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Yamin Li, Tao Yang, Yingjie Yu, Nicola Shi, Liu Yang, Zachary Glass, Justin Bolinger, Isaac James Finkel, Wenhan Li, Qiaobing Xu
Protein based therapeutics with high specificities and low off-target effects are used for transient and accurate manipulation of cell functions. However, developing safe and efficient carriers for intracellular delivery of active therapeutic proteins is a long-standing challenge. Here we report a combinatorial library of chalcogen (O, S, Se) containing lipidoid nanoparticles (LNPs) as efficient nanocarriers for intracellular delivery of negatively supercharged Cre recombinase ((-30)GFP-Cre) and anionic Cas9:single-guide RNA (Cas9:sgRNA) ribonucleoprotein (RNP) for genome editing...
March 8, 2018: Biomaterials
E M Chudinova, E S Nadezhdina
Microtubules are components of eukaryotic cytoskeleton that are involved in the transport of various components from the nucleus to the cell periphery and back. They also act as a platform for assembly of complex molecular ensembles. Ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes, such as ribosomes and mRNPs, are transported over significant distances (e.g. to neuronal processes) along microtubules. The association of RNPs with microtubules and their transport along these structures are essential for compartmentalization of protein biosynthesis in cells...
January 2018: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
Attila Németh, Ingrid Grummt
The nucleolus is the largest nuclear sub-compartment in which the early steps of ribosome biogenesis take place. It also plays an essential role in the assembly and function of non-ribosomal ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes, controls cell cycle progression and senses environmental stress. The spatial organization and dynamics of nucleolar proteins and RNA is regulated at different structural levels, which finally determine nucleolar architecture. The intimate link between nucleolar structure and function is reflected by transcription-dependent changes in nucleolus-associated chromatin, overall morphological alterations in response to external cues, and the liquid droplet-like behavior of nucleolar compartments...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
Yeping Sun, Jing Li, George F Gao, Po Tien, Wenjun Liu
The Bunyavirales order is one of the largest groups of segmented negative-sense single-stranded RNA viruses, which includes many pathogenic strains that cause severe human diseases. The RNA segments of the bunyavirus genome are separately encapsidated by multiple copies of nucleoprotein (N), and both termini of each N-encapsidated genomic RNA segment bind to one copy of the viral L polymerase protein. The viral genomic RNA, N and L protein together form the ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complex that constitutes the molecular machinery for viral genome replication and transcription...
March 8, 2018: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
Shintaro Watanuki, Taku Kikuchi, Takaaki Toyama, Ryohei Abe, Hitomi Nakayama, Daiki Karigane, Takayuki Shimizu, Jun Kikuchi, Kotaro Matsumoto, Hidetaka Yasuoka, Masaharu Kataoka, Shinichiro Okamoto, Takehiko Mori
A 37-year-old woman was diagnosed with chronic phase chronic myeloid leukemia. Nilotinib treatment was initiated; however, it had to be discontinued due to an allergic reaction one month later, and dasatinib treatment was provided. Although favorable response was obtained, she started complaining of shortness of breath 7 months after initiating dasatinib treatment. Chest X-ray and echocardiography indicated pulmonary congestion and hypertension. Further, she was diagnosed with mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) based on Raynaud phenomenon, swollen fingers, sclerodactyly, pancytopenia, hypocomplementemia, and positive anti-U1-RNP antibody...
2018: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Domenico Paolo Emanuele Margiotta, Fabio Basta, Veronica Batani, Antonella Afeltra
BACKGROUND: The treatment of Lupus Nephritis (LN) is an unmet need in the management of patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). CASE PRESENTATION : We report two cases of women affected by Lupus Nephritis (LN) ISN/RNP Class IV with serological active disease, high disease activity and marked fatigue. In both cases, Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), as induction therapy, was poorly tolerated because of gastrointestinal toxicity. Belimumab, together with low-doses of MMF, was effective as induction treatment leading to early achievement of complete renal response in these two selected cases of LN...
March 7, 2018: BMC Nephrology
Chi-Ping Chan, Chun-Kit Yuen, Pak-Hin Hinson Cheung, Sin-Yee Fung, Pak-Yin Lui, Honglin Chen, Kin-Hang Kok, Dong-Yan Jin
PACT is a double-stranded RNA-binding protein that has been implicated in host-influenza A virus (IAV) interaction. PACT facilitates the action of RIG-I in the activation of the type I IFN response, which is suppressed by the viral nonstructural protein NS1. PACT is also known to interact with the IAV RNA polymerase subunit PA. Exactly how PACT exerts its antiviral activity during IAV infection remains to be elucidated. In the current study, we demonstrated the interplay between PACT and IAV polymerase. Induction of IFN-β by the IAV RNP complex was most robust when both RIG-I and PACT were expressed...
March 7, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Esteban D Erben
From synthesis to decay, mRNA associates with RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) establishing dynamic ribonucleoprotein particles (RNPs). Understanding the composition and function of RNPs is fundamental to understanding how eukaryotic mRNAs are controlled. This is especially relevant for trypanosomes and related kinetoplastid parasites, which mostly rely on post-transcriptional mechanisms to control gene expression. Crucial for trypanosome differentiation, development, or even response to heat shock, RBPs are known to be essential modulators of diverse molecular processes...
February 2018: Current Genomics
Lorenzo I Finci, Xiaofeng Zhang, Xiuliang Huang, Qiang Zhou, Jennifer Tsai, Teng Teng, Anant Agrawal, Betty Chan, Sean Irwin, Craig Karr, Andrew Cook, Ping Zhu, Dominic Reynolds, Peter G Smith, Peter Fekkes, Silvia Buonamici, Nicholas A Larsen
Somatic mutations in spliceosome proteins lead to dysregulated RNA splicing and are observed in a variety of cancers. These genetic aberrations may offer a potential intervention point for targeted therapeutics. SF3B1, part of the U2 small nuclear RNP (snRNP), is targeted by splicing modulators, including E7107, the first to enter clinical trials, and, more recently, H3B-8800. Modulating splicing represents a first-in-class opportunity in drug discovery, and elucidating the structural basis for the mode of action opens up new possibilities for structure-based drug design...
February 1, 2018: Genes & Development
Briana Van Treeck, David S W Protter, Tyler Matheny, Anthony Khong, Christopher D Link, Roy Parker
Stress granules are higher order assemblies of nontranslating mRNAs and proteins that form when translation initiation is inhibited. Stress granules are thought to form by protein-protein interactions of RNA-binding proteins. We demonstrate RNA homopolymers or purified cellular RNA forms assemblies in vitro analogous to stress granules. Remarkably, under conditions representative of an intracellular stress response, the mRNAs enriched in assemblies from total yeast RNA largely recapitulate the stress granule transcriptome...
February 26, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Ashraf Abugroun, Osama Hallak, Fatima Ahmed, Safwan Gaznabi
Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) is a distinct entity of connective tissue disorders characterized by overlapping clinical features of various autoimmune diseases along with the presence of antibodies to ribonucleoprotein (anti-RNP). The prevalence of cardiac involvement in MCTD varies from 13% to 65% and accounts for approximately 20% of MCTD related mortality. In this case, we describe an elderly female patient with multiple complaints without a clear etiology on presentation. Echocardiogram revealed severe rapidly accumulating pericardial effusion causing tamponade necessitating pericardial window...
February 2018: Cardiology Research
Jasmine Rana, Andrea Primiani Moy, Adriano Piris, Gideon P Smith
A 28-year-old man with clinically and laboratory diagnosed anti-PL-12 anti-synthetase syndrome (AS) in 2009 developed cutaneous lupus lesions, discoid lupus lesions, and sclerodacytly with finger-tip ulcerations four years following his AS diagnosis. Laboratory tests including +ANA, +anti-dsDNA antibody, +anti-Smith antibody, and +anti-RNP antibody in 2014 confirmed the diagnosis of progression to an overlap syndrome including systemic lupus erythematosus. The patient now also has clinical findings (sclerodacytly, Raynaud phenomenon, finger-tip ulcerations) consistent with scleroderma overlap...
September 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
Christine E Beattie, Stephen J Kolb
Spinal muscular atrophy is caused by deletions or mutations in the SMN1 gene that result in reduced expression of the SMN protein. The SMN protein is an essential molecular chaperone that is required for the biogenesis of multiple ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes including spliceosomal small nuclear RNPs (snRNPs). Reductions in SMN expression result in a reduced abundance of snRNPs and to downstream RNA splicing alterations. SMN is also present in axons and dendrites and appears to have important roles in the formation of neuronal mRNA-protein complexes during development or neuronal repair...
February 17, 2018: Brain Research
A Fedrigo, T A F G Dos Santos, R Nisihara, T Skare
Background Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) may form clusters with clinical manifestations and autoantibodies. Objective The objective of this report is to study whether SLE patients with positive rheumatoid factor (RF) have a special clinical and/or serological profile. Methods A retrospective study of 467 SLE patients seen at a single rheumatology unit was conducted. Epidemiological data (age, gender, age at disease onset, ethnic background and tobacco use), clinical data (malar rash, photosensitivity, oral ulcers, discoid lesions, serositis, glomerulonephritis, convulsions, psychosis, hemolytic anemia, leukopenia, lymphocytopenia, arthritis and hypothyroidism) and serological profile (anti-dsDNA, anti-Ro/SS-A, anti-La/SS-B, anti-RNP, anti-Sm, IgG aCL, IgM aCL, lupus anticoagulant, direct Coombs and RF) were collected...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Janine K Flores, Sandro F Ataide
The structural flexibility of RNA allows it to exist in several shapes and sizes. Thus, RNA is functionally diverse and is known to be involved in processes such as catalysis, ligand binding, and most importantly, protein recognition. RNA can adopt different structures, which can often dictate its functionality. When RNA binds onto protein to form a ribonucleoprotein complex (RNP), multiple interactions and conformational changes occur with the RNA and protein. However, there is the question of whether there is a specific pattern for these changes to occur upon recognition...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
Kelsey P Ringer, Mark G Roth, Mitchell S Garey, Ted B Piorczynski, Arminda Suli, Jason M Hansen, Jonathan K Alder
CRISPR-Cas technology has revolutionized genome engineering. While Cas9 was not the first programmable endonuclease identified, its simplicity of use has driven widespread adoption in a short period of time. While CRISPR-Cas genome editing holds enormous potential for clinical applications, its use in laboratory settings for genotype-phenotype studies and genome-wide screens has led to breakthroughs in the understanding of many molecular pathways. Numerous protocols have been described for introducing CRISPR-Cas components into cells, and here we sought to simplify and optimize a protocol for genome editing using readily available and inexpensive tools...
February 19, 2018: Cell Biology International
Mariya M Kucherenko, Halyna R Shcherbata
Stress can be temporary or chronic, and mild or acute. Depending on its extent and severity, cells either alter their metabolism, and adopt a new state, or die. Fluctuations in environmental conditions occur frequently, and such stress disturbs cellular homeostasis, but in general, stresses are reversible and last only a short time. There is increasing evidence that regulation of gene expression in response to temporal stress happens post-transcriptionally in specialized subcellular membrane-less compartments called ribonucleoprotein (RNP) granules...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Cell Science
Akiko Seki, Sascha Rutz
CRISPR (clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeats)/Cas9 (CRISPR-associated protein 9) has become the tool of choice for generating gene knockouts across a variety of species. The ability for efficient gene editing in primary T cells not only represents a valuable research tool to study gene function but also holds great promise for T cell-based immunotherapies, such as next-generation chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells. Previous attempts to apply CRIPSR/Cas9 for gene editing in primary T cells have resulted in highly variable knockout efficiency and required T cell receptor (TCR) stimulation, thus largely precluding the study of genes involved in T cell activation or differentiation...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Experimental Medicine
David S W Protter, Bhalchandra S Rao, Briana Van Treeck, Yuan Lin, Laura Mizoue, Michael K Rosen, Roy Parker
Eukaryotic cells contain large RNA-protein assemblies referred to as RNP granules, whose assembly is promoted by both traditional protein interactions and intrinsically disordered protein domains. Using RNP granules as an example, we provide evidence for an assembly mechanism of large cellular structures wherein specific protein-protein or protein-RNA interactions act together with promiscuous interactions of intrinsically disordered regions (IDRs). This synergistic assembly mechanism illuminates RNP granule assembly and explains why many components of RNP granules, and other large dynamic assemblies, contain IDRs linked to specific protein-protein or protein-RNA interaction modules...
February 6, 2018: Cell Reports
Tetsushi Sakuma, Keiji Mochida, Shota Nakade, Toru Ezure, Sachi Minagawa, Takashi Yamamoto
Single-cell cloning is an essential technique for establishing genome-edited cell clones mediated by programmable nucleases such as CRISPR-Cas9. However, residual genome-editing activity after single-cell cloning may cause heterogeneity in the clonal cells. Previous studies showed efficient mutagenesis and rapid degradation of CRISPR-Cas9 components in cultured cells by introducing Cas9 ribonucleoproteins (RNPs). In this study, we investigated how the timing for single-cell cloning of Cas9 RNP-transfected cells affected the heterogeneity of the resultant clones...
February 9, 2018: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
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