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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821784/high-copy-and-stable-expression-of-the-xylanase-xynhb-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-by-rdna-mediated-integration
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Cheng Fang, Qinhong Wang, Jonathan Nimal Selvaraj, Yuling Zhou, Lixin Ma, Guimin Zhang, Yanhe Ma
Xylanase is a widely-used additive in baking industry for enhancing dough and bread quality. Several xylanases used in baking industry were expressed in different systems, but their expression in antibiotic free vector system is highly essential and safe. In the present study, an alternative rDNA-mediated technology was developed to increase the copy number of target gene by integrating it into Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome. A xylanase-encoding gene xynHB from Bacillus sp. was cloned into pHBM367H and integrated into S...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820495/human-papillomavirus-and-the-dna-damage-response-exploiting-host-repair-pathways-for-viral-replication
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REVIEW
Chelsey C Spriggs, Laimonis A Laimins
High-risk human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are the causative agents of cervical and other genital cancers. In addition, HPV infections are associated with the development of many oropharyngeal cancers. HPVs activate and repress a number of host cellular pathways to promote their viral life cycles, including those of the DNA damage response. High-risk HPVs activate the ataxia telangiectasia-mutated (ATM) and ATM and Rad3-related (ATR) DNA damage repair pathways, which are essential for viral replication (particularly differentiation-dependent genome amplification)...
August 18, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819832/protective-role-of-humic-acids-against-picloram-induced-genomic-instability-and-dna-methylation-in-phaseolus-vulgaris
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Mahmut Sinan Taspinar, Murat Aydin, Burcu Sigmaz, Nalan Yildirim, Guleray Agar
Picloram (4-amino-3,5,6-trichloropicolinic acid) is a liquid auxinic herbicide used to control broad-leaved weeds. Picloram is representing a possible hazard to ecosystems and human health. Therefore, in this study, DNA methylation changes and DNA damage levels in Phaseolus vulgaris exposed to picloram, as well as whether humic acid (HA) has preventive effects on these changes were investigated. Random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) techniques were used for identification of DNA damage and coupled restriction enzyme digestion-random amplification (CRED-RA) techniques were used to detect the changed pattern of DNA methylation...
August 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819201/linker-histone-h1-prevents-r-loop-accumulation-and-genome-instability-in-heterochromatin
#4
Aleix Bayona-Feliu, Anna Casas-Lamesa, Oscar Reina, Jordi Bernués, Fernando Azorín
Linker histone H1 is an important structural component of chromatin that stabilizes the nucleosome and compacts the nucleofilament into higher-order structures. The biology of histone H1 remains, however, poorly understood. Here we show that Drosophila histone H1 (dH1) prevents genome instability as indicated by the increased γH2Av (H2AvS137P) content and the high incidence of DNA breaks and sister-chromatid exchanges observed in dH1-depleted cells. Increased γH2Av occurs preferentially at heterochromatic elements, which are upregulated upon dH1 depletion, and is due to the abnormal accumulation of DNA:RNA hybrids (R-loops)...
August 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818995/maternal-dcaf2-is-crucial-for-maintenance-of-genome-stability-during-the-first-cell-cycle-in-mice
#5
Yi-Wen Xu, Lan-Rui Cao, Min Wang, Ying Xu, Xin Wu, Junping Liu, Chao Tong, Heng-Yu Fan
Precise regulation of DNA replication and genome integrity is crucial for gametogenesis and early embryogenesis. Cullin ring-finger ubiquitin ligase 4 (CRL4) has multiple functions in the maintenance of germ cell survival, oocyte meiotic maturation, and maternal-zygotic transition in mammals. DDB1-cullin 4-associated factor-2 (DCAF2, also known as DTL or CDT2) is an evolutionarily conserved substrate receptor of CRL4. To determine whether DCAF2 is a key CRL4 substrate adaptor in mammalian oocytes, we generated a novel mouse strain that carries a Dcaf2 allele flanked by LoxP sequences, and specifically deleted Dcaf2 in oocytes...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818620/secrets-from-immortal-worms-what-can-we-learn-about-biological-ageing-from-the-planarian-model-system
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REVIEW
Sounak Sahu, Anish Dattani, A Aziz Aboobaker
Understanding how some animals are immortal and avoid the ageing process is important. We currently know very little about how they achieve this. While research in genetic model systems has revealed the existence of conserved genetic pathways and molecular processes that affect longevity. Most of these studies have been performed in established model organisms, amenable to both classical and molecular genetic approaches, with relatively short lifespans. Here we consider the use of planarians, with an immortal life-history that is able to entirely avoid the ageing process...
August 14, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818085/a-rare-case-of-acute-toxoplasmosis-in-a-stray-dog-due-to-infection-of-t-gondii-clonal-type-i-public-health-concern-in-urban-settings-with-stray-animals
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Sergio Migliore, Salvatore La Marca, Cristian Stabile, Vincenzo Di Marco Lo Presti, Maria Vitale
BACKGROUND: Typing of Toxoplasma gondii strains is important in epidemiological surveys, to understand the distribution and virulence of different clones of the parasite among human and animal populations. Stray dogs can be consider sentinel animals for contaminated environments playing an important but probably under- evaluated role in the epidemiology of T. gondii. We reported a rare case of acute toxoplasmosis in a stray dog due to clonal type I infection. The clonal type I, sporadic in Europe, is frequently associated with severe toxoplasmosis in humans and the control of its circulation is particularly relevant for public health...
August 17, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815832/targeting-the-genome-stability-hub-ctf4-by-stapled-peptide-design
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Yuteng Wu, Fabrizio Villa, Joseph Maman, Lina Dobnikar, Yu H Lau, Aline C Simon, Karim Labib, David R Spring, Luca Pellegrini
Exploitation of synthetic lethality by small-molecule targeting of pathways that maintain genomic stability is an attractive chemotherapeutic approach. The Ctf4/AND-1 protein hub that links DNA replication, repair and chromosome segregation, represents a novel target for the synthetic lethality approach. Here we report the design, optimization, and validation of double-click stapled peptides encoding the Ctf4-interacting peptide (CIP) of the replicative helicase subunit Sld5. Screening stapling positions in the Sld5 CIP, we identified an unorthodox i,i+6 stapled peptide with improved, sub-micromolar binding to Ctf4...
August 17, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815539/long-noncoding-rnas-in-plants
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Hsiao-Lin V Wang, Julia A Chekanova
The eukaryotic genomes are pervasively transcribed. In addition to protein-coding RNAs, thousands of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) modulate key molecular and biological processes. Most lncRNAs are found in the nucleus and associate with chromatin, but lncRNAs can function in both nuclear and cytoplasmic compartments. Emerging work has found that many lncRNAs regulate gene expression and can affect genome stability and nuclear domain organization both in plant and in the animal kingdom. Here, we describe the major plant lncRNAs and how they act, with a focus on research in Arabidopsis thaliana and our emerging understanding of lncRNA functions in serving as molecular sponges and decoys, functioning in regulation of transcription and silencing, particularly in RNA-directed DNA methylation, and in epigenetic regulation of flowering time...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815345/mosapride-stabilizes-intestinal-microbiota-to-reduce-bacterial-translocation-and-endotoxemia-in-ccl4-induced-cirrhotic-rats
#10
Hong Xu, Jingfang Xiong, Jianjun Xu, Shuiming Li, Yang Zhou, Dongya Chen, Xinjun Cai, Jian Ping, Min Deng, Jianyong Chen
BACKGROUND: Impaired intestinal motility may lead to the disruption of gut microbiota equilibrium, which in turn facilitates bacterial translocation (BT) and endotoxemia in cirrhosis. We evaluated the influence of mosapride, a prokinetic agent, on BT and DNA fingerprints of gut microbiota in cirrhotic rats. METHODS: A rat model of cirrhosis was set up via subcutaneous injection of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4). The portal pressure, liver and intestinal damage, plasma endotoxin, BT, and intestinal transit rate (ITR) of cirrhotic rats were determined...
August 16, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814507/systematic-gene-tagging-using-crispr-cas9-in-human-stem-cells-to-illuminate-cell-organization
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Brock Roberts, Amanda Haupt, Andrew Tucker, Tanya Grancharova, Joy Arakaki, Margaret A Fuqua, Angelique Nelson, Caroline Hookway, Susan A Ludmann, Irina A Mueller, Ruian Yang, Alan R Horwitz, Susanne M Rafelski, Ruwanthi N Gunawardane
We present a CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing strategy to systematically tag endogenous proteins with fluorescent tags in human induced pluripotent stem cells. To date we have generated multiple human iPSC lines with monoallelic GFP tags labeling 10 proteins representing major cellular structures. The tagged proteins include alpha tubulin, beta actin, desmoplakin, fibrillarin, nuclear lamin B1, non-muscle myosin heavy chain IIB, paxillin, Sec61 beta, tight junction protein ZO1, and Tom20. Our genome editing methodology using Cas9/crRNA ribonuclear protein and donor plasmid co-electroporation, followed by fluorescence-based enrichment of edited cells, typically resulted in <0...
August 16, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813668/subnuclear-relocalization-of-structure-specific-endonucleases-in-response-to-dna-damage
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Irene Saugar, Alberto Jiménez-Martín, José Antonio Tercero
Structure-specific endonucleases contribute to the maintenance of genome integrity by cleaving DNA intermediates that need to be resolved for faithful DNA repair, replication, or recombination. Despite advances in the understanding of their function and regulation, it is less clear how these proteins respond to genotoxic stress. Here, we show that the structure-specific endonuclease Mus81-Mms4/EME1 relocalizes to subnuclear foci following DNA damage and colocalizes with the endonucleases Rad1-Rad10 (XPF-ERCC1) and Slx1-Slx4...
August 15, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813500/telomere-biology-and-telomerase-mutations-in-cirrhotic-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Flávia S Donaires, Natália F Scatena, Raquel M Alves-Paiva, Joshua D Podlevsky, Dhenugen Logeswaran, Barbara A Santana, Andreza C Teixeira, Julian J-L Chen, Rodrigo T Calado, Ana L C Martinelli
Telomeres are repetitive DNA sequences at linear chromosome termini, protecting chromosomes against end-to-end fusion and damage, providing chromosomal stability. Telomeres shorten with mitotic cellular division, but are maintained in cells with high proliferative capacity by telomerase. Loss-of-function mutations in telomere-maintenance genes are genetic risk factors for cirrhosis development in humans and murine models. Telomerase deficiency provokes accelerated telomere shortening and dysfunction, facilitating genomic instability and oncogenesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812991/the-retinoblastoma-rb-tumor-suppressor-pushing-back-against-genome-instability-on-multiple-fronts
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REVIEW
Renier Vélez-Cruz, David G Johnson
The retinoblastoma (RB) tumor suppressor is known as a master regulator of the cell cycle. RB is mutated or functionally inactivated in the majority of human cancers. This transcriptional regulator exerts its function in cell cycle control through its interaction with the E2F family of transcription factors and with chromatin remodelers and modifiers that contribute to the repression of genes important for cell cycle progression. Over the years, studies have shown that RB participates in multiple processes in addition to cell cycle control...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812709/adaptation-to-deep-sea-chemosynthetic-environments-as-revealed-by-mussel-genomes
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Jin Sun, Yu Zhang, Ting Xu, Yang Zhang, Huawei Mu, Yanjie Zhang, Yi Lan, Christopher J Fields, Jerome Ho Lam Hui, Weipeng Zhang, Runsheng Li, Wenyan Nong, Fiona Ka Man Cheung, Jian-Wen Qiu, Pei-Yuan Qian
Hydrothermal vents and methane seeps are extreme deep-sea ecosystems that support dense populations of specialized macro-benthos such as mussels. But the lack of genome information hinders the understanding of the adaptation of these animals to such inhospitable environments. Here we report the genomes of a deep-sea vent/seep mussel (Bathymodiolus platifrons) and a shallow-water mussel (Modiolus philippinarum). Phylogenetic analysis shows that these mussel species diverged approximately 110.4 million years ago...
April 3, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812620/tipping-points-in-the-dynamics-of-speciation
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Patrik Nosil, Jeffrey L Feder, Samuel M Flaxman, Zachariah Gompert
Speciation can be gradual or sudden and involve few or many genetic changes. Inferring the processes generating such patterns is difficult, and may require consideration of emergent and non-linear properties of speciation, such as when small changes at tipping points have large effects on differentiation. Tipping points involve positive feedback and indirect selection stemming from associations between genomic regions, bi-stability due to effects of initial conditions and evolutionary history, and dependence on modularity of system components...
January 24, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812058/environmental-pollutants-and-neurodevelopment-review-of-benefits-from-closure-of-a-coal-burning-power-plant-in-tongliang-china
#17
Vrinda Kalia, Frederica Perera, Deliang Tang
Background. Understanding preventable causes of neurodevelopmental disorders is a public health priority. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) from combustion of fossil fuel, lead, and mercury are among known neurodevelopmental toxicants. Method. For the first time, we comprehensively review the findings from a study by the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health and Chinese partners that followed 2 groups of mother-child pairs, one from 2002 and another from 2005, in Tongliang County, China. Pregnant mothers in the 2 cohorts experienced different exposure to PAH because a local coal-burning power plant was shut down in 2004...
2017: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811666/the-essential-kinase-atr-ensuring-faithful-duplication-of-a-challenging-genome
#18
REVIEW
Joshua C Saldivar, David Cortez, Karlene A Cimprich
One way to preserve a rare book is to lock it away from all potential sources of damage. Of course, an inaccessible book is also of little use, and the paper and ink will continue to degrade with age in any case. Like a book, the information stored in our DNA needs to be read, but it is also subject to continuous assault and therefore needs to be protected. In this Review, we examine how the replication stress response that is controlled by the kinase ataxia telangiectasia and Rad3-related (ATR) senses and resolves threats to DNA integrity so that the DNA remains available to read in all of our cells...
August 16, 2017: Nature Reviews. Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811473/plant-made-polio-type-3-stabilized-vlps-a-candidate-synthetic-polio-vaccine
#19
Johanna Marsian, Helen Fox, Mohammad W Bahar, Abhay Kotecha, Elizabeth E Fry, David I Stuart, Andrew J Macadam, David J Rowlands, George P Lomonossoff
Poliovirus (PV) is the causative agent of poliomyelitis, a crippling human disease known since antiquity. PV occurs in two distinct antigenic forms, D and C, of which only the D form elicits a robust neutralizing response. Developing a synthetically produced stabilized virus-like particle (sVLP)-based vaccine with D antigenicity, without the drawbacks of current vaccines, will be a major step towards the final eradication of poliovirus. Such a sVLP would retain the native antigenic conformation and the repetitive structure of the original virus particle, but lack infectious genomic material...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811466/time-lapse-crystallography-snapshots-of-a-double-strand-break-repair-polymerase-in-action
#20
Joonas A Jamsen, William A Beard, Lars C Pedersen, David D Shock, Andrea F Moon, Juno M Krahn, Katarzyna Bebenek, Thomas A Kunkel, Samuel H Wilson
DNA polymerase (pol) μ is a DNA-dependent polymerase that incorporates nucleotides during gap-filling synthesis in the non-homologous end-joining pathway of double-strand break repair. Here we report time-lapse X-ray crystallography snapshots of catalytic events during gap-filling DNA synthesis by pol μ. Unique catalytic intermediates and active site conformational changes that underlie catalysis are uncovered, and a transient third (product) metal ion is observed in the product state. The product manganese coordinates phosphate oxygens of the inserted nucleotide and PPi...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
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