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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640690/a-new-layer-of-rrna-regulation-by-small-interference-rnas-and-the-nuclear-rnai-pathway
#1
Xufei Zhou, Xiangyang Chen, Yun Wang, Xuezhu Feng, Shouhong Guang
Ribosome biogenesis drives cell growth and proliferation, but mechanisms that modulate this process remain poorly understood. For a long time, small ribosomal RNA sequences have been widely treated as non-specific degradation products and neglected as garbage sequences. Recently, we identified a new class of antisense ribosomal siRNAs (risiRNAs) that downregulate pre-rRNA through the nuclear RNAi pathway in C. elegans. risiRNAs exhibit sequence characteristics similar to 22G RNA while complement to 18S and 26S rRNA...
June 22, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640671/regulation-of-a-muralytic-enzyme-encoding-gene-by-two-non-coding-rnas
#2
Renée J St-Onge, Marie A Elliot
Non-coding regulatory RNAs fine-tune gene expression post-transcriptionally. In the streptomycetes, rpfA - encoding a muralytic enzyme required for establishing and exiting dormancy - is flanked by non-coding regulatory RNA elements both upstream (riboswitch) and downstream [antisense small RNA (sRNA)]. In Streptomyces coelicolor, the upstream riboswitch decreases rpfA transcript abundance in response to the second messenger cyclic di-AMP, itself involved in cell wall metabolism and dormancy. There is, however, no obvious expression platform associated with this riboswitch and consequently, its mechanism of action is entirely unknown...
June 22, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640668/absence-of-the-fragile-x-mental-retardation-protein-results-in-defects-of-rna-editing-of-neuronal-mrnas-in-mouse
#3
Alice Filippini, Daniela Bonini, Caroline Lacoux, Laura Pacini, Maria Zingariello, Laura Sancillo, Daniela Bosisio, Valentina Salvi, Jessica Mingardi, Luca La Via, Francesca Zalfa, Claudia Bagni, Alessandro Barbon
The fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common form of inherited intellectual disability, is due to the absence of FMRP, a protein regulating RNA metabolism. Recently, an unexpected function of FMRP in modulating the activity of Adenosine Deaminase Acting on RNA (ADAR) enzymes has been reported both in Drosophila and Zebrafish. ADARs are RNA-binding proteins that increase transcriptional complexity through a post-transcriptional mechanism called RNA editing. In order to evaluate the ADAR2-FMRP interaction in mammals we analysed several RNA editing re-coding sites in the fmr1 knockout (KO) mice...
June 22, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640667/restricting-retrotransposons-adar1-is-another-guardian-of-the-human-genome
#4
Elisa Orecchini, Loredana Frassinelli, Alessandro Michienzi
ADAR1 is an enzyme that belongs to the Adenosine Deaminases Acting on RNA (ADARs) family. These enzymes deaminate adenosines to inosines (RNA editing A-to-I) within double-stranded RNA regions in transcripts. Since inosines are recognized as guanosines by the cellular machinery, RNA editing mediated by ADARs can either lead to the formation of an altered protein (recoding) or affect different aspects of RNA metabolism. Recently, a proteomic analysis led to the identification of novel ADAR1-associated factors and found that a good fraction of them is shared with the Long Interspersed Element 1 (LINE-1 or L1) ribonucleoparticles (RNPs)...
June 22, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640665/mrna-localization-in-metazoans-a-structural-perspective
#5
Daniela Lazzaretti, Fulvia Bono
Asymmetric localization of mRNAs is a widespread gene regulatory mechanism that is crucial for many cellular processes. The localization of a transcript involves multiple steps and requires several protein factors to mediate transport, anchoring and translational repression of the mRNA. Specific recognition of the localizing transcript is a key step that depends on linear or structured localization signals, which are bound by RNA-binding proteins. Genetic studies have identified many components involved in mRNA localization...
June 22, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613101/targeting-igf1r-pathway-in-cancer-with-micrornas-how-close-are-we
#6
Arathy S Kumar, Suresh K Rayala, Ganesh Venkatraman
Cancer of the head and neck are the most common cancers in India and account for 30% of all cancers. At molecular level, it could be attributed to the over-expression of growth factors like IGF1-R, EGFR, VEGF-R and deregulation of cell cycle regulators and tumor suppressors. IGF1-R is an emerging target in head and neck cancer treatment, because of its reported role in tumor development, progression and metastasis. IGF1R targeted agents are in advanced stages of clinical development. Nevertheless, these agents suffer from several disadvantages including acquired resistance and toxic side effects...
June 14, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594311/a-lentiviral-vector-bearing-a-reverse-intron-demonstrates-superior-expression-of-both-proteins-and-micrornas
#7
Brigid Chiyoko Poling, Kevin Tsai, Dong Kang, Linda Ren, Edward M Kennedy, Bryan R Cullen
While lentiviral expression vectors are widely used in many facets of molecular biology, due to their ability to stably express heterologous genes in both dividing and non-dividing cells, they suffer from the disadvantage that introns inserted into the vector genome are generally rapidly lost by splicing in packaging cell lines. The presence of an intron, if achievable, has the potential to facilitate the expression of transgene cDNAs, as splicing has been extensively shown to facilitate mRNA biogenesis and function...
June 8, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569591/influence-of-the-loop-size-and-nucleotide-composition-on-agoshrna-biogenesis-and-activity
#8
Elena Herrera-Carrillo, Alex Harwig, Ben Berkhout
Short hairpin RNAs (shRNAs) are widely used for gene silencing by the RNA interference (RNAi) mechanism. The shRNA precursor is processed by the Dicer enzyme into active small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) that subsequently target a complementary mRNA for cleavage by the Argonaute 2 (Ago2) complex. Recent evidence indicates that shRNAs with a relatively short basepaired stem bypass Dicer and are instead processed by Ago2. We termed these molecules AgoshRNAs as both processing and silencing steps are mediated by Ago2 and proposed rules for the design of effective AgoshRNA molecules...
June 1, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548627/combined-single-molecule-experimental-and-computational-approaches-for-understanding-the-unfolding-pathway-of-a-viral-translation-enhancer-that-participates-in-a-conformational-switch
#9
My-Tra Le, Wojciech K Kasprzak, Bruce A Shapiro, Anne E Simon
How plus-strand [+]RNA virus genomes transition from translation templates to replication templates is a matter of much speculation. We have previously proposed that, for Turnip crinkle virus, binding of the encoded RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) to the 3'UTR of the [+]RNA template promotes a regional wide-spread conformational switch to an alternative structure that disassembles the cap-independent translation element (CITE) in the 3'UTR. The active 3'CITE folds into a tRNA-like T-shaped structure (TSS) that binds to 80S ribosomes and 60S subunits in the P-site...
May 26, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534707/type-ia-topoisomerases-can-be-magicians-for-both-dna-and-rna-in-all-domains-of-life
#10
Muzammil Ahmad, Dongyi Xu, Weidong Wang
Topoisomerases solve critical topological problems in DNA metabolism and have long been regarded as the "magicians" of the DNA world. Here we present views from two of our recent studies indicating that Type IA topoisomerases from all domains of life often possess dual topoisomerase activities for both DNA and RNA. In animals, one of the two Type IA topoisomerases, Top3β, contains an RNA-binding domain, possesses RNA topoisomerase activity, binds mRNAs, interacts with mRNA-binding proteins, and associates with active mRNA translation machinery...
May 23, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534666/human-aminoacyl-trna-synthetases-in-diseases-of-the-nervous-system
#11
Jana Ognjenović, Miljan Simonović
Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (AaRSs) are ubiquitously expressed enzymes that ensure accurate translation of the genetic information into functional proteins. These enzymes also execute a variety of non-canonical functions that are significant for regulation of diverse cellular processes and that reside outside the realm of protein synthesis. Associations between faults in AaRS-mediated processes and human diseases have been long recognized. Most recent research findings strongly argue that 10 cytosolic and 14 mitochondrial AaRSs are implicated in some form of pathology of the human nervous system...
May 23, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513325/developmental-transitions-in-arabidopsis-are-regulated-by-antisense-rnas-resulting-from-bidirectionally-transcribed-genes
#12
Katarzyna Krzyczmonik, Agata Wroblewska-Swiniarska, Szymon Swiezewski
Transcription terminators are DNA elements located at the 3' end of genes that ensure efficient cleavage of nascent RNA generating the 3' end of mRNA, as well as facilitating disengagement of elongating DNA-dependent RNA polymerase II. Surprisingly, terminators are also a potent source of antisense transcription. We have recently described an Arabidopsis antisense transcript originating from the 3' end of a master regulator of Arabidopsis thaliana seed dormancy DOG1. In this review, we discuss the broader implications of our discovery in light of recent developments in yeast and Arabidopsis...
May 17, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498001/abce1-a-special-factor-that-orchestrates-translation-at-the-crossroad-between-recycling-and-initiation
#13
Eder Mancera-Martínez, Jailson Brito Querido, Leos Shivaya Valasek, Angelita Simonetti, Yaser Hashem
For many years initiation and termination of mRNA translation have been studied separately. However, a direct link between these two isolated stages has been suggested by the fact that some initiation factors also control termination and can even promote ribosome recycling; i.e. the last stage where post-terminating 80 S ribosomes are split to start a new round of initiation. Notably, it is now firmly established that, among other factors, ribosomal recycling critically requires the NTPase ABCE1. However, several earlier reports have proposed that ABCE1 also somehow participates in the initiation complex assembly...
May 12, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497998/transcriptional-reprogramming-in-cellular-quiescence
#14
Benjamin Roche, Benoit Arcangioli, Robert A Martienssen
Most cells in nature are not actively dividing, yet are able to return to the cell cycle given the appropriate environmental signals. There is now ample evidence that quiescent G0 cells are not shut-down but still metabolically and transcriptionally active. Quiescent cells must maintain a basal transcriptional capacity to maintain transcripts and proteins necessary for survival. This implies a tight control over RNA polymerases: RNA pol II for mRNA transcription during G0, but especially RNA pol I and RNA pol III in order to maintain an appropriate level of structural RNAs, raising the possibility that specific transcriptional control mechanisms evolved in quiescent cells...
May 12, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494198/microrna-338-modulates-cortical-neuronal-placement-and-polarity
#15
Aron Kos, Annetrude J de Mooij-Malsen, Hans van Bokhoven, Barry B Kaplan, Gerard J Martens, Sharon M Kolk, Armaz Aschrafi
The precise spatial and temporal regulation of gene expression orchestrates the many intricate processes during brain development. In the present study we examined the role of the brain-enriched microRNA-338 (miR-338) during mouse cortical development. Reduction of miR-338 levels in the developing mouse cortex, using a sequence-specific miR-sponge, resulted in a loss of neuronal polarity in the cortical plate and significantly reduced the number of neurons within this cortical layer. Conversely, miR-338 overexpression in developing mouse cortex increased the number of neurons, which exhibited a multipolar morphology...
May 11, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488947/translation-control-learning-from-viruses-again
#16
Juana Díez, Jennifer Jungfleisch
Viruses are powerful tools to uncover cellular processes. Through viral studies we have recently identified a novel translational control mechanism that involves the DEAD-box helicase Dhh1/DDX6 and RNA folding within coding sequences (CDSs). All Dhh1-dependent mRNAs, viral and cellular ones, (i) contain long and highly structured CDSs, (ii) are directly bound by Dhh1 with a specific pattern, (iii) are activated at the translation initiation step and (iv) express proteins associated with the endoplasmic reticulum...
May 10, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488916/observing-the-fate-of-trna-and-its-modifications-by-nucleic-acid-isotope-labeling-mass-spectrometry-nail-ms
#17
Matthias Heiss, Valentin F Reichle, Stefanie Kellner
RNA in yeast, especially rRNA and tRNA are heavily modified to fulfill their function in protein translation. Using biosynthetic stable isotope labeled internal standards we quantified 12 modified nucleosides in tRNA from S. cerevisiae over 24 hours. We observed different quantities of modified nucleosides in dependence of the growth phase. To elucidate the underlying mechanism of the observed tRNA modification profile adaptation, it is necessary to distinguish the pre-existing tRNA pool and its modifications from newly-synthesized tRNAs...
May 10, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486008/special-focus-on-the-cajal-body
#18
Karla M Neugebauer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 9, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453393/cleavage-and-polyadenylation-ending-the-message-expands-gene-regulation
#19
Jonathan Neve, Radhika Patel, Zhiqiao Wang, Alastair Louey, André Martin Furger
Cleavage and polyadenylation (pA) is a fundamental step that is required for the maturation of primary protein encoding transcripts into functional mRNAs that can be exported from the nucleus and translated in the cytoplasm. 3'end processing is dependent on the assembly of a multiprotein processing complex on the pA signals that reside in the pre-mRNAs. Most eukaryotic genes have multiple pA signals, resulting in alternative cleavage and polyadenylation (APA), a widespread phenomenon that is important to establish cell state and cell type specific transcriptomes...
April 28, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448743/circular-rnas-with-hammerhead-ribozymes-encoded-in-eukaryotic-genomes-the-enemy-at-home
#20
Marcos de la Peña, Amelia Cervera
A new family of non-autonomous retrotransposons with self-cleaving hammerhead ribozymes, the so called retrozymes, has recently been found encoded in diverse plant genomes. These retroelements can be actively transcribed, and their RNAs accumulate in the cells as abundant non-coding circular RNAs (circRNAs) of small size (600-1000 nt). Related circRNAs with self-cleaving ribozymes had already been described in plants, and belong to a group of infectious RNA agents with an uncertain origin: the viroids and viroid-like satellites of plant RNA viruses...
April 27, 2017: RNA Biology
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