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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595592/computational-prediction-of-lncrna-mrna-interactionsby-integrating-tissue-specificity-in-human-transcriptome
#1
Junichi Iwakiri, Goro Terai, Michiaki Hamada
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) play a key role in normal tissue differentiation and cancer development through their tissue-specific expression in the human transcriptome. Recent investigations of macromolecular interactions have shown that tissue-specific lncRNAs form base-pairing interactions with various mRNAs associated with tissue-differentiation, suggesting that tissue specificity is an important factor controlling human lncRNA-mRNA interactions.Here, we report investigations of the tissue specificities of lncRNAs and mRNAs by using RNA-seq data across various human tissues as well as computational predictions of tissue-specific lncRNA-mRNA interactions inferred by integrating the tissue specificity of lncRNAs and mRNAs into our comprehensive prediction of human lncRNA-RNA interactions...
June 8, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569180/rotational-restriction-of-nascent-peptides-as-an-essential-element-of-co-translational-protein-folding-possible-molecular-players-and-structural-consequences
#2
Irina Sorokina, Arcady Mushegian
BACKGROUND: A basic tenet of protein science is that all information about the spatial structure of proteins is present in their sequences. Nonetheless, many proteins fail to attain native structure upon experimental denaturation and refolding in vitro, raising the question of the specific role of cellular machinery in protein folding in vivo. Recently, we hypothesized that energy-dependent twisting of the protein backbone is an unappreciated essential factor guiding the protein folding process in vivo...
May 31, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545555/the-complex-domain-architecture-of-samd9-family-proteins-predicted-stand-like-ntpases-suggests-new-links-to-inflammation-and-apoptosis
#3
Sergei L Mekhedov, Kira S Makarova, Eugene V Koonin
We report a comprehensive computational dissection of the domain architecture of the SAMD9 family proteins that are involved in antivirus and antitumor response in humans. We show that the SAMD9 protein family is represented in most animals and also, unexpectedly, in bacteria, in particular actinomycetes. From the N to C terminus, the core SAMD9 family architecture includes DNA/RNA-binding AlbA domain, a variant Sir2-like domain, a STAND-like P-loop NTPase, an array of TPR repeats and an OB-fold domain with predicted RNA-binding properties...
May 25, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526057/recognition-of-a-structural-domain-rwdbd-in-gcn1-proteins-that-interacts-with-the-rwd-domain-containing-proteins
#4
Ramachandran Rakesh, Rangachari Krishnan, Evelyn Sattlegger, Narayanaswamy Srinivasan
The protein Gcn1 (General control non-derepressible 1) is found in virtually all eukaryotes, and is a key component of the general amino acid control signal transduction pathway. This pathway is best known for its importance for cells to sense and overcome amino acid starvation. Gcn1 directly binds to the RWD (RING finger-containing proteins, WD-repeat-containing proteins, and yeast DEAD (DEXD)-like helicases) domain of the protein kinase Gcn2, and this is essential for delivering the starvation signal to Gcn2...
May 19, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514948/demystification-of-animal-symmetry-symmetry-is-a-response-to-mechanical-forces
#5
Gábor Holló
ᅟ: Symmetry is an eye-catching feature of animal body plans, yet its causes are not well enough understood. The evolution of animal form is mainly due to changes in gene regulatory networks (GRNs). Based on theoretical considerations regarding fundamental GRN properties, it has recently been proposed that the animal genome, on large time scales, should be regarded as a system which can construct both the main symmetries - radial and bilateral - simultaneously; and that the expression of any of these depends on functional constraints...
May 17, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476175/biochemical-and-proteomics-analyses-of-antioxidant-enzymes-reveal-the-potential-stress-tolerance-in-rhododendron-chrysanthum-pall
#6
Xiaofu Zhou, Silin Chen, Hui Wu, Yi Yang, Hongwei Xu
BACKGROUND: Rhododendron chrysanthum Pall., an endangered species with significant ornamental and medicinal value, is endemic to the Changbai Mountain of China and can also serve as a significant plant resource for investigating the stress tolerance in plants. Proteomics is an effective analytical tool that provides significant information about plant metabolism and gene expression. However, no proteomics data have been reported for R. chrysanthum previously. In alpine tundra, the abiotic stress will lead to a severe over-accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
May 3, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427457/integrative-modelling-of-tir-domain-containing-adaptor-molecule-inducing-interferon-%C3%AE-trif-provides-insights-into-its-autoinhibited-state
#7
Jarjapu Mahita, Ramanathan Sowdhamini
BACKGROUND: TRIF is a key protein in antiviral innate immunity, operating downstream of TLRs. TRIF activation leads to the production of interferon-β and pro-inflammatory cytokines. There is evidence from experiments to suggest that the N-terminal domain of TRIF binds to its TIR domain to avoid constitutive activation. However, no structure of a complex between the N-terminal domain and the TIR domain exists till date. The disordered nature of the region connecting the N-terminal domain and the TIR domain compounds the issue of elucidating the mechanism of autoinhibition of TRIF...
April 20, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412966/tfap2a-is-a-component-of-the-zeb1-2-network-that-regulates-tgfb1-induced-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition
#8
Yoana Dimitrova, Andreas J Gruber, Nitish Mittal, Souvik Ghosh, Beatrice Dimitriades, Daniel Mathow, William Aaron Grandy, Gerhard Christofori, Mihaela Zavolan
BACKGROUND: The transition between epithelial and mesenchymal phenotypes (EMT) occurs in a variety of contexts. It is critical for mammalian development and it is also involved in tumor initiation and progression. Master transcription factor (TF) regulators of this process are conserved between mouse and human. METHODS: From a computational analysis of a variety of high-throughput sequencing data sets we initially inferred that TFAP2A is connected to the core EMT network in both species...
April 17, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245845/adaptive-multiscapes-an-up-to-date-metaphor-to-visualize-molecular-adaptation
#9
EDITORIAL
Pablo Catalán, Clemente F Arias, Jose A Cuesta, Susanna Manrubia
BACKGROUND: Wright's metaphor of the fitness landscape has shaped and conditioned our view of the adaptation of populations for almost a century. Since its inception, and including criticism raised by Wright himself, the concept has been surrounded by controversy. Among others, the debate stems from the intrinsic difficulty to capture important features of the space of genotypes, such as its high dimensionality or the existence of abundant ridges, in a visually appealing two-dimensional picture...
February 28, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222786/post-translational-modification-of-parkin
#10
REVIEW
Joy Chakraborty, Valentina Basso, Elena Ziviani
Mutations in the gene encoding for the E3 ubiquitin ligase Parkin are associated to a rare form of familiar autosomal recessive Parkinsonism. Despite decades of research on the Parkin protein, whose structure has been recently solved, little is known about the specific signalling pathways that lead to Parkin activation. Parkin activity spans from mitochondria quality control to tumor suppression and stress protection; it is thus tempting to hypothesize that the broad impact of Parkin on cellular physiology might be the result of different post translational modifications that can be controlled by balanced opposing events...
February 21, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187792/evolution-of-rna-and-dna-guided-antivirus-defense-systems-in-prokaryotes-and-eukaryotes-common-ancestry-vs-convergence
#11
REVIEW
Eugene V Koonin
Complementarity between nucleic acid molecules is central to biological information transfer processes. Apart from the basal processes of replication, transcription and translation, complementarity is also employed by multiple defense and regulatory systems. All cellular life forms possess defense systems against viruses and mobile genetic elements, and in most of them some of the defense mechanisms involve small guide RNAs or DNAs that recognize parasite genomes and trigger their inactivation. The nucleic acid-guided defense systems include prokaryotic Argonaute (pAgo)-centered innate immunity and CRISPR-Cas adaptive immunity as well as diverse branches of RNA interference (RNAi) in eukaryotes...
February 10, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143486/consistent-metagenomic-biomarker-detection-via-robust-pca
#12
Mustafa Alshawaqfeh, Ahmad Bashaireh, Erchin Serpedin, Jan Suchodolski
BACKGROUND: Recent developments of high throughput sequencing technologies allow the characterization of the microbial communities inhabiting our world. Various metagenomic studies have suggested using microbial taxa as potential biomarkers for certain diseases. In practice, the number of available samples varies from experiment to experiment. Therefore, a robust biomarker detection algorithm is needed to provide a set of potential markers irrespective of the number of available samples...
January 31, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122638/of-yeast-mice-and-men-mams-come-in-two-flavors
#13
REVIEW
Maria Sol Herrera-Cruz, Thomas Simmen
The past decade has seen dramatic progress in our understanding of membrane contact sites (MCS). Important examples of these are endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-mitochondria contact sites. ER-mitochondria contacts have originally been discovered in mammalian tissue, where they have been designated as mitochondria-associated membranes (MAMs). It is also in this model system, where the first critical MAM proteins have been identified, including MAM tethering regulators such as phospho-furin acidic cluster sorting protein 2 (PACS-2) and mitofusin-2...
January 25, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103906/thermodynamic-and-kinetic-stability-of-the-josephin-domain-closed-arrangement-evidences-from-replica-exchange-molecular-dynamics
#14
Gianvito Grasso, Jack A Tuszynski, Umberto Morbiducci, Ginevra Licandro, Andrea Danani, Marco A Deriu
BACKGROUND: Molecular phenomena driving pathological aggregation in neurodegenerative diseases are not completely understood yet. Peculiar is the case of Spinocerebellar Ataxia 3 (SCA3) where the conformational properties of the AT-3 N-terminal region, also called Josephin Domain (JD), play a key role in the first step of aggregation, having the JD an amyloidogenic propensity itself. For this reason, unraveling the intimate relationship between JD structural features and aggregation tendency may lead to a step forward in understanding the pathology and rationally design a cure...
January 19, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095902/identification-of-positive-selection-in-genes-is-greatly-improved-by-using-experimentally-informed-site-specific-models
#15
Jesse D Bloom
BACKGROUND: Sites of positive selection are identified by comparing observed evolutionary patterns to those expected under a null model for evolution in the absence of such selection. For protein-coding genes, the most common null model is that nonsynonymous and synonymous mutations fix at equal rates; this unrealistic model has limited power to detect many interesting forms of selection. RESULTS: I describe a new approach that uses a null model based on experimental measurements of a gene's site-specific amino-acid preferences generated by deep mutational scanning in the lab...
January 17, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031045/expansion-of-the-molecular-and-morphological-diversity-of-acanthamoebidae-centramoebida-amoebozoa-and-identification-of-a-novel-life-cycle-type-within-the-group
#16
Alexander K Tice, Lora L Shadwick, Anna Maria Fiore-Donno, Stefan Geisen, Seungho Kang, Gabriel A Schuler, Frederick W Spiegel, Katherine A Wilkinson, Michael Bonkowski, Kenneth Dumack, Daniel J G Lahr, Eckhard Voelcker, Steffen Clauß, Junling Zhang, Matthew W Brown
BACKGROUND: Acanthamoebidae is a "family" level amoebozoan group composed of the genera Acanthamoeba, Protacanthamoeba, and very recently Luapeleamoeba. This clade of amoebozoans has received considerable attention from the broader scientific community as Acanthamoeba spp. represent both model organisms and human pathogens. While the classical composition of the group (Acanthamoeba + Protacanthamoeba) has been well accepted due to the morphological and ultrastructural similarities of its members, the Acanthamoebidae has never been highly statistically supported in single gene phylogenetic reconstructions of Amoebozoa either by maximum likelihood (ML) or Bayesian analyses...
December 28, 2016: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993167/prognostic-value-of-cross-omics-screening-for-kidney-clear-cell-renal-cancer-survival
#17
Slavica Dimitrieva, Ralph Schlapbach, Hubert Rehrauer
BACKGROUND: Kidney renal clear cell carcinoma (KIRC) is a type of cancer that is resistant to chemotherapy and radiotherapy and has limited treatment possibilities. Large-scale molecular profiling of KIRC tumors offers a great potential to uncover the genetic and epigenetic changes underlying this disease and to improve the clinical management of KIRC patients. However, in practice the clinicians and researchers typically focus on single-platform molecular data or on a small set of genes...
December 20, 2016: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993158/inter-platform-concordance-of-gene-expression-data-for-the-prediction-of-chemical-mode-of-action
#18
Chathura Siriwardhana, Susmita Datta, Somnath Datta
BACKGROUND: It is interesting to study the consistency of outcomes arising from two genomic platforms: Microarray and RNAseq, which are established on fundamentally different technologies. This topic has been frequently discussed from the prospect of comparing differentially expressed genes (DEGs). In this study, we explore the inter-platform concordance between microarray and RNASeq in their ability to classify samples based on genomic information. We use a set of 7 standard multi-class classifiers and an adaptive ensemble classifier developed around them to predict Chemical Modes of Actions (MOA) of data profiled by microarray and RNASeq platforms from Rat Liver samples exposed to a variety of chemical compounds...
December 20, 2016: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993156/sensitivity-specificity-and-reproducibility-of-rna-seq-differential-expression-calls
#19
Paweł P Łabaj, David P Kreil
BACKGROUND: The MAQC/SEQC consortium has recently compiled a key benchmark that can serve for testing the latest developments in analysis tools for microarray and RNA-seq expression profiling. Such objective benchmarks are required for basic and applied research, and can be critical for clinical and regulatory outcomes. Going beyond the first comparisons presented in the original SEQC study, we here present extended benchmarks including effect strengths typical of common experiments. RESULTS: With artefacts removed by factor analysis and additional filters, for genome scale surveys, the reproducibility of differential expression calls typically exceed 80% for all tool combinations examined...
December 20, 2016: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993151/exploring-the-importance-of-cancer-pathways-by-meta-analysis-of-differential-protein-expression-networks-in-three-different-cancers
#20
Sinjini Sikdar, Somnath Datta, Susmita Datta
BACKGROUND: It is believed that all cancers occur due to the mutation or change in one or more genes. In order to investigate the significance of the biological pathways which are interrupted by these genetic mutations, we pursue an integrated analysis using multiple cancer datasets released by the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC). This dataset consists of expression profiles for genes/proteins of patients receiving treatment, for three types of cancer - Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSC), Lung Adenocarcinoma (LUAD) and Kidney Renal Clear Cell Carcinoma (KIRC)...
December 20, 2016: Biology Direct
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