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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087737/a-homozygous-mutation-in-trim36-causes-autosomal-recessive-anencephaly-in-an-indian-family
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Nivedita Singh, Vishwanath Kumble Bhat, Ankana Tiwari, Srinivas G Kodaganur, Sagar J Tontanahal, Astha Sarda, K V Malini, Arun Kumar
Anencephaly is characterized by the absence of brain tissues and cranium. During primary neurulation stage of the embryo, the rostral part of the neural pore fails to close, leading to anencephaly. Anencephaly shows a heterogeneous etiology, ranging from environmental to genetic causes. The autosomal recessive inheritance of anencephaly has been reported in several populations. In this study, we employed whole-exome sequencing and identified a homozygous missense mutation c.1522C>A (p.Pro508Thr) in the TRIM36 gene as the cause of autosomal recessive anencephaly (APH) in an Indian family...
January 13, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078515/capturing-genomic-relationships-that-matter
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Cameron S Osborne, Borbála Mifsud
There is a strong interrelationship within the cell nucleus between form and function of the genome. This connection is exhibited across multiple hierarchies, ranging from grand-scale positioning of chromosomes and their intersection with specific nuclear functional activities, the segregation of chromosome structure into distinct domains and long-range regulatory contacts that drive spatial and temporal expression patterns of genes. Fifteen years ago, the development of the chromosome conformation capture method placed the nature of specific, long-range regulatory interactions under scrutiny...
January 11, 2017: Chromosome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057745/reciprocal-insulation-analysis-of-hi-c-data-shows-that-tads-represent-a-functionally-but-not-structurally-privileged-scale-in-the-hierarchical-folding-of-chromosomes
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Yinxiu Zhan, Luca Mariani, Iros Barozzi, Edda G Schulz, Nils Bluthgen, Michael Stadler, Guido Tiana, Luca Giorgetti
Understanding how regulatory sequences interact in the context of chromosomal architecture is a central challenge in biology. Chromosome conformation capture revealed that mammalian chromosomes possess a rich hierarchy of structural layers, from multi-megabase compartments to sub-megabase topologically associating domains (TADs) and sub-TAD contact domains. TADs appear to act as regulatory microenvironments by constraining and segregating regulatory interactions across discrete chromosomal regions. However, it is unclear whether other (or all) folding layers share similar properties, or rather TADs constitute a privileged folding scale with maximal impact on the organization of regulatory interactions...
January 5, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056052/the-glucocorticoid-receptor-regulates-the-angptl4-gene-in-a-ctcf-mediated-chromatin-context-in-human-hepatic-cells
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Masafumi Nakamoto, Ko Ishihara, Takehisa Watanabe, Akiyuki Hirosue, Shinjiro Hino, Masanori Shinohara, Hideki Nakayama, Mitsuyoshi Nakao
Glucocorticoid signaling through the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) plays essential roles in the response to stress and in energy metabolism. This hormonal action is integrated to the transcriptional control of GR-target genes in a cell type-specific and condition-dependent manner. In the present study, we found that the GR regulates the angiopoietin-like 4 gene (ANGPTL4) in a CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF)-mediated chromatin context in the human hepatic HepG2 cells. There are at least four CTCF-enriched sites and two GR-binding sites within the ANGPTL4 locus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043971/mechanosensing-by-the-nucleus-from-pathways-to-scaling-relationships
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REVIEW
Sangkyun Cho, Jerome Irianto, Dennis E Discher
The nucleus is linked mechanically to the extracellular matrix via multiple polymers that transmit forces to the nuclear envelope and into the nuclear interior. Here, we review some of the emerging mechanisms of nuclear mechanosensing, which range from changes in protein conformation and transcription factor localization to chromosome reorganization and membrane dilation up to rupture. Nuclear mechanosensing encompasses biophysically complex pathways that often converge on the main structural proteins of the nucleus, the lamins...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027298/inferential-structure-determination-of-chromosomes-from-single-cell-hi-c-data
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Simeon Carstens, Michael Nilges, Michael Habeck
Chromosome conformation capture (3C) techniques have revealed many fascinating insights into the spatial organization of genomes. 3C methods typically provide information about chromosomal contacts in a large population of cells, which makes it difficult to draw conclusions about the three-dimensional organization of genomes in individual cells. Recently it became possible to study single cells with Hi-C, a genome-wide 3C variant, demonstrating a high cell-to-cell variability of genome organization. In principle, restraint-based modeling should allow us to infer the 3D structure of chromosomes from single-cell contact data, but suffers from the sparsity and low resolution of chromosomal contacts...
December 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017606/generation-of-a-spindle-checkpoint-arrest-from-synthetic-signaling-assemblies
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Ivan Yuan, Ioanna Leontiou, Priya Amin, Karen M May, Sadhbh Soper Ní Chafraidh, Eliška Zlámalová, Kevin G Hardwick
The spindle checkpoint acts as a mitotic surveillance system, monitoring interactions between kinetochores and spindle microtubules and ensuring high-fidelity chromosome segregation [1-3]. The checkpoint is activated by unattached kinetochores, and Mps1 kinase phosphorylates KNL1 on conserved MELT motifs to generate a binding site for the Bub3-Bub1 complex [4-7]. This leads to dynamic kinetochore recruitment of Mad proteins [8, 9], a conformational change in Mad2 [10-12], and formation of the mitotic checkpoint complex (MCC: Cdc20-Mad3-Mad2 [13-15])...
January 9, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009253/structural-snapshots-of-xer-recombination-reveal-activation-by-synaptic-complex-remodeling-and-dna-bending
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Aleksandra Bebel, Ezgi Karaca, Banushree Kumar, W Marshall Stark, Orsolya Barabas
Bacterial Xer site-specific recombinases play an essential genome maintenance role by unlinking chromosome multimers, but their mechanism of action has remained structurally uncharacterized. Here, we present two high-resolution structures of Helicobacter pylori XerH with its recombination site DNA difH, representing pre-cleavage and post-cleavage synaptic intermediates in the recombination pathway. The structures reveal that activation of DNA strand cleavage and rejoining involves large conformational changes and DNA bending, suggesting how interaction with the cell division protein FtsK may license recombination at the septum...
December 23, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986956/single-molecule-analysis-of-%C3%AF-c31-integrase-mediated-site-specific-recombination-by-tethered-particle-motion
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Hsiu-Fang Fan, Tao-Shih Hsieh, Chien-Hui Ma, Makkuni Jayaram
Serine and tyrosine site-specific recombinases (SRs and YRs, respectively) provide templates for understanding the chemical mechanisms and conformational dynamics of strand cleavage/exchange between DNA partners. Current evidence suggests a rather intriguing mechanism for serine recombination, in which one half of the cleaved synaptic complex undergoes a 180° rotation relative to the other. The 'small' and 'large' SRs contain a compact amino-terminal catalytic domain, but differ conspicuously in their carboxyl-terminal domains...
December 15, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27958373/identification-and-characterization-of-human-testis-derived-circular-rnas-and-their-existence-in-seminal-plasma
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Wei-Wei Dong, Hui-Min Li, Xing-Rong Qing, Dong-Hui Huang, Hong-Gang Li
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) have emerged as novel molecules of interest in gene regulation as other noncoding RNAs. Though they have been explored in some species and tissues, the expression and functions of circRNAs in human reproductive systems remain unknown. Here we revealed the expression profiles of circRNAs in human testis tissue using high-throughput sequencing. The conformation of these testis-derived circRNAs in seminal plasma was also investigated, aiming to provide a non-invasive liquid biopsy surrogate for testicular biopsy...
December 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956170/in-trans-promoter-activation-by-enhancers-in-transient-transfection
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N A Smirnov, S B Akopov, D A Didych, L G Nikolaev
Earlier, it was reported that the strong cytomegalovirus enhancer can activate the cytomegalovirus promoter in trans, i.e. as a separate plasmid co-transfected with a promoter-reporter gene construct. Here we demonstrate that the ability of enhancers to activate promoters in trans in transient transfection experiments is a property of not only viral regulatory elements but also of various genomic enhancers and promoters. Enhancer-promoter activation in trans is promoter- and cell type-specific, and accompanied by physical interaction between promoter and enhancer as revealed by chromosome conformation capture assays...
March 1, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940490/exploiting-native-forces-to-capture-chromosome-conformation-in-mammalian-cell-nuclei
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Lilija Brant, Theodore Georgomanolis, Milos Nikolic, Chris A Brackley, Petros Kolovos, Wilfred van Ijcken, Frank G Grosveld, Davide Marenduzzo, Argyris Papantonis
Mammalian interphase chromosomes fold into a multitude of loops to fit the confines of cell nuclei, and looping is tightly linked to regulated function. Chromosome conformation capture (3C) technology has significantly advanced our understanding of this structure-to-function relationship. However, all 3C-based methods rely on chemical cross-linking to stabilize spatial interactions. This step remains a "black box" as regards the biases it may introduce, and some discrepancies between microscopy and 3C studies have now been reported...
December 9, 2016: Molecular Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936932/disruption-of-the-3d-cancer-genome-blueprint
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Joanna Achinger-Kawecka, Susan J Clark
Recent advances in chromosome conformation capture technologies are improving the current appreciation of how 3D genome architecture affects its function in different cell types and disease. Long-range chromatin interactions are organized into topologically associated domains, which are known to play a role in constraining gene expression patterns. However, in cancer cells there are alterations in the 3D genome structure, which impacts on gene regulation. Disruption of topologically associated domains architecture can result in alterations in chromatin interactions that bring new regulatory elements and genes together, leading to altered expression of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes...
December 12, 2016: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923366/3c-digital-pcr-for-quantification-of-chromatin-interactions
#14
Meijun Du, Liang Wang
BACKGROUND: Chromosome conformation capture (3C) is a powerful and widely used technique for detecting the physical interactions between chromatin regions in vivo. The principle of 3C is to convert physical chromatin interactions into specific DNA ligation products, which are then detected by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). However, 3C-qPCR assays are often complicated by the necessity of normalization controls to correct for amplification biases. In addition, qPCR is often limited to a certain cycle number, making it difficult to detect fragment ligations with low frequency...
December 6, 2016: BMC Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919068/capturing-pairwise-and-multi-way-chromosomal-conformations-using-chromosomal-walks
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Pedro Olivares-Chauvet, Zohar Mukamel, Aviezer Lifshitz, Omer Schwartzman, Noa Oded Elkayam, Yaniv Lubling, Gintaras Deikus, Robert P Sebra, Amos Tanay
Chromosomes are folded into highly compacted structures to accommodate physical constraints within nuclei and to regulate access to genomic information. Recently, global mapping of pairwise contacts showed that loops anchoring topological domains (TADs) are highly conserved between cell types and species. Whether pairwise loops synergize to form higher-order structures is still unclear. Here we develop a conformation capture assay to study higher-order organization using chromosomal walks (C-walks) that link multiple genomic loci together into proximity chains in human and mouse cells...
December 8, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911788/near-atomic-structural-model-for-bacterial-dna-replication-initiation-complex-and-its-functional-insights
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Masahiro Shimizu, Yasunori Noguchi, Yukari Sakiyama, Hironori Kawakami, Tsutomu Katayama, Shoji Takada
Upon DNA replication initiation in Escherichia coli, the initiator protein DnaA forms higher-order complexes with the chromosomal origin oriC and a DNA-bending protein IHF. Although tertiary structures of DnaA and IHF have previously been elucidated, dynamic structures of oriC-DnaA-IHF complexes remain unknown. Here, combining computer simulations with biochemical assays, we obtained models at almost-atomic resolution for the central part of the oriC-DnaA-IHF complex. This complex can be divided into three subcomplexes; the left and right subcomplexes include pentameric DnaA bound in a head-to-tail manner and the middle subcomplex contains only a single DnaA...
December 13, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903283/systematic-analysis-of-chromatin-interactions-at-disease-associated-loci-links-novel-candidate-genes-to-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Claartje A Meddens, Magdalena Harakalova, Noortje A M van den Dungen, Hassan Foroughi Asl, Hemme J Hijma, Edwin P J G Cuppen, Johan L M Björkegren, Folkert W Asselbergs, Edward E S Nieuwenhuis, Michal Mokry
BACKGROUND: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have revealed many susceptibility loci for complex genetic diseases. For most loci, the causal genes have not been identified. Currently, the identification of candidate genes is predominantly based on genes that localize close to or within identified loci. We have recently shown that 92 of the 163 inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)-loci co-localize with non-coding DNA regulatory elements (DREs). Mutations in DREs can contribute to IBD pathogenesis through dysregulation of gene expression...
November 30, 2016: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899641/3d-genome-structure-modeling-by-lorentzian-objective-function
#18
Tuan Trieu, Jianlin Cheng
The 3D structure of the genome plays a vital role in biological processes such as gene interaction, gene regulation, DNA replication and genome methylation. Advanced chromosomal conformation capture techniques, such as Hi-C and tethered conformation capture, can generate chromosomal contact data that can be used to computationally reconstruct 3D structures of the genome. We developed a novel restraint-based method that is capable of reconstructing 3D genome structures utilizing both intra-and inter-chromosomal contact data...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894997/structural-and-evolutionary-analyses-reveal-determinants-of-dna-binding-specificities-of-nucleoid-associated-proteins-hu-and-ihf
#19
Debayan Dey, Valakunja Nagaraja, Suryanarayanarao Ramakumar
Nucleoid-associated proteins (NAPs) are chromosome-organizing factors, which affect the transcriptional landscape of a bacterial cell. HU is an NAP, which binds to DNA with a broad specificity while homologous IHF (Integration Host Factor), binds DNA with moderately higher specificity. Specificity and differential binding affinity of HU/IHF proteins towards their target binding sites play a crucial role in their regulatory dynamics. Decades of biochemical and genomic studies have been carried out for HU and IHF like proteins...
November 25, 2016: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869158/mapping-the-3d-genome-aiming-for-consilience
#20
Job Dekker
The spatial organization of genomes is studied using microscopy- and chromosome conformation capture (3C)-based methods. The two types of methods produce data that are often consistent, but there are cases where they appear discordant. These cases provide opportunities to derive better models of chromatin folding, which can reconcile the datasets.
November 21, 2016: Nature Reviews. Molecular Cell Biology
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