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Recombinant DNA

Martin Poot
The highly complex structural genome variations chromothripsis, chromoanasynthesis, and chromoplexy are subsumed under the term chromoanagenesis, which means chromosome rebirth. Precipitated by numerous DNA double-strand breaks, they differ in number of and distances between breakpoints, associated copy number variations, order and orientation of segments, and flanking sequences at joining points. Results from patients with the autosomal dominant cancer susceptibility disorder Li-Fraumeni syndrome implicated somatic TP53 mutations in chromothripsis...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Tram T Nguyen, Eun-Mee Park, Yun-Sook Lim, Soon B Hwang
RAD51-associated protein 1 (RAD51AP1) is a member of the multiprotein complexes postulated to carry out RAD51-mediated homologous recombination and DNA repair in mammalian cells. In the present study, we showed that hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS5A directly bound RAD51AP1 and increased protein level of RAD51AP1 through modulation of the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway. We also demonstrated that RAD51AP1 protein levels were increased in the liver tissues of HCV-infected patients and NS5A transgenic mice. Importantly, NS5A impaired DNA repair by disrupting RAD51/RAD51AP1/UAF1 complex and rendered HCV-infected cells more sensitive to DNA damage...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Virology
Alexandro Rodríguez-Rojas, Javier Moreno-Morales, A James Mason, Jens Rolff
Cationic antimicrobial peptides are ubiquitous immune effectors of multicellular organisms. We previously reported, that in contrast to most of the classic antibiotics, cationic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) do not increase mutation rates in E. coli Here, we provide new evidence showing that AMPs do not stimulate or enhance bacterial DNA recombination in the surviving fractions. Recombination accelerates evolution of antibiotic resistance. Our findings have implications for our understanding of host-microbe interactions, the evolution of innate immune defences, and shed new light on the dynamic of antimicrobial-resistance evolution...
March 2018: Biology Letters
Stefano Lazzarano, Marek Kučka, João P L Castro, Ronald Naumann, Paloma Medina, Michael N C Fletcher, Rebecka Wombacher, Joost Gribnau, Tino Hochepied, Marc Van Montagu, Claude Libert, Yingguang Frank Chan
Discovering the genetic changes underlying species differences is a central goal in evolutionary genetics. However, hybrid crosses between species in mammals often suffer from hybrid sterility, greatly complicating genetic mapping of trait variation across species. Here, we describe a simple, robust, and transgene-free technique to generate "in vitro crosses" in hybrid mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells by inducing random mitotic cross-overs with the drug ML216, which inhibits the DNA helicase Bloom syndrome (BLM)...
March 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Emma S T Aller, Lea M Jagd, Daniel J Kliebenstein, Meike Burow
The theoretical ability of epigenetic variation to influence the heritable variation of complex traits is gaining traction in the study of adaptation. This theory posits that epigenetic marks can control adaptive phenotypes but the relative potential of epigenetic variation in comparison to genetic variation in these traits is not presently understood. To compare the potential of epigenetic and genetic variation in adaptive traits, we analyzed the influence of DNA methylation variation on the accumulation of chemical defense compounds glucosinolates from the order Brassicales...
March 21, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
G H Chen, H W Huang, Y Wang, H W Liu, L J Xu, X Ma, S L Xue, X F He, Y Wang, B Gu, C X Li, H Y Qiu, X W Tang, Z M Jin, M Miao, A N Sun, D P Wu
Objective: To study the specific killing effect of CD4 membrane protein targeted chimeric antigen receptor modified T (CAR-T) cell. Methods: The second generation CD4 targeted chimeric antigen receptor containing 4-1BB costimulation domain was insert into lentiviral vector through recombinant DNA technology. Lentivirus was prepared and packaged by 293T cells with four plasmids. Beads activated T cells were transduced with lentivirus and the transduction efficiency was checked with Protein L and flow cytometry...
February 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Jamie McCann, Tae-Soo Jang, Jiri Macas, Gerald M Schneeweiss, Nicholas J Matzke, Petr Novák, Tod F Stuessy, José L Villaseñor, Hanna Weiss-Schneeweiss
Allopolyploidy has played an important role in the evolution of the flowering plants. Genome mergers are often accompanied by significant and rapid alterations of genome size and structure via chromosomal rearrangements and altered dynamics of tandem and dispersed repetitive DNA families. Recent developments in sequencing technologies and bioinformatic methods allow for a comprehensive investigation of the repetitive component of plant genomes. Interpretation of evolutionary dynamics following allopolyploidization requires both the knowledge of parentage and the age of origin of an allopolyploid...
March 19, 2018: Systematic Biology
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
Xiao-Ming Wang, Yang Liu, Yu-Xia Fan, Zheng Liu, Qing-Ling Yuan, Meng Jia, Geng Zu-Shi, Ling Gu, Xiu-Bo Lu
Background LncRNA PTCSC3 is a tumor suppressor in thyroid cancer, and its role in drug resistance of anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) to chemotherapy drug doxorubicin was investigated in this study. Methods Expression of RNA and protein was analyzed by qRT-PCR and western blot, respectively. Flow cytometry was used to analyze the expression rate of CD133+ cells. The endogenous expression of related genes was modulated by recombinant plasmids and cell transfection. Combination condition and interaction between PTCSC3 and STAT3 were determined by RIP and RNA pull-down assay, respectively...
March 21, 2018: Cancer Biology & Therapy
Martine J Kallemeijn, François G Kavelaars, Michèle Y van der Klift, Ingrid L M Wolvers-Tettero, Peter J M Valk, Jacques J M van Dongen, Anton W Langerak
Immunological aging remodels the immune system at several levels. This has been documented in particular for the T-cell receptor (TCR)αβ+ T-cell compartment, showing reduced naive T-cell outputs and an accumulation of terminally differentiated clonally expanding effector T-cells, leading to increased proneness to autoimmunity and cancer development at older age. Even though TCRαβ+ and TCRγδ+ T-cells follow similar paths of development involving V(D)J-recombination of TCR genes in the thymus, TCRγδ+ T-cells tend to be more subjected to peripheral rather than central selection...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Charles M Denby, Rachel A Li, Van T Vu, Zak Costello, Weiyin Lin, Leanne Jade G Chan, Joseph Williams, Bryan Donaldson, Charles W Bamforth, Christopher J Petzold, Henrik V Scheller, Hector Garcia Martin, Jay D Keasling
Flowers of the hop plant provide both bitterness and "hoppy" flavor to beer. Hops are, however, both a water and energy intensive crop and vary considerably in essential oil content, making it challenging to achieve a consistent hoppy taste in beer. Here, we report that brewer's yeast can be engineered to biosynthesize aromatic monoterpene molecules that impart hoppy flavor to beer by incorporating recombinant DNA derived from yeast, mint, and basil. Whereas metabolic engineering of biosynthetic pathways is commonly enlisted to maximize product titers, tuning expression of pathway enzymes to affect target production levels of multiple commercially important metabolites without major collateral metabolic changes represents a unique challenge...
March 20, 2018: Nature Communications
Hua Yang, Wei Sha, Zhonghua Liu, Tianqi Tang, Haipeng Liu, Lianhua Qin, Zhenling Cui, Jianxia Chen, Feng Liu, Ruijuan Zheng, Xiaochen Huang, Jie Wang, Yonghong Feng, Baoxue Ge
Tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection remains a large global public health problem. One striking characteristic of Mtb is its ability to adapt to hypoxia and trigger the ensuing transition to a dormant state for persistent infection, but how the hypoxia response of Mtb is regulated remains largely unknown. Here we performed a quantitative acetylome analysis to compare the acetylation profile of Mtb under aeration and hypoxia, and showed that 377 acetylation sites in 269 Mtb proteins were significantly changed under hypoxia...
March 21, 2018: Emerging Microbes & Infections
Jean-Sélim Driouich, Souand Mohamed Ali, Abdennour Amroun, Fabien Aubry, Xavier de Lamballerie, Antoine Nougairède
Reverse genetics systems enable the manipulation of viral genomes and are proving to be essential for studying RNA viruses. Methods for generating clonal virus populations are particularly useful for studying the impact of genomic modifications on viral properties. Here, by exploiting a chikungunya virus model, we compare viral populations and their replicative fitness when generated using either the rapid and user-friendly PCR-based ISA (Infectious Subgenomic Amplicons) method or classical infectious clone technology...
March 21, 2018: Emerging Microbes & Infections
Hai Xu, Xi Bao, Yiwei Wang, Yue Xu, Bihua Deng, Yu Lu, Jibo Hou
BACKGROUND: DNA delivery with bacteriophage by surface-displayed mammalian cell penetrating peptides has been reported. Although, various phages have been used to facilitate DNA transfer by surface displaying the protein transduction domain of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 Tat protein (Tat peptide), no similar study has been conducted using T7 phage. METHODS: In this study, we engineeredT7 phage as a DNA targeting delivery vector to facilitate cellular internalization...
March 20, 2018: Virology Journal
Feng Su, Xin Chen, Xin Liu, Guanghui Liu, Yong Zhang
Bovine tuberculosis is a disease caused by Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis) that leads to great economic losses in cattle production. The discovery of a reasonable bioagent to reduce M. bovis infection risk and environment contamination becomes significant and urgent. Previous study reported that human β-defensin-3 (HBD3) participated in Mycobacterial immunity and was recognized as a suitable candidate reagent. However, its minimal inhibitory concentration to M. bovis is not yet reported. In this study, we first purified HBD3 protein by recombinant-DNA technology and prokaryotic expression system...
March 20, 2018: AMB Express
Siddhant Bhoir, Althaf Shaik, Vijay Thiruvenkatam, Sivapriya Kirubakaran
Human Tousled-like kinases (TLKs) are highly conserved serine/threonine protein kinases responsible for cell proliferation, DNA repair, and genome surveillance. Their possible involvement in cancer via efficient DNA repair mechanisms have made them clinically relevant molecular targets for anticancer therapy. Innovative approaches in chemical biology have played a key role in validating the importance of kinases as molecular targets. However, the detailed understanding of the protein structure and the mechanisms of protein-drug interaction through biochemical and biophysical techniques demands a method for the production of an active protein of exceptional stability and purity on a large scale...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Stephen J Holland, Lesley M Berghuis, Justin J King, Lakshminarayan M Iyer, Katarzyna Sikora, Heather Fifield, Sarah Peter, Emma M Quinlan, Fumiaki Sugahara, Prashant Shingate, Inês Trancoso, Norimasa Iwanami, Elena Temereva, Christine Strohmeier, Shigeru Kuratani, Byrappa Venkatesh, Guillaume Evanno, L Aravind, Michael Schorpp, Mani Larijani, Thomas Boehm
Cytidine deaminases of the AID/APOBEC family catalyze C-to-U nucleotide transitions in mRNA or DNA. Members of the APOBEC3 branch are involved in antiviral defense, whereas AID contributes to diversification of antibody repertoires in jawed vertebrates via somatic hypermutation, gene conversion, and class switch recombination. In the extant jawless vertebrate, the lamprey, two members of the AID/APOBEC family are implicated in the generation of somatic diversity of the variable lymphocyte receptors (VLRs). Expression studies linked CDA1 and CDA2 genes to the assembly of VLRA /C genes in T-like cells and the VLRB genes in B-like cells, respectively...
March 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Yan-Jiun Lee, Nan Dai, Shannon E Walsh, Stephanie Müller, Morgan E Fraser, Kathryn M Kauffman, Chudi Guan, Ivan R Corrêa, Peter R Weigele
Certain viruses of bacteria (bacteriophages) enzymatically hypermodify their DNA to protect their genetic material from host restriction endonuclease-mediated cleavage. Historically, it has been known that virion DNAs from the Delftia phage ΦW-14 and the Bacillus phage SP10 contain the hypermodified pyrimidines α-putrescinylthymidine and α-glutamylthymidine, respectively. These bases derive from the modification of 5-hydroxymethyl-2'-deoxyuridine (5-hmdU) in newly replicated phage DNA via a pyrophosphorylated intermediate...
March 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Arunkumar Krishnan, Lakshminarayan M Iyer, Stephen J Holland, Thomas Boehm, L Aravind
AID/APOBEC deaminases (AADs) convert cytidine to uridine in single-stranded nucleic acids. They are involved in numerous mutagenic processes, including those underpinning vertebrate innate and adaptive immunity. Using a multipronged sequence analysis strategy, we uncover several AADs across metazoa, dictyosteliida, and algae, including multiple previously unreported vertebrate clades, and versions from urochordates, nematodes, echinoderms, arthropods, lophotrochozoans, cnidarians, and porifera. Evolutionary analysis suggests a fundamental division of AADs early in metazoan evolution into secreted deaminases (SNADs) and classical AADs, followed by diversification into several clades driven by rapid-sequence evolution, gene loss, lineage-specific expansions, and lateral transfer to various algae...
March 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Isidoro Feliciello, Davor Zahradka, Ksenija Zahradka, Siniša Ivanković, Nikolina Puc, Damir Đermić
Double strand breaks (DSBs) in E. coli chromosome (such as those induced by gamma rays) are repaired by recombination repair, during which a certain amount of DNA gets degraded. We monitored DNA degradation in gamma-irradiated cells to assess processing of DSBs. DNA degradation in irradiated cells is regulated by RecA protein concentration and its affinity of ssDNA binding, as well as by exonucleases that trim 3'-terminated ss tails. Here we determined the effects of proteins that affect formation and stability of RecA nucleofilaments on DNA degradation and cell survival...
March 16, 2018: Biochimie
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