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  Y Abe , H Wada , E Yamada , M Noda , M Ikejiri , J Nishioka , T Kobayashi , T Matsumoto , M Masuya , S Isaji , M Usui , S Uemoto , N Katayama and T. Nobori

Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) or thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a life-threatening syndrome characterized by increased number of fragmented red cells (FRCs) and thrombocytopenia. FRCs can be measured using the recently developed automated hematology analyzer XE-2100. The normal range for FRCs is 0% to 0.205%, as determined by the automated hematology analyzer XE-2100. The FRC count is significantly elevated in patients with TMA associated with liver transplantation, bone marrow transplantation, or TTP. In patients with TMA after liver transplantation, the FRC count is significantly higher than in those without TMA. In receiver operating characteristic analysis for the diagnosis of TMA, the area under the curve is 0.986, suggesting that FRC is a useful marker for the diagnosis of TMA. When the cutoff value of FRC for TMA is 1.2%, the sensitivity is 90% and the specificity is 96%, indicating that FRC is the most useful screening test for the diagnosis of TMA.

  N Sasaki , Y Abe , Y Goda , T Adachi , K Kasahara and Y. Ozeki

Betalains are synthesized in flowers, fruits and other tissues of the plant order Caryophyllales. Betalamic acid is the chromophore of betalain pigments synthesized by a ring-cleaving enzyme reaction on l-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA). Although reverse genetic evidence has proven that DOPA 4,5-dioxygenase (DOD) is a key enzyme of betalain biosynthesis, all attempts to detect recombinant plant DOD activity in vitro have failed. Here, we report on the formation of betalamic acid from DOPA under suitable assay conditions using recombinant MjDOD produced by Escherichia coli. This is the first report showing biochemical evidence for DOD activity in vitro.

  Y Abe , T Sakairi , H Kajiyama , S Shrivastav , C Beeson and J. B. Kopp

Mitochondrial dysfunction contributes to podocyte injury, but normal podocyte bioenergetics have not been characterized. We measured oxygen consumption rates (OCR) and extracellular acidification rates (ECAR), using a transformed mouse podocyte cell line and the Seahorse Bioscience XF24 Extracellular Flux Analyzer. Basal OCR and ECAR were 55.2 ± 9.9 pmol/min and 3.1 ± 1.9 milli-pH units/min, respectively. The complex V inhibitor oligomycin reduced OCR to ~45% of baseline rates, indicating that ~55% of cellular oxygen consumption was coupled to ATP synthesis. Rotenone, a complex I inhibitor, reduced OCR to ~25% of the baseline rates, suggesting that mitochondrial respiration accounted for ~75% of the total cellular respiration. Thus ~75% of mitochondrial respiration was coupled to ATP synthesis and ~25% was accounted for by proton leak. Carbonyl cyanide p-trifluoromethoxyphenylhydrazone (FCCP), which uncouples electron transport from ATP generation, increased OCR and ECAR to ~360% and 840% of control levels. FCCP plus rotenone reduced ATP content by 60%, the glycolysis inhibitor 2-deoxyglucose reduced ATP by 35%, and 2-deoxyglucose in combination with FCCP or rotenone reduced ATP by >85%. The lactate dehydrogenase inhibitor oxamate and 2-deoxyglucose did not reduce ECAR, and 2-deoxyglucose had no effect on OCR, although 2-deoxyglucose reduced ATP content by 25%. Mitochondrial uncoupling induced by FCCP was associated with increased OCR with certain substrates, including lactate, glucose, pyruvate, and palmitate. Replication of these experiments in primary mouse podocytes yielded similar data. We conclude that mitochondria play the primary role in maintaining podocyte energy homeostasis, while glycolysis makes a lesser contribution.

  Y Mukai , T Nakamura , Y Yoshioka , H Shibata , Y Abe , T Nomura , M Taniai , T Ohta , S Nakagawa , S. i Tsunoda , H Kamada , Y Yamagata and Y. Tsutsumi

Tumour necrosis factor (TNF) is an important cytokine that induces an inflammatory response predominantly through the TNF receptor-1 (TNFR1). A crucial strategy for the treatment of many autoimmune diseases, therefore, is to block the binding of TNF to TNFR1. We previously identified a TNFR1-selective antagonistic mutant TNF (R1antTNF) from a phage library containing six randomized amino acid residues at the receptor-binding site (amino acids 84–89). Two R1antTNFs, R1antTNF-T2 (A84S, V85T, S86T, Y87H, Q88N and T89Q) and R1antTNF-T8 (A84T, V85P, S86A, Y87I, Q88N and T89R), were successfully isolated from this library. Here, we analysed R1antTNF-T8 using surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography to determine the mechanism underlying the antagonistic activity of R1antTNF. The kinetic association/dissociation parameters of R1antTNF-T8 were higher than those of wild-type TNF, indicating more rapid bond dissociation. X-ray crystallographic analysis suggested that the binding mode of the T89R mutation changed from a hydrophobic to an electrostatic interaction, which may be responsible for the antagonistic behaviour of R1antTNF. Knowledge of these structure–function relationships will facilitate the design of novel TNF inhibitors based on the cytokine structure.

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