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In vivo evaluation of riboflavin receptor targeted fluorescent USPIO in mice with prostate cancer xenografts
Jayapaul, J., Arns(*), S., Bunker(*), M., Weiler(*), M., Rutherford(*), S., Comba(*), P.; Kiessling(*), F.
Nano Res, 9:1319-1333

Tags: Molecular Imaging (Schröder)

Abstract: Riboflavin (Rf) receptors bind and translocate Rf and its phosphorylated forms (e.g. flavin mononucleotide, FMN) into cells where they mediate various cellular metabolic pathways. Previously, we showed that FMN-coated ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (FLUSPIO) nanoparticles are suitable for labeling metabolically active cancer and endothelial cells in vitro. In this study, we focused on the in vivo application of FLUSPIO using prostate cancer xenografts. Size, charge, and chemical composition of FLUSPIO were evaluated. We explored the in vitro specificity of FLUSPIO for its cellular receptors using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and Prussian blue staining. Competitive binding experiments were performed in vivo by injecting free FMN in excess. Bio-distribution of FLUSPIO was determined by estimating iron content in organs and tumors using a colorimetric assay. AFM analysis and zeta potential measurements revealed a particulate morphology approximately 20-40 nm in size and a negative zeta potential (-24.23 +/- 0.15 mV) in water. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry data confirmed FMN present on the USPIO nanoparticle surface. FLUSPIO uptake in prostate cancer cells and human umbilical vein endothelial cells was significantly higher than that of control USPIO, while addition of excess of free FMN reduced accumulation. Similarly, in vivo MRI and histology showed specific FLUSPIO uptake by prostate cancer cells, tumor endothelial cells, and tumor-associated macrophages. Besides prominent tumor accumulation, FLUSPIO accumulated in the liver, spleen, lung, and skin. Hence, our data strengthen our hypothesis that targeting riboflavin receptors is an efficient approach to accumulate nanomedicines in tumors opening perspectives for the development of diagnostic and therapeutic systems. ELECTRONIC SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL: Supplementary material is available for this article at 10.1007/s12274-016-1028-7 and is accessible for authorized users.

Substrate Hunting for the Myxobacterial CYP260A1 Revealed New 1alpha-Hydroxylated Products from C-19 Steroids
Khatri(*), Y., Ringle(*), M., Lisurek, M., von Kries, J. P., Zapp(*), J.; Bernhardt(*), R.
Chembiochem, 17:90-101

Tags: Screening Unit (von Kries), Structural Bioinformatics and Protein Design (Krause, G.)

Abstract: Cytochromes P450 catalyze a variety of synthetically useful reactions. However, it is difficult to determine their physiological or artificial functions when a plethora of orphan P450 systems are present in a genome. CYP260A1 from Sorangium cellulosum So ce56 is a new member among the 21 available P450s in the strain. To identify putative substrates for CYP260A1 we used high-throughput screening of a compound library (ca. 17,000 ligands). Structural analogues of the type I hits were searched for biotechnologically relevant compounds, and this led us to select C-19 steroids as potential substrates. We identified efficient surrogate redox partners for CYP260A1, and an Escherichia coli-based whole-cell biocatalyst system was developed to convert testosterone, androstenedione, and their derivatives methyltestosterone and 11-oxoandrostenedione. A detailed (1) H and (13) C NMR characterization of the product(s) from C-19 steroids revealed that CYP260A1 is the very first 1alpha-steroid hydroxylase.

Design and comparison of exchange spectroscopy approaches to cryptophane-xenon host-guest kinetics
Korchak(*), S., Kilian(*), W., Schröder, L.; Mitschang(*), L.
J Magn Reson, 265:139-145

Tags: Molecular Imaging (Schröder)

Abstract: Exchange spectroscopy is used in combination with a variation of xenon concentration to disentangle the kinetics of the reversible binding of xenon to cryptophane-A. The signal intensity of either free or crytophane-bound xenon decays in a manner characteristic of the underlying exchange reactions when the spins in the other pool are perturbed. Three experimental approaches, including the well-known Hyper-CEST method, are shown to effectively entail a simple linear dependence of the signal depletion rate, or of a related quantity, on free xenon concentration. This occurs when using spin pool saturation or inversion followed by free exchange. The identification and quantification of contributions to the binding kinetics is then straightforward: in the depletion rate plot, the intercept at the vanishing free xenon concentration represents the kinetic rate coefficient for xenon detachment from the host by dissociative processes while the slope is indicative of the kinetic rate coefficient for degenerate exchange reactions. Comparing quantified kinetic rates for hyperpolarized xenon in aqueous solution reveals the high accuracy of each approach but also shows differences in the precision of the numerical results and in the requirements for prior knowledge. Because of their broad range of applicability the proposed exchange spectroscopy experiments can be readily used to unravel the kinetics of complex formation of xenon with host molecules in the various situations appearing in practice.

Autophagosome Formation by Endophilin Keeps Synapses in Shape
Kuijpers, M.; Haucke, V.
Neuron, 92:675-677

Tags: Molecular Pharmacology and Cell Biology (Haucke)

Abstract: Soukup et al. (2016), in this issue of Neuron, and Murdoch et al. (2016), in Cell Reports, reveal an unexpected function for the endocytic protein endophilin in autophagosome formation at synapses: preventing neurodegeneration and ataxia.

Structural analysis of a signal peptide inside the ribosome tunnel by DNP MAS NMR
Lange, S., Franks, W. T., Rajagopalan(*), N., Döring(*), K., Geiger, M. A., Linden, A., van Rossum, B. J., Kramer(*), G., Bukau(*), B.; Oschkinat, H.
Sci Adv, 2:e1600379

Tags: NMR-Supported Structural Biology (Oschkinat), Molecular Biophysics (Lange, A.)

Abstract: Proteins are synthesized in cells by ribosomes and, in parallel, prepared for folding or targeting. While ribosomal protein synthesis is progressing, the nascent chain exposes amino-terminal signal sequences or transmembrane domains that mediate interactions with specific interaction partners, such as the signal recognition particle (SRP), the SecA-adenosine triphosphatase, or the trigger factor. These binding events can set the course for folding in the cytoplasm and translocation across or insertion into membranes. A distinction of the respective pathways depends largely on the hydrophobicity of the recognition sequence. Hydrophobic transmembrane domains stabilize SRP binding, whereas less hydrophobic signal sequences, typical for periplasmic and outer membrane proteins, stimulate SecA binding and disfavor SRP interactions. In this context, the formation of helical structures of signal peptides within the ribosome was considered to be an important factor. We applied dynamic nuclear polarization magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance to investigate the conformational states of the disulfide oxidoreductase A (DsbA) signal peptide stalled within the exit tunnel of the ribosome. Our results suggest that the nascent chain comprising the DsbA signal sequence adopts an extended structure in the ribosome with only minor populations of helical structure.

Novel organic dyes for multicolor localization-based super-resolution microscopy
Lehmann, M., Lichtner, G., Klenz, H.; Schmoranzer, J.
J Biophotonics, 9:161-170

Tags: Molecular Pharmacology and Cell Biology (Haucke)

Abstract: Precise multicolor single molecule localization-based microscopy (SMLM) requires bright probes with compatible photo-chemical and spectral properties to resolve distinct molecular species at the nanoscale. The accuracy of multicolor SMLM is further challenged by color channel crosstalk and chromatic alignment errors. These constrains limit the applicability of known reversibly switchable organic dyes for optimized multicolor SMLM. Here, we tested 28 commercially available dyes for their suitability to super-resolve a known cellular nanostructure. We identified eight novel dyes in different spectral regimes that enable high quality dSTORM imaging. Among those, the spectrally close dyes CF647 and CF680 comprise an optimal dye pair for spectral demixing-based, registration free multicolor dSTORM with low crosstalk. Combining this dye pair with the separately excited CF568 we performed 3-color dSTORM to image the relative nanoscale distribution of components of the endocytic machinery and the cytoskeleton.

Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Surface Modified Cellulose Utilizing TGA-MS
Loof(*), D., Hiller, M., Oschkinat, H.; Koschek(*), K.
Materials (Basel, Switzerland), 9

Tags: NMR-Supported Structural Biology (Oschkinat)

Abstract: With the aim to enhance interfacial adhesion of a hydrophobic polymer matrix and cellulosic fibers and fillers, chemical surface modifications with silane coupling agents are performed. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) could be used to determine the degree of surface functionalization. However, similar thermal properties of treated and untreated cellulose hamper a precise determination of silane loading. This contribution deals with quantitative determination of silane loading combining both TGA and elemental analysis. Firstly, silane modified celluloses were studied by FT-IR, Raman, solid state NMR spectroscopy, and polarized light microscopy in order to determine functional groups and to study the impact of chemical treatment on cellulose morphology. Secondly, thermal stability and pyrolysis processes were studied by TG-MS analysis. In order to determine the exact silane loading, the mass percentages of the appropriate elements were quantified by elemental analysis and correlated with the charred residues determined by TGA yielding a linear dependency. With that correlation, it was possible to determine silane loadings for additional samples utilizing simple TGA measurements. The main advantage of that approach is that only one calibration is necessary for routine analyses of further samples and TGA-MS coupling gives additional information on thermal stability and pyrolysis routes, simultaneously.

Type II PI4-kinases control Weibel-Palade body biogenesis and von Willebrand factor structure in human endothelial cells
Lopes da Silva(*), M., O'Connor(*), M. N., Kriston-Vizi(*), J., White(*), I. J., Al-Shawi(*), R., Simons(*), J. P., Mössinger, J., Haucke, V.; Cutler(*), D. F.
J Cell Sci, 129:2096-2105

Tags: Molecular Pharmacology and Cell Biology (Haucke)

Abstract: Weibel-Palade bodies (WPBs) are endothelial storage organelles that mediate the release of molecules involved in thrombosis, inflammation and angiogenesis, including the pro-thrombotic glycoprotein von Willebrand factor (VWF). Although many protein components required for WPB formation and function have been identified, the role of lipids is almost unknown. We examined two key phosphatidylinositol kinases that control phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate levels at the trans-Golgi network, the site of WPB biogenesis. RNA interference of the type II phosphatidylinositol 4-kinases PI4KIIalpha and PI4KIIbeta in primary human endothelial cells leads to formation of an increased proportion of short WPB with perturbed packing of VWF, as exemplified by increased exposure of antibody-binding sites. When stimulated with histamine, these cells release normal levels of VWF yet, under flow, form very few platelet-catching VWF strings. In PI4KIIalpha-deficient mice, immuno-microscopy revealed that VWF packaging is also perturbed and these mice exhibit increased blood loss after tail cut compared to controls. This is the first demonstration that lipid kinases can control the biosynthesis of VWF and the formation of WPBs that are capable of full haemostatic function.

Bis(arylmethyl)-substituted unsymmetrical phosphites for the synthesis of lipidated peptides via Staudinger-phosphite reactions
Nischan, N., Kasper, M. A., Mathew(*), T.; Hackenberger, C. P.
Org Biomol Chem, 14:7500-7508

Tags: Chemical Biology II (Hackenberger)

Abstract: With this study we introduce new unsymmetrical phosphites to obtain lipidated peptide-conjugates starting from easily accessible azide-modified amino acid or peptide precursors. For this purpose, we investigated which substituents at alkyl phosphites lead to the highest formation of mono-alkylated phosphoramidate peptides. We found that phosphites containing one alkyl-chain and two picolyl or benzyl-substituents delivered alkyl phosphoramidate-conjugates in high yields, which also allowed a chemoselective lipidation of an unprotected azido polypeptide. Finally, monolipidated phosphoramidate peptides obtained by the unsymmetrical Staudinger phosphite reaction led to the formation of micelle-like structures and cellular uptake.

Effects of Halide Ions on the Carbamidocyclophane Biosynthesis in Nostoc sp. CAVN2
Preisitsch(*), M., Heiden(*), S. E., Beerbaum, M., Niedermeyer(*), T. H., Schneefeld(*), M., Herrmann(*), J., Kumpfmüller(*), J., Thürmer(*), A., Neidhardt(*), I., Wiesner(*), C., Daniel(*), R., Müller(*), R., Bange(*), F. C., Schmieder, P., Schweder(*), T.; Mundt(*), S.
Mar Drugs, 14:21

Tags: Solution NMR (Schmieder)

Abstract: In this study, the influence of halide ions on [7.7]paracyclophane biosynthesis in the cyanobacterium Nostoc sp. CAVN2 was investigated. In contrast to KI and KF, supplementation of the culture medium with KCl or KBr resulted not only in an increase of growth but also in an up-regulation of carbamidocyclophane production. LC-MS analysis indicated the presence of chlorinated, brominated, but also non-halogenated derivatives. In addition to 22 known cylindrocyclophanes and carbamidocyclophanes, 27 putative congeners have been detected. Nine compounds, carbamidocyclophanes M-U, were isolated, and their structural elucidation by 1D and 2D NMR experiments in combination with HRMS and ECD analysis revealed that they are brominated analogues of chlorinated carbamidocyclophanes. Quantification of the carbamidocyclophanes showed that chloride is the preferably utilized halide, but incorporation is reduced in the presence of bromide. Evaluation of the antibacterial activity of 30 [7.7]paracyclophanes and related derivatives against selected pathogenic Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria exhibited remarkable effects especially against methicillin- and vancomycin-resistant staphylococci and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. For deeper insights into the mechanisms of biosynthesis, the carbamidocyclophane biosynthetic gene cluster in Nostoc sp. CAVN2 was studied. The gene putatively coding for the carbamoyltransferase has been identified. Based on bioinformatic analyses, a possible biosynthetic assembly is discussed.

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