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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208632/cross-talk-between-dnmt2-dependent-trna-methylation-and-queuosine-modification
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REVIEW
Ann E Ehrenhofer-Murray
Enzymes of the Dnmt2 family of methyltransferases have yielded a number of unexpected discoveries. The first surprise came more than ten years ago when it was realized that, rather than being DNA methyltransferases, Dnmt2 enzymes actually are transfer RNA (tRNA) methyltransferases for cytosine-5 methylation, foremost C38 (m5C38) of tRNAAsp. The second unanticipated finding was our recent discovery of a nutritional regulation of Dnmt2 in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Significantly, the presence of the nucleotide queuosine in tRNAAsp strongly stimulates Dnmt2 activity both in vivo and in vitro in S...
February 10, 2017: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199302/untimely-expression-of-gametogenic-genes-in-vegetative-cells-causes-uniparental-disomy
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H Diego Folco, Venkata R Chalamcharla, Tomoyasu Sugiyama, Gobi Thillainadesan, Martin Zofall, Vanivilasini Balachandran, Jothy Dhakshnamoorthy, Takeshi Mizuguchi, Shiv I S Grewal
Uniparental disomy (UPD), in which an individual contains a pair of homologous chromosomes originating from only one parent, is a frequent phenomenon that is linked to congenital disorders and various cancers. UPD is thought to result mostly from pre- or post-zygotic chromosome missegregation. However, the factors that drive UPD remain unknown. Here we use the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe as a model to investigate UPD, and show that defects in the RNA interference (RNAi) machinery or in the YTH domain-containing RNA elimination factor Mmi1 cause high levels of UPD in vegetative diploid cells...
February 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191457/the-copper-transport-associated-protein-ctr4-can-form-prion-like-epigenetic-determinants-in-schizosaccharomyces-pombe
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Theodora Sideri, Yoko Yashiroda, David A Ellis, María Rodríguez-López, Minoru Yoshida, Mick F Tuite, Jürg Bähler
Prions are protein-based infectious entities associated with fatal brain diseases in animals, but also modify a range of host-cell phenotypes in the budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Many questions remain about the evolution and biology of prions. Although several functionally distinct prion-forming proteins exist in S. cerevisiae, [HET-s] of Podospora anserina is the only other known fungal prion. Here we investigated prion-like, protein-based epigenetic transmission in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe...
January 2017: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168604/the-natural-product-osthole-attenuates-yeast-growth-by-extensively-suppressing-the-gene-expressions-of-mitochondrial-respiration-chain
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Zhe Wang, Yan Shen
The fast growing evidences have indicated that the natural product osthole is a promising drug candidate for fighting several serious human diseases, for example, cancer and inflammation. However, the mode-of-action (MoA) of osthole remains largely incomplete. In this study, we investigated the growth inhibition activity of osthole using fission yeast as a model, with the goal of understanding the osthole's mechanism of action, especially from the molecular level. Microarray analysis indicated that osthole has significant impacts on gene transcription levels (In total, 214 genes are up-regulated, and 97 genes are down-regulated)...
February 7, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162934/s-%C3%A2-pombe-uba1-ubc15-structure-reveals-a-novel-regulatory-mechanism-of-ubiquitin-e2-activity
#5
Zongyang Lv, Kimberly A Rickman, Lingmin Yuan, Katelyn Williams, Shanmugam Panneer Selvam, Alec N Woosley, Philip H Howe, Besim Ogretmen, Agata Smogorzewska, Shaun K Olsen
Ubiquitin (Ub) E1 initiates the Ub conjugation cascade by activating and transferring Ub to tens of different E2s. How Ub E1 cooperates with E2s that differ substantially in their predicted E1-interacting residues is unknown. Here, we report the structure of S. pombe Uba1 in complex with Ubc15, a Ub E2 with intrinsically low E1-E2 Ub thioester transfer activity. The structure reveals a distinct Ubc15 binding mode that substantially alters the network of interactions at the E1-E2 interface compared to the only other available Ub E1-E2 structure...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143796/clr4-specificity-and-catalytic-activity-beyond-h3k9-methylation
#6
Denis Kusevic, Srikanth Kudithipudi, Nahid Iglesias, Danesh Moazed, Albert Jeltsch
In fission yeast, the catalytic activity of the protein lysine methyltransferase (PKMT) Clr4, the sole homolog of the mammalian SUV39H1 and SUV39H2 enzymes, majorly contributes to the formation of heterochromatin. The enzyme introduces histone 3 lysine 9 (H3K9) di- and tri-methylation, a central heterochromatic histone modification, and later it was also found to methylate the Mlo3 protein, which has a role in heterochromatin formation as well. Herein, we have investigated the substrate specificity of Clr4 using custom made mutational scanning peptide arrays...
January 28, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143396/unsupervised-detection-of-regulatory-gene-expression-information-in-different-genomic-regions-enables-gene-expression-ranking
#7
Zohar Zafrir, Tamir Tuller
BACKGROUND: The regulation of all gene expression steps (e.g., Transcription, RNA processing, Translation, and mRNA Degradation) is known to be primarily encoded in different parts of genes and in genomic regions in proximity to genes (e.g., promoters, untranslated regions, coding regions, introns, etc.). However, the entire gene expression codes and the genomic regions where they are encoded are still unknown. RESULTS: Here, we employ an unsupervised approach to estimate the concentration of gene expression codes in different non-coding parts of genes and transcripts, such as introns and untranslated regions, focusing on three model organisms (Escherichia coli, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and Schizosaccharomyces pombe)...
February 1, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117401/transient-structural-variations-have-strong-effects-on-quantitative-traits-and-reproductive-isolation-in-fission-yeast
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Daniel C Jeffares, Clemency Jolly, Mimoza Hoti, Doug Speed, Liam Shaw, Charalampos Rallis, Francois Balloux, Christophe Dessimoz, Jürg Bähler, Fritz J Sedlazeck
Large structural variations (SVs) within genomes are more challenging to identify than smaller genetic variants but may substantially contribute to phenotypic diversity and evolution. We analyse the effects of SVs on gene expression, quantitative traits and intrinsic reproductive isolation in the yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe. We establish a high-quality curated catalogue of SVs in the genomes of a worldwide library of S. pombe strains, including duplications, deletions, inversions and translocations. We show that copy number variants (CNVs) show a variety of genetic signals consistent with rapid turnover...
January 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096519/the-nuclear-poly-a-binding-protein-of-mammals-but-not-of-fission-yeast-participates-in-mrna-polyadenylation
#9
Uwe Kühn, Juliane Buschmann, Elmar Wahle
The nuclear poly(A) binding protein (PABPN1) has been suggested, on the basis of biochemical evidence, to play a role in mRNA polyadenylation by strongly increasing the processivity of poly(A) polymerase. While experiments in metazoans have tended to support such a role, the results were not unequivocal, and genetic data show that the S. pombe orthologue of PABPN1, Pab2, is not involved in mRNA polyadenylation. The specific model that PABPN1 increases the rate of poly(A) tail elongation has never been examined in vivo...
January 17, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054638/functional-constraints-on-adaptive-evolution-of-protein-ubiquitination-sites
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Liang Lu, Yang Li, Zhongyang Liu, Fengji Liang, Feifei Guo, Shuai Yang, Dan Wang, Yangzhige He, Jianghui Xiong, Dong Li, Fuchu He
It is still unclear whether there exist functional constraints on the evolution of protein ubiquitination sites, because most previous studies regarded all protein ubiquitination sites as a whole or only focused on limited structural properties. We tried to clarify the relation between functional constraints and ubiquitination sites evolution. We investigated the evolutionary conservation of human ubiquitination sites in a broad evolutionary scale from G. gorilla to S. pombe, and we found that in organisms originated after the divergence of vertebrate, ubiquitination sites are more conserved than their flanking regions, while the opposite tendency is observed before this divergence time...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003514/s-cerevisiae-trm140-has-two-recognition-modes-for-3-methylcytidine-modification-of-the-anticodon-loop-of-trna-substrates
#11
Lu Han, Erin Marcus, Sonia D'Silva, Eric M Phizicky
The 3-methylcytidine (m3C) modification is ubiquitous in eukaryotic tRNA, widely found at C32 in the anticodon loop of tRNAThr, tRNASer, and some tRNAArg species, as well as in the variable loop (V-loop) of certain tRNASer species. In the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, formation of m3C32 requires Trm140 for six tRNA substrates, including three tRNAThr species and three tRNASer species, whereas in Schizosacchomyces pombe, two Trm140 homologs are employed, one for tRNAThr and one for tRNASer. The occurrence of a single Trm140 homolog is conserved broadly among Ascomycota, whereas multiple Trm140-related homologs are found in metazoans and other fungi...
December 21, 2016: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999345/combined-use-of-s-pombe-and-l-thermotolerans-in-winemaking-beneficial-effects-determined-through-the-study-of-wines-analytical-characteristics
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Ángel Benito, Fernando Calderón, Santiago Benito
The most common way to produce red wine is through the use of Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains for alcoholic fermentation and lactic acid bacteria for malolactic fermentation. This traditional winemaking methodology produces microbiologically stable red wines. However, under specific conditions off-flavours can occur, wine quality can suffer and human health problems are possible, especially after the second fermentation by the lactic acid bacteria. In warm countries, problems during the malolactic fermentation arise because of the high pH of the must, which makes it very difficult to properly control the process...
December 18, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988464/synthesis-and-biological-screening-of-novel-2-morpholinoquinoline-nucleus-clubbed-with-1-2-4-oxadiazole-motifs
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Sharad C Karad, Vishal B Purohit, Rahul P Thummar, Beena K Vaghasiya, Ronak D Kamani, Parth Thakor, Vasudev R Thakkar, Sampark S Thakkar, Arabinda Ray, Dipak K Raval
Novel series of 2-morpholinoquinoline scaffolds (6a-n), containing the 1,2,4-oxadiazole and moiety, was designed and synthesized in good yield (76-86%). The synthesized compounds were screened for their preliminary in vitro antimicrobial activity against a panel of pathogenic strains of bacteria and fungi. Molecular docking and pharmacokinetic study were carried out for the prepared compounds. The cytotoxicity of the synthesized compounds was tested at different concentrations using bioassay of S. pombe cells at the cellular level...
December 9, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974503/traffic-through-the-trans-golgi-network-and-the-endosomal-system-requires-collaboration-between-exomer-and-clathrin-adaptors-in-fission-yeast
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Marta Hoya, Francisco Yanguas, Sandra Moro, Cristina Prescianotto-Baschong, Cristina Doncel, Nagore de León, M-Ángeles Curto, Anne Spang, M-Henar Valdivieso
Despite its biological and medical relevance, traffic from the Golgi to the plasma membrane (PM) is one of the least understood steps of secretion. Exomer is a protein complex that mediates the trafficking of certain cargoes from the trans-Golgi network/early endosomes to the PM in budding yeast. Here, we show that in Schizosaccharomyces pombe the Cfr1 and Bch1 proteins constitute the simplest form of an exomer. Cfr1 co-immunoprecipitates with Assembly Polypeptide adaptor 1 (AP-1), AP-2, and Golgi-localized, gamma-adaptin ear domain homology, ARF-binding (GGA) subunits, and cfr1(+) interacts genetically with AP-1 and GGA genes...
February 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935167/ck2-phospho-independent-assembly-of-the-tel2-associated-stress-signaling-complexes-in-schizosaccharomyces-pombe
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Haruna Inoue, Shizuka Sugimoto, Yumiko Takeshita, Miho Takeuchi, Mitsuko Hatanaka, Koji Nagao, Takeshi Hayashi, Aya Kokubu, Mitsuhiro Yanagida, Junko Kanoh
An evolutionarily conserved protein Tel2 regulates a variety of stress signals. In mammals, TEL2 associates with TTI1 and TTI2 to form the Triple T (TTT: TEL2-TTI1-TTI2) complex as well as with all the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase-like kinases (PIKKs) and the R2TP (Ruvbl1-Ruvbl2-Tah1-Pih1 in budding yeast)/prefoldin-like complex that associates with HSP90. The phosphorylation of TEL2 by casein kinase 2 (CK2) enables direct binding of PIHD1 (mammalian Pih1) to TEL2 and is important for the stability and the functions of PIKKs...
January 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934694/metabolomic-analysis-of-schizosaccharomyces-pombe-sample-preparation-detection-and-data-interpretation
#16
Tomáš Pluskal, Mitsuhiro Yanagida
Metabolomics is a modern field of chemical biology that strives to simultaneously quantify hundreds of cellular metabolites. Techniques for metabolomic analysis in Schizosaccharomyces pombe have only recently been developed. Here we introduce methods that provide a complete workflow for metabolomic analysis in S. pombe Based on available literature, we estimate the yeast metabolome to comprise on the order of several thousand different metabolites. We discuss the feasibility of extraction and detection of such a large number of metabolites, and the influences of various parameters on the results...
December 1, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916534/critical-role-of-the-proton-dependent-oligopeptide-transporter-pot-in-the-cellular-uptake-of-the-peptidyl-nucleoside-antibiotic-blasticidin-s
#17
Kenji Kitamura, Eldaa Zefany Banami Kinsui, Fumiyoshi Abe
Blasticidin S (BlaS) interferes in the cell growth of both eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Its mode of action as a protein synthesis inhibitor has been investigated extensively. However, the mechanism of BlaS transport into the target cells is not understood well. Here, we show that Ptr2, a member of the proton-dependent oligopeptide transporter (POT) family, is responsible for the uptake of BlaS in yeasts Schizosaccharomyces pombe and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Notably, some mutants of Ptr2 that are dysfunctional in dipeptide uptake were still competent to transport BlaS...
February 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906621/isolation-of-a-novel-protein-p12-from-adult-drosophila-melanogaster-that-inhibits-deoxyribonucleoside-and-protein-kinase-activities-and-activates-3-5-exonuclease-activity
#18
Louise Slot Christiansen, Gabriella van Zanten, Dvora Berenstein, Marianne Lauridsen, Søren Kjærulff, Leif Søndergaard, Birgitte Munch-Petersen
We have previously found that Drosophila melanogaster only has one deoxyribonucleoside kinase, Dm-dNK, however, capable to phosphorylate all four natural deoxyribonucleosides. Dm-dNK was originally isolated from an embryonic cell line. We wanted to study the expression of Dm-dNK during development from embryonic cells to adult flies and found declining Dm-dNK activity during development and no activity in adult flies. Surprisingly, the extract from adult flies exhibited a strong inhibitory effect on deoxyribonucloside kinase activity...
December 2016: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902423/characterization-of-cis-elements-in-the-promoter-of-trz2-encoding-schizosaccharomyces-pombe-mitochondrial-trna-3-end-processing-enzyme
#19
Jinyu Liu, Linting Huang, Yirong Wang, Ying Huang
The endonuclease tRNase Z is responsible for the 3'-end processing of tRNA precursors, which is one of the essential steps in tRNA maturation. The fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe contains two essential tRNase ZL genes (trz1 and trz2) involved in nuclear and mitochondrial tRNA 3'-end processing, respectively. Our previous studies suggest that trz2 is expressed at a very low level. Here we report characterization of the trz2 promoter. Using lacZ as a reporter, we show that the trz2 promoter contains a HomolD box and a very weak diverged TATA element...
November 22, 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896529/acetaldehyde-kinetics-of-enological-yeast-during-alcoholic-fermentation-in-grape-must
#20
Erhu Li, Ramón Mira de Orduña
Acetaldehyde strongly binds to the wine preservative SO2 and, on average, causes 50-70 mg l(-1) of bound SO2 in red and white wines, respectively. Therefore, a reduction of bound and total SO2 concentrations necessitates knowledge of the factors that affect final acetaldehyde concentrations in wines. This study provides a comprehensive analysis of the acetaldehyde production and degradation kinetics of 26 yeast strains of oenological relevance during alcoholic fermentation in must under controlled anaerobic conditions...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
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