Membrane Glycoproteins

Publication Title: 
The Biochemical Journal

The free radical theory of aging proposes that ROS (reactive oxygen species) are major driving forces of aging, and are also critically involved in cellular senescence. Besides the mitochondrial respiratory chain, alternative sources of ROS have been described that might contribute to cellular senescence. Noxs (NADPH oxidases) are well-known sources of superoxide, which contribute to the antimicrobial capabilities of macrophages, a process involving the prototypical member of the family referred to as Nox2.

Author(s): 
Lener, Barbara
Kozie?, Rafa?
Pircher, Haymo
H¸tter, Eveline
Greussing, Ruth
Herndler-Brandstetter, Dietmar
Hermann, Martin
Unterluggauer, Hermann
Jansen-D¸rr, Pidder
Publication Title: 
PLoS genetics

Cells respond to accumulation of misfolded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) by activating the unfolded protein response (UPR) signaling pathway. The UPR restores ER homeostasis by degrading misfolded proteins, inhibiting translation, and increasing expression of chaperones that enhance ER protein folding capacity. Although ER stress and protein aggregation have been implicated in aging, the role of UPR signaling in regulating lifespan remains unknown. Here we show that deletion of several UPR target genes significantly increases replicative lifespan in yeast.

Author(s): 
Labunskyy, Vyacheslav M.
Gerashchenko, Maxim V.
Delaney, Joe R.
Kaya, Alaattin
Kennedy, Brian K.
Kaeberlein, Matt
Gladyshev, Vadim N.
Publication Title: 
Molecular Aspects of Medicine

The SLC16 gene family has fourteen members. Four (SLC16A1, SLC16A3, SLC16A7, and SLC16A8) encode monocarboxylate transporters (MCT1, MCT4, MCT2, and MCT3, respectively) catalysing the proton-linked transport of monocarboxylates such as l-lactate, pyruvate and ketone bodies across the plasma membrane. SLC16A2 encodes a high affinity thyroid hormone transporter (MCT8) and SLC16A10 an aromatic amino acid transporter (TAT1). The substrates and roles of the remaining eight members are unknown.

Author(s): 
Halestrap, Andrew P.
Publication Title: 
The FEBS journal

Lipocalins are a family of proteins characterized by a conserved eight-stranded ?-barrel structure with a ligand-binding pocket. They perform a wide range of biological functions and this functional multiplicity must relate to the lipid partner involved. Apolipoprotein D (ApoD) and its insect homologues, Lazarillo (Laz) and neural Lazarillo (NLaz), share common ancestral functions like longevity, stress resistance and lipid metabolism regulation, coexisting with very specialized functions, like courtship behavior.

Author(s): 
Ruiz, Mario
Sanchez, Diego
Correnti, Colin
Strong, Roland K.
Ganfornina, Maria D.
Publication Title: 
PLoS genetics

Cells respond to accumulation of misfolded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) by activating the unfolded protein response (UPR) signaling pathway. The UPR restores ER homeostasis by degrading misfolded proteins, inhibiting translation, and increasing expression of chaperones that enhance ER protein folding capacity. Although ER stress and protein aggregation have been implicated in aging, the role of UPR signaling in regulating lifespan remains unknown. Here we show that deletion of several UPR target genes significantly increases replicative lifespan in yeast.

Author(s): 
Labunskyy, Vyacheslav M.
Gerashchenko, Maxim V.
Delaney, Joe R.
Kaya, Alaattin
Kennedy, Brian K.
Kaeberlein, Matt
Gladyshev, Vadim N.
Publication Title: 
Experimental Gerontology

Apolipoprotein D (ApoD), a member of the Lipocalin family, is the gene most up-regulated with age in the mammalian brain. Its expression strongly correlates with aging-associated neurodegenerative and metabolic diseases. Two homologues of ApoD expressed in the Drosophila brain, Glial Lazarillo (GLaz) and Neural Lazarillo (NLaz), are known to alter longevity in male flies. However, sex differences in the aging process have not been explored so far for these genes.

Author(s): 
Ruiz, Mario
Sanchez, Diego
Canal, Inmaculada
Acebes, Angel
Ganfornina, Maria D.
Publication Title: 
Cell Metabolism

The neuropeptide oxytocin is synthesized in the brain and released from neurohypophyseal terminals into the blood and within defined brain regions that regulate emotional, cognitive, and social behaviors. A recent study of CD38-/- mice (Jin et al., 2007) has demonstrated an essential role for the transmembrane receptor CD38 in secretion of oxytocin into the blood.

Author(s): 
Neumann, Inga D.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Immunology (Baltimore, Md.: 1950)

Acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), a component of an Ayurvedic therapeutic plant Boswellia serrata, is a pentacyclic terpenoid active against a large number of inflammatory diseases, including cancer, arthritis, chronic colitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and bronchial asthma, but the mechanism is poorly understood.

Author(s): 
Takada, Yasunari
Ichikawa, Haruyo
Badmaev, Vladimir
Aggarwal, Bharat B.
Publication Title: 
Molecular Endocrinology (Baltimore, Md.)

Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of health care and medicine, has a well-organized materia medica in which plants form a dominant part. A key illustration of the exploitation of this knowledge toward the development of a modern drug is the isolation and characterization of two antihyperlipidemic compounds, Z-, and E-guggulsterone from the tree Commiphora mukul, the exudate of which has been traditionally used for mitigating lipid disorders.

Author(s): 
Wu, Jun
Xia, Chunsheng
Meier, Jannika
Li, Suzhen
Hu, Xiao
Lala, Deepak S.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Immunology (Baltimore, Md.: 1950)

Acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), a component of an Ayurvedic therapeutic plant Boswellia serrata, is a pentacyclic terpenoid active against a large number of inflammatory diseases, including cancer, arthritis, chronic colitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and bronchial asthma, but the mechanism is poorly understood.

Author(s): 
Takada, Yasunari
Ichikawa, Haruyo
Badmaev, Vladimir
Aggarwal, Bharat B.

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