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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650572/cloning-and-characterization-of-nitrate-reductase-gene-in-ulva-prolifera-ulvophyceae-chlorophyta
#1
Yang Guo, Hao Zhe Wang, Chun Hui Wu, Hui Hui Fu, Peng Jiang
Ulva spp. dominates green tides around the world, which are occurring at an accelerated rate. The competitive nitrogen assimilation efficiency in Ulva is suggested to result in ecological success against other seaweeds. However, molecular characterization of genes involved in nitrogen assimilation have not been conducted. Here, we describe the identification of the nitrate reductase (NR) gene from a green seaweed Ulva prolifera, an alga which is responsible for the world's largest green tide in the Yellow Sea...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650318/tandem-hnrnp-a1-rna-recognition-motifs-act-in-concert-to-repress-the-splicing-of-survival-motor-neuron-exon-7
#2
Irene Beusch, Pierre Barraud, Ahmed Moursy, Antoine Cléry, Frédéric Hai-Trieu Allain
HnRNP A1 regulates many alternative splicing events by the recognition of splicing silencer elements. Here, we provide the solution structures of its two RNA recognition motifs (RRMs) in complex with short RNA. In addition, we show by NMR that both RRMs of hnRNP A1 can bind simultaneously to a single bipartite motif of the human intronic splicing silencer ISS-N1, which controls survival of motor neuron exon 7 splicing. RRM2 binds to the upstream motif and RRM1 to the downstream motif. Combining the insights from the structure with in cell splicing assays we show that the architecture and organization of the two RRMs is essential to hnRNP A1 function...
June 26, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650145/the-dead-box-protein-cyt-19-uses-arginine-residues-in-its-c-tail-to-tether-rna-substrates
#3
Veronica F Busa, Maxwell J Rector, Rick Russell
DEAD-box proteins are nonprocessive RNA helicases that play diverse roles in cellular processes. The Neurospora crassa DEAD-box protein CYT-19 promotes mitochondrial group I intron splicing and functions as a general RNA chaperone. CYT-19 includes a disordered, arginine-rich 'C-tail' that binds RNA, positioning the helicase core to capture and unwind nearby RNA helices. Here we probed the C-tail further by varying the number and positions of arginines within it. We found that removing sets of as few as four of the eleven arginines reduced RNA unwinding activity (kcat/KM) equivalently to removing the C-tail, suggesting that a minimum or 'threshold' number of arginines is required...
June 26, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649752/investigating-dna-rna-and-protein-based-features-as-a-means-to-discriminate-pathogenic-synonymous-variants
#4
Mark Livingstone, Lukas Folkman, Yuedong Yang, Ping Zhang, Matthew Mort, David N Cooper, Yunlong Liu, Bela Stantic, Yaoqi Zhou
Synonymous single nucleotide variants (SNVs), although they do not alter the encoded protein sequences, have been implicated in many genetic diseases. Experimental studies indicate that synonymous SNVs can lead to changes in the secondary and tertiary structures of DNA and RNA, thereby impacting translational efficiency, co-translational protein folding as well as the binding of DNA/RNA-binding proteins. However, the importance of these various features in disease phenotypes is not clearly understood. Here we have built a support vector machine model (termed DDIG-SN) as a means to discriminate disease-causing synonymous variants...
June 25, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649516/novel-frameshift-variant-in-the-idua-gene-underlies-mucopolysaccharidoses-type-i-in-a-consanguineous-yemeni-pedigree
#5
Belal Azab, Zain Dardas, Mohannad Hamarsheh, Mohammad Alsalem, Zaid Kilani, Farah Kilani, Abdalla Awidi, Hanan Jafar, Sami Amr
Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I) is an autosomal recessive storage disorder that result as a consequence of a deficiency in the lysosomal hydrolase, a-L-iduronidase enzyme encoded by IDUA gene. Over a hundred causative variants in IDUA have been identified, which result in a progressive multi-systemic disease with a broad range of severity and disease progression reported across affected individuals. The aim of this study was the detection and interpretation of IDUA mutation in a family with two children affected with lethal MPS I...
September 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649424/an-alanine-expanded-pabpn1-causes-increased-utilization-of-intronic-polyadenylation-sites
#6
Tooba Abbassi-Daloii, Soheil Yousefi, Eleonora de Klerk, Laurens Grossouw, Muhammad Riaz, Peter A C 't Hoen, Vered Raz
In eukaryote genomes, the polyadenylation site marks termination of mature RNA transcripts by a poly-adenine tail. The polyadenylation site is recognized by a dynamic protein complex, among which the poly-adenine-binding protein nuclear1 plays a key role. Reduced poly-adenine-binding protein nuclear1 levels are found in aged muscles and are even lower in oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy patients. Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy is a rare, late onset autosomal dominant myopathy, and is caused by an alanine expansion mutation in poly-adenine-binding protein nuclear1...
2017: NPJ Aging and Mechanisms of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649259/the-cbl-and-cipk-gene-family-in-grapevine-vitis-vinifera-genome-wide-analysis-and-expression-profiles-in-response-to-various-abiotic-stresses
#7
Yue Xi, Jinyi Liu, Chao Dong, Zong-Ming Max Cheng
Calcium plays a central role in regulating signal transduction pathways. Calcineurin B-like proteins (CBLs), which harbor a crucial region consisting of EF hands that capture Ca(2+), interact in a specific manner with CBL-interacting protein kinases (CIPKs). This two gene families or their interacting-complex widely respond to various environment stimuli and development processes. The genome-wide annotation and specific expression patterns of CBLs and CIPKs, however, in grapevine remain unclear. In the present study, eight CBL and 20 CIPK genes were identified in grapevine genome, and divided into four and five subfamilies, respectively, based on phylogenetic analysis, and validated by gene structure and the distribution of conserved protein motifs...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649148/origins-and-genetic-diversity-of-introduced-populations-of-the-puerto-rican-red-eyed-coqu%C3%A3-eleutherodactylus-antillensis-in-saint-croix-u-s-virgin-islands-and-panam%C3%A3
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Brittany S Barker, Javier A Rodríguez-Robles
The Red-eyed Coquí, Eleutherodactylus antillensis, is a terrestrial frog endemic to the Puerto Rican Bank (Puerto Rico and numerous islands and cays off its eastern coast), in the eastern Caribbean Sea. The species was likely introduced in Saint Croix, an island c. 100 km southeast of Puerto Rico, in the late 1930s, and in Panamá City, Panamá, in the late 1950s or early 1960s, but the source(s) of these introductions are unknown. We analyzed sequence data from one mtDNA locus and four nuDNA introns to infer the origin(s) of the Saint Croix and Panamá City populations and quantify their genetic diversity...
July 2017: Copeia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648679/structure-determination-of-group-ii-introns
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Timothy Wiryaman, Navtej Toor
Group II introns are self-splicing catalytic RNAs that are able to excise themselves from pre-mRNAs using a mechanism identical to that utilized by the spliceosome. Both structural and phylogenetic data support the hypothesis that group II introns and the spliceosome share a common ancestor. Structures of group II introns have given insight into the active site required for the catalysis of RNA splicing. This review outlines crucial aspects of the structure determination of group II introns such as sample preparation and data processing...
June 22, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646867/a-high-quality-annotated-transcriptome-of-swine-peripheral-blood
#10
Haibo Liu, Timothy P L Smith, Dan J Nonneman, Jack C M Dekkers, Christopher K Tuggle
BACKGROUND: High throughput gene expression profiling assays of peripheral blood are widely used in biomedicine, as well as in animal genetics and physiology research. Accurate, comprehensive, and precise interpretation of such high throughput assays relies on well-characterized reference genomes and/or transcriptomes. However, neither the reference genome nor the peripheral blood transcriptome of the pig have been sufficiently assembled and annotated to support such profiling assays in this emerging biomedical model organism...
June 24, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646505/hypomethylation-and-decreased-expression-of-brg1-in-the-myocardium-of-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease
#11
Yanyan Qian, Deyong Xiao, Xiao Guo, Hongbo Chen, Lili Hao, Xiaojing Ma, Guoying Huang, Duan Ma, Huijun Wang
BACKGROUND: BRG1, an ATPase subunit of the SWItch/Sucrose Non-Fermentable complex, is tightly associated with cardiac development. However, little is known about the association between the pathogenesis of CHD and BRG1. METHODS: The methylation of a BRG1 promoter and a novel CpG island in the second intron was analyzed in the myocardium of congenital heart disease (CHD) patients (n = 24) and normal controls (n = 11) using pyrosequencing and the MassARRAY platform...
June 24, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646210/identification-of-introns-harboring-functional-sequence-elements-through-positional-conservation
#12
Michal Chorev, Alan Joseph Bekker, Jacob Goldberger, Liran Carmel
Many human introns carry out a function, in the sense that they are critical to maintain normal cellular activity. Their identification is fundamental to understanding cellular processes and disease. However, being noncoding elements, such functional introns are poorly predicted based on traditional approaches of sequence and structure conservation. Here, we generated a dataset of human functional introns that carry out different types of functions. We showed that functional introns share common characteristics, such as higher positional conservation along the coding sequence and reduced loss rates, regardless of their specific function...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646206/crispr-cas9-mediated-genome-editing-via-postnatal-administration-of-aav-vector-cures-haemophilia-b-mice
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Tsukasa Ohmori, Yasumitsu Nagao, Hiroaki Mizukami, Asuka Sakata, Shin-Ichi Muramatsu, Keiya Ozawa, Shin-Ichi Tominaga, Yutaka Hanazono, Satoshi Nishimura, Osamu Nureki, Yoichi Sakata
Haemophilia B, a congenital haemorrhagic disease caused by mutations in coagulation factor IX gene (F9), is considered an appropriate target for genome editing technology. Here, we describe treatment strategies for haemophilia B mice using the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/Cas9 system. Administration of adeno-associated virus (AAV) 8 vector harbouring Staphylococcus aureus Cas9 (SaCas9) and single guide RNA (sgRNA) to wild-type adult mice induced a double-strand break (DSB) at the target site of F9 in hepatocytes, sufficiently developing haemophilia B...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645800/high-throughput-sequencing-of-the-entire-genomic-regions-of-ccm1-krit1-ccm2-and-ccm3-pdcd10-to-search-for-pathogenic-deep-intronic-splice-mutations-in-cerebral-cavernous-malformations
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Matthias Rath, Sönke E Jenssen, Konrad Schwefel, Stefanie Spiegler, Dana Kleimeier, Christian Sperling, Lars Kaderali, Ute Felbor
Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCM) are vascular lesions of the central nervous system that can cause headaches, seizures and hemorrhagic stroke. Disease-associated mutations have been identified in three genes: CCM1/KRIT1, CCM2 and CCM3/PDCD10. The precise proportion of deep-intronic variants in these genes and their clinical relevance is yet unknown. Here, a long-range PCR (LR-PCR) approach for target enrichment of the entire genomic regions of the three genes was combined with next generation sequencing (NGS) to screen for coding and non-coding variants...
June 20, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643494/identification-of-pathogenic-variants-in-the-chm-gene-in-two-korean-patients-with-choroideremia
#15
Kunho Bae, Ju Sun Song, Chung Lee, Nayoung K D Kim, Woong Yang Park, Byoung Joon Kim, Chang Seok Ki, Sang Jin Kim
Choroideremia is a rare X-linked disorder causing progressive chorioretinal atrophy. Affected patients develop night blindness with progressive peripheral vision loss and eventual blindness. Herein, we report two Korean families with choroideremia. Multimodal imaging studies showed that the probands had progressive loss of visual field with characteristic chorioretinal atrophy, while electroretinography demonstrated nearly extinguished cone and rod responses compatible with choroideremia. Sanger sequencing of all coding exons and flanking intronic regions of the CHM gene revealed a novel small deletion at a splice site (c...
September 2017: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642487/hypoxia-is-a-key-driver-of-alternative-splicing-in-human-breast-cancer-cells
#16
Jian Han, Jia Li, Jolene Caifeng Ho, Grace Sushin Chia, Hiroyuki Kato, Sudhakar Jha, Henry Yang, Lorenz Poellinger, Kian Leong Lee
Adaptation to hypoxia, a hallmark feature of many tumors, is an important driver of cancer cell survival, proliferation and the development of resistance to chemotherapy. Hypoxia-induced stabilization of hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs) leads to transcriptional activation of a network of hypoxia target genes involved in angiogenesis, cell growth, glycolysis, DNA damage repair and apoptosis. Although the transcriptional targets of hypoxia have been characterized, the alternative splicing of transcripts that occurs during hypoxia and the roles they play in oncogenesis are much less understood...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641521/lncrna-hotair-polymorphisms-association-with-cancer-susceptibility-in-different-tumor-types
#17
Gerardo Botti, Francesca Collina, Giosuè Scognamiglio, Gabriella Aquino, Margherita Cerrone, Giuseppina Liguori, Vincenzo Gigantino, Maria Gabriella Malzone, Monica Cantile
Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in non coding RNAs (ncRNA) molecules affect gene and protein expression and generate genetic variability influencing the risk of tumor diseases. HOTAIR is locates at the heart of the cell memory gene program and represents a prototype of long non coding RNA (LncRNA) due to its capacity to regulate in-trans a distant chromosome landscape. Aberrant expression of HOTAIR is frequently associated with pathogenesis and mostly with metastatic progression of several human cancers...
June 21, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639471/an-enhancer-haplotype-may-influence-bcl11a-expression-levels-and-the-response-to-hydroxyurea-in-%C3%AE-thalassemia-patients
#18
Nahal Maroofi, Azita Azarkeivan, Soosan Banihashemi, Saeid Mohammadparast, Ali Aghajanirefah, Mehdi Banan
AIM: To identify the BCL11A intron-2 enhancer linkage disequilibrium (LD) block, harboring two previously identified SNPs, associating with the hydroxyurea response in β-thalassemia patients and the functional significance of this region. MATERIALS & METHODS: Several neighboring SNPs were genotyped in our cohort. The associating LD block was identified, and its function studied in K562 erythroid cells via CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing. RESULTS: A haplotype harboring three tag SNPs correlated significantly with the HU-response and BCL11A transcript levels in the patients' reticulocytes...
June 22, 2017: Pharmacogenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638744/azacytidine-prevents-experimental-xenogeneic-graft-versus-host-disease-without-abrogating-graft-versus-leukemia-effects
#19
Grégory Ehx, Gilles Fransolet, Laurence de Leval, Stéphanie D'Hondt, Sophie Lucas, Muriel Hannon, Loïc Delens, Sophie Dubois, Pierre Drion, Yves Beguin, Stéphanie Humblet-Baron, Frédéric Baron
The demethylating agent 5-azacytidine (AZA) has proven its efficacy in the treatment of myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia. In addition, AZA can demethylate FOXP3 intron 1 (FOXP3i1) leading to the generation of regulatory T cells (Treg). Here, we investigated the impact of AZA on xenogeneic graft-vs.-host disease (xGVHD) and graft-vs.-leukemia effects in a humanized murine model of transplantation (human PBMCs-infused NSG mice), and described the impact of the drug on human T cells in vivo...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638142/inter-generational-instability-of-inserted-repeats-during-transmission-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-31
#20
Kunihiro Yoshida, Akira Matsushima, Katsuya Nakamura
The causative mutation for spinocerebellar ataxia type 31 (SCA31) is an intronic insertion containing pathogenic pentanucleotide repeats, (TGGAA)n. We examined to what degree the inserted repeats were unstable during transmission. In 14 parent-child pairs, the average change of onset age was -6.4±7.3 years (mean±s.d.) in the child generation when compared with the parent generation. Of the 11 pairs analyzed, six showed expansion of inserted repeat length during transmission, and five showed contraction. On average, the inserted repeats expanded by 12...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
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