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Fangzhou Shen, Jian Li, Ying Zhu, Zhuo Wang
Cancer cells have different metabolism in contrast to normal cells. The advancement in omics measurement technology enables the genome-wide characterization of altered cellular processes in cancers, but the metabolic flux landscape of cancer is still far from understood. In this study, we compared the well-reconstructed tissue-specific models of five cancers, including breast, liver, lung, renal, and urothelial cancer, and their corresponding normal cells. There are similar patterns in majority of significantly regulated pathways and enriched pathways in correlated reaction sets...
August 29, 2016: Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Konstantinos Tzelepis, Hiroko Koike-Yusa, Etienne De Braekeleer, Yilong Li, Emmanouil Metzakopian, Oliver M Dovey, Annalisa Mupo, Vera Grinkevich, Meng Li, Milena Mazan, Malgorzata Gozdecka, Shuhei Ohnishi, Jonathan Cooper, Miten Patel, Thomas McKerrell, Bin Chen, Ana Filipa Domingues, Paolo Gallipoli, Sarah Teichmann, Hannes Ponstingl, Ultan McDermott, Julio Saez-Rodriguez, Brian J P Huntly, Francesco Iorio, Cristina Pina, George S Vassiliou, Kosuke Yusa
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive cancer with a poor prognosis, for which mainstream treatments have not changed for decades. To identify additional therapeutic targets in AML, we optimize a genome-wide clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) screening platform and use it to identify genetic vulnerabilities in AML cells. We identify 492 AML-specific cell-essential genes, including several established therapeutic targets such as DOT1L, BCL2, and MEN1, and many other genes including clinically actionable candidates...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Vincenzo Sannino, Arun M Kolinjivadi, Giorgio Baldi, Vincenzo Costanzo
The correct duplication of genetic information is essential to maintain genome stability, which is lost in cancer cells. Replication fork integrity is ensured by a number of DNA metabolism proteins that assist replication of chromatin regions difficult to replicate due to their intrinsic DNA sequence composition, coordinate repair of DNA molecules resulting from aberrant replication events or protect replication forks in the presence of lesions impairing their progression. Some DNA metabolism genes involved in DNA repair are essential in higher eukaryotes even in unchallenged conditions, suggesting the existence of biological processes requiring these specialized functions in organisms with complex genomes...
2016: International Journal of Developmental Biology
Kriti Sethi, Saravanan Palani, Juan C G Cortés, Mamiko Sato, Mayalagu Sevugan, Mariona Ramos, Shruthi Vijaykumar, Masako Osumi, Naweed I Naqvi, Juan Carlos Ribas, Mohan Balasubramanian
Cytokinesis in many organisms requires a plasma membrane anchored actomyosin ring, whose contraction facilitates cell division. In yeast and fungi, actomyosin ring constriction is also coordinated with division septum assembly. How the actomyosin ring interacts with the plasma membrane and the plasma membrane-localized septum synthesizing machinery remains poorly understood. In Schizosaccharomyces pombe, an attractive model organism to study cytokinesis, the β-1,3-glucan synthase Cps1p / Bgs1p, an integral membrane protein, localizes to the plasma membrane overlying the actomyosin ring and is required for primary septum synthesis...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Bastian Minkenberg, Kabin Xie, Yinong Yang
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 nuclease (Cas9) system depends on a guide RNA (gRNA) to specify its target. By efficiently co-expressing multiple gRNAs that target different genomic sites, the polycistronic tRNA-gRNA gene (PTG) strategy enables multiplex gene editing in the family of closely related rice mitogen-activated protein kinase (MPK) genes. In this study, we identified MPK1 and MPK6 (Arabidopsis AtMPK6 and AtMPK4 orthologues, respectively) as essential genes for rice development by finding the preservation of MPK functional alleles and normal phenotypes in CRISPR-edited mutants...
October 16, 2016: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
Julia Bally, Glen J McIntyre, Rachel L Doran, Karen Lee, Alicia Perez, Hyungtaek Jung, Fatima Naim, Ignacio M Larrinua, Kenneth E Narva, Peter M Waterhouse
Expressing double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) in transgenic plants to silence essential genes within herbivorous pests is referred to as trans-kingdom RNA interference (TK-RNAi) and has emerged as a promising strategy for crop protection. However, the dicing of dsRNA into siRNAs by the plant's intrinsic RNAi machinery may reduce this pesticidal activity. Therefore, genetic constructs, encoding ∼200 nt duplex-stemmed-hairpin (hp) RNAs, targeting the acetylcholinesterase gene of the cotton bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera, were integrated into either the nuclear or the chloroplast genome of Nicotiana benthamiana...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Yuantai Wu, Mehmet Takar, Andrea A Cuentas-Condori, Todd R Graham
NEO1 is an essential gene in budding yeast and belongs to a highly conserved subfamily of P-type ATPase genes that encode phospholipid flippases. Inactivation of temperature sensitive neo1(ts) alleles produces pleiomorphic defects in the secretory and endocytic pathways, including fragmented vacuoles. A screen for multicopy suppressors of neo1-2(ts) growth defects yielded YPT7, which encodes a Rab7 homolog involved in SNARE-dependent vacuolar fusion. YPT7 suppressed the vacuole fragmentation phenotype of neo1-2, but did not suppress Golgi-associated protein trafficking defects...
July 2016: Cellular Logistics
Dirk Landgraf, Dann Huh, Erinc Hallacli, Susan Lindquist
Gene tagging with fluorescent proteins is commonly applied to investigate the localization and dynamics of proteins in their cellular environment. Ideally, a fluorescent tag is genetically inserted at the endogenous locus at the N- or C- terminus of the gene of interest without disrupting regulatory sequences including the 5' and 3' untranslated region (UTR) and without introducing any extraneous unwanted "scar" sequences, which may create unpredictable transcriptional or translational effects. We present a reliable, low-cost, and highly efficient method for the construction of such scarless C-terminal and N-terminal fusions with fluorescent proteins in yeast...
2016: PloS One
Martine Devic, Thomas Roscoe
Networks controlling developmental or metabolic processes in plants are often complex as a consequence of the duplication and specialisation of the regulatory genes as well as the numerous levels of transcriptional and post-transcriptional controls added during evolution. Networks serve to accommodate multicellular complexity and increase robustness to environmental changes. Mathematical simplification by regrouping genes or pathways in a limited number of hubs has facilitated the construction of models for complex traits...
November 2016: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
Yuan-Nong Ye, Bin-Guang Ma, Chuan Dong, Hong Zhang, Ling-Ling Chen, Feng-Biao Guo
A minimal gene set (MGS) is critical for the assembly of a minimal artificial cell. We have developed a proposal of simplifying bacterial gene set to approximate a bacterial MGS by the following procedure. First, we base our simplified bacterial gene set (SBGS) on experimentally determined essential genes to ensure that the genes included in the SBGS are critical. Second, we introduced a half-retaining strategy to extract persistent essential genes to ensure stability. Third, we constructed a viable metabolic network to supplement SBGS...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Michael Costanzo, Benjamin VanderSluis, Elizabeth N Koch, Anastasia Baryshnikova, Carles Pons, Guihong Tan, Wen Wang, Matej Usaj, Julia Hanchard, Susan D Lee, Vicent Pelechano, Erin B Styles, Maximilian Billmann, Jolanda van Leeuwen, Nydia van Dyk, Zhen-Yuan Lin, Elena Kuzmin, Justin Nelson, Jeff S Piotrowski, Tharan Srikumar, Sondra Bahr, Yiqun Chen, Raamesh Deshpande, Christoph F Kurat, Sheena C Li, Zhijian Li, Mojca Mattiazzi Usaj, Hiroki Okada, Natasha Pascoe, Bryan-Joseph San Luis, Sara Sharifpoor, Emira Shuteriqi, Scott W Simpkins, Jamie Snider, Harsha Garadi Suresh, Yizhao Tan, Hongwei Zhu, Noel Malod-Dognin, Vuk Janjic, Natasa Przulj, Olga G Troyanskaya, Igor Stagljar, Tian Xia, Yoshikazu Ohya, Anne-Claude Gingras, Brian Raught, Michael Boutros, Lars M Steinmetz, Claire L Moore, Adam P Rosebrock, Amy A Caudy, Chad L Myers, Brenda Andrews, Charles Boone
We generated a global genetic interaction network for Saccharomyces cerevisiae, constructing more than 23 million double mutants, identifying about 550,000 negative and about 350,000 positive genetic interactions. This comprehensive network maps genetic interactions for essential gene pairs, highlighting essential genes as densely connected hubs. Genetic interaction profiles enabled assembly of a hierarchical model of cell function, including modules corresponding to protein complexes and pathways, biological processes, and cellular compartments...
September 23, 2016: Science
Daniel R Reuß, Fabian M Commichau, Jan Gundlach, Bingyao Zhu, Jörg Stülke
Bacillus subtilis is one of the best-studied organisms. Due to the broad knowledge and annotation and the well-developed genetic system, this bacterium is an excellent starting point for genome minimization with the aim of constructing a minimal cell. We have analyzed the genome of B. subtilis and selected all genes that are required to allow life in complex medium at 37°C. This selection is based on the known information on essential genes and functions as well as on gene and protein expression data and gene conservation...
December 2016: Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews: MMBR
Kenji K Kojima, Yosuke Seto, Haruhiko Fujiwara
Transposons, or transposable elements, are the major components of genomes in most eukaryotes. Some groups of transposons have developed target specificity that limits the integration sites to a specific nonessential sequence or a genomic region to avoid gene disruption caused by insertion into an essential gene. R2 is one of the most intensively investigated groups of sequence-specific non-LTR retrotransposons and is inserted at a specific site inside of 28S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes. R2 is known to be distributed among at least six animal phyla even though its occurrence is reported to be patchy...
2016: PloS One
Max A Horlbeck, Luke A Gilbert, Jacqueline E Villalta, Britt Adamson, Ryan A Pak, Yuwen Chen, Alexander P Fields, Chong Y Park, Jacob E Corn, Martin Kampmann, Jonathan S Weissman
We recently found that nucleosomes directly block access of CRISPR/Cas9 to DNA (Horlbeck et al., 2016). Here, we build on this observation with a comprehensive algorithm that incorporates chromatin, position, and sequence features to accurately predict highly effective single guide RNAs (sgRNAs) for targeting nuclease-dead Cas9-mediated transcriptional repression (CRISPRi) and activation (CRISPRa). We use this algorithm to design next-generation genome-scale CRISPRi and CRISPRa libraries targeting human and mouse genomes...
September 23, 2016: ELife
Hong-Li Hua, Fa-Zhan Zhang, Abraham Alemayehu Labena, Chuan Dong, Yan-Ting Jin, Feng-Biao Guo
Investigation of essential genes is significant to comprehend the minimal gene sets of cell and discover potential drug targets. In this study, a novel approach based on multiple homology mapping and machine learning method was introduced to predict essential genes. We focused on 25 bacteria which have characterized essential genes. The predictions yielded the highest area under receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve (AUC) of 0.9716 through tenfold cross-validation test. Proper features were utilized to construct models to make predictions in distantly related bacteria...
2016: BioMed Research International
Pierre Mandin, Sylvia Chareyre, Frédéric Barras
UNLABELLED: Fe-S clusters are cofactors conserved through all domains of life. Once assembled by dedicated ISC and/or SUF scaffolds, Fe-S clusters are conveyed to their apo-targets via A-type carrier proteins (ATCs). Escherichia coli possesses four such ATCs. ErpA is the only ATC essential under aerobiosis. Recent studies reported a possible regulation of the erpA mRNA by the small RNA (sRNA) RyhB, which controls the expression of many genes under iron starvation. Surprisingly, erpA has not been identified in recent transcriptomic analysis of the iron starvation response, thus bringing into question the actual physiological significance of the putative regulation of erpA by RyhB...
September 20, 2016: MBio
Sujatha Jagannathan, Robert K Bradley
Genetic variants that disrupt protein-coding DNA are ubiquitous in the human population, with ~100 such loss-of-function variants per individual. While most loss-of-function variants are rare, a subset have risen to high frequency and occur in a homozygous state in healthy individuals. It is unknown why these common variants are well-tolerated, even though some affect essential genes implicated in Mendelian disease. Here, we combine genomic, proteomic, and biochemical data to demonstrate that many common nonsense variants do not ablate protein production from their host genes...
September 19, 2016: Genome Research
Wei-Chung Lai, Tschen-Wei Chang, Chang Hao Wu, Shu-Ya Yang, Tai-Lin Lee, Wan Chen Li, Ting Chien, Yu-Che Cheng, Jia-Ching Shieh
Candida albicans is an opportunistic human fungal pathogen. The ability to switch among multiple cellular forms is key to its pathogenesis. The Dbf4-dependent protein kinase gene CDC7 is conserved due to its role in initiating DNA replication. Because a C. albicans Cdc7 (Cacdc7) homozygous null was not viable, we generated a C. albicans strain with a deleted C. albicans CDC7 (CaCDC7) allele and an expression-repressible allele. Surprisingly, cells of the strain grew as hyphae under the repressed conditions...
2016: Scientific Reports
M Kasim Diril, Xavier Bisteau, Mayumi Kitagawa, Matias J Caldez, Sheena Wee, Jayantha Gunaratne, Sang Hyun Lee, Philipp Kaldis
The Greatwall kinase/Mastl is an essential gene that indirectly inhibits the phosphatase activity toward mitotic Cdk1 substrates. Here we show that although Mastl knockout (MastlNULL) MEFs enter mitosis, they progress through mitosis without completing cytokinesis despite the presence of misaligned chromosomes, which causes chromosome segregation defects. Furthermore, we uncover the requirement of Mastl for robust spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC) maintenance since the duration of mitotic arrest caused by microtubule poisons in MastlNULL MEFs is shortened, which correlates with premature disappearance of the essential SAC protein Mad1 at the kinetochores...
September 2016: PLoS Genetics
Mary E Dickinson, Ann M Flenniken, Xiao Ji, Lydia Teboul, Michael D Wong, Jacqueline K White, Terrence F Meehan, Wolfgang J Weninger, Henrik Westerberg, Hibret Adissu, Candice N Baker, Lynette Bower, James M Brown, L Brianna Caddle, Francesco Chiani, Dave Clary, James Cleak, Mark J Daly, James M Denegre, Brendan Doe, Mary E Dolan, Sarah M Edie, Helmut Fuchs, Valerie Gailus-Durner, Antonella Galli, Alessia Gambadoro, Juan Gallegos, Shiying Guo, Neil R Horner, Chih-Wei Hsu, Sara J Johnson, Sowmya Kalaga, Lance C Keith, Louise Lanoue, Thomas N Lawson, Monkol Lek, Manuel Mark, Susan Marschall, Jeremy Mason, Melissa L McElwee, Susan Newbigging, Lauryl M J Nutter, Kevin A Peterson, Ramiro Ramirez-Solis, Douglas J Rowland, Edward Ryder, Kaitlin E Samocha, John R Seavitt, Mohammed Selloum, Zsombor Szoke-Kovacs, Masaru Tamura, Amanda G Trainor, Ilinca Tudose, Shigeharu Wakana, Jonathan Warren, Olivia Wendling, David B West, Leeyean Wong, Atsushi Yoshiki, Daniel G MacArthur, Glauco P Tocchini-Valentini, Xiang Gao, Paul Flicek, Allan Bradley, William C Skarnes, Monica J Justice, Helen E Parkinson, Mark Moore, Sara Wells, Robert E Braun, Karen L Svenson, Martin Hrabe de Angelis, Yann Herault, Tim Mohun, Ann-Marie Mallon, R Mark Henkelman, Steve D M Brown, David J Adams, K C Kent Lloyd, Colin McKerlie, Arthur L Beaudet, Maja Bućan, Stephen A Murray
Approximately one-third of all mammalian genes are essential for life. Phenotypes resulting from knockouts of these genes in mice have provided tremendous insight into gene function and congenital disorders. As part of the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium effort to generate and phenotypically characterize 5,000 knockout mouse lines, here we identify 410 lethal genes during the production of the first 1,751 unique gene knockouts. Using a standardized phenotyping platform that incorporates high-resolution 3D imaging, we identify phenotypes at multiple time points for previously uncharacterized genes and additional phenotypes for genes with previously reported mutant phenotypes...
September 14, 2016: Nature
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