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Sellappan Selvaraju, Sivashanmugam Parthipan, Lakshminarayana Somashekar, B Krishnan Binsila, Atul P Kolte, Arunachalam Arangasamy, Janivara Parameshwaraiah Ravindra, Stephen A Krawetz
With artificial insemination (AI) and other precision dependent assisted reproductive technologies (ART) being followed in large scale in human and animal reproduction, assessing semen quality and fertilizability is under continuous scrutiny. Various tests have been developed to predict semen quality, but so far no single, highly reliable test is available. In this regard, transcriptomic profiling of spermatozoa assumes significance as it carries the information about spermatogenesis, sperm function, and paternal roles in post-fertilization events...
March 14, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Yuhan Zhang, Weiwei Liu, Ronghong Li, Jiaqi Gu, Ping Wu, Chao Peng, Jinbiao Ma, Ligang Wu, Yang Yu, Ying Huang
The Tudor domain-containing (Tdrd) family proteins play a critical role in transposon silencing in animal gonads by recognizing the symmetrically dimethylated arginine (sDMA) on the (G/A)R motif of the N-terminal of PIWI family proteins via the eTud domains. Papi, also known as "Tdrd2," is involved in Zucchini-mediated PIWI-interacting RNA (piRNA) 3'-end maturation. Intriguingly, a recent study showed that, in papi mutant flies, only Piwi-bound piRNAs increased in length, and not Ago3-bound or Aub-bound piRNAs...
March 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Huizhen Wang, Bo Wang, Jinxiang Liu, Aoyun Li, He Zhu, XuBo Wang, Quanqi Zhang
As constituent factors of Piwi-interacting RNA (piRNA) pathways, Piwi proteins are essential for germline maintenance and gonadal development. Previous studies show that Piwi-piRNA pathways could be regulated by hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis, however, related studies have not been reported in marine species. Here we reported the identification of turbot (Scophthalmus maximus) piwil1 gene, which was abundantly expressed in testis and ovary in a tissue-specific manner. Phylogenetic and genomic structure analyses revealed that piwil1 was conserved in its sequence and function during vertebrate evolution...
March 7, 2018: Gene
Jyoti Roy, Bibekanand Mallick
Remarkable attempts have been exercised in recent years using high-throughput technologies to identify and decipher the functions of piRNAs in various abnormalities like cancer. However, piRNAs in the oncogenesis of neuroblastoma (NB) has not been reported yet even after their illustrated roles in neurological processes. Therefore, we investigated the piRNA transcriptome in IMR-32 and SH-SY-5Y NB cell lines by employing high-throughput next-generation sequencing after confirming the expression of three associated PIWILs both at mRNAs and protein level by qRT-PCR and immunofluroscence respectively...
March 8, 2018: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
Macarena Guijo, María Ceballos-Chávez, Elena Gómez-Marín, Laura Basurto-Cayuela, José C Reyes
Tudor domain containing protein 9 (TDRD9) is a RNA helicase normally expressed in the germline, where it is involved in the biosynthesis of PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs). Here, we show that TDRD9 is highly expressed in a subset of non-small cell lung carcinomas and derived cell lines by hypomethylation of its CpG island. Furthermore, TDRD9 expression is associated with poor prognosis in lung adenocarcinoma. We find that downregulation of TDRD9 expression in TDRD9-positive cell lines causes a decrease in cell proliferation, S-phase cell cycle arrest, and apoptosis...
February 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Mercedes Rubio, Mariona Bustamante, Carles Hernandez-Ferrer, Dietmar Fernandez-Orth, Lorena Pantano, Yaris Sarria, Maria Piqué-Borras, Kilian Vellve, Silvia Agramunt, Ramon Carreras, Xavier Estivill, Juan R Gonzalez, Alfredo Mayor
Circulating small RNAs, including miRNAs but also isomiRs and other RNA species, have the potential to be used as non-invasive biomarkers for communicable and non-communicable diseases. This study aims to characterize and compare small RNA profiles in human biofluids. For this purpose, RNA was extracted from plasma and breast milk samples from 15 healthy postpartum mothers. Small RNA libraries were prepared with the NEBNext® small RNA library preparation kit and sequenced in an Illumina HiSeq2000 platform...
2018: PloS One
Shuyuan Shen, Hai Yu, Xiaobai Liu, Yunhui Liu, Jian Zheng, Ping Wang, Wei Gong, Jiajia Chen, Lini Zhao, Yixue Xue
The blood-tumor barrier (BTB) restricts the efficient delivery of anti-glioma drugs to cranial glioma tissues. Increased BTB permeability may allow greater delivery of the therapeutic agents. Increasing evidence has revealed that PIWI proteins and PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) play an important role in tumor progression. However, whether PIWI proteins and piRNAs regulate BTB permeability remains unclear. In the present study, we demonstrated that the PIWIL1/piRNA-DQ593109 (piR-DQ593109) complex was the predominant regulator of BTB permeability...
March 2, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Kazumichi M Nishida, Kazuhiro Sakakibara, Yuka W Iwasaki, Hiromi Yamada, Ryo Murakami, Yukiko Murota, Takeshi Kawamura, Tatsuhiko Kodama, Haruhiko Siomi, Mikiko C Siomi
PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) are small regulatory RNAs that bind to PIWI proteins to control transposons and maintain genome integrity in animal germ lines. piRNA 3' end formation in the silkworm Bombyx mori has been shown to be mediated by the 3'-to-5' exonuclease Trimmer (Trim; known as PNLDC1 in mammals), and piRNA intermediates are bound with PIWI anchored onto mitochondrial Tudor domain protein Papi. However, it remains unclear whether the Zucchini (Zuc) endonuclease and Nibbler (Nbr) 3'-to-5' exonuclease, both of which have pivotal roles in piRNA biogenesis in Drosophila, are required for piRNA processing in other species...
February 28, 2018: Nature
Michael K Skinner, Millissia Ben Maamar, Ingrid Sadler-Riggleman, Daniel Beck, Eric Nilsson, Margaux McBirney, Rachel Klukovich, Yeming Xie, Chong Tang, Wei Yan
BACKGROUND: Environmental toxicants such as DDT have been shown to induce the epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of disease (e.g., obesity) through the germline. The current study was designed to investigate the DDT-induced concurrent alterations of a number of different epigenetic processes including DNA methylation, non-coding RNA (ncRNA) and histone retention in sperm. METHODS: Gestating females were exposed transiently to DDT during fetal gonadal development, and then, the directly exposed F1 generation, the directly exposed germline F2 generation and the transgenerational F3 generation sperm were investigated...
February 27, 2018: Epigenetics & Chromatin
Zhiqian Li, Lang You, Dong Yan, Anthony A James, Yongping Huang, Anjiang Tan
Sex determination is a hierarchically-regulated process with high diversity in different organisms including insects. The W chromosome-derived Fem piRNA has been identified as the primary sex determination factor in the lepidopteran insect, Bombyx mori, revealing a distinctive piRNA-mediated sex determination pathway. However, the comprehensive mechanism of silkworm sex determination is still poorly understood. We show here that the silkworm PIWI protein BmSiwi, but not BmAgo3, is essential for silkworm sex determination...
February 23, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Xiaobai Liu, Jian Zheng, Yixue Xue, Hai Yu, Wei Gong, Ping Wang, Zhen Li, Yunhui Liu
Rationale: PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs), a class of newly discovered small RNA molecules that function by binding to the Argonaute protein family (i.e., the PIWIL protein subfamily), and long noncoding RNAs (lncRNA) are implicated in several cancers. However, the detailed roles of ncRNAs in glioma remain unclear. Methods: The expression of PIWIL3, piR-30188, OIP5-AS1, miR-367, CEBPA and TRAF4 were measured in glioma tissues and cells. The role of PIWIL3/OIP5-AS1/miR-367-3p/CEBPA feedback loop was evaluated in cell and animal models...
2018: Theranostics
Margus Varjak, Isabelle Dietrich, Vattipally B Sreenu, Bethan Eluned Till, Andres Merits, Alain Kohl, Esther Schnettler
Mosquitoes transmit several human- and animal-pathogenic alphaviruses ( Togaviridae family). In alphavirus-infected mosquito cells two different types of virus-specific small RNAs are produced as part of the RNA interference response: short-interfering (si)RNAs and PIWI-interacting (pi)RNAs. The siRNA pathway is generally thought to be the main antiviral pathway. Although an antiviral activity has been suggested for the piRNA pathway its role in host defences is not clear. Knock down of key proteins of the piRNA pathway (Ago3 and Piwi5) in Aedes aegypti -derived cells reduced the production of alphavirus chikungunya virus (CHIKV)-specific piRNAs but had no effect on virus replication...
February 18, 2018: Viruses
Congcong Cao, Yujiao Wen, Xiaoli Wang, Na Fang, Shuiqiao Yuan, Xunbin Huang
PURPOSE: PIWI-interacting RNA (piRNA) is a sub-group of small RNAs about 30 nucleotides length which specifically expressed in mammalian germ cells. Although piRNAs play pivotal roles in spermatogenesis regulation, little is known in the testicular tissues of infertile men. To explore whether piRNA profile could serve as a biomarker for male infertility diagnosis in a clinic, in this study, we systematically investigated the expression profile of piRNAs in testicular tissues from the patients with non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) between successful and unsuccessful sperm retrieval before micro-dissection testicular sperm extraction (micro-TESE)...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Alfred W Bronkhorst, René F Ketting
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February 19, 2018: EMBO Reports
Wen Tang, Meetu Seth, Shikui Tu, En-Zhi Shen, Qian Li, Masaki Shirayama, Zhiping Weng, Craig C Mello
In metazoans, Piwi-related Argonaute proteins engage piRNAs (Piwi-interacting small RNAs) to defend the genome against invasive nucleic acids, such as transposable elements. Yet many organisms-including worms and humans-express thousands of piRNAs that do not target transposons, suggesting that piRNA function extends beyond genome defense. Here, we show that the X chromosome-derived piRNA 21ux-1 downregulates XOL-1 (XO Lethal), a master regulator of X chromosome dosage compensation and sex determination in Caenorhabditis elegans...
February 13, 2018: Developmental Cell
Meetu Seth, Masaki Shirayama, Wen Tang, En-Zhi Shen, Shikui Tu, Heng-Chi Lee, Zhiping Weng, Craig C Mello
Protein-coding genes undergo a wide array of regulatory interactions with factors that engage non-coding regions. Open reading frames (ORFs), in contrast, are thought to be constrained by coding function, precluding a major role in gene regulation. Here, we explore Piwi-interacting (pi)RNA-mediated transgene silencing in C. elegans and show that marked differences in the sensitivity to piRNA silencing map to the endogenous sequences within transgene ORFs. Artificially increasing piRNA targeting within the ORF of a resistant transgene can lead to a partial yet stable reduction in expression, revealing that piRNAs not only silence but can also "tune" gene expression...
February 14, 2018: Cell Reports
En-Zhi Shen, Hao Chen, Ahmet R Ozturk, Shikui Tu, Masaki Shirayama, Wen Tang, Yue-He Ding, Si-Yuan Dai, Zhiping Weng, Craig C Mello
piRNAs (Piwi-interacting small RNAs) engage Piwi Argonautes to silence transposons and promote fertility in animal germlines. Genetic and computational studies have suggested that C. elegans piRNAs tolerate mismatched pairing and in principle could target every transcript. Here we employ in vivo cross-linking to identify transcriptome-wide interactions between piRNAs and target RNAs. We show that piRNAs engage all germline mRNAs and that piRNA binding follows microRNA-like pairing rules. Targeting correlates better with binding energy than with piRNA abundance, suggesting that piRNA concentration does not limit targeting...
February 10, 2018: Cell
Lucile Fressigné, Martin J Simard
In recent years, the discovery of small non-coding RNAs has opened an all new field in molecular biology. Indeed, these non-coding sequences give rise to powerful regulators of gene expression. Nowadays, different types of small non-coding RNAs have been described. Of these, the best-characterized types are microRNAs, piRNAs (Piwi-interacting RNAs) and siRNAs (small interfering RNAs). Because of their fine-tuning important function in the regulation of gene and genome expression, an aberrant expression level of those small non-coding RNAs are associated to several pathologies...
February 2018: Médecine Sciences: M/S
Toru Nishimura, Ippei Nagamori, Tsunetoshi Nakatani, Natsuko Izumi, Yukihide Tomari, Satomi Kuramochi-Miyagawa, Toru Nakano
PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) are germ cell-specific small RNAs essential for retrotransposon gene silencing and male germ cell development. In piRNA biogenesis, the endonuclease MitoPLD/Zucchini cleaves long, single-stranded RNAs to generate 5' termini of precursor piRNAs (pre-piRNAs) that are consecutively loaded into PIWI-family proteins. Subsequently, these pre-piRNAs are trimmed at their 3'-end by an exonuclease called Trimmer. Recently, poly(A)-specific ribonuclease-like domain-containing 1 (PNLDC1) was identified as the pre-piRNA Trimmer in silkworms...
February 14, 2018: EMBO Reports
Takuji Yoshimura, Toshiaki Watanabe, Satomi Kuramochi-Miyagawa, Noriaki Takemoto, Yusuke Shiromoto, Akihiko Kudo, Masami Kanai-Azuma, Fumi Tashiro, Satsuki Miyazaki, Ami Katanaya, Shinichiro Chuma, Jun-Ichi Miyazaki
The piRNA pathway is a piRNA-guided retrotransposon silencing system which includes processing of retrotransposon transcripts by PIWI-piRNAs in secondary piRNA biogenesis. Although several proteins participate in the piRNA pathway, the ones crucial for the cleavage of target RNAs by PIWI-piRNAs have not been identified. Here, we show that GTSF1, an essential factor for retrotransposon silencing in male germ cells in mice, associates with both MILI and MIWI2, mouse PIWI proteins that function in prospermatogonia...
February 7, 2018: EMBO Reports
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