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[en] The role of organic, in particular, complex-forming, reagents in the formation and development of spectrophotometric analysis is discussed. The prospects for the use of organic reagents in modern analytical methods are considered; the attention is focused on modified and immobilised reagents, receptor molecules and on the use of nonaqueous and organised media.
[en] The use of molecular replacement in solving the structures of G protein-coupled receptors is discussed, with specific examples being described in detail. G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are a large class of integral membrane proteins involved in regulating virtually every aspect of human physiology. Despite their profound importance in human health and disease, structural information regarding GPCRs has been extremely limited until recently. With the advent of a variety of new biochemical and crystallographic techniques, the structural biology of GPCRs has advanced rapidly, offering key molecular insights into GPCR activation and signal transduction. To date, almost all GPCR structures have been solved using molecular-replacement techniques. Here, the unique aspects of molecular replacement as applied to individual GPCRs and to signaling complexes of these important proteins are discussed
[en] IL-6 exerts its pleiotropic activities on its target cells via the IL-6 alpha-receptor (IL-6R), which is expressed on a limited number of cell types. IL-6 can further signal via soluble forms of its receptor (sIL-6R), a process that has been termed trans-signaling. Recently, CD5 was described as an alternative alpha-receptor for IL-6 on B cells leading to the phosphorylation of the transcription factor STAT3 via the signal-transducing β-receptor gp130 in a Jak2-dependent manner. In this study, we sought to investigate whether IL-6 was also able to signal via soluble CD5 (sCD5) analogous to IL-6 trans-signaling. We show that IL-6 indeed binds to sCD5, but that this does not lead to the activation of signal transduction or cell proliferation. Furthermore, sCD5 did also not interfere with IL-6 classic signaling, suggesting that the affinity between the two proteins was too weak to provoke a biological effect. Thus, trans-signaling of IL-6 can only occur via sIL-6R, but not sCD5. - Highlights: • IL-6 binds to sCD5, albeit with less affinity compared to sIL-6R. • IL-6/sCD5 is not able to perform IL-6 trans-signaling. • sCD5 does not act as an inhibitory decoy receptor for IL-6.
[en] CYP1A1 isoform is mainly regulated by the transcription factor AhR and to a lesser extent by the nuclear receptor RAR. The effect of a coexposure with 3MC, a AhR ligand, and RA, a RAR ligand, which are, respectively, strong and weak CYP1A1 inducers, is poorly known. We showed in Caco-2 cells that addition of RA significantly decreased 3MC-induced CYP1A1 expression by -55% for mRNA level and -30% for promoter and enzymatic activities. We further showed that RA decreased AhR protein level. Moreover, a physical interaction between AhR and the RAR-corepressor SMRT has been described in vitro. Using the corepressor inhibitor TSA, transfected-cells with SMRT cDNA, and coimmunoprecipitation experiments, we demonstrated that RA addition repressed AhR function through a marked AhR/SMRT physical interaction. This interaction explains the decrease of 3MC-induced CYP1A1 expression. This new mechanism involving the repression of AhR-induced CYP1A1 expression by retinoids allows better knowledge of the CYP1A1 regulation
[en] The structure of the human major histocompatability (MHC) class I molecule HLA-A*0301 (HLA-A3) in complex with a nonameric peptide (KLIETYFSK) has been determined by X-ray crystallography to 2.7 Å resolution. The structure of the human major histocompatability (MHC) class I molecule HLA-A*0301 (HLA-A3) in complex with a nonameric peptide (KLIETYFSK) has been determined by X-ray crystallography to 2.7 Å resolution. HLA-A3 is a predisposing allele for multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. The KLIETYFSK peptide is a naturally processed epitope of proteolipid protein, a myelin protein and candidate target for immune-mediated myelin destruction in MS. Comparison of the structure of HLA-A3 with that of HLA-A2, an MHC class I molecule which is protective against MS, indicates that both MHC class I molecules present very similar faces for T-cell receptor recognition whilst differing in the specificity of their peptide-binding grooves. These characteristics may underlie the opposing (predisposing versus protective) associations that they exhibit both in humans and in mouse models of MS-like disease. Furthermore, subtle alterations within the peptide-binding groove of HLA-A3 and other A3-like MHC class I molecules, members of the so-called A3 superfamily, may be sufficient to alter their presentation of autoantigen peptides such as KLIETYFSK. This in turn may modulate their contribution to the associated risk of autoimmune disease
[en] Data on heteroditopic receptors, an important class of complexing agents, are surveyed. Attention is focused on the synthesis of the ligands and analysis of their binding properties. The influence of structural features on the properties of such systems is investigated.