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Flap endonuclease-1 (FEN1) is a key enzyme for maintaining genomic stability and replication. Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) binds FEN1 and stimulates its endonuclease activity. The structural basis of the FEN1-PCNA interaction was revealed by the crystal structure of the complex between human FEN1 and PCNA. The main interface involves the(More)
Oxidation of cysteine pairs to disulfide requires cellular factors present in the bacterial periplasmic space. DsbB is an E. coli membrane protein that oxidizes DsbA, a periplasmic dithiol oxidase. To gain insight into disulfide bond formation, we determined the crystal structure of the DsbB-DsbA complex at 3.7 A resolution. The structure of DsbB revealed(More)
In this article, membrane perforation of endothelial cells with attached microbubbles caused by exposure to single-shot short pulsed ultrasound is described, and the mechanisms of membrane damage and repair are discussed. Real-time optical observations of cell-bubble interaction during sonoporation and successive scanning electron microscope observations of(More)
GTP cyclohydrolase I (GTPCHI) is the rate-limiting enzyme involved in the biosynthesis of tetrahydrobiopterin, a key cofactor necessary for nitric oxide synthase and for the hydroxylases that are involved in the production of catecholamines and serotonin. In animals, the GTPCHI feedback regulatory protein (GFRP) binds GTPCHI to mediate feed-forward(More)
Understanding the mechanisms of (137)Cs movement across different ecosystems is crucial for projecting the environmental impact and management of nuclear contamination events. Here, we report differential movement of (137)Cs in adjacent forest and stream ecosystems. The food webs of the forest and stream ecosystems in our study were similar, in that they(More)
In the presence of phenylalanine, GTP cyclohydrolase I feedback regulatory protein (GFRP) forms a stimulatory 360-kDa complex with GTP cyclohydrolase I (GTPCHI), which is the rate-limiting enzyme in the biosynthesis of tetrahydrobiopterin. The crystal structure of the stimulatory complex reveals that the GTPCHI decamer is sandwiched by two GFRP(More)
Flap endonuclease-1 (FEN-1) is a structure-specific nuclease that removes 5'-overhanging flaps in DNA repair and replication. FEN-1 binds proliferating-cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), a DNA-clamp protein, when processing Okazaki fragments during lagging-strand DNA synthesis. Here, the crystallization of the complex between human FEN-1 and PCNA is reported. The(More)
Sonoporation is an ultrasound technique that enables large molecules that normally do not penetrate the cell membrane to pass through it. Recent studies show that pulsed ultrasound in the presence of microbubbles increases the permeability of the cell membrane. However, the mechanism and basic properties of this sonoporation remain unclear. We thus(More)
To understand the underlying concepts required for the determination of thresholds for free radical generation, effects of gas dissolution in and microbubble addition to sonicated solutions were investigated. Four solutions with different gaseous conditions, air-saturated and degassed solutions with and without microbubbles of 20 microm in diameter with(More)
The objective was to investigate the contributions of mechanical effects due to kinetic force induced by the dynamic behavior of microbubbles and sonochemical effects due to free radicals produced by inertial cavitation to cell membrane damage under sonoporation conditions in which cells with adjacent microbubbles were irradiated with single-shot pulsed(More)