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RNA Biology

Prajakta Bajad, Michael F Jantsch, Liam Keegan, Mary O'Connell
Adenosine deaminases acting on RNA (ADARs) are zinc-containing enzymes that deaminate adenosine bases to inosines within dsRNA regions in transcripts. In short, structured dsRNA hairpins individual adenosine bases may be targeted specifically and edited with up to one hundred percent efficiency, leading to the production of alternative protein variants. However, the majority of editing events occur within longer stretches of dsRNA formed by pairing of repetitive sequences. Here, many different adenosine bases are potential targets but editing efficiency is usually much lower...
March 27, 2017: RNA Biology
Christoffer Lind, Mauricio Esguerra, Johan Åqvist
When given an option to choose among a set of alternatives and only one selection is right, one might stop and reflect over which one is best. However, the ribosome has no time to stop and make such reflections, proteins need to be produced and very fast. Eukaryotic translation initiation is an example of such a conundrum. Here, scanning for the correct codon match must be fast, efficient and accurate. We highlight our recent computational findings, which show how the initiation machinery manages to recognize one specific codon among many possible challengers, by fine-tuning the energetic landscape of base-pairing with the aid of the initiation factors eIF1 and eIF1A...
March 24, 2017: RNA Biology
Fabian Braukmann, David Jordan, Eric Miska
19 years after Lisa Timmons and Andy Fire first described RNA transfer from bacteria to C. elegans in an experimental setting [Timmons and Fire, 1998 ] the biological role of this trans-kingdom RNA-based communication remains unknown. Here we summarize our current understanding on the mechanism and potential role of such social RNA.
March 23, 2017: RNA Biology
René M Arvola, Chase A Weidmann, Traci M Tanaka Hall, Aaron C Goldstrohm
Eukaryotes possess a vast array of RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) that affect mRNAs in diverse ways to control protein expression. Combinatorial regulation of mRNAs by RBPs is emerging as the rule. No example illustrates this as vividly as the partnership of three Drosophila RBPs, Pumilio, Nanos and Brain Tumor, which have overlapping functions in development, stem cell maintenance and differentiation, fertility and neurological processes. Here we synthesize thirty years of research with new insights into their molecular functions and mechanisms of action...
March 20, 2017: RNA Biology
James M Burke, Christopher S Sullivan
Dual-specificity phosphatase 11 (DUSP11) is a conserved protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP) in metazoans. The cellular substrates and physiological activities of DUSP11 remain largely unknown. In nematodes, DUSP11 is required for normal development and RNA interference against endogenous RNAs (endo-RNAi) via molecular mechanisms that are not well understood. However, mammals lack analogous endo-RNAi pathways and consequently, a role for DUSP11 in mammalian RNA silencing was unanticipated. Recent work from our lab demonstrated that DUSP11 activity alters the silencing potential of noncanonical viral miRNAs in mammalian cells...
March 15, 2017: RNA Biology
Sassan Asgari
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March 15, 2017: RNA Biology
Marc P Grüll, Lourdes Peña-Castillo, Martin E Mulligan, Andrew S Lang
Small non-coding RNAs (sRNAs) are involved in the control of numerous cellular processes through various regulatory mechanisms, and in the past decade many studies have identified sRNAs in a multitude of bacterial species using RNA sequencing (RNA-seq). Here, we present the first genome-wide analysis of sRNA sequencing data in Rhodobacter capsulatus, a purple nonsulfur photosynthetic alphaproteobacterium. Using a recently developed bioinformatics approach, sRNA-Detect, we detected 422 putative sRNAs from R...
March 15, 2017: RNA Biology
Iolanda Ferro, Irina Chelysheva, Zoya Ignatova
Transfer RNAs (tRNAs) are central entities for translation that deliver amino acids to the ribosome to translate genetic information in an mRNA-template dependent manner. Recent discoveries from our laboratory show that in E. coli and B. licheniformis, some tRNAs are poorly charged despite the plentiful intracellular cognate amino acid. Specifically, tRNAs carrying amino acids that exert toxicity and inhibit bacterial growth when added separately to the growth medium are poorly charged. Here, we discuss various evolutionary strategies different bacterial cells have adopted to precisely hone the competition between amino acid utilization for translation and proliferation and combat the inhibitory effect towards maximizing bacterial fitness...
March 15, 2017: RNA Biology
Daniela Prasse, Konrad U Förstner, Dominik Jäger, Rolf Backofen, Ruth A Schmitz
Trans-encoded sRNA154 is exclusively expressed under nitrogen (N)-deficiency in Methanosarcina mazei strain Gö1. The sRNA154 deletion strain showed a significant decrease in growth under N-limitation, pointing towards a regulatory role of sRNA154 in N-metabolism. Aiming to elucidate its regulatory function we characterized sRNA154 by means of biochemical and genetic approaches. 24 homologs of sRNA154 were identified in recently reported draft genomes of Methanosarcina strains, demonstrating high conservation in sequence and predicted secondary structure with two highly conserved single stranded loops...
March 15, 2017: RNA Biology
Masayuki Takahashi, Viorica Raluca Contu, Chihana Kabuta, Katsunori Hase, Yuuki Fujiwara, Keiji Wada, Tomohiro Kabuta
Single-stranded oligonucleotides (ssOligos) are efficiently taken up by living cells without the use of transfection reagents. This phenomenon called 'gymnosis' enables the sequence-specific silencing of target genes in various types of cells. Several antisense ssOligos are used for the treatment of human diseases. However, the molecular mechanism underlying the uptake of naked ssOligos into cells remains to be elucidated. Here, we show that systemic RNA interference deficient-1 (SID-1) transmembrane family 2 (SIDT2), a mammalian ortholog of the Caenorhabditis elegans double-stranded RNA channel SID-1, mediates gymnosis...
March 9, 2017: RNA Biology
Hubert F Becker, Alice Heliou, Kamel Djaout, Roxane Lestini, Mireille Regnier, Hannu Myllykallio
It is only recently that the abundant presence of circular RNAs (circRNAs) in all kingdoms of Life, including the hyperthermophilic archaeon Pyrococcus abyssi, has emerged. This led us to investigate the physiological significance of a previously observed weak intramolecular ligation activity of Pab1020 RNA ligase. Here we demonstrate that this enzyme, despite sharing significant sequence similarity with DNA ligases, is indeed an RNA-specific polynucleotide ligase efficiently acting on physiologically significant substrates...
March 9, 2017: RNA Biology
Ilias Skeparnias, Dimitrios Αnastasakis, Athanasios-Nasir Shaukat, Katerina Grafanaki, Constantinos Stathopoulos
Deadenylases belong to an expanding family of exoribonucleases involved mainly in mRNA stability and turnover, with the exception of PARN which has additional roles in the biogenesis of several important non-coding RNAs, including miRNAs and piRNAs. Recently, PARN in C. elegans and its homologue PNLDC1 in B. mori were reported as the elusive trimmers mediating piRNA biogenesis. In addition, characterization of mammalian PNLDC1 in comparison to PARN, showed that is specifically expressed in embryonic stem and germ cells, as well as during early embryo development...
March 7, 2017: RNA Biology
Wanyu Deng, Xiaoyong Zhang, Zhiyong Ma, Yong Lin, Mengji Lu
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are able to modulate hepatitis B virus (HBV) replication and play an important role in the pathogenesis of HBV infection. Recently, we have identified that serum miR-125b-5p level correlated with HBV DNA levels and liver necroinflammation. In the present study, we addressed how miR-125b-5p regulated HBV replication at the different steps, inclduing viral transcription, assembly, and virion production and investigated the underlying mechanisms. We found that miR-125b-5p overexpression increased HBV replication without altering HBV transcription...
March 7, 2017: RNA Biology
Ming Wang, Arne Weiberg, Exequiel Dellota, Daniel Yamane, Hailing Jin
Pathogens secrete effector proteins to suppress host immune responses. Recently, we showed that an aggressive plant fungal pathogen Botrytis cinerea can also deliver small RNA effectors into host cells to suppress host immunity. B. cinerea sRNAs (Bc-sRNAs) translocate into host plants and hijack the plant RNAi machinery to induce cross-kingdom RNAi of host immune responsive genes. Here, we functionally characterized another Bc-sRNA effector Bc-siR37 that is predicted to target at least 15 Arabidopsis genes, including WRKY transcription factors, receptor-like kinases, and cell wall-modifying enzymes...
March 7, 2017: RNA Biology
Stephanie Biedka, Shan Wu, Amber J LaPeruta, Ning Gao, John L Woolford
Ribosomes are responsible for translating the genome, in the form of mRNA, into the proteome in all organisms. Biogenesis of ribosomes in eukaryotes is a complex process involving numerous remodeling events driven in part by the concerted actions of hundreds of protein assembly factors. A major challenge in studying eukaryotic ribosome assembly has, until recently, been a lack of structural data to facilitate understanding of the conformational and compositional changes the pre-ribosome undergoes during its construction...
March 7, 2017: RNA Biology
Ivana Gotic, Ueli Schibler
In mammals, body temperature oscillates in a daily fashion around a set point of 36°C-37°C. These fluctuations are controlled by the circadian master clock residing in the brain's suprachiasmatic nucleus and, despite their small amplitudes, contribute to the diurnal expression of genes throughout the organism. By focusing on the mechanisms underlying the temperature-dependent accumulation of the cold-inducible RNA-binding protein CIRBP - a factor involved in the tuning of amplitude and phase in circadian clocks of peripheral tissues - we have recently identified a novel mechanism governing temperature-dependent gene expression...
March 2, 2017: RNA Biology
Stéphane Hausmann, Vanessa Andrade Guimarães, Dominique Garcin, Natalia Baumann, Patrick Linder, Peter Redder
RNA decay and RNA maturation are important steps in the regulation of bacterial gene expression. RNase J, which is present in about half of bacterial species, has been shown to possess both endo- and 5' to 3' exo-ribonuclease activities. The exonucleolytic activity is clearly involved in the degradation of mRNA and in the maturation of at least the 5'end of 16S rRNA in the two Firmicutes Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis. The endoribonuclease activity of RNase J from a number of species has been shown to be weak in vitro and 3-D structural data of different RNase J orthologs has not provided a clear explanation for the molecular basis of this activity...
March 1, 2017: RNA Biology
Bo Shu, Peng Gong
The nucleotide addition cycle of nucleic acid polymerases includes two major events: the pre-chemistry active site closure leading to the addition of one nucleotide to the product chain; the post-chemistry translocation step moving the polymerase active site one position downstream on its template. In viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerases (RdRPs), structural and biochemical evidences suggest that these two events are not tightly coupled, unlike the situation observed in A-family polymerases such as the bacteriophage T7 RNA polymerase...
March 1, 2017: RNA Biology
Heegwon Shin, Jungmin Lee, Youngmi Kim, Seonghui Jang, Yunhee Lee, Semi Kim, Younghoon Lee
Although BC200 RNA is best known as a neuron-specific non-coding RNA, it is overexpressed in various cancer cells. BC200 RNA was recently shown to contribute to metastasis in several cancer cell lines, but the underlying mechanism was not understood in detail. To examine this mechanism, we knocked down BC200 RNA in cancer cells, which overexpress the RNA, and examined cell motility, profiling of ribosome footprints, and the correlation between cell motility changes and genes exhibiting altered ribosome profiles...
March 1, 2017: RNA Biology
Regina Feederle, Aloys Schepers
Nucleotide modifications constitute marks in RNA and DNA that contribute to gene regulation, development and other cellular processes. The understanding of their intricate molecular roles has been hampered by the high number of different modifications, the lack of effective methods and tools for their detection and quantification as well as by their complex structure-function relationship. The recent development of RNA and DNA immunoprecipitation followed by high-throughput sequencing (RIP- and DIP-seq) initiated detailed transcriptome- and genome-wide studies...
February 23, 2017: RNA Biology
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