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Functional genomics

Julia H Chariker, Donald M Miller, Eric C Rouchka
G-quadruplex structures (G4) are found throughout the human genome and are known to play a regulatory role in a variety of molecular processes. Structurally, they have many configurations and can form from one or more DNA strands. At the gene level, they regulate gene expression and protein synthesis. In this paper, chromosomal-level patterns of distribution are analyzed on the human genome to identify high-level distribution patterns potentially related to global functional processes. Here we show unique high density banding patterns on individual chromosomes that are highly correlated, appearing in a mirror pattern, across forward and reverse DNA strands...
2016: PloS One
Cheng-Wei Wu, Andrew Deonarine, Aaron Przybysz, Kevin Strange, Keith P Choe
SKN-1/Nrf are the primary antioxidant/detoxification response transcription factors in animals and they promote health and longevity in many contexts. SKN-1/Nrf are activated by a remarkably broad-range of natural and synthetic compounds and physiological conditions. Defining the signaling mechanisms that regulate SKN-1/Nrf activation provides insights into how cells coordinate responses to stress. Nrf2 in mammals is regulated in part by the redox sensor repressor protein named Keap1. In C. elegans, the p38 MAPK cascade in the intestine activates SKN-1 during oxidative stress by promoting its nuclear accumulation...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Amy B Wilfert, Katherine R Chao, Madhurima Kaushal, Sanjay Jain, Sebastian Zöllner, David R Adams, Donald F Conrad
Standard techniques from genetic epidemiology are ill-suited to formally assess the significance of variants identified from a single case. We developed a statistical inference framework for identifying unusual functional variation from a single exome or genome, what we refer to as the 'n-of-one' problem. Using this approach we assessed our ability to identify the causal genotypes in over 5 million simulated cases of Mendelian disease, identifying 39% of disease genotypes as the most damaging unit in a typical exome background...
October 24, 2016: Nature Genetics
Jinghui Zhang, Kelly McCastlain, Hiroki Yoshihara, Beisi Xu, Yunchao Chang, Michelle L Churchman, Gang Wu, Yongjin Li, Lei Wei, Ilaria Iacobucci, Yu Liu, Chunxu Qu, Ji Wen, Michael Edmonson, Debbie Payne-Turner, Kerstin B Kaufmann, Shin-Ichiro Takayanagi, Erno Wienholds, Esmé Waanders, Panagiotis Ntziachristos, Sofia Bakogianni, Jingjing Wang, Iannis Aifantis, Kathryn G Roberts, Jing Ma, Guangchun Song, John Easton, Heather L Mulder, Xiang Chen, Scott Newman, Xiaotu Ma, Michael Rusch, Pankaj Gupta, Kristy Boggs, Bhavin Vadodaria, James Dalton, Yanling Liu, Marcus L Valentine, Li Ding, Charles Lu, Robert S Fulton, Lucinda Fulton, Yashodhan Tabib, Kerri Ochoa, Meenakshi Devidas, Deqing Pei, Cheng Cheng, Jun Yang, William E Evans, Mary V Relling, Ching-Hon Pui, Sima Jeha, Richard C Harvey, I-Ming L Chen, Cheryl L Willman, Guido Marcucci, Clara D Bloomfield, Jessica Kohlschmidt, Krzysztof Mrózek, Elisabeth Paietta, Martin S Tallman, Wendy Stock, Matthew C Foster, Janis Racevskis, Jacob M Rowe, Selina Luger, Steven M Kornblau, Sheila A Shurtleff, Susana C Raimondi, Elaine R Mardis, Richard K Wilson, John E Dick, Stephen P Hunger, Mignon L Loh, James R Downing, Charles G Mullighan
Chromosomal rearrangements deregulating hematopoietic transcription factors are common in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Here we show that deregulation of the homeobox transcription factor gene DUX4 and the ETS transcription factor gene ERG is a hallmark of a subtype of B-progenitor ALL that comprises up to 7% of B-ALL. DUX4 rearrangement and overexpression was present in all cases and was accompanied by transcriptional deregulation of ERG, expression of a novel ERG isoform, ERGalt, and frequent ERG deletion...
October 24, 2016: Nature Genetics
Yunpeng Cao, Yahui Han, Dahui Li, Yi Lin, Yongping Cai
In plants, 4-coumarate:coenzyme A ligases (4CLs), comprising some of the adenylate-forming enzymes, are key enzymes involved in regulating lignin metabolism and the biosynthesis of flavonoids and other secondary metabolites. Although several 4CL-related proteins were shown to play roles in secondary metabolism, no comprehensive study on 4CL-related genes in the pear and other Rosaceae species has been reported. In this study, we identified 4CL-related genes in the apple, peach, yangmei, and pear genomes using DNATOOLS software and inferred their evolutionary relationships using phylogenetic analysis, collinearity analysis, conserved motif analysis, and structure analysis...
October 19, 2016: Genes
Jerome A Staal, Yanxin Pei, Brian R Rood
Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children, and medulloblastoma is the most prevalent malignant childhood/pediatric brain tumor. Providing effective treatment for these cancers, with minimal damage to the still-developing brain, remains one of the greatest challenges faced by clinicians. Understanding the diverse events driving tumor formation, maintenance, progression, and recurrence is necessary for identifying novel targeted therapeutics and improving survival of patients with this disease...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Ryoichi Yano, Kyoko Takagi, Yoshitake Takada, Kyosuke Mukaiyama, Chigen Tsukamoto, Takashi Sayama, Akito Kaga, Toyoaki Anai, Satoru Sawai, Kiyoshi Ohyama, Kazuki Saito, Masao Ishimoto
Triterpenoid saponins are major components of secondary metabolites in soybean seeds and are divided into two groups: group A saponins and 2,3-dihydro-2,5-dihydroxy-6-methyl-4H-pyran-4-one (DDMP) saponins. The aglycone moiety of group A saponins consists of soyasapogenol A (SA), which is an oxidized β-amyrin product, and the aglycone moiety of the DDMP saponins consists of soyasapogenol B (SB). Group A saponins produce a bitter and astringent aftertaste in soy products, whereas DDMP saponins have known health benefits for humans...
October 24, 2016: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
Owen Duncan, Josua Trösch, Ricarda Fenske, Nicolas L Taylor, A Harvey Millar
Yield and quality improvement of bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) is a focus in efforts to meet new demands from population growth and changing human diets. As the complexity of the wheat genome is unravelled, determining how it is used to build the protein machinery of wheat plants is a key next step in explaining detailed aspects of wheat growth and development. The specific functions of wheat organs during vegetative development and the role of metabolism, protein degradation and remobilisation in driving grain production are the foundations of crop performance and have recently become accessible through studies of the wheat proteome...
October 24, 2016: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
B N Keel, J W Keele, W M Snelling
Copy number variations (CNVs) are large insertions, deletions or duplications in the genome that vary between members of a species and are known to affect a wide variety of phenotypic traits. In this study, we identified CNVs in a population of bulls using low coverage next-generation sequence data. First, in order to determine a suitable strategy for CNV detection in our data, we compared the performance of three distinct CNV detection algorithms on benchmark CNV datasets and concluded that using the multiple sample read depth approach was the best method for identifying CNVs in our sequences...
October 24, 2016: Animal Genetics
H van Andel, K A Kocemba, A de Haan-Kramer, C H Mellink, M Piwowar, A Broijl, M van Duin, P Sonneveld, M M Maurice, M J Kersten, M Spaargaren, S T Pals
Deletion or mutation of the gene encoding the deubiquitinating enzyme CYLD is a common genomic aberration in multiple myeloma (MM). However, the functional consequence of CYLD loss and the mechanism underlying its putative role as a tumor suppressor gene in the pathogenesis of MM has not been established. Here, we show that CYLD expression is highly variable in myeloma cell lines and primary MMs and that low CYLD expression is associated with disease progression from monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance to MM, and with poor overall and progression free-survival of MM patients...
October 24, 2016: Oncogene
Tatiana V Tatarinova, Evgeny Chekalin, Yuri Nikolsky, Sergey Bruskin, Dmitry Chebotarov, Kenneth L McNally, Nickolai Alexandrov
We analyzed functionality and relative distribution of genetic variants across the complete Oryza sativa genome, using the 40 million single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) dataset from the 3,000 Rice Genomes Project (, the largest and highest density SNP collection for any higher plant. We have shown that the DNA-binding transcription factors (TFs) are the most conserved group of genes, whereas kinases and membrane-localized transporters are the most variable ones. TFs may be conserved because they belong to some of the most connected regulatory hubs that modulate transcription of vast downstream gene networks, whereas signaling kinases and transporters need to adapt rapidly to changing environmental conditions...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ya-Li Liu, Dong-Fang Li, He-Ping Xu, Meng Xiao, Jing-Wei Cheng, Li Zhang, Zhi-Peng Xu, Xin-Xin Chen, Ge Zhang, Timothy Kudinha, Fanrong Kong, Yan-Ping Gong, Xin-Ying Wang, Yin-Xin Zhang, Hong-Long Wu, Ying-Chun Xu
Although previous studies have confirmed that 23S rRNA gene mutation could be responsible for most of macrolide resistance in M. catarrhalis, a recent study suggested otherwise. Next generation sequence based comparative genomics has revolutionized the mining of potential novel drug resistant mechanisms. In this study, two pairs of resistant and susceptible M. catarrhalis isolates with different multilocus sequence types, were investigated for potential differential genes or informative single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Karthik Anantharaman, Christopher T Brown, Laura A Hug, Itai Sharon, Cindy J Castelle, Alexander J Probst, Brian C Thomas, Andrea Singh, Michael J Wilkins, Ulas Karaoz, Eoin L Brodie, Kenneth H Williams, Susan S Hubbard, Jillian F Banfield
The subterranean world hosts up to one-fifth of all biomass, including microbial communities that drive transformations central to Earth's biogeochemical cycles. However, little is known about how complex microbial communities in such environments are structured, and how inter-organism interactions shape ecosystem function. Here we apply terabase-scale cultivation-independent metagenomics to aquifer sediments and groundwater, and reconstruct 2,540 draft-quality, near-complete and complete strain-resolved genomes that represent the majority of known bacterial phyla as well as 47 newly discovered phylum-level lineages...
October 24, 2016: Nature Communications
Steffen Grampp, James L Platt, Victoria Lauer, Rafik Salama, Franziska Kranz, Viviana K Neumann, Sven Wach, Christine Stöhr, Arndt Hartmann, Kai-Uwe Eckardt, Peter J Ratcliffe, David R Mole, Johannes Schödel
Clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is characterized by loss of function of the von Hippel-Lindau tumour suppressor (VHL) and unrestrained activation of hypoxia-inducible transcription factors (HIFs). Genetic and epigenetic determinants have an impact on HIF pathways. A recent genome-wide association study on renal cancer susceptibility identified single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in an intergenic region located between the oncogenes MYC and PVT1. Here using assays of chromatin conformation, allele-specific chromatin immunoprecipitation and genome editing, we show that HIF binding to this regulatory element is necessary to trans-activate MYC and PVT1 expression specifically in cells of renal tubular origins...
October 24, 2016: Nature Communications
Zhongfeng Li, Lingxue Jiang, Yansong Ma, Zhongyan Wei, Huilong Hong, Zhangxiong Liu, Jinhui Lei, Ying Liu, Rongxia Guan, Yong Guo, Longguo Jin, Lijuan Zhang, Yinghui Li, Yulong Ren, Wei He, Ming Liu, Nang Myint Phyu Sin Htwe, Lin Liu, Bingfu Guo, Jian Song, Bing Tan, Guifeng Liu, Maiquan Li, Xianli Zhang, Bo Liu, Xuehui Shi, Sining Han, Sunan Hua, Fulai Zhou, Lili Yu, Yanfei Li, Shuang Wang, Jun Wang, Ruzhen Chang, Lijuan Qiu
Mutagenized populations have provided important materials for introducing variation and identifying gene function in plants. In this study, an ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS) -induced soybean (Glycine max) population, consisting of 21,600 independent M2 lines, was developed. Over one thousand M4 (5) families, with diverse abnormal phenotypes for seed composition, seed shape, plant morphology, and maturity that are stably expressed across different environments and generations were identified. Phenotypic analysis of the population led to the identification of a yellow pigmentation mutant, gyl, that displayed significantly decreased chlorophyll (Chl) content and abnormal chloroplast development...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Shizhong Ke, Shuzhen Chen, Zihui Dong, Christopher S Hong, Qi Zhang, Liang Tang, Pinghua Yang, Jian Zhai, Hexin Yan, Feng Shen, Zhengping Zhuang, Wen Wen, Hongyang Wang
: Erythrocytosis is a common paraneoplastic syndrome associated with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Although increased erythropoietin (EPO) is found in these patients, the clinical significance and molecular mechanisms underlying this observation are unclear. Here we demonstrated an inverse relationship between EPO production and overall prognosis in our cohort of 664 patients as well as in data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). In the subset of HCC patients with erythrocytosis, we identified somatic mutations of mitochondrial DNA, resulting impairment of respiratory metabolism, which sequentially led to depletion of α-ketoglutarate, stabilization of hypoxia inducible factor-α and expression of target genes such as EPO...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
François Vromman, Stéphanie Perrinet, Lena Gehre, Agathe Subtil
Chlamydiae are Gram negative bacteria that develop exclusively inside eukaryotic host cells, within a membrane-bounded compartment. Members of the family Chlamydiaceae, such as Chlamydia trachomatis, are pathogenic species infecting vertebrates. They have a very reduced genome and exploit the capacities of their host for their own development, mainly through the secretion of proteins tailored to interfere with eukaryotic processes, called effector proteins. All Chlamydiaceae possess genes coding for four to five effectors that share a domain of unknown function (DUF582)...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Lize Cuypers, Guangdi Li, Christoph Neumann-Haefelin, Supinya Piampongsant, Pieter Libin, Kristel Van Laethem, Anne-Mieke Vandamme, Kristof Theys
Despite significant progress in hepatitis C (HCV) treatment, global viral eradication remains a challenge. An in-depth map of its genome diversity within the context of structural and immunological constraints could contribute to the design of pan-genotypic antivirals and preventive vaccines. For such analyses, extensive information is only available for the highly prevalent HCV genotypes (GT) 1a and 1b. Using 647 GT1a and 408 GT1b full-genome sequences obtained from the Los Alamos database, we found that respectively 3 per cent and 82 per cent of all codon positions are under positive and negative selective pressure, suggesting variation mainly accumulates due to random genetic drift...
July 2016: Virus Evolution
Zhao Li, Guanghui Hu, Xiangfeng Liu, Yao Zhou, Yu Li, Xu Zhang, Xiaohui Yuan, Qian Zhang, Deguang Yang, Tianyu Wang, Zhiwu Zhang
Originating in a tropical climate, maize has faced great challenges as cultivation has expanded to the majority of the world's temperate zones. In these zones, frost and cold temperatures are major factors that prevent maize from reaching its full yield potential. Among 30 elite maize inbred lines adapted to northern China, we identified two lines of extreme, but opposite, freezing tolerance levels-highly tolerant and highly sensitive. During the seedling stage of these two lines, we used RNA-seq to measure changes in maize whole genome transcriptome before and after freezing treatment...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Julieta Bonacina, Nadia Suárez, Ricardo Hormigo, Silvina Fadda, Marcus Lechner, Lucila Saavedra
The study of enterococcal genomes has grown considerably in recent years. While special attention is paid to comparative genomic analysis among clinical relevant isolates, in this study we performed an exhaustive comparative analysis of enterococcal genomes of food origin and/or with potential to be used as probiotics. Beyond common genetic features, we especially aimed to identify those that are specific to enterococcal strains isolated from a certain food-related source as well as features present in a species-specific manner...
October 23, 2016: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
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