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Wilson Huanca-Mamani, Raúl Arias-Carrasco, Steffany Cárdenas-Ninasivincha, Marcelo Rojas-Herrera, Gonzalo Sepúlveda-Hermosilla, José Carlos Caris-Maldonado, Elizabeth Bastías, Vinicius Maracaja-Coutinho
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been defined as transcripts longer than 200 nucleotides, which lack significant protein coding potential and possess critical roles in diverse cellular processes. Long non-coding RNAs have recently been functionally characterized in plant stress-response mechanisms. In the present study, we perform a comprehensive identification of lncRNAs in response to combined stress induced by salinity and excess of boron in the Lluteño maize, a tolerant maize landrace from Atacama Desert, Chile...
March 20, 2018: Genes
Ioannis N Mammas, Demetrios A Spandidos
According to Professor Basil T. Darras, Professor of Neurology (Pediatrics) at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Program at Boston Children's Hospital in Boston (MA, USA), the diagnosis of SMA type I is clinical and is based on detailed general physical and neurological examinations. SMA type I remains the most common genetic disease resulting in death in infancy and is really devastating for the child, the parents, as well as the medical professionals with the privilege of caring for patients with SMA and their parents...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Yang Guo, Ying Hu, Mingming Hu, Jiabei He, Baolan Li
Lung cancer is among the leading causes of cancer-associated mortality worldwide, with a low 5-year survival rate of 16.1%. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms behind lung cancer tumorigenesis remain largely unknown. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been demonstrated to serve a function in the tumorigenesis of multiple types of cancer. The objective of the present study was to identify the function of a newly identified lncRNA zinc finger E-box-binding homeobox 2 antisense RNA 1 (ZEB2-AS1) in human lung cancer...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Maro Ohanian, Ana Tari Ashizawa, Guillermo Garcia-Manero, Naveen Pemmaraju, Tapan Kadia, Elias Jabbour, Farhad Ravandi, Gautam Borthakur, Michael Andreeff, Marina Konopleva, Miranda Lim, Sherry Pierce, Susan O'Brien, Yesid Alvarado, Srdan Verstovsek, William Wierda, Hagop Kantarjian, Jorge Cortes
BACKGROUND: Activating mutations of tyrosine kinases are common in leukaemias. Oncogenic tyrosine kinases use the growth factor receptor-bound protein 2 (Grb2) for signal transduction, leading to activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) 1 and MAPK3 (ERK2 and ERK1). We hypothesised that inhibition of Grb2 would suppress ERK1 and ERK2 activation and inhibit leukaemia progression. To inhibit Grb2, a liposome-incorporated antisense oligodeoxynucleotide that blocks Grb2 protein expression, BP1001, was developed...
March 14, 2018: Lancet Haematology
Shiqi Luo, Feng He, Junjie Luo, Shengqian Dou, Yirong Wang, Annan Guo, Jian Lu
Transfer RNA-derived small RNAs (tsRNAs) are an emerging class of small RNAs, yet their regulatory roles have not been well understood. Here we studied the molecular mechanisms and consequences of tsRNA-mediated regulation in Drosophila. By analyzing 495 public small RNA libraries, we demonstrate that most tsRNAs are conserved, prevalent and abundant in Drosophila. By carrying out mRNA sequencing and ribosome profiling of S2 cells transfected with single-stranded tsRNA mimics and mocks, we show that tsRNAs recognize target mRNAs through conserved complementary sequence matching and suppress target genes by translational inhibition...
March 14, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Vesa M Olkkonen, Juha Sinisalo, Matti Jauhiainen
Remarkably good results have been achieved in the treatment of atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases (CVD) by using statin, ezetimibe, antihypertensive, antithrombotic, and PCSK9 inhibitor therapies and their proper combinations. However, despite this success, the remaining CVD risk is still high. To target this residual risk and to treat patients who are statin-intolerant or have an exceptionally high CVD risk for instance due to familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), new therapies are intensively sought. One pathway of drug development is targeting the circulating triglyceride-rich lipoproteins (TRL) and their lipolytic remnants, which, according to the current view, confer a major CVD risk...
March 8, 2018: Atherosclerosis
Tomoya Maeda, Yuya Tanaka, Masayuki Inui
The Corynebacterium glutamicum R grtA (cgR_2936), grtB (cgR_2934), and grtC (cgR_2933) genes were identified as paralogs encoding glutamine-rich toxic proteins. We also identified a new antisense small RNA AsgR (antisense sRNA for grtA) that overlaps the 3' end of the grtA gene. Single over-expressions of grtA, grtB, and grtC resulted in complete inhibition of Escherichia coli cell growth. This growth was rescued by co-expression of AsgR. Similar effects were observed in C. glutamicum, although the toxicities of these proteins were moderate...
March 14, 2018: Molecular Microbiology
Magdalena Dabrowska, Wojciech Juzwa, Wlodzimierz J Krzyzosiak, Marta Olejniczak
Huntington's disease (HD) is a progressive autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder caused by the expansion of CAG repeats in the first exon of the huntingtin gene ( HTT ). The accumulation of polyglutamine-rich huntingtin proteins affects various cellular functions and causes selective degeneration of neurons in the striatum. Therapeutic strategies used to date to silence the expression of mutant HTT include antisense oligonucleotides, RNA interference-based approaches and, recently, genome editing with the CRISPR/Cas9 system...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Uwe Wolfrum, Kerstin Nagel-Wolfrum
The human Usher syndrome (USH) is a complex, rare disease manifesting in its most common form of inherited deaf-blindness. Due to the heterogeneous manifestation of the clinical symptoms, three clinical types (USH1-3) are distinguished according to the severity of the disease pattern. For a correct diagnosis, in addition to the auditory tests in early newborn screening, ophthalmological examinations and molecular genetic analysis are important. Ten known USH genes encode proteins, which are from heterogeneous protein families, interact in functional protein networks...
March 2018: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
Hiroya Kuwahara, Jindong Song, Takahiro Shimoura, Kie Yoshida-Tanaka, Tadahaya Mizuno, Tatsuki Mochizuki, Satoshi Zeniya, Fuying Li, Kazutaka Nishina, Tetsuya Nagata, Shingo Ito, Hiroyuki Kusuhara, Takanori Yokota
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is increasingly regarded as a dynamic interface that adapts to the needs of the brain, responds to physiological changes, and gets affected by and can even promote diseases. Modulation of BBB function at the molecular level in vivo is beneficial for a variety of basic and clinical studies. Here we show that our heteroduplex oligonucleotide (HDO), composed of an antisense oligonucleotide and its complementary RNA, conjugated to α-tocopherol as a delivery ligand, efficiently reduced the expression of organic anion transporter 3 (OAT3) gene in brain microvascular endothelial cells in mice...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Anna Maikova, Johann Peltier, Pierre Boudry, Eliane Hajnsdorf, Nicolas Kint, Marc Monot, Isabelle Poquet, Isabelle Martin-Verstraete, Bruno Dupuy, Olga Soutourina
Clostridium difficile, a major human enteropathogen, must cope with foreign DNA invaders and multiple stress factors inside the host. We have recently provided an experimental evidence of defensive function of the C. difficile CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats)-Cas (CRISPR-associated) system important for its survival within phage-rich gut communities. Here, we describe the identification of type I toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems with the first functional antisense RNAs in this pathogen...
February 26, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Alvaro Orell, Vanessa Tripp, Victor Aliaga-Tobar, Sonja-Verena Albers, Vinicius Maracaja-Coutinho, Lennart Randau
Non-coding RNAs (ncRNA) are involved in essential biological processes in all three domains of life. The regulatory potential of ncRNAs in Archaea is, however, not fully explored. In this study, RNA-seq analyses identified a set of 29 ncRNA transcripts in the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus acidocaldarius that were differentially expressed in response to biofilm formation. The most abundant ncRNA of this set was found to be resistant to RNase R treatment (RNase R resistant RNA, RrrR(+)) due to duplex formation with a reverse complementary RNA (RrrR(-))...
February 26, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Christina Zarouchlioti, Beatriz Sanchez-Pintado, Nathaniel J Hafford Tear, Pontus Klein, Petra Liskova, Kalyan Dulla, Ma'ayan Semo, Anthony A Vugler, Kirithika Muthusamy, Lubica Dudakova, Hannah J Levis, Pavlina Skalicka, Pirro Hysi, Michael E Cheetham, Stephen J Tuft, Peter Adamson, Alison J Hardcastle, Alice E Davidson
Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD) is a common disease for which corneal transplantation is the only treatment option in advanced stages, and alternative treatment strategies are urgently required. Expansion (≥50 copies) of a non-coding trinucleotide repeat in TCF4 confers >76-fold risk for FECD in our large cohort of affected individuals. An FECD subject-derived corneal endothelial cell (CEC) model was developed to probe disease mechanism and investigate therapeutic approaches. The CEC model demonstrated that the repeat expansion leads to nuclear RNA foci, with the sequestration of splicing factor proteins (MBNL1 and MBNL2) to the foci and altered mRNA processing...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Human Genetics
Silvia Albert, Alejandro Garanto, Riccardo Sangermano, Mubeen Khan, Nathalie M Bax, Carel B Hoyng, Jana Zernant, Winston Lee, Rando Allikmets, Rob W J Collin, Frans P M Cremers
Sequence analysis of the coding regions and splice site sequences in inherited retinal diseases is not able to uncover ∼40% of the causal variants. Whole-genome sequencing can identify most of the non-coding variants, but their interpretation is still very challenging, in particular when the relevant gene is expressed in a tissue-specific manner. Deep-intronic variants in ABCA4 have been associated with autosomal-recessive Stargardt disease (STGD1), but the exact pathogenic mechanism is unknown. By generating photoreceptor precursor cells (PPCs) from fibroblasts obtained from individuals with STGD1, we demonstrated that two neighboring deep-intronic ABCA4 variants (c...
February 27, 2018: American Journal of Human Genetics
Joyce C Ohiri, Elizabeth M McNally
With an increasing understanding of genetic defects leading to cardiomyopathy, focus is shifting to correcting these underlying genetic defects. One approach involves treating mutant RNA through antisense oligonucleotides; the first drug has received regulatory approval to treat specific mutations associated with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Gene editing is being evaluated in the preclinical setting. For inherited cardiomyopathies, genetic correction strategies require tight specificity for the mutant allele...
April 2018: Heart Failure Clinics
Matthias Vonbrüll, Elisabeth Riegel, Christian Halter, Michaela Aigner, Holger Bock, Birgit Werner, Thomas Lindhorst, Thomas Czerny
There have been many attempts to unveil the therapeutic potential of antisense molecules during the last decade. Due to its specific role in canonical Wnt signalling, β-catenin is a potential target for an antisense-based antitumour therapy. In order to establish such a strategy with peptide nucleic acids, we developed a reporter assay for quantification of antisense effects. The luciferase-based assay detects splice blocking with high sensitivity. Using this assay, we show that the splice donor of exon 13 of β-catenin is particularly suitable for an antisense strategy, as it results in a truncated protein which lacks transactivating functions...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Biotechnology
Alice Giuliodori, Giorgia Beffagna, Giulia Marchetto, Chiara Fornetto, Francesco Vanzi, Stefano Toppo, Nicola Facchinello, Mattia Santimaria, Andrea Vettori, Stefania Rizzo, Mila Della Barbera, Kalliopi Pilichou, Francesco Argenton, Gaetano Thiene, Natascia Tiso, Cristina Basso
Aims: Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (AC) is an inherited heart disease characterized by life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias and fibro-fatty replacement of the myocardium. More than 60% of AC patients show pathogenic mutations in genes encoding for desmosomal proteins. By focusing our attention on the AC8 form, linked to the junctional protein Desmoplakin (DSP), we present here a zebrafish model of DSP deficiency, exploited to identify early changes of cell signalling in the cardiac region...
March 7, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Bernadette Liemberger, Josefina Piñón Hofbauer, Verena Wally, Claudia Arzt, Stefan Hainzl, Thomas Kocher, Eva M Murauer, Johann W Bauer, Julia Reichelt, Ulrich Koller
In recent years, RNA trans -splicing has emerged as a suitable RNA editing tool for the specific replacement of mutated gene regions at the pre-mRNA level. Although the technology has been successfully applied for the restoration of protein function in various genetic diseases, a higher trans -splicing efficiency is still desired to facilitate its clinical application. Here, we describe a modified, easily applicable, fluorescence-based screening system for the generation and analysis of antisense molecules specifically capable of improving the RNA reprogramming efficiency of a selected KRT14 -specific RNA trans -splicing molecule...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Lonneke Duijkers, L Ingeborgh van den Born, John Neidhardt, Nathalie M Bax, Laurence H M Pierrache, B Jeroen Klevering, Rob W J Collin, Alejandro Garanto
Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) is a rare inherited retinal disorder affecting approximately 1:50,000 people worldwide. So far, mutations in 25 genes have been associated with LCA, with CEP290 (encoding the Centrosomal protein of 290 kDa) being the most frequently mutated gene. The most recurrent LCA-causing CEP290 mutation, c.2991+1655A>G, causes the insertion of a pseudoexon into a variable proportion of CEP290 transcripts. We previously demonstrated that antisense oligonucleotides (AONs) have a high therapeutic potential for patients homozygously harbouring this mutation, although to date, it is unclear whether rescuing one single allele is enough to restore CEP290 function...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Karen K Ling, Michaela Jackson, Duah Alkam, Dawei Liu, Norm Allaire, Chao Sun, Mahmoud Kiaei, Alexander McCampbell, Frank Rigo
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal adult onset motor neuron disease characterized by progressive denervation and subsequent motor impairment. EphA4, a negative regulator of axonal growth, was recently identified as a genetic modifier in fish and rodent models of ALS. To evaluate the therapeutic potential of EphA4 for ALS, we examined the effect of CNS-directed EphA4 reduction in preclinical mouse models of ALS, and assessed if the levels of EPHA4 mRNA in blood correlate with disease onset and progression in human ALS patients...
March 6, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
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