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Samah W Awwad, Enas R Abu-Zhayia, Noga Guttmann-Raviv, Nabieh Ayoub
Double-strand breaks (DSBs) trigger rapid and transient transcription pause to prevent collisions between repair and transcription machineries at damage sites. Little is known about the mechanisms that ensure transcriptional block after DNA damage. Here, we reveal a novel role of the negative elongation factor NELF in blocking transcription activity nearby DSBs. We show that NELF-E and NELF-A are rapidly recruited to DSB sites. Furthermore, NELF-E recruitment and its repressive activity are both required for switching off transcription at DSBs...
March 23, 2017: EMBO Reports
Stefanie Hoffmann, Christiane Schmidt, Steffi Walter, Jennifer K Bender, Roman G Gerlach
Site-directed scarless mutagenesis is an essential tool of modern pathogenesis research. We describe an optimized two-step protocol for genome editing in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium to enable multiple sequential mutagenesis steps in a single strain. The system is based on the λ Red recombinase-catalyzed integration of a selectable antibiotics resistance marker followed by replacement of this cassette. Markerless mutants are selected by expressing the meganuclease I-SceI which induces double-strand breaks in bacteria still harboring the resistance locus...
2017: PloS One
Laetitia Delabaere, Henry A Ertl, Dashiell J Massey, Carolyn M Hofley, Faraz Sohail, Elisa J Bienenstock, Hans Sebastian, Irene Chiolo, Jeannine R LaRocque
Aging is characterized by genome instability, which contributes to cancer formation and cell lethality leading to organismal decline. The high levels of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) observed in old cells and premature aging syndromes are likely a primary source of genome instability, but the underlying cause of their formation is still unclear. DSBs might result from higher levels of damage or repair defects emerging with advancing age, but repair pathways in old organisms are still poorly understood. Here, we show that premeiotic germline cells of young and old flies have distinct differences in their ability to repair DSBs by the error-free pathway homologous recombination (HR)...
April 2017: Aging Cell
Wade A Reh, Rodney S Nairn, Megan P Lowery, Karen M Vasquez
Homologous recombination (HR) is a DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair pathway that protects the genome from chromosomal instability. RAD51 mediator proteins (i.e. paralogs) are critical for efficient HR in mammalian cells. However, how HR-deficient cells process DSBs is not clear. Here, we utilized a loss-of-function HR-reporter substrate to simultaneously monitor HR-mediated gene conversion and non-conservative mutation events. The assay is designed around a heteroallelic duplication of the Aprt gene at its endogenous locus in isogenic Chinese hamster ovary cell lines...
February 28, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
Marie-Chantal Grégoire, Julien Massonneau, Frédéric Leduc, Mélina Arguin, Marc-André Brazeau, Guylain Boissonneault
DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) represent a major threat to the genetic integrity of the cell. Knowing both their genome-wide distribution and number is important for a better assessment of genotoxicity at a molecular level. Available methods may have underestimated the extent of DSBs as they are based on markers specific to those undergoing active repair or may not be adapted for the large diversity of naturally occurring DNA ends. We have established conditions for an efficient first step of DNA nick and gap repair (NGR) allowing specific determination of DSBs by end labeling with terminal transferase...
October 29, 2016: DNA Repair
Josée Guirouilh-Barbat, Camille Gelot, Anyong Xie, Elodie Dardillac, Ralph Scully, Bernard S Lopez
DNA double-strand breaks (DSB) are very harmful lesions that can generate genome rearrangements. In this study, we used intrachromosomal reporters to compare both the efficiency and accuracy of end-joining occurring with close (34 bp apart) vs. distant DSBs (3200 bp apart) in human fibroblasts. We showed that a few kb between two intrachromosomal I-SceI-induced DSBs are sufficient to foster deletions and capture/insertions at the junction scar. Captured sequences are mostly coupled to deletions and can be partial duplications of the reporter (i...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Zhongqiu Chen, Wen Ling, Guangdong Shang
Pseudomonas putida KT2440 is a saprophytic, generally recognized as safe microorganism that plays important roles in the biodegradation and production of value-added chemicals. Chromosomal gene deletion of P. putida KT2440 usually involves time-consuming gene coning, conjugal transfer and counterselection. Recently, we developed a P. putida KT2440 markerless gene deletion method based on recombineering and Cre/loxP site-specific recombination. PCR-based λ Red recombineering circumvents the tedious cloning steps and is more amenable to high-throughput manipulation...
October 7, 2016: FEMS Microbiology Letters
Adeline Feri, Raphaël Loll-Krippleber, Pierre-Henri Commere, Corinne Maufrais, Natacha Sertour, Katja Schwartz, Gavin Sherlock, Marie-Elisabeth Bougnoux, Christophe d'Enfert, Mélanie Legrand
The diploid genome of the yeast Candida albicans is highly plastic, exhibiting frequent loss-of-heterozygosity (LOH) events. To provide a deeper understanding of the mechanisms leading to LOH, we investigated the repair of a unique DNA double-strand break (DSB) in the laboratory C. albicans SC5314 strain using the I-SceI meganuclease. Upon I-SceI induction, we detected a strong increase in the frequency of LOH events at an I-SceI target locus positioned on chromosome 4 (Chr4), including events spreading from this locus to the proximal telomere...
October 11, 2016: MBio
Zhenyu He, Kehkooi Kee
Gene targeting and editing is an essential tool for both basic research and clinical application such as gene therapy. Several endonucleases have been invented to fulfill these purposes, including zinc finger nucleases, TALEN, and CRISPR/Cas9. Although all of these systems can target DNA sequence with high efficiency, they also exert off-target effects and genotoxicity. The off-target effects might not hinder their usage in animal models because the correctly targeted cells can be selected for further studies...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Giulia Bastianello, Hiroshi Arakawa
All three B cell-specific activities of the immunoglobulin (Ig) gene re-modeling system-gene conversion, somatic hypermutation and class switch recombination-require activation-induced deaminase (AID). AID-induced DNA lesions must be further processed and dissected into different DNA recombination pathways. In order to characterize potential intermediates for Ig gene conversion, we inserted an I-SceI recognition site into the complementarity determining region 1 (CDR1) of the Ig light chain locus of the AID knockout DT40 cell line, and conditionally expressed I-SceI endonuclease...
January 9, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
Veronika Mladenova, Emil Mladenov, George Iliakis
The adverse biological effects of ionizing radiation (IR) are commonly attributed to the generation of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs). IR-induced DSBs are generated by clusters of ionizations, bear damaged terminal nucleotides, and frequently comprise base damages and single-strand breaks in the vicinity generating a unique DNA damage-clustering effect that increases DSB "complexity." The number of ionizations in clusters of different radiation modalities increases with increasing linear energy transfer (LET), and is thought to determine the long-known LET-dependence of the relative biological effectiveness (RBE)...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
K Hoshijima, M J Jurynec, D J Grunwald
Simple and efficient methods are presented for creating precise modifications of the zebrafish genome. Edited alleles are generated by homologous recombination between the host genome and double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) donor molecules, stimulated by the induction of double-strand breaks at targeted loci in the host genome. Because several kilobase-long tracts of sequence can be exchanged, multiple genome modifications can be generated simultaneously at a single locus. Methods are described for creating: (1) alleles with simple sequence changes or in-frame additions, (2) knockin/knockout alleles that express a reporter protein from an endogenous locus, and (3) conditional alleles in which exons are flanked by recombinogenic loxP sites...
2016: Methods in Cell Biology
Jesús Prieto, Pilar Redondo, Nekane Merino, Maider Villate, Guillermo Montoya, Francisco J Blanco, Rafael Molina
Homing endonucleases are highly specific DNA-cleaving enzymes that recognize and cleave long stretches of DNA. The engineering of these enzymes provides instruments for genome modification in a wide range of fields, including gene targeting. The homing endonuclease I-SceI from the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been purified after overexpression in Escherichia coli and its crystal structure has been determined in complex with its target DNA. In order to evaluate the number of ions that are involved in the cleavage process, thus determining the catalytic mechanism, crystallization experiments were performed in the presence of Mn(2+), yielding crystals that were suitable for X-ray diffraction analysis...
June 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
Agnes Schipler, Veronika Mladenova, Aashish Soni, Vladimir Nikolov, Janapriya Saha, Emil Mladenov, George Iliakis
Chromosome translocations are hallmark of cancer and of radiation-induced cell killing, reflecting joining of incongruent DNA-ends that alter the genome. Translocation-formation requires DNA end-joining mechanisms and incompletely characterized, permissive chromatin conditions. We show that chromatin destabilization by clusters of DNA double-strand-breaks (DSBs) generated by the I-SceI meganuclease at multiple, appropriately engineered genomic sites, compromises c-NHEJ and markedly increases cell killing and translocation-formation compared to single-DSBs...
September 19, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Alexandre Alanio, Maud Gits-Muselli, Séverine Mercier-Delarue, Françoise Dromer, Stéphane Bretagne
Pneumocystis jirovecii is an uncultivable fungal pathogen responsible for Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) in immunocompromised patients, the physiopathology of which is only partially understood. The diversity of the Pneumocystis strains associated with acute infection has mainly been studied by Sanger sequencing techniques precluding any identification of rare genetic events (< 20% frequency). We used next-generation sequencing to detect minority variants causing infection, and analyzed the complexity of the genomes of infection-causing P...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Nicholas A Willis, Ralph Scully
The Escherichia coli replication fork arrest complex Tus/Ter mediates site-specific replication fork arrest and homologous recombination (HR) on a mammalian chromosome, inducing both conservative "short tract" gene conversion (STGC) and error-prone "long tract" gene conversion (LTGC) products. We showed previously that bidirectional fork arrest is required for the generation of STGC products at Tus/Ter-stalled replication forks and that the HR mediators BRCA1, BRCA2 and Rad51 mediate STGC but suppress LTGC at Tus/Ter-arrested forks...
July 17, 2016: Cell Cycle
Yibin Wang, Shen Li, Krissy Smith, Barbara Criscuolo Waldman, Alan S Waldman
Mutation of Bloom helicase (BLM) causes Bloom syndrome (BS), a rare human genetic disorder associated with genome instability, elevation of sister chromatid exchanges, and predisposition to cancer. Deficiency in BLM homologs in Drosophila and yeast brings about significantly increased rates of recombination between imperfectly matched sequences ("homeologous recombination," or HeR). To assess whether BLM deficiency provokes an increase in HeR in human cells, we transfected an HeR substrate into a BLM-null cell line derived from a BS patient...
May 2016: DNA Repair
So Maezawa, Saori Nakano, Takaaki Kuniya, Osamu Koiwai, Kotaro Koiwai
We have constructed a novel, nonhomologous end-joining (NHEJ) assay vector (NAV), containing mKate2, Venus and ccdB genes. Cotransfection of NAV with a construct expressing the restriction enzyme I-SceI generated a double-strand break (DSB) in NAV that excised mKate2 and ccdB. Repair of this DSB produced an intact vector that expressed Venus, a green fluorescent protein. Because cells bearing the repaired NAV lacked the ccdB gene which slows cell proliferation, the cultures were enriched in cells containing repaired DSBs...
January 2016: FEBS Open Bio
Yukari Ishihara, Motoyuki Esaki, Atsushi Yasuda
The bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) technology has been a mainstay approach for generating recombinant viruses, and several methods for excision of the mini-F sequences from the viral BAC vectors have been developed. However, these strategies either require complicated procedures or leave scars of inserted sequences. To overcome these problems, a new method to excise the mini-F sequences from viral BAC vectors based on the Removal of Inserted BAC after linearizatiON (RIBON) strategy was developed in this study for herpesvirus of turkeys (HVT)...
August 1, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Jean Paul Ouedraogo, Mark Arentshorst, Igor Nikolaev, Sharief Barends, Arthur F J Ram
We previously showed that creation of a double strand DNA break (DSB) by expressing I-SceI in an engineered Trichoderma reesei (Hypocrea jecorina) strain containing a I-SceI recognition site improved transformation and homologous integration efficiencies. In this study, we further improved homologous integration frequencies by combining I-SceI mediated double strand break with disruption of the tku70 gene. The inability of the tku70 mutant to repair a I-SceI mediated DSB via NHEJ was used to force integration of an expression cassette with homologous flanks surrounding the DSB site...
March 20, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
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