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Nucleic Acids Research

Lional Rajappa-Titu, Takuma Suematsu, Paola Munoz-Tello, Marius Long, Özlem Demir, Kevin J Cheng, Jason R Stagno, Hartmut Luecke, Rommie E Amaro, Inna Aphasizheva, Ruslan Aphasizhev, Stéphane Thore
Terminal uridyltransferases (TUTases) execute 3' RNA uridylation across protists, fungi, metazoan and plant species. Uridylation plays a particularly prominent role in RNA processing pathways of kinetoplastid protists typified by the causative agent of African sleeping sickness, Trypanosoma brucei In mitochondria of this pathogen, most mRNAs are internally modified by U-insertion/deletion editing while guide RNAs and rRNAs are U-tailed. The founding member of TUTase family, RNA editing TUTase 1 (RET1), functions as a subunit of the 3' processome in uridylation of gRNA precursors and mature guide RNAs...
October 15, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Florian Richter, Ines Fonfara, Boris Bouazza, Charlotte Helene Schumacher, Majda Bratovič, Emmanuelle Charpentier, Andreas Möglich
Sensory photoreceptors have enabled non-invasive and spatiotemporal control of numerous biological processes. Photoreceptor engineering has expanded the repertoire beyond natural receptors, but to date no generally applicable strategy exists towards constructing light-regulated protein actuators of arbitrary function. We hence explored whether the homodimeric Rhodobacter sphaeroides light-oxygen-voltage (LOV) domain (RsLOV) that dissociates upon blue-light exposure can confer light sensitivity onto effector proteins, via a mechanism of light-induced functional site release...
October 15, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Christina Backes, Tim Kehl, Daniel Stöckel, Tobias Fehlmann, Lara Schneider, Eckart Meese, Hans-Peter Lenhof, Andreas Keller
In the last decade, miRNAs and their regulatory mechanisms have been intensively studied and many tools for the analysis of miRNAs and their targets have been developed. We previously presented a dictionary on single miRNAs and their putative target pathways. Since then, the number of miRNAs has tripled and the knowledge on miRNAs and targets has grown substantially. This, along with changes in pathway resources such as KEGG, leads to an improved understanding of miRNAs, their target genes and related pathways...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Mateusz Kaduk, Christian Riegler, Oliver Lemp, Erik L L Sonnhammer
HieranoiDB ( is a freely available on-line database for hierarchical groups of orthologs inferred by the Hieranoid algorithm. It infers orthologs at each node in a species guide tree with the InParanoid algorithm as it progresses from the leaves to the root. Here we present a database HieranoiDB with a web interface that makes it easy to search and visualize the output of Hieranoid, and to download it in various formats. Searching can be performed using protein description, identifier or sequence...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Yi Wang, Ling Xu, Roger Thilmony, Frank M You, Yong Q Gu, Devin Coleman-Derr
PIECE (Plant Intron Exon Comparison and Evolution) is a web-accessible database that houses intron and exon information of plant genes. PIECE serves as a resource for biologists interested in comparing intron-exon organization and provides valuable insights into the evolution of gene structure in plant genomes. Recently, we updated PIECE to a new version, PIECE 2.0 ( or PIECE 2.0 contains annotated genes from 49 sequenced plant species as compared to 25 species in the previous version...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Wynand Paul Roos, Andrea Krumm
Histone/protein deacetylases play multiple roles in regulating gene expression and protein activation and stability. Their deregulation during cancer initiation and progression cause resistance to therapy. Here, we review the role of histone deacetylases (HDACs) and the NAD(+) dependent sirtuins (SIRTs) in the DNA damage response (DDR). These lysine deacetylases contribute to DNA repair by base excision repair (BER), nucleotide excision repair (NER), mismatch repair (MMR), non-homologous end joining (NHEJ), homologous recombination (HR) and interstrand crosslink (ICL) repair...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Marek S Skrzypek, Jonathan Binkley, Gail Binkley, Stuart R Miyasato, Matt Simison, Gavin Sherlock
The Candida Genome Database (CGD, is a freely available online resource that provides gene, protein and sequence information for multiple Candida species, along with web-based tools for accessing, analyzing and exploring these data. The mission of CGD is to facilitate and accelerate research into Candida pathogenesis and biology, by curating the scientific literature in real time, and connecting literature-derived annotations to the latest version of the genomic sequence and its annotations...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Konstantin Kuznedelov, Vladimir Mekler, Sofia Lemak, Monika Tokmina-Lukaszewska, Kirill A Datsenko, Ishita Jain, Ekaterina Savitskaya, John Mallon, Sergey Shmakov, Brian Bothner, Scott Bailey, Alexander F Yakunin, Konstantin Severinov, Ekaterina Semenova
The Escherichia coli type I-E CRISPR-Cas system Cascade effector is a multisubunit complex that binds CRISPR RNA (crRNA). Through its 32-nucleotide spacer sequence, Cascade-bound crRNA recognizes protospacers in foreign DNA, causing its destruction during CRISPR interference or acquisition of additional spacers in CRISPR array during primed CRISPR adaptation. Within Cascade, the crRNA spacer interacts with a hexamer of Cas7 subunits. We show that crRNAs with a spacer length reduced to 14 nucleotides cause primed adaptation, while crRNAs with spacer lengths of more than 20 nucleotides cause both primed adaptation and target interference in vivo Shortened crRNAs assemble into altered-stoichiometry Cascade effector complexes containing less than the normal amount of Cas7 subunits...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Gayan Senavirathne, Santosh K Mahto, Jeungphill Hanne, Daniel O'Brian, Richard Fishel
Wrapping of genomic DNA into nucleosomes poses thermodynamic and kinetic barriers to biological processes such as replication, transcription, repair and recombination. Previous biochemical studies have demonstrated that in the presence of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) the human RAD51 (HsRAD51) recombinase can form a nucleoprotein filament (NPF) on double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) that is capable of unwrapping the nucleosomal DNA from the histone octamer (HO). Here, we have used single molecule Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (smFRET) to examine the real time nucleosome dynamics in the presence of the HsRAD51 NPF...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
I-Min A Chen, Victor M Markowitz, Ken Chu, Krishna Palaniappan, Ernest Szeto, Manoj Pillay, Anna Ratner, Jinghua Huang, Evan Andersen, Marcel Huntemann, Neha Varghese, Michalis Hadjithomas, Kristin Tennessen, Torben Nielsen, Natalia N Ivanova, Nikos C Kyrpides
The Integrated Microbial Genomes with Microbiome Samples (IMG/M: system contains annotated DNA and RNA sequence data of (i) archaeal, bacterial, eukaryotic and viral genomes from cultured organisms, (ii) single cell genomes (SCG) and genomes from metagenomes (GFM) from uncultured archaea, bacteria and viruses and (iii) metagenomes from environmental, host associated and engineered microbiome samples. Sequence data are generated by DOE's Joint Genome Institute (JGI), submitted by individual scientists, or collected from public sequence data archives...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Jason L J Lin, Chyuan-Chuan Wu, Wei-Zen Yang, Hanna S Yuan
Endonuclease G (EndoG) is an evolutionarily conserved mitochondrial protein in eukaryotes that digests nucleus chromosomal DNA during apoptosis and paternal mitochondrial DNA during embryogenesis. Under oxidative stress, homodimeric EndoG becomes oxidized and converts to monomers with diminished nuclease activity. However, it remains unclear why EndoG has to function as a homodimer in DNA degradation. Here, we report the crystal structure of the Caenorhabditis elegans EndoG homologue, CPS-6, in complex with single-stranded DNA at a resolution of 2...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Hongwei Wang, Yan Wang, Shangqian Xie, Yizhi Liu, Zhi Xie
Advances in transcriptomics have led to the discovery of a large number of long intergenic non-coding RNAs (lincRNAs), which are now recognized as important regulators of diverse cellular processes. Although originally thought to be non-coding, recent studies have revealed that many lincRNAs are bound by ribosomes, with a few lincRNAs even having ability to generate micropeptides. The question arises: how widespread the translation of lincRNAs may be and whether such translation is likely to be functional. To better understand biological relevance of lincRNA translation, we systematically characterized lincRNAs with ribosome occupancy by the expression, structural, sequence, evolutionary and functional features for eight human cell lines, revealed that lincRNAs with ribosome occupancy have remarkably distinctive properties compared with those without ribosome occupancy, indicating that translation has important biological implication in categorizing and annotating lincRNAs...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Jingyin Yu, Komivi Dossa, Linhai Wang, Yanxin Zhang, Xin Wei, Boshou Liao, Xiurong Zhang
Microsatellite DNAs (or SSRs) are important genomic components involved in many important biological functions. SSRs have been extensively exploited as molecular markers for diverse applications including genetic diversity, linkage/association mapping of gene/QTL, marker-assisted selection, variety identification and evolution analysis. However, a comprehensive database or web service for studying microsatellite DNAs and marker development in plants is lacking. Here, we developed a database, PMDBase, which integrates large amounts of microsatellite DNAs from genome sequenced plant species and includes a web service for microsatellite DNAs identification...
October 12, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Chance M Nowak, Seth Lawson, Megan Zerez, Leonidas Bleris
The Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats system allows a single guide RNA (sgRNA) to direct a protein with combined helicase and nuclease activity to the DNA. Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 (SpCas9), a CRISPR-associated protein, has revolutionized our ability to probe and edit the human genome in vitro and in vivo Arguably, the true modularity of the Cas9 platform is conferred through the ease of sgRNA programmability as well as the degree of modifications the sgRNA can tolerate without compromising its association with SpCas9 and function...
October 12, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Jianing Zhong, Xianfeng Li, Wanshi Cai, Yan Wang, Shanshan Dong, Jie Yang, Jian'an Zhang, Nana Wu, Yuanyuan Li, Fengbiao Mao, Cheng Zeng, Jinyu Wu, Xingzhi Xu, Zhong Sheng Sun
The Ten Eleven Translocation 1 (TET1) protein is a DNA demethylase that regulates gene expression through altering statue of DNA methylation. However, recent studies have demonstrated that TET1 could modulate transcriptional expression independent of its DNA demethylation activity; yet, the detailed mechanisms underlying TET1's role in such transcriptional regulation remain not well understood. Here, we uncovered that Tet1 formed a chromatin complex with histone acetyltransferase Mof and scaffold protein Sin3a in mouse embryonic stem cells by integrative genomic analysis using publicly available ChIP-seq data sets and a series of in vitro biochemical studies in human cell lines...
October 12, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Łukasz J Sznajder, Michał Michalak, Katarzyna Taylor, Piotr Cywoniuk, Michał Kabza, Agnieszka Wojtkowiak-Szlachcic, Magdalena Matłoka, Patryk Konieczny, Krzysztof Sobczak
Muscleblind-like (MBNL) proteins are critical RNA processing factors in development. MBNL activity is disrupted in the neuromuscular disease myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), due to the instability of a non-coding microsatellite in the DMPK gene and the expression of CUG expansion (CUG(exp)) RNAs. Pathogenic interactions between MBNL and CUG(exp) RNA lead to the formation of nuclear complexes termed foci and prevent MBNL function in pre-mRNA processing. The existence of multiple MBNL genes, as well as multiple protein isoforms, raises the question of whether different MBNL proteins possess unique or redundant functions...
October 12, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Edison Ong, Zuoshuang Xiang, Bin Zhao, Yue Liu, Yu Lin, Jie Zheng, Chris Mungall, Mélanie Courtot, Alan Ruttenberg, Yongqun He
Linked Data (LD) aims to achieve interconnected data by representing entities using Unified Resource Identifiers (URIs), and sharing information using Resource Description Frameworks (RDFs) and HTTP. Ontologies, which logically represent entities and relations in specific domains, are the basis of LD. Ontobee ( is a linked ontology data server that stores ontology information using RDF triple store technology and supports query, visualization and linkage of ontology terms. Ontobee is also the default linked data server for publishing and browsing biomedical ontologies in the Open Biological Ontology (OBO) Foundry (http://obofoundry...
October 12, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Peilin Jia, Guangchun Han, Junfei Zhao, Pinyi Lu, Zhongming Zhao
SZGR 2.0 is a comprehensive resource of candidate variants and genes for schizophrenia, covering genetic, epigenetic, transcriptomic, translational and many other types of evidence. By systematic review and curation of multiple lines of evidence, we included almost all variants and genes that have ever been reported to be associated with schizophrenia. In particular, we collected ∼4200 common variants reported in genome-wide association studies, ∼1000 de novo mutations discovered by large-scale sequencing of family samples, 215 genes spanning rare and replication copy number variations, 99 genes overlapping with linkage regions, 240 differentially expressed genes, 4651 differentially methylated genes and 49 genes as antipsychotic drug targets...
October 12, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Ian Streeter, Peter W Harrison, Adam Faulconbridge, Paul Flicek, Helen Parkinson, Laura Clarke
The Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Initiative (HipSci) isf establishing a large catalogue of human iPSC lines, arguably the most well characterized collection to date. The HipSci portal enables researchers to choose the right cell line for their experiment, and makes HipSci's rich catalogue of assay data easy to discover and reuse. Each cell line has genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic and cellular phenotyping data. Data are deposited in the appropriate EMBL-EBI archives, including the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA), European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA), ArrayExpress and PRoteomics IDEntifications (PRIDE) databases...
October 12, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Elisa Biondi, Joshua D Lane, Debasis Das, Saurja Dasgupta, Joseph A Piccirilli, Shuichi Hoshika, Kevin M Bradley, Bryan A Krantz, Steven A Benner
Reported here is a laboratory in vitro evolution (LIVE) experiment based on an artificially expanded genetic information system (AEGIS). This experiment delivers the first example of an AEGIS aptamer that binds to an isolated protein target, the first whose structural contact with its target has been outlined and the first to inhibit biologically important activities of its target, the protective antigen from Bacillus anthracis We show how rational design based on secondary structure predictions can also direct the use of AEGIS to improve the stability and binding of the aptamer to its target...
October 3, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
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