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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108474/the-human-initiator-is-a-distinct-and-abundant-element-that-is-precisely-positioned-in-focused-core-promoters
#1
Long Vo Ngoc, California Jack Cassidy, Cassidy Yunjing Huang, Sascha H C Duttke, James T Kadonaga
DNA sequence signals in the core promoter, such as the initiator (Inr), direct transcription initiation by RNA polymerase II. Here we show that the human Inr has the consensus of BBCA+1BW at focused promoters in which transcription initiates at a single site or a narrow cluster of sites. The analysis of 7678 focused transcription start sites revealed 40% with a perfect match to the Inr and 16% with a single mismatch outside of the CA+1 core. TATA-like sequences are underrepresented in Inr promoters. This consensus is a key component of the DNA sequence rules that specify transcription initiation in humans...
January 20, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096186/translation-reprogramming-is-an-evolutionarily-conserved-driver-of-phenotypic-plasticity-and-therapeutic-resistance-in-melanoma
#2
Paola Falletta, Luis Sanchez-Del-Campo, Jagat Chauhan, Maike Effern, Amy Kenyon, Christopher J Kershaw, Robert Siddaway, Richard Lisle, Rasmus Freter, Matthew J Daniels, Xin Lu, Thomas Tüting, Mark Middleton, Francesca M Buffa, Anne E Willis, Graham Pavitt, Ze'ev A Ronai, Tatjana Sauka-Spengler, Michael Hölzel, Colin R Goding
The intratumor microenvironment generates phenotypically distinct but interconvertible malignant cell subpopulations that fuel metastatic spread and therapeutic resistance. Whether different microenvironmental cues impose invasive or therapy-resistant phenotypes via a common mechanism is unknown. In melanoma, low expression of the lineage survival oncogene microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) correlates with invasion, senescence, and drug resistance. However, how MITF is suppressed in vivo and how MITF-low cells in tumors escape senescence are poorly understood...
January 17, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031248/protein-splicing-of-a-recombinase-intein-induced-by-ssdna-and-dna-damage
#3
Christopher W Lennon, Matthew Stanger, Marlene Belfort
Inteins (or protein introns) autocatalytically excise themselves through protein splicing. We challenge the long-considered notion that inteins are merely molecular parasites and posit that some inteins evolved to regulate host protein function. Here we show substrate-induced and DNA damage-induced splicing, in which an archaeal recombinase RadA intein splices dramatically faster and more accurately when provided with ssDNA. This unprecedented example of intein splicing stimulation by the substrate of the invaded host protein provides compelling support in favor of inteins acting as pause buttons to arrest protein function until needed; then, an immediate activity switch is triggered, representing a new form of post-translational control...
December 28, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031247/thioredoxin-dependent-disulfide-bond-reduction-is-required-for-protamine-eviction-from-sperm-chromatin
#4
Alexander V Emelyanov, Dmitry V Fyodorov
Cysteine oxidation in protamines leads to their oligomerization and contributes to sperm chromatin compaction. Here we identify the Drosophila thioredoxin Deadhead (DHD) as the factor responsible for the reduction of intermolecular disulfide bonds in protamines and their eviction from sperm during fertilization. Protamine chaperone TAP/p32 dissociates DNA-protamine complexes in vitro only when protamine oligomers are first converted to monomers by DHD. dhd-null embryos cannot decondense sperm chromatin and terminate development after the first pronuclear division...
December 28, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087717/reviewers-volume-30-2016
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December 15, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087716/the-piggybac-transposon-derived-genes-tpb1-and-tpb6-mediate-essential-transposon-like-excision-during-the-developmental-rearrangement-of-key-genes-in-tetrahymena-thermophila
#6
Chao-Yin Cheng, Janet M Young, Chih-Yi Gabriela Lin, Ju-Lan Chao, Harmit S Malik, Meng-Chao Yao
Ciliated protozoans perform extreme forms of programmed somatic DNA rearrangement during development. The model ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila removes 34% of its germline micronuclear genome from somatic macronuclei by excising thousands of internal eliminated sequences (IESs), a process that shares features with transposon excision. Indeed, piggyBac transposon-derived genes are necessary for genome-wide IES excision in both Tetrahymena (TPB2 [Tetrahymena piggyBac-like 2] and LIA5) and Paramecium tetraurelia (PiggyMac)...
December 15, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087715/sf3b1-hsh155-heat-motif-mutations-affect-interaction-with-the-spliceosomal-atpase-prp5-resulting-in-altered-branch-site-selectivity-in-pre-mrna-splicing
#7
Qing Tang, Susana Rodriguez-Santiago, Jing Wang, Jia Pu, Andrea Yuste, Varun Gupta, Alberto Moldón, Yong-Zhen Xu, Charles C Query
Mutations in the U2 snRNP component SF3B1 are prominent in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDSs) and other cancers and have been shown recently to alter branch site (BS) or 3' splice site selection in splicing. However, the molecular mechanism of altered splicing is not known. We show here that hsh155 mutant alleles in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, counterparts of SF3B1 mutations frequently found in cancers, specifically change splicing of suboptimal BS pre-mRNA substrates. We found that Hsh155p interacts directly with Prp5p, the first ATPase that acts during spliceosome assembly, and localized the interacting regions to HEAT (Huntingtin, EF3, PP2A, and TOR1) motifs in SF3B1 associated with disease mutations...
December 15, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087714/dlg5-connects-cell-polarity-and-hippo-signaling-protein-networks-by-linking-par-1-with-mst1-2
#8
Julian Kwan, Anna Sczaniecka, Emad Heidary Arash, Liem Nguyen, Chia-Chun Chen, Srdjana Ratkovic, Olga Klezovitch, Liliana Attisano, Helen McNeill, Andrew Emili, Valeri Vasioukhin
Disruption of apical-basal polarity is implicated in developmental disorders and cancer; however, the mechanisms connecting cell polarity proteins with intracellular signaling pathways are largely unknown. We determined previously that membrane-associated guanylate kinase (MAGUK) protein discs large homolog 5 (DLG5) functions in cell polarity and regulates cellular proliferation and differentiation via undefined mechanisms. We report here that DLG5 functions as an evolutionarily conserved scaffold and negative regulator of Hippo signaling, which controls organ size through the modulation of cell proliferation and differentiation...
December 15, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087713/functional-genomics-reveals-that-tumors-with-activating-phosphoinositide-3-kinase-mutations-are-dependent-on-accelerated-protein-turnover
#9
Teresa Davoli, Kristen E Mengwasser, Jingjing Duan, Ting Chen, Camilla Christensen, Eric C Wooten, Anthony N Anselmo, Mamie Z Li, Kwok-Kin Wong, Kristopher T Kahle, Stephen J Elledge
Activating mutations in the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling pathway are frequently identified in cancer. To identify pathways that support PI3K oncogenesis, we performed a genome-wide RNAi screen in isogenic cell lines harboring wild-type or mutant PIK3CA to search for PI3K synthetic-lethal (SL) genes. A combined analysis of these results with a meta-analysis of two other large-scale RNAi screening data sets in PI3K mutant cancer cell lines converged on ribosomal protein translation and proteasomal protein degradation as critical nononcogene dependencies for PI3K-driven tumors...
December 15, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087712/pdx1-dynamically-regulates-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-initiation-and-maintenance
#10
Nilotpal Roy, Kenneth K Takeuchi, Jeanine M Ruggeri, Peter Bailey, David Chang, Joey Li, Laura Leonhardt, Sapna Puri, Megan T Hoffman, Shan Gao, Christopher J Halbrook, Yan Song, Mats Ljungman, Shivani Malik, Christopher V E Wright, David W Dawson, Andrew V Biankin, Matthias Hebrok, Howard C Crawford
Aberrant activation of embryonic signaling pathways is frequent in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA), making developmental regulators therapeutically attractive. Here we demonstrate diverse functions for pancreatic and duodenal homeobox 1 (PDX1), a transcription factor indispensable for pancreas development, in the progression from normal exocrine cells to metastatic PDA. We identify a critical role for PDX1 in maintaining acinar cell identity, thus resisting the formation of pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PanIN)-derived PDA...
December 15, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087711/ctcf-mediated-topological-boundaries-during-development-foster-appropriate-gene-regulation
#11
Varun Narendra, Milica Bulajić, Job Dekker, Esteban O Mazzoni, Danny Reinberg
The genome is organized into repeating topologically associated domains (TADs), each of which is spatially isolated from its neighbor by poorly understood boundary elements thought to be conserved across cell types. Here, we show that deletion of CTCF (CCCTC-binding factor)-binding sites at TAD and sub-TAD topological boundaries that form within the HoxA and HoxC clusters during differentiation not only disturbs local chromatin domain organization and regulatory interactions but also results in homeotic transformations typical of Hox gene misregulation...
December 15, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087710/targeting-argonaute-to-chromatin
#12
Jered M Wendte, Craig S Pikaard
In many eukaryotes, siRNAs bound to Argonaute proteins guide chromatin-modifying enzymes to complementary loci, resulting in transcriptional gene silencing. Multiple lines of evidence indicate that siRNAs base-pair with longer RNAs produced at target loci, but the possibility that siRNAs base-pair directly with DNA remains an attractive hypothesis. In a recent study, Shimada et al. (pp. 2571-2580) conducted experiments that address these alternative hypotheses, yielding additional evidence that fission yeast siRNA-Argonaute silencing complexes are recruited to target loci exclusively via interactions with nascent transcripts...
December 15, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007786/myc-mycn-mediated-glycolysis-enhances-mouse-spermatogonial-stem-cell-self-renewal
#13
Mito Kanatsu-Shinohara, Takashi Tanaka, Narumi Ogonuki, Atsuo Ogura, Hiroko Morimoto, Pei Feng Cheng, Robert N Eisenman, Andreas Trumpp, Takashi Shinohara
Myc plays critical roles in the self-renewal division of various stem cell types. In spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs), Myc controls SSC fate decisions because Myc overexpression induces enhanced self-renewal division, while depletion of Max, a Myc-binding partner, leads to meiotic induction. However, the mechanism by which Myc acts on SSC fate is unclear. Here we demonstrate a critical link between Myc/Mycn gene activity and glycolysis in SSC self-renewal. In SSCs, Myc/Mycn are regulated by Foxo1, whose deficiency impairs SSC self-renewal...
December 1, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007785/p38mapk-builds-a-hyaluronan-cancer-niche-to-drive-lung-tumorigenesis
#14
Anna Brichkina, Thomas Bertero, Hui Mun Loh, Nguyet Thi Minh Nguyen, Alexander Emelyanov, Sidwell Rigade, Marius Ilie, Paul Hofman, Cedric Gaggioli, Dmitry V Bulavin
Expansion of neoplastic lesions generates the initial signal that instigates the creation of a tumor niche. Nontransformed cell types within the microenvironment continuously coevolve with tumor cells to promote tumorigenesis. Here, we identify p38MAPK as a key component of human lung cancer, and specifically stromal interactomes, which provides an early, protumorigenic signal in the tissue microenvironment. We found that lung cancer growth depends on short-distance cues produced by the cancer niche in a p38-dependent manner...
December 1, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007784/an-ensemble-of-regulatory-elements-controls-runx3-spatiotemporal-expression-in-subsets-of-dorsal-root-ganglia-proprioceptive-neurons
#15
Elena Appel, Sarit Weissmann, Yehuda Salzberg, Kira Orlovsky, Varda Negreanu, Michael Tsoory, Calanit Raanan, Ester Feldmesser, Yael Bernstein, Orit Wolstein, Ditsa Levanon, Yoram Groner
The Runx3 transcription factor is essential for development and diversification of the dorsal root ganglia (DRGs) TrkC sensory neurons. In Runx3-deficient mice, developing TrkC neurons fail to extend central and peripheral afferents, leading to cell death and disruption of the stretch reflex circuit, resulting in severe limb ataxia. Despite its central role, the mechanisms underlying the spatiotemporal expression specificities of Runx3 in TrkC neurons were largely unknown. Here we first defined the genomic transcription unit encompassing regulatory elements (REs) that mediate the tissue-specific expression of Runx3...
December 1, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986858/evidence-for-argonaute4-dna-interactions-in-rna-directed-dna-methylation-in-plants
#16
Sylvie Lahmy, Dominique Pontier, Natacha Bies-Etheve, Michèle Laudié, Suhua Feng, Edouard Jobet, Christopher J Hale, Richard Cooke, Mohamed-Ali Hakimi, Dimitar Angelov, Steven E Jacobsen, Thierry Lagrange
RNA polymerase V (Pol V) long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been proposed to guide ARGONAUTE4 (AGO4) to chromatin in RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM) in plants. Here, we provide evidence, based on laser UV-assisted zero-length cross-linking, for functionally relevant AGO4-DNA interaction at RdDM targets. We further demonstrate that Pol V lncRNAs or the act of their transcription are required to lock Pol V holoenzyme into a stable DNA-bound state that allows AGO4 recruitment via redundant glycine-tryptophan/tryptophan-glycine AGO hook motifs present on both Pol V and its associated factor, SPT5L...
December 1, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979876/circadian-and-feeding-cues-integrate-to-drive-rhythms-of-physiology-in-drosophila-insulin-producing-cells
#17
Annika F Barber, Renske Erion, Todd C Holmes, Amita Sehgal
Circadian clocks regulate much of behavior and physiology, but the mechanisms by which they do so remain poorly understood. While cyclic gene expression is thought to underlie metabolic rhythms, little is known about cycles in cellular physiology. We found that Drosophila insulin-producing cells (IPCs), which are located in the pars intercerebralis and lack an autonomous circadian clock, are functionally connected to the central circadian clock circuit via DN1 neurons. Insulin mediates circadian output by regulating the rhythmic expression of a metabolic gene (sxe2) in the fat body...
December 1, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941124/a-phosphorylation-deubiquitination-cascade-regulates-the-brca2-rad51-axis-in-homologous-recombination
#18
Kuntian Luo, Lei Li, Yunhui Li, Chenming Wu, Yujiao Yin, Yuping Chen, Min Deng, Somaira Nowsheen, Jian Yuan, Zhenkun Lou
Homologous recombination (HR) is one of the major DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair pathways in mammalian cells. Defects in HR trigger genomic instability and result in cancer predisposition. The defining step of HR is homologous strand exchange directed by the protein RAD51, which is recruited to DSBs by BRCA2. However, the regulation of the BRCA2-RAD51 axis remains unclear. Here we report that ubiquitination of RAD51 hinders RAD51-BRCA2 interaction, while deubiquitination of RAD51 facilitates RAD51-BRCA2 binding and RAD51 recruitment and thus is critical for proper HR...
December 1, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941123/the-rna-induced-transcriptional-silencing-complex-targets-chromatin-exclusively-via-interacting-with-nascent-transcripts
#19
Yukiko Shimada, Fabio Mohn, Marc Bühler
Small RNAs regulate chromatin modification and transcriptional gene silencing across the eukaryotic kingdom. Although these processes have been well studied, fundamental mechanistic aspects remain obscure. Specifically, it is unclear exactly how small RNA-loaded Argonaute protein complexes target chromatin to mediate silencing. Here, using fission yeast, we demonstrate that transcription of the target locus is essential for RNA-directed formation of heterochromatin. However, high transcriptional activity is inhibitory; thus, a transcriptional window exists that is optimal for silencing...
December 1, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940962/rb-localizes-to-dna-double-strand-breaks-and-promotes-dna-end-resection-and-homologous-recombination-through-the-recruitment-of-brg1
#20
Renier Vélez-Cruz, Swarnalatha Manickavinayaham, Anup K Biswas, Regina Weaks Clary, Tolkappiyan Premkumar, Francesca Cole, David G Johnson
The retinoblastoma (RB) tumor suppressor is recognized as a master regulator that controls entry into the S phase of the cell cycle. Its loss leads to uncontrolled cell proliferation and is a hallmark of cancer. RB works by binding to members of the E2F family of transcription factors and recruiting chromatin modifiers to the promoters of E2F target genes. Here we show that RB also localizes to DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) dependent on E2F1 and ATM kinase activity and promotes DSB repair through homologous recombination (HR), and its loss results in genome instability...
November 15, 2016: Genes & Development
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