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Godefroid Charbon, Leise Riber, Anders Løbner-Olesen
In Escherichia coli, like all organisms, DNA replication is coordinated with cell cycle progression to ensure duplication of the genome prior to cell division. Chromosome replication is initiated from the replication origin, oriC, by the DnaA protein associated with ATP. Initiations take place once per cell cycle and in synchrony at all cellular origins. DnaA also binds ADP with similar affinity as ATP and in wild-type cells the majority of DnaA molecules are ADP bound. In cells where the DnaA(ATP)/DnaA(ADP) ratio increases or in cells where DnaA(ATP) has increased access to oriC, premature initiations take place, often referred to as overinitiation...
June 29, 2017: Current Genetics
Brian Cox, Mick Tuite
The AAA+ disaggregase Hsp104 is essential for the maintenance and inheritance of nearly all known prions of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Uniquely for [PSI (+)], the prion form of the Sup35 protein, there seem to be two activities, involving differing co-chaperones, by which Hsp104 affects the inheritance of [PSI (+)], the prion form of the Sup35 protein. Each pathway is also involved in protection against ageing, one through disaggregation of damaged proteins and the other through their retention in the mother cell during budding...
June 26, 2017: Current Genetics
Ruth Martín, Sandra Lopez-Aviles
The control of cell fate, growth and proliferation in response to nitrogen availability is a tightly controlled process, with the two TOR complexes (TORC1 and TORC2) and their effectors playing a central role. PP2A-B55(Pab1) has recently been shown to be a key element in this response in fission yeast, where it regulates cell cycle progression and sexual differentiation. Importantly, a recent study from our group has shown that PP2A-B55(Pab1) acts as a mediator between the activities of the two TOR signaling modules, enabling a crosstalk that is required to engage in the differentiation program...
June 22, 2017: Current Genetics
Ireneusz Litwin, Robert Wysocki
Cohesin is a conserved, ring-shaped protein complex that encircles sister chromatids and ensures correct chromosome segregation during mitosis and meiosis. It also plays a crucial role in the regulation of gene expression, DNA condensation, and DNA repair through both non-homologous end joining and homologous recombination. Cohesins are spatiotemporally regulated by the Scc2-Scc4 complex which facilitates cohesin loading onto chromatin at specific chromosomal sites. Over the last few years, much attention has been paid to cohesin and cohesin loader as it became clear that even minor disruptions of these complexes may lead to developmental disorders and cancers...
June 19, 2017: Current Genetics
Amparo Pascual-Ahuir, Sara Manzanares-Estreder, Alba Timón-Gómez, Markus Proft
Here, we review and update the recent advances in the metabolic control during the adaptive response of budding yeast to hyperosmotic and salt stress, which is one of the best understood signaling events at the molecular level. This environmental stress can be easily applied and hence has been exploited in the past to generate an impressively detailed and comprehensive model of cellular adaptation. It is clear now that this stress modulates a great number of different physiological functions of the cell, which altogether contribute to cellular survival and adaptation...
June 19, 2017: Current Genetics
Karla Viridiana Castro-Cerritos, Adolfo Lopez-Torres, Armando Obregón-Herrera, Katarzyna Wrobel, Kazimierz Wrobel, Mario Pedraza-Reyes
The non-appropriate conditions faced by nutritionally stressed bacteria propitiate error-prone repair events underlying stationary-phase- or stress-associated mutagenesis (SPM). The genetic and molecular mechanisms involved in SPM have been deeply studied but the biochemical aspects of this process have so far been less explored. Previous evidence showed that under conditions of nutritional stress, non-dividing cells of strain B. subtilis YB955 overexpressing ribonucleotide reductase (RNR) exhibited a strong propensity to generate true reversions in the hisC952 (amber), metB5 (ochre) and leuC425 (missense) mutant alleles...
June 17, 2017: Current Genetics
Syed Meraj Azhar Rizvi, Hemant Kumar Prajapati, Santanu Kumar Ghosh
Since its discovery in the early 70s, the 2 micron plasmid of Saccharomyces cerevisiae continues to intrigue researchers with its high protein-coding capacity and a selfish nature yet high stability, earning it the title of a 'miniaturized selfish genetic element'. It codes for four proteins (Rep1, Rep2, Raf1, and Flp) vital for its own survival and recruits several host factors (RSC2, Cohesin, Cse4, Kip1, Bik1, Bim1, and microtubules) for its faithful segregation during cell division. The plasmid maintains a high-copy number with the help of Flp-mediated recombination...
June 8, 2017: Current Genetics
Swati Bijlani, Anubhav S Nahar, K Ganesan
Tetracycline-regulated expression of genes is often used for functional analysis of Candida albicans genes. However, the widely used Tet-On system has certain limitations such as prolonged lag time (up to 8 h) for induction and non-uniform expression among the cells. We speculated that poor expression of tetracycline-controlled transactivator (Tet-transactivator) from CaADH1 promoter could be responsible for this, and thus compared the effect of expressing this protein under the control of CaADH1, CaTDH3 and CaRP10 promoters on the expression of GFP from the TET promoter...
June 8, 2017: Current Genetics
Ameya A Mashruwala, Jeffrey M Boyd
Comprehending biology at the molecular and systems levels is predicated upon understanding the functions of proteins. Proteins are typically composed of one or more functional moieties termed domains. Members of Bacteria, Eukarya, and Archaea utilize proteins containing a domain of unknown function (DUF) 59. Proteins requiring iron-sulfur (FeS) clusters containing cofactors are necessary for nearly all organisms making the assembly of functional FeS proteins essential. Recently, studies in eukaryotic and bacterial organisms have shown that proteins containing a DUF59, or those composed solely of DUF59, function in FeS protein maturation and/or intracellular Fe homeostasis...
June 6, 2017: Current Genetics
Luz Adriana Vega-Cabrera, Christopher D Wood, Liliana Pardo-López
In this mini-review, we present a perspective on the recent findings relating Spo0M structure and function that will stimulate and guide further studies in the characterization of this interesting protein. Cell division and sporulation constitute two of the best studied processes in the model organism Bacillus subtilis; however, there are many missing pieces in the giant regulatory puzzle that governs the independent and shared networks between them. Spo0M is a little studied protein that has been related to both, cell division and sporulation, but its biochemical function and its direct interactions have not been yet defined...
June 2, 2017: Current Genetics
Christopher T Prevost, Nicole Peris, Christina Seger, Deanna R Pedeville, Kathryn Wershing, Elaine A Sia, Rey A L Sia
Mitochondria are dynamic organelles that fuse and divide. These changes alter the number and distribution of mitochondrial structures throughout the cell in response to developmental and metabolic cues. We have demonstrated that mitochondrial fission is essential to the maintenance of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) under changing metabolic conditions in wild-type Saccharomyces cerevisiae. While increased loss of mtDNA integrity has been demonstrated for dnm1-∆ fission mutants after growth in a non-fermentable carbon source, we demonstrate that growth of yeast in different carbon sources affects the frequency of mtDNA loss, even when the carbon sources are fermentable...
June 1, 2017: Current Genetics
Miguel Garavís, Olga Calvo
Yeast Sub1 and human PC4, two DNA-binding proteins, were originally identified as transcriptional coactivators with a role during transcription preinitiation/initiation. Indeed, Sub1 is a PIC component, and both PC4 and Sub1 also influence the initiation-elongation transition. Moreover, in the specific case of Sub1, it has been clearly reported that it influences processes downstream during mRNA biogenesis, such as transcription elongation, splicing and termination, and even RNAPII phosphorylation/dephosphorylation...
May 31, 2017: Current Genetics
Akio Toh-E, Misako Ohkusu, Kiminori Shimizu, Masashi Yamaguchi, Naruhiko Ishiwada, Akira Watanabe, Katsuhiko Kamei
We constructed deletion mutants of Cryptococcus neoformans var neoformans (serotype D) genes encoding late ergosterol biosynthetic pathway enzymes and found that the mutations enhanced susceptibility to various drugs including micafungin, one of the echinocandins, to which wild-type Cryptococcus strains show no susceptibility. Furthermore, through isolation of a mutant resistant to micafungin from a micafungin-sensitive erg mutant and genetic analysis of it, we found that the responsible mutation occurred in the hotspot 2 of FKS1 encoding β-1, 3-glucan synthase, indicating that micafungin inhibited the growth of the erg mutant via inhibiting Fks1 activity...
May 30, 2017: Current Genetics
Bork A Berghoff, E Gerhart H Wagner
Bacterial dormancy is a valuable survival strategy upon challenging environmental conditions. Dormant cells tolerate the consequences of high stress levels and may re-populate the environment upon return to favorable conditions. Antibiotic-tolerant bacteria-termed persisters-regularly cause relapsing infections, increase the likelihood of antibiotic resistance, and, therefore, earn increasing attention. Their generation often depends on toxins from chromosomal toxin-antitoxin systems. Here, we review recent insights concerning RNA-based control of toxin synthesis, and discuss possible implications for persister generation...
May 30, 2017: Current Genetics
Desirée Villahermosa, Karen Knapp, Oliver Fleck
Dph3 is involved in diphthamide modification of the eukaryotic translation elongation factor eEF2 and in Elongator-mediated modifications of tRNAs, where a 5-methoxycarbonyl-methyl moiety is added to wobble uridines. Lack of such modifications affects protein synthesis due to inaccurate translation of mRNAs at ribosomes. We have discovered that integration of markers at the msh3 locus of Schizosaccharomyces pombe impaired the function of the nearby located dph3 gene. Such integrations rendered cells sensitive to the cytotoxic drugs hydroxyurea and methyl methanesulfonate...
May 29, 2017: Current Genetics
Manyu Du, Lu Bai
There are extensive long-distance chromosomal interactions in eukaryotic genomes, but to what extent these interactions affect gene expression is not clear. Recent works have identified several cases where clustering of co-regulated genes leads to enhanced gene expression in budding yeast. Similar phenomenon was also observed in mammalian cells. These results challenge widely held views of gene regulation in yeast and further our understanding of how the 3D organization of the genome contribute to gene regulation in eukaryotes...
May 27, 2017: Current Genetics
Ikha M Siddiqah, Surya P Manandhar, Stephanie M Cocca, Teli Hsueh, Vanessa Cervantes, Editte Gharakhanian
Lipid droplets (LDs) have emerged as dynamic and interactive organelles with important roles in lipid metabolism and membrane biogenesis. Here, we report that Saccharomyces cerevisiae Env9 is a novel conserved oxidoreductase involved in LD morphology. Microscopic and biochemical studies confirm localization of tagged Env9 to LDs and implicate its C-terminal hydrophobic domain (aa241-265) in its membrane association and stability. Confocal studies reveal a role for Env9 in LD morphology. Env9 positively affects both formation of large LDs upon overexpression and LD proliferation under poor carbon source...
May 24, 2017: Current Genetics
Alper Celik, Feng He, Allan Jacobson
Nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) is generally thought to be a eukaryotic mRNA surveillance pathway tasked with the elimination of transcripts harboring an in-frame premature termination codon (PTC). As presently conceived, NMD acting in this manner minimizes the likelihood that potentially toxic polypeptide fragments would accumulate in the cytoplasm. This notion is to be contrasted to the results of systematic RNA-Seq and microarray analyses of NMD substrates in multiple model systems, two different experimental approaches which have shown that many mRNAs identified as NMD substrates fail to contain a PTC...
May 23, 2017: Current Genetics
Quentin Defenouillère, Micheline Fromont-Racine
Proteostasis in eukaryotes is maintained by compartment-specific quality control pathways, which enable the refolding or the degradation of defective polypeptides to prevent the toxicity that may arise from their aggregation. Among these processes, translational protein quality control is performed by the Ribosome-bound Quality Control complex (RQC), which recognizes nascent peptides translated from aberrant mRNAs, polyubiquitylates these aberrant peptides, extracts them from the stalled 60S subunit and finally escorts them to the proteasome for degradation...
May 20, 2017: Current Genetics
Michał Dmowski, Iwona J Fijałkowska
Timely progression of living cells through the cell cycle is precisely regulated. This involves a series of phosphorylation events which are regulated by various cyclins, activated in coordination with the cell cycle progression. Phosphorylated proteins govern cell growth, division as well as duplication of the genetic material and transcriptional activation of genes involved in these processes. A subset of these tightly regulated genes, which depend on the MBF transcription factor and are mainly involved in DNA replication and cell division, is transiently activated at the transition from G1 to S phase...
May 17, 2017: Current Genetics
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