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Kathrin Theil, Margareta Herzog, Nikolaus Rajewsky
In mRNA sequences, 3' UTRs are thought to contain most elements that specifically regulate localization, turnover, and translation. Although high-throughput experiments indicate that many RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) also bind 5' UTRs, much less is known about specific post-transcriptional control exerted by 5' UTRs. GLD-1 is a conserved RBP and a translational repressor with essential roles in Caenorhabditis elegans germ cell development. Previously, we showed that GLD-1 binds highly conserved sites in both 3' and 5' UTRs...
March 20, 2018: Cell Reports
Mansoureh Haghighi, Hossein Khanahmad, Abbasali Palizban
The B-lymphocyte antigen (CD20) is a suitable target for single-stranded (ss) nucleic acid oligomer (aptamers). The aim of study was selection and characterization of a ssDNA aptamer against CD20 using Cell-Systematic Evolution of Ligands by Exponential Enrichment (Cell-SELEX). The cDNA clone of CD20 (pcDNA-CD20) was transfected to human embryonic kidney (HEK293T) cells. Ten rounds of Cell-SELEX was performed on recombinant HEK-CD20 cells. The final eluted ssDNA pool was amplified and ligated in T/A vector for cloning...
March 21, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Dong-Min Kim, Dong Ho Kim, Woong Jung, Kye Young Lee, Dong-Eun Kim
Mutations in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) are known as biomarkers that cause non-small cell lung cancer. Particularly, approximately 45% of non-small cell lung cancer patients possess a deletion in exon 19 of the EGFR gene. A less invasive method for detecting the EGFR mutation is required; thus, we developed a simple polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based method for detecting EGFR exon 19 deletion by using a quencher-free fluorescent probe DNA and graphene oxide (GO). In the presence of the exon 19 deletion mutation, the fluorophore-labeled DNA probe was designed to be fully complementary to the mutant sequences...
March 21, 2018: Analyst
Tenpei Akita, Kazushi Aoto, Mitsuhiro Kato, Masaaki Shiina, Hiroki Mutoh, Mitsuko Nakashima, Ichiro Kuki, Shin Okazaki, Shinichi Magara, Takashi Shiihara, Kenji Yokochi, Kaori Aiba, Jun Tohyama, Chihiro Ohba, Satoko Miyatake, Noriko Miyake, Kazuhiro Ogata, Atsuo Fukuda, Naomichi Matsumoto, Hirotomo Saitsu
Objective: α ( CAMK2A ) and β ( CAMK2B ) isoforms of Calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) play a pivotal role in neuronal plasticity and in learning and memory processes in the brain. Here, we explore the possible involvement of α - and β -CaMKII variants in neurodevelopmental disorders. Methods: Whole-exome sequencing was performed for 976 individuals with intellectual disability, developmental delay, and epilepsy. The effect of CAMK2A and CAMK2B variants on CaMKII structure and firing of neurons was evaluated by computational structural analysis, immunoblotting, and electrophysiological analysis...
March 2018: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
David M Barris, Shoshana B Weiner, Robert A Dubin, Michael Fremed, Xusheng Zhang, Sajida Piperdi, Wendong Zhang, Shahina Maqbool, Jonathan Gill, Michael Roth, Bang Hoang, David Geller, Richard Gorlick, Daniel A Weiser
Identification and quantification of somatic alterations in plasma-derived, circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) is gaining traction as a non-invasive and cost effective method of disease monitoring in cancer patients, particularly to evaluate response to treatment and monitor for disease recurrence. To our knowledge, genetic analysis of ctDNA in osteosarcoma has not yet been studied. To determine whether somatic alterations can be detected in ctDNA and perhaps applied to patient management in this disease, we collected germline, tumor, and serial plasma samples from pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients with osteosarcoma and used targeted Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to identify somatic single nucleotide variants (SNV), insertions and deletions (INDELS), and structural variants (SV) in 7 genes commonly mutated in osteosarcoma...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Amit A Upadhyay, Robert C Kauffman, Amber N Wolabaugh, Alice Cho, Nirav B Patel, Samantha M Reiss, Colin Havenar-Daughton, Reem A Dawoud, Gregory K Tharp, Iñaki Sanz, Bali Pulendran, Shane Crotty, F Eun-Hyung Lee, Jens Wrammert, Steven E Bosinger
B cells play a critical role in the immune response by producing antibodies, which display remarkable diversity. Here we describe a bioinformatic pipeline, BALDR (BCR Assignment of Lineage using De novo Reconstruction) that accurately reconstructs the paired heavy and light chain immunoglobulin gene sequences from Illumina single-cell RNA-seq data. BALDR was accurate for clonotype identification in human and rhesus macaque influenza vaccine and simian immunodeficiency virus vaccine induced vaccine-induced plasmablasts and naïve and antigen-specific memory B cells...
March 20, 2018: Genome Medicine
Thaís B Alves, Tatiana M Souza-Moreira, Sandro R Valentini, Cleslei F Zanelli, Maysa Furlan
Triterpenes are interesting compounds because they play an important role in cell homeostasis and a wide variety exhibiting defense functions is produced by plant secondary metabolism. Those same plant secondary metabolites also exhibit biological properties with promising therapeutic potential as anti-inflammatory and antitumor agents. Friedelin is a triterpene ketone with anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective activities and it is a precursor of relevant antitumor quinonemethides. Although many triterpene synthases have been described, only two friedelin synthases were characterized and there is no information about their genomic features and alleles...
March 20, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Li Bao, Zhaoyang Qian, Maria B Lyng, Ling Wang, Yuan Yu, Ting Wang, Xiuqing Zhang, Huanming Yang, Nils Brünner, Jun Wang, Henrik J Ditzel
Single cancer cell sequencing studies currently use randomly-selected cells, limiting correlations between genomic aberrations, morphology and spatial localization. We laser-captured microdissected single cells from morphologically-distinct areas of primary breast cancer and corresponding lymph node metastasis and performed whole-exome or deep-target sequencing of greater than 100 such cells. Two major subclones co-existed in different areas of the primary tumor, and the lymph node metastasis originated from a minor subclone in the invasive front of the primary tumor with additional copy number changes including 8q gain, but no additional point mutations in driver genes...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Chun-Mei Wang, Xue-Lu Yang, Ming-Hui Liu, Bao-Hua Cheng, Jing Chen, Bo Bai
miRNAs regulate a variety of biological processes through pairing-based regulation of gene expression at the 3' end of the noncoding region of the target miRNA. miRNAs were found to be abnormally expressed in ischemia/reperfusion injury models. High-throughput sequencing is a recently developed method for sequencing miRNAs and has been widely used in the analysis of miRNAs. In this study, ischemia/reperfusion injury models were intracerebroventricularly injected with 50 μg/kg apelin-13. High-throughput sequencing showed that 357 known miRNAs were differentially expressed among rat models, among which 78 changed to > 2-fold or < 0...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Daisuke Kobayashi, Katsunori Murota, Ryosuke Fujita, Kentaro Itokawa, Akira Kotaki, Meng Ling Moi, Hiroko Ejiri, Yoshihide Maekawa, Kohei Ogawa, Yoshio Tsuda, Toshinori Sasaki, Mutsuo Kobayashi, Tomohiko Takasaki, Haruhiko Isawa, Kyoko Sawabe
In 2014 in Japan, 162 autochthonous dengue cases were reported for the first time in nearly 70 years. Here, we report the results of the detection and isolation of dengue virus (DENV) from mosquitoes collected in Tokyo Metropolis in 2014 and 2015. The phylogenetic relationship among DENV isolates from mosquitoes and from patients based on both the entire envelope gene and whole coding sequences was evaluated. Herein, 2,298 female and 956 male Aedes albopictus mosquitoes were collected at six suspected locations of DENV infection in Tokyo Metropolis from August to October in 2014 and grouped into 124 and 35 pools, respectively, for viral genome detection and DENV isolation...
March 19, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Keunsub Lee, Kan Wang
During the last decade, small noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) have emerged as essential post-transcriptional regulators in bacteria. Nearly all important physiological and stress responses are modulated by ncRNA regulators, such as riboswitches, trans-acting small RNAs (sRNAs), and cis-antisense RNAs. Recently, three RNA-seq studies identified a total of 1534 candidate ncRNAs from Agrobacterium tumefaciens, a pathogen and biotechnology tool for plants. Only a few ncRNAs have been functionally characterized in A. tumefaciens, and some of them appear to be involved in virulence...
March 20, 2018: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Rui Dou, Lili Zhang, Tingxia Lu, Dong Liu, Fang Mei, Jian Huang, Linxue Qian
HRas proto-oncogene ( HRAS ) is one of the most commonly mutated genes in thyroid cancer, with mutations frequently occurring in the follicular and Hurthle cell subtypes. However, the contribution of mutations in HRAS to papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) progression and the tall-cell variant (TCV) is poorly understood. The aim of the present study was to investigate the somatic genetic variants present in HRAS in patients with PTC, and to investigate the association of these mutations with PTC. The present study is a retrospective case-control study using tumor samples collected from 139 patients with PTC and blood samples from 195 healthy individuals...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Charlene M Sibbons, Nicola A Irvine, J Eduardo Pérez-Mojica, Philip C Calder, Karen A Lillycrop, Barbara A Fielding, Graham C Burdge
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are important for immune function. Limited evidence indicates that immune cell activation involves endogenous PUFA synthesis, but this has not been characterised. To address this, we measured metabolism of 18:3n-3 in quiescent and activated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), and in Jurkat T cell leukaemia. PBMCs from men and women ( n  = 34) were incubated with [1-13 C]18:3n-3 with or without Concanavalin A (Con. A). 18:3n-3 conversion was undetectable in unstimulated PBMCs, but up-regulated when stimulated...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Caroline L Furness, Marcela B Mansur, Victoria J Weston, Luca Ermini, Frederik W van Delft, Sarah Jenkinson, Rosemary Gale, Christine J Harrison, Maria S Pombo-de-Oliveira, Marta Sanchez-Martin, Adolfo A Ferrando, Pamela Kearns, Ian Titley, Anthony M Ford, Nicola E Potter, Mel Greaves
Single-cell genetics were used to interrogate clonal complexity and the sequence of mutational events in STIL-TAL1+ T-ALL. Single-cell multicolour FISH was used to demonstrate that the earliest detectable leukaemia subclone contained the STIL-TAL1 fusion and copy number loss of 9p21.3 (CDKN2A/CDKN2B locus), with other copy number alterations including loss of PTEN occurring as secondary subclonal events. In three cases, multiplex qPCR and phylogenetic analysis were used to produce branching evolutionary trees recapitulating the snapshot history of T-ALL evolution in this leukaemia subtype, which confirmed that mutations in key T-ALL drivers, including NOTCH1 and PTEN, were subclonal and reiterative in distinct subclones...
March 20, 2018: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Isabelle Bergiers, Tallulah Andrews, Özge Vargel Bölükbaşı, Andreas Buness, Ewa Janosz, Natalia Lopez-Anguita, Kerstin Ganter, Kinga Kosim, Cemre Celen, Gülce Itır Perçin, Paul Collier, Bianka Baying, Vladimir Benes, Martin Hemberg, Christophe Lancrin
Recent advances in single-cell transcriptomics techniques have opened the door to the study of gene regulatory networks (GRNs) at the single-cell level. Here, we studied the GRNs controlling the emergence of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells from mouse embryonic endothelium using a combination of single-cell transcriptome assays. We found that a heptad of transcription factors (Runx1, Gata2, Tal1, Fli1, Lyl1, Erg and Lmo2) is specifically co-expressed in an intermediate population expressing both endothelial and hematopoietic markers...
March 20, 2018: ELife
Kumiko Nakada-Tsukui, Tsuyoshi Sekizuka, Emi Sato-Ebine, Aleyla Escueta-de Cadiz, Dar-der Ji, Kentaro Tomii, Makoto Kuroda, Tomoyoshi Nozaki
The disease state of amebiasis, caused by Entamoeba histolytica, varies from asymptomatic to severe manifestations that include dysentery and extraintestinal abscesses. The virulence factors of the pathogen, and host defense mechanisms, contribute to the outcomes of infection; however, the underlying genetic factors, which affect clinical outcomes, remain to be fully elucidated. To identify these genetic factors in E. histolytica, we used Illumina next-generation sequencing to conduct a comparative genomic analysis of two clinical isolates obtained from diarrheal and asymptomatic patients (strains KU50 and KU27, respectively)...
March 19, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Matthew M Crane, Matt Kaeberlein
Aging is a fundamental aspect of life, yet also one of the most confounding. In individual cells, aging results in a progressive decline which affects all organelles and reduces a cell's ability to maintain homeostasis. Because of the interconnected nature of cellular systems, the failure of even a single organelle can have cascading effects. We are just beginning to understand the dramatic physiological changes that occur during aging. Because most aging research has focused on population dynamics, or differences between wild-type and mutant populations, single-cell behavior has been largely overlooked...
April 2018: Current Opinion in Systems Biology
Simona Patange, Michelle Girvan, Daniel R Larson
Gene expression varies across cells in a population or a tissue. This heterogeneity has come into sharp focus in recent years through developments in new imaging and sequencing technologies. However, our ability to measure variation has outpaced our ability to interpret it. Much of the variability may arise from random effects occurring in the processes of gene expression (transcription, RNA processing and decay, translation). The molecular basis of these effects is largely unknown. Likewise, a functional role of this variability in growth, differentiation and disease has only been elucidated in a few cases...
April 2018: Current Opinion in Systems Biology
Andrew S Fister, Lena Landherr, Siela N Maximova, Mark J Guiltinan
Theobroma cacao , the source of cocoa, suffers significant losses to a variety of pathogens resulting in reduced incomes for millions of farmers in developing countries. Development of disease resistant cacao varieties is an essential strategy to combat this threat, but is limited by sources of genetic resistance and the slow generation time of this tropical tree crop. In this study, we present the first application of genome editing technology in cacao, using Agrobacterium-mediated transient transformation to introduce CRISPR/Cas9 components into cacao leaves and cotyledon cells...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Daniel Pensold, Geraldine Zimmer
The correct establishment of inhibitory circuits is crucial for cortical functionality and defects during the development of γ-aminobutyric acid-expressing cortical interneurons contribute to the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders. A critical developmental step is the migration of cortical interneurons from their site of origin within the subpallium to the cerebral cortex, orchestrated by intrinsic and extrinsic signals. In addition to genetic networks, epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation by DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) are suggested to drive stage-specific gene expression underlying developmental processes...
2018: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
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