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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441734/chloroviruses-have-a-sweet-tooth
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REVIEW
James L Van Etten, Irina Agarkova, David D Dunigan, Michela Tonetti, Christina De Castro, Garry A Duncan
Chloroviruses are large double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) viruses that infect certain isolates of chlorella-like green algae. They contain up to approximately 400 protein-encoding genes and 16 transfer RNA (tRNA) genes. This review summarizes the unexpected finding that many of the chlorovirus genes encode proteins involved in manipulating carbohydrates. These include enzymes involved in making extracellular polysaccharides, such as hyaluronan and chitin, enzymes that make nucleotide sugars, such as GDP-L-fucose and GDP-D-rhamnose and enzymes involved in the synthesis of glycans attached to the virus major capsid proteins...
April 22, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441660/the-phenotype-and-outcome-of-infantile-cardiomyopathy-caused-by-a-homozygous-elac2-mutation
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Zarghuna M A Shinwari, Abdulrahman Almesned, Ali Alakhfash, Ahmad M Al-Rashdan, Eissa Faqeih, Zainab Al-Humaidi, Ahmed Alomrani, Malak Alghamdi, Dilek Colak, Abdullah Alwadai, Monther Rababh, Majid Al-Fayyadh, Zuhair N Al-Hassnan
OBJECTIVE: Cardiomyopathy (CMP) in children is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of disorders. Disease-associated mutations have been identified in more than 50 genes. Recently, mutations in the mitochondrial tRNA processing gene, ELAC2, were reported to be associated with the recessively inherited form of hypertrophic CMP (HCM). This study is aimed at describing the cardiac phenotype and outcome of ELAC2 mutation. METHODS: We performed whole exome sequencing followed by targeted mutation screening to identify the genetic etiology of severe infantile-onset CMP in 64 consanguineous Saudi families...
April 26, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441334/peptidyl-transferase-center-and-the-emergence-of-the-translation-system
#3
Savio Torres de Farias, Thais Gaudêncio Rêgo, Marco V José
In this work, the three-dimensional (3D) structure of the ancestral Peptidyl Transferase Center (PTC) built by concatamers of ancestral sequences of tRNAs was reconstructed, and its possible interactions with tRNAs molecules were analyzed. The 3D structure of the ancestral PTC was also compared with the current PTC of T. thermophilus. Docking experiments between the ancestral PTC and tRNAs suggest that in the origin of the translation system, the PTC functioned as an adhesion center for tRNA molecules. The approximation of tRNAs charged with amino acids to the PTC permitted peptide synthesis without the need of a genetic code...
April 25, 2017: Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439027/biochemical-and-structural-characterization-of-oxygen-sensitive-2-thiouridine-synthesis-catalyzed-by-an-iron-sulfur-protein-ttua
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Minghao Chen, Shin-Ichi Asai, Shun Narai, Shusuke Nambu, Naoki Omura, Yuriko Sakaguchi, Tsutomu Suzuki, Masao Ikeda-Saito, Kimitsuna Watanabe, Min Yao, Naoki Shigi, Yoshikazu Tanaka
Two-thiouridine (s(2)U) at position 54 of transfer RNA (tRNA) is a posttranscriptional modification that enables thermophilic bacteria to survive in high-temperature environments. s(2)U is produced by the combined action of two proteins, 2-thiouridine synthetase TtuA and 2-thiouridine synthesis sulfur carrier protein TtuB, which act as a sulfur (S) transfer enzyme and a ubiquitin-like S donor, respectively. Despite the accumulation of biochemical data in vivo, the enzymatic activity by TtuA/TtuB has rarely been observed in vitro, which has hindered examination of the molecular mechanism of S transfer...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437433/retraction-loss-of-a-conserved-trna-anticodon-modification-perturbs-plant-immunity
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Vicente Ramírez, Beatriz Gonzalez, Ana López, María José Castelló, María José Gil, Graham J Etherington, Bo Zheng, Peng Chen, Pablo Vera
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437082/high-efficiency-1-and-2-ribosomal-frameshiftings-revealed-by-force-spectroscopy
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Te-Wei Tsai, Haopeng Yang, Heng Yin, Shoujun Xu, Yuhong Wang
Ribosomal frameshifting is a rare but ubiquitous process that is being studied extensively. Meanwhile, frameshifting motifs without any secondary mRNA structures were identified but rarely studied experimentally. We report unambiguous observation of highly efficient "-1" and "-2" frameshiftings on a GA7G slippery mRNA without the downstream secondary structure, using force-induced remnant magnetization spectroscopy combined with unique probing schemes. The result represents the first experimental evidence of multiple frameshifting steps...
April 24, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435892/dramatic-improvement-of-crispr-cas9-editing-in-candida-albicans-by-increased-single-guide-rna-expression
#7
Henry Ng, Neta Dean
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat system with CRISPR-associated protein 9 nuclease (CRISPR/Cas9) has emerged as a versatile tool for genome editing in Candida albicans. Mounting evidence from other model systems suggests that the intracellular levels of single guide RNA (sgRNA) limit the efficiency of Cas9-dependent DNA cleavage. Here, we tested this idea and describe a new means of sgRNA delivery that improves previously described methods by ~10-fold. The efficiency of Cas9/sgRNA-dependent cleavage and repair of a single-copy yeast enhanced monomeric red fluorescent protein (RFP) gene was measured as a function of various parameters that are hypothesized to affect sgRNA accumulation, including transcriptional and posttranscriptional processing...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435087/the-complete-mitochondrial-genome-of-clostera-anachoreta-lepidoptera-notodontidae-and-phylogenetic-implications-for-noctuoidea-species
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Xiao-Yu Zhu, Zhao-Zhe Xin, Ying Wang, Hua-Bin Zhang, Dai-Zhen Zhang, Zheng-Fei Wang, Chun-Lin Zhou, Bo-Ping Tang, Qiu-Ning Liu
In this study, the complete mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) of Clostera anachoreta (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae) was sequenced. It comprises 15,456 base pairs (bp), including 13 protein-coding genes (PCGs), two ribosomal RNAs (rRNA), 22 transfer RNAs (tRNA) and one non-coding control region (CR), as found in other lepidopterans. Gene order is identical to that of typical lepidopterans. There are 15 intergenic spacers ranging from 1 to 49bp, and 9 overlapping regions ranging from 1 to 8bp, occurring throughout the genome...
April 20, 2017: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429714/pif1-family-dna-helicases-suppress-r-loop-mediated-genome-instability-at-trna-genes
#9
Phong Lan Thao Tran, Thomas J Pohl, Chi-Fu Chen, Angela Chan, Sebastian Pott, Virginia A Zakian
Saccharomyces cerevisiae encodes two Pif1 family DNA helicases, Pif1 and Rrm3. Rrm3 promotes DNA replication past stable protein complexes at tRNA genes (tDNAs). We identify a new role for the Pif1 helicase: promotion of replication and suppression of DNA damage at tDNAs. Pif1 binds multiple tDNAs, and this binding is higher in rrm3Δ cells. Accumulation of replication intermediates and DNA damage at tDNAs is higher in pif1Δ rrm3Δ than in rrm3Δ cells. DNA damage at tDNAs in the absence of these helicases is suppressed by destabilizing R-loops while Pif1 and Rrm3 binding to tDNAs is increased upon R-loop stabilization...
April 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429017/oligonucleotide-promoted-peptide-bond-formation-using-a-trna-mimicking-approach
#10
H-P Mattelaer, C-A Mattelaer, N Papastavrou, W Dehaen, P Herdewijn
TransferRNA's role in protein translation is the prime example of an Informational Leaving Group (ILG). A simplified model produced oligophenylalanine with a modified uracil as an ILG in the presence of specific oligonucleotides. Our preliminary studies contribute to the importance of hybrid species in bridging the gap between peptides and nucleic acids.
April 21, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428833/complete-genome-sequence-of-kosakonia-oryzae-type-strain-ola-51-t
#11
Yuanyuan Li, Shuying Li, Mingyue Chen, Guixiang Peng, Zhiyuan Tan, Qianli An
Strain Ola 51(T) (=LMG 24251(T) = CGMCC 1.7012(T)) is the type strain of the species Kosakonia oryzae and was isolated from surface-sterilized roots of the wild rice species Oryza latifolia grown in Guangdong, China. Here we summarize the features of the strain Ola 51(T) and describe its complete genome sequence. The genome contains one circular chromosome of 5,303,342 nucleotides with 54.01% GC content, 4773 protein-coding genes, 16 rRNA genes, 76 tRNA genes, 13 ncRNA genes, 48 pseudo genes, and 1 CRISPR array...
2017: Standards in Genomic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428552/divergent-copies-of-the-large-inverted-repeat-in-the-chloroplast-genomes-of-ulvophycean-green-algae
#12
Monique Turmel, Christian Otis, Claude Lemieux
The chloroplast genomes of many algae and almost all land plants carry two identical copies of a large inverted repeat (IR) sequence that can pair for flip-flop recombination and undergo expansion/contraction. Although the IR has been lost multiple times during the evolution of the green algae, the underlying mechanisms are still largely unknown. A recent comparison of IR-lacking and IR-containing chloroplast genomes of chlorophytes from the Ulvophyceae (Ulotrichales) suggested that differential elimination of genes from the IR copies might lead to IR loss...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428316/genome-sequences-of-cluster-k-mycobacteriophages-drhayes-urkel-and-samuellplaqson
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Kirk R Anders, Alex M Murphy, William F Ettinger, Douglas Kempthorne, Charles Kittridge, Alex Kures, Sarah Lundgren, Jacob Masters, Rachel Noyes, Christina Winters, Perry Yazzolino, Kasandra Ziebert, Joseph Haydock, Stephen Hayes, Rebecca A Garlena, Daniel A Russell, Marianne K Poxleitner, Ann-Scott H Ettinger
Mycobacteriophages DrHayes, Urkel, and SamuelLPlaqson were isolated from soil samples in Spokane, WA, using Mycobacterium smegmatis mc(2)155 grown at room temperature. The three genomes differ by only a few nucleotides, are 60,526 bp long, have 97 predicted protein-coding genes and one tRNA gene, and are members of subcluster K1.
April 20, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427920/genome-improvement-of-the-acarbose-producer-actinoplanes-sp-se50-110-and-annotation-refinement-based-on-rna-seq-analysis
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Timo Wolf, Susanne Schneiker-Bekel, Armin Neshat, Vera Ortseifen, Daniel Wibberg, Till Zemke, Alfred Pühler, Jörn Kalinowski
Actinoplanes sp. SE50/110 is the natural producer of acarbose, which is used in the treatment of diabetes mellitus type II. However, until now the transcriptional organization and regulation of the acarbose biosynthesis is only understood rudimentarily. The genome sequence of Actinoplanes sp. SE50/110 was known before, but was resequenced in this study to remove assembly artifacts and incorrect base callings. The annotation of the genome was refined in a multi-step approach, including modern bioinformatic pipelines, transcriptome and proteome data...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427904/leishmania-donovani-tyrosyl-trna-synthetase-structure-in-complex-with-a-tyrosyl-adenylate-analog-and-comparisons-with-human-and-protozoan-counterparts
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Ximena Barros-Álvarez, Keshia M Kerchner, Cho Yeow Koh, Stewart Turley, Els Pardon, Jan Steyaert, Ranae M Ranade, J Robert Gillespie, Zhongsheng Zhang, Christophe L M J Verlinde, Erkang Fan, Frederick S Buckner, Wim G J Hol
The crystal structure of Leishmania donovani tyrosyl-tRNA synthetase (LdTyrRS) in complex with a nanobody and the tyrosyl adenylate analog TyrSA was determined at 2.75 Å resolution. Nanobodies are the variable domains of camelid heavy chain-only antibodies. The nanobody makes numerous crystal contacts and in addition reduces the flexibility of a loop of LdTyrRS. TyrSA is engaged in many interactions with active site residues occupying the tyrosine and adenine binding pockets. The LdTyrRS polypeptide chain consists of two pseudo-monomers, each consisting of two domains...
April 17, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424941/isolation-and-complete-genome-sequence-of-a-novel-pseudoalteromonas-phage-ph357-from-the-yangtze-river-estuary
#16
Zheng Gong, Min Wang, Qingwei Yang, Zhongshi Li, Jun Xia, Yu Gao, Yong Jiang, Xue Meng, Zhaoyang Liu, Ding Yang, Fangfei Zhang, Hongbing Shao, Duobing Wang
Phage PH357, a novel lytic Pseudoalteromonas lipolytica phage belonging to the Myoviridae family was isolated from the Yangtze River estuary. The microbiological characterization demonstrated that phage PH357 is stable from -20 to 60 °C and the optimal pH 7. The one-step growth curve showed a latent period of 20 min, a rise period of 20 min, and the average burst size was about 85 virions per cell. Complete genome of phage PH357 was determined. Genome of phage PH357 consisted of a linear, double-stranded 136,203 bp DNA molecule with 34...
April 20, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422494/genetically-encoded-2-aryl-5-carboxytetrazoles-for-site-selective-protein-photo-cross-linking
#17
Yulin Tian, Marco Paolo Jacinto, Yu Zeng, Zhipeng Yu, Jun Qu, Wenshe R Liu, Qing Lin
The genetically encoded photo-cross-linkers promise to offer a temporally controlled tool to map transient and dynamic protein-protein interaction complexes in living cells. Here we report the synthesis of a panel of 2-aryl-5-carboxytetrazole-lysine analogs (ACTKs) and their site-specific incorporation into proteins via amber codon suppression in Escherichia coli and mammalian cells. Among five ACTKs investigated, N-methylpyrroletetrazole-lysine (mPyTK) was found to give robust and site-selective photo-cross-linking reactivity in E...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422071/comparative-analysis-of-the-complete-chloroplast-genome-of-four-endangered-herbals-of-notopterygium
#18
Jiao Yang, Ming Yue, Chuan Niu, Xiong-Feng Ma, Zhong-Hu Li
Notopterygium H. de Boissieu (Apiaceae) is an endangered perennial herb endemic to China. A good knowledge of phylogenetic evolution and population genomics is conducive to the establishment of effective management and conservation strategies of the genus Notopterygium. In this study, the complete chloroplast (cp) genomes of four Notopterygium species (N. incisum C. C. Ting ex H. T. Chang, N. oviforme R. H. Shan, N. franchetii H. de Boissieu and N. forrestii H. Wolff) were assembled and characterized using next-generation sequencing...
April 19, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420760/novel-lnc-rna-regulated-by-hif-1-inhibits-apoptotic-cell-death-in-the-renal-tubular-epithelial-cells-under-hypoxia
#19
Imari Mimura, Yosuke Hirakawa, Yasuharu Kanki, Natsuki Kushida, Ryo Nakaki, Yutaka Suzuki, Tetsuhiro Tanaka, Hiroyuki Aburatani, Masaomi Nangaku
Chronic tubulointerstitial hypoxia plays an important role as the final common pathway to end-stage renal disease. HIF-1 (hypoxia-inducible factor-1) is a master transcriptional factor under hypoxia, regulating downstream target genes. Genome-wide analysis of HIF-1 binding sites using high-throughput sequencers has clarified various kinds of downstream targets and made it possible to demonstrate the novel roles of HIF-1. Our aim of this study is to identify novel HIF-1 downstream epigenetic targets which may play important roles in the kidney...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420090/toxins-of-prokaryotic-toxin-antitoxin-systems-with-sequence-specific-endoribonuclease-activity
#20
REVIEW
Hisako Masuda, Masayori Inouye
Protein translation is the most common target of toxin-antitoxin system (TA) toxins. Sequence-specific endoribonucleases digest RNA in a sequence-specific manner, thereby blocking translation. While past studies mainly focused on the digestion of mRNA, recent analysis revealed that toxins can also digest tRNA, rRNA and tmRNA. Purified toxins can digest single-stranded portions of RNA containing recognition sequences in the absence of ribosome in vitro. However, increasing evidence suggests that in vivo digestion may occur in association with ribosomes...
April 14, 2017: Toxins
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