For the protozoan parasite Entamoeba histolytica, the causative agent of human amebiasis, the accurate formation of disulfide bonds is an important biochemical modification required for the correct folding of some proteins, including proteins involved in the adhesion and destruction of human tissues. Amebic proteins such as the Gal/GalNAc-inhibitable lectin and the pore-forming peptides have disulfide bonds which are crucial for the acquisition of their active conformation [4, 5]. Thus, the identification and characterization of amebic enzymes that play key roles in protein folding is essential to understand this biochemical process and gain insight knowledge of the cell biology of this parasite. An entamoebal PDI enzyme (EhPDI) that exhibits oxidative refolding activity in vivo as well as oxidative and reductive activities in vitro has been identified [6, 7]. Structurally, EhPDI shares domain architecture with the Dictyostelium discoideum homologue, DdPDI , featuring two active thioredoxin domains and a D-domain (also known as Erp29c domain).
Thrombin can stimulate inflammatory pathways, thus reducing fibrinolysis further. However, the activation is reduced in sepsis. One anticoagulant system that regulates thrombin formation is Protein C; which is converted to its activated form by thrombin. Thus, Activated Protein C (APC) alters the coagulation system, and in turn prevents thrombosis and promotes fibrinolysis (Esmon, 1989). Protein C is a naturally occurring anti-coagulant with key pathways that are beneficial in the treatment of sepsis; such as the cytoprotective mechanisms which include ant... ... middle of paper ... ...cts of recombinant human activated protein C in a ewe model of septic shock.
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), more commonly known as mad cow disease, is an unusual disease in regards to the fact that it is not caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or any other organism. Instead the disease is caused by prions, infectious agents simply composed of protein. Prions lack nucleic acid and are composed of an abnormal isoform of a normal cellular protein. What this means is that the prions and the cellular proteins have the same arrangements of the amino acids; however, the prion is folded differently from the cellular protein. "They are much like the toy "Transformers" that intrigued little kids in the 1980s.
Impaired cell death is a characteristic of cancer cells, determining their resistance to apoptotic signals, (Adams and Cory 2007, Hartman and Czyz 2013) which is one of the six essential alterations in cell biological capabilities acquired during the multistep development of human tumours (Hanahan and Weinberg 2011, Hartman and Czyz 2013) and remains critical in effective cancer treatment strategies (Adams and Cory 2007). Two major apoptotic paths have been defined; death receptor (extrinsic) and mitochondrial (intrinsic) pathway and they are usually switched on in a stimulus-dependent manner (Steel, Doherty et al. 2004, Adams and Cory 2007, Hartman and Czyz 2013).Such that extra-cellular death inducing signals via Fas receptors and various intra cellular signals result in activation of caspases (Du, Fang et al. 2000) (caspase 8 and 9) respectively. Intrinsic apoptotic pathway is widely implicated as a barrier to cancer pathogenesis than extrinsic apoptosis pathway (Hanahan and Weinberg 2011).
When a new monomer arrives, it links to the fibril and assumes the exact shape of its neighbor. Fibrils can ultimately cluster together to for... ... middle of paper ... ...rticular protein, called MAVS, which is key to our innate ability to fight certain viral infections, acquires a self-perpetuating fibrillar form in cells that have become infected with virus and amplifies the cellular alarm signal.  This ultimately induces the production of interferons that recruit macrophages to combat the infection.  Prions: still a mystery Associated with numerous neurological diseases, prions or misfolded proteins may also play decisive roles in normal cellular functioning.  Much research has been conducted on prion biology, but many questions still remained unanswered such as how PrPC is converted to PrPSc; how prions move from host to host; how they bring out disease symptoms; normal physiological functions of PrP.
[ONLINE] Available at: http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/pages/basics10.aspx. [Accessed 27 April 14] Park, I, Arora, N, Huo, H, Maherali, N, Ahfeldt, T, Shimamura, A, Lensch, M, Cowan, C, Hochedlinger, K, & Daley, G, 2008. Disease-Speciﬁc Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells. Cell, 134, 877-886. Soldner, F, Hockemeyer, D, Beard, C, Gao, Q, Bell, G, Cook, E, Hargus, G, Blak, A, Cooper, O, Mitalipova, M, Isacson, O, & Jaenisch, R, 2009.
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In an essence, alpha-helical content decreases while beta-sheet content increases. The newly converted protein then possesses the same characteristics as those of the native PrPSc (Korth, Streit, & Oesch, 1999). PrPSc acquires partial protease resistance upon the transformation and passes this resistance along to the naturally protease-sensitive PrP(c). Protease is an enzyme that breaks down proteins or peptides, deeming the protease-sensitive proteins soluble; so during ... ... middle of paper ... ...r to the fatal TSE. 8 b10 References Bainbridge, J., Jones, N., & Walker, B.
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The corn proteins were prepared by separating them out of corn gluten meal using an ultra-filtration method. The CPs were lyophilized (sterilized powder) for use in the mouse experiment. BALB/c mice were used to grow H22, a type of liver tumor analogous to the human liver tumor HepG2. The BALB/c mice are a line of inbred mice that are not naturally prone to tumors (Festing 1998). The H22 cells were injected into ... ... middle of paper ... ...results seem promising in mice, mice are not primates and certainly not humans.