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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324612/quantitative-image-analysis-of-single-molecule-mrna-dynamics-in-living-cells
#1
José Rino, Ana C de Jesus, Maria Carmo-Fonseca
Single mRNA molecules can be imaged in living cells by a method that consists in genetically inserting binding sites for a bacteriophage protein in the gene of interest. The resulting reporter transgene is then integrated in the genome of cells that express the phage protein fused to a fluorescent tag. Upon transcription, binding of the fluorescent protein to its target sequence makes the RNA visible. With this approach it is possible to track, in real time, the life cycle of a precursor mRNA at the site of transcription in the nucleus and transport of mature mRNA to the cytoplasm...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324494/analysis-of-average-telomere-length-in-human-telomeric-protein-knockout-cells-generated-by-crispr-cas9
#2
Jun Xu, Zhou Songyang, Dan Liu, Hyeung Kim
Telomeres play an important role in ensuring the integrity of the genome. Telomere shortening can lead to loss of genetic information and trigger DNA damage responses. Cultured mammalian cells have served as critical model systems for studying the function of telomere binding proteins and telomerase. Tremendous heterogeneity can be observed both between species and within a single cell population. Recent advances in genome editing (such as the development of the CRISPR/Cas9 platform) have further enabled researchers to carry out loss-of-function analysis of how disrupting key players in telomere maintenance affects telomere length regulation...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323615/stella-modulates-transcriptional-and-endogenous-retrovirus-programs-during-maternal-to-zygotic-transition
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Yun Huang, Jong Kyoung Kim, Dang Vinh Do, Caroline Lee, Christopher A Penfold, Jan J Zylicz, John C Marioni, Jamie A Hackett, M Azim Surani
The maternal-to-zygotic transition (MZT) marks the period when the embryonic genome is activated and acquires control of development. Maternally inherited factors play a key role in this critical developmental process, which occurs at the 2-cell stage in mice. We investigated the function of the maternally inherited factor STELLA (DPPA3) using single-cell/embryo approaches. We show that loss of maternal STELLA results in widespread transcriptional mis-regulation and a partial failure of MZT. Strikingly, activation of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) is significantly impaired in Stella maternal/zygotic knockout embryos, which in turn leads to a failure to upregulate chimeric transcripts...
March 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319896/a-dynamic-sandwich-assay-on-magnetic-beads-for-selective-detection-of-single-nucleotide-mutations-at-room-temperature
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Junxiu Wang, Guoliang Xiong, Liang Ma, Shihui Wang, Xu Zhou, Lei Wang, Lehui Xiao, Xin Su, Changyuan Yu
Single-nucleotide mutation (SNM) has proven to be associated with a variety of human diseases. Development of reliable methods for the detection of SNM is crucial for molecular diagnosis and personalized medicine. The sandwich assays are widely used tools for detecting nucleic acid biomarkers due to their low cost and rapid signaling. However, the poor hybridization specificity of signal probe at room temperature hampers the discrimination of mutant and wild type. Here, we demonstrate a dynamic sandwich assay on magnetic beads for SNM detection based on the transient binding between signal probe and target...
March 12, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319371/expression-of-heterologous-sigma-factor-expands-the-searchable-space-for-biofuel-tolerance-mechanisms
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Timothy A Tomko, Mary J Dunlop
Microorganisms can produce hydrocarbons that can serve as replacements or additions to conventional liquid fuels for use in the transportation sector. However, a common problem in the microbial synthesis of biofuels is that these compounds often have toxic effects on the cell. In this study, we focused on mitigating the toxicity of the bio-jet fuel precursor pinene on Escherichia coli. We used genomic DNA from Pseudomonas putida KT2440, which has innate solvent-tolerance properties, to create transgenic libraries in an E...
March 20, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319112/accurate-identification-of-single-nucleotide-variants-in-whole-genome-amplified-single-cells
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Xiao Dong, Lei Zhang, Brandon Milholland, Moonsook Lee, Alexander Y Maslov, Tao Wang, Jan Vijg
Mutation analysis in single-cell genomes is prone to artifacts associated with cell lysis and whole-genome amplification. Here we addressed these issues by developing single-cell multiple displacement amplification (SCMDA) and a general-purpose single-cell-variant caller, SCcaller (https://github.com/biosinodx/SCcaller/). By comparing SCMDA-amplified single cells with unamplified clones from the same population, we validated the procedure as a firm foundation for standardized somatic-mutation analysis in single-cell genomics...
March 20, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318975/a-large-and-consistent-phylogenomic-dataset-supports-sponges-as-the-sister-group-to-all-other-animals
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Paul Simion, Hervé Philippe, Denis Baurain, Muriel Jager, Daniel J Richter, Arnaud Di Franco, Béatrice Roure, Nori Satoh, Éric Quéinnec, Alexander Ereskovsky, Pascal Lapébie, Erwan Corre, Frédéric Delsuc, Nicole King, Gert Wörheide, Michaël Manuel
Resolving the early diversification of animal lineages has proven difficult, even using genome-scale datasets. Several phylogenomic studies have supported the classical scenario in which sponges (Porifera) are the sister group to all other animals ("Porifera-sister" hypothesis), consistent with a single origin of the gut, nerve cells, and muscle cells in the stem lineage of eumetazoans (bilaterians + ctenophores + cnidarians). In contrast, several other studies have recovered an alternative topology in which ctenophores are the sister group to all other animals (including sponges)...
March 8, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318141/zika-virus-induced-cellular-remodeling
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Evan D Rossignol, Kristen N Peters, John H Connor, Esther Bullitt
Zika virus (ZIKV) has been associated with morbidities such as Guillain-Barré, infant microcephaly, and ocular disease. The spread of this positive-sense, single-stranded RNA virus and its growing public health threat underscore gaps in our understanding of basic ZIKV virology. To advance knowledge of the virus replication cycle within mammalian cells, we use serial section three-dimensional electron tomography to demonstrate the widespread remodeling of intracellular membranes upon infection with ZIKV. We report extensive structural rearrangements of the endoplasmic reticulum and reveal stages of the ZIKV viral replication cycle...
March 20, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318058/nuclear-codon-reassignments-in-the-genomics-era-and-mechanisms-behind-their-evolution
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REVIEW
Martin Kollmar, Stefanie Mühlhausen
The canonical genetic code ubiquitously translates nucleotide into peptide sequence with several alterations known in viruses, bacteria, mitochondria, plastids, and single-celled eukaryotes. A new hypothesis to explain genetic code changes, termed tRNA loss driven codon reassignment, has been proposed recently when the polyphyly of the yeast codon reassignment events has been uncovered. According to this hypothesis, the driving force for genetic code changes are tRNA or translation termination factor loss-of-function mutations or loss-of-gene events...
March 20, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317845/dna-damage-during-s-phase-mediates-the-proliferation-quiescence-decision-in-the-subsequent-g1-via-p21-expression
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Alexis R Barr, Samuel Cooper, Frank S Heldt, Francesca Butera, Henriette Stoy, Jörg Mansfeld, Béla Novák, Chris Bakal
Following DNA damage caused by exogenous sources, such as ionizing radiation, the tumour suppressor p53 mediates cell cycle arrest via expression of the CDK inhibitor, p21. However, the role of p21 in maintaining genomic stability in the absence of exogenous DNA-damaging agents is unclear. Here, using live single-cell measurements of p21 protein in proliferating cultures, we show that naturally occurring DNA damage incurred over S-phase causes p53-dependent accumulation of p21 during mother G2- and daughter G1-phases...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316093/morphology-heterogeneity-within-a-campylobacter-jejuni-helical-population-the-use-of-calcofluor-white-to-generate-rod-shaped-c-jejuni-81-176-clones-and-the-genetic-determinants-responsible-for-differences-in-morphology-within-11168-strains
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Emilisa Frirdich, Jacob Biboy, Steven Huynh, Craig T Parker, Waldemar Vollmer, Erin C Gaynor
Campylobacter jejuni helical shape is important for colonization and host interactions with straight mutants having altered biological properties. Passage on calcofluor white (CFW) resulted in C. jejuni 81-176 isolates with morphology changes: either a straight morphology from frameshift mutations and single nucleotide polymorphisms in peptidoglycan hydrolase genes pgp1 or pgp2 or a reduction in curvature due a frameshift mutation in cjj81176_1105, a putative peptidoglycan endopeptidase. Shape defects were restored by complementation...
March 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315475/evolution-of-the-ability-to-modulate-host-chemokine-networks-via-gene-duplication-in-human-cytomegalovirus-hcmv
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Jessica A Scarborough, John R Paul, Juliet V Spencer
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a widespread pathogen that is particularly skillful at evading immune detection and defense mechanisms, largely due to extensive co-evolution with its host. One aspect of this co-evolution involves the acquisition of virally encoded G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) with homology to the chemokine receptor family. GPCRs are the largest family of cell surface proteins, found in organisms from yeast to humans, and they regulate a variety of cellular processes including development, sensory perception, and immune cell trafficking...
March 14, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314933/major-genes-determining-yield-related-traits-in-wheat-and-barley
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REVIEW
Anna Nadolska-Orczyk, Izabela K Rajchel, Wacław Orczyk, Sebastian Gasparis
Current development of advanced biotechnology tools allows us to characterize the role of key genes in plant productivity. The implementation of this knowledge in breeding strategies might accelerate the progress in obtaining high-yielding cultivars. The achievements of the Green Revolution were based on a specific plant ideotype, determined by a single gene involved in gibberellin signaling or metabolism. Compared with the 1950s, an enormous increase in our knowledge about the biological basis of plant productivity has opened new avenues for novel breeding strategies...
March 17, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314753/transethnic-meta-analysis-identifies-gsdma-and-prdm1-as-susceptibility-genes-to-systemic-sclerosis
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Chikashi Terao, Takahisa Kawaguchi, Philippe Dieude, John Varga, Masataka Kuwana, Marie Hudson, Yasushi Kawaguchi, Marco Matucci-Cerinic, Koichiro Ohmura, Gabriela Riemekasten, Aya Kawasaki, Paolo Airo, Tetsuya Horita, Akira Oka, Eric Hachulla, Hajime Yoshifuji, Paola Caramaschi, Nicolas Hunzelmann, Murray Baron, Tatsuya Atsumi, Paul Hassoun, Takeshi Torii, Meiko Takahashi, Yasuharu Tabara, Masakazu Shimizu, Akiko Tochimoto, Naho Ayuzawa, Hidetoshi Yanagida, Hiroshi Furukawa, Shigeto Tohma, Minoru Hasegawa, Manabu Fujimoto, Osamu Ishikawa, Toshiyuki Yamamoto, Daisuke Goto, Yoshihide Asano, Masatoshi Jinnin, Hirahito Endo, Hiroki Takahashi, Kazuhiko Takehara, Shinichi Sato, Hironobu Ihn, Soumya Raychaudhuri, Katherine Liao, Peter Gregersen, Naoyuki Tsuchiya, Valeria Riccieri, Inga Melchers, Gabriele Valentini, Anne Cauvet, Maria Martinez, Tsuneyo Mimori, Fumihiko Matsuda, Yannick Allanore
OBJECTIVES: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease characterised by skin and systemic fibrosis culminating in organ damage. Previous genetic studies including genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified 12 susceptibility loci satisfying genome-wide significance. Transethnic meta-analyses have successfully expanded the list of susceptibility genes and deepened biological insights for other autoimmune diseases. METHODS: We performed transethnic meta-analysis of GWAS in the Japanese and European populations, followed by a two-staged replication study comprising a total of 4436 cases and 14 751 controls...
March 17, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314726/global-distribution-patterns-and-pangenomic-diversity-of-the-candidate-phylum-latescibacteria-ws3
#15
Ibrahim F Farag, Noha H Youssef, Mostafa S Elshahed
We investigated the global distribution patterns and pangenomic diversity of the candidate phylum "Latescibacteria" (WS3) in 16S rRNA gene as well as metagenomic datasets. We document distinct distribution patterns for various "Latescibacteria" orders in 16S rRNA gene datasets, with prevalence of orders sediment_1 in terrestrial, PBSIII_9 in groundwater and temperate freshwater, and GN03 in pelagic marine, saline-hypersaline, and wastewater habitats. Using a fragment recruitment approach, we identified 68.9 Mb of "Latescibacteria"-affiliated contigs in publicly available metagenomic datasets comprising 73,079 proteins...
March 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306358/the-genetics-of-gastroesophageal-adenocarcinoma-and-the-use-of-circulating-cell-free-dna-for-disease-detection-and-monitoring
#16
Mark R Openshaw, Catherine J Richards, David S Guttery, Jacqueline A Shaw, Anne L Thomas
Gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma (GOA) is a frequently occurring cancer worldwide with a poor clinical outcome. Adenocarcinomas of the oesophagus and gastroesophageal junction have shown a recent increase in frequency, therefore there is need to increase our understanding of GOA in order to improve our ability to detect, monitor and treat the disease. Areas covered: The authors discuss the current classification of GOA in the context of recent changes in incidence. The authors also discuss developments in the understanding of disease biology and recent discoveries from whole genome and whole exome sequencing, and studies in immunotherapy...
March 17, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306242/excision-repair-initiated-enzyme-assisted-bicyclic-cascade-signal-amplification-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-uracil-dna-glycosylase
#17
Li-Juan Wang, Ming Ren, Qianyi Zhang, Bo Tang, Chun-Yang Zhang
Uracil-DNA glycosylase (UDG) is an important base excision repair (BER) enzyme responsible for the repair of uracil-induced DNA lesion and the maintenance of genomic integrity, while the aberrant expression of UDG is associated with a variety of cancers. Thus the accurate detection of UDG activity is essential to biomedical research and clinical diagnosis. Here, we develop a fluorescent method for ultrasensitive detection of UDG activity using excision repair-initiated enzyme-assisted bicyclic cascade signal amplification...
March 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304396/associations-between-genetic-variants-in-mrna-splicing-related-genes-and-risk-of-lung-cancer-a-pathway-based-analysis-from-published-gwass
#18
Yongchu Pan, Hongliang Liu, Yanru Wang, Xiaozheng Kang, Zhensheng Liu, Kouros Owzar, Younghun Han, Li Su, Yongyue Wei, Rayjean J Hung, Yonathan Brhane, John McLaughlin, Paul Brennan, Heike Bickeböller, Albert Rosenberger, Richard S Houlston, Neil Caporaso, Maria Teresa Landi, Joachim Heinrich, Angela Risch, Xifeng Wu, Yuanqing Ye, David C Christiani, Christopher I Amos, Qingyi Wei
mRNA splicing is an important mechanism to regulate mRNA expression. Abnormal regulation of this process may lead to lung cancer. Here, we investigated the associations of 11,966 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 206 mRNA splicing-related genes with lung cancer risk by using the summary data from six published genome-wide association studies (GWASs) of Transdisciplinary Research in Cancer of the Lung (TRICL) (12,160 cases and 16,838 controls) and another two lung cancer GWASs of Harvard University (984 cases and 970 controls) and deCODE (1,319 cases and 26,380 controls)...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303594/the-analysis-of-the-different-functions-of-starch-phosphorylating-enzymes-during-the-development-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-plants-discloses-an-unexpected-role-for-the-cytosolic-isoform-gwd2
#19
Claudia Pirone, Libero Gurrieri, Ivan Gaiba, Alessio Adamiano, Francesco Valle, Paolo Trost, Francesca Sparla
The genome of Arabidopsis thaliana encodes three glucan, water dikinases. Glucan, water dikinase 1 (GWD1; EC 2.7.9.4) and phosphoglucan, water dikinase (PWD; EC 2.7.9.5) are chloroplastic enzymes, while glucan, water dikinase 2 (GWD2) is cytosolic. Both GWDs and PWD catalyze the addition of phosphate groups to amylopectin chains at the surface of starch granules, changing its physicochemical properties. As a result, GWD1 and PWD have a positive effect on transitory starch degradation at night. Because of its cytosolic localization, GWD2 does not have the same effect...
March 17, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303292/editing-the-genome-of-hipsc-with-crispr-cas9-disease-models
#20
REVIEW
Andrew R Bassett
The advent of human-induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) technology has provided a unique opportunity to establish cellular models of disease from individual patients, and to study the effects of the underlying genetic aberrations upon multiple different cell types, many of which would not normally be accessible. Combining this with recent advances in genome editing techniques such as the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR) system has provided an ability to repair putative causative alleles in patient lines, or introduce disease alleles into a healthy "WT" cell line...
March 16, 2017: Mammalian Genome: Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society
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