features in the excited states of these PBI foldamers have been characterized by using time-resolved fluorescence and transient absorption spectroscopy in THF and CHCl3 , exhibiting similar solvent-dependent behavior as observed for the ground state. Interestingly, photoinduced electron transfer (PET) process from electron-donating backbone to electron-deficient PBI core for extended, but not for folded, conformations was observed, which can be explained by a fast relaxation of excited PBI stacks in the folded conformation into fluorescent excimer states. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co

  11. The Fusobacterium nucleatum major outer-membrane protein (FomA) forms trimeric, water-filled channels in lipid bilayer membranes.

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    Kleivdal, H; Benz, R; Jensen, H B

    1995-10-01

    The pore-forming activity of the major outer-membrane protein FomA of the anaerobic Fusobacterium nucleatum was studied in artificial lipid bilayer membranes. FomA was isolated from F. nucleatum strains Fev1, ATCC 10953, and ATCC 25586 by extraction with lithium dodecyl sulfate and lithium chloride and had an apparent molecular mass of about 40 kDa. When solubilized at low temperatures, the protein ran with an apparent molecular mass of about 62 kDa on SDS/PAGE. Cross-linking experiments and two-dimensional SDS/PAGE gave evidence that the 62-kDa protein band represented the trimeric form of FomA. The protein trimers were susceptible to SDS and temperature. The stability of the porin trimers varied among the strains. The properties of the FomA channels were studied in reconstitution experiments with black lipid bilayer membranes. The F. nucleatum porins formed channels with single-channel conductances in the range 0.66-1.30 nS in M KCl. The single-channel conductance was a function of the mobilities of the ions present in the aqueous solution bathing the bilayer membrane. This means that FomA forms general diffusion channels since (a) the conductance showed a linear dependence on the salt concentration, (b) the ion selectivity was small and varied for the three strains, and (c) the channels did not exhibit any binding site for maltotriose or triglycine. The water-filled channel was voltage dependent, and conductance decrements were observed at transmembrane potentials of +/- 50 mV. The conductance decrement steps were about one-third of the total conductance of a functional unit in its fully 'open' state. This strongly suggests that the trimer is the functional unit of the porin.

  12. Disulfide-Dependent Self-Assembly of Adiponectin Octadecamers from Trimers and Presence of Stable Octadecameric Adiponectin Lacking Disulfide Bonds In Vitro†

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    Briggs, David B.; Jones, Christopher M.; Mashalidis, Ellene H.; Nuñez, Martha; Hausrath, Andrew C.; Wysocki, Vicki H.; Tsao, Tsu-Shuen

    2009-01-01

    Adiponectin is a circulating insulin-sensitizing hormone that homo-oligomerizes into trimers, hexamers, and higher molecular weight (HMW) species. Low levels of circulating HMW adiponectin appear to increase the risk for insulin resistance. Currently, assembly of adiponectin oligomers, and consequently mechanisms responsible for decreased HMW adiponectin in insulin resistance, are not well understood. In the work reported here, we analyzed the re-assembly of the most abundant HMW adiponectin species, the octadecamer, following its collapse to smaller oligomers in vitro. Purified bovine serum adiponectin octadecamer was treated with reducing agents at pH 5 to obtain trimers. These reduced trimers partially and spontaneously reassembled into octadecamers upon oxidative formation of disulfide bonds. Disulfide bonds appear to occupy a greater role in the process of oligomerization than in the structural stabilization of mature octadecamer. Stable octadecamers lacking virtually all disulfide bonds could be observed in abundance using native gel electrophoresis, dynamic light scattering, and collision-induced dissociation nano-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. These findings indicate that while disulfide bonds help to maintain the mature octadecameric adiponectin structure, their more important function is to stabilize intermediates during the assembly of octadecamer. Adiponectin oligomerization must proceed through intermediates that are at least partially reduced. Accordingly, fully oxidized adiponectin hexamers failed to reassemble into octadecamers at a rate comparable to that of reduced trimers. As the findings from the present study are based on in vitro experiments, their in vivo relevance remains unclear. Nevertheless, they describe a redox environment-dependent model of adiponectin oligomerization that can be tested using cell-based approaches. PMID:19943704

  13. N-terminal substitutions in HIV-1 gp41 reduce the expression of non-trimeric envelope glycoproteins on the virus

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    Dey, Antu K.; David, Kathryn B.; Ray, Neelanjana; Ketas, Thomas J.; Klasse, Per J.; Doms, Robert W.; Moore, John P.

    2008-03-01

    The native, functional HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env) complex is a trimer of two non-covalently associated subunits: the gp120 surface glycoprotein and the gp41 transmembrane glycoprotein. However, various non-functional forms of Env are present on virus particles and HIV-1-infected cells, some of which probably arise as the native complex decays. The aberrant forms include gp120-gp41 monomers and oligomers, as well as gp41 subunits from which gp120 has dissociated. The presence of non-functional Env creates binding sites for antibodies that do not recognize native Env complexes and that are, therefore, non-neutralizing. Non-native Env forms (monomers, dimers, tetramers and aggregates) can also arise when soluble gp140 proteins, lacking the cytoplasmic and transmembrane domains of gp41, are expressed for vaccine studies. We recently identified five amino acids in the gp41 N-terminal region (I535, Q543, S553, K567 and R588) that promote gp140 trimerization. We have now studied their influence on the function and antigenic properties of JR-FL Env expressed on the surfaces of pseudoviruses and Env-transfected cells. The 5 substitutions in gp41 reduce the expression of non-trimeric gp160s, without affecting trimer levels. Pseudovirions bearing the mutant Env are fully infectious with similar kinetics of Env-mediated fusion. Various non-neutralizing antibodies bind less strongly to the Env mutant, but neutralizing antibody binding is unaffected. Hence the gp41 substitutions do not adversely affect Env structure, supporting their use for making new Env-based vaccines. The mutant Env might also help in studies intended to correlate antibody binding to virus neutralization. Of note is that the 5 residues are much more frequent, individually or collectively, in viruses from subtypes other than B.

  14. Structural Basis of HIV-1 Neutralization by Affinity Matured Fabs Directed against the Internal Trimeric Coiled-Coil of gp41

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    Gustchina, Elena; Li, Mi; Louis, John M.; Anderson, D.Eric; Lloyd, John; Frisch, Christian; Bewley, Carole A.; Gustchina, Alla; Wlodawer, Alexander; Clore, G.Marius

    2010-12-03

    The conserved internal trimeric coiled-coil of the N-heptad repeat (N-HR) of HIV-1 gp41 is transiently exposed during the fusion process by forming a pre-hairpin intermediate, thus representing an attractive target for the design of fusion inhibitors and neutralizing antibodies. In previous studies we reported a series of broadly neutralizing mini-antibodies derived from a synthetic naive human combinatorial antibody library by panning against a mimetic of the trimeric N-HR coiled coil, followed by affinity maturation using targeted diversification of the CDR-H2 loop. Here we report crystal structures of the N-HR mimetic 5-Helix with two Fabs that represent the extremes of this series: Fab 8066 is broadly neutralizing across a wide panel of B and C type HIV-1 viruses, whereas Fab 8062 is non-neutralizing. The crystal structures reveal important differences in the conformations of the CDR-H2 loops in the complexes that propagate into other regions of the antigen-antibody interface, and suggest that both neutralization properties and affinity for the target can be attributed, at least in part, to the differences in the interactions of the CDR-H2 loops with the antigen. Furthermore, modeling of the complex of an N-HR trimer with three Fabs suggests that the CDR-H2 loop may be involved in close intermolecular contacts between neighboring antibody molecules, and that such contacts may hinder the formation of complexes between the N-HR trimer and more than one antibody molecule depending on the conformation of the bound CDR-H2 loop which is defined by its interactions with antigen. Comparison with the crystal structure of the complex of 5-Helix with another neutralizing monoclonal antibody known as D5, derived using an entirely different antibody library and panning procedure, reveals remarkable convergence in the optimal sequence and conformation of the CDR-H2 loop.

  15. Development and characterization of recombinant human Fc:OX40L fusion protein linked via a coiled-coil trimerization domain.

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    Morris, Nicholas P; Peters, Carmen; Montler, Ryan; Hu, Hong-Ming; Curti, Brendan D; Urba, Walter J; Weinberg, Andrew D

    2007-05-01

    OX40 (CD134) is a potent costimulatory molecule found on the surface of activated CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells. Immunotherapy with OX40 agonists administered in vivo has demonstrated efficacy in several murine tumor models. A phase I clinical trial is currently underway in patients with advanced cancer using a mouse anti-CD134 monoclonal antibody. Therapy with this antibody will likely be limited to one cycle because patients develop neutralizing human anti-mouse antibody (HAMA). Therefore, we developed a humanized OX40 agonist that links the extracellular domain of human OX40L to the Fc domain of human IgG(1) via a trimerizing isoleucine zipper domain (ILZ). Physical characterization by velocity sedimentation revealed that this novel construct, hFcILZOX40L, was assembled into hexamers in which the Fc domains formed three disulfide-bonded dimers and the ILZ-OX40L domains formed two trimers. Trimerization of the ILZ domain was necessary to achieve appropriate assembly. In vitro biologic activity of the hFcILZOX40L hexamer was equivalent to the activity of agonist antibodies in plate-bound assays and was superior when the agonists were tested as soluble agents. Our ultimate goal is to use this recombinant molecule in a future clinical trial, and we feel that the OX40L hexamer will have equivalent or superior agonist activity in vivo when compared to an anti-OX40 antibody.

  16. Accidental Conical Intersections in Mixed Trimers of Potassium and Rubidium: a Vibronic Analysis of the 4^4B_2 and 3^4A_1 States

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    Hauser, A. W.; Auböck, G.; Callegari, C.; Ernst, W. E.

    2010-06-01

    We compare the 3^4A_1 and 4^4B_2 states of homonuclear and heteronuclear alkali trimers formed of potassium and rubidium. The Multireference Rayleigh Schrödinger Perturbation Theory of second order is applied to obtain the corresponding adiabatic potential energy surfaces. In the case of homonuclear trimers these pairs of states correspond to the two branches of the E×{}e Jahn-Teller distorted 2^4E^' state. For heteronuclear trimers, the vibrational modes Q_x and Q_y are no longer degenerate, but the two electronic states still show a conical intersection at obtuse (KRb_2) or acute (K_2Rb) isosceles geometries. Spectroscopic consequences of this situation are discussed, vibronic spectra are predicted and compared to LIF spectra obtained in helium droplet isolation spectroscopy experiments of our group. J. Nagl, G. Auböck, A.W. Hauser, O. Allard, C. Callegari and W.E. Ernst, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 063001 (2008) J. Nagl, G. Auböck, A.W. Hauser, O. Allard, C. Callegari and W.E. Ernst, J. Chem. Phys. 128, 154320 (2008)

  17. Quantifying Dimer and Trimer Formation by Tri- n -butyl Phosphates in n -Dodecane: Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Vo, Quynh N.; Dang, Liem X.; Nilsson, Mikael; Nguyen, Hung D.

    2016-07-21

    Tri-n-butyl phosphate (TBP), a representative of neutral organophosphorous ligands, is an important extractant used in solvent extraction process for the recovery of uranium and plutonium from spent nuclear fuel. Microscopic pictures of TBP isomerism and its behavior in n-dodecane diluent were investigated utilizing MD simulations with previously optimized force field parameters for TBP and n-dodecane. Potential Mean Force (PMF) calculations on a single TBP molecule show seven probable TBP isomers. Radial Distribution Functions (RDF) of TBP suggests the existence of TBP trimers at high TBP concentrations in addition to dimers. 2D PMF calculations were performed to determine the angle and distance criteria for TBP trimers. The dimerization and trimerization constants of TBP in n-dodecane were obtained and match our own experimental values using FTIR technique. The new insights into the conformational behaviors of TBP molecule as a monomer and as part of an aggregate could greatly aid the understanding of the complexation between TBP and metal ions in solvent extraction system. The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences funded the work performed by LXD.

  18. Development and Characterization of Recombinant Human Fc:OX40L fusion protein linked via a coiled-coil trimerization domain

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    Morris, Nicholas P.; Peters, Carmen; Montler, Ryan; Hu, Hong-Ming; Curti, Brendan D.; Urba, Walter J.; Weinberg, Andrew D.

    2007-01-01

    OX40 (CD134) is a potent costimulatory molecule found on the surface of activated CD4+ and CD8+ T cells. Immunotherapy with OX40 agonists administered in vivo has demonstrated efficacy in several murine tumor models. A phase I clinical trial is currently underway in patients with advanced cancer using a mouse anti-CD134 monoclonal antibody. Therapy with this antibody will likely be limited to one cycle because patients develop neutralizing human anti-mouse antibody (HAMA). Therefore, we developed a humanized OX40 agonist that links the extracellular domain of human OX40L to the Fc domain of human IgG1 via a trimerizing isoleucine zipper domain (ILZ). Physical characterization by velocity sedimentation revealed that this novel construct, hFcILZOX40L, was assembled into hexamers in which the Fc domains formed three disulfide-bonded dimers and the ILZ-OX40L domains formed two trimers. Trimerization of the ILZ domain was necessary to achieve appropriate assembly. In vitro biologic activity of the hFcILZOX40L hexamer was equivalent to the activity of agonist antibodies in plate-bound assays and was superior when the agonists were tested as soluble agents. Our ultimate goal is to use this recombinant molecule in a future clinical trial and we feel that the OX40L hexamer will have equivalent or superior agonist activity in vivo when compared to an anti-OX40 antibody. PMID:17374396

  19. Immunogenic properties of a trimeric gp41-based immunogen containing an exposed membrane-proximal external region

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    Habte, Habtom H.; Banerjee, Saikat; Shi, Heliang; Qin, Yali; Cho, Michael W

    2015-01-01

    The membrane-proximal external region (MPER) of HIV-1 gp41 is an attractive target for vaccine development. Thus, better understanding of its immunogenic properties in various structural contexts is important. We previously described the crystal structure of a trimeric protein complex named gp41-HR1-54Q, which consists of the heptad repeat regions 1 and 2 and the MPER. The protein was efficiently recognized by broadly neutralizing antibodies. Here, we describe its immunogenic properties in rabbits. The protein was highly immunogenic, especially the C-terminal end of the MPER containing 4E10 and 10E8 epitopes (671NWFDITNWLWYIK683). Although antibodies exhibited strong competition activity against 4E10 and 10E8, neutralizing activity was not detected. Detailed mapping analyses indicated that amino acid residues critical for recognition resided on faces of the alpha helix that are either opposite of or perpendicular to the epitopes recognized by 4E10 and 10E8. These results provide critical information for designing the next generation of MPER-based immunogens. PMID:26454663

  20. Isolation of dimeric, trimeric, tetrameric and pentameric procyanidins from unroasted cocoa beans (Theobroma cacao L.) using countercurrent chromatography.

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    Esatbeyoglu, Tuba; Wray, Victor; Winterhalter, Peter

    2015-07-15

    The main procyanidins, including dimeric B2 and B5, trimeric C1, tetrameric and pentameric procyanidins, were isolated from unroasted cocoa beans (Theobroma cacao L.) using various techniques of countercurrent chromatography, such as high-speed countercurrent chromatography (HSCCC), low-speed rotary countercurrent chromatography (LSRCCC) and spiral-coil LSRCCC. Furthermore, dimeric procyanidins B1 and B7, which are not present naturally in the analysed cocoa beans, were obtained after semisynthesis of cocoa bean polymers with (+)-catechin as nucleophile and separated by countercurrent chromatography. In this way, the isolation of dimeric procyanidin B1 in considerable amounts (500mg, purity>97%) was possible in a single run. This is the first report concerning the isolation and semisynthesis of dimeric to pentameric procyanidins from T. cacao by countercurrent chromatography. Additionally, the chemical structures of tetrameric (cinnamtannin A2) and pentameric procyanidins (cinnamtannin A3) were elucidated on the basis of (1)H NMR spectroscopy. Interflavanoid linkage was determined by NOE-correlations, for the first time. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Preparation of trimers and tetramers of mixed sequence oligodeoxynucleoside methylphosphonates and assignment of configurations at the chiral phosphorus.

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    Vyazovkina, E V; Rife, J P; Lebedev, A V; Wickstrom, E

    1993-01-01

    Synthesis of stereoregular DNA methylphosphonates has been accomplished for homo-oligomers, but remains a formidable problem for oligomers of a defined antisense target sequence. In this work, four trimer and tetramer deoxynucleoside methylphosphonates of mixed sequence (dACA, dCCAA, dAGGG, and dGCAT) were prepared by block coupling of diastereomerically pure dimers with either monomers or other diastereomerically pure dimers. These oligomers were separated chromatographically into individual diastereomers, and the configurations of the chiral methylphosphonate linkages were assigned. Three types of methods were used to assign configuration of a new methylphosphonate linkage: preparation of the same diastereomer through multiple synthetic pathways, base hydrolysis, and acid hydrolysis. Hydrolysis of the diastereomerically pure oligomers into component dimers and monomers was followed by chromatographic comparison with control dimers of known configuration. In all cases studied, oligomers with R configurations displayed faster elution from silica gel than did oligomers with the respective S configuration. NMR spectra of individual diastereomers of dACA were studied, revealing characteristic differences in chemical shifts which may prove useful in configurational assignments of longer oligomers. Thus, these data provide a methodological basis for synthesis and configurational assignment of longer methylphosphonate oligomers to use as antisense probes. PMID:8290358

  2. Modulation of Kingella kingae Adherence to Human Epithelial Cells by Type IV Pili, Capsule, and a Novel Trimeric Autotransporter

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    Porsch, Eric A.; Kehl-Fie, Thomas E.; Geme, Joseph W. St.

    2012-01-01

    ABSTRACT Kingella kingae is an emerging bacterial pathogen that is being recognized increasingly as an important etiology of septic arthritis, osteomyelitis, and bacteremia, especially in young children. Colonization of the posterior pharynx is a key step in the pathogenesis of K. kingae disease. Previous work established that type IV pili are necessary for K. kingae adherence to the respiratory epithelium. In this study, we set out to identify additional factors that influence K. kingae interactions with human epithelial cells. We found that genetic disruption of the gene encoding a predicted trimeric autotransporter protein called Knh (Kingella NhhA homolog) resulted in reduced adherence to human epithelial cells. In addition, we established that K. kingae elaborates a surface-associated polysaccharide capsule that requires a predicted ABC-type transporter export operon called ctrABCD for surface presentation. Furthermore, we discovered that the presence of a surface capsule interferes with Knh-mediated adherence to human epithelial cells by nonpiliated organisms and that maximal adherence in the presence of a capsule requires the predicted type IV pilus retraction machinery, PilT/PilU. On the basis of the data presented here, we propose a novel adherence mechanism that allows K. kingae to adhere efficiently to human epithelial cells while remaining encapsulated and more resistant to immune clearance. PMID:23093386

  3. Strong electroactive biodegradable shape memory polymer networks based on star-shaped polylactide and aniline trimer for bone tissue engineering.

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    Xie, Meihua; Wang, Ling; Ge, Juan; Guo, Baolin; Ma, Peter X

    2015-04-01

    Preparation of functional shape memory polymer (SMP) for tissue engineering remains a challenge. Here the synthesis of strong electroactive shape memory polymer (ESMP) networks based on star-shaped polylactide (PLA) and aniline trimer (AT) is reported. Six-armed PLAs with various chain lengths were chemically cross-linked to synthesize SMP. After addition of an electroactive AT segment into the SMP, ESMP was obtained. The polymers were characterized by (1)H NMR, GPC, FT-IR, CV, DSC, DMA, tensile test, and degradation test. The SMP and ESMP exhibited strong mechanical properties (modulus higher than GPa) and excellent shape memory performance: short recovery time (several seconds), high recovery ratio (over 94%), and high fixity ratio (almost 100%). Moreover, cyclic voltammetry test confirmed the electroactivity of the ESMP. The ESMP significantly enhanced the proliferation of C2C12 cells compared to SMP and linear PLA (control). In addition, the ESMP greatly improved the osteogenic differentiation of C2C12 myoblast cells compared to PH10 and PLA in terms of ALP enzyme activity, immunofluorescence staining, and relative gene expression by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). These intelligent SMPs and electroactive SMP with strong mechanical properties, tunable degradability, good electroactivity, biocompatibility, and enhanced osteogenic differentiation of C2C12 cells show great potential for bone regeneration.

  4. Immunogenic properties of a trimeric gp41-based immunogen containing an exposed membrane-proximal external region.

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    Habte, Habtom H; Banerjee, Saikat; Shi, Heliang; Qin, Yali; Cho, Michael W

    2015-12-01

    The membrane-proximal external region (MPER) of HIV-1 gp41 is an attractive target for vaccine development. Thus, better understanding of its immunogenic properties in various structural contexts is important. We previously described the crystal structure of a trimeric protein complex named gp41-HR1-54Q, which consists of the heptad repeat regions 1 and 2 and the MPER. The protein was efficiently recognized by broadly neutralizing antibodies. Here, we describe its immunogenic properties in rabbits. The protein was highly immunogenic, especially the C-terminal end of the MPER containing 4E10 and 10E8 epitopes ((671)NWFDITNWLWYIK(683)). Although antibodies exhibited strong competition activity against 4E10 and 10E8, neutralizing activity was not detected. Detailed mapping analyses indicated that amino acid residues critical for recognition resided on faces of the alpha helix that are either opposite of or perpendicular to the epitopes recognized by 4E10 and 10E8. These results provide critical information for designing the next generation of MPER-based immunogens.

  5. Trimeric Autotransporter Adhesins in Members of the Burkholderia Cepacia Complex: A Multifunctional Family of Proteins Implicated in Virulence

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    Mil-Homens, Dalila; Fialho, Arsénio M.

    2011-01-01

    Trimeric autotransporter adhesins (TAAs) are multimeric surface proteins exclusively found in bacteria. They are involved in various biological traits of pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria including adherence, biofilm formation, invasion, survival within eukaryotic cells, serum resistance, and cytotoxicity. TAAs have a modular architecture composed by a conserved membrane-anchored C-terminal domain and a variable number of stalk and head domains. In this study, a bioinformatic approach has been used to analyze the distribution and architecture of TAAs among Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) genomes. Fifteen genomes were probed revealing a total of 74 encoding sequences. Compared with other bacterial species, the Bcc genomes contain a large number of TAAs (two genes to up to eight genes, such as in B. cenocepacia). Phylogenetic analysis showed that the TAAs grouped into at least eight distinct clusters. TAAs with serine-rich repeats are clearly well separated from others, thereby representing a different evolutionary lineage. Comparative gene mapping across Bcc genomes reveals that TAA genes are inserted within conserved synteny blocks. We further focused our analysis on the epidemic strain B. cenocepacia J2315 in which seven TAAs were annotated. Among these, three TAA-encoding genes (BCAM019, BCAM0223, and BCAM0224) are organized into a cluster and are candidates for multifunctional virulence factors. Here we review the current insights into the functional role of BCAM0224 as a model locus. PMID:22919579

  6. Immunogenicity and protection against Haemophilus parasuis infection after vaccination with recombinant virulence associated trimeric autotransporters (VtaA).

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    Olvera, Alex; Pina, Sonia; Pérez-Simó, Marta; Aragón, Virginia; Segalés, Joaquim; Bensaid, Albert

    2011-03-24

    Haemophilus parasuis is the etiological agent of Glässer's disease in swine, characterized by fibrinous polyserositis, polyarthritis and meningitis. The lack of a vaccine against a broad spectrum of strains has limited the control of the disease. Recently, virulence associated trimeric autotransporters (VtaA) were described as antigenic proteins of H. parasuis. In this study 6 VtaA were produced as recombinant proteins and used to immunize snatch-farrowed, colostrum-deprived piglets. Immunized animals developed specific systemic and mucosal antibodies. The protective capacity of the anti-VtaA antibodies was evaluated by the inoculation of 3 × 10(8) or 6 × 10(6) colony forming units (CFU) of the highly virulent strain Nagasaki. Vaccinated animals had a delayed course of disease and 33 or 57%, respectively, of the animals survived the lethal challenge. The partial protection achieved with the recombinant VtaA supports their potential as candidates to be included in future vaccine formulations against H. parasuis. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. An Acinetobacter trimeric autotransporter adhesin reaped from cells exhibits its nonspecific stickiness via a highly stable 3D structure

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    Yoshimoto, Shogo; Nakatani, Hajime; Iwasaki, Keita; Hori, Katsutoshi

    2016-01-01

    Trimeric autotransporter adhesins (TAAs), cell surface proteins of Gram-negative bacteria, mediate bacterial adhesion to host cells and extracellular matrix proteins. However, AtaA, a TAA in the nonpathogenic Acinetobacter sp. strain Tol 5, shows nonspecific, high adhesiveness to abiotic material surfaces as well as to biotic surfaces. AtaA is a homotrimer of polypeptides comprising 3,630 amino acids and forms long nanofibers; therefore, it is too large and structurally complex to be produced as a recombinant protein. In this study, we isolated AtaA’s passenger domain (AtaA PSD), which is translocated to the cell surface through the C-terminal transmembrane domain and exhibits biological functions, using a new method. We introduced a protease recognition site and reaped AtaA nanofibers 225 nm in length from the cell surface through proteolytic cleavage with a specific protease. Biochemical and biophysical analyses of the purified native AtaA PSD revealed that it has a stable structure under alkaline and acidic conditions. Temperatures above 80 °C, which disrupted AtaA’s higher-order structure but maintained the full-length AtaA polypeptide, inactivated AtaA’s nonspecific adhesiveness, suggesting that the stickiness of AtaA requires its 3D structure. This finding refutes the widespread but vague speculation that large unfolded polypeptides readily stick to various surfaces. PMID:27305955

  8. LYR71, a derivative of trimeric resveratrol, inhibits tumorigenesis by blocking STAT3-mediated matrix metalloproteinase 9 expression

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    Kim, Ja Eun; Kim, Hong Sook; Shin, Yong-Jae; Lee, Chang Seok; Won, Cheolhee; Lee, Sin-Ae; Lee, Jung Weon; Kim, Youngsoo; Kang, Jae-Seung; Chung, Myung-Hee

    2008-01-01

    Tumor migration/invasion is the main cause of tumor progression and STAT3 is needed to enhance tumor migration/invasion by up-regulating MMP-9. Thus, agents that inhibit STAT3 activation may be used as an anticancer drug. We present herein that 6-methyl-2-propylimino-6, 7-dihydro-5H-benzo [1, 3]-oxathiol-4-one (LYR71) , a derivative of trimeric resveratrol, has an anticancer activity through inhibition of STAT3 activation. We found that LYR71 suppressed STAT3 activation and inhibited the expression and activity of MMP-9 in RANTES-stimulated breast cancer cells. In addition, LYR71 reduced RANTES-induced MMP-9 transcripts by blocking STAT3 recruitment, dissociating p300 and deacetylating histone H3 and H4 on the MMP-9 promoter. Furthermore, LYR71 inhibited tumor migration/invasion in RANTES-treated breast cancer cells and consequently blocked tumor progression in tumor-bearing mice. Taken together, the results of this study suggest that LYR71 can be therapeutically useful due to the inhibition effect of STAT3-mediated MMP-9 expression in breast cancer cells. PMID:18985009

  9. Two distinct trimeric conformations of natively membrane-anchored full-length herpes simplex virus 1 glycoprotein B

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    Zeev-Ben-Mordehai, Tzviya; Vasishtan, Daven; Hernández Durán, Anna; Vollmer, Benjamin; White, Paul; Prasad Pandurangan, Arun; Siebert, C. Alistair; Topf, Maya

    2016-01-01

    Many viruses are enveloped by a lipid bilayer acquired during assembly, which is typically studded with one or two types of glycoproteins. These viral surface proteins act as the primary interface between the virus and the host. Entry of enveloped viruses relies on specialized fusogen proteins to help merge the virus membrane with the host membrane. In the multicomponent herpesvirus fusion machinery, glycoprotein B (gB) acts as this fusogen. Although the structure of the gB ectodomain postfusion conformation has been determined, any other conformations (e.g., prefusion, intermediate conformations) have so far remained elusive, thus restricting efforts to develop antiviral treatments and prophylactic vaccines. Here, we have characterized the full-length herpes simplex virus 1 gB in a native membrane by displaying it on cell-derived vesicles and using electron cryotomography. Alongside the known postfusion conformation, a novel one was identified. Its structure, in the context of the membrane, was determined by subvolume averaging and found to be trimeric like the postfusion conformation, but appeared more condensed. Hierarchical constrained density-fitting of domains unexpectedly revealed the fusion loops in this conformation to be apart and pointing away from the anchoring membrane. This vital observation is a substantial step forward in understanding the complex herpesvirus fusion mechanism, and opens up new opportunities for more targeted intervention of herpesvirus entry. PMID:27035968

  10. Effects of secreted oligomers of amyloid β-protein on hippocampal synaptic plasticity: a potent role for trimers

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    Townsend, Matthew; Shankar, Ganesh M; Mehta, Tapan; Walsh, Dominic M; Selkoe, Dennis J

    2006-01-01

    The accumulation of amyloid β-protein (Aβ) in brain regions serving memory and cognition is a central pathogenic feature of Alzheimer's disease (AD). We have shown that small soluble oligomers of human Aβ that are naturally secreted by cultured cells inhibit hippocampal long-term potentiation (LTP) in vitro and in vivo and transiently impair the recall of a complex learned behaviour in rats. These results support the hypothesis that diffusible oligomers of Aβ initiate a synaptic dysfunction that may be an early event in AD. We now report detailed electrophysiological analyses that define conditions under which acute application of soluble Aβ inhibits hippocampal synaptic plasticity in wild-type mice. To ascertain which Aβ assemblies contribute to the impairment of LTP, we fractionated oligomers by size-exclusion chromatography and found that Aβ trimers fully inhibit LTP, whereas dimers and tetramers have an intermediate potency. Natural Aβ oligomers are sensitive to heat denaturation, primarily inhibit the induction phase of LTP, and cause a sustained impairment of LTP even after extensive washout. We observed no effects of Aβ oligomers on presynaptic vesicle release. LTP in juvenile mice is resistant to the effects of Aβ oligomers, as is brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-induced LTP in adult hippocampus. We conclude that specific assemblies, particularly timers, of naturally secreted Aβ oligomers are potent and selective inhibitors of certain forms of hippocampal LTP. PMID:16469784

  11. Possible Formation of Mitochondrial-RNA Containing Chimeric or Trimeric RNA Implies a Post-Transcriptional and Post-Splicing Mechanism for RNA Fusion

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    Yang, Wei; Wu, Jian-min; Bi, An-ding; Ou-yang, Yong-chang; Shen, Hai-hong; Chirn, Gung-wei; Zhou, Jian-hua; Weiss, Emily; Holman, Emily Pauline; Liao, D. Joshua

    2013-01-01

    Human cells are known to express many chimeric RNAs, i.e. RNAs containing two genes' sequences. Wondering whether there also is trimeric RNA, i.e. an RNA containing three genes' sequences, we wrote simple computer code to screen human expression sequence tags (ESTs) deposited in different public databases, and obtained hundreds of putative trimeric ESTs. We then used NCBI Blast and UCSC Blat browsers to further analyze their sequences, and identified 61 trimeric and two tetrameric ESTs (one EST containing four different sequences). We also identified 57 chimeric, trimeric or teterameric ESTs that contained both mitochondrial (mt) RNA and nuclear RNA (nRNA), i.e. were mtRNA-nRNA fusions. In some trimeric ESTs, the downstream partner was fused to the poly-A tail of the upstream partner, which, together with the mtRNA-nRNA fusions, suggests a possible new mechanism for RNA fusion that occurs after both transcription and splicing have been terminated, and possibly outside the nucleus, in contrast to the two current hypothetical mechanisms, trans-splicing and transcriptional-slippage, that occur in the nucleus. The mt-sequences in the mtRNA-nRNA fusions had pseudogenes in the nucleus but, surprisingly, localized mainly in chromosomes 1 and 5. In some mtRNA-nRNA fusions, as well as in some ESTs that were derived only from mtRNA, the mt-sequences might be cis- or trans-spliced. Actually, we cloned a new cis-spliced mtRNA, coined as 16SrRNA-s. Hence, mtDNA may not always be intron-less. Fusion of three or more RNAs to one, fusion of nRNA to mtRNA, and cis- or trans-splicing of mtRNA should all enlarge the cellular RNA repertoire, in turn enlarging the cellular functions. Therefore, future experimental verification of the existence of these novel classes of fusion RNAs and spliced mtRNAs in human cells should significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. PMID:24204722

  12. Possible formation of mitochondrial-RNA containing chimeric or trimeric RNA implies a post-transcriptional and post-splicing mechanism for RNA fusion.

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    Yang, Wei; Wu, Jian-min; Bi, An-ding; Ou-Yang, Yong-chang; Shen, Hai-hong; Chirn, Gung-wei; Zhou, Jian-hua; Weiss, Emily; Holman, Emily Pauline; Liao, D Joshua

    2013-01-01

    Human cells are known to express many chimeric RNAs, i.e. RNAs containing two genes' sequences. Wondering whether there also is trimeric RNA, i.e. an RNA containing three genes' sequences, we wrote simple computer code to screen human expression sequence tags (ESTs) deposited in different public databases, and obtained hundreds of putative trimeric ESTs. We then used NCBI Blast and UCSC Blat browsers to further analyze t