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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432181/dual-nature-of-pseudouridylation-in-u2-snrna-pus1p-dependent-and-pus1p-independent-activities-in-yeasts-and-higher-eukaryotes
#1
Svetlana Deryusheva, Joseph G Gall
The pseudouridine at position 43 in vertebrate U2 snRNA is one of the most conserved posttranscriptional modifications of spliceosomal snRNAs; the equivalent position is pseudouridylated in U2 snRNAs in different phyla including fungi, insects, and worms. Pseudouridine synthase Pus1p acts alone on U2 snRNA to form this pseudouridine in yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and mouse. Furthermore, in S. cerevisiae Pus1p is the only pseudouridine synthase for this position. Using an in vivo yeast cell system we tested enzymatic activity of Pus1p from the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, the worm Caenorhabditis elegans, the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and the frog Xenopus tropicalis...
April 21, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426144/a-multiplex-culture-system-for-the-long-term-growth-of-fission-yeast-cells
#2
Celine Callens, Nelson C Coelho, Aaron W Miller, Maria Rosa Domino Sananes, Maitreya J Dunham, Matthieu Denoual, Damien Coudreuse
Maintenance of long-term cultures of yeast cells is central to a broad range of investigations, from metabolic studies to laboratory evolution assays. However, repeated dilutions of batch cultures lead to variations in medium composition, with implications for cell physiology. In S. cerevisiae, powerful miniaturized chemostat setups, or ministat arrays, have been shown to allow for constant dilution of multiple independent cultures. Here we set out to adapt these arrays for continuous culture of a morphologically and physiologically distinct yeast, the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, with the goal of maintaining constant population density over time...
April 20, 2017: Yeast
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423198/an-estradiol-inducible-promoter-enables-fast-graduated-control-of-gene-expression-in-fission-yeast
#3
Makoto J Ohira, David G Hendrickson, R Scott McIsaac, Nicholas Rhind
The fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe lacks a diverse toolkit of inducible promoters for experimental manipulation. Available inducible promoters suffer from slow induction kinetics, limited control of expression levels and/or a requirement for defined growth medium. In particular, no S. pombe inducible promoter systems exhibit a linear dose response, which would allow expression to be tuned to specific levels. We have adapted a fast, orthogonal promoter system with a large dynamic range and a linear dose response, based on β-estradiol-regulated function of the human estrogen receptor, for use in S...
April 19, 2017: Yeast
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382430/dna-topoisomerase-ii-modulates-acetyl-regulation-of-cohesin-mediated-chromosome-dynamics
#4
Su-Jiun Lin, Matthew J O'Connell
Cohesin is one of three multi-protein structural maintenance of chromosome (SMC) complexes that regulate eukaryotic chromosome dynamics. It forms a ring-shaped structure that embraces sister chromatids through interphase to promote their pairing. In preparation for mitosis, most cohesin is stripped from the chromosome arms in prophase by a poorly defined process that is associated with cohesin phosphorylation. In the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe this prophase pathway is dependent on the cohesin-related Smc5/6 complex, and this requirement is heightened in Smc5/6 hypomorphs by DNA damage, replication stress and Topoisomerase II (Top2) dysfunction...
April 5, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369658/tracking-the-evolution-of-3d-gene-organization-demonstrates-its-connection-to-phenotypic-divergence
#5
Alon Diament, Tamir Tuller
It has recently been shown that the organization of genes in eukaryotic genomes, and specifically in 3D, is strongly related to gene expression and function and partially conserved between organisms. However, previous studies of 3D genomic organization analyzed each organism independently from others. Here, we propose an approach for unified inter-organismal analysis of gene organization based on a network representation of Hi-C data. We define and detect four classes of spatially co-evolving orthologous modules (SCOMs), i...
March 28, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357387/s-pombe-placed-on-the-prion-map
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Jacqueline Hayles
Schizosaccharomyces pombe has been used extensively as a model organism, however it is only recently that the first prion in this organism, a copper transporter protein encoded by ctr4, has been conclusively demonstrated. Prions are found in a wide range of organisms and have been implicated in a number of human neurodegenerative diseases. Research into the biology of prions has been carried out mainly in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, however there are many questions still to be addressed. Now, with the identification of the Ctr4 prion in S...
February 3, 2017: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349389/quantitative-genome-wide-measurements-of-meiotic-dna-double-strand-breaks-and-protein-binding-in-s-pombe
#7
Randy W Hyppa, Kyle R Fowler, Gerald R Smith
The fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe is especially well suited for studying meiosis in molecular detail. Experiments with S. pombe strains that undergo a nearly synchronous meiosis-at variable temperatures-have elucidated the mechanisms of meiotic progression and the proteins that are involved. For example, studies focused on the initiation of meiotic recombination by programmed DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) have proven exceptionally informative. In meiosis, some regions of DNA have more frequent DSBs than the surrounding regions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345447/urea-enhances-cell-lysis-of-schizosaccharomyces-pombe-ura4-mutants
#8
Kohei Nishino, Misaki Kushima, Tomohiro Kaino, Yasuhiro Matsuo, Makoto Kawamukai
Cell lysis is induced in Schizosaccharomyces pombe ∆ura4 cells grown in YPD medium, which contains yeast extract, polypeptone, and glucose. To identify the medium components that induce cell lysis, we first tested various kinds of yeast extracts from different suppliers. Cell lysis of ∆ura4 cells on YE medium was observed when yeast extracts from OXOID, BD, Oriental, and Difco were used, but not when using yeast extract from Kyokuto. To determine which compounds induced cell lysis, we subjected yeast extract and polypeptone to GC-MS analysis...
March 27, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342076/schizosaccharomyces-pombe-rsv1-transcription-factor-and-its-putative-homologues-preserved-their-functional-homology-and-are-evolutionarily-conserved
#9
Emese Pataki, Matthias Sipiczki, Ida Miklos
Environmental glucose is an important regulator of biological processes, as it can launch different cell processes depending on its concentration. Thus, low glucose concentration can induce entry into quiescence, which ensures long-term viability for the cells or in other cases mycelial growth in the dimorphic species, which, in turn, provides the cells with fresh nutrients. Several genes, such as the genes of cAMP cascade, are involved in glucose sensing and response. Since this signal transduction pathway seemed to be an evolutionarily conserved process, we assumed that its genes were also conserved and preserved their functional homology...
March 24, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341698/schizosaccharomyces-pombe-muts%C3%AE-and-mutl%C3%AE-maintain-stability-of-tetra-nucleotide-repeats-and-msh3-of-hepta-nucleotide-repeats
#10
Desirée Villahermosa, Olaf Christensen, Karen Knapp, Oliver Fleck
Defective mismatch repair (MMR) in humans is associated with colon cancer and instability of microsatellites, DNA sequences with one or several nucleotides repeated. Key factors of eukaryotic MMR are the heterodimers MutSα (Msh2-Msh6), which recognizes base-base mismatches and unpaired nucleotides in DNA and MutLα (Mlh1-Pms1), which facilitates downstream steps. In addition, MutSβ (Msh2-Msh3) recognizes DNA loops of various sizes, although our previous data and the data presented here suggest that Msh3 of Schizosaccharomyces pombe does not play a role in MMR...
March 24, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338982/rna-editing-during-sexual-development-occurs-in-distantly-related-filamentous-ascomycetes
#11
Ines Teichert, Tim A Dahlmann, Ulrich Kück, Minou Nowrousian
RNA editing is a post-transcriptional process that modifies RNA molecules leading to transcript sequences that differ from their template DNA. A-to-I editing was found to be widely distributed in nuclear transcripts of metazoa, but was detected in fungi only recently in a study of the filamentous ascomycete Fusarium graminearum that revealed extensive A-to-I editing of mRNAs in sexual structures (fruiting bodies). Here, we searched for putative RNA editing events in RNA-seq data from Sordaria macrospora and Pyronema confluens, two distantly related filamentous ascomycetes, and in data from the Taphrinomycete Schizosaccharomyces pombe...
April 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338873/molecular-dissection-of-the-actin-binding-ability-of-the-fission-yeast-%C3%AE-actinin-ain1-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#12
Rikuri Morita, Masak Takaine, Osamu Numata, Kentaro Nakano
A contractile ring (CR) is involved in cytokinesis in animal and yeast cells. Although several types of actin-bundling proteins associate with F-actin in the CR, their individual roles in the CR have not yet been elucidated in detail. Ain1 is the sole α-actinin homologue in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe and specifically localizes to the CR with a high turnover rate. S. pombe cells lacking the ain1+ gene show defects in cytokinesis under stress conditions. We herein investigated the biochemical activity and cellular localization mechanisms of Ain1...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292918/non-homologous-end-joining-with-minimal-sequence-loss-is-promoted-by-the-mre11-rad50-nbs1-ctp1-complex-in-schizosaccharomyces-pombe
#13
Yanhui Li, Jinyu Wang, Gang Zhou, Michael Lajeunesse, Nga Le, Brittany N Stawicki, Yalitza Lopez Corcino, Kathleen L Berkner, Kurt W Runge
While the Mre11-Rad50-Nbs1 (MRN) complex has known roles in repair processes like homologous recombination and microhomology-mediated end-joining, its role in non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ) is unclear as Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Schizosaccharomyces pombe and mammals have different requirements for repairing cut DNA ends. Most double-strand breaks (DSBs) require nucleolytic processing prior to DNA ligation. We therefore studied repair using the Hermes transposon, whose excision leaves a DSB capped by hairpin ends similar to structures generated by palindromes and trinucleotide repeats...
March 14, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287547/spatiotemporal-analysis-of-cytokinetic-events-in-fission-yeast
#14
Bin Wei, Brian S Hercyk, Julius Habiyaremye, Maitreyi Das
Cytokinesis, the final step in cell division is critical for maintaining genome integrity. Proper cytokinesis is important for cell differentiation and development. Cytokinesis involves a series of events that are well coordinated in time and space. Cytokinesis involves the formation of an actomyosin ring at the division site, followed by ring constriction, membrane furrow formation and extra cellular matrix remodeling. The fission yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe (S. pombe) is a well-studied model system that has revealed with substantial clarity the initial events in cytokinesis...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282432/metabolic-crosstalk-between-membrane-and-storage-lipids-facilitates-heat-stress-management-in-schizosaccharomyces-pombe
#15
Mária Péter, Attila Glatz, Péter Gudmann, Imre Gombos, Zsolt Török, Ibolya Horváth, László Vígh, Gábor Balogh
Cell membranes actively participate in stress sensing and signalling. Here we present the first in-depth lipidomic analysis to characterize alterations in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe in response to mild heat stress (HS). The lipidome was assessed by a simple one-step methanolic extraction. Genetic manipulations that altered triglyceride (TG) content in the absence or presence of HS gave rise to distinct lipidomic fingerprints for S. pombe. Cells unable to produce TG demonstrated long-lasting growth arrest and enhanced signalling lipid generation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278249/expression-of-c-5-sterol-desaturase-from-an-edible-mushroom-in-fisson-yeast-enhances-its-ethanol-and-thermotolerance
#16
Ayushi Kamthan, Mohan Kamthan, Asis Datta
Bioethanol is an environment friendly and renewable source of energy produced by the fermentation of agricultural raw material by a variety of microorganisms including yeast. Obtaining yeast strains that are tolerant to stresses like high levels of ethanol and high temperature is highly desirable as it reduces cost and increases yield during bioethanol production. Here, we report that heterologous expression of C-5 Sterol desaturase (FvC5SD)-an ergosterol biosynthesis enzyme from an edible mushroom Flammulina velutipes in fission yeast, not only imparts increased thermotolerance but also tolerance towards high ethanol concentration and low pH...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242692/lem2-recruits-chmp7-for-escrt-mediated-nuclear-envelope-closure-in-fission-yeast-and-human-cells
#17
Mingyu Gu, Dollie LaJoie, Opal S Chen, Alexander von Appen, Mark S Ladinsky, Michael J Redd, Linda Nikolova, Pamela J Bjorkman, Wesley I Sundquist, Katharine S Ullman, Adam Frost
Endosomal sorting complexes required for transport III (ESCRT-III) proteins have been implicated in sealing the nuclear envelope in mammals, spindle pole body dynamics in fission yeast, and surveillance of defective nuclear pore complexes in budding yeast. Here, we report that Lem2p (LEM2), a member of the LEM (Lap2-Emerin-Man1) family of inner nuclear membrane proteins, and the ESCRT-II/ESCRT-III hybrid protein Cmp7p (CHMP7), work together to recruit additional ESCRT-III proteins to holes in the nuclear membrane...
March 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238661/motor-activity-dependent-and-independent-functions-of-myosin-ii-contribute-to-actomyosin-ring-assembly-and-contraction-in-schizosaccharomyces-pombe
#18
Saravanan Palani, Ting Gang Chew, Srinivasan Ramanujam, Anton Kamnev, Shrikant Harne, Bernardo Chapa-Y-Lazo, Rebecca Hogg, Mayalagu Sevugan, Mithilesh Mishra, Pananghat Gayathri, Mohan K Balasubramanian
Cytokinesis depends on a contractile actomyosin ring in many eukaryotes [1-3]. Myosin II is a key component of the actomyosin ring, although whether it functions as a motor or as an actin cross-linker to exert its essential role is disputed [1, 4, 5]. In Schizosaccharomyces pombe, the myo2-E1 mutation affects the upper 50 kDa sub-domain of the myosin II heavy chain, and cells carrying this lethal mutation are defective in actomyosin ring assembly at the non-permissive temperature [6, 7]. myo2-E1 also affects actomyosin ring contraction when rings isolated from permissive temperature-grown cells are incubated with ATP [8]...
March 6, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228545/ablation-of-rna-interference-and-retrotransposons-accompany-acquisition-and-evolution-of-transposases-to-heterochromatin-protein-cenpb
#19
Udita Upadhyay, Suchita Srivastava, Indu Khatri, Jagpreet Singh Nanda, Srikrishna Subramanian, Amit Arora, Jagmohan Singh
Inactivation of retrotransposons is accompanied by the emergence of centromere-binding protein-B (CENPB) in Schizosaccharomyces, as well as in metazoans. The RNA interference (RNAi)-induced transcriptional silencing (RITS) complex, comprising chromodomain protein-1 (Chp1), Tas3 (protein with unknown function), and Argonaute (Ago1), plays an important role in RNAi-mediated heterochromatinization. We find that whereas the Ago1 subunit of the RITS complex is highly conserved, Tas3 is lost and Chp1 is truncated in Schizosaccharomyces cryophilus and Schizosaccharomyces octosporus We show that truncated Chp1 loses the property of heterochromatin localization and silencing when transformed in Schizosaccharomyces pombe Furthermore, multiple copies of CENPB, related to Tc1/mariner and Tc5 transposons, occur in all Schizosaccharomyces species, as well as in humans, but with loss of transposase function (except Schizosaccharomyces japonicus)...
April 15, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223368/phosphatases-generate-signal-specificity-downstream-of-ssp1-kinase-in-fission-yeast
#20
Lin Deng, Mid Eum Lee, Katherine Schutt, James B Moseley
AMPK-related protein kinases (ARKs) coordinate cell growth, proliferation, and migration with environmental status. It is unclear how specific ARKs are activated at specific times. In fission yeast S. pombe, the CaMKK-like protein kinase Ssp1 promotes cell cycle progression by activating the ARK Cdr2 according to cell growth signals. Here, we demonstrate that Ssp1 activates a second ARK, Ssp2/AMPK-α, for cell proliferation in low environmental glucose. Ssp1 activates these two related targets by the same biochemical mechanism: direct phosphorylation of a conserved residue in the activation loop (Cdr2-T166 and Ssp2-T189)...
February 21, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
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