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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335447/transcriptomic-complexity-of-aspergillus-terreus-velvet-gene-family-under-the-influence-of-butyrolactone-i
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Elina K Palonen, Sheetal Raina, Annika Brandt, Jussi Meriluoto, Tajalli Keshavarz, Juhani T Soini
Filamentous fungi of the Ascomycota phylum are known to contain a family of conserved conidiation regulating proteins with distinctive velvet domains. In Aspergilli, this velvet family includes four proteins, VeA, VelB, VelC and VosA, and is involved in conidiation and secondary metabolism along with a global regulator LaeA. In A. terreus, the overexpression of LaeA has been observed to increase the biogenesis of the pharmaceutically-important secondary metabolite, lovastatin, while the role of the velvet family has not been studied...
March 14, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335327/targeting-at-the-nanoscale-a-novel-s-layer-fusion-protein-enabling-controlled-immobilization-of-biotinylated-molecules
#2
Melinda Varga
With the aim of constructing an S-layer fusion protein that combines both excellent self-assembly and specific ligand i.e., biotin binding ability, streptavidin (aa 16-133) was fused to the S-layer protein of Sporosarcina ureae ATCC 13881 (SslA) devoid of its N-terminal 341 and C-terminal 172 amino acids. The genetically engineered chimeric protein could be successfully produced in E. coli, isolated, and purified via Ni affinity chromatography. In vitro recrystallisation experiments performed with the purified chimeric protein in solution and on a silicon wafer have demonstrated that fusion of the streptavidin domain does not interfere with the self-assembling properties of the S-layer part...
November 4, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335084/identification-of-new-bmp6-pro-peptide-mutations-in-patients-with-iron-overload
#3
Chiara Piubelli, Annalisa Castagna, Giacomo Marchi, Monica Rizzi, Fabiana Busti, Sadaf Badar, Monia Marchetti, Marco De Gobbi, Antonella Roetto, Luciano Xumerle, Eda Suku, Alejandro Giorgetti, Massimo Delledonne, Oliviero Olivieri, Domenico Girelli
Hereditary Hemochromatosis (HH) is a genetically heterogeneous disorder caused by mutations in at least 5 different genes (HFE, HJV, TFR2, SLC40A1, HAMP) involved in the production or activity of the liver hormone hepcidin, a key regulator of systemic iron homeostasis. Nevertheless, patients with an HH-like phenotype that remains completely/partially unexplained despite extensive sequencing of known genes are not infrequently seen at referral centers, suggesting a role of still unknown genetic factors. A compelling candidate is Bone Morphogenetic Protein 6 (BMP6), which acts as a major activator of the BMP-SMAD signaling pathway, ultimately leading to the upregulation of hepcidin gene transcription...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335020/znhit3-is-defective-in-peho-syndrome-a-severe-encephalopathy-with-cerebellar-granule-neuron-loss
#4
Anna-Kaisa Anttonen, Anni Laari, Maria Kousi, Yawei J Yang, Tiina Jääskeläinen, Mirja Somer, Eija Siintola, Eveliina Jakkula, Mikko Muona, Saara Tegelberg, Tuula Lönnqvist, Helena Pihko, Leena Valanne, Anders Paetau, Melody P Lun, Johanna Hästbacka, Outi Kopra, Tarja Joensuu, Nicholas Katsanis, Maria K Lehtinen, Jorma J Palvimo, Anna-Elina Lehesjoki
Progressive encephalopathy with oedema, hypsarrhythmia, and optic atrophy (PEHO) syndrome is an early childhood onset, severe autosomal recessive encephalopathy characterized by extreme cerebellar atrophy due to almost total granule neuron loss. By combining homozygosity mapping in Finnish families with Sanger sequencing of positional candidate genes and with exome sequencing a homozygous missense substitution of leucine for serine at codon 31 in ZNHIT3 was identified as the primary cause of PEHO syndrome. ZNHIT3 encodes a nuclear zinc finger protein previously implicated in transcriptional regulation and in small nucleolar ribonucleoprotein particle assembly and thus possibly to pre-ribosomal RNA processing...
March 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335001/fastkd1-and-fastkd4-have-opposite-effects-on-expression-of-specific-mitochondrial-rnas-depending-upon-their-endonuclease-like-rap-domain
#5
Erik Boehm, Sofia Zaganelli, Kinsey Maundrell, Alexis A Jourdain, Stéphane Thore, Jean-Claude Martinou
FASTK family proteins have been identified as regulators of mitochondrial RNA homeostasis linked to mitochondrial diseases, but much remains unknown about these proteins. We show that CRISPR-mediated disruption of FASTKD1 increases ND3 mRNA level, while disruption of FASTKD4 reduces the level of ND3 and of other mature mRNAs including ND5 and CYB, and causes accumulation of ND5-CYB precursor RNA. Disrupting both FASTKD1 and FASTKD4 in the same cell results in decreased ND3 mRNA similar to the effect of depleting FASTKD4 alone, indicating that FASTKD4 loss is epistatic...
March 10, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334975/apricot-an-integrated-computational-pipeline-for-the-sequence-based-identification-and-characterization-of-rna-binding-proteins
#6
Malvika Sharan, Konrad U Förstner, Ana Eulalio, Jörg Vogel
RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) have been established as core components of several post-transcriptional gene regulation mechanisms. Experimental techniques such as cross-linking and co-immunoprecipitation have enabled the identification of RBPs, RNA-binding domains (RBDs) and their regulatory roles in the eukaryotic species such as human and yeast in large-scale. In contrast, our knowledge of the number and potential diversity of RBPs in bacteria is poorer due to the technical challenges associated with the existing global screening approaches...
March 2, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334966/structural-and-mechanistic-insights-into-regulation-of-hbo1-histone-acetyltransferase-activity-by-brpf2
#7
Ye Tao, Chen Zhong, Junjun Zhu, Shutong Xu, Jianping Ding
HBO1, a member of the MYST family of histone acetyltransferases (HATs), is required for global acetylation of histone H3K14 and embryonic development. It functions as a catalytic subunit in multisubunit complexes comprising a BRPF1/2/3 or JADE1/2/3 scaffold protein, and two accessory proteins. BRPF2 has been shown to be important for the HAT activity of HBO1 toward H3K14. Here we demonstrated that BRPF2 can regulate the HAT activity of HBO1 toward free H3 and H4, and nucleosomal H3. Particularly, a short N-terminal region of BRPF2 is sufficient for binding to HBO1 and can potentiate its activity toward H3K14...
February 24, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334952/dnmt1-mutations-found-in-hsanie-patients-affect-interaction-with-uhrf1-and-neuronal-differentiation
#8
Martha Smets, Stephanie Link, Patricia Wolf, Katrin Schneider, Veronica Solis, Joel Ryan, Daniela Meilinger, Weihua Qin, Heinrich Leonhardt
DNMT1 is recruited to substrate sites by PCNA and UHRF1 to maintain DNA methylation after replication. The cell cycle dependent recruitment of DNMT1 is mediated by the PCNA-binding domain (PBD) and the targeting sequence (TS) within the N-terminal regulatory domain. The TS domain was found to be mutated in patients suffering from hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathies with dementia and hearing loss (HSANIE) and autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia deafness and narcolepsy (ADCA-DN) and is associated with global hypomethylation and site specific hypermethylation...
March 3, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334932/ribosome-dependent-vibrio-cholerae-mrnase-higb2-is-regulated-by-a-%C3%AE-strand-sliding-mechanism
#9
San Hadži, Abel Garcia-Pino, Sarah Haesaerts, Dukas Jurenas, Kenn Gerdes, Jurij Lah, Remy Loris
Toxin-antitoxin (TA) modules are small operons involved in bacterial stress response and persistence. higBA operons form a family of TA modules with an inverted gene organization and a toxin belonging to the RelE/ParE superfamily. Here, we present the crystal structures of chromosomally encoded Vibrio cholerae antitoxin (VcHigA2), toxin (VcHigB2) and their complex, which show significant differences in structure and mechanisms of function compared to the higBA module from plasmid Rts1, the defining member of the family...
February 28, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334903/n6-methyladenosine-alters-rna-structure-to-regulate-binding-of-a-low-complexity-protein
#10
Nian Liu, Katherine I Zhou, Marc Parisien, Qing Dai, Luda Diatchenko, Tao Pan
N6-methyladenosine (m6A) is the most abundant internal modification in eukaryotic messenger RNA (mRNA), and affects almost every stage of the mRNA life cycle. The YTH-domain proteins can specifically recognize m6A modification to control mRNA maturation, translation and decay. m6A can also alter RNA structures to affect RNA-protein interactions in cells. Here, we show that m6A increases the accessibility of its surrounding RNA sequence to bind heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein G (HNRNPG). Furthermore, HNRNPG binds m6A-methylated RNAs through its C-terminal low-complexity region, which self-assembles into large particles in vitro...
February 25, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334881/random-pseuoduridylation-in-vivo-reveals-critical-region-of-escherichia-coli-23s-rrna-for-ribosome-assembly
#11
Margus Leppik, Aivar Liiv, Jaanus Remme
Pseudouridine is the most common modified nucleoside in RNA, which is found in stable RNA species and in eukaryotic mRNAs. Functional analysis of pseudouridine is complicated by marginal effect of its absence. We demonstrate that excessive pseudouridines in rRNA inhibit ribosome assembly. Ten-fold increase of pseudouridines in the 16S and 23S rRNA made by a chimeric pseudouridine synthase leads to accumulation of the incompletely assembled large ribosome subunits. Hyper modified 23S rRNA is found in the r-protein assembly defective particles and are selected against in the 70S and polysome fractions showing modification interference...
March 7, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334862/the-wilms-tumor-protein-wt1-contributes-to-female-fertility-by-regulating-oviductal-proteostasis
#12
Abinaya Nathan, Peter Reinhardt, Dagmar Kruspe, Tjard Jörß, Marco Groth, Hendrik Nolte, Andreas Habenicht, Jörg Herrmann, Verena Holschbach, Bettina Toth, Marcus Krüger, Zhao-Qi Wang, Matthias Platzer, Christoph Englert
Although the zinc finger transcription factor Wt1 has been linked to female fertility, its precise role in this process has not yet been understood. We have sequenced the WT1 exons in a panel of patients with idiopathic infertility and have identified a missense mutation in WT1 in one patient out of eight. This mutation leads to an amino acid change within the zinc finger domain and results in reduced DNA binding. We utilized Wt1+/- mice as a model to mechanistically pinpoint the consequences of reduced Wt1 levels for female fertility...
March 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334857/co-cultures-with-stem-cell-derived-human-sensory-neurons-reveal-regulators-of-peripheral-myelination
#13
Alex J Clark, Malte S Kaller, Jorge Galino, Hugh J Willison, Simon Rinaldi, David L H Bennett
Effective bidirectional signalling between axons and Schwann cells is essential for both the development and maintenance of peripheral nerve function. We have established conditions by which human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived sensory neurons can be cultured with rat Schwann cells, and have produced for the first time long-term and stable myelinating co-cultures with human neurons. These cultures contain the specialized domains formed by axonal interaction with myelinating Schwann cells, such as clustered voltage-gated sodium channels at the node of Ranvier and Shaker-type potassium channel (Kv1...
February 15, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334855/slc30a9-mutation-affecting-intracellular-zinc-homeostasis-causes-a-novel-cerebro-renal-syndrome
#14
Yonatan Perez, Zamir Shorer, Keren Liani-Leibson, Pauline Chabosseau, Rotem Kadir, Michael Volodarsky, Daniel Halperin, Shiran Barber-Zucker, Hanna Shalev, Ruth Schreiber, Libe Gradstein, Evgenia Gurevich, Raz Zarivach, Guy A Rutter, Daniel Landau, Ohad S Birk
A novel autosomal recessive cerebro-renal syndrome was identified in consanguineous Bedouin kindred: neurological deterioration was evident as of early age, progressing into severe intellectual disability, profound ataxia, camptocormia and oculomotor apraxia. Brain MRI was normal. Four of the six affected individuals also had early-onset nephropathy with features of tubulo-interstitial nephritis, hypertension and tendency for hyperkalemia, though none had rapid deterioration of renal function. Genome wide linkage analysis identified an ∼18 Mb disease-associated locus on chromosome 4 (maximal logarithm of odds score 4...
February 9, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334828/flexible-crispr-library-construction-using-parallel-oligonucleotide-retrieval
#15
Abigail Read, Shaojian Gao, Eric Batchelor, Ji Luo
CRISPR/Cas9-based gene knockout libraries have emerged as a powerful tool for functional screens. We present here a set of pre-designed human and mouse sgRNA sequences that are optimized for both high on-target potency and low off-target effect. To maximize the chance of target gene inactivation, sgRNAs were curated to target both 5΄ constitutive exons and exons that encode conserved protein domains. We describe here a robust and cost-effective method to construct multiple small sized CRISPR library from a single oligo pool generated by array synthesis using parallel oligonucleotide retrieval...
March 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334818/chromosomal-dynamics-predicted-by-an-elastic-network-model-explains-genome-wide-accessibility-and-long-range-couplings
#16
Natalie Sauerwald, She Zhang, Carl Kingsford, Ivet Bahar
Understanding the three-dimensional (3D) architecture of chromatin and its relation to gene expression and regulation is fundamental to understanding how the genome functions. Advances in Hi-C technology now permit us to study 3D genome organization, but we still lack an understanding of the structural dynamics of chromosomes. The dynamic couplings between regions separated by large genomic distances (>50 Mb) have yet to be characterized. We adapted a well-established protein-modeling framework, the Gaussian Network Model (GNM), to model chromatin dynamics using Hi-C data...
March 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334807/allele-specific-quantitative-proteomics-unravels-molecular-mechanisms-modulated-by-cis-regulatory-pparg-locus-variation
#17
Heekyoung Lee, Kun Qian, Christine von Toerne, Lena Hoerburger, Melina Claussnitzer, Christoph Hoffmann, Viktoria Glunk, Simone Wahl, Michaela Breier, Franziska Eck, Leili Jafari, Sophie Molnos, Harald Grallert, Ingrid Dahlman, Peter Arner, Cornelia Brunner, Hans Hauner, Stefanie M Hauck, Helmut Laumen
Genome-wide association studies identified numerous disease risk loci. Delineating molecular mechanisms influenced by cis-regulatory variants is essential to understand gene regulation and ultimately disease pathophysiology. Combining bioinformatics and public domain chromatin information with quantitative proteomics supports prediction of cis-regulatory variants and enabled identification of allele-dependent binding of both, transcription factors and coregulators at the type 2 diabetes associated PPARG locus...
February 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334785/amino-acid-substitution-equivalent-to-human-chorea-acanthocytosis-i2771r-in-yeast-vps13-protein-affects-its-binding-to-phosphatidylinositol-3-phosphate
#18
Weronika Rzepnikowska, Krzysztof Flis, Joanna Kaminska, Marcin Grynberg, Agnieszka Urbanek, Kathryn R Ayscough, Teresa Zoladek
The rare human disorder chorea-acanthocytosis (ChAc) is caused by mutations in hVPS13A gene. The hVps13A protein interacts with actin and regulates the level of phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate (PI4P) in the membranes of neuronal cells. Yeast Vps13 is involved in vacuolar protein transport and, like hVps13A, participates in PI4P metabolism. Vps13 proteins are conserved in eukaryotes, but their molecular function remains unknown. One of the mutations found in ChAc patients causes amino acids substitution I2771R which affects the localization of hVps13A in skeletal muscles...
March 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334776/structural-characterization-of-interactions-between-transactivation-domain-1-of-the-p65-subunit-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-transcription-regulatory-factors
#19
Lauriane Lecoq, Luca Raiola, Philippe R Chabot, Normand Cyr, Geneviève Arseneault, Pascale Legault, James G Omichinski
p65 is a member of the NF-κB family of transcriptional regulatory proteins that functions as the activating component of the p65-p50 heterodimer. Through its acidic transactivation domain (TAD), p65 has the capacity to form interactions with several different transcriptional regulatory proteins, including TFIIB, TFIIH, CREB-binding protein (CBP)/p300 and TAFII31. Like other acidic TADs, the p65 TAD contains two subdomains (p65TA1 and p65TA2) that interact with different regulatory factors depending on the target gene...
February 28, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334766/crystal-structure-of-the-n-terminal-domain-of-human-timeless-and-its-interaction-with-tipin
#20
Sandro Holzer, Gianluca Degliesposti, Mairi L Kilkenny, Sarah L Maslen, Dijana Matak-Vinkovíc, Mark Skehel, Luca Pellegrini
Human Timeless is involved in replication fork stabilization, S-phase checkpoint activation and establishment of sister chromatid cohesion. In the cell, Timeless forms a constitutive heterodimeric complex with Tipin. Here we present the 1.85 Å crystal structure of a large N-terminal segment of human Timeless, spanning amino acids 1-463, and we show that this region of human Timeless harbours a partial binding site for Tipin. Furthermore, we identify minimal regions of the two proteins that are required for the formation of a stable Timeless-Tipin complex and provide evidence that the Timeless-Tipin interaction is based on a composite binding interface comprising different domains of Timeless...
February 25, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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