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The CCR5 chemokine receptor acts as a co-receptor for HIV-1 viral entry. Here we report the 2.7 angstrom-resolution crystal structure of human CCR5 bound to the marketed HIV drug maraviroc. The structure reveals a ligand-binding site that is distinct from the proposed major recognition sites for chemokines and the viral glycoprotein gp120, providing(More)
Mice engineered to lack GM2/GD2 synthase (GalNAc-T), with resultant deficit of GM2, GD2, and all gangliotetraose gangliosides, were originally described as showing a relatively normal phenotype with only a slight reduction in nerve conduction. However, a subsequent study showed that similar animals suffer axonal degeneration, myelination defects, and(More)
Calcium is recognized as an important intracellular messenger with a pivotal role in the regulation of many cytosolic and nuclear processes. Gangliosides of various types, especially GM1, are known to have a role in some aspects of Ca2+ regulation, operating through a variety of mechanisms that are gradually coming to light. The present study provides(More)
The neuroblastoma x glioma NG108-15 hybrid cell line, a widely used model for the study of neuronal differentiation, contains a variety of gangliosides including GM1 and its sialosylated derivative, GD1a. To investigate the role of these a-series gangliotetraose gangliosides in neuritogenesis, we have obtained a mutated subclone of NG108-15 that is(More)
Transcriptional networks, which are initiated by secreted proteins, cooperate with each other to orchestrate eye development. The establishment of dorsal/ventral polarity, especially dorsal specification in the optic vesicle, is poorly understood at a molecular and cellular level. Here, we show that COUP-TFI (Nr2f1) and COUP-TFII (Nr2f2) are highly(More)
Maintaining a constant number and ratio of immune cells is one critical aspect of the tight regulation of immune homeostasis. Breakdown of this balance will lead to autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS). The antiepileptic drug valproic acid (VPA) was reported to regulate the growth, survival, and differentiation of many cells. However, its(More)
BACKGROUND Body mass index (BMI) has been associated with the risk of oesophageal cancer. But the influence of BMI on postoperative complication and prognosis has always been controversial. METHODS In total, 2031 consecutive patients who underwent oesophagectomy between 1998 and 2008 were classified according to Asian-specific BMI (kg m(-2)) cutoff(More)
Knock-out (KO) mice lacking gangliotetraose gangliosides attributable to disruption of the gene for GM2/GD2 synthase [GalNAcT (UDP-N-acetylgalactosamine:GM3/GD3 beta-1,4-N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase; EC [EC])] are revealing key neural functions for the complex gangliosides of brain. This study has found such animals to be highly susceptible to(More)
Our previous study showed an impaired regulation of Ca(2+) homeostasis in cultured cerebellar granule neurons (CGN) from neonatal mice lacking GM2, GD2 and all gangliotetraose gangliosides, due to disruption of the GM2/GD2 synthase (GalNAc-T) gene. In the presence of depolarizing concentration (55 mM) K(+), these cells showed persistent elevation of(More)