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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340337/structural-basis-of-rna-polymerase-i-transcription-initiation
#1
Christoph Engel, Tobias Gubbey, Simon Neyer, Sarah Sainsbury, Christiane Oberthuer, Carlo Baejen, Carrie Bernecky, Patrick Cramer
Transcription initiation at the ribosomal RNA promoter requires RNA polymerase (Pol) I and the initiation factors Rrn3 and core factor (CF). Here, we combine X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) to obtain a molecular model for basal Pol I initiation. The three-subunit CF binds upstream promoter DNA, docks to the Pol I-Rrn3 complex, and loads DNA into the expanded active center cleft of the polymerase. DNA unwinding between the Pol I protrusion and clamp domains enables cleft contraction, resulting in an active Pol I conformation and RNA synthesis...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338675/biogeography-and-diversity-of-collodaria-radiolaria-in-the-global-ocean
#2
Tristan Biard, Estelle Bigeard, Stéphane Audic, Julie Poulain, Andres Gutierrez-Rodriguez, Stéphane Pesant, Lars Stemmann, Fabrice Not
Collodaria are heterotrophic marine protists that exist either as large colonies composed of hundreds of cells or as large solitary cells. All described species so far harbour intracellular microalgae as photosymbionts. Although recent environmental diversity surveys based on molecular methods demonstrated their consistently high contribution to planktonic communities and their worldwide occurrence, our understanding of their diversity and biogeography is still very limited. Here we estimated the 18S ribosomal DNA (rDNA) gene copies per collodarian cell for solitary (5770±1960 small subunit (SSU) rDNA copies) and colonial specimens (37 474±17 799 SSU rDNA copies, for each individual cell within a colony) using single-specimen quantitative PCR...
March 24, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337540/the-discovery-of-plastid-to-nucleus-retrograde-signaling-a-personal-perspective
#3
Thomas Börner
DNA and machinery for gene expression have been discovered in chloroplasts during the 1960s. It was soon evident that the chloroplast genome is relatively small, that most genes for chloroplast-localized proteins reside in the nucleus and that chloroplast membranes, ribosomes, and protein complexes are composed of proteins encoded in both the chloroplast and the nuclear genome. This situation has made the existence of mechanisms highly probable that coordinate the gene expression in plastids and nucleus. In the 1970s, the first evidence for plastid signals controlling nuclear gene expression was provided by studies on plastid ribosome deficient mutants with reduced amounts and/or activities of nuclear-encoded chloroplast proteins including the small subunit of Rubisco, ferredoxin NADP+ reductase, and enzymes of the Calvin cycle...
March 23, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336611/self-assembly-of-genetically-encoded-dna-protein-hybrid-nanoscale-shapes
#4
Florian Praetorius, Hendrik Dietz
We describe an approach to bottom-up fabrication that allows integration of the functional diversity of proteins into designed three-dimensional structural frameworks. A set of custom staple proteins based on transcription activator-like effector proteins folds a double-stranded DNA template into a user-defined shape. Each staple protein is designed to recognize and closely link two distinct double-helical DNA sequences at separate positions on the template. We present design rules for constructing megadalton-scale DNA-protein hybrid shapes; introduce various structural motifs, such as custom curvature, corners, and vertices; and describe principles for creating multilayer DNA-protein objects with enhanced rigidity...
March 24, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334932/ribosome-dependent-vibrio-cholerae-mrnase-higb2-is-regulated-by-a-%C3%AE-strand-sliding-mechanism
#5
San Hadži, Abel Garcia-Pino, Sarah Haesaerts, Dukas Jurenas, Kenn Gerdes, Jurij Lah, Remy Loris
Toxin-antitoxin (TA) modules are small operons involved in bacterial stress response and persistence. higBA operons form a family of TA modules with an inverted gene organization and a toxin belonging to the RelE/ParE superfamily. Here, we present the crystal structures of chromosomally encoded Vibrio cholerae antitoxin (VcHigA2), toxin (VcHigB2) and their complex, which show significant differences in structure and mechanisms of function compared to the higBA module from plasmid Rts1, the defining member of the family...
February 28, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334742/recognition-but-no-repair-of-abasic-site-in-single-stranded-dna-by-human-ribosomal-us3-protein-residing-within-intact-40s-subunit
#6
Anastasia S Grosheva, Dmitry O Zharkov, Joachim Stahl, Alexander V Gopanenko, Alexey E Tupikin, Marsel R Kabilov, Dmitri M Graifer, Galina G Karpova
Isolated human ribosomal protein uS3 has extra-ribosomal functions including those related to base excision DNA repair, e.g. AP lyase activity that nicks double-stranded (ds) DNA 3΄ to the abasic (AP) site. However, the ability of uS3 residing within ribosome to recognize and cleave damaged DNA has never been addressed. Here, we compare interactions of single-stranded (ss) DNA and dsDNA bearing AP site with human ribosome-bound uS3 and with the isolated protein, whose interactions with ssDNA were not yet studied...
January 30, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334216/deletion-of-mazf-increases-staphylococcus-aureus-biofilm-formation-in-an-ica-dependent-manner
#7
Fuminori Kato, Yusuke Yabuno, Yoshihiro Yamaguchi, Motoyuki Sugai, Masayori Inouye
Toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are composed of a toxin that inhibits an essential cellular process (e.g., DNA replication, transcription, membrane integrity) and its cognate antitoxin that neutralizes the effect of the toxin. Staphylococcus aureus harbors two types of chromosomally encoded TA systems, namely mazEFsa encoding a UACAU-specific mRNA interferase and two paralogous genes of yefM-yoeBsa encoding a ribosome-dependent endoribonuclease system. However, little is known about the physiological role of MazEFsa and YefM-YoeBsa in S...
March 8, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333282/anchorless-cell-surface-proteins-function-as-laminin-binding-adhesins-in-lactobacillus-rhamnosus-fsmm22
#8
Ni Putu Desy Aryantini, Daisuke Kondoh, Keita Nishiyama, Yuji Yamamoto, Takao Mukai, I Nengah Sujaya, Tadasu Urashima, Kenji Fukuda
Anchorless cell surface proteins (CSPs) were extracted with 1 M lithium chloride solution from Lactobacillus rhamnosus FSMM22. Loss of the anchorless CSPs resulted in a two-fold decrease in FSMM22 cells bound to a constitutive extracellular matrix glycoprotein, laminin, in vitro. DNA-binding protein HU, glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase, lactate dehydrogenase, and 30S ribosomal protein S19 (RpsS) were identified by mass spectrometry in the extract as laminin-binding adhesins. Among the four proteins, RpsS was immunohistochemically confirmed to exist on the cell surface...
March 9, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333060/can-dna-sequencing-show-differences-between-microbial-communities-in-polish-and-danish-wastewater-treatment-plants
#9
A Miłobędzka, A Muszyński
The microbial populations in the activated sludge of two Polish wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) were identified and quantified using Illumina sequencing of 16S ribosomal RNA amplicons over a 2-year period. Their dynamics over time were compared to Danish WWTPs (data collected in previous studies by Center for Microbial Communities, Aalborg University). The bacterial communities in Polish and Danish WWTPs were similar to each other, but the microbial diversity in Polish WWTPs was lower. The dominant genera in Polish WWTPs were more abundant than in Danish WWTPs; 30 of them constituted more than half the of activated sludge community...
March 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331531/an-integrative-systematic-framework-helps-to-reconstruct-skeletal-evolution-of-glass-sponges-porifera-hexactinellida
#10
Martin Dohrmann, Christopher Kelley, Michelle Kelly, Andrzej Pisera, John N A Hooper, Henry M Reiswig
BACKGROUND: Glass sponges (Class Hexactinellida) are important components of deep-sea ecosystems and are of interest from geological and materials science perspectives. The reconstruction of their phylogeny with molecular data has only recently begun and shows a better agreement with morphology-based systematics than is typical for other sponge groups, likely because of a greater number of informative morphological characters. However, inconsistencies remain that have far-reaching implications for hypotheses about the evolution of their major skeletal construction types (body plans)...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330337/co-generating-synthetic-parts-toward-a-self-replicating-system
#11
Jun Li, Wilhelm Haas, Kirsten Jackson, Erkin Kuru, Michael C Jewett, Z Hugh Fan, Steven P Gygi, George M Church
To build replicating systems with new functions, the engineering of existing biological machineries requires a sensible strategy. Protein synthesis Using Recombinant Elements (PURE) system consists of the desired components for transcription, translation, aminoacylation and energy regeneration. PURE, might be the basis for a radically alterable, lifelike system after optimization. Here, we regenerated 54 E. coli ribosomal (r-) proteins individually from DNA templates in the PURE system. We show that using stable isotope labeling with amino acids, mass spectrometry based quantitative proteomics could detect 26 of the 33 50S and 20 of the 21 30S subunit r-proteins when co-expressed in batch format PURE system...
March 23, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330115/phylogenetic-and-metabolic-diversity-of-tunisian-forest-wood-degrading-fungi-a-wealth-of-novelties-and-opportunities-for-biotechnology
#12
Dalel Daâssi, Héla Zouari-Mechichi, Lassaad Belbahri, Jorge Barriuso, María Jesús Martínez, Moncef Nasri, Tahar Mechichi
In this study, 51 fungal strains were isolated from decaying wood samples collected from forests located in the Northwest of Tunisia in the vicinity of Bousalem, Ain Draham and Kef. Phylogenetic analysis based on the sequences of the internal transcribed spacers of the ribosomal DNA showed a high diversity among the 51 fungal isolates collection. Representatives of 25 genera and 29 species were identified, most of which were members of one of the following phyla (Ascomycota, Basidiomycota and Zygomycota). In addition to the phylogenetic diversity, a high diversity of secreted enzyme profiles was also detected among the fungal isolates...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330100/molecular-characterization-and-amplified-ribosomal-dna-restriction-analysis-of-entomopathogenic-bacteria-associated-with-rhabditis-oscheius-spp
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Balakrishnan Geetha Sangeetha, Cheruvandasseri Arumughan Jayaprakas, Jinachandrannair Vijayakumari Siji, Moochattil Rajitha, Basheerkutty Shyni, Chellappan Mohandas
Bacterial strains associated with entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) Rhabditis (Oscheius) spp. were isolated from infected cadavers of Galleria mellonella. The obtained 18 isolates were subdivided into nine phylogenetically different genera based on comparative sequence analysis of their 16S rRNA genes. The isolates were affiliated to three different class namely γ-proteobacteria (Enterobacter, Proteus, Providencia, Pseudomonas, Stenotrophomonas), β-proteobacteria (Alcaligenes) and Bacilli (Bacillus, Enterococcus, Lysinibacillus)...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324847/species-identification-in-forensic-samples-using-the-spindel-approach-a-ghep-isfg-inter-laboratory-collaborative-exercise
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Cíntia Alves, Rui Pereira, Lourdes Prieto, Mercedes Aler, Cesar R L Amaral, Cristina Arévalo, Gabriela Berardi, Florencia Di Rocco, Mariela Caputo, Cristian Hernandez Carmona, Laura Catelli, Heloísa Afonso Costa, Pavla Coufalova, Sandra Furfuro, Óscar García, Anibal Gaviria, Ana Goios, Juan José Builes Gómez, Alexis Hernández, Eva Del Carmen Betancor Hernández, Luís Miranda, David Parra, Susana Pedrosa, Maria João Anjos Porto, Maria de Lurdes Rebelo, Matteo Spirito, María Del Carmen Villalobos Torres, António Amorim, Filipe Pereira
DNA is a powerful tool available for forensic investigations requiring identification of species. However, it is necessary to develop and validate methods able to produce results in degraded and or low quality DNA samples with the high standards obligatory in forensic research. Here, we describe a voluntary collaborative exercise to test the recently developed Species Identification by Insertions/Deletions (SPInDel) method. The SPInDel kit allows the identification of species by the generation of numeric profiles combining the lengths of six mitochondrial ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene regions amplified in a single reaction followed by capillary electrophoresis...
March 7, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324166/redescription-of-chloromyxum-ellipticum-li-nie-1973-myxosporea-chloromyxidae-infecting-the-gall-bladder-of-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idellus-valenciennes-1844-supplemented-by-morphological-and-molecular-characteristics
#15
J Y Zhang, Y L Zhao, M D Batueva, D Luo, Z F Xing, Q Q Zhang, X H Liu
The traditional taxonomy of the genus Chloromyxum Mingazzini, 1890 has been intensively challenged to be paraphyletic by recent ribosomal DNA (rDNA)-based phylogenetic analysis. Undersampling to get rich sequence data to infer more scientific phylogenetic relationships makes scientists conservatively assign all non-marine elasmobranch-infecting species as Chloromyxum sensu lato. Although complex ridge pattern on the spore surface observed by scanning electron microscopy was thought to be critical for the identification of Chloromyxum species, insufficient data also prevent this ultrastructural data to be a valid taxonomic feature for this genus...
March 21, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322844/a-harmine-derived-beta-carboline-displays-anti-cancer-effects-in-vitro-by-targeting-protein-synthesis
#16
Annelise Carvalho, Jennifer Chu, Céline Meinguet, Robert Kiss, Guy Vandenbussche, Bernard Masereel, Johan Wouters, Alexander Kornienko, Jerry Pelletier, Véronique Mathieu
Growing evidence indicates that protein synthesis is deregulated in cancer onset and progression and targeting this process might be a selective way to combat cancers. While harmine is known to inhibit DYRK1A and intercalate into the DNA, tri-substitution was shown previously to modify its activity profile in favor of protein synthesis inhibition. In this study, we thus evaluated the optimized derivative CM16 in vitro anti-cancer effects unfolding its protein synthesis inhibition activity. Indeed, the growth inhibitory profile of CM16 in the NCI 60-cancer-cell-line-panel correlated with those of other compounds described as protein synthesis inhibitors...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322208/prevalence-and-pathogen-load-estimates-for-the-fungus-batrachochytrium-dendrobatidis-are-impacted-by-its-dna-copy-number-variation
#17
Eria A Rebollar, Douglas C Woodhams, Brandon LaBumbard, Jos Kielgast, Reid N Harris
The ribosomal gene complex is a multi-copy region that is widely used for phylogenetic analyses of organisms from all 3 domains of life. In fungi, the copy number of the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) is used to detect abundance of pathogens causing diseases such as chytridiomycosis in amphibians and white nose syndrome in bats. Chytridiomycosis is caused by the fungi Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) and B. salamandrivorans (Bsal), and is responsible for declines and extinctions of amphibians worldwide...
March 21, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322147/molecular-characterization-and-antioxidant-potential-of-three-wild-culinary-medicinal-mushrooms-from-tripura-northeast-india
#18
Aparajita Roy Das, Madhusmita Borthakur, Ajay Krishna Saha, Santa Ram Joshi, Panna Das
The aim of this study was to characterize 3 wild culinary-medicinal mushrooms using molecular tools and to analyze their antioxidant activity. Antioxidant properties were studied by evaluating free radical scavenging, reducing power, and chelating effect. The mushrooms were identified as Lentinus squarrosulus, L. tuber-regium, and Macrocybe gigantean by amplifying internal transcribed spacer regions of ribosomal DNA. The results demonstrated that the methanolic extract of M. gigantean has the highest free radical scavenging effect and chelating effect, whereas the methanolic extract of L...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319019/recycling-of-metals-from-pretreated-waste-printed-circuit-boards-effectively-in-stirred-tank-reactor-by-a-moderately-thermophilic-culture
#19
Ming-Chen Xia, Ya-Ping Wang, Tang-Jian Peng, Li Shen, Run-Lan Yu, Yuan-Dong Liu, Miao Chen, Jiao-Kun Li, Xue-Ling Wu, Wei-Min Zeng
To seek a feasible technique for processing waste printed circuit boards (PCBs), pretreatment of PCBs by table separation and further bioleached by moderate thermophiles in a stirred tank reactor were investigated. The shaking table separation, conducted after grinding and sieving of PCBs, produced two fractions: metal-rich parts (RPCBs), which is more suitable for pyrometallurgy process than untreated PCBs, and metal-poor parts (PPCBs) with only 8.83% metals was then bioleached by a mixed culture of moderate thermophiles effectively...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317544/analysis-of-phylogeny-distribution-and-pathogenicity-of-botryosphaeriaceae-species-associated-with-gummosis-of-anacardium-in-brazil-with-a-new-species-of-lasiodiplodia
#20
Mariote S B Netto, Waléria G Lima, Kamila C Correia, Christiana F B da Silva, Michael Thon, Ricardo B Martins, Robert N G Miller, Sami J Michereff, Marcos P S Câmara
Netto, M. S. B., Lima, W. G., Correia, K. C., da Silva, C. F. B., Thon, M., Martins, R. B., Miller, R. N. G., Michereff, S. J., and Câmara, M. P. S. 2016. Analysis of phylogeny, distribution, and pathogenicity of Botryosphaeriaceae species associated with gummosis of Anacardium in Brazil, with a new species of Lasiodiplodia. We identified Botryosphaeriaceae species associated with gummosis on Anacardium in Brazil. Isolates were sampled and identified on the basis morphology and phylogeny, through analysis of a partial translation elongation factor 1-α sequence, ribosomal DNA internal transcribed spacers, and β-tubulin gene sequence...
April 2017: Fungal Biology
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