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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966675/a-database-for-orphan-genes-in-poaceae
#1
Chensong Yao, Hanwei Yan, Xiaodan Zhang, Rongfu Wang
Orphan genes refer to a group of protein-coding genes lacking recognizable homologs in the other organisms. Extensive studies have demonstrated that numerous newly sequenced genomes contain a significant number of orphan genes, which have important roles in plant's responses to the environment. Due to a lack of phylogenetic conservation, the origin of orphan genes and their functions are currently not well defined. In the present study, a Poaceae orphan genes database (POGD; http://bioinfo.ahau.edu.cn/pogd) was established to serve as a user-friendly web interface for entry browsing, searching and downloading orphan genes from various plants...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838355/sixteen-years-of-meiotic-silencing-by-unpaired-dna
#2
T M Hammond
The filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa possesses a process called meiotic silencing by unpaired DNA (MSUD). MSUD has a remarkable ability to scan homologous chromosomes for unpaired DNA during meiosis. After unpaired DNA is identified, MSUD silences all RNA from the unpaired DNA along with any RNA transcribed from homologous sequences at other locations in the genome, regardless of their pairing state. The mechanism by which unpaired DNA is detected is unknown. Unpaired DNA segments can be as short as 1.3kb, if not shorter, and DNA sequences with only a small level of polymorphism (6%) can be considered unpaired by MSUD...
2017: Advances in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799009/genome-wide-survey-and-characterization-of-fatty-acid-desaturase-gene-family-in-brassica-napus-and-its-parental-species
#3
Yufei Xue, Baojun Chen, Rui Wang, Aung Naing Win, Jiana Li, Yourong Chai
Rapeseed (Brassica napus) is an important oilseed crop worldwide, and fatty acid (FA) compositions determine the nutritional and economic value of its seed oil. Fatty acid desaturases (FADs) play a pivotal role in regulating FA compositions, but to date, no comprehensive genome-wide analysis of FAD gene family in rapeseed and its parent species has been reported. In this study, using homology searches, 84, 45, and 44 FAD genes were identified in rapeseed, Brassica rapa, and Brassica oleracea genomes, respectively...
August 10, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708824/tex19-1-promotes-spo11-dependent-meiotic-recombination-in-mouse-spermatocytes
#4
James H Crichton, Christopher J Playfoot, Marie MacLennan, David Read, Howard J Cooke, Ian R Adams
Meiosis relies on the SPO11 endonuclease to generate the recombinogenic DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) required for homologous chromosome synapsis and segregation. The number of meiotic DSBs needs to be sufficient to allow chromosomes to search for and find their homologs, but not excessive to the point of causing genome instability. Here we report that the mammal-specific gene Tex19.1 promotes Spo11-dependent recombination in mouse spermatocytes. We show that the chromosome asynapsis previously reported in Tex19...
July 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700723/position-effects-influencing-intrachromosomal-repair-of-a-double-strand-break-in-budding-yeast
#5
Ruoxi W Wang, Cheng-Sheng Lee, James E Haber
Repair of a double-strand break (DSB) by an ectopic homologous donor sequence is subject to the three-dimensional arrangement of chromosomes in the nucleus of haploid budding yeast. The data for interchromosomal recombination suggest that searching for homology is accomplished by a random collision process, strongly influenced by the contact probability of the donor and recipient sequences. Here we explore how recombination occurs on the same chromosome and whether there are additional constraints imposed on repair...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693746/so-similar-yet-so-different-the-two-ends-of-a-double-strand-break
#6
REVIEW
Keun P Kim, Ekaterina V Mirkin
Homologous recombination (HR) is essential for ensuring proper segregation of chromosomes in the first round of meiotic division. HR is also crucial for preserving genomic integrity of somatic cells due to its ability to rescue collapsed replication forks and eliminate deleterious DNA lesions, such as double-strand breaks (DSBs), interstrand crosslinks, and single-strand DNA gaps. Here, we review the early steps of HR (homology search and strand exchange), focusing on the roles of the two ends of a DSB. A detailed overview of the basic HR machinery and its mechanism for template selection and capture of duplex DNA via strand exchange is provided...
June 27, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692038/par-terra-directs-homologous-sex-chromosome-pairing
#7
Hsueh-Ping Chu, John E Froberg, Barry Kesner, Hyun Jung Oh, Fei Ji, Ruslan Sadreyev, Stefan F Pinter, Jeannie T Lee
In mammals, homologous chromosomes rarely pair outside meiosis. One exception is the X chromosome, which transiently pairs during X-chromosome inactivation (XCI). How two chromosomes find each other in 3D space is not known. Here, we reveal a required interaction between the X-inactivation center (Xic) and the telomere in mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells. The subtelomeric, pseudoautosomal regions (PARs) of the two sex chromosomes (X and Y) also undergo pairing in both female and male cells. PARs transcribe a class of telomeric RNA, dubbed PAR-TERRA, which accounts for a vast majority of all TERRA transcripts...
August 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667016/an-rna-recognition-motif-containing-protein-functions-in-meiotic-silencing-by-unpaired-dna
#8
Dilini A Samarajeewa, Pennapa Manitchotpisit, Miranda Henderson, Hua Xiao, David G Rehard, Kevin A Edwards, Patrick K T Shiu, Thomas M Hammond
Meiotic silencing by unpaired DNA (MSUD) is a biological process that searches pairs of homologous chromosomes (homologs) for segments of DNA that are unpaired. Genes found within unpaired segments are silenced for the duration of meiosis. In this report, we describe the identification and characterization of Neurospora crassa sad-7, a gene that encodes a protein with an RNA recognition motif (RRM). Orthologs of sad-7 are found in a wide range of ascomycete fungi. In N. crassa, sad-7 is required for a fully efficient MSUD response to unpaired genes...
August 7, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663070/poetry-in-motion-increased-chromosomal-mobility-after-dna-damage
#9
REVIEW
Michael J Smith, Rodney Rothstein
Double-strand breaks (DSBs) are among the most lethal DNA lesions, and a variety of pathways have evolved to manage their repair in a timely fashion. One such pathway is homologous recombination (HR), in which information from an undamaged donor site is used as a template for repair. Although many of the biochemical steps of HR are known, the physical movements of chromosomes that must underlie the pairing of homologous sequence during mitotic DSB repair have remained mysterious. Recently, several groups have begun to use a variety of genetic and cell biological tools to study this important question...
August 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647124/putative-protein-vc0395_0300-from-vibrio-cholerae-is-a-diguanylate-cyclase-with-a-role-in-biofilm-formation
#10
Divya Bandekar, Om Prakash Chouhan, Swati Mohapatra, Mousumi Hazra, Saugata Hazra, Sumit Biswas
The hallmark of the lifecycle of Vibrio cholerae is its ability to switch between two lifestyles - the sessile, non-pathogenic form and the motile, infectious form in human hosts. One of these changes is in the formation of surface biofilms, when in sessile aquatic habitats. The cell-cell interactions within a V. cholerae biofilm are stabilized by the production of an exopolysachharide (EPS) matrix, which in turn is regulated by the ubiquitous secondary messenger, cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP), synthesized by proteins containing GGD(/E)EF domains in all prokaryotic systems...
September 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554658/prolonged-exposure-to-particulate-chromate-inhibits-rad51-nuclear-import-mediator-proteins
#11
Cynthia L Browning, John Pierce Wise
Particulate hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) is a human lung carcinogen and a human health concern. The induction of structural chromosome instability is considered to be a driving mechanism of Cr(VI)-induced carcinogenesis. Homologous recombination repair protects against Cr(VI)-induced chromosome damage, due to its highly accurate repair of Cr(VI)-induced DNA double strand breaks. However, recent studies demonstrate Cr(VI) inhibits homologous recombination repair through the misregulation of RAD51. RAD51 is an essential protein in HR repair that facilitates the search for a homologous sequence...
September 15, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489851/global-analysis-of-double-strand-break-processing-reveals-in-vivo-properties-of-the-helicase-nuclease-complex-addab
#12
Anjana Badrinarayanan, Tung B K Le, Jan-Hendrik Spille, Ibrahim I Cisse, Michael T Laub
In bacteria, double-strand break (DSB) repair via homologous recombination is thought to be initiated through the bi-directional degradation and resection of DNA ends by a helicase-nuclease complex such as AddAB. The activity of AddAB has been well-studied in vitro, with translocation speeds between 400-2000 bp/s on linear DNA suggesting that a large section of DNA around a break site is processed for repair. However, the translocation rate and activity of AddAB in vivo is not known, and how AddAB is regulated to prevent excessive DNA degradation around a break site is unclear...
May 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410191/loss-of-pten-expression-in-breast-cancer-association-with-clinicopathological-characteristics-and-prognosis
#13
Shuting Li, Yanwei Shen, Mengying Wang, Jiao Yang, Meng Lv, Pan Li, Zheling Chen, Jin Yang
Various studies have evaluated the significance of PTEN (phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted from chromosome 10) expression in breast cancer, but their results remain controversial. We conducted a meta-analysis to evaluate the associations of PTEN expression with clinicopathological characteristics and prognosis in breast cancer. PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, and China National Knowledge Infrastructure were searched to identify relevant publications. The associations between PTEN expression and clinicopathological parameters, disease-free survival (DFS), and overall survival (OS) were then assessed via meta-analyses of odds ratio (ORs) and hazard ratio (HRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs)...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387353/characterization-and-genomic-analyses-of-two-newly-isolated-morganella-phages-define-distant-members-among-tevenvirinae-and-autographivirinae-subfamilies
#14
Hugo Oliveira, Graça Pinto, Ana Oliveira, Jean-Paul Noben, Hanne Hendrix, Rob Lavigne, Małgorzata Łobocka, Andrew M Kropinski, Joana Azeredo
Morganella morganii is a common but frequent neglected environmental opportunistic pathogen which can cause deadly nosocomial infections. The increased number of multidrug-resistant M. morganii isolates motivates the search for alternative and effective antibacterials. We have isolated two novel obligatorily lytic M. morganii bacteriophages (vB_MmoM_MP1, vB_MmoP_MP2) and characterized them with respect to specificity, morphology, genome organization and phylogenetic relationships. MP1's dsDNA genome consists of 163,095 bp and encodes 271 proteins, exhibiting low DNA (<40%) and protein (<70%) homology to other members of the Tevenvirinae...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282376/the-transjugation-machinery-of-thermus-thermophilus-identification-of-tdta-an-atpase-involved-in-dna-donation
#15
Alba Blesa, Ignacio Baquedano, Nieves G Quintáns, Carlos P Mata, José R Castón, José Berenguer
In addition to natural competence, some Thermus thermophilus strains show a high rate of DNA transfer via direct cell-to-cell contact. The process is bidirectional and follows a two-step model where the donor cell actively pushes out DNA and the recipient cell employs the natural competence system to take up the DNA, in a hybrid transformation-dependent conjugation process (transjugation). While the DNA uptake machinery is well known as in other bacterial species that undergo transformation, the pushing step of transjugation remains to be characterized...
March 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257444/mechanisms-of-fast-and-stringent-search-in-homologous-pairing-of-double-stranded-dna
#16
Amir Bitran, Wei-Yin Chiang, Erel Levine, Mara Prentiss
Self-organization in the cell relies on the rapid and specific binding of molecules to their cognate targets. Correct bindings must be stable enough to promote the desired function even in the crowded and fluctuating cellular environment. In systems with many nearly matched targets, rapid and stringent formation of stable products is challenging. Mechanisms that overcome this challenge have been previously proposed, including separating the process into multiple stages; however, how particular in vivo systems overcome the challenge remains unclear...
March 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223359/peptide-recognition-by-heterochromatin-protein-1-hp1-chromoshadow-domains-revisited-plasticity-in-the-pseudosymmetric-histone-binding-site-of-human-hp1
#17
Yanli Liu, Su Qin, Ming Lei, Wolfram Tempel, Yuzhe Zhang, Peter Loppnau, Yanjun Li, Jinrong Min
Heterochromatin protein 1 (HP1), a highly conserved non-histone chromosomal protein in eukaryotes, plays important roles in the regulation of gene transcription. Each of the three human homologs of HP1 includes a chromoshadow domain (CSD). The CSD interacts with various proteins bearing the PXVXL motif but also with a region of histone H3 that bears the similar PXXVXL motif. The latter interaction has not yet been resolved in atomic detail. Here we demonstrate that the CSDs of all three human HP1 homologs have comparable affinities to the PXXVXL motif of histone H3...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223252/the-origin-and-evolution-of-basigin-bsg-gene-a-comparative-genomic-and-phylogenetic-analysis
#18
Xinyan Zhu, Shenglan Wang, Mingjie Shao, Jie Yan, Fei Liu
Basigin (BSG), also known as extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer (EMMPRIN) or cluster of differentiation 147 (CD147), plays various fundamental roles in the intercellular recognition involved in immunologic phenomena, differentiation, and development. In this study, we aimed to compare the similarities and differences of BSG among organisms and explore possible evolutionary relationships based on the comparison result. We used the extensive BLAST tool to search the metazoan genomes, N-glycosylation sites, the transmembrane region and other functional sites...
July 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218778/identification-and-cloning-of-golden2-like1-glk1-a-transcription-factor-associated-with-chloroplast-development-in-brassica-napus-l
#19
Y L Pan, Y Pan, C M Qu, C G Su, J H Li, X G Zhang
Photosynthesis is the process by which dry matter accumulates, which affects rapeseed yield. In this study, we identified GOLDEN2-LIKE1 (GLK1), located on chromosome A07 and 59.2 kb away from the single nucleotide polymorphism marker SNP16353A07, which encodes a transcription factor associated with the rate of photosynthesis in leaves. We then identified 96 GLK1 family members from 53 species using a hidden Markov model (HMM) search and found 24 of these genes, which were derived from 17 Brassicaceae species...
February 16, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077560/mechanistic-insights-into-type-i-toxin-antitoxin-systems-in-helicobacter-pylori-the-importance-of-mrna-folding-in-controlling-toxin-expression
#20
Hélène Arnion, Dursun Nizam Korkut, Sara Masachis Gelo, Sandrine Chabas, Jérémy Reignier, Isabelle Iost, Fabien Darfeuille
Type I toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems have been identified in a wide range of bacterial genomes. Here, we report the characterization of a new type I TA system present on the chromosome of the major human gastric pathogen, Helicobacter pylori. We show that the aapA1 gene encodes a 30 amino acid peptide whose artificial expression in H. pylori induces cell death. The synthesis of this toxin is prevented by the transcription of an antitoxin RNA, named IsoA1, expressed on the opposite strand of the toxin gene. We further reveal additional layers of post-transcriptional regulation that control toxin expression: (i) transcription of the aapA1 gene generates a full-length transcript whose folding impedes translation (ii) a 3΄ end processing of this message generates a shorter transcript that, after a structural rearrangement, becomes translatable (iii) but this rearrangement also leads to the formation of two stem-loop structures allowing formation of an extended duplex with IsoA1 via kissing-loop interactions...
May 5, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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