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Mingcui Ding, Yongli Yang, Xiaoran Duan, Sihua Wang, Xiaolei Feng, Tuanwei Wang, Pengpeng Wang, Suxiang Liu, Lei Li, Junling Liu, Lixia Tang, Xinhua Niu, Yuhong Zhang, Guoyu Li, Wu Yao, Liuxin Cui, Wei Wang
Omethoate, an organophosphorous pesticide, can cause a variety of health effects, especially the decrease of cholinesterase activity. The aim of this study is to explore the association of genetic polymorphisms of telomere binding proteins with cholinesterase activity in omethoate-exposed population. Cholinesterase activities in whole blood, red blood cell and plasma were detected using acetylthiocholine and dithio-bis-(nitrobenzoic acid) method; Genetic Genotyping of POT1 rs1034794, POT1 rs10250202, TERF1 rs3863242 and TERT rs2736098 were performed with PCR-RFLP...
June 18, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Han Wang, Juan Ni, Xihan Guo, Tao Zhou, Xiaoling Ma, Jinglun Xue, Xu Wang
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 -NPs) have raised serious attention for their widely use and potential adverse effects on human mainly due to producing ROS. However, the influence of TiO2 -NPs on telomere maintaining has not been studied clearly. Shelterin plays core roles in telomere length (TL) regulation. Abnormal TL are associated with chromosome instability (CIN) and high risk of diseases. This study investigated whether TiO2 -NPs affect TL to induce CIN through ROS generation and the possible mechanisms...
June 13, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Ftoon Aljarbou, Nourah Almousa, Mohammad Bazzi, Sooad Aldaihan, Mohammed Alanazi, Othman Alharbi, Majid Almadi, Abdulrahman M Aljebreen, Nahla Ali Azzam, Maha Arafa, Abeer Aldbass, Jilani Shaik, Shaheerah Alasirri, Arjumand Warsy, Abdullah Alamri, Narasimha Reddy Parine, Ghadah Alamro
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Saudi Arabia. Cancer has a multifactorial nature and can be described as a disease of altered gene expression. The profiling of gene expression has been used to identify cancer subtypes and to predict patients' responsiveness. Telomere-associated proteins that regulate telomere biology are essential molecules in cancer development. Thus, the present study examined their contributions to colorectal cancer progression in Saudi patients...
2018: PloS One
Erik K R Hanko, Charles M Denby, Violeta Sànchez I Nogué, Weiyin Lin, Kelsey J Ramirez, Christine A Singer, Gregg T Beckham, Jay D Keasling
Medium- and long-chain methyl ketones are fatty acid-derived compounds that can be used as biofuel blending agents, flavors and fragrances. However, their large-scale production from sustainable feedstocks is currently limited due to the lack of robust microbial biocatalysts. The oleaginous yeast Yarrowia lipolytica is a promising biorefinery platform strain for the production of methyl ketones from renewable lignocellulosic biomass due to its natively high flux towards fatty acid biosynthesis. In this study, we report the metabolic engineering of Y...
May 28, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
Juhi Ojha, Iryna Dyagil, Stuart C Finch, Robert F Reiss, Adam J de Smith, Semira Gonseth, Mi Zhou, Helen M Hansen, Amy L Sherborne, Jean Nakamura, Paige M Bracci, Nataliya Gudzenko, Maureen Hatch, Nataliya Babkina, Mark P Little, Vadim V Chumak, Kyle M Walsh, Dimitry Bazyka, Joseph L Wiemels, Lydia B Zablotska
BACKGROUND: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) was the predominant leukemia in a recent study of Chornobyl cleanup workers from Ukraine exposed to radiation (UR-CLL). Radiation risks of CLL significantly increased with increasing bone marrow radiation doses. Current analysis aimed to clarify whether the increased risks were due to radiation or to genetic mutations in the Ukrainian population. METHODS: A detailed characterization of the genomic landscape was performed in a unique sample of 16 UR-CLL patients and age- and sex-matched unexposed general population Ukrainian-CLL (UN-CLL) and Western-CLL (W-CLL) patients (n = 28 and 100, respectively)...
May 2, 2018: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
Mary L McMaster, Chongkui Sun, Maria T Landi, Sharon A Savage, Melissa Rotunno, Xiaohong R Yang, Kristine Jones, Aurélie Vogt, Amy Hutchinson, Bin Zhu, Mingyi Wang, Belynda Hicks, Anand Thirunavukarason, Douglas R Stewart, Stella Koutros, Alisa M Goldstein, Stephen J Chanock, Neil E Caporaso, Margaret A Tucker, Lynn R Goldin, Yie Liu
In a previous whole exome sequencing of patients from 41 families with Hodgkin lymphoma, we identified two families with distinct heterozygous rare coding variants in POT1 (D224N and Y36H), both in a highly conserved region of the gene. POT1 D224N mutant did not bind to a single-stranded telomere oligonucleotide in vitro suggesting the mutation perturbs POT1's ability to bind to the telomeric G-rich overhang. Human HT1080 cells expressing POT1 D224N and lymphoblastoid cells carrying Y36H both showed increased telomere length and fragility in comparison to wild type cells...
May 2018: British Journal of Haematology
Neil R Lloyd, Deborah S Wuttke
Pot1 is the shelterin component responsible for the protection of the single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) overhang at telomeres in nearly all eukaryotic organisms. The C-terminal domain of the DNA-binding domain, Pot1pC, exhibits non-specific ssDNA recognition, achieved through thermodynamically equivalent alternative binding conformations. Given this flexibility, it is unclear how specificity for ssDNA over RNA, an activity required for biological function, is achieved. Examination of the ribose-position specificity of Pot1pC shows that ssDNA specificity is additive but not uniformly distributed across the ligand...
May 1, 2018: Structure
Kazunori Tomita
Telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes telomeres, is essential for most eukaryotes to maintain their generations. Telomere length homeostasis is achieved via a balance between telomere lengthening by telomerase, and erosion over successive cell divisions. Impaired telomerase regulation leads to shortened telomeres and can cause defects in tissue maintenance. Telomeric DNA is composed of a repetitive sequence, which recruits the protective protein complex, shelterin. Shelterin, together with chromatin remodelling proteins, shapes the heterochromatic structure at the telomere and protects chromosome ends...
April 16, 2018: Current Genetics
Qidi Zheng, Jie Xu, Zhuojia Lin, Yanan Lu, Xiaoru Xin, Xiaonan Li, Yuxin Yang, Qiuyu Meng, Chen Wang, Wujun Xiong, Dongdong Lu
Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) which acts as a receptor for lipopolysaccharide (LPS) has been reported to be involved in carcinogenesis. However, the regulatory mechanism of it has not been elucidated. Herein, we demonstrate that TLR4 promotes the malignant growth of liver cancer stem cells. Mechanistically, TLR4 promotes the expression of histone-lysine N-methyltransferase (SUV39 h2) and increases the formation of trimethyl histone H3 lysine 9-heterochromatin protein 1-telomere repeat binding factor 2 (H3K9me3-HP1-TRF2) complex at the telomeric locus under mediation by long non coding RNA urothelial cancer-associated 1 (CUDR)...
March 30, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Samantha J Ziegler, Chang Liu, Mark Landau, Olga Buzovetsky, Belete A Desimmie, Qi Zhao, Tomoaki Sasaki, Ryan C Burdick, Vinay K Pathak, Karen S Anderson, Yong Xiong
Human apolipoprotein B mRNA-editing enzyme-catalytic polypeptide-like 3 (A3) proteins are a family of cytidine deaminases that catalyze the conversion of deoxycytidine (dC) to deoxyuridine (dU) in single-stranded DNA (ssDNA). A3 proteins act in the innate immune response to viral infection by mutating the viral ssDNA. One of the most well-studied human A3 family members is A3G, which is a potent inhibitor of HIV-1. Each A3 protein prefers a specific substrate sequence for catalysis-for example, A3G deaminates the third dC in the CCCA sequence motif...
2018: PloS One
Nya D Nelson, Lois M Dodson, Laura Escudero, Ann T Sukumar, Christopher L Williams, Ivana Mihalek, Alessandro Baldan, Duncan M Baird, Alison A Bertuch
TIN2 is central to the shelterin complex, linking the telomeric proteins TRF1 and TRF2 with TPP1/POT1. Mutations in TINF2 , which encodes TIN2, that are found in dyskeratosis congenita (DC) result in very short telomeres and cluster in a region shared by the two TIN2 isoforms, TIN2S (short) and TIN2L (long). Here we show that TIN2L, but not TIN2S, is phosphorylated. TRF2 interacts more with TIN2L than TIN2S, and both the DC-cluster and phosphorylation promote this enhanced interaction. The binding of TIN2L, but not TIN2S, is affected by TRF2-F120, which is also required for TRF2's interaction with end processing factors such as Apollo...
March 26, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Kentaro Hosokawa, Fumio Arai
In order to maintain the homeostasis of the hematopoietic system, hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) need to be maintained while slowly dividing over their lifetime. However, repeated cell divisions lead to the gradual accumulation of DNA damage and ultimately impair HSC function. Since telomeres are particularly fragile when subjected to replication stress, cells have several defense machinery to protect telomeres. Moreover, HSCs must protect their genome against possible DNA damage, while maintaining telomere length...
June 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Neal F Lue
Recent studies have resulted in deeper understanding of a variety of telomere maintenance mechanisms as well as plausible models of telomere evolution. Often overlooked in the discussion of telomere regulation and evolution is the synthesis of the DNA strand that bears the 5'-end (i.e., the C-strand). Herein, I describe a scenario for telomere evolution that more explicitly accounts for the evolution of the C-strand synthesis machinery. In this model, CTC1-STN1-TEN1 (CST), the G-strand-binding complex that regulates primase-Pol α-mediated C-strand synthesis, emerges as a pivotal player and evolutionary link...
May 2018: Trends in Biochemical Sciences
Hua Zhou, Abdul Mondal, Aleksandra Dakic, Lama Alhawas, Xuefeng Liu, Zhixu He
The roles of protection of telomeres 1 (POT1) in human ovarian cancer have not been fully elucidated. Here, we investigated the impact of POT1 knockdown (POT1-KD) on in vitro cell proliferation, tumorigenesis, and histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi) response in human ovarian cancer-derived SK-OV3 cells. The POT1 gene was knocked down by infection with POT1 lenti-shRNA. POT1, c-Myc, and hTERT mRNA levels and relative telomere length were determined by qRT-PCR; POT1 protein levels were determined by western blot...
2018: BioMed Research International
Christoph Müller, Milica Krunic, Judith Wendt, Arndt von Haeseler, Ichiro Okamoto
Risk of melanoma is in part determined by genetic factors. Currently the only established high penetrance familial melanoma genes are CDKN2A and CDK4. Recent studies reported germline variants in POT1 in melanoma families. In the present study, we sequenced the entire POT1 gene in 694 patients from the M3-study. Patients with multiple primary melanomas (n = 163) or with a positive family history (n = 133) were classified as high-risk melanoma patients. Additionally, 200 single primary melanoma patients and 198 non-melanoma controls were sequenced...
May 4, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Rosa M Porreca, Galina Glousker, Aya Awad, Maria I Matilla Fernandez, Anne Gibaud, Christian Naucke, Scott B Cohen, Tracy M Bryan, Yehuda Tzfati, Irena Draskovic, Arturo Londoño-Vallejo
Telomere maintenance protects the cell against genome instability and senescence. Accelerated telomere attrition is a characteristic of premature aging syndromes including Dyskeratosis congenita (DC). Mutations in hRTEL1 are associated with a severe form of DC called Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson syndrome (HHS). HHS patients carry short telomeres and HHS cells display telomere damage. Here we investigated how hRTEL1 contributes to telomere maintenance in human primary as well as tumor cells. Transient depletion of hRTEL1 resulted in rapid telomere shortening only in the context of telomerase-positive cells with very long telomeres and high levels of telomerase...
March 7, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Shunsuke Osaka, Katsuko Okuzumi, Shota Koide, Kiyoko Tamai, Tomoaki Sato, Koichi Tanimoto, Haruyoshi Tomita, Masahiro Suzuki, Yukiko Nagano, Keigo Shibayama, Yoshichika Arakawa, Noriyuki Nagano
PURPOSE: The decline in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolation rates has become a general observation worldwide, including Japan. We hypothesized that some genetic shift in MRSA might cause this phenomenon, and therefore we investigated the genetic profiles among MRSA clinical isolates obtained from three different epidemic phases in Japan. METHODOLOGY: A total of 353 MRSA isolates were selected from 202 medical facilities in 1990 (pre-epidemic phase), 2004 (epidemic phase) and 2016 (post-epidemic phase)...
March 2018: Journal of Medical Microbiology
Asami Sugihara, Luan Cao Nguyen, Hossain Mohammad Shamim, Tetsushi Iida, Mai Nakase, Kaoru Takegawa, Mitsuhisa Senda, Shohei Jida, Masaru Ueno
Fission yeast Pik1p is one of three phosphatidylinositol 4-kinases associated with the Golgi complex, but its function is not fully understood. Deletion of pot1+ causes telomere degradation and chromosome circularization. We searched for the gene which becomes synthetically lethal with pot1Δ. We obtained a novel pik1 mutant, pik1-1, which is synthetically lethal with pot1Δ. We found phosphoinositol 4-phosphate in the Golgi was reduced in pik1-1. To investigate the mechanism of the lethality of the pot1Δ pik1-1 double mutant, we constructed the nmt-pot1-aid pik1-1 strain, where Pot1 function becomes low by drugs, which leads to telomere loss and chromosome circularization, and found pik1-1 mutation does not affect telomere resection and chromosome circularization...
February 19, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Liang Zeng, Yue-Li Wang, Fa Wang, Shi-Quan Cui, Liang Hu, Di-Nan Huang, Gan Hou
By using human genomic DNA as a template to clone protection of telomere 1 (POT1) promoter gene segments and construct the POT1 promoter luciferase report gene vector (pGL3-Control-POT1-promoter), the association between POT1, and the regulation of telomerase and telomere length was investigated. In the present study, two recombinant luciferase report gene vectors were constructed, which included different regions of the POT1 promoter. The plasmids were transformed into DH5α and the positive clones were obtained...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
Ahmed G K Habib, Kanako Sugiura, Masaru Ueno
Ring chromosomes are circular chromosomal abnormalities that have been reported in association with some genetic disorders and cancers. In Schizosaccharomyces pombe, lack of function of protection of telomere 1 (Pot1) or telomerase catalytic subunit (Trt1) results in survivors with circular chromosomes. Hitherto, it is poorly understood how cells with circular chromosomes survive and how circular chromosomes are maintained. Fission yeast Cut17/Bir1, Ark1, Pic1, and Nbl1 is a conserved chromosome passenger complex (CPC) functioning mainly throughout mitosis...
2018: PloS One
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