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Dilip Baral, Long Wu, Gaurav Katwal, Xiong Yan, Yanfeng Wang, Qifa Ye
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is among the most common and fatal cancers. It is a multistage and multifactorial carcinoma, in which a number of factors serve roles in its initiation and progression. Small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs), considered to serve a role in various cancers, have recently been identified to have significant contributions to HCC tumorigenesis. Recent studies suggest that snoRNAs have a critical role in the pathogenesis of HCC. Moreover, detailed studies have demonstrated that various snoRNAs are involved in a range of biological processes associated with HCC, including initiation, proliferation, tumor growth, the cell cycle, apoptosis and metastasis...
April 2018: Biomedical Reports
Sellappan Selvaraju, Sivashanmugam Parthipan, Lakshminarayana Somashekar, B Krishnan Binsila, Atul P Kolte, Arunachalam Arangasamy, Janivara Parameshwaraiah Ravindra, Stephen A Krawetz
With artificial insemination (AI) and other precision dependent assisted reproductive technologies (ART) being followed in large scale in human and animal reproduction, assessing semen quality and fertilizability is under continuous scrutiny. Various tests have been developed to predict semen quality, but so far no single, highly reliable test is available. In this regard, transcriptomic profiling of spermatozoa assumes significance as it carries the information about spermatogenesis, sperm function, and paternal roles in post-fertilization events...
March 14, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Tadashige Nozaki, Yuka Sasaki, Itsuko Fukuda, Mayu Isumi, Keitaro Nakamoto, Takae Onodera, Mitsuko Masutani
Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase family, member 1 (Parp1) has pleiotropic and disparate functions in multiple cellular signaling pathways through post-translational protein modification. It contributes to the regulation of various cellular processes, including DNA damage repair, cell death, and cell differentiation, genetically or epigenetically. Meanwhile, the functions of Parp1 in intercellular signaling remain to be established. To examine the functions of Parp1 in intercellular signaling, we examined microRNA (miRNA) regulation in exosomes derived from Parp1-deficient (Parp1-/- ) embryonic stem (ES) cells...
March 10, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Steven Parker, Marcin G Fraczek, Jian Wu, Sara Shamsah, Alkisti Manousaki, Kobchai Dungrattanalert, Rogerio Alves de Almeida, Edith Invernizzi, Tim Burgis, Walid Omara, Sam Griffiths-Jones, Daniela Delneri, Raymond T O'Keefe
Noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) are emerging as key regulators of cellular function. We have exploited the recently developed barcoded ncRNA gene deletion strain collections in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to investigate the numerous ncRNAs in yeast with no known function. The ncRNA deletion collection contains deletions of tRNAs, snoRNAs, snRNAs, stable unannotated transcripts (SUTs), cryptic unannotated transcripts (CUTs) and other annotated ncRNAs encompassing 532 different individual ncRNA deletions. We have profiled the fitness of the diploid heterozygous ncRNA deletion strain collection in six conditions using batch and continuous liquid culture, as well as the haploid ncRNA deletion strain collections arrayed individually onto solid rich media...
March 12, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Mercedes Rubio, Mariona Bustamante, Carles Hernandez-Ferrer, Dietmar Fernandez-Orth, Lorena Pantano, Yaris Sarria, Maria Piqué-Borras, Kilian Vellve, Silvia Agramunt, Ramon Carreras, Xavier Estivill, Juan R Gonzalez, Alfredo Mayor
Circulating small RNAs, including miRNAs but also isomiRs and other RNA species, have the potential to be used as non-invasive biomarkers for communicable and non-communicable diseases. This study aims to characterize and compare small RNA profiles in human biofluids. For this purpose, RNA was extracted from plasma and breast milk samples from 15 healthy postpartum mothers. Small RNA libraries were prepared with the NEBNext® small RNA library preparation kit and sequenced in an Illumina HiSeq2000 platform...
2018: PloS One
Alexandra Iulia Irimie, Alina-Andreea Zimta, Cristina Ciocan, Nikolay Mehterov, Diana Dudea, Cornelia Braicu, Ioana Berindan-Neagoe
Previously ignored non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) have become the subject of many studies. However, there is an imbalance in the amount of consideration that ncRNAs are receiving. Some transcripts such as microRNAs (miRNAs) or small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) have gained much attention, but it is necessary to investigate other "pieces of the RNA puzzle". These can offer a more complete view over normal and pathological cell behavior. The other ncRNA species are less studied, either due to their recent discovery, such as stable intronic sequence RNA (sisRNA), YRNA, miRNA-offset RNAs (moRNA), telomerase RNA component (TERC), natural antisense transcript (NAT), transcribed ultraconserved regions (T-UCR), and pseudogene transcript, or because they are still largely seen as non-coding transcripts with no relevance to pathogenesis...
March 1, 2018: Genes
Renata Grzela, Karolina Nasilowska, Maciej Lukaszewicz, Michal Tyras, Janusz Stepinski, Marzena Jankowska-Anyszka, Elzbieta Bojarska, Edward Darzynkiewicz
Human Nudt16 (hNudt16) is a member of the Nudix family of hydrolases comprising enzymes catabolizing various substrates including canonical (d)NTPs, oxidized (d)NTPs, non-nucleoside polyphosphates, and capped mRNAs. Decapping activity of the Xenopus laevis (X29) Nudt16 homolog was observed in the nucleolus, with a high specificity towards U8 snoRNA. Subsequent studies have reported cytoplasmic localization of mammalian Nudt16 with cap hydrolysis activity initiating RNA turnover, similar to Dcp2. The present study focuses on hNudt16 and its hydrolytic activity towards dinucleotide cap analogs and short capped oligonucleotides...
February 26, 2018: RNA
Elodie Choque, Claudia Schneider, Olivier Gadal, Christophe Dez
Ribosome biogenesis requires more than 200 trans-acting factors to achieve the correct production of the two mature ribosomal subunits. Here, we have identified Efg1 as a novel, nucleolar ribosome biogenesis factor in Saccharomyces cerevisiae that is directly linked to the surveillance of pre-40S particles. Depletion of Efg1 impairs early pre-rRNA processing, leading to a strong decrease in 18S rRNA and 40S subunit levels and an accumulation of the aberrant 23S rRNA. Using Efg1 as bait, we revealed a novel degradation pathway of the 23S rRNA...
February 22, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Andreas B Gevaert, Isabel Witvrouwen, Christiaan J Vrints, Hein Heidbuchel, Emeline M Van Craenenbroeck, Steven J Van Laere, Amaryllis H Van Craenenbroeck
MicroRNA (miRNA) regulate gene expression through posttranscriptional mRNA degradation or suppression of translation. Many (pre)analytical issues remain to be resolved for miRNA screening with TaqMan Low Density Arrays (TLDA) in plasma samples, such as optimal RNA isolation, preamplification and data normalization. We optimized the TLDA protocol using three RNA isolation protocols and preamplification dilutions. By using 100μL elution volume during RNA isolation and adding a preamplification step without dilution, 49% of wells were amplified...
2018: PloS One
Tian Tian, Ran Qiu, Xia Qiu
ncRNAs are important regulatory molecules and involve in many physiological cellular processes. Small nucleolar RNA host gene 1 (SNHG1) is a host to 8 snoRNAs and is located in 11q12.3 region of the chromosome. It has been reported to be involved in several cancers. However, the role of SNHG1 in the tumorigenesis of colorectal cancer is still unknown. In this study, SNHG1 was upregulated in colorectal cancers, and SNHG1 expression was correlated with advanced colorectal cancer stage and tumor recurrence. We found that SNHG1 promoted cell proliferation by acting as a sponge of miR-145, a well known tumor suppressor of colorectal cancer...
January 5, 2018: Oncotarget
Fredrik Lackmann, Sergey Belikov, Elena Burlacu, Sander Granneman, Lars Wieslander
In eukaryotes, ribosome biogenesis requires folding and assembly of the precursor rRNA (pre-rRNA) with a large number of proteins and snoRNPs into huge RNA-protein complexes. In spite of intense genetic, biochemical and high-resolution cryo-EM studies in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, information about the structure of the 35S pre-rRNA is limited. To overcome this, we performed high-throughput SHAPE chemical probing on the 35S pre-rRNA within 90S pre-ribosomes. We focused our analyses on external (5'ETS) and internal (ITS1) transcribed spacers as well as the 18S rRNA region...
January 24, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Cintia Chamorro-Petronacci, Mario Perez-Sayáns, Maria Elena Padín-Iruegas, Xabier Marichalar-Mendia, Mercedes Gallas-Torreira, Abel García García
BACKGROUND: Small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) are small non-coding RNA sequences whose most studied function is ribosome biogenesis. The altered expression of snoRNA is observed in tumoral processes such as breast cancer and multiple myeloma. However, we have not found any references to snoRNAs in oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCC) in the literature at the time this article was written. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We have analyzed snoRNA expression in frozen OSCC tissue samples and have compared them to healthy controls...
December 2018: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
Wayne A Warner, David H Spencer, Maria Trissal, Brian S White, Nichole Helton, Timothy J Ley, Daniel C Link
Small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) are noncoding RNAs that contribute to ribosome biogenesis and RNA splicing by modifying ribosomal RNA and spliceosome RNAs, respectively. We optimized a next-generation sequencing approach and a custom analysis pipeline to identify and quantify expression of snoRNAs in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and normal hematopoietic cell populations. We show that snoRNAs are expressed in a lineage- and development-specific fashion during hematopoiesis. The most striking examples involve snoRNAs located in 2 imprinted loci, which are highly expressed in hematopoietic progenitors and downregulated during myeloid differentiation...
January 23, 2018: Blood Advances
Sheng Shu, Keqiong Ye
Ribosome biogenesis in eukaryotes is a complicated process that involves association and dissociation of numerous assembly factors and snoRNAs. The yeast small ribosomal subunit is first assembled into 90S pre-ribosomes in an ordered and dynamic manner. Efg1 is a protein with no recognizable domain that is associated with early 90S particles. Here, we determine the crystal structure of Efg1 from Chaetomium thermophilum at 3.3 Å resolution, revealing a novel elongated all-helical structure. Efg1 is not located in recently determined cryo-EM densities of 90S likely due to its low abundance in mature 90S...
January 18, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Kehinde Adebayo Babatunde, Smart Mbagwu, María Andrea Hernández-Castañeda, Swamy R Adapa, Michael Walch, Luis Filgueira, Laurent Falquet, Rays H Y Jiang, Ionita Ghiran, Pierre-Yves Mantel
The parasite Plasmodium falciparum causes the most severe form of malaria. Cell communication between parasites is an important mechanism to control population density and differentiation. The infected red blood cells (iRBCs) release small extracellular vesicles (EVs) that transfer cargoes between cells. The EVs synchronize the differentiation of the asexual parasites into gametocytes to initiate the transmission to the mosquito. Beside their role in parasite communication, EVs regulate vascular function. So far, the exact cargoes responsible for cellular communication remain unknown...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yan Guo, Hui Yu, Jing Wang, Quanhu Sheng, Shilin Zhao, Ying-Yong Zhao, Brian D Lehmann
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is an operational term for breast cancers lacking targetable estrogen receptor expression and HER2 amplifications. TNBC is, therefore, inherently heterogeneous, and is associated with worse prognosis, greater rates of metastasis, and earlier onset. TNBC displays mutational and transcriptional diversity, and distinct mRNA transcriptional subtypes exhibiting unique biology. High-throughput sequencing has extended cancer research far beyond protein coding regions that include non-coding small RNAs, such as miRNA, isomiR, tRNA, snoRNAs, snRNA, yRNA, 7SL, and 7SK...
January 10, 2018: Genes
Hans-Juergen Schulten, Mohammed Bangash, Sajjad Karim, Ashraf Dallol, Deema Hussein, Adnan Merdad, Fatma K Al-Thoubaity, Jaudah Al-Maghrabi, Awatif Jamal, Fahad Al-Ghamdi, Hani Choudhry, Saleh S Baeesa, Adeel G Chaudhary, Mohammed H Al-Qahtani
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer brain metastases (BCBM) develop in about 20-30% of breast cancer (BC) patients. BCBM are associated with dismal prognosis not at least due to lack of valuable molecular therapeutic targets. The aim of the study was to identify new molecular biomarkers and targets in BCBM by using complementary state-of-the-art techniques. METHODS: We compared array expression profiles of three BCBM with 16 non-brain metastatic BC and 16 primary brain tumors (prBT) using a false discovery rate (FDR) p < 0...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
Junjie Shi, Chunliu Huang, Shanshan Huang, Chengguo Yao
3' end processing is required for the maturation of all eukaryotic RNAs. Current model suggests that canonical mRNA 3' processing is carried out exclusively within a protein complex termed mRNA 3' processing complex. In a recent study, by using RNA-biotin based pull-down assay and high-throughput sequencing, we reported that a subset of small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) were physically associated with this macromolecular machinery. Through detailed characterization of one of these snoRNAs, SNORD50A, we revealed that non-coding RNA, such as snoRNA, may play a regulatory role in mRNA 3' processing...
December 28, 2017: RNA Biology
Emma Budd, Giovanna Nalesso, Ali Mobasheri
Introduction Osteoarthritis (OA), a chronic, debilitating and degenerative disease of the joints, is the most common form of arthritis. The seriousness of this prevalent and chronic disease is often overlooked. Disease modifying OA drug development is hindered by the lack of soluble biomarkers to detect OA early. The objective of OA biomarker research is to identify early OA prior to the appearance of radiographic signs and the development of pain. Areas covered This review has focused on extracellular genomic material that could serve as biomarkers of OA...
December 13, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
Sinan Uğur Umu, Hilde Langseth, Cecilie Bucher-Johannessen, Bastian Fromm, Andreas Keller, Eckart Meese, Marianne Lauritzen, Magnus Leithaug, Robert Lyle, Trine B Rounge
Non-coding RNA (ncRNA) molecules have fundamental roles in cells and many are also stable in body fluids as extracellular RNAs. In this study, we used RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) to investigate the profile of small non-coding RNA (sncRNA) in human serum. We analyzed 10 billion Illumina reads from 477 serum samples, included in the Norwegian population-based Janus Serum Bank (JSB). We found that the core serum RNA repertoire includes 258 micro RNAs (miRNA), 441 piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNA), 411 transfer RNAs (tRNA), 24 small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNA), 125 small nuclear RNAs (snRNA) and 123 miscellaneous RNAs (misc-RNA)...
February 1, 2018: RNA Biology
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